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Civil War Symposium set

for Saturday in Wheeling

WHEELING — The Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable will hold its annual Civil War Symposium on Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. inside Wheeling’s Independence Hall, located at 1523 Market St.

It is free and open to the public.

The symposium will be dedicated to the memory of John Mattox, co-founder and curator of the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing. Mattox, a past presenter at the symposium, died July 17 at the age of 84.

The symposium’s first speaker will be Rea Redd, a professor of history and director of Eberly Library at Waynesburg University. The author and battlefield guide will discuss the testing and stages involved to become a battlefield guide and a guide’s points of views about Gettysburg, Antietam and Harpers Ferry.

Redd earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English and history from Waynesburg and Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in library science from University of Pittsburgh. His publications include “The Gettysburg Campaign Vol. I and II” and “Gettysburg Churches Become Battlefield Hospitals.”

A 45-minute break for lunch and an opportunity to tour Independence Hall will follow Redd’s presentation.

At 12:15 p.m., retired Judge Harry White will discuss the presidential powers and role of the Supreme Court in time of war.

White serves as mediator of Belmont County, Common Pleas Court. His publications include numerous judicial opinions (11 republished by the Ohio Supreme Court) on various civil and criminal issues for more than 34 years.

Following White’s presentation will be Scott Mingus of Harrisburg, Pa., an author whose lecture will focus on the role of West Virginia troops at the second Battle of Winchester during the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. Mingus has written 21 Civil War books and received the Dr. James Robertson Jr. Literary Prize. He also has written articles for Gettysburg Magazine and maintains a blog on the Civil War History of York County, Pa. His great-great grandfather served as a 25-year-old drummer boy in the 51st Ohio Infantry.

The symposium, which is scheduled to end at 2:30 p.m., is supported by Debbie Jones, curator of Independence Hall; the Wheeling 250 Committee; Friends of Wheeling; Wheeling Heritage Foundation; and the West Virginia Humanities Council. Questions can be directed to Roger Micker at (301) 312-7559.

Toronto Senior Citizens

hold their annual picnic

TORONTO — The Toronto Senior Citizens held their annual picnic at Stratton Park on Aug. 8.

Guests attending included Bill Shepherd, Daryl and Jan Rageolf and Nancy Nale.

Mary Alice Meyer gave the blessing for the picnic where Laura Mamula won the 50/50 drawing. The Chinese auction winners were Jeanne Barker, Shelby Smith, Rich Dobbs, Barbara Losey, Mel Simpson, Judy Bickler, Irma Straka, Joyce Keenan, Ken Woodward, Doris Matyas, Laura Mamula, Lola Swanagan, Arlene Zahniser and Dave Krause. Scat winners were Mary Alice Meyer and Karen Krause.

The next meeting will be a pizza party on Aug. 22 at the Roosevelt Building.

Members were reminded that the trip to Hartville is Saturday with the bus leaving Toronto at 7:30 a.m. from the Cornerstone Church.

Fall storytime registration

under way at Weirton library

WEIRTON — The Mary H. Public Library has begun registration for its “WEIR Reading” fall 2019 storytime program.

“WEIR Reading” will run for 15 weeks from Sept. 9 through Dec. 18. There are three sessions to choose from each week: Mondays at 11 a.m.; Tuesdays at 1 p.m.; and Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

The program is intended for children ages 2-5, but younger and older siblings and friends are welcome. All children participating in “WEIR Reading” should have their own library cards. Forms are available at the children’s department desk. Questions can be directed to Nikki at (304) 797-8510.

Eagle Scout food sale

fundraiser orders being taken

WEIRTON — John Schultz Jr., a member of Boy Scouts Troop No. 334 and a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, is organizing a kielbassi and haluski dinner fundraiser to support his Eagle project.

The eat-in or takeout meal fundraiser includes a kielbassi sandwich (sauerkraut optional), haluski, salad, drink and cookie for $12. Homemade haluski will be available for $7 per quart.

Food supplies are limited so pre-orders are recommended. Orders can be placed by calling (304) 748-1223 and leaving a message that includes name, phone number and number of dinners or quarts needed.

The order deadline is Thursday with eat-in or takeout available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Nicholas Church Hall, located at 604-608 Colliers Way directly across from Weirton Medical Center.

Prime Time Center to hold

annual open house Aug. 30

STEUBENVILLE — The Prime Time Center at 300 Lovers Lane will hold its annual open house from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 30.

There will be breakfast pastries and coffee in the morning with lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by desserts.

For information, call (740) 314-5197.