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Polish Fest set for Sunday

at Serbian Picnic Grounds

WEIRTON — Sacred Heart of Mary Church returns this year with its annual Polish Fest, which will be held Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Serbian Picnic Grounds, 36 Kings Creek Road, Weirton.

Gates open at 11 a.m.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s festival was canceled.

The festivities will begin with Mass at noon, celebrated by Bishop Mark Brennen. “We will be celebrating our 110th anniversary as a parish,” a spokesperson noted.

Dancing will be from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with the Mikey Dee Polka Trio.

“Come and enjoy great Polish food made by our parishioners — cabbage rolls, potato pierogi, haluski, kielbassa and kraut,” the spokesperson said. “We also will have homemade baked goods, funnel cakes, Sno-cones and our homemade Lent bread.”

There will be a cash bar, games and drawings. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

Deadline is Sunday to pay

to attend SJMC Get-Together

WINTERSVILLE — The St. John Medical Center “Get-Together” will be held on Aug. 13 for any employee who was hired by St. John Medical Center in Steubenville and is either retired or still working.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mingo Knights of Columbus Hall. Tickets are $20 per person. The last day to pay is Sunday. Checks can be sent to Lee Lewis, 208 Stardust Drive, Wintersville OH 43953.

For information, call Carol Bonar, a planning committee member, at (740) 381-5436.

Just BeClause poker run

scheduled for Aug. 15

AMSTERDAM — The ninth-annual Just BeClause poker run will be held Aug. 15, beginning and ending at the Amsterdam VFW, located at 412 Liberty, Amsterdam.

Signups begin at 9 a.m. with the first bike out at 11 a.m. and the last bike in at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served upon return.

The cost is $15 for a single rider or $25 per couple. All bikes, jeeps, buggies, cars and trucks are welcome to participate.

All proceeds will benefit Just BeClause to assist in providing for families in need during the holiday season. Questions can be directed to Jason Beard at (330) 936-3623.

Yard sale and food available

Saturday at Quinn AME Church

STEUBENVILLE — The Quinn Memorial AME Church at 515 North St., Steubenville and Thee Ambassadors: Youth First will host a yard sale and concession stand sale at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Along with “trendy treasures” there will be baked goods available for purchase and a concession stand offering hot dogs, chips and drinks. Patrons can then choose a surprise gift from the giveaway stash.

Rich Smith Memorial Poker

Run to benefit Brooke band

FOLLANSBEE — The seventh-annual Rich Smith Memorial Poker Run benefiting the Brooke High Marching Band will be held Saturday, beginning and ending at Mustang Sally’s on Eldersville Road, Follansbee.

The cost is a $10 donation. Checks can be made payable to Brooke High School.

Sign-ups begin at 11 a.m. with everyone out at 1 p.m. Stops include Smitty’s in Knoxville, the American Legion and Memorial Wall in Hopedale and the VFW in Amsterdam.

Smith died in August 2014 after a serious motorcycle accident that he and his wife, Jess, were involved in. In his honor, Jess has a benefit every year, giving to a local person in need or an organization, according to a promotional flier.

“Rich played music his entire life,” the flier reads. “He was a drummer in the Brooke High Band his high school career and continued to play music in several local bands. The night of his accident he was coming home from playing a show.”

The fundraiser will include a Chinese auction and a 50-50 drawing.

The band 10 Feet Tall will play at 9 p.m.

Steubenville author’s book

gets nominated for award

COLUMBUS — “Devotions Inspired by Life,” written by Steubenville resident Lynne Modranski, has been nominated for a 2021 Author Elite Award, an honor bestowed for literary merit and publishing excellence in the writing and publishing industry. The award is presented annually by Author Academy Elite, a premium service provider for authors.

Modranski’s book has passed the first cut in the non-fiction religious category.

“Devotions Inspired by Life” contains more than 70 brief Bible-based devotions written because of real-life events, according to Modranski, who notes she has learned lessons about Jesus from ice cream cakes, egg muffins, buzzards, bats and more. In this book she shares her “A-ha” moments.

“Four years ago we launched an experiment called the annual Author Elite Awards,” explained Kary Oberbrunner, founder of Igniting Souls Publishing Agency and the Author Elite Awards. “In the process we’ve attracted many of the best authors in the world. Our goal is to celebrate a force that creates life change in our society — books and the authors who write them. In our noisy world, books offer a unique appeal — the ability to lose ourselves in a story. Nothing else provides such transcendence.”

Authors of all kinds — indie (self-published), traditional or collaborative published — are being considered for the award in one of 12 categories. Entries are being reviewed and evaluated on popular vote, social contribution and overall presentation (cover, content, flow and originality).

Individuals can participate in the popular vote portion of the award evaluation. Visit AuthorEliteAwards.com and click the “Vote Now” button. Click through the poll to Category 10, Non-fiction Religious Books, then find and click on “Devotions Inspired by Life.”

The top 10 finalists in each category will be invited to present their book synopsis at an Author Elite Awards red carpet session on Oct. 22 in Columbus. The winner will be announced that same evening at the awards ceremony.

Four Seasons Senior Citizens hear reports, win prizes

WEIRTON — The Four Seasons Senior Citizens held their monthly meeting for July at Undo’s with President Gene Viola presiding.

Tony LaRosa gave the opening and closing prayers.

Members said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “God Bless America.”

Dinner consisted of a picnic-style buffet.

The August dinner offers a choice of roast beef or cabbage roll.

Committee reports were read.

Pat Beltrame won the 50-50 drawing. The Undo’s gift cards went to Josie Cekinovich and Mike DiBiase.

Other prize winners were Josie Cekinovich, Mike DiBaise, Rita Orler, Gene Viola and Helen Bayne.

Member Valerie Rowland donated a door swag she made, giving it to the club for a drawing. It was won by Jeannette Panebianco.

The next meeting will be held Aug. 18.

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