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Brilliant homecoming, anniversary celebration

spans across three days

BRILLIANT — Brilliant’s homecoming celebration and 50th anniversary of the last graduating class of Brilliant High School in 1972 will be celebrated with a three-day schedule of activities running Thursday through Saturday.

Thursday’s events include touring of the former Brilliant High School and viewing of the Brilliant Museum located in the band roon. There will be a meet-and-greet and fish fry from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Brilliant American Legion Post. The menu will include a Coleman fish dinner, fish nugget dinner, chicken tender dinner and shrimp dinner at $12 each and including fries, coleslaw and bread. They can be downsized to a basket for $9, which doesn’t include bread or coleslaw. Vintage will provide music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is open to the public.

Friday’s activities also will include touring of the former high school and museum. There will be a Brilliant mixer at the Wells Township Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will feature a chicken dinner by Big C’s BBQ. The cost is $15 per person and must be prepaid. Reservations can be made through Debbie Roush at (740) 792-1999. It is open to the public.

A Brilliant sock hop will be held Friday at the former high school gymnasium from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. There is no fee. Music will be provided by 40+. Martoni’s fire-baked pizza truck will be outside the gymnasium from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is open to the public.

A Brilliant alumni and first-responders parade will be held Saturday with the parade forming at 8:30 a.m. at the Brilliant American Legion Post on Market Street. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and will proceed through town to the former high school. The participation of classic cars, dancing and marching groups, first responders, clubs, organizations and churches is being recruited.

The evening will conclude with a buffer dinner dance at the Mingo Knights of Columbus Hall. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. The $40 fee per person must be prepaid. Reservations can be made through Roush. Music will be provided by Ralph Parissi. A cash bar will be available. The event is open to the public.

Weirton church collecting school supplies, donations

WEIRTON — The outreach committee of First Christian Church of Weirton is continuing to collect school supplies for Weirton Elementary School students through Aug. 28.

Anyone wanting to drop off school supplies to the church, located at 3252 Main St., Weirton, or make a monetary donation may contact the church office at (304) 797-7300, according to Cathie Yeager, outreach committee chair.

“Thanks for your support of this worthy cause to help the children in our community,” Yeager noted.

Bell Chapel United Methodist holding peach festival Friday

STEUBENVILLE — Bell Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 3419 state Route 213, Steubenville, will hold its peach festival on Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The menu includes sandwiches, salads and “delicious treats of the season.” Cost is by donation.

Follansbee pool to be site

of Doggy Day at the Park

FOLLANSBEE — The City of Follansbee will hold its second Doggy Day at the Park from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 20 at the City Pool.

Dogs will be permitted to swim in the pool before it is drained for the next season.

There is no admission, but monetary donations or item donations will be accepted for the Brooke County Animal Shelter. Representatives of the shelter will be at this year’s event. Items such as dry or canned food for dogs and cats, bleach, laundry soap, dish soap, blankets, sheets, towels, leashes and collars are appreciated. They also can be dropped off at the Follansbee City Building between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Indoor garage sale Saturday

at Grace Lutheran Church

STEUBENVILLE — Grace Lutheran Church, located at 2105 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, will host an indoor garage sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lunch will be available. Ten percent of the funds raised will go to a community organization.

Steubenville City Schools

retirees to meet Thursday

STEUBENVILLE — Retirees of Steubenville City Schools met for lunch on July 14 at Margaret’s Cafe in Toronto.

A collection was taken for upkeep of the group’s nutcracker.

The next lunch will be held Thursday at Dee Jay’s in Weirton followed by the Ville in Steubenville on Sept. 8. Attendees can “just show up” at 12:30 p.m. or call Linda Holub at (740) 264-4203 to be placed on the call list.

“Join us for lots of stories from our teaching years or to visit with your former colleagues,” a spokesperson said.

Yard sale set for Saturday at Agape Church Worship Center

STEUBENVILLE — Agape Church Worship Center, located at 1310 Maryland Ave., Steubenville, will host a yard sale on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be a variety of household items, books, weight-lifting equipment and tools.

Sloppy joes and baked goods will be available for purchase.

Bowling fundraiser Saturday

for gastroparesis awareness

STEUBENVILLE — “Keep it Out of the Gutter” is the theme of a “Bowling for a Cure” fundraiser in support of gastroparesis awareness.

Local organizer Bernice Richards explained the fundraiser will be held Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Clair Lanes in St. Clairsville. The cost is $20 at the door for three hours of bowling, pizza and drinks in addition to five tickets for the Chinese auction.

Additional auction tickets will be available for $1 each or six tickets for $5.

The fundraiser will include a photo booth featuring selfies with Jordyn the Stuffed Sloth. There is a free digital download with $5 for a 4-by-6 print mailed or $7 for an 8-by-10 print mailed.

A 50-50 drawing and bake sale are other elements of the fundraiser in addition to the sale of shirts, which are $15 for an adult and $7.50 for a child.

A party favor bag will be provided to all attendees.

August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month, which is dedicated to improving understanding and management of the disease, also known as delayed gastric emptying. It is a chronic condition that affects the stomach muscles and prevents proper movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine.

Richards noted that gastroparesis “literally means paralyzed stomach. Food does not digest the way it’s supposed to. It can sit for hours or even days in the stomach.”

To RSVP at the bowling alley, call (740) 695-3641.

Local contacts are Richards at (740) 219-7982 or Dawn Pahides at (740) 461-8193.

Jefferson County Veterans

Association holds meeting

SMITHFIELD — The Jefferson County Veterans Association met Aug. 3 at Friendship Park with Barry Bardone, adjutant, leading the meeting.

Plans were made for raising the flag at the Jefferson County Fair on Monday at 4 p.m.

The late Fred Abdalla Sr., Jefferson County sheriff, has been posthumously nominated for Jefferson County veteran of the year. His son, Fred Adballa Jr., county sheriff, will be the guest speaker at the Nov. 11 service at 3 p.m.

Lamont McCoy, chaplain, gave the prayer, and Tony Phillippi, treasurer, gave the financial report.

The next meeting will be held Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. in the veterans picnic area.

Gathering Place welcomes

author and other activities

BURGETTSTOWN — Author Mary Sutton, who writes under the pen name Liz Milliron and whose works include the Laurel Highlands mystery series and “Homefront Mysteries,” will be the guest speaker at today’s noon program in the Gathering Place of Paris Presbyterian Church, located at 127 Steubenville Pike, Burgettstown.

A free lunch is provided.

Other events on the calendar include a corn roast and bluegrass music on Sunday, starting at 5 p.m. The rain date is Aug. 20.

Concerts on the Deck are scheduled for Aug. 21 at 6 p.m., featuring Eastern Star, and on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m., presenting the Padgetts.

Refreshments will be served, and attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

Vincent Bonar Memorial Poker Run scheduled for Saturday

WEIRTON — The first Vincent Bonar Memorial Poker Run will be held Saturday with sign-ups beginning at 11 a.m. at the Irish Pub, located at 3027 Main St., Weirton.

All bikes are out at noon, and the cost is a $10 donation. The first stop is Friendly Tavern at state Route 213, Pleasant Hill; the second stop is at Frank’s Bar and Grill in Bloomingdale; the third stop is the VFW Post 232 in Amsterdam; and back to the Irish Pub for food and a party. There will be a 50-50 drawing and a Chinese auction.

A promotional flier notes the poker run is “in loving memory of Vincent Bonar and all that we have lost due to suicide.”

All proceeds benefit Save 22 “for fighting veteran suicide. Although Vincent wasn’t military, he had many relatives in the service.”

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