What’s going on throughout the area

Bezaleel Wells Questers meet

The Bezaleel Wells Chapter of Questers met recently at the home of Donna Keagler for a luncheon meeting.

Reports were given by Marlene Rhueff and Terri Milliken.

Members voted to make a donation to Questers in memory of Joan Powell, who organized the chapter and was a mentor to its members.

Items were received for a tea basket to be donated to the Ohio Questers for its annual Harvest Sale, which is held each year at the state fall conference. Keagler will organize the basket.

Keagler presented the program on “Carafes, Pitchers and Decanters,” explaining that pitchers have been found as far back as 3,500 B.C. and are made of many materials, such as plastics, ceramics and glass.

She explained the differences between pitchers, carafes and decanters and showed members some of her collection. Adding to the display was Carole Gaston.

Another recent meeting was held at Mill Creek Inn with Terri Milliken as hostess. Among those attending was Susanne Curn Escobar’s daughter, Lisa, who was visiting from Mexico.

Reports for the day included one on the “Chautauqua in the Hills” state meeting held at Belmont Hills Country Club.

Milliken presented the program on Longaberger baskets and pottery. The Longaberger Co. is a manufacturer of handcrafted maple baskets and pottery and is located near Dresden. It was founded by Dave Longaberger, who based the baskets on ones that his father, J.W., learned to make when he apprenticed with the Dresden Basket Factory early in the last century, she explained. Dave’s daughter, Tami, is now the head of the company. Several miniature baskets and pottery pieces were on display.

A holiday luncheon was hosted by Curn Escobar in her home with members contributing covered dishes. A gift exchange was held.

Maryann Whalen will host the next meeting, presenting a program on “Spoons.”

VFW holding

dinner Feb. 2

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2716, Weirton, will hold its monthly lotto dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at the post located on Main Street.

Tickets are $7 per person for a meal and chance at winning $500. Tickets can be purchased at the post or from post members.

For information, call the post after 4 p.m. at (304) 748-9674.

Library program

lineup detailed

Upcoming programs at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County include the following:

  • Book club for the Schiappa branch will meet on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Join by calling the library at (740) 264-6166. The men’s book club at the main library will meet on Wednesday at 6 p.m., and the main library’s regular book club also will meet on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

To inquire about the main library’s book club, call (740) 282-9782.

The Tiltonsville branch has a thriller book club that will meet on Tuesday at 6 p.m. For information, call (740) 859-5163. The Brilliant branch’s book club will meet today at 6 p.m. Call (740) 598-4028 for information.

  • Registration is under way for Story Time at the main library and at the Schiappa branch. Story Time is for children ages 4 and 5.

The main library will offer Story Time on Wednesdays, Feb. 13-27 at 6 p.m. Call (740) 282-9782 to register. At the Schiappa branch, it will be offered on Mondays, Feb. 11 through March 4 at 6 p.m. Call (740) 264-6166 to register at the Schiappa branch.

  • Story Hour will be offered at the Adena branch. It is for children ages 2-5 and parents. Register by calling the library at (740) 546-3782.
  • Play & Learn the Alphabet will be at the Brilliant branch on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Play & Learn the Alphabet is for parents and children ages 2-6.

Adena Lions club

make 2013 plans

The Adena Lions Club launched the new year with a board meeting on Jan. 2 at the Lions Club room.

Darrin Young presided, and Dustin Kinsey offered the opening prayer.

Plans were made for a breakfast meeting instead of a dinner meeting in mid-month. It was held at the Adena Fire Hall as a family fun breakfast, with Ron Malin, Tom C. Shields and John Lengyel in charge. The February dinner meeting at the Farm Restaurant was discussed.

Malin reported on the Giving Tree, where 26 families and 63 children received a holiday gift from cards taken from the Christmas trees located in both the PNC Bank and the Adena Post Office, a bag of groceries from the Adena United Methodist Church Food Pantry and a ham and a turkey from the Lions club.

Randy Bednarski reported on a successful rose sale, and Dustin Kinsey reported that there were 12 people caroling at area care facilities. He reported that the minstrel committee was meeting every Wednesday in January to plan the upcoming 2013 minstrel.

Martin McKim reported on a thank-you received from Urban Mission Ministries for the clothes collected and taken in to the center for their projects.

Young will attend the Adena Village Council to discuss the Bedway Park project that the club wants to start in February.

Four Seasons

Seniors meet

The Four Seasons Senior Citizens Association met Jan. 16 at the Serbian-American Cultural Center with President Norma Yoho presiding.

Chaplain Mary Rose Spano gave the invocation.

After dinner, Rick and Teresa Taylor entertained.

Reservations Chair Josie Cerinovich reported 91 reservations and 161 members.

Members recognized January birthdays and anniversaries.

Thelma Bronson received the free dinner. Wanda Perrone and Norma Yoho won the 50/50 drawing.

Norma Yoho, Jim Oiler, Bob Anderson, Lester Yoho, Ann Whitehead, Joann Magnone, John Prebeg won door prizes.

Members played cards and bingo after the meeting.

The next meeting will be held Feb. 20.

What’s going on throughout the area

Auxiliary to

send Valentines

The Tri-State Marine Corps Club Auxiliary in Weirton held its monthly meeting Jan. 14 at the Serbian American Cultural Center with President Joan Spano presiding.

Marcy Spano gave the devotions, reading “God Calls Us to a Life of Faith.”

Maxine Ragan led members in prayer.

Reports were given by Ragan, treasurer, and Carol Lyons, recording secretary, who read correspondence, including letters from Barboursville Veterans Home Administrator Stacy Brown thanking Joan Spano for gifts sent to residents for the holidays, and Matthew Merola thanking the group for Christmas stockings sent to active duty troops in Afghanistan.

Sunshine Chair Mary Ann Elliott reported on cards sent. Joan Spano reminded members to send a card to their secret pal in January.

Joan Spano gave the auxiliary’s adopted veteran Daniel Lyons lottery tickets as a New Year gift. She sent seven birthday cards and 20 calendars to veterans home residents. She also sent Christmas cards to Marines stationed at Parris Island.

The auxiliary will purchase a wreath for Memorial Day and for Veterans Day.

The group will be sending Valentines and healthy snacks to active duty troops and Tri-State area veterans in February.

The auxiliary made donations to the veterans home and the Tri-State Young Marines.

Carol Mack won the 50/50 drawing.

The next auxiliary meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11.

It is a brown bag meal.

Partnership to

be workshop topic

Harrison Community Hospital’s monthly diabetes workshop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the hospital cafeteria.

Kevin Milligan, assistant administrator at the hospital, will discuss the new “telestroke” partnership with Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

“Stroke is always a medical emergency, and research shows that treatment by an expert stroke team within three to six hours of your first symptom can slow or stop the effects of stroke,” according to a press release.

“When a suspected stroke patient arrives at the Harrison Community Hospital emergency department, a ‘stroke alert’ is activated at both the OSU center and at Harrison, which mobilizes a team of stroke experts who, through the use of telemetry and real-time testing and patient interview, can help the care team at Harrison determine the best treatment option for the patient,” the new release continues.

“As a primary stroke center in the state, the OSU Wexner Medical Center was the first academic medical center in Ohio to go live with telestroke and the first health system in Ohio to extend its network beyond affiliate hospitals,” the release notes.

The free educational sessions are held the first Thursday of each month featuring physicians, dieticians and other health care professionals and covering a variety of topics.

Future programs will feature speakers on Alzheimer’s Disease, diet and nutrition, women’s health and other health topics.

Reservations are not required. Light refreshments are served, and there is a drawing for a door prize.

Transportation is available through the Harrison County Rural Transit by calling (740) 942-1369.

Science camp

participation eyed

The National Youth Science Foundation in Bartow, W.Va., is accepting applications from high school seniors for attendance at the 2013 National Youth Science Camp, which will be held from June 26 to July 20 at Camp Pocahontas.

Those applying must demonstrate academic proficiency and recognition in mathematics or science; leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in school and community activities; skills and achievements outside of science and academics; and curiosity.

Applications are available online at apply.nysc.org.

Complete applications must be postmarked no later than Feb. 15.

Two West Virginia students will be selected to attend the honors program, along with student delegates from each state and some foreign countries by invitation from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Delegates attend the National Youth Science Camp at no expense, with transportation included.

Activities include small group, hands-on science seminars; evening science lectures; athletic and recreational activities; and art and music.

Recent speakers at the camp include Dr. Noel Hinners, former NASA deputy director; Dr. D.B. “Zoon” Nguyen; Dr. Jill Morris of the National Institutes of Health; and Dr. Vladimir Chaloupka of the University of Washington Physics Department.

The camp also includes an outdoor adventure program. Three times during camp, delegates go on overnight outdoor trips, which may include backpacking, rock climbing, caving, kayaking, mountain biking or science field experiences.

Delegates also participate in a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., where West Virginia’s senior U.S. Senate member hosts a luncheon in the delegates’ honor, attended by other senators.

The luncheon also includes a keynote speech, and recent speakers include Dr. John Holdren; Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson; Dr. Michael Griffin, NASA administrator; and Mr. Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer.

For information, contact Dr. Andrew Blackwood at Andrew.Blackwood@nysf.com or (304) 205-9724, extension 91.

OGS chapter plans

2013 activities

The Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will hold an open house at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Powell’s Lane, Wintersville, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 11.

A review of the “hands on” to using the free website of www.familysearch.org will be held, and all the sources that have been recently added will be shared.

“We will share hints on how to improve research skills, using the Internet,” Flora VerStraten-Merrin, chapter president, said.

New officers will be recognized at the open house, including in addition to Ver-Straten-Merrin; Judy Schmidt, vice president; Naomi Furbee, treasurer; and Edward “Buddy” Merrin, senior trustee with John Flenniken and Mike Donohue serving as trustees.

Refreshments will be served, and the open house is free to the public.

Members who would like to volunteer at the office with the records preservation project can reply to Merrin at fvermerrin1@myfrontiermial.com.

Office hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

There are extended hours for anyone researching from out of town and on Saturday by appointment only.

The office phone number is (740) 346-2820 for those with research query questions.

The query fee is $25 per ancestor, or clients can be referred to private researchers.

In planning the calendar for the year, June 10 was selected for the meeting at the Latter-Day Saints church. It will begin at 6:30 p.m., with Lyle Zerla discussing Morgan’s Raid.

Zerla also is planning a walking tour of Morgan’s Raiders on July 27 and will give additional information about that tour during the presentation. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

A picnic will be held Sept. 14, with a location to be announced. It will begin at noon, with those attending bringing dishes from their ancestors’ countries and recipes.

A Christmas luncheon will be held Dec. 2 with “A Christmas Feeling” as the theme of the event.

Little-known sources housed at the Jefferson County Courthouse will be shared, including stories about various sources found and how they can assist in research efforts. The “inventory of sources,” moved from the county repositories to the genealogy office will be the discussed as well.

What’s going on throughout the area

Center to host

breakfast brunch

A breakfast brunch in the “new building” next to the East Springfield Community Center on country Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department, will be held Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until whenever.

The menu will include pancakes, buckwheat cakes, french toast, belgium waffles, hash browns, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, coffee, juice and tea.

Cost is by donation. Carryout will be available by calling (740) 543-3700.

Survivors, Seekers

hear reports

The Survivors and Seekers held their January monthly luncheon meeting with 11 in attendance.

Mary Pasich offered the prayer.

Reports were given by Darlene Pehanich, secretary, and Pasich, treasurer.

Continued discussion was held on ordering additional copies of “The Lost Children of the Ohio Valley,” with Charlie Lash, president, to check into it.

The next meeting will be held Feb. 8 at 12:30 p.m. at Wintersville United Methodist Church.

K of C announces

training sessions

The Knights of Columbus Supreme Regional Program Consultant Dannie Harris will be in the Steubenville Diocese for two informational training sessions.

Harris will be scheduled at the Mingo Knights of Columbus Hall for a 7 p.m. meeting on Jan. 25. The topic will cover membership, retention, recruiting and officer training.

The hall is located at 117 Legion Drive, Mingo Junction. The phone number is (740) 535-8037.

For information, call Erol Hosdil at (740) 381-4896.

Guild schedules

Jan. 22 meeting

The National Trail Stitchers Chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22 at St. Matthew’s Episcopalian Church located at 1414 Chaplin St., Wheeling.

The meeting will include discussion on tools of the trade and supplies and a show-and-tell from the Camp Stitch A-Lot retreat.

The mission of this group is to stimulate appreciation for and celebrate the heritage of embroider by advancing the highest standards of excellence in its practice through education, exhibition, preservation, collection and research, a guild spokesperson said.

Anyone interested can call Christine at (304) 242-2355 or Maxine at (304) 242-2340 for information.

New caregiver

support group set

Valerie Bush, an occupational therapist with Carriage Inn Home Care in Wintersville, is launching a caregiver support group meeting, beginning Jan. 22.

It will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Carriage Inn Home Care Office on Luray Drive, Wintersville.

“This group is for people caring for a loved one on a regular basis, who may need the additional support of others,” Bush said.

For information, call Bush at (330) 383-2569.

Camera club

winners listed

The Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club has named the winners of the December competition.

The print winners for “Signs,” the topic of the month, were Karen Tindor, first place; Anissa Wellington, second place; and Ernie D’Andrea and Andy Tindor, third place.

In the open category, the winners included Don Roberts, first place; D’Andrea, second place; and Deb Snider and Diane Bannister, third place.

The special effects winners were Bannister and Stephen Mihopulos, first place; Linda Hilty, second place; and Roberts, third place.

The winners’ pictures can be found on Facebook at the Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club page.

The slide winners for the topic “Signs” were Steve Whiting, first place; and Claudia Norris, second place. The open category winners included Norris, first place; and Whiting, second place. The special effects winners were Norris, first place; and Whiting, second place.

For the competition meeting, a covered-dish dinner was held.

There was no workshop meeting in December.

The club usually meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Two Ridges Presbyterian Church hall located off state Route 43, Wintersville.

For information, contact Whiting, club president, at (740) 546-3923.

SHS alumni

group to meet

The Steubenville High School Alumni Association will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Scaffidi’s Restaurant.

What’s going on throughout the area

Chronic disease

workshop set

A Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in New Cumberland from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. beginning Jan. 23.

The workshop will meet once a week for six weeks.

“Self-management sometimes requires support so a friend or family member is included,” a workshop spokesperson said.

To make a reservation, call (304) 564-3343.

Church schedules

2013 activities

Weirton’s All Saints Greek Orthodox Church members have announced the list of planned church activities for 2013.

The events include:

  • The American-Hellenic Educational Progressive Association Super Bowl Sunday event Feb. 3;
  • The Philoptochos Greek Easter Bake Sale, March 21;
  • Eastern Orthodox Easter celebration May 5;
  • Friends of All Saints Dinner, May 11;
  • 26th-annual Weirton Greek Festival, July 18-20;
  • A.H.E.P.A. Oktoberfest, Oct. 5; and
  • The A.H.E.P.A. pancake breakfast, Nov. 3.

For information, call the church at (304) 797-9884.

Free concert at

Mercy Baptist

Contemporary Christian band Led By Mercy will host a free concert from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today at the Mercy Baptist Church located at 3474 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton.

Mercy Me, Casting Crowns, Matt Redman, Jeremy Camp, Building 429 and Chris Tomlin also will perform.

Refreshments will be served.

Led By Mercy members include Dr. Aldo Pucci, Sandy Pucci, Jim Schwab and Trudy Bender.

Candlelight prayer

service scheduled

A candlelight prayer service for Newtown, Conn., Sandy Hook Elementary School and “peace in our world” will be observed on Monday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Jewett United Methodist Church located 202 W. Main St., Jewett.

Pastor Mark Statler and Pastor Hester Hudson will coordinate “this time of scripture reading, music and prayer,” according to a news release.

“Everyone is invited to join in prayer for the healing of the victims of violence and for the coming of world peace,” the press release notes.

Dinner Jan. 16

at Hill Top

A baked steak dinner will be held in the Hill Top Fellowship Hall at 70 county Road 46 and the intersection of state Route 213, Toronto, on Jan. 16 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The menu will be baked steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad bar, homemade pie, and hot and cold beverages.

Patrons can eat in but carryout also will be available.

Donations will be accepted.

Jewett UMC to

host blood drive

The Jewett United Methodist Church, 202 W. Main St., Jewett, will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday

Doug Snyder at

Port Homer Church

Brother Doug Snyder will deliver the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service as the guest minister at Port Homer Community Church, 2545 co. Road 68, Toronto.

His sermon title will be “What America Needs.”

Snyder is an evangelist for People for Jesus Ministries, which he founded in 1996.