What’s going on throughout the area

Dueling Pianos

making a return

Back for a second year, the Dueling Pianos party will once again be a springtime benefit for the Jefferson County Humane Society.

The fundraiser will be held March 15 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show beginning at 8 p.m.

Advance tickets are $25 for the show and food with admission being $35 at the door.

Tickets are available by calling (740) 314-5583 or at the Jefferson County Animal Shelter located at 200 Airport Road, Wintersville. They also can be purchased at Hauser’s Furniture at 3905 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville.

The event is billed as a “high-energy, entertaining, comedy routine, piano concert, sing-along, audience-interaction event,” giving party-goers the chance to request all their favorites, including Billy Joel, Elton John and Jimmy Buffett.

Rotary Club

speakers listed

Frank Polito will discuss “Comcast Cares Day,” an effort by Comcast to partner with groups to impact projects in area communities, as the guest speaker at the noon Friday luncheon meeting of the Steubenville Rotary Club.

Other speakers for the March meetings will include:

March 8: Pam Petrilla of the local Prevention and Recovery Board and Anthony Sheposh of Jefferson Behavioral Health will overview mental health services available locally.

March 15: Paul Carapellotti of Anthony Mining will discuss the pros and cons of the recent natural gas boom.

Sandy Lynskey, chief of the Consumer Protection Division of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, will discuss protecting the public from unscrupulous business practices.

Mike Mehalik is program chair for March.

Antonette Lascaro

marking 100th

Antonette Lascaro of Steubenville is celebrating her 100th birthday today.

Born in Mingo Junction on Feb. 28, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Marco and Agnes Ippoliti Lascaro.

She worked for Denmark’s in sportswear for more than 30 years.

Lascaro lived with her lone sibling, her sister Teresa Melet, until her sister took ill and moved to Virginia with her children.

She then became a resident of Lancia Villa Vista in Steubenville.

She loved going to the casinos up until a few years ago. She is single and has many nieces and nephews, including Betty Masters.

WIAACC meets,

gets donations

Members of the Women in Action Against Cancer Coalition met Feb. 6 at Manfred’s Restaurant in Steubenville after a one-month hiatus.

In December, the group held a Christmas bingo for Urban Mission Ministries clients at Quinn Memorial AME Church and a cancer awareness briefing.

Donations were received from Steubenville High School, Riesbeck’s and the Ville Restaurant. A donation in memory of Lonny Ross was given by Nick and Donna Ivkovich.

George Komar gave a presentation on the third-annual Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick 5K Run/Walk and Kids 1K hosted by the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization that will be held March 16.

Members were reminded to bring items for the yard sale that will be held April 5-6 at Manfred’s.

The next meeting will be held at noon on March 6.

Weirton auxiliary

members meets

The Weirton American Legion Post 10 Ladies Auxiliary met Feb. 18, with President Shirley Brecht presiding and Chaplain Wanda Perrone offering the invocation.

Reports were given by Clara Robinson, secretary, and Loretta Fabian, treasurer.

Fabian listed the auxiliary’s February donations, including veterans’ homes in West Virginia and Pennsylvania; Children’s Miracle Network; auxiliary emergency fund; National Child Welfare Foundation; Make-A-Wish Foundation; and a donation to a local family in need.

The auxiliary received a donation to defray Girls State costs from the Weirton Woman’s Club. Brecht thanked auxiliary members and Edith Truax for their contributions to the Christmas party, Joan Spano and Marcy Spano for donating a cookie tray, and Clara Robinson and Gloria Jerrel for purchasing gifts for the veterans.

The auxiliary will hold a bakeless bake sale Friday. Poppy Day will be May 3, and the auxiliary is ordering poppies. The Last Man’s Dinner will be held May 19 at the post hall, and the auxiliary will plan a menu as the event nears.

The 2013 Christmas Committee includes Brecht as chair and Fabian. Pat Folden, Joan Spano and Marcy Spano will serve on the nominating committee.

The next meeting will be held March 18. Brecht and Folden will serve refreshments.

Brooke retired

workers to meet

The Brooke County Retired School Employees will meet March 13 at Brooke High School.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Reservations must be made by calling Ruth Lewis at (304) 737-2314 or Dottie Cooper at (304) 737-1697 by March 6.

The business meeting will follow with President Sharon Cuomo presiding. The Brooke Madrigal Choir will perform.

All members and newly retired employees are urged to attend.

Cup of Life

Ministries Friday

The Christian Coffee House for Women Cup of Life Ministries with Tina Schoolcraft will be held on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 at Marland Heights Community Church, 3900 Brightway, Weirton.

There will be refreshments and beverages with free child care provided for pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade pupils. Advance registration would be appreciated.

For information or registration, contact Joanne Redd by phone at (724) 573-0333 or by e-mail at jredd125@comcast.net.

Benefit Bingo

to aid relay

The 12th-annual Brooke Relay for Life Benefit Bingo will be held March 17 at the Wellsburg Banquet Hall located at 1121 Yankee St., Wellsburg.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. with early birds starting at 3:30 p.m. and regular games starting at 4 p.m. All games are played on paper cards.

Cost is $25 per person with the first 100 paid players by March 10 to be entered in a special drawing.

There will be more than $2,000 in prize money with a $500 coverall.

There also will be instants, early birds, a 50-50 drawing and more than 60 door prizes.

There will be various packets available. Dobbers are $1 each. There will be food and beverages and free coffee.

For tickets in advance, call Della at (304) 737-1686 or Becky at (304) 737-1874.

This is a nonsmoking event.

Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Sands of Time at

Country Friends

The Country Friends will host The Sands of Time on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

The doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance begins at 7 p.m.

Every Monday and Friday, Country Friends holds a covered-dish dinner and open mic night.

The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m.

For information, visit the website at www.countryfriendsfoundation.com or call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270.

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Johnson details

art competition

U.S Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, has announced that high school students in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio residing in the 6th Congressional District can participate in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition entitled “An Artistic Discovery.”

The winning artist will be invited to Washington, D.C., for a national reception and have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Runners-up will have their artwork displayed in Johnson’s Marietta, Salem, Cambridge, Ironton or Washington, D.C. offices. All high school students living in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio are eligible to enter, regardless of where they attend school – public, private, home school or online school.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for high school students in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio,” Johnson said. “I have been very impressed by the spectacular artwork submitted the last two years by the talented students in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, and I would put the artistic talents of those in our region up against any in the country. I look forward to seeing all of this year’s entries and proudly displaying their work in my district offices and in the U.S. Capitol.”

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 and features artwork from students in nearly every congressional district in the country.

All artwork must be no larger than 28 by 28 by 4, including the frame, and can weigh no more than 15 pounds. The artwork should be original in design, concept and execution. Acceptable media include:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor.
  • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers.
  • Collage.
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints.
  • Mixed media: use of more than two media such as pencil, ink, watercolor.
  • Computer-generated art.
  • Photography.

Full guidelines can be found at: billjohnson.house.gov/constituentservices/artcompetition2013.htm.

All submissions are due by April 25, and can either be mailed or delivered in person to Johnson’s Marietta Office, 246 Front St.; Salem office, 192 East State St.; Cambridge office, 116 Southgate Parkway; or Ironton Office, 202 Park Ave., Suite C.

The top submissions will be selected by a three-person panel of experts, and winners will be notified the first week of May.

Fish dinner at

Irondale UMC

The Irondale United Methodist Church will host a fish dinner from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The menu will include fish, macaroni and cheese, green beans, cole slaw, roll, dessert and drink.

Cost is by donation. Carryouts will be available.

Fundraiser dinner

at Edison High

A spaghetti dinner benefiting the Edison Wildcat football team will be held Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Edison High School cafeteria.

The cost is $7 for an adult meal and $4 for a child’s meal age 12 and under.

The menu includes spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert. Water and iced tea are free with the meal with other beverages available at an additional charge.

The event will include a drawing for a basket.

All proceeds going toward the pay-to-participate fund.

Ministry to

welcome speaker

The Habitation of God’s Glory sponsored by P.O.W. Intercessory Prayer Ministry will welcome special guest Bishop Albert Mitchem of Promise of Victory Church in Colliers on Friday at 7 p.m.

The gathering will be held at the River Christian Fellowship Church located at 183 Nesley St., Empire.

“We invite you to experience the presence of the Lord through worship, preaching and the gifts of the Holy Spirit,” reads a press release.

For information, call Aimee at (740) 317-6189 or Tracie at (304) 670-1461.

Senior center

holding dance

The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold their second dance of the month from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at the senior center.

The Elduray’s will perform. The cost is $5 and includes coffee, punch and hot dogs. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The senior center will hold a “Spring Fling” craft show March 23. Vendor cost is $20 for the initial table and $5 for each extra table.

Call (304) 748-3490 to reserve a table.

Lodge holding

nut roll sale

The Weirton Moose Lodge 688 and Auxiliary Chapter 746 will hold a nut roll sale with the order deadline being March 20.

Nut rolls are $10, and may be picked up March 29 at the lodge located at 6963-67 Main St., Weirton.

To order a nut roll, call (304) 723-0557 or (304) 748-4707 after 3 p.m.

SHS alumni

group to meet

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

Small farm

conference set

The ninth-annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference will be held Feb. 28 to March 2 at the Waterfront Place Hotel and Conference Center in Morgantown.

Registration is available through the West Virginia Small Farm Center website at smallfarmcenter.ext.wvu.edu.

The conference brings together many experts, including West Virginia University Extension agents and experienced farmers, leading more than 70 classes covering everything from horticulture to farm taxes.

Participants may earn special certifications in processing and management. Participants in the Better Process Control School classes held Feb. 27 and 28 will receive a license to sell their preserved products.

A youth entrepreneurship workshop gives young agriculturalists an open forum to exchange ideas and learn from professionals.

The annual Winter Blues Farmers Market is open to attendees and the public from 3 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28. Vendors sell everything from local meats and veggies to breads. Admission is free.

A Local Food Dine-Around, featuring food from 15 West Virginia restaurants and locally grown products, will coincide with the farmers market. Tickets for that event will be sold at the door.

To register for the conference or view a tentative schedule, visit www.smallfarmcenter.ext.wvu.edu.

For information, contact Carrie See, program coordinator, by phone at (304) 293-2715 or by e-mail at carrie.see@mail.wvu.edu.

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Spring ball on

IACC calendar

The Italian American Cultural Club met Feb. 11 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville with Monsignor Kurt Kemo opening with prayer.

President Carm Gentile presided at the meeting attended by 135, including many new members.

Elida Petrella reported the Ballo di Primavera spring ball will be held March 23 at St. Florian Hall. Music will be provided by Ray Massa & the Euro Rhythms of Columbus.

Tickets are $35 per person and are available by calling Bill DiMarzio at (740) 264-4773.

Members are asked to donate Italian items to fill baskets to be given away as door prizes and to bring those items to the March 11 meeting.

Businesses interested in being sponsors can contact Lou Almonte at (740) 264-5099 for details.

Renee Walsh reported that registration forms this year for Campo Italiano will only be accepted if mailed to the post office box address on the forms. The deadline for registration is May 25. If a registration is received after May 25th and is not postmarked on or before that date, it will not be accepted.

Walsh also reported that Lucia Scaffidi and Mariella Pittera are practicing singing and dancing with the children in order to join in the International Festival in Weirton on April 13. They meet on Thursday evenings at the School of Bright Promise. More children are needed for this group.

In other club business, Lil Cellini reported on cards sent, and Jean Parrish has agreed to be chairman of the telephone committee

In a scholarship committee report, Vince Talarico announced that applications are available with the deadline being April 1.

It was announced that a concert is planned for April 21 at 3 p.m. at the Catholic Central High School auditorium with the Tri-State Community Band. Tickets are $10 per person. The CCHS Steel Drum Band also will perform.

The drawing for 50/50 tickets is new with the first ticket drawn providing the winner with cash and two other tickets providing free dinners at the club’s next regular meeting.

The 50/50 winner was Jean Parrish, and the March 11 dinner winners were Frank DeStefano and Toni Jean Dondzila.

Toronto group crowns royalty

Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting held Feb. 14 and attended by members; guest Robert Owen; and new members Carolyn Owen and Carol Thompson.

A pizza party was held in celebration of Valentine’s Day with Frankie Russell, a student from Edison, singing songs to honor Robert Chieslak, king, and Paula Krensavage, queen, shown above.

Paula Krensavage gave the blessing for and led the members in devotions.

February birthdays were announced.

Emma Haught won the 50/50. Door prize winners were Pat Ferrell, Pat Pfabe, Irma Straka, Arlene Zahniser, Rosemarie Chieslak, Mary Petras, Norma Montgomery, Libby Conrad, Judy Bickler, Marilyn Peckens, Nancy Ludewig, Bobbi Koltz, Jo Ann Fogle and Carole Eddy.

Lola Swanagan gave a report on trips, noting if individuals interested in the Scandanavia trip can call (740) 537-3064.

Bingo winners were Judy Bickler, Duke Pfabe, Agnes Rohal, Ruth White and Arlene Zahniser.

The next meeting will be held Feb. 28 at the Roosevelt Building.

Scat winners were Doris Matyas, Nancy Ludewig, Arlene Zahniser, Marilyn Peckens, Carole Eddy and Terry Mamula.

Jewett VFD to

host fish frys

The Jewett Volunteer Fire Department will host a weekly fish fry on Friday, March 8 and March 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Options include all you can eat for $12; dinner for $8; and sandwiches for $5.

AARP Chapter 3846 meets

President Joann Bugin presided at the Feb. 12 AARP Chapter 3846 meeting where Virginia Kucan gave the invocation and benediction.

Guests Roy Marker, John Grimm, Delia Egan and Linda Moss were introduced.

Bettye Williamson introduced Dave Walker, who provided entertainment. Roz and Lynn, a mother-daughter vocal duo, will be the March 11 meeting entertainment.

Bugin asked for a volunteer to take over decorating chair.

Secretary Barbara Purks and Treasurer Frank Fazio gave reports.

Sunshine Chair Mary Rose Spano reported on cards sent.

Members acknowledged the February birthdays and anniversaries.

Membership is at 132 members, with 77 in attendance and four guests.

Upcoming tours include:

March 9, murder-mystery dinner show;

April 11, Branson’s Ozark Jubilee Show, Greensburg, Pa.; and

May 10-11, Noah, Lancaster, Pa.

For information, contact Regina Truax at (304) 723-0419.

Barb McCoy reported the penny jar collected $11.55 in November and $8.60 in December to be given to the senior center.

Kathryn Hardsauk and her committee presented gifts to Nancy Fridley, Norma Boni, Eva Fabianich, Liz Messerly, Marie Straight, Bettye Williamson, Joann Clark, Linda Moss, Loretta Nicholas, Peggy Sweeney, Barbara Visnic, Virginia Riley, Richard Dobbs, Viola Blanc, Katy Allen, Howard Kerr, Ruth Daugherty, Martha Varitek, Ruth Sperry and Grace Lenhart.

Fish frys at

Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church will hold fish frys from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday during Lent at the church hall located at 200 Preston Ave., Weirton.

Baked or fried fish platters, including cole slaw and a choice of macaroni and cheese, haluski or French fries, are $10. Fried shrimp platters are $10.50. Fried fish platters with a choice of macaroni and cheese or french fries are $7.50 for children under 12.

A la carte selections include baked and fried fish, haluski, french fries, cole slaw, desserts and beverages.

Cooked and frozen potato and cheese or sauerkraut pierogies are available for $2.75 for three or $11 for a dozen cooked or $10 for a dozen frozen. Fresh bread is available for $4 a loaf.

Patrons can dine in or get takeout. For information or to place an order, call (304) 723-1648.

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Benefit dinner

set for Sunday

Agape Apostolic Assembly will hold a fundraising dinner to benefit the Agape Homeless Shelter Renovation Fund at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church’s dining hall located at 525 Slack St., Steubenville.

The theme is “Sharing Our Love,” and Laura Meeks, Eastern Gateway Community College president, is the guest speaker.

The shelter is located at 510-512 South St., Steubenville.

Tickets are available for a $25 donation. They can be purchased by calling the church at (740) 283-1677 or Roberta Jordan at (740) 424-1152.

Elder Robert Montgomery is the pastor.

Country Friends host Stone Street

Country Friends will host Stone Street Station Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

The doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance begins at 7 p.m.

Country Friends host covered-dish dinners and open mic nights every Monday and Friday. The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christianity, friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity.

For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270 or visit the website at www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

Heather Twig

fundraiser set

The Heather Twig of the Trinity Health System Foundation is organizing a wine and beer tasting to benefit Trinity Health System Breast Services.

It will be held March 1 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Steubenville Country Club. Tickets are $30 per person. The evening will include prizes and refreshments. For information, visit www.heathertwig.com

Dinner to benefit

historical society

The Carroll County Historical Society will host a pork and sauerkraut dinner at the Algonquin Mill dining hall from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 3.

The all-you-can-eat dinner will feature local pork and the society’s “famous homemade sauerkraut,” mashed potatoes, bread, applesauce, cake and beverage. The cost is $8 for ages 13 and up and $4 for those age 6 to 12. Children under 6 eat for free.

Because of limited seating, tickets for the dinner are available through pre-sale only as well as carryout orders.

The deadline for ticket purchases is Feb. 26.

For tickets, contact the historical society at (330) 627-5910.

The dining hall is located on state Route 332, 5 miles south of the square in Carrollton.

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Easter kielbasa orders

being taken by CCHS group

Catholic Central High School’s Home and School Committee has brought back a tradition of the Ohio Valley as one of its fundraisers, and it involves “the original recipe for the beloved St. Stanislaus homemade, traditional Polish kielbasa.”

Pre-paid orders for St. Stan’s homemade Polish kielbasa for Easter are being taken through Feb. 25. The cost is $5 per pound.

Checks can be made out to CCHS H&S Sausage and either dropped off at the CCHS office in a marked envelope or mailed to Catholic Central High School, Attn: H&S Sausage, 320 Westview Ave., Steubenville, OH 43952.

The pickup day is March 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CCHS cafeteria, which is in the back of the school building.

Questions can be directed to committee member Mary Godich at (740) 944-1249 or Kathie DiCarlantonio at (740) 264-4144.

All profits generated benefit CCHS’ general operating budget.

Camera club announces

January competition winners

The Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club has listed the winners of the January competition.

The print winners for the topic of the month “Frost” were Claudia Norris, first place; Barb Momyer, second place; and Stephen Mihopulos, third place. In the open category, the winners included Andy Tindor, first place; Steve Roberts, second place; and Vince Trupiano, third place. The special effects winners were Mihopulos, first place; Anissa Wellington, second place; and Becky Mihopulos, third place. The winners’ pictures can be found on Facebook at the Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club page.

The slide winners for the topic “Frost” were Norris, first place; Steve Whiting, second place; and Trupiano, third place. The open category winners included Norris, first place; Whiting, second place; and Jack Hatala, third place. The special effects winners were Norris, first place; Trupiano, second place; and Hatala, third place.

Camera club member Sam Rees presented the workshop for January on the topic of using Lightroom Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements. Rees used his laptop computer along with a digital projector to show samples of photoshop techniques on a large screen so all the club members could see how to do the various techniques. Rees showed how to cut out something from one picture and to insert it into another background and size that inserted photo larger or smaller. He also showed how to fix flaws in people’s portraits and how to cover up things in a picture that are distracting or unattractive to the scene.

Some of the club members had their scenic pictures published in the 2013 McBane Insurance Co. calendar. The calendar was passed around for club members to see. All photos were taken in Jefferson and Carroll counties, and members with pictures in the calendar include Leanne Sinicropi, Melissa Bendle, Karen Tindor, Norris, Don Roberts and Diane Bannister.

The next camera club workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Two Ridges Presbyterian Church hall in Wintersville off state Route 43. The workshop topic will be “How to Photograph Wildflowers and Waterfalls.” Anyone is welcome to attend. The competition meeting will be Feb. 19.

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

Annual Stitch in Public

scheduled for Feb. 26

The public is invited to attend and participate in the National Trail Stitchers of the Embroidery Guild of America’s Annual Stitch in Public.

This year’s event is being held at the Howard Long Wellness Center at 800 Medical Park, Wheeling, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 26.

“Anyone interested in the needle arts is invited to come and stitch with us or if you are working on a project and have a question or are stumped on how to continue and need some friendly help, please stop by. We’d love to sit and stitch with you,” a guild spokesperson said. “If you ever wondered what hardanger is and would like to explore the world of needle arts, come to our stitch in public,” the spokesperson said.

The event will include displays of various needle arts from cross stitch and surface embroidery to monk cloth and canvas. All creative works displayed are made by the members of the National Trail Stitchers, whose members are from throughout the Upper Ohio Valley.

The mission of the group is to stimulate appreciation for and celebrate the heritage of embroidery by advancing the highest standards of excellence in its practice through education, exhibition, preservation, collection and research,

The EGA is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the art of embroidery. Membership is open to anyone interested in needlework, from the beginner to the professional. Members work within local chapters or in a member-at-large network to improve their skills and knowledge.

Numerous opportunities are available to learn embroidery and needlework techniques, including chapter meetings, workshops, correspondence courses, certification programs and national and regional seminars. In addition, the guild offers free projects, a youth program, a quarterly magazine and national traveling exhibits

Regular meetings are held September through May on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopalian Church located at 1414 Chapline St., Wheeling.

Every June the chapter has its stitch on the porch at Sandscrest Retreat Center. Summer months are stitch-ins and other scheduled activities and outings.

For information, contact Christine at (304) 242-2355 or Maxine at (304) 242-2340.

Brooke County Federation of Democratic Women to meet

The Brooke County Federation of Democratic Women will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Follansbee library.

It will launch the kickoff of the membership drive and “Bring a Guest Night.”

Inquiries can be directed to Anna Gillespie, president, by calling (304) 748-1447.

In the event of inclement weather, the phone committee will notify members of a cancellation.

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Busy agenda for

AMVETS meeting

American Veterans (AMVETS) Post 275 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Scaffidi’s Restaurant in the Hollywood Center, Steubenville.

The group will discuss upcoming sponsorship opportunities; hear an update on the recently launched gas card and bus pass programs; discuss an upcoming fundraiser; and have an open discussion from the floor.

The meeting also will feature guest speaker Frank Hoagland, a retired U.S. Navy Senior Chief who served as an elite Navy SEAL. Since retiring from the Navy, Hoagland has continued to lead as a veteran-owned small business owner and has contributed his expertise in the emerging oil and gas industry.

“We are all looking forward to hearing his insights and experiences,” said Dan Wilson, AMVETS Post 275 commander.

All area veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend but are asked to RSVP by phone to (740) 317-8646 or by e-mail at OVVeterans@gmail.com.

Breakfast, dance

to benefit relay

Upcoming fundraisers to benefit the Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society include:

A pancake breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Feb. 9 at Applebee’s. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. It is sponsored by Team Family Affair.

Steppin’ For Sisters co-chair Judy Fellows said there will be a St. Patrick’s Day dance from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on March 16 at the Stratton Municipal Building. Cost is $5 for singles and $10 for couples. There will be free chips, pretzels and beer.

The team also will again organize a butterfly release as part of the relay, with butterflies available for ordering for $8 through June 1.

Tri-State Writers

Society to meet

The Tri-State Writers Society will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the meeting room at the Schiappa Branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County in Steubenville.

Aspiring and published writers of all genres are welcome to attend.

For information, visit their Facebook page by searching “Tri-State Writers Society.”

Jewett VFD to

hold fundraiser

The Jewett Volunteer Fire Department will host a fundraiser dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 10.

The menu will include baked pork chops and dressing, vegetables, salad, bread, dessert and beverage.

Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Bishop to address

local Rotarians

The Steubenville Rotary Club, which meets at noon Friday at the YWCA, has announced the following speakers for the month of February:

  • Friday: Bishop Jeffrey Monforton of the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville will share his background and his vision for what he sees on the horizon for the diocese.
  • Representatives of the Pittsburgh Zoo are anticipated to bring a visitor or two along with an overview of its offerings.
  • Jeffrey Rohde, professor of chemistry, will bring Rotarians up to speed on what is happening in the sciences at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The Rev. Richard Davis is program chairman for February.

Talent show set for March 15

The fifth-annual Kinsley S. Ard Memorial Talent Show will be held at 7 p.m. March 15 at Weir High School’s Milton J. Weinberg Theater.

The contest is open to area children in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Children will be separated into age-appropriate categories, including kindergarten through fourth grade, fifth grade through eighth grade and ninth grade through 12th grade. Children do not have to attend Hancock County Schools to participate.

Cash prizes will be award to the first, second and third place finishers in each category. First prize will receive $100, second $75 and third $50.

Only the first 20 entries in each category will be accepted. Entry fees are $15 for a solo act, $20 for a duo and $25 for groups of three or more. Children may only participate in one act, and all acts must be two minutes in length. There will be a mandatory dress rehearsal March 14 at the theater.

The talent show began in 2009, and March 15 would have been Kinsley’s 19th birthday.

The talent show will include a concession stand and Chinese auction, with items donated by local businesses. The 50/50 drawing will benefit the Kinsley S. Ard Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The event is hosted by the Weir High Class of 2014 Parent Group. The event proceeds will benefit the 2014 prom and senior events.

To register, contact Tina Viakley at (304) 723-5558 or stop by the high school office for a complete set of rules and a registration form.

All Class of 2014 parents and students are invited to participate in the parent group. Students will have an opportunity to gain community service hours.

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Special speakers at Adena UMC

The Rev. Henry Mooney, a United Methodist elder, recipient of the UMC East Ohio Conference Denman Award and an area radio talk show host, will be the featured speaker at the Adena United Methodist Church on Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. service.

The music for the service will be provided by pianist Mary Lou Mooney and vocal soloist Anita Jackson, leader of the church laity.

On Sunday, February 10th, Alva Kinney, voted “Lay Speaker of the Year” from the Ohio Valley District United Methodist Church for noteworthy work both in and out of the district, will be the featured speaker on Feb. 10.

The Rev. Raymond “Drew” McPeek is the pastor of Adena UMC.

The events are open to the public.

St. Agnes CWC

plans card party

After attending Mass, the St. Agnes Catholic Woman’s Club held their January meeting in the Parish Hall with Joanne Raha presiding.

The Rev. James Dunfee gave the opening and closing prayers.

It was announced that the annual spring card party will be held on April 21 in the parish hall.

Reports were given on confirmation, the breakfast held Jan. 6 and the change in the Mass schedule.

The members voted to give a donation to the sister diocese in Peru. A donation also is being given to the Order of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

The March meeting is being changed to March 19 because of Holy Week.

Barbara Crugnale won the drawing and the door prize. Hostesses for the evening were Mary Louise Boka, Bea Johns, Mary Karovic, Jean Mazik and Mary Alice Mitchell.

The CWC’s next meeting will be held Feb. 26 with Rita Carubia, Pat Cramblett and Dorothy Mazik as hostesses.

Quinn celebrates Black History

The Quinn Memorial AME Church lay organization will be presenting Black History highlights throughout the month of February.

The schedule will be:

Sunday: Betty Simpson, recitation of “Crystal Stairway;”

Feb. 10: Jacqueline Gibson, highlighting Bishop Richard Allen, first bishop of the AME Church;

Feb. 17: “In God’s Hand” mime group under the direction of Renee Thompson;

Feb. 24: Ivy Jo Smith, Black History highlights.

The church’s senior choir will be singing negro spirituals each Sunday under the direction of Delores Wiggins, minister of music. Patricia Fletcher will introduce each group.

The Rev. Charles Simpson is the pastor of Quinn Memorial AME Church, which is located at 515 North St., Steubenville.

Sweetheart dinner at Zion United

Zion United Church of Christ located at 139 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, will host a “Sweetheart Dinner” after the 11 a.m. worship service on Feb. 10. Cost of the ham loaf dinner is $8 for adults and $4 for children age 12 and under. It is open to the public. For information, call the church at (740) 282-1793.

Pancake supper

at Weirton church

St Thomas Episcopal Church in Weirton will hold its pancake supper on Feb. 12 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person.

Avella church

having fundraiser

The St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church Altar Society will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the church hall located at 176 Cross Creek Road, Avella, Pa.

The cost is $6 for adults and $2 for children. Take-out is available.

What’s going on throughout the area

Lupus Support

Group to meet

The Lupus Support Group will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center located at 905 Market St., Steubenville.

The meeting location is changed because of remodeling at the Hampton Inn.

“Bringing Services into the Home” will be the topic.

Walter and Pat Howard are project coordinators. Iris Callahan is an outreach worker.

The group is funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and Sponsored by Urban Mission Ministries, Neighborhood Community Development Center.

Weirton Hospital

retirees to meet

The Weirton Hospital retirees will hold a Valentine’s Day business meeting luncheon at noon Feb. 12 at Gio’s.

All hospital and Weirton Medical Center retirees are invited to attend. Wendy Bonovich Moslander is the organization’s newest member.

Reservations and meeting information can be obtained by calling Joyce Barnhart at (304) 748-4657 or Cathy Colbert at (304) 748-2255.

At the last meeting, the president’s gavel was passed from Donna Latkiewicz to Joyce Barnhart.

Carrie Oliver Shultz provided entertainment, performing a variety of vocal arrangements.

Members passed a “good will” basket, and the Community Bread Basket received a $250 donation, and the Weirton Medical Center Auxiliary received a $25 donation in honor of the organization’s deceased members. Judy Tate received materials for Project Sleeping Bag, which provides handmade sleeping bags to the Wheeling Carpenter House. Tate asked members to continue to donate materials.

Membership dues of $10 should be remitted at the February meeting.

Tate won the 50/50 drawing, and Wendy Kemp, Barbara Andrews, Marie Brown, Mary Orrechio, Aggie Hoffman and Latkiewicz won centerpieces.

Meetings are set for Feb. 12, April 9, June 11, Aug. 13, Oct. 8 and Dec. 10. Any member who wants to serve on the luncheon menu committee for meetings can contact Corliss Brown at (304) 748-1690.

Saddle Club to

meet Tuesday

The Steubenville Saddle Club’s February meeting will be held at the East Springfield Community Center, not the Glenn Mills Senior/Community Center in Richmond.

The meeting will be held Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m.

The meeting change is because the former Grange hall in Richmond is a polling place in Tuesday’s special Edison levy vote.

Library programs

are announced

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

  • Book to movie club at the Tiltonsville branch will meet on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. For information, call (740) 859-5163.
  • Story Time for children ages 4 and 5 will be at the Tiltonsville branch on Feb. 6 and 13 at 5:30 p.m. and at the Brilliant branch on Feb. 7 and 14 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Babygarten for children ages birth to 24 months and caregiver will be held at the Tiltonsville branch on Feb. 7 at 11 a.m.
  • A family movie will be shown on Feb. 9 at noon. at the Tiltonsville 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 main library on Feb. 5 at 6 p.m., at the Adena branch on Feb. 4 at 11:15 a.m. and at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch on Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Play stations with alphabet toys are set up for children ages 2-6.
  • Play and Learn for caregiver and children ages birth to 3 will be at the Toronto branch on Feb. 7 at noon.
  • School-age children can make a Valentine’s Day craft at the Schiappa branch on Feb. 5 any time from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Gaming for children in grades kindergarten through six will be at the Schiappa branch on Feb. 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Get tech help on how to download books and more from the library’s website to a hand-held device on Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Schiappa branch. Schedule a 15-minute appointment by calling the library at (740) 264-6166.

Convention topic for Mingo Lions

The opening meeting of 2013 for the Mingo Lions Club was held at the Mingo Medical Group Office Building with Jo Ann Johns, second vice president, presiding.

Dr. William Johns gave the opening prayer.

Members discussed the district convention to be held on April 5 and 6 in New Philadelphia.

Christine Barrett reported a donation was made to Mingo Social Services for its Christmas baskets.

Clara Sue and Leroy Milewsky will pick up used glasses to be taken to the Lions Collection Center before the next meeting.

The next meeting will be held Feb. 18 at Mingo Medical Group Office Building. Johns will be the caller.

Dinner to benefit Colliers man

A spaghetti benefit dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Colliers First Church of God located on Old Police Lodge Road.

The dinner benefits Danny Smearman, who is battling cancer and has already lost both his kidneys to the disease and undergoes dialysis four days a week.

The cost is $7 per person.

For information, call (304) 794-6926, (304) 797-0087 or (304) 919-3175.