Community happenings

Tenebrae service at Two Ridges

Two Ridges Presbyterian Church located at 1085 Canton Road, Wintersville, will host a Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service today at 7 p.m.

Blood drive set for April 3 at WVU

West Liberty University’s community and environmental health class is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on campus in Blatnik Gymnasium on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome.

Story hours set

in Follansbee

The Follansbee Branch of the Brooke County Public Library will be holding story hours for children, ages 25, and their caregivers at noon Monday and April 8, 15, 22 and 29. Children will enjoy a story, craft, games and a snack. Call (304) 527-0860 to register. .

for the free programs.

Community happenings

Weirton churches

announce services

The Weirton United Methodist Parish will hold a Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m., Thursday at Christ United Methodist Church located at 3598 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton Heights.

The Good Friday Stations of the Cross will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church located at 3301 West St. This will be a self-paced service, with those participating staying as long as they want to meditate on the stations. The Easter sunrise service will be held at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church located at 101 Lisa Court. It will be followed by a continental breakfast.

Christ United Methodist Church will hold Easter services at 9:15 a.m. Sunday; First United Methodist Church will hold Easter services at 11 a.m. Sunday; and Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church also will hold Easter services at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The parish will present the Easter Cantata “It Is Finished” at 5 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church located at 3301 West St., Weirton. A covered-dish dinner will follow the service, with the parish providing meat, bread and beverages.

For information, contact the parish office at (304) 748-6680.

Amateur Radio Club meets

The Steubenville-Weirton Amateur Radio Club, in cooperation with the Mary H. Weir Library, recently completed a series of classes for those wanting to take the FCC Amateur Radio License examination.

Accredited volunteer examiners administered the exam Saturday, and seven candidates passed the Technician Class exam, one passed the General Class exam and one passed the Extra Class exam.

There are now more licensed amateur radio operators in the United States than at any time in the past. Amateur radio operators, commonly called “hams,” use their radio equipment to talk all over the world. Besides being a hobby, many hams volunteer their time, skills and equipment to assist with communications during times of emergency.

Anyone interested in learning more about amateur radio or becoming licensed can call Lester Shields at (304) 723-1743.

Brooke retirees

to meet April 9

The Brooke County Retired School Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. April 9 at the Franklin United Methodist Church in Wellsburg.

President Sharon Cuomo will preside over a business meeting immediately following lunch. Local legislators will be the guest speakers. Members are asked to wear red, supporting the group’s goal to raise $15 per year of service.

Members are also asked to bring children’s literature books and animals.

Membership is open until June 30, and new members are welcome.

Lunch reservations can be made by calling Ruth Lewis at (304) 737-2314 or Dottie Cooper at (304) 737-1697 by April 2.

Church hosts ‘Passion’ showing

The First Presbyterian Church of Wellsburg will host a free presentation of the movie “The Passion of the Christ” immediately following the Maundy Thursday worship service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church located at 901 Charles St.

The public is invited to attend.

Country Friends holding dance

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

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

The group holds 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.

For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270.

Maundy Thursday

service detailed

First Christian Church (Disciples) located at 220 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, will hold a Maundy Thursday service beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday that will include the Passion of the Christ, Tenebrae readings and the extinguishing of candles.

Services at St. Stephen’s set

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church located at 284 Lovers Lane, Steubenville, will be holding services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday at 7 p.m. on both days.

The Rev. John Zimmann will be the guest pastor at both services.

Lupus Support Group to meet

The Lupus Support Group will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Schiappa branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

John Lash, research director, will discuss researching health information.

The evening will include trivia games and prizes.

Walter and Pat Howard are project coordinators.

Community happenings

Annual observance

at Masonic Temple

The annual observance of the solemn ceremony of the Feast of the Paschal Lamb will be held Sunday at the Steubenville Masonic Temple located at 227 N. Fourth St., Steubenville.

The ceremony is under the auspices of the Drummond Chapter of Rose Croix, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Steubenville. The service will begin at 3 p.m. and is open to the public as well as Scottish Rite Masons, their families and friends.

The Rev. Clint Quillen Jr., pastor of Wintersville United Methodist Church, will give the address.

The annual service, one of the oldest ceremonials in existence, is a reminder to Christians of Holy Week and to the Jewish faith of Passover, acknowledging the celebration of both faiths, a spokesman explained. The service is built around a series of tableaux taken from the King James version of the Bible. It is further enhanced by dramatic scripture readings and music provided by the Scottish Rite Choir under the direction of Anthony Violi with Carolyn Kibble as organist.

The service also is a memorial for those members of the Valley of Steubenville who have died in the past year.

County Council meets Wednesday

The Jefferson County Council of the American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Brilliant Post No. 573 located at 210 Market St., at the north end of Brilliant.

All auxiliary members who are current with their dues are welcome to attend.

The Brilliant auxiliary will serve a small luncheon after the opening of the meeting.

The main agenda item is a nominating committee to select officers for the 2013-14 year.

Units are encouraged to attend and share their news and events. There will be a 50-50 drawing and door prizes.

To RSVP, contact Dorothy Sisler, Brilliant Auxiliary president, at (740) 535-0930 or Mary Ulczynski, county council president, at (740) 769-7773.

Weirton Auxiliary reviews events

The Weirton American Legion Post No. 10 Ladies Auxiliary met March 18 at the post hall in Weirton with Shirley Brecht, president, presiding and installing a new member, Mary Folden.

Chaplain Wanda Perrone gave the invocation and closing prayer, and Clara Robinson, secretary, gave a report.

Gloria Jerrel, vice president, reported that the bakeless bake sale was doing well.

Brecht announced that an officers meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Monday.

The Sons of Allegiance will host a spaghetti dinner on April 21, with the auxiliary furnishing desserts. The auxiliary year-end reports have been submitted. The First District Spring Conference will be held April 28 in Moundsville with six auxiliary representatives to attend.

A Memorial Day wreath and Golden Star Mother wreath have been ordered. The auxiliary donated to the Leadership Weirton Class of 2013 to beautify the Memorial Park by Walmart.

Folden won the 50/50 drawing.

The next meeting will be held April 15.

Library programs detailed

Upcoming programs planned at the branches of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County have been announced. They include:

  • Get Tech Help on how to download ebooks and more from the library’s website to your computer or mobile device on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Schiappa branch. Call to make an appointment at (740) 264-6166.
  • There will be Family Movie time at the Schiappa branch on March 29 at 4 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. Make reservations by calling (740) 264-6166.
  • Book club for the Brilliant branch will meet on Monday at 6 p.m., and the Tiltonsville branch’s thriller book club will meet on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The main library will hold its book club on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and its Men’s Book club on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
  • Letter-learning toys are available for children ages 2-6 at the Play and Learn the Alphabet. It will be held at the Tiltonsville branch on Monday at 11 a.m. and at the Brilliant branch on Tuesday at 11 a.m. It also will be offered at the Schiappa branch on Friday at 10 a.m.
  • Story Hour for parent and children ages 2-6 will be held at the Toronto branch on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
  • Babygarten, caregiver and children ages birth to 2 will be at the Adena branch on Thursday at 11:15 a.m.

SHS alumni group to meet Tuesday

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

April 1 deadline for applications

April 1 is the application deadline for scholarships being offered for the 2013-14 school year by the Bergholz Community Foundation.

Students eligible for consideration for the scholarships are 2013 high school graduates who reside in the Edison Local School District. Scholarships also are available to nontraditional students who must be past graduates of Edison High School or one of the Edison School District’s consolidated high schools and who are seeking a first-time associate or undergraduate degree or technical training.

Edison High School students can obtain scholarship applications from the Edison guidance office or by forwarding a request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Bergholz Community Foundation, P.O. Box 201, Bergholz, OH 43908.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Easter egg hunt in Mingo Junction

The community of Mingo Junction and the Mingo Knights of Columbus will host an Easter egg hunt for the children of Mingo Junction and children and grandchildren of the Knights of Columbus on March 30 at Mingo’s Aracoma Park, beginning at 11 a.m. The event, co-sponsored by John “Wiz” Fabian and Scott Fabian, will include food and a visit by the Easter Bunny. Those planning to attend should call the hall at (740) 535-8037.

Community happenings

Women’s clubs meet this weekend at convention

GFWC-West Virginia General Clubs and GFWC West Virginia Juniors are meeting this weekend, Friday through Sunday, for their third joint convention, at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Mary Ellen Laister, the national president, will be the keynote speaker for the event, which is the the 107th-annual GFWC-WV convention and the 80th-annual GFWC-WV Junior Convention. Carol Allen, GFWC-WV president, is presiding over the session, which also will involve Kristi Atha-Rader, director of junior clubs.

Serving as hostesses are Marianne Bayer, president of the Eastern District, and Linda Campbell, president of the West District. Rita Lynch is convention chairman.

The event will include workshops on diabetes, domestic violence and leadership.

Local representation will include Helen Moren, GFWC-WV secretary and member of the Bethany Woman’s Club; Jo-Ellen Wright, Northern District president; and members of the Weirton Woman’s Club and 20th Century Club of Follansbee.

Vendors sought for indoor yard sale on April 13

The Wellsburg Women of the Moose are planning an indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13 at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge located at 844 Main St., Wellsburg.

Eight-foot tables are available to local vendors to sell their products for $10 a table.

Anyone interested in donating items to the sale or renting a table can contact Sonya at (304) 737-0178.

Sands of Time performing

at E.S. center dance

The Sands of Time will provide music for a dance set for Saturday at the East Springfield Community Center located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

It will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5. Refreshments will be available.

Rivers Edge Garden Club

members hold meeting

Ginny Popson was the hostess for the Feb. 14 meeting of the Rivers Edge Garden Club of Toronto.

Members brought several of their pressed flowers with Popson providing various size rocks, birdhouses, sun catchers and colored paper to use to make various crafts with them. Members also participated in a silent auction.

Popson prepared and served a light dinner. There were 10 members in attendance who answered roll call by reporting on what spring flowering bulbs they had planted this year.

Reports were given by Beth Cooper, secretary, and Betty Stewart, treasurer.

The club received thank-you notes, including from the Toronto Kiwanis Club.

During committee reports, Gail Saner, scrapbook committee, shared photos she had taken at meetings. Under a beautification report, Stewart discussed what types of plants and shrubs club members might be interested in planting in the pink garden at Newburg Landing.

Popson thanked members for bringing canned goods and paper products for the Toronto Food Pantry.

The next meeting will be held at the home of Mary Jane Ighnat with the guest speaker to be announced.

Toronto chamber plans

fashion show April 6

The Toronto Ohio Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a fashion show and luncheon on April 6 at Karaffa Elementary School, 1307 Dennis Way, Toronto.

Doors open at 11 a.m. with a variety of vendors on hand. A style show will feature Anna-Kay’s Unique Fashions.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Anna-Kay’s in Steubenville, Toronto Apothecary, Clarke Funeral Home, THS Alumni Association and the chamber office at 107 N. Fourth St., Toronto.

There will be advance tickets sales only. For information, call (740) 537-1250.

Moving On members

gather for meeting

The March 10 meeting of Moving On, a group open to widows and widowers, was held at Undo’s in Weirton with Norma Boni, president, presiding.

Jack Davis gave the blessing, and Christine Brown gave a reading.

Guests welcomed were Jennie Avoli, Ruth Daugherty, Barbara McCoy, Bedorine and Herb Simms.

Table prizes were St. Patrick’s Day hats won by Norma Boni, Betty Jeffries, Ruth Daugherty, Martha Wright, Jack Davis and Richard Kimmel.

Ruth Daugherty won the 50-50.

Other prize winners were Nick Rodriguez, Joe Quattrone, Ruth Jackson, Janet Saner and Cindy Gilbert.

Widows or widowers interested in joining the group can contact Saner at (740) 537-4487. Annual dues are $10, and dinners are $12.

The next meeting will be held April 14.

‘Golden Girls’ enjoy

meeting, luncheon, cards

The March 5 meeting of the “Golden Girls” was held at the Ville Restaurant in Steubenville with Becki Manion serving as hostess.

Following the meeting and luncheon, members played 500 Bid with first prize awarded to Virginia Belardine; second prize, Virginia Honey Farr; third prize, Eleanor DeLoretta; and booby prize, Adrianna Marangoni.

Free diabetic foot

screening set for Friday

Medi Home Care, 105 Main St., Wintersville, will host a free diabetic foot screenings for diabetic shoes on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (740) 266-3974 to make an appointment.

Toronto Senior Citizens

welcome new member

Doris Matyas presided at the March 14 Toronto Senior Citizens meeting where Robert Owen was welcomed as a new member.

Paula Krensavage gave the blessing for the covered-dish dinner, sharing a story about St. Patrick’s Day and leading members in opening ceremonies.

Members played a bingo card game. There will be no meeting on March 28 because of Holy Week.

Reports were given by Shirley Rebich, Joyce Dobbs and Rosemary Bonofine.

A moment of silence was observed in memory of Anna Tomovich, who died March 12.

Birthdays and anniversaries for March were acknowledged.

Emma Haught won the 50-50 drawing. Door prize winners were Bea Troski, Angie Kurty, Ruth White, Bill Baier, Rosemary Bonofine, Phil Cicone, Arlene and Bob Zahniser, Deanna Starr, Blanche Williams, Dee Fouts, Nancy Ludewig, Irene Miller and Irene Sabados.

Bingo winners were Joyce Dobbs, Becky Swickard, Jane Hanuscin, David Krause and Pat Pfabe.

Lola Swanagan gave reports on 2013 trips, including: May 5, Cabaret Theater, “You Say Tomato;” July 31, Columbiana Theater, “Speakn Easy;” and Sept. 16-19, Smokies, Ashville, Biltmore, Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Mt. Airy and Andy Griffith Museum.

For trip information, contact Swanagan at (740) 537-4977 or Doris at (740) 537-3064.

Scat winners were Jane Hanuscin, Karen Krause, Richard Dobbs and Bill Baier.

The next meeting will be held April 11 at the Roosevelt Building.

Alzheimer’s support

group meeting tonight

The Alzheimer’s Association will be holding its monthly caregiver support group meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd., Room 1500, Steubenville.

For information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at (330) 650-0552 or 1 (800) 272-3900.

Holiday activities set

in Wells Township

Wells Township will be holding an Easter egg hunt on Saturday at the North End Park beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Following the hunt, participants can enjoy a visit with the Easter Bunny at the Brilliant American Legion until 1 p.m.

An Easter party will be held Sunday at the Wells Township Community Center with two sessions planned because of a high turnout in 2012. One party will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with the other one from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. To RSVP, contact Liz Cook Wells Township recreation director, at (740) 598-3967 or (740) 632-6253.

The parties will include egg decorating, cookie decorating, games, crafts and lunch. The Easter Bunny will be on hand and available for photographs. Volunteers are being sought to help with the event.

WHS Class of 1983

seeking classmates

The Wintersville High School’s Class of 1983 is planning a reunion for June 15 and is looking for former classmates.

Individuals with information can send e-mails to

Community Easter

party set for Saturday

Meadowbrook Church of God in Rayland will be hosting a community Easter party from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday with registration beginning at 10 a.m.

There will be Easter cookie decorating, games and crafts. It is open to the public.

Art Beal, band at

Country Friends

Country Friends will host Art Beal and the Country Tradition band on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

Country Friends has events every Monday, Friday and Saturday there. The door open at 6 p.m. each Saturday, and the dance starts at 7 p.m. On Monday and Friday, the doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish if they so desire for the meal that begins at 5 p.m. For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270. The website is

Community happenings

Dinner Sunday at Quinn AME

The Melinda Guy Women’s Missionary Society is sponsoring a St. Patrick’s Day dinner on Sunday at Quinn AME Memorial Church located at 515 North St., Steubenville.

The dinner will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost is $12 for adults with children 10 and under eating for free.

Calendars feature

Hanna Coal pix

The Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park still has 2013 calendars for sale featuring photos from the early years of Hanna Coal Co.

The cost is $10 per calendar with $2 handling and postage.

Calendar photos feature the “Sandy Andy” yard bucket and the “Pioneer,” shovels that were purchased in 1939 by Hanna.

Consolidated Coal Co. is the sponsor of this year’s calendar.

To purchase a calendar, contact Dale Davis at (740) 391-4135 or Donald Richards at (740) 937-2178. Orders can be sent to Davis at 456 Park Ave., Cadiz, OH 43907. Money orders or checks need made payable to HCRHPO Inc.

There also are some remaining 2012 and 2011 calendars. Please specify when ordering. The 2012 calendars are $12 each because of many photos in color.

Wellsburg Lenten services continue

The Wellsburg Ministerium reminds residents that Wellsburg area churches and their clergy are participating in an ongoing series of Lenten services through Easter.

The services are open to people of all denominations. Many are led by a clergy member visiting from another Wellsburg church.

The schedule includes:

Today at 7 p.m., Henderson Chapel AME, the Rev. Bryce Grieco.

March 21 at 7 p.m., Windsor Heights Church of God, the Rev. Carl Tribbet.

March 29 at noon at Wellsburg Christian Church, Good Friday service with the theme “Seven Last Sayings of Christ” and featuring The Rev. Angel Adams, Joy Leasure, the Rev. Jerome Anderson, the Rev. Dan Pisano, Grieco, the Rev. Aaron Miller and the Rev. Carl Terry participating.

March 31 at 7 a.m. at Brooke Hills Park Clubhouse, Easter sunrise service with the Rev. Carl Tribbet.

Book discussion

group to meet

The Saturday Afternoon Book Discussion Group will discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning “March” by Geraldine Brooks at 1:30 p.m. March 23 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library, Main Street, Weirton.

“March” follows the father of the Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” during his deployment in the Civil War. The library has additional copies on loan from the West Virginia Library Commission available. Inquire at the assistant director’s office for information.

April’s book will be “Lifeboat” by Charlotte Rogan. Copies will be available at the March meeting.

The book discussion group meets the fourth Saturday of each month. All are welcome to attend.

Have breakfast

with Easter Bunny

The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the center located on Main Street, Weirton.

The cost is $5 and includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee, a photo with the Easter Bunny, and treats for children.

Four Seasons

Seniors meet

The Four Seasons Senior Citizens Association met Feb. 20 at the Serbian American Cultural Center with President Norma Yoho presiding.

Debbie Call entertained members after dinner by singing inspirational and love songs.

New member Art Chappel and guests were welcomed.

Christine Barker won the free dinner. Jose Cekinovich and Shirley Brecht won the 50/50 drawing. Norma Yoho, Brecht, Boyd Barker, Nancy Saxon, Virginia Riley and Ronald Fallert won door prizes.

Members played cards and bingo after the meeting. The next meeting will be March 20.

Stone Street

Station to perform

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

Country Friends has events each Monday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. The doors open at 6 p.m. each Saturday, and the dance starts at 7 p.m.

On Monday and Friday nights, doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish if they desire for the meal that starts at 5 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity. For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270. The website is

Sisters of Garibaldi

to meet March 19

The Sisters of Garibaldi will hold their first meeting of 2013 when members gather on March 19 in the club’s social room.

The meeting gets under way at 7 p.m. with “important business” to be discussed.

All members and officers are urged to attend.

Survivors, Seekers

are selling book

The Survivors and Seekers of the old McCullough Children’s Home had six in attendance at its March meeting.

Reports were given by Darlene Pehanich, secretary, and Mary Pasich, treasurer, who also offered the prayer.

It was announced that copies of “The Lost Children of the Ohio Valley” are available for purchase for $20 by contacting Charlie Lash, president, at (740) 264-4821 or Pehanich at (740) 282-6127.

The next meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. on April 12 at the Wintersville United Methodist Church.

Weirton Elks

dinner Sunday

The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 Past Exalted Rulers will hold their monthly pasta dinner for members and guests from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the lodge located on Main Street, Weirton.

The dinner includes salad, pasta, bread, butter, dessert and coffee or tea. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children age 10 and under. A ticket will be selected for a free dinner at next month’s “Pasta Sunday.”

New members in

winemakers club

Rick Parker presided at the Valentine’s Day-themed February meeting of the Tri-State Winemakers Club where Jim and Suzie Zorbini served as hosts.

Linda Cole, treasurer, gave a report.

Marlene Marsh awarded prizes to Erma Rangos and Rick Parker for birthdays being the closest to Valentine’s Day.

The nominating committee has a slate of officers to present to the members for consideration at the March meeting.

The club participated in what was described as a “very successful” wine-tasting for the Weirton Elks Club in February. Upcoming wine tasting events are planned by the Wellsburg Elks on March 23 from 6 p.m. to to 9 p.m. and St. Paul’s and St. Joseph’s churches on April 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Madonna High School gym.

The club set its Christmas party for Dec. 13 at the Weirton Knights of Columbus.

Lisa Carte announced she is planning an overnight bus trip to Niagara Falls to stay at the Seneca Niagara Casino on Sept. 8. The trip will include visiting several wineries. If the bus can’t be filled with reservations from club members, it will be open to nonmembers.

The club welcomed new members Mike and Michelle Penney and Samuel Gibb and guests Ed and Vickie Zeigler.

Cliff Edgell suggested the idea of a club bulletin board where members can post wine-related articles or events

The next meeting will be held today at the Wellsburg Elks Club. Edgell will serve as host for the meeting which will have a St. Patrick’s Day theme.

Iris Himmelrick and Renee Lemal, members of the Marland Heights Community Association, will talk to the club about possibly doing a wine tasting for them.

Perennials topic

for garden club

Betty Clark opened the March meeting of the Woodland Garden Club with an inspirational reading entitled “A Garden Reflection.”

There were 14 members present. Hostess duties were shared by Norma Harris and Verna Smolinsky, club president, who followed a St. Patrick’s theme.

Paula Nutter gave the prayer. Roll call was answered by naming a person who influenced a love for gardening.

A garden tip from the “Old Farmers Almanac” was provided by Arjanta Mansfield and read by Carole Patton regarding planning for and buying seeds for the garden.

Smolinsky presented a program on selecting perennials that grow in Ohio and gave each member a waterproof book by Miracle-Gro for growing perennials.

A “white elephant sale” was conducted at the end of the meeting.

Community happenings

Unionport lodge

to host dinner

An all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Unionport Masonic Lodge located on county Road 39, Unionport.

Cost is by donation, and carryout will be available.

Dinner includes a choice of regular or buckwheat pancakes, sausage, cake, ice cream and a drink.

Reading challenge

being issued

Join the Brooke County Public Library, the West Virginia Library Commission and the West Virginia Center for the Book in a fun reading challenge called West Virginia Reads 150, which celebrates West Virginia’s 150th birthday in 2013.

The year-long reading initiative encourages West Virginians to read 150 books in any format (printed book, e-book, downloadable text, etc.) from any source, during the course of 2013, West Virginia’s sesquicentennial year. Books can be on any topic, fiction or non-fiction, but they must be read between Jan.1 and Dec.31.

Participants can read 150 books individually or create teams to read 150 books collectively.

“Talk to your friends and create your team at Brooke County Public Library. Teams can have up to 15 members. Teams must choose a name and select a leader to keep track of the books read by individual team members,” a spokesperson said.

All ages and groups can participate – friends, coworkers, book clubs, classmates, seniors, etc. If children are too young to read on their own, they can have their parents read to them. Families can use their Summer Reading Program reading toward their West Virginia Reads 150 tally.

The public is invited to a birthday-themed recognition party and prize drawing at the main library in Wellsburg on Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. Members of each team that meets the goal of 150 books will each get a free drawing ticket. Anyone wanting to donate a prize for the drawing can contact the Brooke County Public Library by calling (304) 737-1511.

The library also is looking for volunteers ages 12 and up to help promote and run the program and to help at the year-end party.

To register for the program, visit the Brooke County Public Library at 945 Main St., Wellsburg or 844 Main St., Follansbee, or register online at the WVLC website at

Irish beef stew

dinner Sunday

The Presbyterian Women of the First Presbyterian Church, located at 116 N. Third St., Toronto, will host an Irish stew dinner from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Cost is by donation with the proceeds to benefit the Youth with a Purpose Boys’ Home near Salineville. Patrons can dine in or get takeout.

Veterans service

panel to meet

The regular monthly meeting of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the War Memorial Building, 423 North St., Steubenville. All veterans or interested parties are welcome to attend.

Chapter to host


The Ohio Valley Chapter of the West Virginia State Health Education Council will host a one-day conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 at Bethany College’s Mountainside Conference Center.

Jim Harris, author, speaker and educational consultant, will speak on provider-parent collaboration and developing strategies to address challenging behaviors.

Carrie Abraham and Allen Marangoni, both Wheeling Jesuit University faculty members, will speak about the benefits and challenges of implementing workplace wellness initiatives.

Ann Koegler from Altenheim Resource and Referral Center will speak about elder abuse, including prevalence, causes and state reporting regulations.

Representatives from more than 14 health-related organizations and businesses will be exhibiting throughout the day, and there will be door prizes.

“The conference is an opportunity for attendees to receive the latest information on some of the health issues that are relevant to communities in the Northern Panhandle, to meet local health educators, and to learn more about locally available health and wellness resources,” said Linda Homstrand of the Wellness Council of West Virginia.

The event will include workshops, lunch and continuing education units. It is open to the public.

The cost is $35. To register or for information, contact Carole Scheerbaum at (304) 564-3805 or

Meeting monthly, the Ohio Valley Chapter provides opportunities for networking, education and involvement that enhance health promotion efforts in West Virginia.

The president of the council is Luann Decker, Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network executive director.

For information or to become active, contact Decker at (304) 748-7850 or