Around the Valley

SOAR?to hold

annual picnic

FOLLANSBEE – The Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees Tri-Valley Weirton Chapter will hold the annual retirees picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 13 at Follansbee Park.

The event will include guest speakers, a 50/50 drawing and refreshments.

Call the Union Hall at (304) 797-8080 for reservations by June 5.

Brooke Soccer

boosters to meet

FOLLANSBEE – The Brooke High School Soccer Boosters will hold their final meeting of this academic year at 6 p.m. June 6 at the Follansbee Branch of the Brooke County Library.

Officers for 2013-2014 will be elected.

All parents of current and future players are encouraged to attend.

For information, contact Carrie Hardsouk at (304) 374-0056, Kim Miller at (304) 394-5662 or Debbie Morris at (304) 670-9952.

Senior Center to

hold fun ride

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Area Senior Center will hold their eighth annual Motorcycle Fun Ride June 7, beginning at the senior center located at 3425 Main St.

The night ride registration begins at 5 p.m., with the first rider out at 6 p.m. and the last rider in at 8 p.m. The event includes an open buffet, 50/50 drawing, Chinese auction, white elephant auction and door prizes. Hank Vincent and The Stone Street Station will entertain.

The cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. A dinner ticket is $10

Pre-registration is available at the senior center.

For information, call the center at (304) 748-3490.

Blue Waves taking


FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Blue Wave youth football organization will hold registration sessions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 8 and 22 at the practice field located on state Route 2, north of town.

All children aged 7 to 12 are eligible to play. The registration fee is $65.

Practice begins July 15.

Barnett adds book

tour stops

Bob Barnett, a former Newell resident, will discuss his new book, “Hillside Fields: A History of Sports in West Virginia,” at two Hancock County functions.

The Newell-Chester Kiwanis Club will hold a reception and book signing at 6:30 p.m. June 11 at the Chester City Hall auditorium. The event will include a book discussion, with a focus on the Major Harris era at West Virginia University and Oak Glen High School’s wrestling dominance.

The Mary H. Weir Library will host a reading and discussion at 5 p.m. June 12. The discussion will focus on the “Golden Age” of Weir High School in the 1940s through 1960s and well-known West Virginia sports figures such as Jerry West, Mary Lou Retton and Ron “Fritz” Williams. Weirton’s Jim Benedetto and Bob Gracey will be guest signers.

Barnett is a Newell High School graduate and attended West Liberty State College before graduating from Marshall University.

Copies of “Hillside Fields” will be available for purchase at both events with a portion of the proceeds going to the sponsoring organization. “Hillside Fields” was published by West Virginia University Press in May.

“Hillside Fields” can be purchased on line at or by phone at (800) 621-2736.

Strawberry fest

set for June 12

BULGER, Pa. – The annual Robinson Presbyterian Church Strawberry Festival will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 12 at the church located at 521 Church Lane, off Robinson Church Road.

There will be hot and cold sandwiches, various types of salads and desserts, a Chinese auction, kids’ fair and a bake sale.

Elks to hold

burning ceremony

WELLSBURG – Wellsburg Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 1553 will hold a flag burning ceremony at 6 p.m. June 14 at Wellsburg Town Square located between Main and Charles streets.

The purpose of this ceremony is to retire flags worn to a condition they should no longer be used to represent the nation.

Retired flags can be dropped off at the Wellsburg City Building or at the Elks Lodge located at 834 Charles St.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

Colliers UMC sets

Bible school

COLLIERS – The Colliers United Methodist Church will hold the 2013 vacation Bible school from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 17-21 at the church located at 318 Pennsylvania Ave./Harmon Creek Road, across from the Colliers Post Office.

Registration will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 17-21.

The theme is “Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God.” A light dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m., and children will participate in Bible stories, science experiments, games and songs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The children will present a program for parents June 23.

The program is free.

For information, call (304) 748-2989, (304) 527-2018 or (304) 527-2478.

Italian classes

to begin

STEUBENVILLE – “Italiano per Inizianti,” an eight-week introductory course on the Italian language and culture will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays from June 25 through Aug. 13 at Holy Family Catholic Church’s Malara Hall located at 2608 Hollywood Boulevard.

Those who have taken Part I of the course may then take Part II and “La Lingua pi Bella Attraverso la sua Musica,” a musical journey through time in Italy.

For information or to register, contact Domenico Di Bacco at (304) 670-3123.

Library holding

naming contest

MCDONALD, Pa. – The Heritage Public Library will hold a Civil War Reenactment Aug. 31 and is holding a “Name-the-Event” contest.

The prize is a private screening of “Lincoln” for 20 people in the new community room.

Ideas can be sent to

They also may be dropped off in person at the library located at 52 Fourth St.

Class of ’63 planning reunion

WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg High School Class of 1963 is planning its 50-year reunion for September.

Letters will be sent in June to many class members, but those who haven’t received one should call Nola Wells Cronin at (304) 737-2359 or Sharon Filberto Welch at (304) 914-8111.

Around the Valley

Library hosting

book group

WEIRTON – Mary H. Weir Public Library holds book club meetings on either the third or fourth Saturday of each month.

The club is open to the public, and books under discussion are available for loan at the front desk.

Thus far, the club has reviewed “Beach Trees” by Karen White, “March” by Gwendolyn Brooks and “Lifeboat” by Charlotte Rogan. The club reviews a new book each month, usually chosen from the West Virginia Library Commission Group Discussion Collection.

The club will next review “The Last Runaway” by Tracy Chevalier. The club will meet to discuss the book at 1:30 p.m. May 27 in the downstairs activity room.

The public is invited to attend. New members are welcome.

Art association

to elect officers

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Steubenville Art Association will elect officers when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Historic Fort Steuben located at 120 S. Third St.

A demonstration on armatures and celuclay sculpture will be given. A workshop on the same topics left by instructors Martha Jamail, Kiyoe Howalf, Janet Sower and Marilyn O’Connell of Cambridge will be held earlier in the day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fort. Cost is $40 for the brown bag lunch event. Contact Marnee Muhleman at (330) 340-4577 for information.

Anne Wagner, Lillian Brue, Laura Thrasher and Patti Chafin will serve as hostesses at the evening meeting.

Nifty Needles

hold meeting

WEIRTON – The Nifty Needles Neighborhood Sewing Group of the American Sewing Guild recently met at the First Christian Church on Main Street.

Leader Nancy Sanders welcomed the six members in attendance.

Susan Maze spoke about the sewing guild silver anniversary event she attended near Pittsburgh.

Members were reminded of the upcoming stitch camp in Pennsylvania.

During the show-and-tell session, Kay Nixon modeled a pieced quilted jacket; Carol Village showed an orientally inspired apron to be sent to Stulting House in Hillsboro, the Pearl S. Buck birthplace; and Maze modeled a jacket she made for her daughter.

Village led the program on tea cozies, and each member received quilted fabric, ready cut, and patterns to trace teapots, which were to be cut out and sewn on the cozies. The project will serve as the show-and-tell at the 7 p.m. June 4 meeting at the church.

The meeting was concluded with a Nancy Zieman video, “Sewing Notions.” These videos are a new addition to the meetings.

For information on attending the meetings, contact Sanders at (304) 527-1405.

All those interested, regardless of skill level, in sewing are welcome to attend.

Group welcomes

newest member

Moving On, a group of widows and widowers, met Thursday for their meeting and luncheon held at Undo’s in Weirton with Christine Brown, vice president, presiding.

Jack Davis gave the blessings and Brown, the friendship reading. May birthdays were acknowledged.

Darlene Roe became the newest member to join while guests attending were Selva Mallory, Candy Yachini and Burlane Hoagland.

Table prizes in the form of gift cards were donated by Margaret Ashbee, Janet Gilham, Frances Parsons, Cindy Gilbert, Katie Roshac and Peg Sweeney.

Entertainment was provided by the Donohues – Jim and Jimmy – who performed easy listening music through songs from the 1950s and 1960s.

Reports were given Lucretia “Toots” Ross, secretary, and Margaret Chapman, treasurer.

Madeline Michael Boulson and Toots Ross conducted the 50-50 drawing won by Ruth Jackson. Undo gift certificates went to Helen Parrish and Herb Simms.

Gift cards went to Jeannette Spear, Jack Davis, Carol Boyer, Candy Yachini, Martha Wright and Herb Simms.

Christine Brown won the massage from Schrickel Health and Wellness Center and Katy Rosahac the musical rose.

The next meeting will be held June 9 at Undo’s in Weirton. Anyone interested in joining can call Janet Saner at (740) 537-4487.

Dues are $10 annually, and dinners are $12.

Around the Valley

Knights seek bocci players

WEIRTON – The Knights of Columbus Bocci League is seeking both teams and individuals to play in the upcoming season, which starts in late May.

Games are held at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The cost is $35 per person.

Those interested should call Jim Gerlando at the knights hall at (304) 723-1492, option 1, or Grand Knight Stan Fiedorczyk at (304) 723-1886.

Post 10 holding

officers election

WEIRTON – Weirton American Legion Post 10 will hold their annual election of officers from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the post’s bingo hall.

All members are encouraged to vote.

Salvation Army

distributing food

WEIRTON – The Salvation Army will host a mobile food distribution from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or while supplies last at the Salvation Army’s fellowship hall located at 796 Cove Road. It is open to Hancock and Brooke county residents, and residents must provide state-issued photo identification, a rent or utility receipt in their name and a box.

The food distribution is available through a Mountaineer Food Bank grant.

Pre-K registration

being accepted

FLORENCE, Pa. – The Tri-State Christian Academy is accepting fall class enrollment for the “Little Village” preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds and “Romper Stomper” program for 2-and-a-half-year-olds at the school located at 750 Steubenville Pike, next to Iannetti’s Garden Center. The school also offers academics for kindergarten through 12th grade, reinforcing Christian morals and behavior and family focused. May through September classroom enrollment is limited.

Inquiries and visits can be arranged by calling Principal Jarrett Gum at (724) 947-8722 or Pre-kindergarten Director Patty Rhoades at (724) 729-3657.

Museum holding

Cove program

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center will host the program “Rediscover Holliday’s Cove” from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Weirton Event Center, the former Cove School site on Cove Road.

The event will include unveiling the Cove School commemorative marker and recognition and reunion of former Cove School faculty and students. There also will be a “Holliday’s Cove Treasure Hunt” and drawing for the grand prize in the “Rediscovering Holliday’s Cove” contest. Other attractions include live bluegrass and polka and prize drawings.

For information, visit

Javersak to give


WEIRTON – David T. Javersak of the West Virginia Humanities Council will give the presentation “Species of Legal Fiction: The Wheeling Conventions” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center located at 3149 Main St.

Tenaglio named

to scholars list

WEIRTON – Matthew Tenaglio, a Weir High School junior, was named an All-American Scholar and was recognized as a student of excellence in science by the United States Achievement Academy. Tenaglio, the son of Chuck and Suzanne Tenaglio of Weirton, was nominated by Weir High chemistry teacher Pete Karpyk. He will appear in the All-American Scholar and achievement academy yearbooks.

Students of excellence are chosen based on performance, interest, aptitude, leadership, responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation, attitude and dependability. The academy selects scholars exclusively on the recommendation of teachers, coaches, counselors and sponsors. The program recognizes students who excel in academics and have a 3.3 grade point average or better.

Around the Valley

Marland Heights

group to meet

WEIRTON – The Marland Heights Community Association will hold an informational meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Marland Heights Pool large shelter.

Those interested in the “Save the Pool” project are encouraged to attend. Progress on the project and upcoming events will be discussed.

Upcoming events include:

6 p.m. May 25, jazz concert featuring Broadway star Erin Burkett and wine-tasting at the park. Tickets are $20.

10 a.m. June 15, “Pool Together” 5K run/walk. The dog-friendly event begins at the park. Children’s games will be available following the walk.

For information, like the group’s Facebook page by searching “Marland Heights Pool.”

Class of 1993

to hold reunion

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1993 will hold the 20th class reunion July 27 at the Holiday Inn – Weirton.

The deadline for reservations is June 8. Those classmates who have not received information about the reunion are asked to send their mailing address to

Duke named

a Muskie Fellow

NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Megan Duke of Weirton has been named a Summer Muskie Fellow at Muskingum University.

The program allows students and faculty to immerse themselves in the pursuit of highly specific areas. Duke will study mathematical problems posed in professional mathematics journals, under the guidance of Richard Dquila.

To be considered for a fellowship, students must write a detailed proposal of what they intend to study and what they hope that study will achieve. This is done in tandem with the faculty members with whom they intend to work, and who must provide the formal nomination for the fellowship. Proposals are then considered by the office of the vice president of academic affairs and ultimately approved by the president of the university.

Retired Brooke

employees meeting

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Retired School Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. May 14 at the Wellsburg Christian Church.

Karen and Dick Pannett will conduct a memorial service. Members are asked to bring items for the Brooke County Animal Shelter.

All members are encouraged to attend, and those who bring a friend receive a free door prize drawing ticket.

Lunch reservations must be made by Sunday by calling Dottie Cooper at (740) 266-4904 or (304) 670-1021. Ruth Lewis will not be taking reservations.

Pleasant Valley

holding walk

WEIRTON – The Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Labyrinth Day Walk at 1 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting, at the church located at 101 Lisa Court.

It is World Labyrinth Day, and people all over the world will be walking labyrinths at 1 p.m. in each time zone.

There are weekly labyrinth walks at 9:30 a.m. each Wednesday, weather permitting.

University opens


MORGANTOWN – The West Virginia University’s Continuing and Professional Education unit has registration open.

Classes include forensic nursing, legal courses, Gerontology: LGBT Issues and Older Adults, end of life care, Less Stress – More Joy, Spanish for Medical Professionals, digital photography, genealogy, Introduction to Biometrics and Start Your Own Edible Garden.

Classes that include a classroom setting include a bonsai workshop and a creative writing workshop.

Discounts on noncredit courses are available from May to June. Visit