Community happenings

Bergholz Area Museum open Sunday

The Bergholz Area Museum will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with memorabilia related to the Civil War and Morgan’s Raid through the local area featured in June as well as July.

Other items of historical interest include accounts of early Steubenville, an original 1797-1897 Steubenville Centennial souvenir book, the bicentennial book, a history of the first 10 years of the Steubenville Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter, a history of the National Exchange Bank, a book featuring historical postcards of Steubenville and a book dated 1834 about the Indian hero Black Hawk.

The museum’s permanent collection includes a variety of historical items donated by area residents. They include pictures and other memorabilia related to area communities, schools, local mines and various businesses.

The museum is continually acquiring new items for display.

The museum is located at the corner of Second and Jefferson streets in Bergholz across from the gazebo and town parking lot. It is open the first Sunday of each monday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from May through November. Admission is free.

Lupus Support Group to meet

The Lupus Support Group will welcome Vanessa Palmer as its guest speaker during an indoor picnic on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center located at 905 Market St., Steubenville.

The meeting will include health and wellness discussion and Tai Chi games and prizes.

Walter and Pat Howard are project coordinators.

Bridge championship winners are …

Winners in the Ohio Valley Duplicate Bridge championship on May 21 were Julia Glodowski and Jan Glaub Rainbolt in first place.

Tied for second were Mary Felton and Mary Alice Brandt and Linda Schanz and Shirley Roush.

Sewing group to have workshop

The Two Ridges Sewing Group of the Wintersville and Steubenville area met in May at Two Ridges Presbyterian Church in Wintersville with Jean Smith, leader, welcoming members and guests. There were 12 in attendance.

During the show and tell segment, Jean Renard displayed mug and cup potholders for which patterns were distributed. Carol Village displayed a cobbler’s apron of oriental print to be sent to the Pearl S. Buck gift shop in Hillsboro, W.Va. Barb Smith displayed ruffled scarves in an array of colors.

It was suggested to make catheter bag covers and walker tote bags for the Dixon Health Care Center in Wintersville. Fabrics will be purchased, and members will work on these at the June meeting, which will be a workshop. Members were treated to a free fabric and pattern assortment provided by a guest. Members were reminded of the covered-dish picnic in July and the Amish play in September. For information on the group, contact Smith at (740) 282-3669.

Community happenings

Wine in the Woods fundraiser June 9

The Guglielmo Scholarship Foundation will hold the Wine in the Woods fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 9 at the Serbian Picnic Grounds in Weirton.

The event will include a Chinese auction with items including a woman’s watch, photography package, hotel stays, concert tickets, a barrel of wine and baskets donated by local merchants.

The cost is $10 per person.

Weirton Legion auxiliary meets

The Weirton American Legion Post 10 Ladies Auxiliary held its monthly meeting May 20 at the Legion hall with President Shirley Brecht presiding.

Chaplain Wanda Perrone gave the invocation, and Brecht led in opening ceremonies.

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

Brecht thanked Poppy Chair Pat Folden for her work and thanked Poppy Day volunteers.

Brecht reported the Last Man Dinner was a success and that five girls will be attending Girls State. Historian Joan Spano distributed photographs.

The auxiliary is planning a dinner fundraiser in September.

Brecht won the 50/50 drawing.

The next meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 17 will be a covered-dish dinner. The 2013 officers will be installed.

Smithfield VFD plans scramble

The Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department is holding a four-man amateur golf scramble at Castle Shannon Golf Course June 15.

First place is $400, and second place is $250, with registration starting at 8 a.m. and the shotgun starting at 9 a.m. Cost is $65 per person and $260 per team.

The entry fee includes 18 holes with cart, skins pot, food, drink, door prizes and skills prizes.

There will be soft drinks, water and canned beer, with lunch on the turn and dinner to follow.

To register, contact Lenny Corona at (740) 632-8572; Geordie Lindsay at (740) 317-5469 or the fire house at 733-8126. The email is

Community happenings

St. Peter CWC plans

for two June events

The St. Peter’s Church Catholic Woman’s Club had a covered-dish luncheon and meeting on May 14 with President Linda Edgar leading in the opening and closing prayers.

Members were reminded that the CWC was to host a confirmation reception on May 18.

There was discussion about the DCCW Convention set for June 5. This year the women are asked to give a Spiritual Bouquet to Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, which could include a rosary or an hour of adoration to the Blessed Sacrament.

June 5 also brings the 20th anniversary in the priesthood for the Rev. Timothy Huffman, for whom the CWC will sponsor a reception on June 23. Plans will be finalized at a later date.

The club also is planning a fall card party.

Lidia Kontra won the 50-50 drawing.

The next meeting, also a covered-dish lunch, will be held Sept. 3.

Lawn festival June 8 at

Grace Lutheran Church

Grace Lutheran Church located at 2105 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, will host its annual lawn festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8.

The event, which will include food, plant, crafts and book sales, will feature entertainment by Stu & Pat from 11 a.m. to noon; Michael Facciani from noon to 1 p.m.; and Power Surge from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Triumph of Cross CWC has busy meeting

First Coordinator Terri Fernandes presided when the Triumph of the Cross Catholic Woman’s Club met for a potluck dinner and business meeting on May 7.

Items discussed included:

  • A thank-you to Marie Highfield, Sister Isabel Bettwy and Rose Snelting for designing and printing the Holy Cards given to 2013 First Communicants and to Mary Ann Bushlow and Teresa Harold for donating the hand-made rosaries that they also were presented.
  • The pre-convention dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 4 at Froehlich’s Classic Corner Restaurant in Steubenville. The opening Mass will be at Holy Name Cathedral on June 5, and the CWC convention will follow at Froehlich’s.
  • An organizational meeting for the fall card party will be held at 6 p.m. on June 11 at the Marian Room. The card party is scheduled for Sept. 15.

Prize winners were Jean Zrinyi, Rose Gentile and Selma Potenzini.

The next regular CWC meeting will be held Sept. 3.

Colliers church expands Strawberry Festival

Olde St. John’s Episcopal Church in Colliers has expanded its annual Strawberry Festival, set for June 1, to include music by a disc jockey and games for children.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include an indoor yard sale, with many books and other household items for sale; and food, including large strawberry shortcakes, taco in a bag, chili and regular hot dogs.

It is coordinated by the Episcopal Church Women of Olde St. John’s, which is at the intersection of Eldersville and St. John’s roads, with the help of many volunteers.

Wintersville Baptist

Temple to honor veterans

The Wintersville Baptist Temple located at 617 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, will honor all veterans, dignitaries and government officials in attendance during the 23rd-annual Memorial day service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

There will be patriotic songs by the congregation, a recitation by Ellsworth Graham and a patriotic song selection by his son, Thomas Graham. David L. Smith and Graham also will sing a duet.

Testimonies will be given by several armed services personnel from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and others who have served.

Pastor John A. Beard, an Army veteran of the Vietnam era, will give the morning message titled “Freedom Is Costly.”

“Immediately following the worship service, the congregation will gather at the flag pole for a solemn but moving service honoring all those who have proudly served,” a news release notes. “The Ohio Memorial Color Guard Squad will present a 21-gun salute during the lowering of Old Glory to half staff. During the taps, we ask everyone to honor ‘all who gave their all,'” Beard said.

The outdoor service will be followed by an indoor picnic for all. There will be a display of military uniforms, medals, awards and other items of interest.

For information, call the church at (740) 264-7786.

Peach festival

planning under way

St. Thomas Episcopal Church held an organizational meeting Sunday to assign concession chairs for the 50th-annual Peach Festival, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at the church located on Three Springs Drive, Weirton.

Five former pastors, along with a pastor who became the Episcopal Bishop of California and Bishop of West Virginia, will attend to celebrate the 50th anniversary festival.

A special service is being planned for the day following the festival.

Rick Mergen and Wendy Speer are co-chairs.

Crafters and vendors interested in participating should call the church at (304) 723-4120.

Community happenings

Smithfield VFD

plans scramble

The Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department is holding a four-man amateur golf scramble at Castle Shannon Golf Course June 15.

First place is $400, and second place is $250, with registration starting at 8 a.m. and the shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost is $65 per man and $260 per team.

The entry fee includes 18 holes with cart, skins pot, food, drink, door prizes and skills prizes.

There will be soft drinks, water and canned beer, with lunch on the turn and dinner to follow.

To register, contact Lenny Corona at (740) 632-8572; Geordie Lindsay at (740) 317-5469 or the fire house at 733-8126.

The e-mail is

Humans and nature to be topic

The majesty and mystery of nature will be explored at the Lifetree Cafe at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Staffileno’s on the River in Wellsburg.

The program will celebrate nature and consider how human interaction is impacting the environment and include a screening of the award-winning short film, “Saving Valentina,” depicting the attempted rescue of a whale ensnared in a fishing net.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Cafe is an informal group in which people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. For information, contact Vicky Barr at (740) 282-3458 or

Library to show thriller ‘Mama’

The Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg will be showing the PG-13-rated film “Mama” at 1 p.m. on May 31.

The supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered.

When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn.

Sundowners plan

open horse shows

The Sundowners 4-H Saddle Club will hold a series of open horse shows June 2, July 14 and Aug. 12 at 4-H Camp Aura located on Ross Road, New Cumberland.

All shows begin at 10 a.m. with five 10-years-old and under classes, including walk-trot, thread the needle, egg and spoon, cloverleaf barrels and leadline. All 10 and under classes will have a first place trophy and ribbons up to five places.

At noon, the open performance classes will begin. They include thread the needle, down and back, straight barrels, pole bending, cloverleaf barrels and stakebend. All classes have a 12 and under, 13- to 17-year-old and 18 and up divisions. All classes with eight or more entries will have a cash payback.

There will be three added money classes, including $50 added barrels, $50 added poles and $25 added stakebend. Champion and reserve will be awarded for all three age divisions at the conclusion of the three shows. Contestants must sign up to be considered for champion or reserve.

The concession stand will be open. In the event of inclement weather, call (304) 564-3747 after 8 p.m. the evening before the show to check on possible cancellations. For information or showbills, contact Tara Allison at (304) 564-3747.

Community happenings

Pentecost Sunday service planned

The Voice of Pentecost, 106 Mendenhall St., Weirton, will host a special Pentecost Sunday service on May 19 beginning at 5 p.m. with guest speaker, the Rev. Mark Hina, pastor of the Sidney Apostolic Temple.

Pentecost Sunday celebrates the Day of Pentecost, the initial outpouring of the Holy Ghost, as chronicled in scripture in the second book of Acts.

The Voice of Pentecost’s choir and Hands of Praise sign group also will participate. The public is invited to this special celebration.

For information, call the church office at (304) 748-5400.

Sveta Petka Kolo plans picnic

The Sveta Petka Kolo held its monthly meeting May 9 at Eat ‘n Park in Steubenville, selecting July 24 as the date for the annual picnic with the women of Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church.

Linda Bain of the Women’s Health Center in Jefferson County will be the guest speaker at the next meeting at noon on June 6 at Eat ‘n Park to discuss how funds from the Women In Action Against Cancer Coalition are helping local women.

Recording artist at Starkdale

Jeff Anderson, a worship leader, singer-songwriter and a national recording artist from Columbus, will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Starkdale Presbyterian Church, 4600 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville.

A free will offering will be taken.

The former Gotee Records artist has signed to United Republic\AMA Label Group and recently released his new album “In the Shadow.” His Christian hit “Open My Eyes from his album “Seamless,” charted top 10 and was nominated for a first round Grammy.

Anderson, who in March was featured as a contestant on the television show “The Voice,” was a worship pastor on staff at Vineyard Columbus for four years and prior to that was the young adult pastor for Calvary Chapel Boise. He has been leading worship for 15 years. For information on the concert, visit the church’s website at or call (740) 264-5309.

Concert to aid Relay for Life

The Thompson family and friends are organizing a southern gospel concert for Relay for Life in memory of Mabel Thompson.

It will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Scio Presbyterian Church located at 101 N. Eastport St., Scio. Light refreshments will follow in the social room. All donations will be accepted.

Women of Harmony hold banquet

The Mingo Junction Women of Harmony of Harmony United Methodist Church held their 50th-annual Mother and Daughter Banquet at the church’s social hall on May 9.

President Mary Joy VanDyne offered welcoming remarks, and Tina Corder gave the invocation.

Following the buffet dinner catered by Manfred’s, the program included the toast to mothers by Joyce Hood and the toast to daughters by Betty Hood. The former Women of the Year were recognized.

Joyce Hood, who had been nominated as the 2013 Woman of the Year, was given a Christian musical globe as her special gift for her dedication over the years.

Lillian Criss donated several baskets for door prizes. Ginny Howell and Pam Pietro drew the door prize winners who were Donna Chichick, Mary Joy VanNorman, Patty Wetherell, Michele Robinson, Carol Ely, Katie Waligorski, Chris Davis and Heather Shaffer.

VanDyne gave the benediction.

Power Surge provided musical entertainment.

Jewett UMC to host free dinner

The Jewett United Methodist Church located at 202 W. Main and Rumley streets will host its free dinner Tuesday through the Olive Branch outreach program.

The dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and feature chicken and noodles, potatoes, corn, dessert and a beverage.

House of Prayer honors mothers

The House of Prayer Church near Brilliant held its Mother’s Day services with special presentations made.

A potted flower was given to each mother in attendance with special potted flowers presented to Sarah Reynard, 2013 Mother of the Year; Dotty McGee-Mayle, oldest mother; and Denese Hatcher, youngest mother.

Annual daughters banquet held

In conjunction with Mother’s Day, the Toronto North River Avenue Christian Church hosted its annual daughters banquet with Joe Coma serving as event chairman.

There were 63 members and guests attending.

The kitchen committee members preparing and serving the baked steak dinner included Rex Mossor, Bob Freeman, Jim Eckard, Les Grimes, Tom Voll, George Bozman, Travor and Caleb Bozman, David Sutherin and Joe Vucjak.

New minister Luke Hightshue gave the blessing and also assisted on the kitchen committee.

Following the dinner, Kenny Mossor and Rebecca Chandler performed southern gospel bluegrass songs on the guitar in the church sanctuary.

Community happenings

Philoptochos to

meet Thursday

Twenty-six members of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church’s Philoptochos Society met for a dinner meeting April 4 at Lancelot’s where President Marianne Balakos presided.

The Rev. Nicholas Halkias gave the opening prayer.

The group adopted a family with 10 children as an Easter project, providing food for their Easter dinner and an Easter basket.

A nominating committee was appointed to elect officers at the next meeting, which will be held Thursday at Janoski’s Farm Restaurant.

Monthly charities the group elected to support were: April, ALIVE Shelter; May, TEAR fund at the Teramana Cancer Center; June, Special Olympics; July, Urban Mission Ministries; and August, Salvation Army.

The society also agreed to send a donation to Wendy’s “Shoes for Kids.”

Toronto Senior

Citizens meet

The Toronto Senior Citizens met at Cornerstone Church for their anniversary dinner on May 9 with guests including Louie Nelson, Jeff Foster, and Don and Cheryl Clarke.

Robert Haught gave the blessing. Entertainment was provided by George Suhon.

Door prize winners were Carolyn Owen, Eileen Emery, Paula Krensavage, Cheryl Clarke, Joyce Dobbs, Dolly Robinson, Carole Eddy, Don Swickard, Emma Haught, Irene Sabados, JoAnn Fogle, Becky Swickard, Jane Hanuscin, Karen Krause, Laura Mamula, Mary Alice Meyer, Violet McClain, Arleen Zahniser, Nannetta Householder, Mary Ann Parker, Jack Doran, David Krause, Pat Rebres, Marjorie Grafton, Leah Bickerstaff and Barbara Lyons.

Richard Dobbs won the 50-50- drawing.

The next meeting will be held May 23 at the Roosevelt Building.

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

Country Friends to host Stone Street

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

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

Country Friends holds covered-dish dinners and open mic nights every Monday and Friday at the memorial hall.

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 or visit

Event to benefit

cancer society

The Presbyterian Hill Top Hoofers For A Cure will sponsor a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Hill Top Presbyterian Fellowship Hall located on co. Hwy. 46, Toronto.

Donations will be accepted.

Beginning at 6:30, there will be square dancing and line dancing led by Richie Coburn.

A donation of $5 will be accepted to event featuring dancing, a cake walk and a Chinese auction. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Three Score

members meet

Tony LaRosa opened the April Three Score meeting with the invocation after being introduced by President Cookie Veltri.

Vice President Rosemary Gaynor introduced “The Music Man” with Jack Grimm and David Hunt as the evening’s entertainment.

A Minnie Pearl impersonator will be May’s entertainment.

Reports were given by Pat Delekta, secretary, and Frank Fazio, treasurer.

Veltri thanked the auditing committee, which included Jean Ray, Angie Mazur and Mary Ann DiFonzo, for their work.

Membership Chair Nancy Smurda introduced guest Victor Greco. Reservation Chair Vivian Weigel reported 101 members were in attendance.

Sunshine Chair Winnie Kemp reported on cards sent. April birthdays were acknowledged.

Members thanked Kathryn Hardsouk and Joan Villa for decorations.

Regina Truax announced the following club trips:

— June 7, Sugar Creek;

— June 12, Viva Las Vegas; and

— June 16-22, Mackinac Island.

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

Hospitality Chair Jim Hare presented gifts to Jack Cummings, Barbara Purks, Brenda Edwards, Boyd Barker and Connie Gilbert. Betty Virtue gave Undo’s dinners to Betty Virtue, Rosemary Gaynor and Virginia Kucan. Jack Cummings awarded the 50/25/25 drawing to Joan Village and Brenda Edwards.

LaRosa gave the benediction.

Community happenings

KKK ‘spy’ subject of LifeTree Cafe

The issue of racism will be explored at Lifetree Cafe at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Staffileno’s on the River.

The program, titled “The Black and White Truth About Racism: Will We Ever Live in a Colorblind World?” features a filmed interview with Daryl Davis, a black man who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free.

Lifetree Cafe is an informal group in which people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting.

For information, contact Vicky Barr at (740) 282-3458 or

Wellsburg church to sell lunches

Christ Episcopal Church at 1014 Main St., Wellsburg, will sell roast beef sandwich lunches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

The cost is $6.50, which includes sandwich, chips, beverage and a slice of peanut butter sheet cake. Individual sandwiches are available for $4.50 each.

Take-out and delivery to local businesses and shut-ins is available by calling (304) 737-3432 after 8:30 a.m. that day.

Gardeners to

hold plant sale

The Tri-State Area Master Gardener Association will be holding its annual plant sale on Saturday at Gabriel’s parking lot in Weirton from 9 a.m. to noon.

There will be no sales before the starting time.

Vegetables, flowers, bushes and houseplants will be offered along with special plant arrangements such as terrariums, fairy gardens and other gift items for Mother’s Day purchase.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer any questions about plants.

For information, call the WVU Extension office at (304) 564-3805

School of Bright

Promise event set

The School of Bright Promise in Steubenville will hold a craft and vendor show and community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 at the school located on John Scott Highway.

All proceeds benefit the United Way. Spaces are available.

For information, contact Mari Sines at (740) 275-1598 or

CCHS Class of ’48

planning reunion

Catholic Central High School’s Class of 1948 is planning its 65-year class reunion for Aug. 17 at Froehlich’s Classic Corner in Steubenville.

Classmates who have not received a letter and are interested in attending can contact Rose Thomas Petrella at (740) 264-4270 or Patsy Duffy Cifrancis at (740) 264-5320.

Hill School Reunion July 6

The annual Hills School Reunion will be held July 6 at noon at the Bell Chapel United Methodist Church shelter house on state Route 213, Steubenville.

A covered-dish luncheon will be served.

For information, contact Fred Vogt at (740) 282-4278.

The reunion is for students of the former Oak Grove School.

Ex-teachers who volunteer honored

The Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association held its April 9 meeting at the Richmond United Methodist Church where Dave Nicholson, president, presided.

Larry Coleman, community service chairperson, announced the top three community volunteers: Nicholson, Gloria Renda and Carolyn Kibble. They were presented gift cards from various businesses as prizes.

Ann Wiley, reservation chairman, announced the next meeting will be held June 4 at Bell Chapel United Methodist Church on state Route 213, Steubenville.

Four members have passed away since the November meeting, according to Margaret Alice Myers, necrology chairman.

Diane Neptune, informative and protective chairman, discussed increased costs in health care.

Myers brought several scrapbooks for display.

Renda announced plans for the second-grade class from Pleasant Hills Elementary School to go to the Pleasant Hills Schoolhouse Museum for a 45-minute field trip.

Carol Remington, District IX director of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association, reported that membership is the focus of the district and state this year.

Janie Wittmer, vice president, introduced Alan Kearns from the Association Member Benefits Advisors. He explained benefits available to ORTA members.

Canned fruit was collected for the Salvation Army as a community service project.

Any retired teacher from Jefferson County and surrounding Ohio counties can join the Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association.

For information, contact Nicholson by phone at (740) 544-6249 or (740) 632-4239 or by e-mail at

Sisters of Garibaldi

banquet May 19

The Sisters of Garibaldi met April 16 with plans made for the annual spring banquet.

It will be held May 19 at Vito’s II, beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $14 per person. All members will be contacted for reservations.

Members were reminded that dues are now due.

Prizes were awarded to Betty Rae, Gina Marchetti, Joyce Parrish and Mary Torini. Refreshments were served by Lisa and Stacy Caruso.

Benefit for Gill

set for May 18

Friends Helping Friends will host a benefit for Michael Gill at 2 p.m. May 18 at the Sports Court Lounge located at 3134 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton.

The cover charge is $10 or $5 for those who purchase a Friends Helping Friends bracelet in advance.

The event includes food, a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing, cornhole tournament, live entertainment and disc jockey.

Those interested in volunteering or seeking information can contact Karen Karavanic at (304) 670-4084.

Mended Hearts will meet

The Greater Wheeling Area Chapter 280 of The Mended Hearts Inc. will meet at 6 p.m. May 13 at Perkin’s Restaurant.

Heather Leonard, Ohio Valley Medical Center clinical diabetic educator, will give the presentation “Health Choices When Eating Out.”

For information or to make a reservation, call Mary Maguire at (304) 280-5221.

COAD offering


The Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development is offering a scholarship opportunity to eligible high school students in a 30-county service area of Ohio, including Jefferson County, who want to attend an institution of higher education.

The scholarship is offered in collaboration with COAD member Community Action Agencies and the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education.

The David V. Stivison Appalachian Community Action Scholarship Fund is in memory of the former COAD employee as a tribute to his pursuit of academic excellence and his commitment to help others achieve their fullest potential.

Stivison was a native of Hocking County and a graduate of Ohio University and Harvard Law School.

To be eligible, scholarship applicants must reside in a household with a total annual income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Interested persons can contact the Jefferson County Community Action Council’s Administration Office at (740) 282-0971, extension 110 for information or to request an application.

Community happenings

Bloomingdale UMC New Beginners Circle meets

The Bloomingdale United Methodist Church’s New Beginners Circle met April 9 with Colleen Rouse, president, presiding.

Arjanta Mansfield gave the opening prayer.

Pat Smith led devotions.

Carolyn Mehl was hostess.

Plans were completed for the May 11 spaghetti dinner. It will be held at the church. Takeouts will be available. Donations will be accepted, and all proceeds will go to the church’s building fund.

The May 14 meeting will be held at the Dove Restaurant in Bloomingdale.

Grace Lutheran begins plans for festival

The Lawn Festival Committee of Grace Lutheran Church located at 2015 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, held a planning meeting for event to be held June 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Plans are to sell food, in particular cabbage rolls and other items, as well as crafts, plants and books.

Entertainment will be provided by Stu and Pat, Michael Facciani and Power Surge.

The event is open to the public.

Skyline Boys to perform

at Cadiz Presbyterian

The Cadiz Presbyterian Church will be hosting the Skyline Boys gospel quartet on May 12 at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Performing since 1995, the group is made up of Dennis Powers of Virginia, owner, manager and soundman; Chris Little of West Virginia, baritone and piano player; Toby Siler of Ohio, lead singer; and Jerry Skaggs of West Virginia, tenor.

The group was nominated for the Horizon group of the year in 2005 and 2006. They signed with Crossroads Music label in 2008.

A love offering will be taken.

Unionport UMW discuss

mother-daughter banquet

Claudia Good presided at the April salad and desert luncheon meeting of the Unionport United Methodist Women where it was reported that the recent hoagie sale was a success.

Plans were discussed for the mother-daughter banquet to be held in May. A contribution was given to Urban Mission Ministries for the Feinstein Hunger Challenge Program.

Driven Quartet to sing

at Carrollton church

Driven Quartet of Indian Trail, N.C., will present a Southern gospel concert on May 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carrollton Baptist Chapel located at 365 Steubenville road, S.E., Carrollton.

The members of the group have been singing professionally for more than 20 years and created Driven Ministries in 2006.

“The name ‘Driven’ comes strictly from the drive these four young men have to continue what God has called them to do – seek the lost and uplift the hurting,” according to a news release.

Two food items are requested for admission and will be donated the Loaves and Fishes, the local food pantry. A love offering also will be taken. For information, call the church at (330) 627-7376 or Richard and Judy Cunningham at (33) 323-9253 or (330) 739-4005.

Community happenings

‘Healing Power of Music’ to be program

“The Healing Power of Music” led by Esther Howard, coordinator, will be the program for the Monday meeting of the Lupus Support Group.

It will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center, 905 Market St., Steubenville. Walter and Pat Howard are project coordinators, and Iris Callahan is the outreach worker.

Italian festival

scholarships given

The scholarship committee of the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival has announced the 2013 recipients of $1,000 scholarships funded through Italian festival proceeds and managed by the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley.

Local recipients are Joshua Higgins, Edison High School; Alec Buchmelter and Juliet Casinelli, Brooke High School; and Joshua Weltner and Sara Reed, Oak Glen High School.

The awards will officially be presented on July 27 during the Italian Festival in Wheeling.

AARP Chapter 3846

members meet

Joann Bugin, president, presided at the April meeting of the AARP Chapter 3846 where Virginia Kucan gave the invocation and benediction.

Bugin introduced Dr. J.K. Luthra, who presented information on the Festival of Nations held at the Millsop Community Center.

Vice President Bettye Williamson introduced Paul Grant, who sang and played the guitar and keyboard. Rollback Music will provide May’s entertainment.

Secretary Barbara Purks and Treasurer Frank Fazio gave reports.

Membership Chair Joyce Dobbs reported there are 138 members, and Marge DiClemente and Liz Bonavich were welcomed back to the group. There were 88 members and two guests, Cindy Tye and Nancy Tournay, in attendance.

Sunshine Chair Mary Rose Spano reported on cards sent and April birthdays and anniversaries.

Regina Truax announced upcoming trips, including:

  • May 29-30, Allegheny Casino; and
  • June 7, Sugar Creek.

For information call Truax at (304) 723-0419.

Milt Fabianich collected 40 glasses and three cell phones. Barb McCoy reported a collection of $11.50 for March in the penny jar.

Parliamentarian Louise Herman presented “Being Observed,” which inspired a lengthy discussion.

Mary Tyson and Grace Lenhart were awarded dinners; Bill Moss and Frank Fazio won the 50/50; Katy Allen won the club check; and Joyce Dobbs won the quilt. Katy Allen, Mary Rose Spano, Richard Dobbs, Alma Wansack, Barbara Purks, Larry Purks, Bill Moss, Virginia Kucan, Liz Messerly, Barb Thompson, Marie Straight, Pauline Stillwagon, Mary Margaret Klepadlo, Ernie Nichols and Midge Green won door prizes.

The next meeting will be May 13.

Adena Lions Club

evaluates minstrel

The 63rd Adena Lions Club Minstrel was a main topic of discussion at the club’s recent meeting.

Darrin Young presided and Lloyd Hutchinson gave the invocation.

Dustin Kinsey was the minstrel director, and Rebecca Dawes was assistant director. John Parkinson, interlocker for many years of the show, introduced the new announcer, John Sebring, before bowing out due to health problems. He received a standing ovation for the many years he has been part of the show.

The house band consisted of Kinsey, Kipp Bowers, Brian Dawes and Dan Jones. Lynn Sweeney and Judy Jones provided the stage backdrop, and the Harrisville Fire Department directed the parking and traffic. Makeup was by Jean Shields, and an after-the-show dinner was handled by Chris Thompson.

A representative of the A. L.C. after-school lunch program at Buckeye West Elementary School requested a donation to help with money for food, and it was announced that a banner to be put up at the Hopedale Baseball Association field would cost $75. At a later meeting at the LaPizza Restaurant, both requests were approved.

Urban Mission Ministries sent a thank-you for clothing collected for the group’s distribution.

The cost for the supplies to repair the Adena Girls Softball Pit Field will be covered by the Lions who worked on the grounds in early April. The project concerning the monument at the Village Square has been tabled.

Friends and Neighbors

4-H Club meets today

The Friends and Neighbors 4-H Club met at the Ryan Center with Londy Marracino presiding.

Members learned about parliamentarian procedure with a hands-on activity.

Adviser Donna Corder’s grandmother spoke to the Cloverbuds about growing older to help them plan their Cloverbot project for the theme “Super Seniors.”

Members planned a bowling trip at the Vallie Bowling Lanes and will prepare the flower beds at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

The next meeting is today at the Ryan Center.

Unionport Community

Grange to host Pomona

The Unionport Community Grange No. 2728 met recently with reports and discussions held on upcoming events, including “Apple Stirrin’ Time.”

A monetary gift was given to Urban Mission Ministries for the Feinstein Hunger Challenge as part of the observance of Grange Month in April. Unionport Grange will host the Jefferson County Pomona Grange No. 41 members at 12:30 p.m. May 11 in Unionport.

Martha Manor to hold

Mother’s Day luncheon

Martha Manor in Steubenville will host a Mother’s Day luncheon for residents and their families and friends at noon on May 10 at the manor.

Chicken dinner May 12 at Jewett VFD

The Jewett Volunteer Fire Department will host a chicken barbecue dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12.

For $8, a dinner includes half a barbecued chicken, baked potato, baked beans, noodles, salad bar, dessert and beverage.

Community happenings

Spaghetti dinner To benefit relay

A spaghetti dinner to benefit the Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Bell Chapel United Methodist Church located on state Route 213, Steubenville.

Cost is by donation. The menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert, coffee, tea and punch.

Sands of Time at Country Friends

The Country Friends will host the Sands of Time 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 hold 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 6 p.m.

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

Four Seasons hold meeting

The Four Seasons Senior Citizens Association met April 17at the Serbian American Cultural Center with Norma Yoho, president, presiding.

Brian and Shawn Chrisagis entertained with songs of faith.

Co-tour directors Roberta Burnett and Edie Mitchell were introduced.

April birthdays were acknowledged.

Harry and Bernice Bain and Jenna Fazie were welcomed as guests.

Jasper Wamsley and Mary Salantino won the 50-50 drawing. Al Cellini won the free dinner. Door prize winners were Fran Wenzel, Dorothy Blankenship, Bob Anderson, Chris Gillette, Jane Barney and Rick Sklenar.

Members played cards and bingo after dinner.

The next meeting will be held May 15.

Karaoke fun night at E.S. center

The East Springfield Community Center will host a karaoke fun night with disc jockey Chelsea Matta from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday.

Admission is $2 with children age 10 and under admitted for free.

There will be refreshments available for sale.

The center is located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Italian festival scholarships given

The scholarship committee of the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival has announced the 2013 recipients of $1,000 scholarships funded through Italian festival proceeds and managed by the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley.

Local recipients are Joshua Higgins, Edison High School; Alec Buchmelter and Juliet Casinelli, Brooke High School; and Joshua Weltner and Sara Reed, Oak Glen High School.

The awards will officially be presented on July 27 during the Italian Festival in Wheeling.