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Roadside flag rally

in two locations

The American Patriot Council-Washington/Jefferson/Hancock Chapter, Steubenville for Liberty and Eastern Ohio Concerned Citizens (Harrison County Tea Party) will be collecting donations for the Wounded Warrior Project during its fourth-annual Memorial Day weekend “Support Our Military/Thank A Veteran” roadside flag rally.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at two locations in the area, including in Steubenville at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and John Scott Highway in the lower lot of Eastern Gateway Community College.

It also will be held in Weirton at the corner of Penco Road and Pennsylvania Avenue, according to Rob Denham, chapter coordinator, APC-W/J/H.

“Last year, we raised nearly $2,000 for Wounded Warrior Project,” Denham said.

Individuals who would like to participate in the rally are encouraged to bring American or state flags and signs honoring the military or veterans.

Set-up at both locations is anticipated to begin around 9 a.m.

Mother-Father’s Day dinner set

The Toronto Sunrise Seniors met May 10 at the Roosevelt Recreation Center with President Susan Kulstad welcoming guests Randy and Peggy Ketchmar.

Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Paul Pavelka and Kulstad. Door prize winners were Connie Loupushansky and Dot Pavelka.

Birthdays and anniversaries for May were announced.

There will be no meeting Friday because of the Branson trip.

The next meeting will be the annual Mother-Father’s Day Dinner on June 14 at the Roosevelt Recreation Center. The social hour will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., when the dinner gets under way.

A trip to Columbiana for the dinner show “Speakin’ Easy” on Aug. 1 has a few available seats. Inquiries can be directed to Mary Lou Deku at (740) 537-2659 for information.

Bingo winners were Paul Parker, Mary Lou Deku, Wilma Elder, Rex Mossor, Sally Holland, Bette Ann Parker, Lucy Timko, Marilyn Campbell, Peggy Ketchmar, Stan Ohalek, Mike Timko, Donna Twyford, John Bodrog, Beth Clark, Pete Graceffa and Joyce Gribben. Scat winners were Helen Lindsay, Bruce Pertko, Mary Lou Deku, Rusty Roth and Bob Deku.

Survivors, Seekers

want members

Bolstering membership was a topic addressed when the Survivors and Seekers of the old McCullough Children’s Home at Yellow Creek held their May luncheon and business meeting at the Wintersville United Methodist Church.

Recruiting new members is a goal for the group that meets on the second Friday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Wintersville UMC.

President Charlie Lash presided at the meeting that included treasurer and secretary reports by Mary Pasich, and the invocation by Darlene Pehanich.

The group is continuing to sell copies of “The Lost Children of the Ohio Valley,” written by the late Gordon Grafton, the group’s founder.

For information, call Lash at (740) 264-4821 or Pehanich at (740) 282-6127.

AARP chapter

members meet

President Joann Bugin presided over the May AARP Chapter 3846 meeting at Undo’s.

Carol Irvine gave the invocation with a special Mother’s Day reading.

Rollback Music with Rich Grimm and David Hunt provided entertainment.

Vice President Bettye Williamson announced Donahue and Son will entertain at the June 10 meeting.

Reports were given by Secretary Barbara Purks; Treasurer Frank Fazio; and Sunshine Chair Mary Rose Spano.

Reservation Chair Regina Truax reported 88 members were in attendance and introduced guest Carol Boyer. Parliamentarian Louise Herman gave a presentation “Are You Aware?” and Bugin expressed appreciation for her work.

Milt Fabianich reported 35 pairs of glasses, two hearing aids and five cell phones have been collected.

Barb McCoy collected $15.80 from the penny jar in April for the Greater Weirton Area Senior Center.

Eva Fabianich and Carol Irvine decorated the room.

Williamson read “Mother’s Journey.”

Ann Perhacs, Midge Green, Richard Dobbs, Eleanor Pritchard, Valeria Adamczyk and Bettye Williamson won prizes. Hospitality Chair Kathryn Hardsauk gave spring flowers to Barb Visnic, Kathryn Hardsauk, Patty Beltrame, Bettye Williamson, Marie Straight, Nikki Cable, Patsy Verlast, Corliss Brown, Nancy Fridley, Barb McCoy, Regina Truax, Ruth Sperry, Katy Rosohac, Cindy Gilbert and Carol Irvin in celebration of Mother’s Day.

Virginia Kucan gave the benediction.

Upcoming library

programs detailed

Upcoming programs being offered at branches of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County include:

  • Play and Learn the Alphabet for caregiver and children age 2-6 will be at the Schiappa branch on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and at the main library on Tuesday at 6 p.m. There also will be one at the Tiltonsville branch at 11 a.m.
  • The book discussion group for the Adena branch will meet today at 5:30 p.m. Join by calling the library at (740) 546-3782. The Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch’s group will meet on Tuesday at 10 a.m. For information, call (740) 769-2090. The book discussion group for the Brilliant branch will meet today at 6 p.m. Join by calling (740) 598-4028.
  • Babygarten for caregiver and child ages birth to 24 months will be held at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch on Thursday at 11:15 a.m.
  • Gaming for teens will be held on Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Schiappa branch.
  • “Coffee, Doughnut & a Movie” will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Tiltonsville branch and at the Brilliant branch on Friday at 10 a.m.
  • The cookbook club for the Tiltonsville branch will meet on Thursday at 6 p.m.
  • The Brilliant branch will show a family movie at noon on Saturday. The Schiappa branch will have two showings, one at 4 p.m., the other at 6:30 p.m. Register by calling the Schiappa branch at (740) 264-6166.
  • Watch a cooking demonstration and taste samples at the Schiappa branch today at 6 p.m. The cost to participate is $10. Call the library at (740) 264-6166 for information.
  • There will be a program on organic gardening in small spaces at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Toronto Branch. It will be led by an OSU Extension representative.

Program on

dealing with grief

FOLLANSBEE – Genesis Health Care and Amedisys Hospice will hold a free program for individuals dealing with grief and their loved ones at 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, beginning May 21, at Brightway Center at 840 Lee Road.

Anyone interested in attending is asked to call (304) 527-1100 to make reservations.

Living a happy life topic of discussion

How to experience a full and satisfying life will be explored at the next Lifetree Cafe at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Staffileno’s on the River in Wellsburg.

The free program will include a filmed interview with Sasha Vukelja, who as a young girl escaped from communist Yugoslavia and emigrated to the United States.

Vukelja, now an oncologist, tells how she works with patients facing an uncertain future to find hope and a positive attitude.

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 ‘Safe Haven’

The Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg will show the PG-13-rated film, “Safe Haven,” at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The romantic drama is based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name.

To reserve a seat and popcorn for the free screening, call (304) 737-1551.

Senior center

to hold dance

A dance featuring music by the Light Touch will be held Thursday at the Greater Weirton Senior Center at 3425 Main St., Weirton.

Admission is $5, which includes hot dogs, punch and coffee. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Seeing Hand

official to visit

A representative of the Seeing Hand Association will be at the Greater Weirton Senior Center at noon Thursday to discuss glaucoma, cataracts and low vision aids.

Legion auxiliary to hold Poppy Days

The Wellsburg American Legion Auxiliary will be distributing buddy poppies in exchange for donations on Friday and Saturday at various locations in the Wellsburg area.

The donations will go to helping hospitalized veterans and those living at the state veterans home. The poppies are made by disabled veterans for the cause.

Senior companion

volunteers sought

Individuals who are 55 or older and meet income guidelines could become a stipend-paid volunteer with the Senior Companion Program.

The program places volunteers in the homes of seniors age 60 and older or adults with disabilities over 21. Volunteers help with daily living needs such as fixing a light lunch or helping with light duties around the house such as dusting or laundry or are there as a friend to talk to. Other options are social time at a local senior center or an outing to a mall.

The program also provides respite care for personal caregivers to allow them to leave the home for short periods to take care of their personal business. “You would be the eyes and ears to the patient in the event help would be needed. We do not provide professional or medical assistance,” according to a news release.

Stipend paid volunteers are reimbursed for their time and mileage, but the stipend is not considered income and cannot be counted against any assistance being received.

There is an orientation process and monthly training meetings for each county along with an annual recognition and picnic. Volunteers serve between 20 to 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

“COAD has sponsored this program in our 30-county area of Ohio since 1974, making this our 39th year of service,” said Kirki Guisti, area one coorindator. For information, contact him Guisti by mail at P.O. Box 176, Cadiz, OH 43907; by phone at (330) 987-7232 -or (740) 942-8886, ext.: 205; by e-mail at; or visit the COAD website at

The Area I office covers Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.