Community happenings

Strawberry Festival

at Wintersville UMC

A 25-year tradition at the Wintersville United Methodist Church will unfold there Saturday when its annual Strawberry Festival is held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Patrons can dine in or get takeout. The phone number is (740) 264-1676.

The menu will include cabbage rolls, barbecued ham sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, macaroni and potato salad, baked beans and hot dogs, according to Glenda Fordyce, event chair.

“It’s a pretty nice menu,” she said, noting dessert is exclusively angle food cake with strawberries and ice cream.

“All the food is prepared by the congregation, and we have wonderful cooks,” Fordyce said.

Items are individually priced with the cost remaining the same for five years running. The festival has grown bigger and better each year with good food and good fellowship, she said.

Transgender issues to be topic at the Lifetree Cafe

WELLSBURG – A film about a man who feels he is really a woman in a man’s body will be shown and discussed at the Lifetree Cafe at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Staffileno’s on the River.

The film examines issues surrounding transgenderism such as family dynamics, workplace complications, and spiritual implications.

Lifetree Cafe spokesperson Craig Cable said, “This issue – transgenderism -raises all sorts of questions for people. Increasingly, our schools, workplaces, and faith communities are looking for answers. This Lifetree program provides some insight.”

Free and open to the public, 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 hold summer

reading program

WELLSBURG – Readers of all ages will explore all things underground this summer through a variety of activities as the Brooke County Public Library and the Follansbee Branch Library present “Dig Into Reading” during their summer reading program.

The program is open to children in preschool through eighth grade and includes prizes and various activities. Registration will begin Monday.

On Monday at 5:30 p.m. Nora Bell will lead some hands-on cooking instruction when she helps youth to dig up some snacks at the Brooke County Library.

On July 5 at 3 p.m. visitors will be invited to worm races, in which they can bring their own worms or cheer on one provided by the Brooke County Library.

There also will be story hours, for children ages 2-5 and under and their caregivers, at noon Monday and July 8, 22 and 29 at the Follansbee Library.

More programs will be announced.

Those interested in attending the free programs at the Brooke County Library should call (304) 737-1551 or for the Follansbee story hours, (304) 527-0860.

Call either number to participate in the summer reading program or stop by the library to learn more and find the variety of books, movies and other materials available there.

Spaghetti dinner Monday to

benefit tornado victims

FOLLANSBEE – Vito’s 2 will hold a spaghetti dinner to benefit a family who lost its home to the tornado in Oklahoma on Monday at the Follansbee Community House. The dinner will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and cost $8 per person. It’s part of an ongoing effort by the restaurant and the Follansbee Chamber of Commerce.

Walkers can help their

county get designation

WELLSBURG – Brooke County residents who walk for exercise can help their county become designated a Live Well West Virginia Community through the the LIVEWell Summer Steps Community Challenge program, according to the Brooke County West Virginia University Extension Service.

The county that logs the most miles will receive a walkability study by the WVU Extension Service’s Community, Economic and Workforce Development program, said Norm Schwertfeger, extension agent.

Participants track their personal mileage now through Aug. 31 through the WVU Extension’s online tracker at

Residents who don’t walk also can count 20 minutes of other physical activity such as bike riding, swimming or soccer as one mile. The exercise doesn’t have to be performed in Brooke County.

During last summer’s program, people in 33 counties walked more than 4,275 miles, roughly the distance from New York to Hawaii. Monroe County won the 2012 challenge, with 19 people who walked almost 1,000 miles.

The challenge is sponsored by the West Virginia Association of Counties, Charleston Gazette and WVU Extension Service. For information, visit the LIVEWell West Virginia website at, or contact Schwertfeger at (304) 737-3666 or

Community happenings

Camera club holding Chinese auction

The Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club will hold a Chinese auction from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Thunder in the Ville Festival below Riesbeck’s.

Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Those purchasing tickets may enter their ticket for any matted and framed picture in the auction.

Pictures to be auctioned include a mail pouch barn by Steve Whiting, an eagle by Andy Tindor, a grist mill by Deb Snider, a vintage steam engine by Dave Rees, a waterfall from Old Man’s Cave in Ohio by Sam Rees and an Amish buggy by Don Roberts.

The club also is sponsoring a 50/50 drawing and a drawing for a free club membership. The drawings will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Elks holding steak fry Saturday

The Wellsburg Elks will hold a steak fry from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the lodge located at 837 Charles St., Wellsburg.

The meal includes steak, baked potato, green beans, salad, bread and dessert. The cost is $15 per person.

Call (304) 737-9806 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today or Friday or contact any house committee member for advance tickets.

Country Friends to host Eldurays

Country Friends will host the Eldurays on Saturday at 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 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.

Country Friends is a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting Christianity and brotherly love through music. For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 797-1270 or visit the website at

Mingo Knights announce events

The Mingo Knights of Columbus of Monsignor Joseph F. Dooley Council 4361 have announced events for July. They include:

  • No meeting July 4 because of the holiday.
  • July 8: Installation of officers at 6:15 p.m. with dinner to follow. For reservations, call the hall at (740) 535-8037.
  • July 14: Family picnic beginning at noon at small shelterhouse at Aracoma Park. Council will provide hot dogs and hamburgers. Members are to bring side dishes. Free swimming for youth ages 3-18. Reservations should be made by calling the council hall.
  • July 18: Council meeting at 7 p.m.
  • July 19: State tour meeting at 7 p.m. in St. Clairsville.

A corn roast at Tappan Lake is on the calendar for Aug. 18. For reservations, call (740) 535-8037.

Farm Bureau group makes plans

“A Miracle Called Friendship” was read by Mary Ellen Grafton when the Jefferson County Farm Bureau women’s promotion and education group met with 15 members present.

Plans were made follow the Jefferson County Fair’s theme “Where Dreams are Made” to design their fair booth in the commercial building.

Members were reminded the cupcake demonstration will be held at the former Bantam Ridge School office for the Farm Bureau from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 23. It is in conjunction with the cupcake wars contest to be held at the county fair at 10 a.m. on Aug. 15.

Linda Chivers asked about entering a float in the grand parade for the fair and will look into doing so.

Jeanne Roberts, membership chairman, reported on its success in recruiting members.

The group plans to have a canning demonstration in order to obtain a grant from a “Know and Grow” event.

There will be no July meeting, but members will meet in August to refurbish a flower bed at the fair grounds and put the booth together in time for the Aug. 13-18 event.

Fun Seekers’ annual picnic July 21

Larry Bauer presided at the Fun Seekers May meeting held at the YWCA of Steubenville and attended by 68 members.

Joann Bugin gave the invocation and benediction. Reports were given by Secretary Mary Beth Bauer and Treasurer Barbara Losey.

The Nominating Committee, including Jim Fulciniti, Rosemary Gaynor and Edna Michetti, will give their report on filling the offices of president and treasurer at the August meeting.

Jim DeFallo led a quiz, and Mary Beth Bauer conducted dice games.

Regina Truax announced upcoming tours. They include:

  • July 10, “Nunsense” at the West Virginia Public Theater;
  • July 28, Una Balla Fiesta; and
  • Sept. 11-13, Seneca Niagara Falls.

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

Chuck Kettle won the 50/50 drawing, and Mary Morelli won the dinner award. Barbara Purks, Sam DiMeo, Chuck Pearce, Walt Klepadlo, Frank Bednarek, Beverly Dibiase, Grace Huber, Jim Fulciniti, Joann Bugin, Tony LaRosa, Dolores LaRosa, Edith Cooper and John Tucci won prizes donated by Dino and Pat Rossi.

The annual picnic will be held at noon July 21 at Aracoma Park in Mingo Junction, Ohio. Each family is asked to bring a covered dish.


Community happenings

Knights of Columbus

appreciation dinner Thursday

The Knights of Columbus Council No. 472 will host an appreciation dinner on Thursday at the council hall in Wintersville, beginning at 5 p.m.

The spaghetti dinner is a show of thanks to all captains and their wives, plus any members and their wives who sold 10 or more tickets during the recently completed Charity Ticket Drive Campaign.

The free dinner for those individuals will include salad, Italian bread and coffee. The social room will be open for other refreshments at a minimal fee.

Grand Knight Don Hall said the dinner also is open to all members and their families with a cost of $5 per person.

Weirton AARP?Chapter

celebrates occasions

President Joann Bugin presided at the AARP Chapter 3846 June meeting.

Members were celebrating Father’s Day and National Flag Day. Carol Irvine was thanked for her flag display. Virginia Kucan gave the invocation and the benediction.

Bettye Williamson introduced the evening’s entertainment, Donahue and Son. July’s entertainment will be Magician for Hire Michael Strough.

Reports were given by Secretary Barbara Purks and Chuck Bugin.

Membership Chair Joyce Dobbs welcomed new member Carol Boyer. Angie Mazur and Mary Ann DiFonzo, guests of Josie Elliott, were introduced. The club has 139 members with 88 in attendance at the meeting.

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

Milt Fabianich collected 35 glasses, five cell phones and two hearing aids. Barb McCoy collected $10.06 in the penny jar in May for the senior center.

Ernie Nicholas shared greetings with the club sent by longtime members John and Elma Pandelios.

Marian Bowen and John Geary won the dinners. Patty Beltrame and Bettye Williamson won the 50/25/25 drawing. Noman White won the quilt, and Barb McCoy won the check. Prizes were given to men in honor of Father’s Day and were won by Dan Tournay, Steve Rzepka, Ed Krinock, John Geary, Santo Gubetti, Richard Dobbs, Norman White, Bill Wetzel, John Grimm, Lester Fridley, Walt Klepadlo, Al Daugherty, Michael Oklok, Jay Householder and Jack Cummings.

The next meeting will be held July 8.

Group’s benefit Thursday

to help senior center

The Tri-State Acoustic Music Group will hold a fundraiser Thursday at the Hancock County Senior Center located on Gas Valley Road, New Cumberland, with proceeds to benefit the center.

The doors open at 4 p.m. and the concert begins at 6 p.m. Snacks and coffee will be provided. The cost is $1 with free-will donations taken.

The event benefits the senior center.

Community happenings

Red Hats enjoy special

programs at gatherings

The La Bonne Vie (the Good Life) Chapter of the Red Hat Society held a humorous rendition of “What Not To Wear” at its April meeting with each table creating a unique style using one-of-a-kind items for their “victim” of fashion disaster.

The winning table received prizes for dressing member Joyce Parrish “in a most unbelievable manner.”

In May, the participants staged their own version of “Hoarding: Buried Alive.” Members offered their “reasons” for hoarding. There were prizes for Best Hoarder, Best Reason for Hoarding and for a number of non-hoarders.

Newest women of the month are Jane Crownover and Parrish.

The next non-meeting is Thursday. There will be a special presentation by a member of Women in Action Against Cancer Coalition, arranged by coalition representatives Patricia Butler and Judy Manfred.

For information, call (740) 264-5079, or email, A prize is awarded to the first RSVP.

Coalition, 4-H club plan cleanup

on Circle Green Road

The Yellow Creek Watershed Coalition will join forces with the BarShoe Wrangler 4-H Club and area residents to clean up litter Thursday on Circle Green Road, county Road 60, in East Springfield.

Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at Carry Out Express in East Springfield.

A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy will assist with traffic control, and the JB Green Team will provide gloves, T-shirt and safety vests for the youth involved.

Caution signs will be in place, and motorists are asked to exercise caution as they travel.

For information on participating, contact Maggie Corder, Yellow Creek Restoration Coalition coordinator, at the Jefferson County Soil and Water District at (740) 264-9790 or Virginia Glenn at (740) 768-2365.

Wintersville Legion has free Pirates tickets for veterans for July 4 game

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be celebrating their “Military Appreciation Day” on July 4 in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, which begins at 1:35 p.m.

The Wintersville American Legion Post 557 has approximately 100 free tickets available to any veteran or veterans’ families.

For information, contact Jim Metcalf, post adjutant, by phone at (740) 765-4876 or by e-mail at

Community happenings

Music time in Richmond on Saturday

The Richmond Community Historical Society will present “Music in the Gazebo” featuring the Sands of Time on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Richmond Commons on Main Street.

The event will include food available for purchase; a 50-50 drawing; and “In Richmond, We Remember” T-shirts for $15.

Donations accepted will benefit the Crew House Museum.

Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and “enjoy an evening of great music,” according to a promotional flyer.

For information on the event or the historical society, contact Phil Judy, president, at (740) 765-4534.

Flea market at Liberty grange

A flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22 at the Liberty Grange Hall In New Alexandria.

Camera club lists May winners

The Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club has named the winners of the May competition in prints and slides.

The print winners for the topic of the month “Historical” were Steve Roberts, first place; Anissa Wellington and Debra Snider, second place; and Ernest D’Andrea and Don Roberts, third place.

In the open category, the winners included Don Roberts, first place; Andy Tindor, second place; and Snider, third place. The special effects winners were Don Roberts, first place; Dave Rees, second place; and Angela McClain, Wellington and Snider, third place. The winners’ pictures can be found on Facebook at the Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club page.

The slide winners for the topic “Historical” were Claudia Norris, first place; Steve Whiting, second place; and Judy Whiting, third place. The open category winners included Norris, first place; Steve Whiting, second place; and Judy Whiting, third place. The special effects winners were Steve Whiting, first place; and Norris, second place.

For the workshop meeting, the camera club held a “model shoot” at the club’s regular meeting location at Two Ridges Presbyterian Church hall. Club members brought with them someone to serve as a model. Becky Mihopulos, Wellington and Snider provided backdrops and studio lighting. Mike Ofca brought his motorcycle to serve as a prop.

Some club members attended a field trip in May to DiGregory’s Greenhouse and Garden Center in Steubenville to photograph flowers. Members’ pictures were on display throughout May at the Center of Music and Art in Wintersville.

It was announced that the camera club will have a booth at the “Thunder in the Ville Festival” in Wintersville on June 29. Pictures donated by some of the members will be auctioned off. Pictures include a vintage train, eagles, a mail pouch barn, an Amish buggy, an elk and a West Virginian grist mill. There will be a 50/50 drawing and a drawing for a free club membership. Information about the club also will be available.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 18. It will be a competition in prints and slides.

For information about the club, contact club President Steve Whiting at (740) 546-4497.

Men’s gospel concert Saturday

The Second Baptist Church Men’s Day Committee will host its third Community Men Gospel Concert on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. at 717 Adams St., Steubenville.

Participating will be Stanley Brown, producer; Jesse “TC” Brown, director; Jerry Williams, bass guitarist; Calvin Wicker; keyboard; and Kim “Pye” Morgan, drummer.

Soloist Richard Beal also will serve as master of ceremonies.

More than 40 men from the Upper Ohio Valley are scheduled to participate. The Rev. Calvin McLoyd Jr. is the host pastor.

‘Faith, Flag, Freedoms’ rally scheduled

The Eastern Ohio Concerned Citizens, Steubenville for Liberty and American Patriot Council Washington/Jefferson/Hancock Chapter will host a rally, “Defending Our Faith, Flag and Freedoms,” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Treasure Island Flea Market.

Featured speakers will include Anton Salinski, Toni Blake, Eric Jack, Lynne Modranski, the Rev. Hombre Liggett and Dave Daubenmire. Modranski will provide music.

Community happenings

SHS Class of ’68

plans reunion

The Steubenville High School Class of 1968 is planning its 45-year class reunion on Sept. 6-7.

Classmates who have not been contacted are asked to call Beverly Drzayich Bise at (740) 264-0032.

Friends, Neighbors

4-H Club to meet

The Friends and Neighbors 4-H Club met at the Colonial Baptist Ryan Center with Coy Amis presiding.

There were 19 members present at the meeting where Andrew Consatine, Melissa Harrah and Amis gave demonstrations.

Members planted seeds that will later be transplanted to the club flower bed at the fairgrounds for a community betterment project. Cloverbuds learned about the growing of seeds through this project.

Future plans include a trip to the movie theater, camping and visiting a wave pool on July 23.

The next meeting will be at Lane and Nolan Corder’s home property in Bloomingdale on Friday.

Garibaldi Sisters

hold meeting

The Sisters of Garibaldi met May 21 for their monthly meeting with Gina Marchetti presiding.

Refreshments were served by Pauline Thomaselli, Cindy Thomaselli and Mary Ann Fletcher.

Prizes were awarded to Lisa Caruso, Marchetti, Anna DiVenanzo and Cindy Thomaselli.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 18.

Country Friends

to hold dance

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

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. 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. The website is

Community happenings

Women’s Camp at Piedmont

Women’s Camp will be held July 6-8 at Piedmont 4-H Camp. The theme will be “Butterflies of the Enchanted Garden.”

There also will be crafts, swimming, boat rides and entertainment with the singing group the Cabin Boys. The cost is $75 for the weekend with reservations due by June 20. For information, call Marlene Boni at (740) 264-9485 or Pam Dunlap at (740) 537-4583.

Adena Lions hear progress report

Adena Lions Club members reported on the work completed at the Pitt Field for the Adena Girls’ Softball League at a recent business meeting where Darrin Young presided. Pictures of work on the field were highlighted in “The Headlioner” newsletter in May.

A June 12 grilled steak or chicken dinner will be held with an induction of new officers at the Adena Fire Hall.

Dustin Kinsey, Zone 6 chairman, will be completing his term as well, with Young taking over the reins of Zone 6. He has had a close working relationship with Kinsey and will be carrying on a smooth transition, it was noted.

Correspondence read was from Camp Echoing Hills, Eye Research, Akron Children’s Hospital and Ohio Lion Foundation.

Three people are up for membership: James Moore, sponsored by Jay Hopkins; Willie Luther, sponsored by Young; and Rob Winnery, sponsored by Karl Bowers.

The club made a donation to the Adena Library for $325 for the summer program.

Eldurays band at Country Friends

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

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

On Monday and Friday, the doors open a 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish for the meal that begins 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) 797-1270. The website is

Community happenings

Spay-neuter clinic set for July

Hounds’ Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce its next spay-neuter clinic for cats and dogs.

The “Rascal Unit,” a mobile spay-neuter veterinary clinic, will be hosted by Hounds’ Haven for two days, July 6 and 7, at the Warren Township Trustees Building on Walden Avenue in Tiltonsville.

The clinic offers spay and neuter surgeries as well as other pet medical services and is open to all pet owners in the Ohio Valley.

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay (cash or money order only) by June 15. Applications are available at Landmark stores in Bloomingdale, Cadiz or Dillonvale or by calling (319) 283-0950. Appointments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will receive their appointment time one week before the clinic.

Also, dog owners should inquire about reduced prices for canine spays and neuters, according to a spokesperson. These are only available to those who meet low-income guidelines.

Hounds’ Haven is a nonprofit, “quality-of-life” shelter for homeless pets from around the Ohio Valley. We are a private facility in Jefferson County, dedicated to providing loving care to animals for life, while actively seeking “forever” homes for them.

Mended Hearts meet Monday

The Greater Wheeling Area Chapter No. 280 will meet Monday at the Ohio Valley Medical Center in conference room B located in the back of the cafeteria.

A social time with light refreshments starts at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting promptly beginning at 7 p.m. Cindy Price, an infection control specialist at OVMC, will be the guest speaker with her topic being “The New Super Bugs.”

Mended Hearts is a national support organization for heart disease patients, their family and friends. All are welcome to attend.

For information, contact Mary at (304) 280-5221.

Writers society meets June 11

The monthly meeting of the Tri-State Writers Society, led by local author Karen Majoris-Garrison, will be held at Scaffidi’s Restaurant at 6 p.m. June 11.

Published and aspiring writers are welcome to attend.

For information, call (740) 424-1243, or visit the website

Dinner planned in Unionport

A baked steak dinner is set for Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Unionport Community Center (old school).

Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children age 6 to 12. Children under age 6 eat for free.

The dinner is sponsored by the community center group with proceeds going for building repair and current expenses.

Help with kicking the habit

Adults in Jefferson County who smoke but want to quit can still get help through a research partnership between the Ohio State University College of Public Health and OSU Extension in Jefferson County.

This partnership – called the OSU Quit Smoking Project – will provide telephone support and up to eight weeks of nicotine patches for 60 adult smokers in Jefferson County.

To participate in this project, smokers need to be:

  • A resident of Jefferson County;
  • 18 years or older;
  • Have no recent major health issues;
  • Be a daily smoker; and
  • Not be pregnant.

Both men and women can participate.

People also must be willing to try and quit in the next month by using telephone support and nicotine patches, which will be provided free of charge as long as they remain in the study.

The purpose of the study is to find out how effective telephone support and patches are for smokers in the Appalachian region of Ohio. Participants will be asked a set of questions before they start the project as well as three, six and 12 months afterwards.

It is important for participants to stay in the study for 12 months, whether they quit smoking or not.

Participants will receive a small gift card after each data collection to thank them for their time, according to a project spokesperson.

Jefferson County is one of six counties in Ohio Appalachia selected to participate in this project over the next several years, in part because of high rates of smoking in Appalachia.

According to the 2008 Ohio Family Health Survey, 34.4 percent of adults in Jefferson County smoke. In comparison, the statewide smoking rate in Ohio 2008 was 20.1 percent.

The study is funded by the National Cancer Institute, which is part of the National Institute of Health. Mary Ellen Wewers obtained the funding and leads the project at the OSU College of Public Health. Amy Wermert and Julianna Nemeth, also at the OSU College of Public Health, manage the project. Janine Yeske, Extension educator at OSU Extension Jefferson County, helps with outreach and recruitment.

Goldia Smurda is the lay health advisor and interviewer from Jefferson County conducting the local project. Anyone interested in participating can contact Smurda at (740) 314-2498.