Community happenings

Holy Resurrection Serbian Church

to celebrate patronal feast Sunday

Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church of Steubenville will celebrate its 107th patronal feast or slava on Sunday.

The church celebrates as its feast the Dedication of the Church of the Holy Resurrection (also known as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher) in Jerusalem, which took place in the fourth century.

The celebration will begin with the Divine Liturgy, a procession around the church and a memorial service for all departed members at 10 a.m. It will continue with a banquet at the church’s Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, beginning at 1 p.m.

Honored members or kumovi for the day are Mr. and Mrs. Bronko Dopudja of Chester.

The public is invited.

Yard sale, bake sale Oct. 5 at

Bloomingdale United Methodist

The New Beginners Women’s Circle of Bloomingdale United Methodist Church will hold its annual yard sale and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 5 in the social hall located in the lower level of the church.

Brooke County Salvation Army offers

lunches on Wednesday and Friday

The Brooke County Salvation Army Service Center at 401 Commerce St. (state Route 2), Wellsburg, offers home-cooked meals from noon to 1 p.m. each Wednesday and Friday.

Local volunteers prepare the meals, which have included creamed turkey on biscuits, ham and rice casserole, penne pasta and sausage sauce and beef stew, and serve them cafeteria style. Everyone is welcome.

The Salvation Army also needs volunteers to work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to prepare and assist with the meals and cleanup. Those interested should call (304) 737-0071.

Starkdale chicken grill generates $1,631 for Abigail’s Angels charity

Starkdale Presbyterian Church of Steubenville held its bi-annual chicken grill on Sept. 21, generating a profit of $1,631.

The proceeds were donated to Abigail’s Angels charity which goes toward funding research for curing a specific type of childhood blindness called Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis or LCA.

Holy Trinity Philoptochos Society

to host dinner on Thursday

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society will host a dinner for the Serbian and Russian Orthodox women of Jefferson County on Thursday.

The start of the 2013-14 season for the society ushered in a membership drive dinner meeting on Sept. 5 at Lancelot’s Restaurant with Rikki Kamarados, president, presiding. There were 29 members present at the meeting where the Rev. Nicholas Halkias gave the opening prayer.

The society ended its 2012-13 season with a luncheon held May 16 at Janoski Farm Restaurant with then-president Marianne Balakos, president, presiding. Eighteen members were on hand for the event, which included shopping at the market.

The June 2 meeting brought the swearing-in of the newly elected board and officers by Halkias. The new officers, in addition to Kamarados as president, are: first vice president, Christine Joyce; second vice president, Louise Kronstein; treasurer, Mary McElhaney; assistant treasurer, Neove Young; recording secretary, Georgiann Hart; and corresponding secretary, Millie Mougianis.

Charities being supported by the Philoptochos include: June, Special Olympics; September, Athena’s Closet; and October, Women In Action Against Cancer Coalition.

Weirton Covenant Church to hold

World Help Charity Auction

The Weirton Covenant Church will hold a World Help Charity Auction and sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at the church located at 200 Pennsylvania Ave.

The auction begins at 2 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held Oct. 12.

World Help is a faith-based humanitarian organization helping those in impoverished communities around the world. All proceeds will benefit World Help. For information or to make a donation, call (304) 748-4422 or visit

Toronto Bible Methodist Church

having special events Sunday

The Toronto Bible Methodist Church is planning a special service Sunday with morning services at 10 a.m., followed by dinner on the lawn, then a service of music at 2 p.m.

The public is invited to “come join in, singing the old songs, telling the old story.”

‘Baba’s Sampler’ on Oct. 10 at

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will hold a “Baba’s Sampler” dinner and bake sale from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 10.

The meal includes cabbage roll, two pierogies, haluski, bread and dessert. The cost is $9. For takeout orders call (304) 723-9746.

The church is located at 604 Colliers Way, Weirton, across from Weirton Medical Center.

Fall rummage sale planned at

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 300 Three Springs Drive, Weirton, will hold a fall rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 12.

The church will hold a holiday bazaar Nov. 16, including crafts, a soup and sale lunch and bake sale.

IACC to celebrate Mass on Friday

at St. Agnes Catholic Church

The Italian-American Cultural Club will be celebrating a Roman Catholic Mass in the Italian language on Friday. The Mass will be held at 6 p.m. with a light dinner following at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Mingo Junction.

Two Ridges Presbyterian Church

having two-day rummage sale

Two Ridges Presbyterian Church, 1085 Canton Road, Wintersville, will host its annual two-day rummage sale on Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Grace Lutheran Church to hold

English tea on Oct. 12

Grace Lutheran Church, 2105 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, will host an English tea on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. featuring a Gold Canyon candle sale.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Vito Suppa Transplant Fund. Suppa is on the waiting list for a liver transplant at the Cleveland Clinic.

“Many of the fancy cookies being served that day will be provided by Aubrey’s Bakery,” a spokesperson said. “Everyone is welcome to attend. Have your favorite tea cup and a friend accompany you to the event.”

Community happenings

Lodge women to hold yard sale

WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg Women of the Moose will hold an indoor yard sale at the Moose Lodge at 844 Main St. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5.

The group welcomes vendors, who may rent 8 foot tables for $10 each. Anyone interested in donating items should call (304) 737-0178 or 737-2553.

Entries sought for baby contest

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Right to Life seeks entries for its Beautiful Baby Contest, which will be held during the Wellsburg Applefest, Oct. 4-6.

It’s open to children 3 and under, and entries must be submitted by Sept. 29 to Marla Mercer, 221 Hillcrest Drive, Wellsburg, WV 26070. They should include a 4 by 6 photo of the child, with his or her full name and age on the back and the name, address and phone number of the adult submitting it on an index card.

The winning child will be announced on the festival’s last day and will receive a $100 savings bond and chance to ride in the Wellsburg 4th of July Parade. For information, call (304) 829-4383.

History fair coming to Avella

AVELLA – The Avella History and Genealogy Fair will be held Saturday at the Community Center on Avella Heights.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. for the event, which will include food sold by the ladies of St. Michael’s Church through the day.

Admission and table fees will be based on donations by participants. For information, call (724) 947-3983.

Apple Anything Contest to be held

WELLSBURG – An Apple Anything Baking Contest will be held during the Wellsburg Applefest, with entries of apple pie, cobbler, cake and other apple-based dishes welcome.

This year festival goers may vote on the entries after paying $1 to sample each desert from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7. Participants should bring their entries to the Wellsburg Town Square at 12:30 p.m. that day.

The winner of each of three categories – dough-related dishes, including pies; cakes and miscellaneous – will receive a $25 cash prize.

For information, call (304) 723-8968.

SHS alumni group meets Tuesday

The Steubenville High School Alumni Association will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Scaffidi’s Restaurant in Steubenville.

Library to show ‘Now you See Me’

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will show the PG-13-rated suspense film, “Now You See Me,” at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The film involves four talented magicians who mesmerize an international audience with a series of bold and original heists, all the while pursuing a hidden agenda that has the FBI and Interpol scrambling to anticipate their next move.

Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn.

New Cumberland Woman’s Club meets

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Woman’s Club of New Cumberland, a General Federation of Woman’s Clubs of West Virginia member organization, met Sept. 3, at the Swaney Memorial Library for its first meeting for 2013-14.

President Dorothy Hawkes presided, welcoming members and guest Carol Village of the Weirton Woman’s Club.

Members discussed the New Cumberland River Fest, Northern District Style Show and fall convention and the Hancock County Arts Council Holiday Tour. The River Fest will be held Sept. 28-29, and the club will hold a drawing for a basket of Hancock County merchandise. The style show is Sept. 29 at the Holiday Inn – Weirton, and the fall convention will be held Oct. 12 at the First Presbyterian Church in Moundsville. The holiday tour will be held Nov. 16 and include the McConnell home in New Cumberland and Pettit home in New Manchester. The club will host a reception at the Swaney Memorial Library.

Arts Chair Terri Fisher reminded club members to bring art and craft projects to the October meeting for judging. Winning entries will be taken to the fall convention to be judged, with winners going to the state convention in March.

New Cumberland Mayor Linda McNeil requested the club’s assistance in compiling a resource manual for the city, and club members agreed to the request.

Shirley Weinbert won the traveling door prize.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Swaney Memorial Library. Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend.

Story hours being offered

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be holding an evening storytime with Kim Harless at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and a daytime story hour for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Children will enjoy stories, craft and other activities. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Safe driving class offered

WEIRTON – The Brooke-Hancock-Ohio-Marshall Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will sponsor an AARP Safe Driving class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library.

The class is geared toward mature adults who may or may not be experiencing problems with diminishing vision, hearing and reaction time.

Rules of the road are reviewed along with safe driving techniques.

Most insurance agencies offer a discount on vehicle insurance premiums to those who have completed the two-day course.

The cost is $12 fee per AARP members and $14 for non-members and must be paid prior to attending the class. Participants are limited to 20, so reservations should be made by calling (304) 527-3410.

Cutest Baby Contest winners named

Winners of the Cutest Baby Contest held by Brooke County 4-H during the Brooke County Fair were Kaori Allenby, son of Katherine and Ronald Allenby of Wheeling, for the under 12 months old category, and Braelynn Morris, daughter of Jessica Elbon of Wellsburg, for the 12-24 months category.

Baked goods contest winner named

WELLSBURG – Susan Fodor of Wellsburg was the winner of the baked goods contest held by Brooke County 4-H leaders at the Brooke County Fair.

Chosen through votes cast by fairgoers, Fodor’s winning entry was a banana nut cake.

Computer class offered for adults

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Branch Library will be offering a free basic computer class for adults at 11 a.m. Friday. The class will be instructed by Linda Dobbs. Class space is limited. Call (304) 527-0860 to register.

Auxiliary selling food at event

Family Connections Fund Development Auxiliary will be selling hot dogs, sloppy joes and drinks at the annual Riverfest in New Cumberland set for Saturday and Sunday. Family Connections is a nonprofit, behavioral health and social service agency established in 1976. It offers residential group treatment for adolescent females at its Brooke Place facility located in Colliers.

Dice run benefits veterans

Local Veterans of Foreign War Posts will sponsor a dice run Oct. 6 to benefit the West Virginia Veterans Home in Barboursville.

Registration will take place from 11 a.m. to noon at the New Cumberland Adam Poe Post 3526 located at 208 N. Chester St. The entry fee is $10 per person, and motorcycles and cars are welcome.

Those participating will visit VFW posts in New Cumberland, Chester, Weirton, Elm Grove and Moundsville. The ride culminates at the New Cumberland park with food, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes.

For information, call (304) 280-8719.

Community happenings

New ministry program detailed

Beginning Wednesday, and continuing on the fourth Wednesday of each month, the Steubenville Church of the Nazarene located at 511 Woodlawn Road will be in a new “compassionate ministry program,” according to its pastor, the Rev. Ron Miller.

“We will be providing packets to needy families containing some items that cannot be purchased with food stamps,” Miller said. “While I realize we cannot supply every need, we would like to help as much as we are able,” Miller added.

Registration will begin at 4 p.m., and packets will be provided until 5:30 p.m. in the basement of the church, the entrance off the parking lot. Proper identification is required.

Tiltonsville church hosting fundraiser

Tiltonsville United Methodist Church, 106 Grandview Ave., is hosting a Fall Harvest Craft Sale and Chinese auction on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vendors will be selling crafts, fall and holiday decor, jewelry and beauty products. There will be food available. Vendors interested in reserving a table can call (740) 859-2280, send an e-mail to or visit the Facebook page.

The cost for a table rental is $10.

Free concert Sunday at Port Homer

Port Homer Community Church will present a free concert by the Cochran family singers on Sunday beginning at 6 p.m.

The church is located on county Road 68 in Toronto.

Fall harvest weekend approaches

The Tri-State Free Methodist Campground, serving 14 Free Methodist churches in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, will host its fourth-annual fall harvest weekend event Sept. 27-29 at the campground located at 1027 Anderson Blvd., East Liverpool.

The Rev. Doug Rabe of Monacrest Free Methodist Church of Monanca, Pa., will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 and Sept. 28.

A cookout and covered-dish picnic at 2 p.m. Sept 28 will include the third-annual crock pot cook-off at the camp’s pavilion. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded to the entries receiving the most votes.

A pumpkin-carving contest and children’s games will immediately follow the picnic. Parents should bring pumpkins and carving tools and supervise. There also will be a corn hole contest, volleyball and basketball. The family movie “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” will be shown at 4 p.m.

A bonfire will follow the 7 p.m. Sept. 28 service, weather permitting. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Those staying on the grounds are invited to attend one of three local Free Methodist Churches for Sept. 29 services.

‘Family’ theme of gospel meetings

Weirton Heights Church of Christ will hold gospel meetings Oct. 6-10 with the theme “Family” at the church located at 3169 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton.

Frank Higginbotham is the guest speaker.

Meetings are as follows: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 6, Romans 12; 10:30 a.m. Oct. 6, “The Family: God’s Plan”; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6, “Mothers”; 7 p.m. Oct. 7, “Fathers”; 7 p.m. Oct. 8, “Children”; 7 p.m. Oct. 9, “Blessings of Being a Christian Parent”; and 7 p.m. Oct. 10, “Having a Successful Home.”

For information, call (304) 723-1160.

Fall fest today at Weirton church

Marland Heights Community Church, Marland Heights Preschool and Cup of Life Ministries are hosting the annual fall fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the church’s ball field located at 3900 Bright Way, Weirton.

In the case of inclement weather, the festival will be held in the church.

The free event will include food, children’s game, face-painting and puppets.

Vendors include Avon, Tastefully Simple, 31, Dove Chocolates, Origami Owl, Silpada Designs jewelry and crafts including jewelry, cell phone cases, blankets and scarves.

A contest is being held to name the ball field. Those wanting to enter can like the church’s Facebook page by searching “Marland Heights Community Church” and suggesting a name on the church’s Facebook wall. The winner will be announced at the fall fest.

Songsters to perform at Bell Chapel

Bell Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 3419 state Route 213, Steubenville, will host a concert by the Songsters on Sept. 29, beginning at 7 p.m.

A free will offering will be taken.

The trio, who are back from the Romania 20 Concert Tour, will be sharing the “good news” in song, according to church promotional literature.

New Somerset church plans event

In honor of its 101st Homecoming celebration, New Somerset Christian Church located at 74 Ridgeland Drive, Toronto, will host Zack Shelton and 64 2 Grayson in concert on Oct. 6.

The program will begin at 2 p.m. with a dinner to follow. A love offering will be taken. For information, call (330) 383-0921.

Flu shots along Bookmobile routes

Mingo Pharmacy will give flu shots on Thursday and Friday at stops on the routes of the Bookmobile operated by the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

The flu shots are $15 and free to Medicare and Ohio Medicaid patients. The schedule is :


— 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department parking lot.

— Noon to 1 p.m., Amsterdam, lot across from police department.

— 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., Bergholz Post Office.

— 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., Richmond, St. John Fisher Church.


— 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Stratton Post Office.

— 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Hammondsville Post Office.

— Noon to 12:30 p.m., Brush Creek Community Center.

Community happenings

Ring bells at 10 a.m. Saturday in observance of World Peace Day

The GFWC/Ohio Woman’s Club of Steubenville will be observing International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, on Saturday.

“We are asking local officials and religious leaders for a proclamation which calls for the ringing of church bells, school bells and all bells in the community to join in an effort by ringing bells at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the same time as the Peace Bell at the United Nations,” reads a news release from the club.

“At no time is there a greater need to reflect on our nation for peace and good will in the country and world,” it notes.

Weirton Steel Management Club

to meet Monday in Weirton

The Weirton Steel Management Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Giovanni’s Family Restaurant in the banquet room.

All members and former members are invited to attend the dinner and time of fellowship.

Brooke Federation of Democratic Women accepting nominations

The Brooke County Federation of Democratic Women is accepting nominations for all offices in the organization.

Prospective office holders must reside in Brooke County and have been a member for the last year to qualify for the nomination. Anyone interested should contact Verna Tarr, nominating chair, at (304) 670-3191 or Gina Marchetti, co-chair, at (304) 527-2161.

The W.Va. Federation of Democratic Women will be holding its annual meeting in Bridgeport, W.Va. The 1st District East will serve as host.

Meetings for the BCFDW are held the second Thursday of the month at the Follansbee Library at 7 p.m. All Democratic women over the age of 18 are invited to attend.

The next meeting will be held Oct. 10 with the slate of names for officers to be presented. The elections will take place that evening with the induction of officers to be conducted at the November meeting.

The group expressed appreciation for all those who supported the annual Night at the Races fundraiser held Aug. 2, which was hailed “a great success.”

Women’s Day services continuing

at Mount Zion Baptist Church

The Women’s Ministry of Mount Zion Baptist Church will continue its annual Women’s Day services with a prayer brunch on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.

There will be prayers, scriptures and soloists from various churches and denominations. Prayers will be said by Naomi Gooch, Mamie Miller, Tish Turner, Carla Johnson, Evg. Clarissa Speaker, evangelist Ruth Stinson and the Rev. Patricia Angel. Scripture readers will be Rosalind Watkins, Garnett Jones, Alice Collins, Ruth Pendergrast, Mary Collins, Shirley Snyder, Trina Lawson and June Beal.

Soloists will include Roberta Jordan, Sharon Cooper, Cynthia Smith, Debbie Montgomery, Christy Terry, Regina Blanchard and Juliette Hamilton. Lunch will be served immediately after the service.

On Sunday at 11 a.m., the Women’s Day service will continue with Elder Verlinda Perry of the 4 Real Church in Cleveland as guest speaker. Music will be provided by the Mount Zion Women’s Day Choir.

The Women’s Day Committee is Wylene Alexander, chairman; Barbara Prentice, co-chairman; financial chairmen, Floretta Hampton and Juanita Thorn; and committee members: Ruth Pendergrast, Janet Carter, Cheryl Austin, Bunswella Brown, Charlene Reid, Vanessa Styles, Isabelle Lavender, Paulette Johnson, Sharron Cain, Estelle Dalton, Lynn Knight, Rose Slaughter, Millicent Slaughter, Sharon Johnson, Catherine Coleman and Rose Lavender.

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, Colliers.

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

The group hosts a covered-dish dinner and open mic night 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 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 or visit

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week

at public library system

Celebrate the Freedom to Read Sept. 22-28 at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported.

The 10 most challenged titles of 2012 were: “Captain Underpants” (series); “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian;” “Thirteen Reasons Why;” “Fifty Shades of Grey;” “And Tango Makes Three;” “The Kite Runner;” “Looking for Alaska;” “Scary Stories” (series); “The Glass Castle;” and “Beloved.”

Community happenings

SHS All-Class

reunion nears

The Steubenville High School Alumni Association and Steubenville City Schools are planning an All-Class Reunion on Oct. 11-13.

The festivities begin with a football game on Oct. 11 with a cookout before the game at Harding Middle School cafeteria. Game tickets are $6 each and can be picked up there. Reunion attendees also can check in at the time.

After the game, a mixer will be held at Froehlich’s Classic Corner with a cash bar and snacks provided. The cost of the mixer is $15 paid at the door if attendees haven’t bought the reunion package deal.

On Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., a continental breakfast will be served at Harding Middle School cafeteria followed by tours of the new press box and tour of the multi-purpose building on North Third Street, Steubenville.

On Oct. 12, the reunion will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails (cash bar) at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville followed by pictures, dinner, program and dancing.

A brunch will be served at 11 a.m. on Oct. 13 at the Steubenville High School Commons with a tour of the high school and Wells Academy afterwards.

The package price is $75 per person which excludes the football ticket. The deadline for the event is Oct. 1. Checks should be made payable to the Steubenville Alumni Association and mailed to P.O. Box 4314, Steubenville, OH 43952.

Richmond festival

seeking vendors

The 17th-annual Festival in the Woods is looking for vendors.

The fundraiser sponsored by the John Gregg Elementary School PTO will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 12 at Richmond Park.

Anyone interested in being a vendor can contact Carey Ferralli at (740) 765-5337 for a registration form.

Local youth to compete for title

Cheyenne Cummings of Bloomingdale has been awarded the title of Miss Central Ohio Teen USA and will compete for the title of Miss Ohio Teen USA 2014 during competition slated for Nov. 8-9 in Portsmouth, which will welcome more than 100 young women representing cities throughout Ohio.

She is the daughter of Lisa Cummings.

The competition offers young women in Ohio an opportunity to advance their personal and professional goals, according to a news release. The Miss Ohio Teen USA and the Miss Ohio USA pageants will be offering more than $1 million in college scholarships to be awarded to the winners, finalists and semi-finalists.

The final competition will be held at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts on Nov. 9 at 4:30 p.m. and consist of three segments: evening gown, fitness/swimsuit and the final question. The winner will claim the title and a prize list that includes travel, wardrobe, college scholarships and representing the state in Miss Teen USA in the summer of 2014.

For information, visit

Mystery theater

set for Oct. 5

The Weirton Woman’s Club, a General Federation of Women’s Clubs of West Virginia member organization, held a membership luncheon at the Mary H. Weir Library with Membership Chair June Pulice presiding.

Barbara Raynolds read an essay from a recent Annie’s Mailbox column. Carol Village read an essay, “What is an American.”

Northern District President Jo-Ellen Wright spoke about the federation, one of the largest and oldest women’s volunteer organizations in the world. Through the volunteer services of the club, support is given to the arts, advanced education, healthy lifestyles and civic involvement in the community.

Art Department Chair Enid Williams reported the annual Holiday Craft Festival will be held Nov. 2 at the R.J. Bush Center. She noted the art department will meet at noon on the fourth Monday of each month at the Holiday Inn. Williams also spoke about the drama committee’s activities.

Pulice spoke about the garden department’s spring calendar luncheon in which tables are decorated with themes corresponding to months and seasons. The garden department meets on the second Tuesday of each month at noon at the Holiday Inn.

Diana Durst spoke about the literary department’s activities, including the annual book review, Christmas basket drawing at Mary H. Weir Library, children’s Teddy Bear Tea in July, and participating in the West Virginia Readers 150 campaign, which challenges readers and groups of readers to read 150 books this year to observe West Virginia’s 150th anniversary.

The Literary Department meets at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the Holiday Inn.

Durst reported on the president’s state project, Camp Kno-Koma, the juvenile diabetes camp near Lewisburg. The cost is $275 per camper for children ages 7 through 15. The club is raising funds to send three children.

First Vice President Jeanne Amidon spoke about the club’s upcoming major fundraiser, a murder-mystery dinner theater, which will feature a production of “The Calamityville Horror,” starring Mystery Theatre Unlimited.

It will be held Oct. 5 at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton.

Tickets are $30 in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.

To purchase tickets, contact Raynolds at (304) 723-9772.

Jefferson County

Council to meet

The Jefferson County Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the David Walker American Legion Post 274 in Steubenville.

The meeting is open to all members with paid dues.

Community happenings

Trail Stitchers set to meet Sept. 24

The National Trail Stitchers Chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America will hold their regular meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall located at 1414 Chapline St., Wheeling.

The evening class will be Karen Phillips-Swallon’s flowers basket.

Those interested in needle arts are welcome to attend.

For information, call (304) 312-1566 or (304) 242-2340.

Games party at

Liberty Grange

The Liberty Grange 1749 of New Alexandria will hold its games party on Saturday at the Grange Hall located on country Road 19, New Alexandria, beginning at 7 p.m.

There will be a $4 donation at the door. The event will include refreshments and prizes.

Police chief

guest speaker

Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting on Sept. 12 where Bob Makofsky, Joyce Dye and Bonnie Vance were welcomed as guests.

Mary Alice Meyer gave the blessing for the covered-dish dinner and led in opening exercises.

Toronto Police Chief Randy Henry was guest speaker.

Birthdays and one anniversary were announced.

Reports were given by Joyce Dobbs and Rosemary Bonofine.

Flu shots will be given on Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Roosevelt Building for members.

Lola Swanagan updated members on trips, including the Riverboat on Oct 19.

Bingo winners were Joyce Dye, Emma Haught, Pat Ferrell, Nancy Taggart and Irene Miller. Door prize winners were Jack Doran, Laura Mamula, Emma Haught and Arlene Zahniser. The 50/50 winner was Arlene Zahniser. Scat winners were Rose Dials, Irma Straka, Irene Miller, Dee Fouts, Robbie France, Rich and Joyce Dobbs, Arlene Zahniser and Terry Mamula. The next meeting will be held Sept. 26 at the Roosevelt Building

Richmond Legion to hear delegates

The Richmond American Legion Post 740 Honored Seven will welcome Buckeye Boys State delegates Dallas Tlucholske and Michael Markert to its 7 p.m. Thursday meeting at the post home on Legion Drive.

The two who were sponsored by the Legion will discuss their experiences at the summer event held at Bowling Green State University.

The presentation is open to the public. Members are reminded that dues are due, according to post Commander Dan Vojvodich.

Community happenings

Karaoke fun night

at E.S. center

A karaoke fun night with disc jockey Chelsea Matta will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday at the East Springfield Community Center, which is located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Admission is $3 with $1 going into the singer’s reward jar. Matta will give each singer a ticket, and a drawing will determine which singer gets the winnings.

There is no admission charged for those under age 10.

The karaoke singing is open to all ages.

Refreshments will be available for sale.

“Come on out for a great night of fun and sing your favorite songs,” an event promoter said.

There also will be a door prize drawing entitling the winner to two free dinners at the East Springfield Community Center’s monthly fundraiser.

Mingo Seniors

Center events set

The Mingo Junction Senior Center has announced the following activities:

  • Wednesday: flu shots from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.;
  • Sept. 25: A fall getaway trip to Wheeling Downs; $20 for cost of the bus trip and driver tip; pickup will be at 9 a.m. at the Mingo Knights of Columbus Hall with a return time of approximately 5 p.m. There is $25 free play and $5 off the buffer.
  • October – Amish country, date to be announced.
  • Nov. 23: Cleveland Christmas Connection, $48;
  • Oct. 12: A pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Brilliant Lions

host zone meeting

Lions Zone 5 member clubs from Brilliant, Mingo Junction, Richmond, Smithfield, Steubenville and Toronto met Sept. 5 at the Brilliant Presbyterian Church with James Everson, Zone 5 chairman, presiding at the event hosted by the Brilliant club.

The dinner meeting served by church members included the attendance of District 13-G Gov. Greg Halley who addressed the clubs about the international Lions’ theme – “Following Your Dream.” He also noted that the general public knows most Lions by what he referred to as “good works from the bottom up.”

Halley stressed that performing services in communities is important and encourages other citizens who see results to want to join the Lions and become part of that effort.

Laura Vanger of Camp Echoing Hills also was in attendance. Camp Echoing Hills provides a camping experience for 360 handicapped youth and adults annually. Support from Lions clubs and District 13-G made cabin remodeling at the camp possible.

Summer was a time of many projects for the Brilliant Lions, including building three handicapped ramps and helping with a blood drive that generated 25 units of blood.

The club joined with Wells Township to erect new welcome signs and park signs in place in addition to maintenance on one cemetery.

The club also purchased 40 trees for fourth-grade Foresters; contributed $240 to the Parade of Checks charities; donated $150 to the Brilliant Little League; sent $50 to the Sandy Hook Lions; turned in 240 pairs of glasses; and awarded two $250 scholarships to Buckeye Local graduates.

Forty-five club and family members attended a Pittsburgh Pirates game and will have their annual picnic on Wednesday at the Wells Township Community Park.

The club will host is major fundraiser, a pasta dinner, from noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Brilliant Presbyterian Church.

The Brilliant Lions meet at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of the month at the Wells Township Community/Senior Center.

Community happenings

Church to hold steak dinner

Holy Family Catholic Mission at state Route 2 and Church Street, Beech Bottom, will hold its annual baked steak dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 22.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under for the meal, which also includes mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, bread, desert and beverage.

Reservations should be made by Saturday by calling (304) 394-5745 or (304) 394-1174.

Take-out will be available by calling (304) 394-5929.

Elks lodge to hold dinner

The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 will hold its monthly pasta dinner for members and guests from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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.

Four Seasons Seniors meet

The Four Seasons Senior Citizens met Aug. 21 at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton. President Norma Yoho presided.

Chaplin Mary Rose Spano gave the opening prayer.

After dinner, members were entertained by Janet Keller with an impersonation of Minne Pearl.

August birthdays and an anniversary were acknowledged.

Boyd Barker was awarded the free dinner. The 50/50 winners were Barb Cerra and Marie Scarfo.

Other prize winners were Jim Orler, Barb Cerra, Marie Scarfa, Bev Dibasi and Fran Wenzel.

After dinner, members played cards and bingo.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday.

Adena auxiliary plans card party

The Adena Fire Ladies Auxiliary is planning its 20th-annual fall card party for Oct. 10 at the Adena Volunteer Fire House.

Pre-paid reservations are $7 for the event where doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the event begins at 6:30 p.m. No walk-ins will be accepted.

To make a reservation, call Chris Thompson at (740) 546-4300 or Bev Lengyel at (740) 546-3567.

There will be no smoking.

TIMET retirees to meet Tuesday

Retirees of TIMET in Toronto will have occasion to chat, reminisce and stay connected at the next get-together luncheon scheduled for Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at CJ’S Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville,

It’s open to all TIMET retirees.

For information, contact Bob Olexia at (740) 535-0937.

AMVETS Post 275 meeting Saturday

AMVETS Post 275 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Damon’s Grill on University Boulevard, Steubenville.

All area veterans are welcome to attend.

Questions can be directed to (740) 317-8646.

Cup of Life Ministries resumes

Cup of Life Ministries will resume monthly meetings today at Marland Heights Community Church located at 3900 Bright Way, Weirton.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the women’s worship service with music leaders Judi Baldwin and Angel Previch begins at 7 p.m.

Immediately after the service, Bible teacher Tina Schoolcraft will discuss “Be Still and Know That I am God.”

The event includes food, beverages and dessert and a children’s class for children aged pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.

Free diabetic shoe fittings set

Medi Home Care will hold free diabetic shoe fittings from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at its facilities located at 105 Main St., Wintersville.

Call (740) 266-3974 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

Community happenings

Sycamore Tree

sale on Thursday

Sycamore Tree Church located at 301 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, will hold a soup and sandwich sale from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday.

The menu will include wedding, vegetable or chicken tortilla soup by the cup for $2 or bowl for $3; hot turkey sandwiches or sloppy joes for $2.50; hot dogs for $1.50 (50 cents more for a coney); a brownie or peanut butter cake for 50 cents; and drinks for 50 cents.

Orders can be e-mailed by 10 a.m. Thursday to and should include a phone number and address to specify pickup or delivery. After 10 a.m. Thursday, place orders by calling (740) 282-0997.

One free delivery is made to the Weirton Half Moon area around 11:30 a.m. Thursday and to Trinity West around noon.

Lunch, bake sale

at Weirton church

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will hold a soup and salad lunch and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church located at 604 Colliers Way, across from the Weirton Medical Center.

The meal includes stuffed pepper or wedding soup, hoagie and dessert. The cost is $5. For takeout orders, call (304) 723-9746.

Multiple Sclerosis

group to meet

The Weirton and Steubenville Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton.

Those with MS and their loved ones are invited to attend.

For information, call Connie Kafton at (304) 527-3023.

Flag retirement

ceremony off

The Wintersville Woman’s Club announced Tuesday that a flag retirement ceremony set for Sept. 15 at the Wintersville Fire Department parking lot has been canceled. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

Country Friends

to host Eldurays

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

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 dinner begins at 5 p.m. and open mic begins at 6 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 or visit

Spaghetti dinner

at Knights hall

Immaculate Heart of Mary Council No. 472, Knights of Columbus, will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Knights hall on Two Ridge Road, Wintersville.

The menu will be spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and coffee. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

Community happenings

It’s Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

“Make sure your child has the most important back-to-school supply of all – a library card,” said Jennifer Cesta, public relations coordinator for the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

The library system joins the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to observe this month, according to Cesta.

“Throughout September, library branches will host a variety of activities for all ages. Visit the library’s newly revitalized website, for a list of these programs, download an ebook or browse our collection of more than 7 million items and growing,” Cesta said.

Library cards are free to Ohio residents.

“Stop in the main library in downtown Steubenville or one of our branches in Adena, Brilliant, Dillonvale, Tiltonsville, Toronto, Schiappa in Steubenville or the bookmobile,” she said.

Youth essay

contest detailed

The Knights of Columbus, Steubenville Council 472, is sponsoring a youth essay contest.

All Catholic students in public, private and parochial schools in grades eight through 12 are invited to participate in the 2013 Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest.

Students are encouraged to write a 500-750-word essay on the theme of “The Importance of Religious Freedom.”

All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the contest with prizes awarded to the winner in each class. Winners will go on to compete in the district, state and international competitions.

For entry forms and information, contact Dave Antonelli at (740) 264-5614.

Band changes rehearsal location

Rick Hicks, director of the Tri-State Community Band, has announced that the band has changed the location of its rehearsals from Harding Middle School to the Steubenville High School band room.

Rehearsals are held each Thursday beginning at 7:30 p.m., and membership is open to any musician in the Tri-State Area.

Flag retirement

ceremony set

The Wintersville Woman’s Club, in partnership with Boy Scouts’ Cub Pack No. 415 and Troop No. 415, will again participate in a flag retirement ceremony on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Wintersville Fire Department parking lot.

The public is invited to attend as well as bring any worn/frayed American flags to the Wintersville Volunteer Fire Department. The flags will be properly destroyed. Flags can be brought that day or dropped off ahead of time at the fire department.