What’s going on throughout the area

Delegates to share Girls State info

The Dillonvale American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 529 will meet at the Legion Hall on Liberty Street, Dillonvale, at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Lunch will be served by hostesses Mariann Ebright, Linda Strizak, Ann and Jeannette Torok and Mary Ulczynski.

Chainey Boroski, Miranda Buck and Halli Richards, Girls’ State delegates sponsored by the unit, will share their experiences and memorabilia from the week-long Buckeye Girls’ State convention.

The regular monthly meeting will follow, with dues for 2013-14 to be accepted and plans for the coming months discussed. New members are welcome. For information, call (740) 769-7773.

Menopause to be topic

at Healthy Life Workshop

Dr. Nila Sayat, certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will lead a discussion and slide presentation on menopause at the monthly Healthy Life Workshop scheduled for Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Harrison Community Hospital.

Menopause, or the “change of life,” is different for each woman. It is not a disease that needs to be treated, but women might need help if symptoms are bothersome. Because of changing hormonal levels, symptoms can last for years.

Some common complaints of menopause include, but are not limited to, hot flashes, trouble sleeping, mood changes and weight gain. These and other changes will be discussed. Additional related topics relevant to women of all ages include menstrual changes, perimenopause and osteoporosis.

Sayat graduated cum laude from medical school and has been affiliated with Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center in Cambridge for 39 years, serving for a time as its chief of medical staff. She also is on staff at Harrison Community Hospital and Barnesville Hospital. She has spoken at schools, women’s organizations, senior centers and other community organizations.

The monthly Healthy Life Workshops are open to the public. The free educational sessions are held the first Thursday of each month and feature physicians, dieticians and other health care professionals covering a variety of topics, including diet and nutrition, exercise and flexibility, women’s health issues and other health topics.

Light refreshments are served. Reservations are not necessary.

Toronto Sunrise Seniors electing new officers

The Sunrise Seniors of Toronto met Sept. 13 with President Susan Kulstad presiding and welcoming new members Jack and Sandy Lesnick.

Peg Nordenger gave the blessing for the pizza and salad party.

Dorothy Pavelka, Mike Timko and Susan Conaway gave reports.

Election of new officers was to be held at the Sept. 27 meeting with Nordenger added to the nominating committee.

John Bodrog will continue being in charge of the Washington, D.C., trip after the election. Anyone interested in the May 2-5 excursion can contact Bodrog at (740) 537-1611 to make reservations. The trip may be able to accommodate some non-members.

Flu shots will be given at the Roosevelt Center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Oct. 9 by Toronto Apothecary.

The 50/50 winners were Sherry Sine and Janet Morrow. Door prize winners were Kenny Mossor and Paul Pavelka. Bingo winners were Jim Wilson, Dorothy Pavelka, Helen Lindsay, Madge DeJulio, Rose Gibson, Beth Clark, Kitty Roth, Sherry Sine, Mike Timko, Nancy Bodrog, Brenda Cottrell, Bill Kulstad, Peg Nordenger, Jo Andrews, Marlene Garrett, Janet Blaschak and Fred Pernick. Card winners were Donna Twyford and Kitty Roth.

Community fundraiser to

benefit T.E.A.R. fund

The high school boys and girls soccer teams from Indian Creek, Steubenville, Steubenville Catholic Central and Edison are encouraging their fans to eat at Bob Evans in Steubenville today through Saturday to support a community fundraiser for Trinity’s T.E.A.R. Fund.

The restaurant’s fundraiser will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday to coincide with the Together for a Cure soccer benefit at Harding Stadium on Saturday.

The T.E.A.R. fund is an acronym for Trinity Emergency Assistance Relief fund, which will receive 15 percent of sales when patrons present a special flyer at the time of checkout. Flyers are available through each of the school’s soccer teams.

Tri-State Marine Corps

Club Auxiliary meets

The Tri-State Marine Corps Club Auxiliary met Sept. 9 at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton with President Joan Spano presiding and Marcy Spano reading devotions, “252 Prayerful Moments.”

Chaplain Mary Ann Smith gave the invocation, and Peg Dawson led in opening ceremonies.

Recording Secretary Carol Lyons read a thank-you from the West Virginia Veterans Home in Barboursville for 12 birthdays cards sent to the residents.

Reports were given by Treasurer Maxine Ragan and Shirley Brecht, sunshine report. Several get-well cards were sent.

At a Sept. 7 dinner, members gave door prizes to Gabe Arlia and LaVonne Balint and gifts to adopted veteran Danny Lyons.

Joan Spano distributed information on Boatsie’s Boxes’ Operation Christmas Stockings. The gifts are distributed to deployed troops, and any area resident who would like to fill a stocking or make a donation of items or funds toward the program is welcome to do so. Those filling stockings are asked to include their names and addresses so they can be contacted by the military member who receives their stocking.

Darlene Kemp won the 50/50 drawing.

Mary Arlia and Smith served refreshments. Ragan and Balint will serve in October.

The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14.

Smithfield Legion auxiliary

hosting dances this week

The Smithfield American Legion Post 396 Auxiliary will be hosting two upcoming dances, including one at the post home on Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight featuring disc jockey Iceman from the Canton/Akron are.

The event will include drawings and a 50-50 drawing. There is free food with admission.

The other dance is a benefit with all proceeds to benefit a cancer survivor. It will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday at the Vultures Club in Cadiz. Admission is $5 and includes free food

It also will feature music by dis jockey Iceman.

Veterans Service

Commission to meet

The regular monthly meeting of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the 500 Market St., Steubenville.

All veterans or interested parties are welcome to attend.

Floral show Saturday to

benefit Relay for Life team

The Relay For Life team, Queen Mother’s Army, will hold its Sixth Annual Floral Design show from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes McCashin Hall.

Admission is $13, with free gifts going to the first 100 guests. There will be floral designs from Jackie’s Florist owned by Della Serevicz, a Chinese auction and 50-50 drawing.

For tickets, call (724) 947-2160 or (724) 524-0100.

Dinner set for Oct. 13

at Jewett fire department

A ham loaf and baked steak dinner will be held at the Jewett Volunteer Fire Department from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 13.

The menu also includes vegetables, salad, bread, dessert and beverage.

Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

What’s going on throughout the area

Cadiz Lions plan


The Cadiz Lions Club will hold its second-annual Octoberfest Oct. 5 and 6.

There will be a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on both days. A car show will be held Oct. 5. There will be outdoor crafters and food vendors.

A corn hole tournament will be held both days.

The Lucas Sedgmer 5K Run will be held Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. The kids dash is at 12:30 p.m.

All vendors are welcome. Call Dale Davis at (740) 391-4135 for information.

Survivors, Seekers

change meetings

The Survivors and Seekers of the old McCullough Children’s Home voted at their September meeting to hold meetings every fourth month.

Their next meeting will be held Dec. 13 with a location to be announced. The meetings are open to the public.

The group is continuing to sell copies of the book titled “The Lost Children of the Ohio Valley.” Copies are available at Diamond Drug or by contacting Charlie Lash at (740) 264-4821 or Darlene Pehanich at (740) 282-6127.

Retired teachers

hold meeting

The Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association met Sept. 10 at the First Presbyterian Church in Toronto with Dave Nicholson, president, presiding and asking committee chairmen for reports.

Larry Coleman, community service chairperson, asked members to continue to turn in their volunteer hours.

Membership Chairman Marge Andres introduced several newly retired teachers in Jefferson County, providing them with materials and information.

Pamela Fithen was awarded a one-year membership in the Ohio Retired Teachers Association.

There were 64 reservations made for the September meeting with the next to be held Nov. 12 at Starkdale Presbyterian Church in Steubenville.

Necrology Chairman Margaret Alice Myers reported three members had passed away since the June 4 meeting.

Diane Neptune, informative and protective chairperson, spoke about identity theft in the use of cell phones and also gave a health and wellness report.

Jane Krabai, retirement planning chairperson, announced that invitations had been sent to all new Jefferson County retirees with five present.

Nicholson announced activities promoting the Pleasant Hill School House Museum will be held Oct. 5 at the Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vice President Jane Wittmer introduced John Holmes, a professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville, who discussed various dialects throughout the United States.

Collecting school supplies for the Neighborhood House was the community service project.

John Buch of the State Teachers Retirement System was the guest speaker, discussing changes in the state health care system.

Any retired teachers from Jefferson County and surrounding Ohio counties are invited to 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 nich@frontiere.com.

Gadabouts enjoy

‘Light Touch’

At the September meeting at St. Florian Hall, the Gadabouts were entertained by Light Touch, which performed dance music selections and classic oldies from the 1950s through the 1970s.

John Zak presided, acknowledging birthdays and anniversaries. Ed Treglia led devotions.

Bill Apesos won the 50/50 which was conducted by Jenny Avoli and Ron Fallert.

Members and winemakers Bill and Elizabeth Shipe donated wines for the evening dinner.

Ellen Garies and Tim Thomas furnished the door prizes which were won by Helen Sweeney, Ron Fallert, David Hunt, Ron Stimpak, Mary Ann Sadler, Tim Thomas and Rose Sciarra. The drawing for the door prizes was conducted by Frank and Carol Wisnieski.

Tour Director Regina Truax announced the following trips:

  • Sept. 30, Polynesian Fire, Seven Springs;
  • Oct. 4: Hartville Flea Market;
  • Oct. 18, Rivers Casino; and
  • Nov. 13-15: Greenbrier W. Va. resort.

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

All Gadabouts trips are open to the public. The club is for couples and singles 55 and older.

Halloween party

being planned

The Sisters of Garibaldi met Sept. 17 at the lodge with Gina Marchetti, president, presiding and plans made to have a Halloween party on Oct. 15 at the lodge, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Members are encouraged to dress up and attend. The telephone committee will phone members with the cost and menu.

Refreshments were served by Clara Cozza and Anna Pate.

Prizes were awarded to Amelia Recchio, Sylvia Wendt, Antonette Boyd, Mary Santangelo, Mary Torini, Lucy Takach and Yolanda Mannelli.

40th anniversary

for bridge club

The Ohio Valley Duplicate Bridge Club celebrated its 40th anniversary on Sept. 17 with bridge and a luncheon at Williams Country Club.

Sylvia Camilli and Jan Glaub Rainbolt were in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Alice Brandt directed the six-table championship game and announced that new members are invited to join the club which meets on Tuesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.

For information, call Brandt at (740) 264-5968.

Champions were: Dianne Slater and James Slater, first; Sylvia Camilli and Dave Anthony, second; Carl Hamill and Mary Alice Brandt, third; Mary Felton and Helen Matuska, fourth; and Linda Schanz and Nina McHenry, fifth.

Art Beal band at

Country Friends

Country Friends will host Art Beal and the Country Tradition 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 hall. The doors open at 6 p.m. each Saturday, and the dance starts at 7 p.m.

On Monday and Friday nights, the doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish if they desire 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) 479-1270. The website is www.countryfriendsfoundation.com

‘Let’s Fight’

benefit nears

A “Let’s Fight Together Benefit” hosted by TJ Anderson will be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday at the Amsterdam VFW.

The fundraiser will include a chinese auction, 50-50 drawing, music and dancing by disc jockey Chelsea Matta, and sloppy joes, cabbage and noodles, pasta salad, green beans and potatoes.

Adena Lions

plan cantata

The Adena Lions Club began making plans for its Christmas cantata in December during a recent meeting where Lloyd Hutchison presided at the dinner meeting held at the Adena Fire Department.

Tim Horton, EMS coordinator, presented the program about the EMS, giving a Power Point on cardiac care and the four steps of pre-hospital care. He spoke concerning the population of aging people and the risk factors of high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity and diabetes.

The technology that exists today is responsible for saving lives and helping patients survive with prehospital treatment, he said.

Robert Whinnery was inducted into the club by R.J. Konkoleski, past district governor.

The Halloween parade will be held at the Community Center on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. Ron Malin will be packing candy and other items for the event.

Phil Wallace presented the updated by-laws, which were accepted.

The annual minstrel will be April 4-5. Work on the new minstrel starts right after the closing curtain on the current one, it was noted.

Christmas, craft

show in Adena

A Fall and Christmas Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Adena Community Building.

There will be food, a Chinese auction, and more than 30 tables of vendor and craft tables. Admission is free.

For information, call Judy Whiting at (740) 546-4497.

What’s going on throughout the area

Quaker Day in

Richmond Saturday

Quaker Day 2013 will be held at the Crew House Museum at 34 West Main St., Richmond, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The annual event is sponsored by the Richmond Community Historical Society.

It will feature country music performed by local musicians; kettle-cooked vegetable soup and homemade cobblers; an antique tractor display; crafts, mums and honey; and door prizes.

The historical society will be selling historical society pottery, Richmond history books, Crew House notes and Christmas cards and “In Richmond, We Remember” T-shirts.

For information or to set up a booth, contact Phil Judy, society president, at (740) 765-4534.

IACC plans for

Festa del Vino

President Carm Gentile presided when the Italian American Cultural Club met Sept. 9 at St. Florian Hall with 90 members attending.

Tina Piergallini led the group in prayer before dinner.

During the business meeting, Gentile said the annual picnic held at the Raymond Piergallini farm was a “wonderful” event and extended appreciation to Piergallini for hosting it.

Mike Zinno, treasurer, reported the club made a profit of approximately $2,000 on Una Serata held in August.

Lucia Scaffidi announced the memorial Mass for deceased members will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 4 at St. Agnes Church in Mingo Junction. The Rev. James Dunfee will celebrate the Mass. Members are asked to bring a dessert.

Michele Fabbro presented the club with checks from the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival – one for $500 for selling Italian merchandise and another for $1,250 for selling wrist bands. She also reported that applications for prospective members need returned by Nov. 1.

Theresa Metcalf announced the third-annual Festa del Vino wine tasting is set for Nov. 15 at St. Florian Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. Iron City Distributing & Choice Brands of Ohio will be supplying the wine and craft beers for the event that is a fundraiser for scholarships. Piergallini Catering will have a hot beverage bar, including coffees and liqueurs.

New to the event this year is “La Sala fumatori” – a smoking room. Antonio Magnone will have cigars, and a cash bar will be available in the smoking room. A silent auction as well as an Italian auction will be held, with items including art work, overnight trips and gift cards. Entertainment will be Rick Pastre playing his accordion and Joel Smith singing. Tickets are $30 per person, which includes wine, beer, food and entertainment, Metcalf said, explaining the 50/50 drawing will be changed to a “Pot of Gold” where a total of three guests will be able to win cash.

Members were asked to donate items to make door prize baskets. There were 26 door prizes at last year’s event.

Tami Cashioli reported that the first meeting for Campo Club will be held Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Center on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville. A Halloween party is planned for the children. She also reported that Robert Palladino has students from the university organizing their own Italian group with Frankie DiCarlantonio as its first president. Their name is “Amici Italiani.”

The club’s annual Christmas party will be held Dec. 15 at St. Florian Hall, a social and dinner- dance with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and dinner served at 6:30 p.m.

Amelio Saggio won the 50/50 and a dinner for a future meeting. Donna Balzano won a dinner.

Farm Bureau

having breakfast

The Jefferson County Farm Bureau is holding a promotion and education breakfast Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Eat ‘n Park.

Discussion topics will include the food preservation workshop to be held Oct. 2 at the Farm Bureau office in addition to Thanksgiving and Christmas plans.

Pennies will be collected for buying American Farm Bureau recommended children’s books for school libraries.

Mary Ellen Grafton will preside.

Prizes, dinner, fun

at Moving On

Members of Moving On, a group of widows and widowers, met Sept. 8 for their luncheon and meeting at Undo’s in Weirton with Christine Brown, vice president, presiding.

Jack Davis gave the blessing, and Brown provided the friendship reading, wishing everyone a Happy Grandparents Day.

September birthdays were acknowledged.

Joe Diamond of Washington, Pa., provided the entertainment.

Vases with fall flowers decorated the tables donated by Betty Mazur, Barbara Mayers and Jeannette Spear.

Madeline Michael Boulson and Brown conducted the 50-50 drawing won by Spear. Undo gift certificates went to Fran Parsons and Eleanor Cooper. The Bob Evans gift basket was won by Nancy Smurda and the tote by Ann Zmuda.

Table prizes went to Henrietta Malesick, Margaret Chapman, Claire French, Nick Rodriguez, Boulson and Zmuda.

Carol Zagula discussed possible trips to Amish country, Branson, Mo., and other day and overnight trips.

Reports were given by Brown and Chapman, secretary and treasurer, respectively.

The next meeting will be held on Oct. 13 at Undo’s in Weirton. The cost of the meal is $12, and dues are $10. Anyone interested in joining can contact Jane Saner at (740) 537-4487.

Upcoming library

programs detailed

The following programs of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County include the following:

  • Book club for the Schiappa branch will meet today at 6:30 p.m. with the teen book club meeting there also on Thursday at 6 p.m. To join, call the library at (740) 264-6166.
  • Learn the benefits of eating local honey with Crystal Hatcher of Hatcher’s Honey Bee Farm. The program will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Toronto branch. Register by calling the library at (740) 537-1262.
  • The main library’s book club on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. will feature Lester Hicks, author of “Against All Odds – 4th Down And Forever.” The group will discuss the book.
  • Gaming for teens will be offered at the Schiappa branch on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
  • “Coffee, Doughnuts and a Movie” will be offered at the Brilliant branch on Friday at 10 a.m.
  • A family movie will be shown at the Brilliant branch on Saturday at noon and at the Schiappa branch on Friday at 4 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. Register for one movie time at the Schiappa branch by calling (740) 264-6166.
  • Babygarten will be held at the Adena branch on Thursday at 11:15 a.m. Babygarten is for caregiver and children ages birth to 24 months. Books, songs and more are offered at this lap-sit program.
  • Play and Learn the Alphabet will be held at the main library on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and at 6 p.m. It also will be offered at the Schiappa branch on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Play and Learn the Alphabet offers an hour of play with letter-learning toys for children ages 2-6 along with caregiver.
  • Cookbook Club for the Adena branch will meet on Thursday at 5 p.m. and at the Tiltonsville branch at 6 p.m. Participants make a covered dish from a selected cookbook and have a discussion. Join by calling the Adena branch at (740) 546-3782 and the Tiltonsville branch at (740) 859-5163.
  • Thriller book club for the Tiltonsville branch will meet today at 6 p.m. To join, call the library at (740) 859-5163.
  • Story hour will be on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Toronto branch. It is for caregiver and children ages 2-6.

K. of C. steak fry

set for Thursday

Immaculate Heart of Mary Council No. 472 Knights of Columbus is having its annual steak fry Thursday at the council hall. The doors will open at 4:45 p.m. with serving to begin at 5 p.m.

All members, their families and guests are welcome to attend. The menu will be steak, baked potato, salad, dessert and coffee. Steaks will be grilled as ordered – rare, medium or well done.

Other drinks will be available in the social room at a minimal cost.

Hot dogs also will be available for those not wanting a steak. Cost for the dinner will be $12 per person and hot dogs $5 per person. Reservations are not required.

Steubenville school

retirees gather

Twenty-five Steubenville City School retirees met for lunch at Abdalla’s Steak House in Stratton on Sep. 12.

The gathering included members signing cards and submitting orders to Barbara Crugnale for pumpkin rolls, which will be available at November’s lunch at the Dove.

What’s going on throughout the area

Food preservation

workshop set

The Jefferson County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a food preservation workshop from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the bureau’s office at 587 Bantam Ridge Road, Wintersville, the old Bantam Ridge School.

All skill levels of canners are welcome. The cost is $15 for Farm Bureau members and $25 for nonmembers.

Each participant will receive a Ball Blue Book, “The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing” and a 100th anniversary Ball canning jar and will be entered into a drawing for other door prizes.

Kate Shumaker of Holmes County Ohio State University Extension will share her food preservation expertise. This is for the beginner to the intermediate level and will teach participants how to preserve their harvest for use throughout the year.

Veterans staff to attend schooling

The Jefferson County Veterans Service Office will be closed Sept. 24 at noon through Sept. 27 because of staff educational requirements. All staff personnel must attend school to obtain continuing educational credits.

The educational requirements are established by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services and coordinate with the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office.

The mandatory education is provided to keep all personnel informed of Veterans Administration changes, updates in law changes and all facets of filing claims with the VA.

All veterans who use the DAV Transportation Network through the Veterans Service Office are encouraged to call in all appointments early to insure seat availability.

All constituents who receive assistance through the Veterans Service Office will be notified of procedures that will be followed during the closure.

Questions can be directed to the Veterans Service Office at (740) 283-8571.

Adena Lions Club

planning projects

Lloyd Hutchison presided at the Adena Lions Club meeting, announcing the rose and flower sale that would be coming up, along with the Halloween cake walk and the Christmas cantata.

A change in bylaws was reviewed by Phil Wallace, past district governor; R.J. Konkoleski, past district governor; and Nancy Ann Walker, club secretary.

John Parkinson and Bill Walker will be awarded a life membership for their 50 years of perfect attendance, it was noted.

Martin McKim announced that the club is collecting good clothing until Oct. 1 for an organization to distribute. They can be left at the Lions club house, Peoples Bank or the Adena United Methodist Church.

A thank-you was received from the Lions Camp Echoing Hills.

The club donated to the Adena Heritage Days and Buckeye Local cross country team and gave approval for the Jefferson County Board of Elections to use the club room for the November election.

A picnic was held at Bedway Park with approval given for a Sept. 21 golf tournament. Esther McCoy was presented a plaque by Darrin Young, past president, for publicity.

Randy and Shirley Bednarski were the winners in a water balloon toss contest.

Woodland Garden

Club meets

Members of the Woodland Garden Club met Sept. 5 at the Shorac Family Center in Wintersville.

Hostess duties were shared by Jeannie Barker and Anne Sage featuring decorations of harvest apples.

Verna Smolinsky, president, offered an inspirational message. Roll call was answered by members naming something they recycle.

Smolinsky led the business meeting. Plans to host the Oct. 19 regional meeting and the December Christmas dinner party were discussed.

New business included the reception of new members Bobbi Jo Finney and Lisa Belozzi. Installation of officers will be conducted during the October meeting.

A garden tip was offered by Eleanor Drazich, who suggested that rather than digging up dahlia tubers each year, leave them in place and cover them with cardboard, soil and leaves.

Smolinsky reviewed highlights of the OAGC annual convention that she attended in August at Maumee State Park.

Joyce Griffen demonstrated an artistic floral design featuring a vertical arrangement.

Bobbi Martin shared information regarding the new Pittsburgh Botanical Gardens located at Settlers Ridge. The project, scheduled to open to the public next summer, involves the transformation of 460 acres of abandoned mining land into a world-class botanic garden.

Nifty Needles

members meet

The Nifty Needles Neighborhood Sewing Group of the American Sewing Guild met recently at the First Christian Church in Weirton.

Leaders Nancy Sanders welcomed returning member Carolyn Freeman. Seven members were in attendance. Sanders reviewed the Monroeville Sewing Expo she attended in August.

Nancy Linn spoke about her recent trip to Paris and the fabric available there.

Members presented show-and-tell items, including: Middy Freese, doll clothes; Kay Nixon, iron tote and faux fur scarf; Dale Negle, coin purse, quilt squares and cell phone case; Linn, christening gown; and Carol Village, fabric for scarves.

Sanders presented a program on floral pins made with jumbo rickrack. All members received a kit and completed them at the meeting. Freeman received the door prize. The next meeting is Oct. 1.

For information, call Sanders at (304) 527-1405.

‘Dine to Make

a Difference’

Hounds’ Haven Inc. seeks the public’s participation with a community fundraiser called “Dine to Make a Difference,” an event sponsored by Bob Evans Restaurants to help with operations at the shelter for homeless pets.

Here’s how it works: Pick up a Hounds’ Haven community fundraiser flyer at any of the following locations: Crestview Veterinary Hospital; Pet Supplies Plus, Steubenville; Jefferson Landmark Store locations in Bloomingdale, Dillonvale and Cadiz.

A fundraiser flyer also can be printed out from Hounds’ Haven’s Facebook page – “Fans of Hounds Haven.”

Visit the Bob Evans Restaurant at 1997 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, any time from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. between Sept. 24 and Sept. 28, presenting the flyer upon checkout. Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of a customer’s ticket to Hounds’ Haven. All proceeds will directly benefit the hundreds of dogs and cats that call the shelter their home, a shelter spokesman said, noting contributions are tax deductible.

Hounds’ Haven is a private, nonprofit, “quality-of-life” shelter for homeless pets from around the Ohio Valley. “Your support enables compassionate care for those animals, as well as an active adoption program, operation of low-cost spay-neuter programs for residents in need, and humane education programs for area youth,” the spokesman said.

Annual Riverfest

slated Sept. 28-29

The fifth-annual New Cumberland Riverfest will be held Sept. 28-29 on River Avenue, New Cumberland.

The Hancock County Arts Council will hold its local artists show, and all local artists are invited to participate. Those wanting to participate are asked to bring their artwork to the Old City Building on Jefferson Street between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 28.

The Physically Active Lifestyle Committee will sponsor a 5K walk/run Sept. 28. Registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The cost is $15.

The opening ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 28.

John Edwards will perform at noon; Kyler Kuzio at 1 p.m.; Michelle’s Dance Studio at 2 p.m.; Kent Cox at 3 p.m.; the Lazy River Band at 4 p.m.; and the Silver Eagle Band at 6:30 p.m. A fireworks display will be held at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 28.

A church service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 29, followed by Brad Peck performing at 12:30 p.m. The Little Miss New Cumberland pageant will be held at 2 p.m., followed by the Buffington Brothers.

The festival also will feature craft and food vendors.

Let’s Fight

Together Sept. 29

TJ Anderson’s “Let’s Fight Together” fund is organizing a benefit fundraiser on Sept. 29 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Amsterdam VFW.

The event will include party-style food, a 50-50 drawing, a Chinese auction, an auction of autographed sports memorabilia, and entertainment, dancing and music with disc jockey Chelsea Matta.

Admission is by donation.

The “Let’s Fight Together” fund was established by Anderson, a Bloomingdale resident, to “help people who are sick that have no families and anybody that feels like they’re fighting alone, whether it be kids or adults.

“We want to help them,” Anderson said. “One hundred percent of the money goes to area causes. We also want to provide the dialysis units with blankets,” said Anderson, who started the fund after his kidney transplant rejection in January, which put him back on dialysis and back on the transplant list.

What’s going on throughout the area

‘Retirement Under Construction’ set

The Carriage Inn of Steubenville will host a free workshop entitled “Retirement Under Construction,” a comprehensive plan for retirement.

“There is no ‘typical’ retirement, and there are many issues to consider other than financial,” notes a news release.

The workshop with light refreshments begins at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10. Questions can be directed to Nancy at (740) 310-7295.

Community corn roast is Sunday

Brush Creek Township Trustees will host a community corn roast for Brush Creek residents on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Brush Creek Senior Center.

Attendees should call (330) 679-2216 for reservations. Hot dogs, corn, drinks and snacks will be provided.

The event is sponsored by the Brush Creek Township 2013 Recreation Grant, DeNoon Lumber Co., Sterling Mining Co. and Brush Creek 50+ Club.

St. Paul’s having luncheon Sunday

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 717 Adams St., Steubenville, will host its monthly luncheon on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The brunch/luncheon will feature brunch foods, including made-to-order omelets, breakfast casseroles and frittatas as well as soup, sandwiches and desserts.

The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and under.

Carryouts are available by calling (740) 282-5366 during the luncheon hours.

Jonathan White to be in concert

Bergholz Faith Community Church is inviting the public to enjoy the music ministry of Canton native Jonathan White during the 10:45 a.m. worship service on Sunday.

White has appeared at the Grand Ole Opry and on the Gaither Homecoming concerts. He also has had several songs on the gospel radio top 10.

A free will offering will be taken.

The church is located at 1500 state Route 524, Bergholz.

For information, contact Pastor Rick Chappell at (330) 704-2086.

Sunrise Seniors off to ‘Lion King’

The Sunrise Seniors of Toronto met Aug. 23 with President Susan Kulstad presiding and welcoming guests Kenny Mossor, Lucy and Joe Abbott, and Sandy and Jack Lesnick.

Chaplin Glenn Smith gave the blessing for dinner provided by the September kitchen committee of Bill and Susan Kulstad, Henry Portacarrero, Janet Morrow, Rusty, Kitty and Patty Roth, Tracey Wade, Diane Hooper and covered dishes provided by the membership.

The October kitchen committee will be Ray and Karen Horne, Lois Baker, Madge DeJulio, Marge Kane, and Darlene Carter.

Joyce Gribben reminded the members about the trip to see the “Lion King” in Pittsburgh on Sept. 17. The bus will leave the Cornerstone Church parking lot at 4:30 p.m. Dinner, which is not included in the ticket, will be at the Golden Corral before the show.

John Bodrog discussed the trip to Washington, D.C., planned for May 2-5. Twenty-seven from the club have signed up so far. There will be three payments spread over January through March. For information, contact Bodrog at (740) 537-1611.

The nominating committee of Wade Steele, Kathy and Joe McBride and Susan Conaway was formed to select a slate of officers for the late October meeting.

The 50/50 winners were Jim Wilson and Lucy Timko. Door prize winners were Mary Lou Deku and Donna Twyford. Bingo winners were John Bodrog, Wilma Elder, Judy Whyte, Joyce Gribben, Brenda Cottell, Bruce Pertko, Marlene Garrett, Jay Smith, Helen Lindsay, Wade Steele, Susan Conaway, Bill Kulstad, Cathy Pertko and Sandy Lesnick. Scat winners were Nancy Bodgrog, Kitty and Rusty Roth, Donna Twyford and Cathy Pertko. Cards winner was Betty Ann Parker.

Sands of Time at Country Friends

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

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

On Monday and Friday nights, the doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish if they desire 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) 479-1270. The website is www.countryfriendsfoundation.com

Upcoming library programs detailed

Upcoming programs offered by the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County include the following:

  • Gaming For Kids will be held at the Schiappa branch on Sept. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wii and other popular games can be played. It is intended for children in grades kindergarten through six.
  • Story Time will be held at the Brilliant branch on Sept. 12 and 19 at 5:30 p.m. It is for children ages 4-6 where stories, songs and an art project are shared.
  • Play and Learn will be held on Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. at the Schiappa branch and on Sept. 9 at 11:15 a.m. at the Adena branch. It also will be held at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch on Sept. 10 at 11:15 a.m. It is for caregiver and children ages birth to 3. This is an hour-long play session that encourages children to love the library from a young age.
  • A spaghetti art program for ages 5-12 will be held at the Brilliant branch on Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m.
  • The book club for the Tiltonsville branch will meet on Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. Join by calling the library at (740) 859-5163.
  • A beginner’s knitting class for adults will be held at the Tiltonsville branch on Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. For information and to register, call the library at (740) 859-5163.
  • Babygarten will be held at the Tiltonsville branch on Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. It is for caregiver and children ages birth to 24 months. Books, songs and more are offered at this lap-sit program.
  • Make a bracelet with buttons at the Adena branch on Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. A supply list will be provided when participants register by calling the library at (740) 546-3782.
  • Pumpkin carving for teens and adults will be held at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch on Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. Megan from Crafts 2000 will show participants how to make designs using foam pumpkins. A supply list will be provided to those registering by calling the library at (740) 769-2090.
  • The cookbook club for the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch will meet Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. For information and to join, call the library at (740) 769-2090.
  • A beginner’s genealogy class will be held at the Schiappa branch on Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. Participants will learn how to trace their family roots with local historian and genealogist Sandy Day. Register by calling the library at (740) 264-6166.
  • The Toronto branch’s book club will gather for its monthly meeting on Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. To join, call the library at (740) 537-1262.
  • Story hour for children ages 2-6 and caregiver will be held at the Toronto branch on Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. Story hour also will be held at the main library on Tuesdays, Sept. 10-24 at 6 p.m. Registration is not required.
  • Play and Learn the Alphabet offers an hour of play with letter-learning toys for children ages 2-6 along with caregiver. It will be offered at the Toronto branch on Sept. 12 at noon and at the main library on Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. and on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.
  • Learn how to download e-books from the library’s website to a computer or hand-held device at the library’s tech help program on Sept. 11 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Schiappa branch. Make a 15-minute appointment by calling the library branch at (740) 264-6166.

‘First Thursday’ dance today

The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold its “First Thursday” dance today at the center located on Main Street, Weirton.

The doors open at 5 p.m., and the Sands of Time will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $5.

The “King and Queen” card party will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available for $8.

For information, call (304) 748-3490.

What’s going on throughout the area

Dinner Sept. 8

at Jewett VFD

The Jewett Volunteer Fire Department will host a baked pork chops and dressing dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The dinner also will include vegetables, salad, bread, dessert and beverage.

The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

OES grand chapter

session scheduled

The 124th session of the Grand Chapter of Ohio, Order of the Eastern Star, “Just Believe” session will be held Sept. 27-29 at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton.

Barbara Pelfrey, worthy grand matron of Miamisburg, and Ronald Keller, worthy grand patron of Montpelier, will preside over the sessions.

A by-invitation-only open installation of the 2014 grand officers at 1:30 p.m. will close the Grand Chapter session on Sept. 29.

Gail Walsh from Maumee will be installed as worthy grand matron, and Steve Farus of Duncan Falls will be installed as worthy grand patron for 2014.

Attending from the LaBelle Chapter No. 414, Steubenville, will be Howard McClure and Lou Anne and Randall Craven.

Weirton Legion

Auxiliary meets

The Weirton American Legion Post 310 Ladies Auxiliary held its monthly meeting Aug. 19 at the post hall in Weirton.

President Shirley Brecht presided over the business session. Chaplain Marcy Spano gave the invocation, Brecht led in opening exercises.

Reports were given by Secretary Clara Robinson and Treasurer Gloria Jerrel.

The group canceled an upcoming cabbage roll sale.

Jaye Taylor, Brecht’s granddaughter, was inducted as a new member.

Brecht thanked those who helped with the auxiliary picnic. Sue Donahoe won the picnic’s drawing.

The auxiliary plans to begin holding a Veterans Day dinner, beginning next year.

Auxiliary members will donate a basket for the Christmas party.

Robinson won the 50/50 drawing.

The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the post hall.

Satellite vets

office to be open

The satellite office of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the Dillonvale American Legion, Liberty Street, Dillonvale, to assist veterans, dependents of veterans, and/or veterans’ widows with Veterans Administration pensions, compensations, burials, schooling, medical assistance and other veteran’s benefits.

For information or assistance, call the Veterans Service Office at (740) 283-8571 or visit the office at 423 North St., Steubenville.

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed every Wednesday afternoon to the public.

Gadabouts enjoy

Retzer’s music

At its August meeting at St. Florian Hall, the Gadabouts were entertained by Ron Retzer and his selection of dance music, which included classic oldies from the 1950s through 1970s.

John Zak presided and recognized birthdays and anniversaries. Okey Nestor led devotions.

Marian Moore won the 50/50 which was conducted by Jenny Avoli and Ron Fallert.

Claudia Clevenger announced her retirement as tour director. On behalf of the members, Zak thanked her for her hard work over the years since she formed the Gadabouts club for seniors in 2001. She was given a standing ovation and will remain as a member of the club’s executive committee.

Members and wine-makers Bill and Elizabeth Shipe donated before-dinner wines as well as door prizes. The door prizes were won by Sena Benos, Jeanette Gibson, Isabelle McCollough, Dorothy Paske, John Rayburn, Nick Smarella and Tim Thomas. Zak expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the Shipe’s for their donations to the club. The drawing for the door prizes was conducted by Frank and Carol Wisnieski.

Tour Director Regina Truax announced the following trips:

  • Sept. 30, Polynesian Fire, Seven Springs;
  • Oct. 4, Hartville Flea Market;
  • Oct. 6-12, Myrtle Beach, six nights’ lodging (four at Myrtle Beach);
  • Nov. 13-15, Greenbrier resort; and
  • Dec. 4, Christmas Spectacular, Chadwick-Wexford, Pa.

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

All Gadabouts trips are open to public. The club is for couples and singles age 55 and older.

Rivers Edge

Garden Club meets

Beth Cooper was the hostess when the Rivers Edge Garden Club of Toronto held its Aug. 8 meeting at her home. There were 10 members and two guests in attendance.

Following a covered-dish dinner, Gail Saner presented a program on making various herbal vinegars and using unusual bottles to display the different types of herbal vinegars she made. Members participated in tasting the herbal vinegars, and Saner also distributed recipes to the members so they could make their own.

Betty Stewart gave an update on Newburg Landing with members reminded to keep up the maintenance schedule at Newburg.

A trip to Amish Country is planned for Sept. 21. Members will meet at Reisbeck’s parking lot at 8:30 a.m.

Plans were made for a meeting to be held at the home of Mary Bilchak to organize information for the yearly program book.

Members were encouraged to read the book entitled, “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh for discussion at future meetings.

The September meeting will be held at the home of Debbie Artman. The program will be on preserving fall leaves with glycerin.

Dinner planned at

Unionport lodge

A chicken and steak barbecue will be held Saturday at the Unionport Masonic Lodge located on county Road 39, Unionport.

It will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The cost is $8 for a chicken meal and $10 for a steak meal. The dinner includes choice of chicken or a steak with a baked potato, cole slaw, cake and ice cream. Carryout will be available.

Alumni reunion

held in Weirton

The ninth bi-annual Weir Avenue/North Weirton/Dunbar Alumni reunion was held Aug. 16-17.

A get-acquainted social, including music, was held Aug. 16 at the Dunbar Recreation Center, and a block party began at 11 a.m. Aug. 17 on Vermont Street.

A variety of vendors were on hand, selling food, beverages, makeup, jewelry and T-shirts. Robert “Bob” Kelley hosted a tour of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, with a special emphasis on Dunbar School history, at noon Aug. 17.

A dinner-dance was held Aug. 17 at the Knights of Columbus hall with music by disc jockey Bill Harvey.

Kelley donated a Dunbar sweater for drawing, and the proceeds benefited the Dunbar Recreation Center. Door prizes were distributed.

Guests attended the reunion from Washington, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Georgia.

The next reunion will be held in 2015.

Women of Moose to hold style show

The Wellsburg Women of the Moose will hold their first salad luncheon and style show at 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Moose Lodge at 844 Main St.

Fashions will be presented by Anna Kay’s Unique Fashions of Steubenville. There also will be a Chinese auction with a variety of items up for bid.

Tickets are $7 each and may be purchased in advance only at the lodge or from any member. For information, call (304) 737-2553 or 737-0178.

AIM announces

walk/fun run

The Assistance in Motherhood Women’s Center will host its fifth-annual Walk/5K Fun Run for Life on Sept. 21 at Jim Wood Park in Steubenville’s West End from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m..

The events raises funds and awareness about the center. Participants who raise $50 or more will receive a free T-shirt and can sign up at aimfriendsforlife.com/walk/by clicking the Ministry Sync link.

For information or to request a sponsorship form, contact Victoria Fallon at (740) 283-3636.

Prizes will be available for top fundraisers and fastest times in youth to 13 and adult categories.

The AIM Women’s Center, located in downtown Steubenville, offers free services and support to women who are experiencing an unexpected or crisis pregnancy.

“Our goal is to erase the need for abortion by transforming a woman’s fear and anxiety into confidence by offering options counseling, free pregnancy tests, free limited ultrasounds, a Bridges Program and a 24-hour Help Line. All services provided are strictly confidential and nonjudgmental,” a news release notes.