Vets get royal treatment at party

A tradition of at least 20 years played out Tuesday at the American Legion Argonne Post 33 in Steubenville as its members and auxiliary unit representatives pulled together to do something special for a very special group of people – veterans from area nursing homes.

Tuesday’s foul weather spoiled the attendance of some, but those able to brave the wintry mix of the day were treated to a home-cooked meal, gifts, door prizes, entertainment courtesy of Howard and Susan Scivinski and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus (aka Charlie and Carrol Bane of Brilliant).

Approximately 25 veterans from nursing homes in Jefferson, Harrison and Belmont counties were brought to the Legion post on 808 N. Fifth St. where Legion and auxiliary representatives joined forces to extend holiday cheer to those who have served our country.

Commander Terry Channel offered welcoming words to the group that joined in the singing of the national anthem led by Jefferson County Commissioner Tom Graham.

Louise Holliday, president of the auxiliary unit; Joe Holliday, second vice commander; and Channels expressed appreciation for all those who helped make the event possible – from the food prepared to the donations of items for goodie bags that Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus distributed toward the end of the day.

Words of welcome and appreciation also were offered by Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci.