Community happenings

Immaculate Heart of Mary Council

sets Knights of Columbus degrees

Knights of Columbus Council No. 472 has scheduled a first and second degree for Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. at the council hall located on Two Ridges road, Wintersville.

Candidates for the first degree are to be there by 6:30 p.m. A second degree exemplification will follow immediately after the first degree.

All members are asked to attend the degrees and welcome the new brother knights. The degrees are open to anyone wanting to become a knight in the Steubenville-Wintersville, Toronto and Mingo areas.

Questions pertaining to the degrees can be directed to Bill DiMarzio, grand knight, at (740) 264-4773.

Following the degrees, refreshments will be served to all attending

Brooke County Library to show

‘Lee Daniels The Butler’

The Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg will be showing the film, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” at 1 p.m. Friday.

The PG-13-rated film is about a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn for the free screening.

Weirton Legion Post 10 Auxiliary

welcomes two new members

The Weirton American Legion Post 10 Ladies Auxiliary met Jan. 20 with President Shirley Brecht presiding for the business session.

Opening ceremonies were led by Brecht, Chaplain Marcy Spano and Secretary Clara Robinson. Treasurer Gloria Jerrel gave the financial report.

Robinson read thank-you letters from Dr. Ray Greco, Frank Porco and the Community Bread Basket.

Linda Boyd of Follansbee and Sally Wein of Pennsylvania were welcomed as new members.

Brecht reported on the Christmas parties and thanked the auxiliary, post and those who helped with parties. Several members took comfort items to a local geriatric center and distributed them to residents.

Eve Fabianich, who was auxiliary president 50 years ago, gave a broach, necklace and gavel pin to the auxiliary.

Brecht won the 50/50 drawing.

Spano led the closing prayer.

Jerrel and Edith Truax will serve refreshments in April.

Officers were to meet at 1 p.m. today at the post, and the auxiliary will meet there at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 17.

Brooke Library to host

princess-themed story time

The Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg will hold an evening princess-themed story time with Kim Harless at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Children are invited to dress as their favorite princess and enjoy princess stories, a craft and other activities.

Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Mallet Ensemble to perform

for Music Club luncheon

The Mallet Ensemble from Wheeling Symphony will perform for the Thursday Music Club luncheon at 11 a.m. on Feb. 6 at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1409 Chapline St., Wheeling.

Betty Davis, president, will conduct a business meeting before the performance. After the performance, a luncheon will be catered by member Judi Porterfield. There is a fee for the luncheon, and reservations are due by Feb. 3 by calling Emily Mayer at (304) 232-1714 or Beverly Harrigan at (304) 232-0172.

Members Kitty Patrick and Lynn Welsh will greet and welcome members and guests. Member Judy Szymialis is responsible for table appointments.

The study group will meet at 1 p.m. on Feb. 10 at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church. Mayer is the presenter. For information, call Lois Neitzelt, chairman, at (304) 232-0425.

The Thursday Music Club Chorus, under the direction of Anita Chops and Debbie Brieding as accompanist, began its practices on Jan. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at Elm Grove United Methodist Church.

They performed several concerts over the holidays and are now practicing for the spring concert scheduled to be held April 3.

For information about the chorus, contact Chops at (304) 242-1455.

Community happenings

Toronto Seniors plan pizza party

Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting held Jan. 23 where Tanya Weaver was welcomed as a new member.

Mary Alice Meyer gave the blessing and devotions and led in opening ceremonies.

Rosemary Bonofine gave a report.

The kitchen committee for February will include Pat Balser, Violet McClain, Wanda Woodward, Marjorie Grafton, Barbara Lyons, Angie Kurty and Linda Dye.

A pizza party will be served for the Valentine king and queen.

Lola Swanagan discussed new trips.

The 50/50 was won by Mel Simpson.

Door prizes were won by Linda Ragsdale, Jane Hanuscin and Terry Mamula. Bingo winners were Rosemary Bonofine, Libby Conrad, Linda Dye, Larry Williams, Tony Farrister, Grant Starr, Jane Hanuscin, Terry Mamula, Mel Simpson and Deanna Starr.

January birthdays and anniversaries were acknowledged.

Scat winners were Jane Hanuscin, Judy Bickler, Bob Zahniser, Irene Miller, Mel Simpson and Bill Baier.

The next meeting will be held Feb. 13 at the Roosevelt Building.

Weirton Elks to hold wine-tasting

The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 will hold the second- annual wine-tasting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 22 at the lodge located on Main Street, Weirton.

The Tri-State Winemakers have donated the locally crafted wines.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $13 at the door and include a wine glass and finger foods.

Proceeds benefit the Elks. For information or to purchase tickets, call (304) 748-0565.

Valentines, used phones sought

Chambers and James Funeral Homes in Wellsburg and Follansbee, respectively, are collecting used cell phones and Valentines to be sent to troops serving overseas.

The funeral homes are among more than 1,000 members of Veterans and Family Memorial Care, a national group of funeral homes that will use the phones to provide free calling minutes to the troops.

Phones and Valentines, through which people may express their appreciation to the troops, may be dropped off at either funeral home until Saturday.

Dillonvale Rosebud Garden Club meets

Members of the Dillonvale Rosebud Garden Club learned about the many uses of lavender during the January meeting where Kim Campbell prepared a display of cookies, jelly, bath salts and facial cleaners, all using lavender.

Campbell explained the benefits ranging from aiding respiratory ailments to relieving stress and anxiety. Members received lavender bath salts and recipes for a variety of lavender products.

Caroline Williams, president, conducted the business meeting. Jan Jackson read the monthly tip. Roll call was answered by naming a type of woodpecker.

Updating the garden club memorial at Friendship Park fairgrounds was discussed. Linda Kovach and Lois Jean Kniszek will gather more information to present at the February meeting.

Linda Burge expressed thanks from the recipients of the Christmas boxes distributed by the club in December.

Dawn Kale discussed the spring workshop to be held on March 15 at Trax Farms in Finleyville, Pa. It will include sessions on herbs, companion planting, invasive plants and wreath-making. The workshop is sponsored by Trax Farms and the Tri-State Area Master Gardeners Association. All members are invited, and the cost is $35.

Hostesses for the evening were Majorie Bensie and Nina Cleaver.

The next meeting will be held Feb. 19 at the Dillonvale Presbyterian Church, beginning at 7 p.m. The program will feature a gardening movie, and an exhibit of vertical design arrangements will be displayed. For information on the club’s activities, contact Williams at (740) 859-4362.

Center seeking camp counselors

College students looking to challenge themselves and grow in an environment with the power to positively impact young lives will want to check out Horseshoe Leadership Center in Parsons, W.Va.

“We’re looking for college-age students who want to use their skills, energy and passion for shaping a better world by influencing today’s teens and children,” said David Cooper, Horseshoe director.

“Horseshoe summer camp counselors make all the difference in the lives of campers,” he continued. “Yes, Horseshoe is fun, friends and all the great times that happen at camp, but it is so much more. Each week adds experiences to help our campers become all they can be, with an ultimate goal of returning home ready to serve others and build better futures for all,” Cooper said.

Horseshoe’s summer season includes nationally recognized teen civic leadership and entrepreneurship camps, Adventure Camp for 7- to-12-year-olds, and Youth Opportunity Camps for low-income boys and girls.

Summer positions provide a living allowance, an AmeriCorps Education Award to eligible summer AmeriCorps members, meals, and lodging.

For information, contact Horseshoe by phone at (304) 478-2481; e-mail; or write Horseshoe Leadership Center at 3309 Horseshoe Run Rd, Parsons, WV 26287-9029.

Community happenings

Jefferson Ruritan to mark 50th

The Jefferson Ruritan Club will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a dinner at the New Somerset Christian Church located on state Route 213 in New Somerset at 6 p.m. on March 5.

Don Clarke, president, is in charge of reservations and can be contacted by phone at (740) 537-1234; (740) 381-3280; or (740) 544-6098. He also can be reached by e-mail at

Wives, husbands and friends of members are all invited to attend but must respond with a reservation by Feb. 26.

The group started in 1964 and has worked for the betterment of the community it represents throughout the years, Clarke said.

SHS Alumni Association to meet

The Steubenville High School Alumni Association will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Scaffidi’s Restaurant in Steubenville.

Bethany students study in Italy

Bethany College students taking Professor Kenn Morgan’s “Art of Italy” course are learning about Italian art and architecture firsthand through a visit to Italy that included stops at the Colosseum in Rome, Florence, Padua and Venice.

They also attended the Epiphany Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and were blessed by Pope Francis.

The class is part of the college’s J Term, a two-week period in January between the school’s fall and spring semesters during which students are invited to take elective courses.

Family movie night at library

The Mary H. Weir Public Library in Weirton will host a free family movie night, featuring “Despicable Me,” from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in the activity room located at 3443 Main St., Weirton.

Light refreshments will be served. Those attending are welcome to bring pillows and blankets. For information, call (304) 797-8510.

Father/daughter event on Feb. 15

The Weirton Community Players and Drama Direct will hold a Father/Daughter Valentine’s Day dance from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the studio located at 3520 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton.

The event includes dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the studio or by sending a check payable to Weirton Community Players to 245 Beacon Drive, Weirton, WV 26062.

Gardening calendars are available

The West Virginia University Extension Service’s 2014 Garden Calendar is available at the extension service’s Brooke County office at 840 Charles St., Wellsburg, or online at, or the Brooke County WVU Extension Service’s Facebook page.

Avid or beginning gardeners will find the gardening tips offered by the calendar helpful.

WSX Management Club to meet

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

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

School system retirees meet

Thirty-three retirees of the Steubenville City Schools attended lunch at the Ville at the Fort Steuben Mall as part of the monthly gathering.

Cards were signed for ill members.

The group received thank-you notes from several people.

Dave Nicholson and Linda Holub had forms available for members interested in joining the Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association.

Donations were collected for the Jefferson County Humane Society.

The next luncheon will be held Feb. 13 at the Gaslite in Wintersville.

Donations will be collected for the Salvation Army of Jefferson County.

Senior center sponsoring trip

The Greater Weirton Area Senior Center will host a trip to Atlantic City March 24-27.

The trip includes motorcoach transportation, three nights’ lodging, four meals, a casino bonus, gaming and sight-seeing. The cost is $235 for a double occupancy and is due Feb. 7.

Pick-up is at the senior center at 8 a.m. March 24.

For information or to book a reservation, call the center at (304) 748-3490.