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SPECIAL EVENT — Rita Kilmartin, left, and Brandy Puskarich-Bradley exchange greetings before the start of the 90th anniversary celebration of the GFWC WV Follansbee 20th Century Club. -- Contributed

Follansbee 20th Century Club

celebrates 90th birthday

FOLLANSBEE — The GFWC WV Follansbee 20th Century Club celebrated its 90th birthday recently when members gathered at the Follansbee Presbyterian Church’s fellowship hall.

Vice President Carmel Esposito led the meeting. Devotions were given by Janet Formis, and Janet Benzo led in opening ceremonies.

A luncheon party followed to mark the club’s nine decades of service and to honor past presidents. Entertainment was provided by Marvin Whiteman, who played the piano and sang.

Brandy Puskarich-Bradley gave a memorial for deceased past presidents, observing a moment of silence. She then called the names of the present honorees, and Susan Freshour presented the following with a rose — Pat Accettolo, Sharon Richardson, Lorraine Durante, Deborah Puskarich, Carmel Esposito, Carolyn Bruno, Linda Viderman and Mary Schwertfeger.

Accettolo read a proclamation from Follansbee Mayor David A. Velegol Jr. and presented a history of the club.

Representatives of several local woman’s clubs attended as guests, including Norma Schoene, Lexie Hanket, Dorothy Hawkes, Carol Village, Diana Durst, Molly Mossor and Helen Moren. Anthony Paesano, president of the Follansbee Chamber of Commerce, also was a guest.

Door prizes were won by Molly Mossor, Dorothy Hawkes, Carol Village, Diana Durst, Helen Moren, Lexie Hanket, Pat Accettolo, Janet Benzo, Patty Brown, Brandy Puskarich-Bradley, Darlene Cortez, Sally DiGiacinto, Charlotte Kolenc, Sharon Richardson and Linda Viderman.

Hostesses for the event wre Deborah Puskarich, Brandy Puskarich-Bradley, Susan Freshour, Pat Accettolo, Charlotte Kolenc, Carmel Esposito and Janet Formis.

Esposito thanked the women of the church for the lunch prepared and also expressed appreciation to the event committee.

Rita Kilmartin gave the invocation.

Crittenton Services plans

annual fundraiser luncheon

WHEELING — Crittenton Services’ annual soup and salad luncheon will be held Wednesday at the McLure Hotel on Market Street in Wheeling, with free parking in the adjacent garage.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch begins at noon. The all-you-care-to-eat buffet features dozens of gourmet soups, salads and desserts prepared by the Ohio Valley’s top chefs and restaurants. The luncheon will be highlighted by a soup cook-off competition with guests choosing the winner.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at or at the door, and carry-out orders are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Crittenton Cares Volunteer Program, providing items and activities for the young women in the residential treatment program.

Door prizes and themed basket drawings also are offered. Seating is limited. Large parties are encouraged to make reservations in advance. For information or to make reservations call Crittenton Services at (304) 242-7060, extension 164.

PERI Chapter 5

to meet Wednesday

WINTERSVILLE — Twenty-one members of the Public Employee Retirees Inc. Chapter 5, District 9 met Sept. 13 at Murray’s Restaurant in Wintersville.

Doris Starr, president, presided. Joyce Summers offered the prayer, and Shirley Porter led in opening exercises.

A nominating committee will be appointed at the October meeting to present a schedule of nominees for the expiring offices.

After the business meeting, Starr introduced Jack Kibble and his wife, Carolyn. He replaces John DuBonis as the group’s new representative to PERI.

Kibble discussed in depth issue 2, which will be on the November ballot. He also addressed the ongoing discussion about the cost-of-living adjustment issue to affect Ohio public employees. The topic is being considered by OPERS. A lengthy question-and-answer period followed the presentation.

Harold Ray will be the group’s representative to the state meeting being held Monday at the Crown Plaza in Columbus. The chapter will pay the expenses for any member interested in attending.

The next meeting will be held at noon Wednesday at Murray’s Restaurant.

Free matinee for ‘Wonder Woman’ at Weirton library

WEIRTON — The Mary H. Weir Public Library will show “Wonder Woman” at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 in the library’s activity room located at 3442 Main St.

While the movie is rated PG-13, some material may be unsuitable for children under 13.

Parents may want to read Common Sense Media’s review of “Wonder Woman” at to determine whether they feel comfortable bringing children under 13, a news release notes.

Admission to is free as are popcorn and ice water. Patrons who would like to bring their own soft drinks or snacks are welcome to do so. The handicapped-accessible doors on Walnut Street will open at 1:45 p.m.