Community news from throughout the area
George DeShong Memorial
reunion set for Saturday
WINTERSVILLE — The ninth-annual George DeShong Memorial Moto Park gathering will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at Zalenski’s Family Eatery & Pub in Wintersville.
All riders are welcomed to attend the event initially organized by Bob Sagrilla to unite “the valley’s greatest motorcycle racers from days gone by.”
Motorcycle enthusiasts will gather for the ninth year to reminisce about the good old days and two-wheel racing. Anyone who has a love for two wheels is welcome to attend, according to an event spokesperson.
DeShong was a partner in the Moto Cross track “Whispering Wheels” located in Annapolis during the 1970s.
In initial articles about the reunion, Sagrilla said, “George was a special guy and was loved by all of us who were not more than kids back then. He is best remembered for his mechanical ability and providing us with the fastest bikes for the time. George had a special ‘go-juice’ gasoline that he mixed in his shop.”
Craft and vendor show
set for Saturday in Scio
SCIO — The Scio Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary is holding a craft and vendor show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the R.J. Spiker Hall, located at 318 W. Main St.
The event will feature new, handmade and repurposed items along with a vendor’s drawing, a 50-50 drawing and food. For information or vendor spots, contact Erik Veach at (330) 476-5456.
Author to present program
Wednesday in Cadiz
CADIZ — The Harrison County Historical Society, Puskarich Public Library and Scott Memorial United Methodist Church are sponsoring a presentation by author Darius Salter, who will discuss his new book, “God Cannot Do without America.”
The book is the first comprehensive biography of Cadiz native and Methodist Bishop Matthew Simpson in more than 60 years, according to organizers of the program set to be held Wednesday at Scott Methodist Church in Cadiz, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
“Simpson’s ministry spanned 50 years of Methodism from its itinerant beginnings to a major force in American life. From first president of Asbury College to Lincoln’s favorite preacher and one of America’s foremost orators of the 19th Century, Simpson’s vision can still be felt in today’s Methodist Church,” according to a news release..
Salter received his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and his doctorate of psychology and religion from Drew University. He devotes his time to writing and itinerant evangelism in the United States and abroad. He is the author of seven other books, among them “America’s Bishop: The Life of Francis Asbury;” “Spirit and Intellect — Thomas Upham’s Holiness Theology;” “The Biblical Mandate for the 21st Century Pastor;” and “Preaching As Art: Biblical Storytelling for a Media Generation.” Copies of his book are available at Scott Methodist Church for $15.
Annual Sister-to-Sister Retreat
at Mount Carmel Community Baptist
STEUBENVILLE — The EmpowHER Women’s Ministry of Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church, located at 708 N. Fifth St., will present its 18th-annual Sister-to-Sister Retreat on Friday and Saturday.
The retreat begins at 6 p.m. Friday with a “Getcha’ Paint On!” with artist Marlon Gist of Aliquippa, Pa. He also will feature a private showing of his art work from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with the retreat scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The theme for this year’s retreat is “Women of the Bible’ with presentations from Linda Spencer and Shari Prichard of Crossroads Christian Church in Wintersville
A brunch will be served following the retreat.
A $10 registration donation to help offset the expense of the retreat will be accepted but is not required to attend the event. The Rev. Benjamin L. Calvert II is the church’s senior pastor, and Deacon Sandi Rue is the spiritual leader of the women’s ministry.
Indoor yard sale scheduled
Saturday in Unionport
UNIONPORT — An indoor yard sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wayne Township Community Center in Unionport. Refreshments and lunch also will be on sale. Proceeds will benefit upkeep and expenses related to the community center, which is the old school.
Weir High School Class of 1960
members gather for dinner
WEIRTON — Members of Weir High School’s Class of 1960 met for dinner at the Ponderosa Golf Club with Carol Village hosting and welcoming classmates.
Patty Gracie Rhoades gave the invocation. Dave Nurmi hosted an auction of items donated by classmates with proceeds to fund the annual Christmas party. Roger Evans will host the December event with the date and location to be announced.