Community news from around the area

New Cumberland ‘Make It Shine’ to hold annual cleanup Saturday at Crestview Park

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Keep New Cumberland Beautiful volunteers will hold their annual “Make It Shine” event on Saturday.

New Cumberland’s event will begin at 9 a.m. at Crestview Park, north of the city on Route 2 near the new 911 Center.

Project plans include repairs to the deck overlooking the river, removal of brush near the deck and along the walking trails, and cleaning and re-staining the three bridges over the walking trail. Workers also will clean up any litter or debris and install a new flag pole.

In the event of inclement weather, it will be held on the following Saturday, April 28.

The program is sponsored by the West Virginia Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan and involves hundreds of volunteers in towns across the state who unite to clean up their communities.

This year’s event is dedicated in memory of Ralph Metz, a Chester resident who recently died at the age of 84 and was one of the event’s “hardest-working volunteers.”

“Metz and his friend, Arles Mink, often showed up at cleanup time with chain saws and other tools to cut trees and brush. They were a tremendous help in the rejuvenation of Crestview Park, so it is fitting that this year’s event will be held there,” according to George Hines, chairman.

“The two men also cut trees and brush along Golden Bear Drive, next to the high school, when a clean-up was held there several years ago. Ralph will be missed by the other volunteers who saw what a positive difference he made in our local communities,” Hines added.

The committee will supply gloves and bottled water. Participants are welcomed to bring a chain saw, rake or pruners as such tools are needed and appreciated. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to participate.

For information or to sign up, contact Hines at (304) 387-9646.

Historic Fort Steuben annual membership dinner May 9 to

include ‘To Tell the Truth’

STEUBENVILLE — The annual membership meeting and dinner of the Old Fort Steuben Project will be held May 9 at the Hellenic Hall at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 300 S. Fourth St., Steubenville.

The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“This event is an opportunity to get a review of the past year at the fort and visitor center as well as enjoy a fine meal with good company,” the April newsletter of Historic Fort Steuben notes.

The dinner also serves as a fundraiser with a silent and Chinese auction. In lieu of a speaker, the event will again offer a mix of history and entertainment with a “To Tell the Truth — Ohio History” game show.

Tickets are $40 per person. RSVP by April 23 by calling (740) 283-1787.

Relay for Life team to host quarter auction Saturday

STRATTON — The Steppin’ for Sisters Relay for Life team will host a quarter auction Saturday at the Stratton Municipal Building.

Doors open at 1 p.m., and the auction begins at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 which includes one paddle. Additional paddles will be available for $2.

A concession stand will be provided by the G-Force Relay for Life team.

The fundraiser also will include a 50-50 drawing. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Vendors include Mary Kay, Army Legging, Origami Owl, Avon, Tupperware, Paparazzi Jewelry. Magnabilities, Wreaths by Mary, 31 Bags, Scentsy, Color Street Nails, Pink Zebra, Tastefully Simple, Signature Home Styles, the Three B’s and My Honey and Me.

Gathering Place events

for April are detailed

BURGETTSTOWN — Various outreaches are on the April calendar at the Gathering Place Coffee Shop at Paris Presbyterian Church, 127 Steubenville Pike, Paris (Burgettstown)

They include:

≤ Color Me Calm, an opportunity for adults to relax and color, will be held April 24 beginning at 10 a.m. The session is free and open to the public.

“Coffee with the Author” at noon on Wednesday will feature Annette Dashofy, USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. She will discuss her latest book, “Uneasy Prey.” A light lunch will be served before her presentation.

≤ A time of fellowship and food is on the calendar for April 23 beginning at noon. The potluck lunch is open to anyone, and participants are asked to bring a dish to share.

≤ An evening of contemporary Christian music featuring Led by Mercy will be held April 27, beginning at 7 p.m.

For details on events, visit the website at; the Facebook page; or call the church at (724) 729-3450.