Community news from around the area
Unionport OES Chapter
gets state recognition
UNIONPORT — Unionport Chapter No. 360 was named “Outstanding Chapter” at the statewide meeting of the Grand Chapter of Ohio, Order of the Eastern Star, held recently in Sandusky.
The award, which was presented Sept. 29, recognized chapter excellence in the areas of charity and community service, chapter social activities, performance of chapter officers and communications.
Unionport No. 360 was one of 38 Ohio Eastern Star Chapters to be named “Outstanding Chapter” at the session. There are nearly 200 Eastern Star chapters in Ohio. Award winners are selected by Ohio Eastern Star state officers and committee members who review reports submitted by the chapters.
Ohio’s statewide Eastern Star organization initiated the Chapter Excellence program in 2013. This marks the third year that the Unionport chapter has participated.
The awards were presented by Worthy Grand Matron Sandi Hermann of Cambridge and Worthy Grand Patron David Sexton of Batavia during ceremonies held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center.
Stephanie Burch, Worthy Matron, and Audrey Rainsberger, secretary of the Unionport chapter, accepted the award on behalf of the chapter.
Weirton Senior Center hosting
November, December events
WEIRTON — The Greater Weirton Senior Center at 3425 Main St. has announced a number of events planned for November and December.
That includes a community Thanksgiving dinner to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Meal delivery and transportation to the dinner are available by calling (304) 748-4422 or (304) 748-3490. The menu will include turkey, ham, dressing, yams, green beans and dessert. The dinner is sponsored by the Weirton Ministerial Association.
Dec. 6: There will be a dance with live music by Sands of Time. Free refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the band plays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Dec. 7: There will be bingo with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Early bird is played at 6 p.m., and regular bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. There will be concessions.
Dec. 15: The annual Christmas dinner-dance will be held with live entertainment by Light Touch. The doors open at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The band plays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and drawings for baskets. The menu will include ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad, biscuit and dessert. Tickets are $12 per person and will be available for purchase the first week of November.
The center’s phone number is (304) 748-3490.
Ohio Valley Civil War
Roundtable to meet Nov. 26
WHEELING — The Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable’s monthly meeting will feature Belmont County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Fregiato at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 26 at the Ohio County Library in Wheeling.
His lecture will focus on the case of Union soldier Thomas Carr, who was found guilty of murder and hanged in St. Clairsville in 1870.
Fregiato is a graduate of Ohio State University Law School, where he served as an editor on Law Journal and achieved Order of Coif academic honors. In undergraduate studies at OSU, where he received his bachelor of arts degree, he achieved Phi Beta Kappa and political science honors.
When Fregiato served as the Northern County Court judge, he created Live High School Court, the only program of its kind in the country, where court was conducted before students.
He is active in community and charitable affairs, is a pasta waiter with the Sons of Italy and is a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise. He also publishes a classic car column, called Quarter Mile with the Judge.
Hancock museum to host
open house tea, party
NEW CUMBERLAND — The regular meeting of the Hancock County Museum Commission was held Nov. 1 at the museum with President Vivian Weigel presiding and December holiday plans made.
The annual Christmas party will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the museum. Guests have been invited to provide instrumental and vocal music, and light refreshments will be provided.
An open house tea will be held Dec. 8, beginning at 4 p.m. with holiday fare. Hancock County commissioners will be special invited guests.
The meeting included the approval of minutes and a financial report presented by Treasurer Bob McNeil.
Under old business, John Brenneman reported the screen door had been painted and rehung. Painting porches and other outside areas will be placed on hold until spring.
Bob McNeil said he is working on the local Native American artifact collection and will have information soon.
Janet Keller reported she had two tours. One was a group of about 10 visitors from Beaver County Rehabilitation Center. There also was a visit from a member of a museum in Malvern who brought an album of portraits of early New Cumberland residents.
The group voted to end participation in the Old Time County Fair as sales and workers are scarce.
Doris Cameron noted the museum received a donation of bus tokens from the former P&W Bus Co. that served Weirton as well as New Manchester, Chester and Newell. They were a gift from Agnes Bowen of New Cumberland. The tokens have been mounted on a picture of a former bus, framed and are now on display.
Under new business, Keller expressed thanks and commended Linda McNeil for her news articles about museum holdings for the Hometown News.
The commission’s next meeting won’t be until March 7. It is open to anyone interested.
SHS Alumni Association
schedules Nov. 27 meeting
STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville High School Alumni Association will hold its next meeting on Nov. 27 at Scaffidi’s Restaurant and Tavern in Steubenville, beginning at 6 p.m.
Movie night set for Nov. 30 at
Follansbee United Methodist
FOLLANSBEE — An indoor family Christmas drive-in movie titled “The Star” will be shown at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Follansbee United Methodist Church, located at 1002 Virginia Ave.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own bag chair or blanket to sit on. Refreshments will be provided.
Ohio Beta Chapter hears
program on nutcrackers
STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Teacher’s Sorority met Nov. 13 at Malara Hall in Steubenville.
JoAnne McCraley introduced Therese Nelson, designer and artist of the nutcrackers displayed in Steubenville during the Christmas season. She presented a program about the nutcrackers, explaining there are 170 nutcrackers on display this year. Eighteen have been added this year. Nelson said 20,000 people visited the attraction the first year.
President Peggy Pyle presided at the business meeting. Pam Fithen read a selection titled “Simply Believe.” Joyce Cammilletti read thank-you notes from the Women’s AIM Center and Urban Mission Ministries for donations received from the club.
Members completed an unscramble word puzzle for fraternal education. Donations of $100 were made to the Red Cross and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Members also donated toys for the Christmas toy drive at the Wintersville United Methodist Church.
Hostesses for the evening were Joyce Cammilletti, McCraley and Christine Peterson.
The next meeting will be the club’s annual Christmas dinner, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Scaffidi’s Restaurant in Steubenville. Members are asked to bring a $10 gift for the gift exchange. The meeting also will include the installation of new members.
Toronto Sunrise Seniors
have Thanksgiving dinner
TORONTO — The Toronto Sunrise Seniors met Nov. 9 at the Roosevelt building, celebrating with a Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the fixings.
Chaplain Mary Edwards offered the blessing for the meal and the benediction later.
President Barbara Pritts thanked the kitchen committee under the leadership of Nancy Bodrog for its efforts with meal preparation and table decorations.
Laura Sheets, Judy Sabol and Nina Kavanagh gave reports. Tim Gribben and Carolyn McCart were recognized during the health report. Pritts reminded members of the trip to the Ohio Star Theater on Nov. 29 and to the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts on Dec. 16.
Ruth White announced that the annual Christmas dinner will be held at 5 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Karaffa Elementary School. Bonnie Wilson was recognized as member of the month.
Members also participated in a Thanksgiving trivia game with Dave Trudick and Marsha McConnell winning prizes. Jay Smith and Marcella McKnight won the 50-50 drawing with tickets being sold by Marlene Garrett and Frank Marino. Members played bingo called by John Lash and Hank Sheets. Winners were Judy Sabol, Joyce Gribben, Nancy Bodrog, Ruth White, Susan Kulstad, Beth Clark, Gloria Howard, Bonnie Wilson, Helen Bayne, Helen Lindsay, Kenny Mossor and Don Pritts.
The next meeting is Dec. 1.
Prime Time Senior Center
Christmas party on Dec. 7
STEUBENVILLE — The Prime Time Senior Center at 300 Lovers Lane will host its Christmas party on Dec. 7.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. There will be dancing and mingling until 9 p.m. The menu includes stuffed chicken breast, parsley buttered potatoes, green beans, pasta served family style and dessert. The cost is $20 per person with reservations due by Dec. 3. The phone number is (740) 314-5197.