Community news from around the area

Sisters of Garibaldi members

scheduled to meet March 19

FOLLANSBEE — The Sisters of Garibaldi will hold their first meeting of the new year on March 19 in the club’s social room, beginning at 7 p.m.

Gina Marchetti, president, who will preside for the gathering, reminds members that dues are now due.

PERI Chapter 5 members

set to meet Wednesday

STEUBENVILLE — Ten members of PERI Chapter 5, District 9 met Feb. 13 at the YWCA of Steubenville.

Harold Ray opened the meeting, greeting all members. Joyce Summers led the prayer and opening ceremonies. After the reading of reports by the secretary and treasurer, Ray said the chapter is actively trying to increase its membership. He encouraged each member present to bring a retired public employee to the next PERI meeting.

Ray explained that a letter received from the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System notes 2019 goals that the organization hopes to achieve. These issues include revisiting the cost-of-living allowance, health insurance and the low amount OPERS made on its 2018 investment.

All of these issues, Ray explained, will have an impact on retiree benefits. He added that it is vital that retirees come to local PERI meetings and become educated on OPERS plans and act accordingly.

The next meeting will be held at noon on Wednesday at the YWCA of Steubenville, located at 320 N. Fourth St.

Pasta fagioli soup sale,

quarter auction detailed

FOLLANSBEE — Fundraisers to benefit Follansbee Community Days have been announced.

One is a quarter auction that will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 7 at the Follansbee Community House at Follansbee Park.

The other is a Lenten fundraiser featuring the sale of quarts of pasta fagioli soup for $5 a quart.

The take-out only sale will be held at the Follansbee Community House from noon to 6 p.m. on Fridays in March and on two Fridays in April — April 5 and 19.

Weirton Library to show

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

WEIRTON — The Mary H. Weir Public Library will present “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” rated PG, on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m.

Admission and popcorn are free, and guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and soft drinks. The accessible Walnut Street doors will open at 1:45 p.m. No reservations are necessary.

Jefferson County Relay

for Life meeting Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE — Planners and volunteers involved in organizing the 2019 Jefferson County Relay for Life will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in room 1504 at Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more or being a part of the relay that will be held from 6 p.m. on June 21 to 9 a.m. on June 22 at the Toronto Jr.-Sr. High School Clarke Hinkle Stadium, located at 300 Myers St. in Toronto.

The relay raises funds to help the ACS with research, patient services, advocacy and education. This year’s goal is to raise $100,000. The theme is a Disney-oriented one — “Where Cures Come True.”

The event co-chairs are Emily Russell and Tom Simmons. Tracy Barnhouse of Noble County is the local relay’s ACS community development manager.

Survivors to walk in the opening lap are being recruited and will be honored at an onsite dinner afterward.

Team fundraisers include Steppin’ for Sisters sponsoring a two-day event at the Stratton Municipal Building. There will be a craft and vendor show there from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 23 with concessions provided by Steppin’ for Sisters. It also will include a 50-50 drawing and a Chinese auction. The following day, March 24, the team will hold a quarter auction there with doors opening at 1 p.m. and the auction starting at 2 p.m. Admission of $5 includes one paddle with additional paddles available for $2 each. Team G-Force will provide concessions.

The relay will involve a luminary ceremony with luminaries available for a $10 donation in memory or in honor of a loved one’s battle with cancer. Russell reminded that the luminary slideshow pictures need to be turned in by the March meeting with correct name spelling. They also can be e-mailed to Russell at Barnhouse can be contacted by phone at (740) 509-0196 or by e-mail to Russell can be contacted via e-mail at For information about the ACS and services and programs it offers, visit The cancer helpline number is (800) 227-2345.

Three Arts Club in Toronto

schedules Thursday meeting

TORONTO — The Three Arts Club will hold their March meeting on Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. at Toronto Jr/Sr High School.

The Fine Arts Night at the high school will be the program for the club. The displays will open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert by the choir and band will begin at 7 p.m. The club’s business meeting of the club will be conducted before viewing the displays and attending the concert. Members will be responsible for their admission cost.