Community news from around the area

Women’s History Month

exhibit on 19th Amendment

STEUBENVILLE — This year marks the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution extending voting rights to American women. To commemorate this achievement, the Women’s History Month display at Historic Fort Steuben will feature information on the struggles and successes of those who worked for women’s suffrage.

The exhibit runs through March 22, Mondays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

“Something we take for granted today was not a fact when our national government was first formed,” explained Judy Bratten, director of Historic Fort Steuben. “When the outspoken Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John, at the Constitutional Convention to ‘remember the ladies,’ he countered that the Declaration of Independence stated that ‘all men were created equal.’ Abigail was not the only one to receive such a response, and the efforts to obtain equal voting rights continued for more than 130 years,” Bratten noted.

Many of the suffragettes, as they were called, also were active in the movement to end slavery, which was finally achieved with the 13th Amendment in 1865. Many of the methods used to promote abolition were then applied to the equal voting rights efforts.

“These women and their male supporters wrote letters, articles and pamphlets, published magazines, organized parades and protests and traveled all over the country giving lectures and meeting with influential leaders,” Bratten said. “Remember, this was in the days before automobiles, airplanes, telephones and computers. Their dedication to the cause was remarkable.

“Voting was only part of the issue,” she continued. “Women could not own property in their own name if they were married. They could not leave an abusive husband who had all the property in his name. As a result, many of the suffragettes remained single so they could devote all their resources to the movement.”

The 19th Amendment was passed by Congress in 1919 and ratified in 1920.

Visitors are invited to view the exhibit as well as the display of First Lady dolls as part of Women’s History Month at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center, 120 S. Third St. For information, call (740) 283-1787.

Weirton Shriners holding

fundraiser breakfast Saturday

WEIRTON — The Weirton Shriners will hold a fundraiser pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Northern Panhandle Shrine Club, located at the end of Cove Road by the state highway garage.

The menu will inclue pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee. The meal cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Those under age 6 ewat for free.

YWCA of Steubenville hosting

St. Patrick’s card party

STEUBENVILLE — The YWCA of Steubenville, located at 320 N. Fourth St., will host a St. Patrick’s-themed card party on Thursday, beginning at noon,

The event will include “fun, food and friends,” according to Sophie Spencer, YWCA executive director. For information, call (740) .

Celebrate Teen Tech Week

with Arcade Day on Saturday

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library will be celebrating Teen Tech Week with an Arcade Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The event is being held in conjunction with ASAP Youth Council, and those interested can try out gaming skills with a Super Mario Cart Tournament.

In the game, players will race across the systems as scores total as the advance from the SNES to the Switch. Championship cups will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners.

The library also will be showing the film “Ready Player One” at noon and possibly livestreaming HerdCon from Marshall University.

The event is free and open to the public. Call (304) 737-1551 to register.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

having Friday fish frys

WEIRTON — St. Thomas Episcopal Church, located on Three Springs Drive in Weirton, will begin its annual fish frys on Friday, effective March 8, and continuing every Friday during Lent, including Good Friday on April 19.

They will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fish dinners and desserts will be available for sale. Patrons can dine in or get takeout. For information, contact the church at (304) 723-4120.

ADK Ohio Beta Alpha Chapter hear from financial planner

STEUBENVILLE — President Peggy Pyle welcomed members to the March 5 meeting of the Ohio Beta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Sorority held at Malara Hall in Steubenville.

Vice President Linda Lenzi introduced guest speaker John Cucarese, a financial planner who presented the program. Cucarese encouraged members to plan for retirement, noting they should save 15 to 20 percent of their pay for retirement years. He also pointed out that the younger and healthier a person is when buying long-term care, the cheaper it will be. A question-and-answer period followed.

Chaplain Pam Fithen read “An Irish Prayer” and “An Irish Blessing.” Pyle conducted the business meeting.

Fraternity Education Chariman Joyce Cammilletti, gave members a quiz pertaining to ADK scholarships, awards and grants. Scholarship Chairman Clara Joyce announced that she will meet with her committee at the Schiappa Branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County on April 9 to select the scholarship recipient from an area high school.

Pyle gave members a list of tips to boost their confidence. She also reminded members that ADK now has a book club. The list of books is posted on the ADK website.

Money was collected for the Ohio Valley Health Center in Steubenville.

Hostesses for the evening were Pam Fithen, Maureen Taggart and Janis Westfall.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on April 2 at Malara Hall in Steubenville. The program will be “Project Wild” with Crystal Fluhart.

Brooke library to show

‘Green Book’ on Friday

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Library will be showing the Oscar nominated film “Green Book,” rated PG-13 on at noon on Friday.

When Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments safe for African-Americans.

Patrons can bring a lunch for the event if they desire. Popcorn and water will be provided by the library. Call the circulation desk at (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat.

Pastors network continues schedule of Lenten services

The Brooke County Pastors Network has announced its schedule of community Lenten services that will be held through Easter Sunday, April 21.

They include:

≤ Thursday, 7 p.m., Windsor Heights Church of God, 7 p.m., the Rev. Phil VanDam.

≤ March 21, 7 p.m., Old St. John’s Episcopal Church, Colliers, 7 p.m., the Rev. Joy Leasure.

≤ March 28, 7 p.m., Wellsburg Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Jim Seabright.

≤ April 4, 7 p.m., Windsor Heights Church of God, the Rev. Annie D. Parker.

≤ April 11, 7 p.m., Wellsburg Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Lori Williams.

Easter sunrise services will be held at Brooke Hills Park, led by the Rev. Annie D. Parker, and at Old St. John’s Episcopal Church, led by the Rev. Phil Van Dam and the Rev. Frank Lewis. Both begin at 7 a.m.

In addition, the Wellsburg Presbyterian Church will be serving a free community dinner featuring stuffed cabbage rolls on Thursday. For information, call (304) 551-4380.

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