Community news from around the area

Retired railroaders to start

monthly breakfast meetings

CHESTER — A monthly meeting welcoming all retired railroaders and crafts will kick off this month, effective March 28.

Retirees are encouraged to meet at 11 a.m. for breakfast at EJ’s Restaurant, located at 807 Carolina Ave.

A spokesperson noted any retired railroader is invited. It doesn’t matter from where or what company, division or department.

The purpose of the meetings is to help protect railroad pensions and help keep an eye on legislation that may affect them. It also is to foster a sense of solidarity.

The average meeting time will be “an hour or so.”

The meetings will be held at 11 a.m. on the last Thursday of the month at EJ’s Restaurant.

Questions can be directed to Rocco at (330) 853-3045.

Craft and vendor show,

quarter auction in Stratton

STRATTON — Steppin’ for Sisters, one of the fundraiser teams participating in the 2019 Jefferson County Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society, will be hosting two events this coming weekend at the Stratton Municipal Building.

On Saturday, there will be a craft and vendor show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stratton Municipal Building, located at 136 Second Ave.

The event will include a Chinese auction, and food will be available.

Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

On Sunday, Steppin’ for Sisters will host a quarter auction in the same location. Doors open to the public at 1 p.m., and the auction begins at 2 p.m.

Admission of $5 includes one paddle. Additional paddles are $2 each.

The fundraiser will include a 50-50 drawing with food available from Team G-Force.

Questions can be directed to Judy Fellows at (740) 424-8316.

Brilliant Lions Club members

help with transport of seats

BRILLIANT — Brilliant Lions Club members assisted Buckeye North Elementary School with transporting seats from the Follansbee Elementary School to be used in the North auditorium.

According to member Susan Nolan, Buckeye North Elementary principal, the 249 seats are being stored in the old elementary school until they can be installed in the summer.

Dave Porter presided at the meeting. Glenn Dennis gave the invocation. It was announced that dues should be paid now.

The club will hold a pulled pork dinner fundraiser from noon to 2 p.m. April 28 at the Brilliant Fire Department. Curt Creamer and Don Hutchison are in charge of arrangements. The meal will consist of a pulled pork sandwich with a large pickle, baked beans, cole slaw, beverage and choice of dessert. The cost is $10 for adults and children.

The club received a sign designating that it is looking for new members. It was received at the Zone 8 District meeting in Steubenville. Potential members can contact any members about attending a dinner meeting on either the first or third Thursday of the month.

Awards received from the zone meeting for Brilliant Lions Club members were: Bill Wheeler, 35 years; Glenn Dennis, 20 years; Jim Quinn, 15 years; and Joe Fetty and Todd Henry, 10 years. Also received was a Camp Echoing Hills patch for a donation there.

Door prize winners were Jim Quinn, Esther McCoy and Jim Everson.

Hope Players meeting March 26 to discern their future

HOPEDALE — Interested members of the community are invited to attend an open meeting of the Hope Players, which will be held at 7 p.m. on March 26 at Hopedale United Methodist Church, located at 237 Church St..

The meeting is open to members and anyone interested.

Hope Players Executive Director Andrew Pelegreen III of Hopedale explained that the impending closing of Harrison East Elementary School, which has been the home for most Players productions since the group’s inception, has necessitated “a serious discussion” about the Hope Players’ future.

“We’re looking for input from members and the general public about a possible new venue, as well as the future direction of the Hope Players,” Pelegreen said. “We’re also looking for new participants with new ideas, who are willing to invest their time and talent, on stage and behind the scenes, in the future of community theater in the Hopedale area,” he added.

Pelegreen also noted that items that the Hope Players have accumulated and stored at the school will have to be relocated to a storage space if one is donated or found, or possibly donated to other local area groups that could use them.

“Without a new home and renewed participation from area talent, the future of the Hope Players is uncertain,” Pelegreen noted.

Anyone with questions about the meeting should contact Pelegreen at (740) 937-2629 or Hope Players’ President Donna Runt at (740) 937-2208 for information. Individuals unable to attend the meeting but who would like to offer their support in the form of a new location, future participation in Hope Players productions or general suggestions about the future of the organization, should contact Runt or Pelegreen prior to the meeting.

Harrison County Farm Bureau

to offer $1,000 scholarship

CADIZ — The Harrison County Farm Bureau is offering a $1,000 scholarship as an aid to the young people of Harrison County in continuing their education and becoming self-directing, productive and contributing members of their community.

The applicant or applicant’s parent(s) or guardian must be a member of the Harrison County Farm Bureau for two consecutive previous calendar years and a Harrison County resident.

“Many students do not realize that their families are members of Farm Bureau through their Nationwide Insurance,” a spokesperson noted. “They may call our office to check their eligibility.” All applications must be received by April 15.

A copy of the scholarship packet can be downloaded at They also are available by contacting the office by e-mail to or call (844) 942-3276.

Rivers Edge Garden Club

hears program on Alaska

TORONTO — The Rivers Edge Garden Club met March 11 at the home of Ruth Sutherin with 13 members present.

Laurie Sutherin, Ruth’s daughter, presented the program on her three-week trip to Alaska, “the last frontier.” She prepared a slide presentation with various pictures of the places she traveled to and that illustrated the scenery and various animals and plants she witnessed during her trip.

Following the program, Ruth gave devotions, titled “Giving Grace to Get Grace.” She then led the club in prayer before serving the meal she had prepared.

A brief business meeting followed the dinner. Michele Jenkins gave the treasurer’s report.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on April 8 at the home of Ginny Popson. The program will be on “The History of Newburg” by Carolyn Walker.

East Springfield Cemetery

announcements made

EAST SPRINGFIELD — Spring cleanup and the 2019 mowing season will begin at the East Springfield Cemetery during the first week in April.

Plot owners are asked to remove any decorations they wish to retain prior to that time.

New decorations may be placed after April 15. New spring and Memorial Day decorations — artificial or live flowers, solar lights, flags, statuary, etc. — are to be kept within 14 inches of the front of the headstone and maintained throughout the season by the one who places them. No fencing or curbing is permitted, according to an East Springfield Cemetery Association spokesperson.

VFW in Weirton to hold

weekly Friday fish frys

WEIRTON — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Panhandle Post 2716 will be holding a Lenten fish fry on Fridays through April 19 at the post, located at 3435 Main St., Weirton.

The weekly dinners will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The menu will include fish, shrimp, slaw and fries. The dinners are open to the public.

Fundraisers to help Follansbee

Community Days announced

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 takeout only sale will be held at the Follansbee Community House from noon to 6 p.m. on Fridays in March — remaining dates are March 22 and 29 — and on two Fridays in April — April 5 and 19.