Community news from around the area

LaBelle Neighbors Who Care

hosting special fundraiser

STEUBENVILLE — LaBelle Neighbors Who Care will host its first Ohio Valley Choice Awards for Best of the Best in dining in the Ohio Valley.

The public is invited to the awards brunch, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 11 at Eastern Gateway Community College’s Founders Hall.

“This event gives a chance for community members to honor and support their favorite places to eat,” noted Asantewa Anyabwile, president of organization.

“Here’s how your favorites can be chosen among those honored. Go to our website and vote in the categories from coffee shops to pizza, from caterers to gourmet, from Chinese to bakeries. It’s all there. Also, when you vote by April 15, you could qualify to win two complimentary tickets to the brunch,” she explained.

The brunch also will include sample tables from local restaurants.

“By supporting this event, you will be assisting LaBelle Neighbors Who Care to continue its work in the community. And, because we are a nonprofit organization, your donation is tax-deductible.

“So please vote, vote, vote and join us on May 11 to see if your favorite eateries are among the winners,” Anyabwile added.

For information, go to or call (740) 346-9925

Community speaker series

starts Sunday in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD — The Friends of Smithfield Community Development Corp. will host the first presenter of the 2019 community speaker series on Sunday at the Smithfield Historical Society building on Main Street, beginning at 2 p.m.

Jim Rocchi of Cadiz, director of outreach, Eastern Ohio Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, will present information about the foundation, which serves Appalachian Ohio’s 32 counties. He also will offer insight on grant opportunities available for citizens and communities of this region.

Light refreshments will be served.

History of local churches

to be program topic

ELDERSVILLE, Pa. — The Jefferson Township Historical Society, Eldersville, will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the White Church building located on Fire Road across from the fire hall.

The program will be a discussion of the history of local churches. Bethel Church, Eldersville Methodist Church, Tucker Methodist Church, Paris Presbyterian Church, Westminster Church, Hillcrest Church, Langeloth Presbyterian Church, Cross Creek Presbyterian Church and Raccoon Presbyterian Church are among the historic churches to be discussed, but others may be added, driven by audience participation.

The meeting is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

‘Make It Shine Day’ set for

Saturday in New Cumberland

NEW CUMBERLAND — The New Cumberland Community Projects Committee will hold its annual spring “Make It Shine Day” on Saturday.

Every year the committee chooses an area of town that needs a little sprucing up for the summer, according to George Hines, chairman. “This year the focus will be on Pride Park along Ridge Avenue. The white vinyl fence at the back of the park will be cleaned, and the hillside behind the park will be cleared of brush. In addition, the flower beds will be readied for summer flowers by removing weeds and adding new mulch. The street clock also will be washed,” Hines explained.

Volunteers should meet at the park at 9:30 a.m. to start the spring cleanup and are encouraged to bring their own rakes and pruners if possible and wear heavy gloves.

“This also is the time of year that the committee asks everyone in town to clean up around their property and take pride in the part of town that you call home,” Hines noted. “If everyone pitches in just a little, the whole town will look fresh and new for spring and summer. Remember that this is your town, and it’s up to you to make a difference.”

For information on the cleanup, contact Hines at (304) 670-7092.

Final fish fry today at

Sacred Heart of Mary

WEIRTON — Sacred Heart of Mary Church at 200 Preston Ave., Weirton, will be hosting is final fish fry of the Lenten season today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The menu will include baked fish, fried fish, fried shrimp, haluski, macaroni and cheese, french fries, cole slaw, potato and cheese or sauerkraut pierogi, desserts and homemade bread. Patrons can dine in, and takeout also is available. The phone number is (304) 723-1648.

Pet photos with the Easter

Bunny set for Sunday

WEIRTON — The Hancock County Humane Foundation will host pet photos with the Easter Bunny from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Busy Beaver, 290 three Springs Drive.

Donations will help support and care for homeless animals, according to a news release.

OVBPW to review fundraiser

during Tuesday’s meeting

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women’s Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Salvation Army of Steubenville, located at 332 N. Fourth St. next to the YWCA of Steubenville.

The cost will be $15 for the meal with Friday as the RSVP. The dinner and business meeting will include discussion on the organization’s successful Wine and Shoe Extravaganza fundraiser held March 29 at Hidden Acres Lodge and Winery in Mingo Junction, according to President Phyllis Riccadonna. The event was co-chaired by Nicole Adamski and Julie Decker.

Also on the agenda is a continuing of the club’s “Getting to Know You” presentations with members sharing information on their careers. April’s presenters will be Stephanie Rouse and Brandi Birkhimer.

The group’s final meeting before the summer break and September start-up will be held May 21 at the Laurels of Steubenville, beginning at 6 p.m. It will include the presentation of scholarships.

Because April is “Equal Pay” month, new members can join by Tuesday’s meeting and only pay $30 dues instead of $40.

For information, contact Riccadonna at (740) 317-3868.

Historical society hosting

event for would-be volunteers

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Historical Society of Mount Pleasant is inviting new volunteers to join their team, inviting anyone to attend a breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Elizabeth House, located at 439 Union St.

“Volunteers play an extremely important role in furthering the mission of the historical society,” noted Angela Feenerty, the historical society’s president.

“They are our ambassadors to visitors and to the community. The historical society is completely operated by volunteers, both now and for the past 70 years,” she said.

“There is a volunteer position for just about everyone. Some things can even be done from home with just a computer and Internet service. We have restoration and conservation, research and data input projects. We also need docents,” she added, explaining that these volunteer opportunities can be used for high school or college students who need community service credits.

An orientation, with an informal continental breakfast, will introduce volunteers to the history of Mount Pleasant and give anyone interested an opportunity to sign up for training. To RSVP call (800) 752-2631; e-mail; or visit the Facebook page.

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.

Three Score Seniors

to meet on April 25

WEIRTON — President Kathy McCarrick presided at the March meeting of the Three Score Seniors where Marlene Hare gave the invocation and led in opening exercises.

Chuck Lucas provided entertainment, singing various selections, including “Irish Eyes are Smiling” in keeping with the St. Patrick’s Day theme with decorations by McCarrick.

Reports from the secretary and treasurer were given in addition to Membership Chair Nancy Smurda, who noted the club has 78 members.

Carol Korzi and Penny Dotson were welcomed as guests.

Sunshine Chair Winnie Kemp reported on cards sent. There was one birthday acknowledged.

Reservation Chair Vivian Weigel reported 50 members and two guests were in attendance

Prizes were awarded to Pauline Korzi, Reggie Dietz, Karen Welsh and Nick Dragisich. The 50/25/25 winners were Marlene Hare and Nancy Smurda. The Undo’s dinner winners were Pauline Korzi and Reggie Dietz. Five Dairy Queen cards also were prizes.

Hare gave the benediction.

The next meeting will be held April 25.