Community news from around the area

WELCOME — Ben Batenburg, center, was inducted into the Brilliant Lions Club on April 4 by Terry Snyder, right, second vice district governor. Ralph Nickoson, left, was his sponsor. -- Contributed

Brilliant Lions Club makes plans for pulled pork dinner

BRILLIANT — Plans to help the community with trimming trees along LaBelle Street when the Brilliant Lions Club met recently at the club room.

Jody White is continuing to clean streets and sidewalks as part of an undertaking the club honored him for recently, it was noted.

Dave Porter presided at the meeting where Glen Dennis gave the invocation. Neale Cleaver, district 9 zone chairman, was a guest.

Lamont and Esther McCoy will be attending the district convention set for April 27-28 at the Canton McKinley Hotel. The club will be sending 419 pairs of collected eye glasses and 33 hard glasses cases. The event will include officers training.

Terry Snyder, second vice district governor, installed Ben Batenburg as a returning member. He was sponsored by Ralph Nickoson.

Bill Snyder updated the club on events.

The pulled pork dinner will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on April 28 at the Brilliant Fire Department. Curt Creamer reported the cost is $10. Tickets can be purchased from any club member or at the door. Knives and kitchen utensils will be sold at the event.

A tag day in the village and New Alexandria will be held May 11.

Ohio Valley District NACWC

health luncheon Saturday

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Valley District National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs is sponsoring its 35th-annual Minority Health Month luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, located at 221 N. Seventh St.

The donation is $7 per person. It is open to the public

The theme is “Active and Healthy,” and the speaker will be the Rev. Robert E. Harris, therapist and family counselor of Toronto. Patricia Bailey, district first vice president, is the chairman.

Tickets can be purchased from any federated woman. Rose Marie Slaughter, district president, is coordinating the event.

Minority Health Month was created to be a 30-day, high visibility health promotion and disease prevention campaign. It is designed to provide crucial information to allow individuals to practice disease prevention; promote healthy lifestyles; showcase the providers of grassroots healthcare resources and information; highlight the health disparities between minority and nonminority populations; and gain additional support for ongoing efforts to improve minority health year-round.

Country Friends announces

weekend entertainment

COLLIERS — Country Friends will host the Buffington Brothers on Friday and Moonlight Special on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

The doors open at 6 p.m., the dance starts at 7 p.m., and the hall closes at 10 p.m. for both events. There is a $5 cover charge per person on dance nights.

Open mic is Monday with an Easter party. The doors open at 4 p.m., the covered-dish meal is served at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge on Mondays, but donations are appreciated.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity. For information, call (304) 479-1270, (304) 748-2816 or (304) 797-0122. For a monthly schedule e-mail

New York trip benefits

Montani Semper Liberi

NEW MANCHESTER — There will be an overnight charter tour to New York’s Finger Lakes region, the “Wines, Waterfalls, Cheeses, Lucy, Gorges and More Tour,” with proceeds to benefit the annual Montani Semper Liberi — Music and Art held annually at Oak Glen High School.

Departure will be from Chester during the early morning hours of June 1, with the return scheduled for the following night at approximately 9:25 p.m.

The trip will offer a combination of scheduled stops, along with free-time opportunities for shopping, touring and exploring. Designated stops will include visits to Taughannock Falls and Watkins Glen State Parks; chances to stop at numerous award-winning wineries; the Windmill Farm and Craft Market near Penn Yan, N.Y.; the Cuba Cheese Co.; the Lucy-Desi (Lucille Ball) Museum; and dining at a restaurant of choice in Bemus Point, N.Y.

The date of overnight accommodations in downtown Ithaca, N.Y., will coincide with the staging of the annual Ithaca Arts Festival.

A limited number of spaces remain for the tour, which is open to all ages, with reservations being accepted on a first come, first served basis. The cost per person is $164 for groups of four members and $183 based upon three persons per room. There is an additional option of $8 per person for those wishing to participate in a tour and wine tasting, conducted by winemaker Frederic Bouche, at the Ports of N.Y. Winery in Ithaca.

Checks are to be made payable to MSL – Music and Art, and mailed to 116 First St., Chester, WV 26034. For information, call (304) 374-7474.

Hancock County Democratic

Women to meet Monday

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Democratic Women held their monthly meeting March 18 at Giovanni’s Family Restaurant with President Kathy Link presiding.

Secretary Teresa McCombs’s minutes were accepted and the treasurer’s report read.

The annual meeting will be held Sept. 13-15 in Huntington, W.Va., it was announced.

The dues of $10 per member were collected for 2019. Link distributed the 2019 schedule of meetings and suggested that Del. Randy Swartzmiller, D-Hancock, speak at the April or June meeting.

Link advised that fundraising ideas will be discussed at the next meeting which will be held Monday at Giovanni’s Family Restaurant, Pennsylvania Avenue, Weirton. Dinner is at 5 p.m., and the business meeting starts at 6 p.m.

The federation welcomes new members. All Hancock County Democratic Women are invited to join the group. Dues are $10 per person for the year and are due upon joining. For information, contact Link at (724) 544-6063 or by e-mail at

Final pasta fagioli soup

April 19 helps Community Days

FOLLANSBEE — April 19, Good Friday, will mark the final day of a soup fundraisers to benefit Follansbee Community Days.

It involves 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.

Girl Scout Troop 1138

plans Sunday steak fry

RAYLAND — Girl Scout Troop 1138 is sponsoring its first steak fry with proceeds to go toward educational trips and earned awards.

It will be held Sunday at Buckeye Local High School, beginning at noon. The meal includes steak, chicken, baked potato and salad. The cost is $25 per person. Marcie Merkel Jarman is a Scout leader.

Weir Building Lego Club

to meet on Tuesday

WEIRTON — The Weir Building LEGO Club at Mary H. Weir Public Library, 3442 Main St., will meet from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The “Weir Building” has been meeting on the third Tuesday of each month and will continue to do so through May.

Children of all ages are welcome. Those under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. There are no fees and no registration requirements. All builders will receive a free “Weir Building” logo button.

North holding plant sale

for Dalrymple scholarship

BRILLIANT — A plant sale is under way at Buckeye North Elementary to benefit graduating Buckeye Local seniors in the name of a former educator.

The school is conducting its 10th-annual flower sale until April 23 to raise money for the Robert Dalyrmple Scholarship Fund. The fund is in honor of Dalrymple, who taught at the school for more than three decades, and provides $1,000 each year to a graduating high school senior who attended North Elementary.

A variety of flowers and vegetables are available in flats and baskets and range from $3 to $25. They include herbs, vines, petunias, begonias, marigolds, impatiens, geraniums, New Guineas, ferns, fuchsias, million bells, material plants, mixed annuals and vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, red cabbage and eggplant. Purchases may be made online or in paper form through any student or even by contacting the school. Delivery and pickup day is set for May 9. For information or to make orders, call the school at (740) 598-4589 or go to