Community news from around the area

School of Nursing Alumni

Association meets Wednesday,

has Andrea Hale as new leader

STEUBENVILLE — Blanche Williams, outgoing president of the Ohio Valley Hospital/Trinity School of Nursing Alumni Association, is encouraging current and prospective members to attend the April meeting of the association to meet its new president.

That would be Andrea Prosko Hale, a 1990 graduate of OVH School of Nursing who serves as chief financial officer for Valley Hospice, where she been employed for the past 15 years.

The covered-dish meal and informal meeting will be held Wednesday at Starkdale Presbyterian Church, 4600 Sunset Blvd., beginning at 5 p.m.

New officers were elected at the October meeting (the association meets twice a year, in the fall and again in the spring), according to Williams’ writings in the spring newsletter. Williams has served as president of the association since its founding 10 years ago.

“It was time for me to step down and allow a new person to take the reins,” Williams writes. “It has been my pleasure to lead such a great group of nurses and friends.”

Williams has, however, agreed to serve as recording secretary to aid Hale in the transition process. Other officers are Patty Milosevich and Shirley Costlow, co-vice presidents, and Char Biacco, treasurer.

Williams notes that Hale’s mother, Shirley James Prosko, OVH Class of 1955, was a member of the association. “Her mother’s loving example of compassionately caring for her family, community and all those she encountered as a public health nurse inspired Andrea to become a nurse,” Williams wrote. “She enjoyed listening to the many stories about her mother’s golden years with her OVH sisters. Andrea is honored and excited to serve as our alumni president and hopes to keep the tradition of our beloved school alive by engaging new alumni members and continue providing scholarships for our future Trinity School of Nursing nurses.”

The October meeting brought discussion on making the organization visible, viable and revenue generating to award scholarships. Three $500 scholarships were awarded at the past graduation.

Association annual dues are $7. They can be sent to the treasurer, Chari Biacco, at 2932 Linda Way, Steubenville OH 43952. Correspondence can be sent to Biacco or Williams at 201 Williams Blvd, Wintersville OH 43953 or blanchew301@comcast.net.

The newsletter also carries a reminder that National Nurses Day will be celebrated May 6 with National Nurses Week marked May 6-12.

Melissa Hassan, director of THS School of Nursing, notes in the newsletter that the school had received notification that the school was ranked third in Ohio for NCLEX-RN pass rate results. The school’s 2018 pass rate was 100 percent.

Toronto Senior Citizens

updated on various trips

TORONTO — Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting held April 11 where Mary Alice Meyer gave the blessing for the covered-dish dinner and led the members in opening exercises.

The group acknowledged the death of Don Smith, a former member.

Reports were given by Fran Sheets, Rosemary Bonofine and Joyce Dobbs. Nancy Stanak reported on a number of trips, noting outings to the baseball game, mystery trip and Hartville are filled. There are several seats remaining, however, for the May 30-31 trip to Dayton to see the Kitchen Aid tour, Air Force museum, Wright memorial, Murphy’s used book warehouse, casino and the football factory and for the September trip to Ocean City. For information, call (740) 537-2895 or (740) 537-3064.

Mary Alice Meyer won the 50/50 drawing and Bob Zahniser, the door prize. Bingo winners were Bob Richardson, Emma Spicer, Dolly Robinson, Arlene Zahniser, Tim Elson and Virginia DaFoe, who won the scat game.

The next meeting will be held April 25 at the Roosevelt building.

Weirton Shriners to host

pancake breakfast Saturday

WEIRTON — The Weirton Shriners will host 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.

Open to the public, the breakfast is $6 for adults; $3 for children ages 6-12; and free for those younger than 6. The menu is all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and orange juice. This will be the last fundraiser breakfast until October.

Kroger retirees dinner

get-together Thursday

WEIRTON — All Kroger retirees are invited to the monthly dinner get-together that will be held Thursday at Theo Yianni’s Greek Restaurant, 332 American Way, Weirton, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

To RSVP, contact Regina at (304) 723-0419.

Follansbee church hosting

jam session on Thursday

FOLLANSBEE — Calvary Baptist Church, located at 425 Rockdale Road, Follansbee, will host a jam session open to all, beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

“If you play an instrument, bring it along and sing along,” a church spokesperson said of the event featuring Christian and country music.

Refreshments will be served. Tim Colvin is the church’s pastor.

Quest for Success having

game day at Brightway Center

STEUBENVILLE — The Quest For Success program invites Jefferson County students and their families to join in the fun during game day on April 27.

The free activity will be held at Brightway Center located at 2511 county Road 15, Rayland, from noon to 3 p.m. for students in grades five through 12. Students do not have to currently attend the Quest For Success afterschool program to participate. Lunch will be provided, and transportation will be available.

Quest for Success is provided through a 21st Century Grant and is sponsored by the Jefferson County Educational Service Center.

Those planning to attend must RSVP by April 24. For information or to request transport, call (740) 283-3347 or e-mail mfiala@jcesc.org.