Community news from around the area

Mingo Knights planning

annual dinner April 26

MINGO JUNCTION — The Mingo Knights of Columbus Council 4361 will hold their 62nd anniversary past grand knights and awards dinner on April 26 at the Knights Hall.

The evening will include the presentation of awards for Knight, Lady, Youth, Family, Volunteer, Chaplain, Religious and Blue Coat of the Year.

The menu includes chicken cordon bleu, rigatoni, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, spring salad and cake.

There will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Bishop Jeffery M. Monforton of the Diocese of Steubenville will be a special guest.

Doors opens at 6 p.m., and the dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. To make reservations call or text Shawn Zarych, grand knight, at (740) 381-1385.

WSX Management Club

scheduled to meet Monday

WEIRTON — The Weirton Steel Management Club will meet on Monday at Giovanni’s Family Restaurant, 3013 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

All members, former members and guests are invited to attend the dinner and social time.

Variety of programs and

activities at library locations

STEUBENVILLE — Various programs and activities scheduled at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County’s locations have been announced, including:

Brilliant Branch, (740) 598-4028

Children: Make an Earth Day craft on April 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Adults: Color pages designed for adults on Monday, beginning at 6 p.m.

Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch, (740) 769-2090

Children: Story Time, for children ages 5-10, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Registration is required.

Schiappa Branch, (740) 264-6166

Children: Play and Learn the Alphabet, for parents with children ages 2-6, will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Children will play with letter-learning toys that help with early literacy skills.

Tiltonsville Branch, (740) 859-5163

Children: Make an Earth Day craft on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Toronto Branch, (740) 537-1262

Children: Make a spring craft at 2 p.m. on Monday.

Play and Learn the Alphabet will be held at noon on Wednesday. Children will play with letter-learning toys that help with early literacy skills.

WVU President Gee to speak

at annual Boy Scout dinner

WHEELING – The Ohio River Valley Council Boy Scouts of America has announced that West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee will be the keynote speaker at its annual partnership dinner.

The event is set for 6:30 p.m. on May 16 at Oglebay Park’s Wilson Lodge Glessner Auditorium in Wheeling with a sponsorship reception starting at 5 p.m.

A leader in higher education for more than three decades, Gee is serving in his second tenure as the institution’s president, a position he’s held since 2014. Recently, the website Great Value Colleges named him the nation’s top university president. In addition to his service at WVU, Gee served as president of Ohio State University twice, at Vanderbilt University, at Brown University and at the University of Colorado.

Individual tickets are $150 and are available online at or by calling (304) 277-2660. Proceeds from the partnership dinner will benefit programming, camping and activities within the council. The Ohio River Valley Council is one of the largest youth-serving agencies in the Ohio Valley, serving more than 2,000 Scouts in Northern West Virginia and Eastern Ohio.

Spaghetti and meatball

dinner to benefit center

UNIONPORT — A fundraiser spaghetti and meatball dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 27 at the Wayne Township Community Center in Unionport.

The meal includes salad, dessert and beverage. The cost is $10. All proceeds benefit the upkeep of the center.

Neighborhood Gardens classes

continuing into the summer

STEUBENVILLE — Thinking about starting a community garden? Or maybe you just want to learn more about gardening in general.

The Ohio State University Extension is offering a garden series for the public called Neighborhood Gardens, a program that will address how to fund, manage and grow gardens in urban and suburban areas.

The next session will be held at 7 p.m. on May 6 at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School in Bloomingdale and will cover crop selection and maximizing production.

The following session on June 10 will be held at Bantam Ridge School, 587 Bantam Ridge Road, Wintersville, with the focus on integrated pest management techniques for urban gardens.

Individuals interested in the program can pick and choose which sessions are most relevant for their garden project. A full schedule of sessions can be found at Dates and locations are subject to change.

Cost of each session is $5/person, and pre-registration is required. Contact OSU Extension at 740-264-2212 or send an e-mail to with questions regarding the program and how to register. Registrations can be mailed to the Jefferson County Extension office at 500 Market St., Suite 512, Steubenville, OH 43952. The registration deadline is the Friday prior to each class.

OSU Extension will provide accommodations to handicapped persons needing assistance to participate in Extension programs. Individuals who require accommodations to attend programs or to access information can contact the Jefferson County Extension Office at (740) 264-2212.

Weirton literacy, learning

program resources noted

WEIRTON — The Literacy and Lifelong Learning Program of the Mary H. Weir Public Library in Weirton invites area residents to check out special materials from the resource display on the main floor of the Library.

The books include: “E-Z Arithmetic by Barron’s: Ace Arithmetic the E-Z Way;” “English, Yes! Learning English Through Literature;” “How to Reach and Teach Children &and Teens with Dyslexia” by Cynthia M. Stowe; “Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level” by Sally Shaywitz; “Phonics through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry” by Babs Hajdusiewicz; “Reading by the Colors: Overcoming Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Through the Irlen Method” by Helen Irlen; “Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding” by Harvey and Goudvis; “Teaching Adults Who Learn Differently: An Extensive Guide for Literacy Teachers and Tutors” by Skinner, Gillespie and Balkam; and “Teaching Reading Comprehension to Students with Learning Difficulties” by Kingner, Vaughn and Boardman.

All that is needed is a valid Mary H. Weir Public Library card.

Free classes offered through the Literacy and Lifelong Learning Program include preparation for the TASC (High School Equivalency); basic through advanced computer classes; basic reading; English as a second language; and U.S. citizenship preparation classes. For information on classes or volunteering as a tutor, contact Pamela Makricosta, coordinator, at (304) 797-8510. The library is Weirton United Way agency.

Newell VFD holding bingo

on Saturday, Wednesday

NEWELL — The Newell Volunteer Fire Department holds bingo every Wednesday and Saturday.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Early bird bingo begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by regular bingo at 7 p.m.

Early bird packets are $5 each, and regular bingo packets start at $17. The final coverall could be worth $1,000. The final coverall payout is based on attendance. For information, call (304) 387-0795.

JOSHUA applications are

available at Urban Mission

STEUBENVILLE — Applications for the Journeys of Service Helping Upper Appalachia (JOSHUA) program through Urban Mission Ministries are being accepted.

The program assists low-income homeowners in making repairs free of charge as a result of volunteer labor and donations from the community. Typical projects include interior and exterior painting, landscaping, porch and stair repair and other small home improvements. A grant to do additional home repairs this year has been received, according to a recent mission newsletter, which acknowledges “special thanks to the Affordable Housing Program offered through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, we can now provide significant home repairs to eight additional families.”

To qualify, applicants must own their home and be income eligible. For information, call (740) 282-8010. Applications will close on May 1.