Community news from around the area

Flag retirement ceremony

set for Friday in Brilliant

BRILLIANT — The Brilliant American Legion Post 573 and Dillonvale American Legion Post 529 invite the public to witness the annual flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day, Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. at 210 Market St., Brilliant.

The Legions will be demonstrating the proper procedure to dispose of a worn, faded, torn or soiled American Flag. “If you have never witnessed the ceremony for retiring worn flags, you are encouraged to come out and watch,” a spokesperson noted. “The ceremony stands as a reminder of what the United States Flag truly stands for.”

The Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags is outlined in Resolution No. 440, passed by the 19th National Convention of the American Legion in New York, Sept. 20-23, 1937. The ceremony has been an integral part of American Legion ritual since that date. The purpose of The American Legion in adopting this ceremony was to encourage proper respect for the Flag of the United States and to provide for disposal of unserviceable flags in a dignified manner.

On Dec. 22, 1942, the 77th Congress approved Public Law 829, giving official sanction to most of the provisions of the Flag Code. This public law established the Flag Code in Title 36, U.S. Code, Chapter 10, Sections 173-178, including the Flag Code § 176(k) on disposal of unserviceable flags.

Those with worn, faded, torn or soiled flags are encouraged to bring them to the Post at 210 Market St. A receptacle is near the back entrance. During the ceremony, it will be properly disposed of.

Questions can be directed to the post by phone at (740) 598-3515 or e-mail at

Wintersville UMC to host

strawberry festival Saturday

WINTERSVILLE — Wintersville United Methodist Church, located at 702 Main St., will hold its 31st-annual strawberry festival from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Patrons can eat in or get takeout of a variety of sandwiches, salads, side dishes, strawberry shortcake or a strawberry sundae.

Proceeds with go toward furnishing the new fellowship hall.

Toronto Sunrise Seniors

planning summer picnic

TORONTO — The Toronto Sunrise Seniors met on May 24 at the Roosevelt Center. Vice President Donna Spry welcomed members and conducted the meeting following a covered-dish dinner.

Secretary Laura Sheets read the minutes of the previous meeting, and Treasurer Judy Sabol gave the financial report. Birthdays and anniversaries were announced as well as the June kitchen committee, made up of Joyce and Tim Gribben, Sharon and Gary Grim, Paul Zink and Helen Bayne.

The annual summer picnic will be held on July 12 at the Stratton park, it was announced.

Marlene Garrett and Frank Marino sold 50-50 tickets. The prize was won by Larry White and Marcella McKnight. Following the meeting, members played bingo and cards.

The next meeting will be held Friday.

Country Friends schedule

weekend entertainment

COLLIERS — Country Friends will host the Buffington Brothers on Friday and Moonlite 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

Hills School reunion set for

June 30 at Bell Chapel UMC

STEUBENVILLE — The annual reunion for Hills School, formerly Oak Grove School, will be held June 30 beginning at 2 p.m. at Bell Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 3419 state Route 213, Steubenville.

Those planning to attend are asked to bring a covered dish and their own beverage.

For information, call Fred Vogt at (740) 282-4278.

Homemakers Camp July 14-16

at 4-H Camp, Piedmont Lake

PIEDMONT — The Jefferson County Alumni Homemakers Camp will be held July 14-16 at the 4-H Camp on Piedmont Lake.

This year’s theme is “A Tribute to our Friends South of the Border.”

The program will be by ventriloquist Marlene Bowers. There also will be swimming, boat rides, crafts, singing, bingo and food. The cost is $80 for the full-time participants. For those who come for a day or part of a day, the cost is $10 a unit.

For information, call Marlene Boni at (740) 317-2608 or Pam Dunlap at (740) 537-4583.

Fundraiser breakfast

at Toronto Masonic Lodge

TORONTO — A fundraiser pancake and sausage breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on June 29 at the Toronto Masonic Lodge, located at 202 S. Third St.

The menu includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk and juice for a $5 suggested donation. There also will be a 50/50 drawing.

Proceeds benefit the Pillars of Strength Chapter of the Widows Sons, Masonic Riders Association. The Widows Sons is a group of Master Masons who have gathered together to promote Freemasonry within the motorcycling community. The Widows Sons is a 501(c)3 charitable organization devoted to supporting widows and orphans of the Masonic brethren, a spokesperson noted. “We hold events and rides as fundraisers for this noble cause and other charitable causes within Jefferson, Carrol, Columbiana and Mahoning counties, according to Chuck Musselman, secretary, Pillars of Strength.