Community news from around the area

Library summer reading club

activities are announced

STEUBENVILLE — “A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Club activities at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County have been announced. They include:

Main Library, (740) 282-9782

Children: A galaxy light craft for all ages will be done on Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Registration is required.

“Take Me to Your Reader” stories and a craft will be held on June 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Adena Branch, (740) 546-3782

Teens: “Paint a Space Character on a Mug” is June 20 at 5 p.m. Registration is required.

Adults: Book club will meet for discussion on Monday at 5:30 p.m. Call to join.

Children: “Make Moon Sand” is at 2 p.m. on Monday. Registration is required.

“Edible Rockets and a Craft” is available at 2 p.m. on June 20. Registration is required.

Brilliant Branch, (740) 598-4028

Children: Moon rock painting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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

Adults: Book club will meet for discussion on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Children: “Edible Rocket and a Craft” is at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Registration is required.

Teens: Play Atari Space Invaders on June 21 anytime from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Schiappa Branch, (740) 264-6166

Teens: “Galaxy Bath Bombs” craft is at 6 p.m. on June 21. Register in advance.

Children: Game night for children and teens begins at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Stop in to play games on Wii, Playstation, XBOX360 and more.

“Kids’ Karaoke” is at 2 p.m. on June 20. Children ages 6 and older can take the stage or watch.

Play and Learn, for parents with children birth to 4, is at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Children will play with letter-learning toys that help build early literacy skills.

“Summer Fun for Little Ones,” for children ages 2-6, will be held Wednesday, beginning at 11 a.m.

Tiltonsville Branch, (740) 859-5163

Children: Moon rock painting is Monday at 6 p.m.

Toronto Branch, (740) 537-1262

Children: School-age children can make a sun catcher at noon on Wednesday. Registration is required.

Hancock Museum Commission

members to meet July 11

NEW CUMBERLAND — The regular meeting of the Hancock County Museum Commission was held June 6 with President Vivian Weigel presiding.

In committee reports, John Brenneman gave an update on the water heater, suggesting consideration of a lower volume tank or Point of Usage unit. The group authorized him to seeks bids for the system.

Bob McNeil reported plans for the car show at the museum with Alice Mitchell coordinating food sales and a bake sale.

Under new business, McNeil noted he has contacted the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission regarding assistance with grant applications but has had no response. He also noted communication with West Virginia University’s architectural department has been unfruitful.

Finding workers to repair the front and back porches has proven difficult, it was noted.

The glass display case in the parlor has been designated as the place to showcase Laura Greathouses’ early American display. Janet Keller will assist her in its arrangement.

The next meeting will held July 11, a week later due to the regular meeting falling on the July 4 holiday. Anyone interested in sharing the history of Hancock County is welcomed to attend.

Smithfield Township

Picnic set for July 14

PINEY FORK — The Smithfield Township Picnic will be held July 14 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Smithfield Township Park picnic grounds.

The picnic previously was known as the Piney Fork Homecoming Reunion, an opportunity for families who had someone working at the Hanna Coal or Consolidation Coal mines in the area to return and reminisce about the past. Many returned the first few years that the reunion was held but with the aging out of those working in the mines and their families, fewer have returned over the years.

The picnic committee is comprised of John Borkowski, Bill and Fran Rensi, Sandy and Joe Homol and Ann Marie Grayzar, all with Piney Fork connections. The picnic is being held in the area where the former Piney Fork Elementary School was located and housed children from Smithfield and Piney Fork until the early 1970s.

There are still some signs of the school yard, with a flag pole and some swings.

Borkowski keeps the event returning each year the day after the Smithfield All-School Alumni Banquet. This year’s banquet is July 13 at Le Chateau Pier in Smithfield. For picnic information, contact Borkowski by phone at (440) 256-1843or by e-mail to johnborkowski@sbcglobal.net.

Center hosting ‘Trunk Sale’

WEIRTON — The Greater Weirton Senior Citizens Center at 3425 Main St. is hosting a fundraiser “Trunk Sale” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot adjacent to the center. Participants can fill their trunk with items for sale, obtaining an outside parking space for $10. An inside table is $20. Call the center at (304) 748-3490 or Janet at (304) 491-9357 to reserve a parking space or an inside table.

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