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Betty Tanaka -- Contributed

Betty Tanaka to represent

Hancock County at festival

NEW CUMBERLAND — For the first time in several years, the Hancock County Community Educational Outreach Service is sending a “County Belle” to the West Virginia State Folk Festival.

Betty Tanaka is a relative newcomer to the Community Educational Outreach Service, but she is an old hand at volunteering, and in addition to her work with the CEOS, devotes many hours to the Hancock County Animal Shelter, making sleeping pads for the dogs and cats and helping to care for the animals, a spokesperson noted.

Tanaka identifies one of her favorite shelter activities is the “Kitten Cuddle” when volunteers take kittens to various local nursing homes to be cuddled by the residents. In addition to her volunteer work with the shelter and CEOS, Tanaka enjoys reading, crochet, walking and golf.

Beginning on the third Thursday of June, each year, the city of Glenville in Gilmer County takes a step back in time with a celebration of Appalachian culture known as the West Virginia State Folk Festival. It is a place to hear banjo and fiddle contests, story-telling, old-time gospel singing and jam sessions in the streets. It also is a place to see antique cars, handmade quilts and a bevy of “County Belles” from across the state dressed in period costume.

One Belle is selected by the WVU Extension Community Educational Outreach Service of each county to represent their county at the festival. According to the festival’s website, to be considered, a candidate must have attained her 70th birthday, possess qualities consistent with the spirit of a pioneer woman and be able to participate in the parade wearing her own period costume.

Belles not only are versed in such skills as canning, baking, sewing and household management, but they are community minded, charitable and a leader — good-will ambassadors and a unique feature of the folk festival.

Weirton Senior Citizens Center

hosting ‘Trunk Sale’ Saturday

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.

SHS Class of 1959 continues

planning for 60-year reunion

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville High School’s Class of 1959 — the 100th graduating class — is continuing plans for its 60-year class reunion to be held July 27 at Scaffidi’s Restaurant and Tavern in Steubenville, beginning at 6 p.m. Dress is casual.

On July 25, a free oldies concert will be held at the Berkman Amphitheater at Historic Fort Steuben at 6:30 p.m. for classmates interested in attending it. On July 26, there will be an informal gathering at 7 p.m. at Scaffidi’s.

To make reservations, contact Bobbie Maddux at bwick41@gmail.com or Ginger Newman Roach by mail at 1937 McCauslen Manor, Steubenville, OH 43952. “This is important so we can move forward with dinner reservations,” Roach noted, urging classmates to pass this information along to members of the class.

Weirton special events

to mark W.Va.’s birthday

WEIRTON — The public is invited to celebrate West Virginia’s birthday on Thursday during two special events.

The first is the West Virginia birthday celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, 3149 Main St.

Robert Strong of the SMART Center in Wheeling will be presenting a laser light show and a space theme in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission to the moon.

The festivities will include a W.Va. birthday cake, crafts, fossils “and fun for the entire family,” a news release notes. Each child attending will receive a 50th a anniversary commemorative badge featuring the Apollo 11 mission.

The evening event will begin at 7 p.m., and also will be held at the museum. It is “Competing Visions of Community, Commerce, and Construction in the First Ohio River Railroad Bridge.” It will be presented by David A. Simmons. It’s all about the local historic bridge that could not be completed until after West Virginia became a state in 1863.

Light refreshments will be served. The celebration is free and open to the public and is an annual event sponsored by the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center.

Edwin Stanton Questers

Chapter meets in Carrollton

STEUBENVILLE — The Edwin M. Stanton Chapter 1412 of Questers held its final meeting of the 2018-19 club year, gathering at Donna’s Deli on the square in Carrollton.

After lunch, President Becky Swickard presided at the business meeting, thanking Barbara Anderson, hostess, for making the arrangements.

Swickard reported that when the convention is held in October, Eileen Krupinski will be the Saturday evening presenter, addressing the topic “How Women Got the Right to Vote.” Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Michelle Miller will be the Friday evening speaker at Old Fort Steuben Visitor Center.

Another planning meeting for the three Questers chapters hosting this event will be held.

After the business meeting, members toured the Ashton McCook House Museum. It was the home of John and Evelyn Ashton. John Ashton first worked for Woolworth 5 & 10 in Delaware, Ohio, and returned to Carrollton and opened Ashton’s 5 & 10 in 1932. The store continues to be in operation. He opened a museum to illustrate changes throughout history.

Jim Painting served as tour director. Rose Seck and Barbara DeNoon were guides through the museum.

The chapter’s meetings will resume in September.

Toronto Senior Citizens

get updates on trips

TORONTO — Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting held June 13 with Peggy Ziarko welcomed as a guest.

Nancy Stanak gave the blessing for the covered-dish dinner and a special prayer for Mary Alice Meyer on the passing of her fiancee, Bob Rawlings. Doris Matyas led members in opening exercises. Fran Sheets handled the roll call and minutes. Rosemary Bonofine gave the treasurer’s report.

Nancy Stanak reported on the baseball game outing, noting there are a few seats remaining. Anyone interested can call (740) 537-2895 or (740) 537-3064. Members are to meet at the Cornerstone Church at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday. The mystery trip on July 18 also has a few seats remaining in addition to the Ocean City trip set for Sept. 16-19.

Shelby Smith won the door prize. Other door prize winners were Fran Sheets, Peggy Miller, Nancy Stanak, Kathleen Elliott, Jean Barker and Dolly Robinson. Bingo winners were Laura Mamula, Lisa Rex, Terry Mamula, Crissy Cunningham, Pat Simpson and Bob Richardson. Pat Simpson won scat.

The next meeting will be held June 27 at the Roosevelt Building.

Buckeye North High School

reunion scheduled Aug. 3

BRILLIANT — The Buckeye North High School reunion welcoming graduates from the classes of 1973 through 1990 will be held from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Aug. 3 at Brilliant Community Park.

Food and snacks will be provided at the BYOB event. The reunion also will include a 50-50 drawing and music by DJ Tom Campbell. This is a milestone year for several classes, including a 45-year anniversary for the Class of 1974; a 40-year anniversary for the Class of 1979; a 35-year anniversary for the Class of 1984; and a 30-year anniversary for the Class of 1989.