Community news from around the area

Weirton Farmer’s Market

makes return on July 8

WEIRTON — The Weirton Farmer’s Market makes its return on July 8, having an every Monday presence in the Goodwill Plaza parking lot on Penco Road in Weirton across from the Shop ‘n Save Plaza.

The hours are from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday until Oct. 28.

Returning vendors include: Bertram’s Orchard, seasonal vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, and seasonal fruit, including blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, apples, peaches and pears; Jami and Gene’s Veggies, vegetables; Ruth Brown, baked goods; R and R Family Farm, Daniel Swartzmiller, vegetables; and Tom Bodnovich, Pennsylvania Dutch Foods, jams, jellies and honey.

New vendors this year are: Russell Sprouts Family Farm, vegetables, jams and jellies, melons, pumpkins and fresh eggs and Thera-Jewel, Jim Lander, magnetic jewelry, birdhouses and windchimes.

Some vendors are certified to accept Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program vouchers for seniors as well as WIC coupons.

Opening day festivities July 8 will provide patrons with a free ticket for a drawing to win “a huge basket” containing goods and food from the vendors.

WVU Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions.

For information, call WVU Hancock County Extension Services at (304) 564-3805.

Antonio Meucci Lodge

welcomes new members

WEIRTON — Members of the Antonio Meucci Lodge No. 2506 Sons of Italy held their dinner meeting June 11 at Undo’s in Weirton.

Tony LaRosa read the invocation before leading a moment of thanksgiving for all fathers in honor of Father’s Day. Gabriel Arlia led the pledge of allegiance.

Reports were given by Secretary Rita Orler and Treasurer Norma Henson.

President Regina Truax welcomed guests Gloria Julian and Marilyn DiLeonardo. She also welcomed back Victor Rossi, Mary Rose Spano and Laura Settepanella and new members Gene Viola, Mary DiFonzo and Angela Mazur. She announced that the annual picnic will be held in August. She also noted that the Morgantown Lodge will be celebrating its 100th anniversary on Sept. 18. The cost is $25 per person.

The annual scholarship was awarded to Nathan Dragisich, grandson of Nick Dragisich. He will be a freshman at Duquesne University in the fall.

Entertainment was provided by Roz and Lynn, a mother-and-daughter duo. Birthdays and anniversaries were acknowledged.

Several bus tours were announced, including, July 15, Meadows Casino and Tangier Outlets, Washington, Pa.; July 26, Hartville Marketplace and Flea Market, Hartville, Ohio; July 28, “Rock of Ages,” Benedum Theater, Pittsburgh; Aug. 10, Rivers Casino with Frankie Valli, Pittsburgh; Sept. 25-27, Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, N.Y.; and Nov. 10-11, Christmas in New York City. For information, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419. All tours are open to the public.

The Undo’s gift certificates were won by Pauline Tortis and Mary DiLeonardo. Angie Veltri won the 50-50 drawing. Gift cards were awarded to Mena Potts and Rita Orler.

The next meeting will be held July 9 at Undo’s in Weirton. Anyone interested in joining or wanting information can contact Truax.

Smithfield seniors share

memories of their fathers

SMITHFIELD — The Smithfield Senior Citizens met with Bernice Francis giving the invocation and encouraging members to recall a remembrance about their father, given the meeting time feel during the week of Father’s Day.

One member recalled that her father, a school teacher, bought cream-filled chocolate drops and put the same amount in each little brown paper bag he gave to his students at Piney Fork School, where he also served as the principal. Another member recalled how her father, a coal miner in Piney Fork, came home on Christmas Eve with a bag of goodies from the company. Another remembered her dad making pigs feet that most of the family seemed to enjoy. Wearing long underwear from autumn until spring was another fatherhood memory.

Since some members are unable to attend meetings on the third Tuesday of the month, it was decided to start the new meeting year on Sept. 19 and see if that increases membership. A picnic at the home of Betty Ruttencutter will be held in July with each member to bring an assigned covered dish and several small presents for playing bingo. There will be no meeting in August.