Community news from throughout the area
WSX Management Club
schedules Monday meeting
WEIRTON — The Weirton Steel Management Club meeting will be held on Monday at Giovanni’s Family Restaurant in Weirton, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
All members, former members and guests are invited to attend the dinner and social time.
SHS Alumni Association
schedules Tuesday meeting
STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville High School Alumni Association will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Scaffidi’s Restaurant and Tavern in Steubenville.
Weirton’s Bill Verelst attends
national Elks convention
WEIRTON — Bill Verelst, president of the West Virginia State Elks Association and a member of Weirton Elks Lodge No. 1801, joined with delegates from throughout the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, Philippines and the Panama Canal who were on hand for the national convention of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks held recently in St. Louis, Mo.
Verelst was responsible for voting on decisions affecting the order and its policies. He also attended seminars and workshops enabling him to inform the state’s lodges on how to best serve their communities.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will recognize the top winners in the Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Program. The top boy and girl will each receive a $50,000 college scholarship. Annually, the Elks award college scholarships across the nation totaling more than $4.7 million.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has made more than $5 billion in donations since its was established 151 years ago. Last year alone, the Elks donated approximately $420 million in cash, gifts and time to make communities better places to live.
“The Elks are one of the premier patriotic and charitable organizations in the United States of America,” a spokesperson noted. There are more than 1,800 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership nearing 800,000. “Elks’ members must be American citizens who are at least 21 years of age and must believe in God,” a news release notes.
For information about the Elks, visit the website at www.elks.org
Hancock Oldtime Fair Board
meets to plan September event
NEW MANCHESTER — The Hancock County Oldtime Fair Board met on July 9 with President Buddy Stewart presiding.
Plans for the fair, set for Sept. 13-15, were discussed with most arrangements being finalized.
This year’s fair will start with a Bike Night on Sept. 13. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 20 bikes in, and DJ music will be provided by DC Music. Admission for Sept. 13 continues to be the donation of a nonperishable food item for the FISH organization.
Hancock County 4-H is organizing a 5K race for the morning of Sept. 14. The day will include live entertainment on the pavilion stage, a pie eating contest, tractor games, 1840 re-enactors, exhibits and a variety of food. New this year on Sept. 14 will be “Touch a Truck” where fairgoers can get an up-close look at different large vehicles.
The annual car show with dash plaques and door prizes will be held Sept. 15.
There will be two shows on the pavilion stage put on by Wild World of Animals.
Weirton Transit will once again provide shuttles, and Weirton Medical Center will be on hand to do wellness checks.
Individuals or organizations interested in having an exhibit or food booth can contact Stewart at (304) 914-0827 for information.
The fair board meets the second Tuesday of each month at the New Manchester Fire Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and volunteers are welcome.
Rich Smith Memorial
poker run set for July 27
FOLLANSBEE — The fifth-annual Rich Smith Memorial poker run will be held July 27 at Mustang Sally’s, located at 2443 Eldersville Road, Follansbee.
Sign-ups start at 11 a.m. with bikes out at 1 p.m. The first stop is the old Knoxville Elementary School; the second stop is the Hopedale American Legion; the third stop is the VFW in Amsterdam; and the ending dinner-party is at Mustang Sally’s where there will be live entertainment, a Chinese auction, a 50-50 drawing; food; and awards for the best hand and worst hand.
Cost to participate is a $10 donation.
This year the benefit will be raising money for Brian DiPaolo who on Feb. 1 got out of his vehicle to see if he could assist victims in a multiple-car pileup on Route 2 near Weirton and was struck by a vehicle himself. He was life flighted to Pittsburgh where he underwent 12 surgeries and was hospitalized for 49 days.
Since then DiPaolo has been recovering at Peterson’s Rehabilitation Hospital, according to information provided.