Community happenings from throughout the area

Big Band 200 Club to honor

WII vets at Saturday dance

WHEELING — The Big Band 200 Club in Wheeling will commemorate the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by honoring World War II veterans.

The dance at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Osiris Shrine in Elm Grove will feature the Wally Gingers Orchestra, which is the only band in the region that was playing during World War II and still plays today.

Band Leader Clare Copenhaver’s father, George Tajc, formed the original band and took the professional name Wally Gingers. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served four years as an artillery gunman. Because of his talent, he was asked to join the army band, but chose to remain with the artillery.

World War II veterans are invited to attend the dance without charge and will be recognized at the dance for their service. They also may bring a guest at no charge. The usual dress code will be altered that evening to allow for the wearing of suits and dresses from or like those from that time period.

“When we were making up the 2019-2020 schedule with the Shrine, we saw that Dec. 7 was open,” said club President David Demarest, whose father served in the armored infantry. “We instantly realized that we had an opportunity to honor the men and women who fought the most awful war in the history of the world.”

Other non-members who wish to attend the dance may do so at a cost of $30 per person or $15 for students with proper student ID. Contact Membership Chair Diane Demarest at (304) 280-3206 or bigband200club@hotmail.com or the club’s Facebook page for information.

SHS Alumni Association

to meet Tuesday at Scaffidi’s

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville High School Alumni Association will meet Tuesday at Scaffidi’s Restaurant and Tavern in Steubenville, beginning at 6 p.m.

Veterans satellite office open

Wednesday in Dillonvale

STEUBENVILLE — The satellite office of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the Dillonvale City Building, 135 School St., Dillonvale, to assist veterans, dependents of veterans and/or veterans’ widows with VA pensions, compensations, burials, schooling, medical assistance and other veteran’s benefits.

For information or assistance, call the Veterans Service Office at (740) 283-8571 or visit the office in Suite 310 at 500 Market St., Steubenville. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

The office is closed at noon on the second Wednesday of the month for a board meeting.

Mingo Knights to host

children’s Christmas party

MINGO JUNCTION — The Mingo Knights of Columbus Council 4361 will hold its council meeting on Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the annual John Wiz Fabian Memorial Children’s Christmas party will be held, beginning at 1 p.m. with a light lunch served and a visit planned by Santa Claus. To make reservations, call Scott at (740) 275-6550.

The event is co-sponsored by John Scott Fabian and the Mingo Knights of Columbus Council 4361.

The two events round out the 2019 calendar for the Knights of Columbus, which will host Friday fish frys starting Feb. 21 and continuing through April 3.

Weir High Class of 1967 plan Wednesday lunch gathering

WEIRTON — The Weir High Class of 1967 will hold a luncheon on Wednesday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Route 22 Sports Bar, located at 307 Three Springs Drive, Weirton.

All classmates and spouses are welcome to attend.

Adena Lions Club ready

for annual Christmas cantata

ADENA — The Adena Lions club will present its annual Christmas Cantata — “The Greatest Story Ever Told” — on Dec. 8 at two times and two locations.

It will be presented at 2 p.m. at St. Casimir Church in Adena and again at 7 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church.

All donations from the presentation will be given to local food pantries.

Harrison Coal calendars

for 2020 are available

CADIZ — The 2020 Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park calendars are ready for purchase.

They can be purchased locally at the Puskarich Public Library, Market Street, Cadiz, and at the Harrison County Visitor Center, located at143 S. Main St., Cadiz. The 2020 calendars feature the Marion-made No. 5561 “C” 40-cubic yard shovel, “The Wasp.” It began operations in 1949. The photos show the erection of the shovel and its working. It was scrapped in 1987.

The calendar is sponsored by the Harrison County Visitor Center, Leonard and Dolly Ferrara, Sue Adams, Kelly Michelli and Marilyn Monzula. Calendars are $10, and, if ordered to be mailed out, add $3 for postage and handling for each additional calendar. Send orders to Dale Davis, 800 N. 13th St., Cambridge, OH 43725, or call Davis at (740) 391-4135. There are a series of these dating from 2011 and make excellent presents and collector’s items.

Checks or money orders should be made out to HCRHP.

There are a series of available calendars dating from 2011.


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