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Virginia Price celebrates her centennial birthday

Virginia Price

WINTERSVILLE — Virginia Price, a well-known watercolorist and lifelong resident of the Wintersville/Steubenville area, celebrated her 100th birthday on July 8.

An old-fashioned picnic and cookout were held in honor of the former Edna Virginia Huston at “The Marina at the Westlake” in Rocky River, Ohio, on July 12.

“The weather was perfect for this event, which was attended by family and friends. A sign of the times, social distancing was the ‘order of the day’ and, when appropriate, face masks were worn by all present,” noted her son, William E. Price of Petersburg, Va.

“With nature, flowers and seascapes being among her favorite painting subjects, the elevated picnic pavilion, adorned in red, white and blue bunting, surrounded by colorful hydrangeas and overlooking the Rocky River, provided the perfect setting for this event.”

Price’s parents were William and Edna Huston. Her lone sibling, Betty Jane McCasland, is deceased.

Growing up in Steubenville, she graduated from Wells High School and the Steubenville Business College. Her art instruction is credited to Wes Wagner, professor of art at Bethany College; art teacher Fred Graff of South Carolina, formerly of Medina; and Janine Bales of Carrollton.

After graduating from the Steubenville Business College, Price worked as secretary/treasurer at Carlton’s Clothing Store in Steubenville. During the 1970s, she painted one-of-a-kind hurricane lamps and vases at Erskine Glass Co. in Wellsburg.

She and her husband, the late John M. Price, had three children: William E. Price of Petersburg, Va.; John H. Price of Bloomingdale; and Debra Kay Arbaugh of Bay Village, Ohio. Eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren complete the family.

Price, who paints several days a week, began painting in oils and soon fell in love with watercolors and has been working in that medium for the past 50-plus years. She displays her paintings at various art shows, but truly loves exhibiting and interacting with people at outdoor art festivals. She has been a Signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society since 1979 and is a member of the Steubenville Art Association, the Ohio Arts and Crafts Guild and the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society. She is a charter member of the National Women in the Arts.

Price’s paintings will be on exhibit at Muskingum University in New Concord beginning Sept. 9. For exhibit information, call (740) 826-8211.

A devout Presbyterian and longtime member of Two Ridges Presbyterian Church in Wintersville, Price attributed her longevity to “God’s plan.”

57th-annual Peach Festival

fundraiser happening Aug. 8

WEIRTON — St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Three Springs Drive/St.Thomas Way in Weirton is completing plans for the 57th-annual Peach Festival.

It will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 8, according to organizers.

“Due to the coronavirus, there have had to be several changes different from years past, but with the help of the Brooke County Health Department, the church is able to bring a day of enjoyment to the local people,” an event spokesperson noted.

“The big change is that the food will be take-out only so there will be no seating in the dining room.”

Advance orders may be called into the church for pickup on the day of the festival by calling (304) 723-4120. “Just leave your name and phone number, and someone will return your call.”

The menu this year is: Roast beef or meatball sandwich, $6; french fries or haluski, $4; all drinks, $1; peach shortcake, $6; and home-baked peach pies, $12.

Jefferson Union High School

Class of 1955 plans reunion

RICHMOND — The Jefferson Union High School Class of 1955 is planning its 65-year high school reunion.

“To continue our tradition of meeting every five years, we will meet again this August,” notes a committee member. Any classmate who has not received any correspondence can call Phyllis Bodo Kolopajlo at (740) 282-0536 or Gil Boring at (740) 765-4087.

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