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Ethel Werner -- Contributed

August brings 104th birthday

celebration for Ethel Werner

CHESTER — Staff at The Orchards at Foxcrest said they were privileged to witness history on Aug. 3 as Pepperberry Suites resident Ethel Werner celebrated her 104th birthday and was treated to a large sheet cake decorated with colorful flowers, roses, balloons, cards and a “socially distanced” visit from her family.

Born in McKees Rocks, Pa., on Aug. 3, 1916, she is a daughter of the late John “Jack” and Pearl Hankey. Her family operated a thriving bakery in that area which later evolved into what is now known as Hankey Farms in Oakdale, Pa. Raised on the farm herself, she later married Fred Werner, and they made their home and raised their children there as well.

During the 1950s and 1960s, the couple ran a restaurant/bar together, but were perhaps best known for the many years they spent at Williams Country Club in Weirton. Fred was the head chef and manager of the club, and Ethel became the “unofficial” assistant manager, lending support to members and staff alike. She still has a great recall for the people she met there, many of whom became like family.

“In 1994, her beloved Fred passed away,” a news release notes. By this time, Ethel had retired to New Manchester, where she lived alone and cared for herself in her own home until the age of 97. Just shy of her 100th birthday, she moved to The Orchards, “where she has been a blessing ever since.”

Ethel attributes her longevity to active living — she remains mentally sharp and has a keen interest in both history and current events alike. “She is small in stature but make no mistake — Ethel spent a lifetime enjoying the finer things in life, such as whole milk, bacon, eggs and real butter,” the release added.

Her family includes one daughter, Carol Lackinger, and a son, Fred Werner and his wife, Janet. There are three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Her son-in-law, Frank Lackinger, passed away recently.

“The Fox family — as well as the entire staff — at The Orchards wishes to extend their heartiest congratulations and well wishes to this remarkable lady.” The Orchards is a senior living community with locations in Chester, East Liverpool and Saxonburg, Pa., continuously owned and operated by the Fox family since 1952.

Funseekers schedule picnic

meeting Wednesday at Undo’s

WEIRTON — The Funseekers board met Aug. 3 to review plans for the picnic and meeting schedule.

The annual picnic at Follansbee Park has been canceled, and the refunded fee has been deposited to the treasury.

The Funseekers will be having a picnic meeting, however, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Undo’s in Weirton. Regina Truax is coordinating with Undo’s for a picnic food menu. The cost for this special event will be $10 for members and $15 for guests. The phone committee was to be calling for reservations

Masks are required at Undo’s. Tables will be set to allow social distancing while allowing friends to sit together in small groups of six to eight per table.

Last spring many items were collected and donated for a Chinese auction, and some of these items will be used to create door prizes with 10 to 12 baskets for a Chinese auction at this meeting.

Membership dues for 2020-21 are due in September and October. Dues will remain at $10 for returning members and $15 for new members.

Truax, tour director, has been reorganizing trips and tours during the COVID-19 pandemic and has scheduled two holiday excursions. One is a trip Dec. 2 to Wexford, Pa., for the Christmas show. The other is a Dec. 3 outing to Oglebay’s Festival of Lights, which includes entertainment by Ron Retzer. For trip information, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419.

‘Opiod Use Disorder in the Ohio Valley’ topic of speaker series

STEUBENVILLE — The Rev. Samuel and Chrissy Williams will be the featured speakers for the second installment of the Ohio Valley Youth Network’s online speaker series sponsored in partnership with the Family Recovery Center of Jefferson County.

It will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, and the title will be “Opioid Use Disorder in the Ohio Valley.” The couple serve as pastors of Christ the King Family Worship Center in Weirton and also are directors of “Life Support Ministry” for adults and teens, which is an addiction prevention and recovery program.

“Pastor Sam has a very dynamic life story of overcoming addiction and the gang life and finding redemption through the power of God,” explained Bobbyjon Bauman, OVYN president. “Sam and Chrissy will be sharing strategies and stories of hope for those who are struggling with addiction and their loved ones. They also will be sharing wisdom not only for the wider community but also for pastors and people of faith in terms of how they can make a positive impact within their church or ministry to those struggling with addiction,” Bauman added.

The online talk will take place on Zoom and Facebook “live.” The link for Zoom will be posted on www.ovyn.org and www.sycamorecenter.com, and the live stream will be on Bauman’s Facebook page.

A question-and-answer time will be conducted for the last 15 minutes of the presentation through questions the viewers will type in the comment section on Zoom and Facebook “live.”

WAMCC’s Lit at the Museum

continues on Thursday

WEIRTON — Poet Amy Franey-Cunningham will be the featured guest at the next session of Lit at the Museum, hosted by the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, located at 3149 Main St.

The monthly reading series, which celebrates writers and poets from the region, will be held on Thursday, beginning at at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

Franey-Cunningham, born and raised in Wilkins Township, Pa., started writing poems at age 11. Although reading was her favorite hobby, she did not start reading avidly until well into her 20s. Her childhood was filled with trips to the family cabin, sleeping in tents and occasionally on the back porch of her childhood home. Her love and hate of nature began early, for her parents submerged their children in outdoor play activities.

Throughout her career as an executive secretary and accounting clerk, she gravitated toward books and bike trails. Often wandering two to five miles into the trail by the Little Boston Bridge, she never tired of the outdoors and writes poetry about nature, “choosing again and again the healing powers of Mother Nature and encouraging her readers to go play outside.

The WAMCC continues to observe all social distancing protocols, and a touchless hand-sanitizing station will be available at the front door.

The event also will be livestreamed on the WAMCC’s Facebook page.

Hancock Humane Foundation

holding cat spay, neuter clinic

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Humane Foundation is holding a low-cost cat spay and neuter clinic on Aug 16.

The cost for male or female cats is $55 and includes rabies shot, flea and ear mite treatments.

Call (304) 224-2590 to book an appointment.

PERI meeting is canceled

STEUBENVILLE — The Public Employee Retirement Inc. Chapter 5, District 9, has canceled its meeting that was to have been held Wednesday.

The next scheduled meeting will be on Sept. 9.

Annual Goulds picnic postponed

MINGO JUNCTION — The annual August Goulds Community Picnic held at the Lower GKL Wildlife Club, Goulds Road, Mingo Junction, is postponed until August 2021.

For information, contact Beano at (740) 282-5195 or Wilma at (740) 765-5006.

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