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Online ordering continuing through Wednesday for this year’s Greek Food Festival

WEIRTON — Online ordering continues through Wednesday for All Saints Greek Orthodox Church’s 33rd-annual Greek Food Festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.

The church is located at 3528 West St.

This year’s festival is a one-day, pre-order, pre-pay, takeout only event with pickup outside at the newly built food booth in the church parking lot — the back side of the downtown post office. There will be no indoor or outdoor seating.

“Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, All Saints was determined that the ‘show must go on’ for the 33rd-consecutive year of offering homemade Greek foods and pastries to local residents,” noted Nick Tranto, president of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church and festival co-chair.

All CDC, WV Strong and Hancock County Board of Health rules have been adhered to for all food preparation, according to a news release.

“Everything we offer is made from scratch and flash frozen for freshness,” Tranto explained. “Hundreds of volunteer hours go into preparing recipes fined tuned over the years by our church yiayias. We pride ourselves cooking with the finest ingredients, high quality meats and produce. We don’t cut corners. We want people to enjoy their meals, and we are so thankful for their patronage.”

After an overwhelming response to last month’s super gyro sale — a sellout — the church is offering a wide variety of Greek gourmet foods, which include three dinners, Greek Oregano Lemon ¢ Roasted chicken, roasted leg of lamb and baked cod fillets in Greek “plaki” red veggie sauce.

All dinners include rice pilaf and Greek festival green beans.

In addition, ala carte items include, Pastichio (Greek lasagna) in bechamel sauce, rolled stuffed grapeleaves (Dolmades), and Spanakopita (Spinach and Feta baked in filo dough).

Super gyros will once again be offered and to meet demand, the church is planning on preparing more than 1,200 of them.

The church women, meanwhile, have prepared 3,200 pieces of baklava and 300 dozen Greek twist cookies.

Orders can be placed online at the church website at www.allstswwv.org

All Saints donated 20 percent of its super gyro sale profits to two local organizations that offer social services, food and shelter to area residents “and the church will continue its philanthropy despite severe revenue loss due to COVID shut-down and restrictions.”

“All Saints is a firm believer in supporting our community and honoring those who help sustain our citizens who need help with basic essentials,” Tranto noted. “All Saints, along with its affiliated ladies Philoptochos Society and our men’s lodge, Order of AHEPA No. 103, have a long tradition of philanthropy. We hold fundraisers to enable our ministries to give back.

“There’s an immense satisfaction to giving back to our community. We are proud to be in our 103rd year as a church in the city of Weirton. Thank you to all who continue to support our efforts,” he noted.

Plans proceeding for Applefest pageant Sunday in Wellsburg

WELLSBURG — The 2020 Wellsburg Applefest has been canceled, in compliance with state orders against festivals to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

But organizers of the Applefest pageant are proceeding with plans to hold it at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Wellsburg Moose Lodge. It is open to all children 18 and under and includes categories for boys. For information, call (304) 919-9818.

WVNCC offering free online aerobics class starting Oct. 5

WEIRTON — West Virginia Northern Community College is offering a free online aerobics class that will run from Oct. 5 to Dec. 9. The class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. over Zoom.

This is a low-impact class with an emphasis on cardiorespiratory endurance, strength improvement and flexibility, and all exercise is done standing — there is no chair or floor work — usually to music that is 128-140 beats per minute.

Enrollment is continuous, and anyone interested can go to www.wvncc.coursestorm.com/course/online-aerobics-course to register or use a search engine and type in wvncc community ed and click on current courses available. Then click on community ed and then online aerobics class to register. After registering, participants will receive an e-mail telling them how to access Zoom and what the course involves. The instructor is Carol Teaff, who can be contacted by e-mail at cteaff@wvncc.edu.

House of Prayer has special service honoring grandparents

BRILLIANT — The House of Prayer Church recently held a special service to honor all grandparents of the church, an occasion which involved the presentation of special gifts and recognition.

Honored were: Sam Firm, oldest grandfather; Sarah Reynard, oldest grandmother; Doug Bensie, youngest grandfather; and Cathy Cline, youngest grandmother. The names of Doug Bensie and Linda Jackson were drawn by the pastor for recognition as grandparents of the year. The church also presented a token of honor to each grandparent in attendance.

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