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Foundation sponsoring

Oktoberfest in the Square

STEUBENVILLE — The Michael B. Carapellotti Charitable Foundation is sponsoring its first Oktoberfest in the Square, a three-day event that will feature a variety of activities and festivities this weekend.

It will be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday; and from noon to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be an outdoor vigil Mass on Saturday, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

“We will be hosting a variety of musical talents, some local and some from Cleveland and Pittsburgh,” explained Rita Carapellotti. The musical lineup includes John Paul Van Arx, U.S. Kids, Chardon Polka Band, Elias Khouri, Spinning Jenny, Autobahn Band and Show, Madel Jager and Marie Miller.

There will be a variety of craft vendors, a few food vendors and the restaurants at the square that will be open. Craft and food vendors on board are Upland South Candles, Mom & Me Crafts, Charlotte’s Crafty Corner, Glitter Glam Glasses, Pappy’s Kettlecorn and Steel City Chimney Cakes.

“We are featuring and selling for the first time imported into the United States Austrian Kartausen Brau kraft beer,” Carapellotti noted.

There will be activities for children and families, all keeping with COVID-friendly requirements. There also will be drawings, a 50/50 drawing and a light-up balloon launch in honor of or in memory of loved ones. The balloon launch will be held Saturday evening at a time to be determined. “The lit balloons will be let off together to light the night skies to honor and memorialize special people in our lives,” explained Carapellotti. Balloons will be available for purchase all day Saturday for $5.

For the children, Saturday and Sunday will offer pumpkin painting, with children being given their own paint set in keeping with COVID-19 safety requirements. There also will be a family doughnut-eating contest, again done following all regulations.

Masks are strongly recommended for everyone’s safety. There will be sanitation stations set up also.

All proceeds from the Oktoberfest will go directly to help families of transplant patients through the Family House at UPMC or the Guardian Angel program at UPMC.

There is no admission, and there will be a designated area where donations can be made to the charity.

Riverview UMC to celebrate

renovation of sanctuary

TORONTO ­– Riverview United Methodist Church, located at 105 N. River Ave., Toronto, will host a special service at 2 p.m. on Saturday to celebrate and showcase the completion of sanctuary renovations.

Seeing a need for maintenance and rejuvenation, the current trustees of Riverview UMC undertook a major renovation of the sanctuary. After months of planning, obtaining bids, construction, painting and intense cleaning, the renovations are complete.

Former pastors Josh Elliott, Bill Hibbs and Ed Kovacik will speak, and Ohio Valley District Superintendent Bruce Hitchcock will lead the rededication commitment ceremony.

Musical selections will be performed by Lois Popejoy, the Brookes Family, Ed Kovacik and the quartet Splendid Sound. Pam Alex and Karen Shell will play the pipe organ and piano duets. Current Pastor Frank Rogers will offer the welcome and benediction.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, attendees are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. A love offering will be collected for the Toronto Food Pantry.

The church, formed by settlers in 1851 and named the Newburgh Mission, was part of a circuit of churches that included Steubenville, Empire and Wellsville. In 1868, the church became Sloan’s Station Church and served as a school and a church with the Rev. Hastings serving as pastor and school master.

In 1881, the village was incorporated as Toronto, and Riverview became known as the First Methodist Protestant Church of Toronto. In 1887, the original church burned to the ground but was rebuilt and dedicated in 1889.

Stained-glass windows and a pipe organ were added. In 1923, an educational wing was added to the main church sanctuary. In 1939, the church was renamed to reflect the proximity to the Ohio River, but it was not until after a church merger in 1968, that it officially became known as Riverview UMC.

Fundraiser breakfast

Saturday in Unionport

UNIONPORT — A fundraiser breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Wayne Township Community Center in Unionport.

Cost is by donation for the meal that includes pancakes and sausage, sausage gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs and drinks.

All proceeds will benefit the community center.

Social distancing and all precautions will be utilized, a news release notes.

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