Community news from throughout the area

Littlejohn to be guest speaker at special Quinn church service

STEUBENVILLE — Quinn Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church, 515 N. Fifth St., will wrap up its observance of Black History Month on Sunday with Jonathan Littlejohn as the finale in a series of special speakers for the church’s 11 a.m. Livestream Online or Zoom service.

A graduate of Steubenville High School, Littlejohn is the son of Vickie Littlejohn, a retired educator, and Edward Sr., a real estate developer. As Jonathan learned the business ethics of his family, he always wanted to become a businessman and open his own business, a church committee member explained.

“The gifts that he has received from his father are various kinds of business ideas, which he has applied and made them work. When the opportunity presented itself, he turned all of his energy into his vision,” the spokesperson added.

His aspirations came true with the planning, construction and remodeling of the Little Snack Shack, which he opened in October 2011. He worked tirelessly day and night to make the Little Snack Shack his own and incorporated “secret recipes” from his grandmothers, Marie Brown and Sylvia Littlejohn Harris, into the menu offerings.

He cites his greatest joy about being in business is meeting new people and hearing their stories about life. His philosophy is “If there is one thing I can say to young people is find out what you really want to do, go after it, and be willing to work day and night to reach your goal. If anyone tries to stop you in life, it will be yourself.”

All are welcome to join the virtual program through Zoom: Dial 3126266799, Meeting ID: 173831518, Password: 515 or Facebook: Quinn Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Brenda Ware was the guest speaker at the Feb. 14 special service, using “Follow Your Dreams” as her theme.

She and her husband, David Ware, have raised five daughters, four of whom have earned college degrees.

Brenda is the owner and operator of Ms. Brenda’s Cafe, located in the Trinity West Medical Pavilion. She is the first African American business owner to open a restaurant in a hospital setting in Steubenville. She emphasized never giving up on a dream, pointing out how she followed hers to open a food service business. With God’s help, she said, anything can be accomplished and credited family support as well, including from her daughter who had graduated in the culinary industry.

“Brenda stated that her dream came true four years ago when she opened her dream business,” the spokesperson added.

Other speakers for Black History Month were Jacqueline Gibson and Karla Gregory Martin. Black History Committee members included Patricia Fletcher, Gibson and Terry L. Jennings. The Rev. Buena Dudley Paschall is Quinn’s pastor.

Oak Glen High School Little Theatre producing show

NEW MANCHESTER — Oak Glen High School Little Theatre is producing its second show of the season — “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”

The show is based on the books by Robert Fulghum and was adapted for the stage by Ernest Zulia. The play will be filmed online. “You will be able to view the play from the comfort of your own home and on demand,” a school spokesperson explained.

The stories in the play feature characters such as Norman, the boy who cast himself as Cinderella’s personal pig; Larry Walters, who flew up to 11,000 feet using surplus helium balloons and his favorite lawn chair; and Alexander Papaderos, a man who learned to reflect truth, understanding and knowledge after World War II. Each story offers some humor and a lesson in life.

Patrons will be able to view the play on demand starting March 5 at 7 p.m. and ending March 7 at 11:55 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at http://our.show.ogltkindergarten.

East Springfield Cemetery Association to meet March 6

EAST SPRINGFIELD — The annual meeting of the East Springfield Cemetery Association, postponed from Jan. 2 because of the COVID-19 virus, will be held on March 6 at the East Springfield Community Center located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

The meeting will begin at 11 a.m.

Any resident of the community is invited to attend and to voice his/her concerns or ask questions regarding the operation and maintenance of the cemetery. Face coverings will still be expected.

Residents who have a loved one interred in the cemetery are reminded that all decorations, including defective solar lights, should be removed from the cemetery by mid-March. Easter decorations, or other spring commemorations, should be held until the first of April to allow cemetery personnel time to complete cleanup in preparation of the mowing season.

‘Women in History’ program offered by library in March

STEUBENVILLE — An online “Women in History” program is being made available in March through the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County website.

The program is intended for adults and can be watched at www.steubenvillelibrary.org beginning Monday and continuing through March 30.

“This engaging program takes a fascinating look at dynamic women in history who have impacted our lives,” explained Jennifer Cesta, the library’s public relations coordinator. “The women represented were doing big things, secret things, and even dangerous things. Some were well known, others not well known, each marvelously expressing themselves and their passions.”

History comes alive as Martina Mathisen portrays Annie Oakley, introducing herself with entertaining storytelling to share her life experience. She then introduces viewers to Harriet Tubman and Madame Curie. “Without leaving the stage, Martina presents Clara Barton and her tales, who then introduces the stories of Anne Sullivan and Florence Nightingale,” Cesta noted. “Once again, without leaving the stage, Martina presents Amelia Earhart, who joins the presentation with her marvelous and surprising story to then introduce Bessie Coleman.”

Basics of grant writing part of three virtual workshops

WELLSBURG — The West Virginia University Extension Office will present hour-long virtual workshops on basics of grant writing at 11:30 a.m. on March 11, 18 and 25.

WVU Extension Agent Carole Scheerbaum will discuss using the Internet to research grant opportunities and organizing information for a basic grant proposal.

Participation in the series of three sessions is limited. To register, visit http://wellsburg.lib.wv.us/newsletter2.htm. For information, call (304) 737-1551 ext. 103.

Bergholz Foundation offers scholarship application news

BERGHOLZ — The Bergholz Community Foundation will offer scholarships for the 2021-22 school year with applications are now available.

Students eligible for consideration for the scholarships are 2021 high school graduates who reside in the Edison Local School District.

Scholarships also are available to nontraditional students. These applicants must be past graduates of Edison High School or one of the Edison School District’s consolidated high schools, who are seeking a first-time associate or undergraduate degree or technical training.

Edison High School students may obtain scholarship applications from the Edison guidance office. Scholarship applications can be obtained from the foundation’s website at www.bergholzfoundation.org or by forwarding a request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Bergholz Community Foundation, P.O. Box 201, Bergholz OH 43908.

The application deadline is April 2.

Completed applications can be returned to Bergholz Community Foundation, c/o Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 201, Bergholz OH 43908.

Mark Read Across America, birthday of Dr. Seuss

STEUBENVILLE — Celebrate Read Across America Day and the birthday of Dr. Seuss on Tuesday by stopping in any location of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County during the first week of March.

Children can enter their name in a drawing for free books. The drawings for the books will be conducted on March 8 at each branch.

Other library programs on the calendar include:

Main Library, (740) 282-9782

Children: Stop in the library anytime on Tuesday to pick up a take-home Seuss craft.

Brilliant Branch, (740) 598-4028

Children: Stop in the library anytime Tuesday to pick up a take-home Seuss craft.

Schiappa Branch, (740) 264-6166

Children: Each Tuesday in March, school-age children can visit the library to pick up a new take-home craft.

Tiltonsville Branch, (740) 859-5163

Children: Stop in the library anytime on Tuesday to pick up a take-home Seuss craft.

Steubenville Saddle Club is planning Tuesday meeting

EAST SPRINGFIELD — The Steubenville Saddle Club is planning a meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Springfield Community Center, located at county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

The agenda is expected to include the election of officers and discussion about the 2021 show season.

Show dates at the club grounds, located at 8675 state Route 152, Richmond, tentatively are set for May 16, June 20, July 25 and Sept. 19.

For the safety of members, the club decided to cancel its year-end banquet.

Rotary Club is accepting scholarship applications

STEUBENVILLE — The Rotary Club of Steubenville is accepting applications from graduating seniors in Jefferson County for the Service Above Self Scholarship. The local Rotary Club has offered this scholarship for 20 years through the Steubenville Rotary Foundation, which is supported by its members and community fundraisers.

Service Above Self is one of the Rotary International mottos that members area asked to adhere to in their daily lives. During the 1911 Rotary Convention where members gathered in Portland, Ore., one of the principles discussed in organizing a new club was “Service, Not Self.” At the 1950 Rotary Convention in Detroit, two slogans were approved as official mottoes of Rotary: “He Profits Most Who Serves Best” and “Service Above Self.” In 1989 the Council on Legislation established Service Above Self as the principal motto because it best conveys the philosophy of unselfish volunteer service.

Individuals applying must complete the online application and essay describing what Service Above Self is to them. Members of he scholarship committee, chaired by Rotarian Charles Joyce, read and score the applications based on service to their school, community and home life. Each application is read by two members of the committee and scored. The top 10 finalists are then reread and scored by entire committee. Applications must be submitted by Monday and can be found at steubenvillerotary.com/page/scholarships.


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