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Homestead Rendezvous May 15 at Bergholz Firehall grounds
BERGHOLZ — The Homestead Rendezvous, a homesteading, small farm and agricultural field day, is being held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 15 on the Bergholz Firehall grounds in Bergholz.
The field day is geared to the small land owners and those interested in becoming more self-sufficient and supporting the local economy.
Agricultural businesses, homesteaders and small farmers will be on-site to sell their products, promote their businesses and meet customers.
A few of the businesses attending are Miller Rolling Acres Metal, Top Notch Feed, Anchor’s Point Repair, Quail Cottage Homestead, Givens’ Tree Farms, Grafton’s Apiary, Fuhrer’s Farm and Rabbitry, Ashmore Farms, J. Willis Coal Supply, Luke Dougherty Blacksmithy, Anchor’s Point Farm, Coldwell Timber Consulting, Sophia’s Peeps and Quacks, Carroll County Antique Tractor Club, Fancy Meats Butchering, Christy Hunsberger Handmade Quilts and Comforters, Carpenter’s Second-Hand Homestead Supply and Elizabeth Evans Sheep Shearing. What the Cluck Food Truck will be set up on site.
Attendees will be able to purchase local honey, maple syrup, quilts and hand-sewn items, jellies, hand-raised peeps and ducklings, vegetable plants, locally produced meat, soap, quail and pheasant chicks, homestead items and animal feed.
Spinning demonstrations, forestry consultation, advice about using solar energy as an alternative on the homestead and sharpening services also will be available. Attendees can bring their scissors and knives for on-site sharpening. There will be opportunity to schedule sheep shearing, butchering services, metal roof installation and forestry services.
Vendor spots are open for $10 a site. To reserve a spot, call Bob at (740) 768-2483. Admission to field day is free. No dogs are permitted except service animals.
Regarding COVID concerns, attendees at risk due to age or medical condition should take appropriate precautions to stay safe.
Antonio Meucci Lodge resumes meetings with April gathering
WEIRTON — The Antonio Meucci Lodge No. 2506 Sons and Daughters of Italy met April 13 at Undo’s in Weirton for a dinner and business meeting.
Vice President Tony LaRosa read the invocation and extended Happy Easter wishes. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Victor Rossi, orator, and Mary Rose Spano, chaplain.
Gabriel Arlia led in the Pledge of Allegiance. All members joined in singing “God Bless America.”
Reports were given by Secretary Rita Orler. Norma Henson gave the treasurer’s report.
President Regina Truax introduced guests, JoAnn Llewellyn, George Williams, Ray and Jean Dalfonso and Jim Pryor. Truax announced that the Order of Sons of Italy in America in Morgantown will be meeting to update all members about the scholarships and other issues. The meeting date will be announced.
Happy birthday and happy anniversary wishes were sung to January, February, March and April members. Get well cards and sympathy cards were sent to the families of members or members.
Numerous bus tours were announced, including: May 13, Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh; June 18, “The Shoji Tabuchi Musical Show,” Ohio Star Theater, Sugarcreek, Ohio; June 25, Sugarcreek shopping, Sugarcreek; and July 16, Hartville Market Place and Flea Market, Hartville. For information, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419. All tours are open to the public.
The Undo’s gift certificate was won by Rita Orler. Linda Phabe won the 50-50 drawing. Bingo prizes went to JoAnn Llewellyn, Mary Salatino, Ray Dalfonzo, Jean Dalfonso, Regina Truax, Ron Fallert and Cindy Richards. Door prizes were awarded to Mary Lou Rossi, Augie Lellie, Frank Wisnieski and Pat Rossi. Norma Henson won the special door prize.
The next meeting will be held May 11 at Undo’s in Weirton. Anyone interested in joining or wanting information can contact Regina Truax at (304) 723-0419 or any member.
Jewett VFD drive-through fundraiser dinner May 9
JEWETT — The Jewett Volunteer Fire Department, located at 208 W. Main St., Jewett, will host a drive-through barbecue chicken dinner fundraiser on May 9.
It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until sold out. The dinner includes half a chicken, baked beans, potato salad, roll and dessert for $12. For information, call (740) 946-2211.
Harrison Coal, Reclamation Historical Park event May 8
HOPEDALE — The Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park will be holding its 27th-annual Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park dinner-auction on May 8 at the Hopedale VFD Social Hall, 103 Firehouse Lane, Hopedale.
Doors will open at 4 p.m., the dinner will be at 5 p.m. followed by the auction at 7 p.m. The meal will be chicken, beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, green beans, salad, desert and drink. Following the meal, there will be a brief program, the induction of officers, a Chinese auction and a live auction.
Two key auction items will feature Dave Barnhouse paintings, one called “Old Friends” a limited edition, and the other “The Pike Inn,” just recently completed. “Many grew up around this well-known bar/restaurant on the old U.S. Route 22 between Hopedale and Bloomingdale,” an event spokesperson noted. “Known for its steaks and pasta, it was originally owned by the Gentile family, and then Blanche and Dominick Topazio owned and operated it for 31 years. It was closed in the mid-1990s, but the building still remains today and brings back many memories,” the spokesman continued. “The portrait on canvas shows the Pike in the 1940s as it looked then.”
There also will be shovel and mining pictures, coal glasses, Hanna magazines, mugs, hats, carbide lamps, patches and other mining and nonmining-related items. T-shirts, hats, mining photos, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing are part of the event as well.
Tickets are on sale for $20 per person through park members or by sending a check or money order to the HCRHP at 143 S. Main St., Cadiz, OH 43907. For information or reservations or to donate items for the auction and door prizes, call (740) 937-2461, (740) 942-3895 or (740) 391-4135 or e-mail email@example.com. Information is available at www.hcrhp.org and on Facebook at facebook.com/hcrhp.
The Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of mining, construction, agriculture, transportation, logging and oil and gas history and equipment. The organization currently owns 20 pieces of equipment related to these industries. Plans are to construct a museum building and an open-air area featuring mining, construction, agriculture, transportation, logging and oil and gas equipment. The vision also is to partner with area high schools, vocational schools, colleges and universities for their mechanic, agriculture, energy operations, natural resource, machining, welding, heavy equipment and marketing programs.
Brooke Hills Free Methodist vendor, craft show Saturday
WELLSBURG — Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, located at 1340 Washington Pike, will hold a spring vendor and craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
There will be an assortment of vendors, a Chinese auction and a concession stand featuring prepackaged food.
Proceeds will benefit the church’s youth group. Attendees are asked to wear masks.
Funseekers relaunching meetings starting Wednesday
STEUBENVILLE — President Judi Gaynor has announced the restart of Funseekers meetings following a lenghty cancellation because of COVID-19 precautions.
A meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Scaffidi’s Restaurant in Steubenville. The cost for meals is now $16. Members will be contacted by the phone committee for reservations, according to Gaynor.
The board has planned a busy meeting and game night. Door prizes will be provided by Carl and Regina Truax.
Tour Director Regina Truax will be announcing a schedule of trips and excursions planned through December.
They include: May 13, Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh; June 18, the Tabuchi Ohio Star Theatre at Sugarcreek; July 16, Hartville Ohio Market Place; Aug. 26, MGM Casino at Northfield, Ohio; Sept. 12-16, Virginia Beach; Sept. 22-24,-Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino; Sept. 26-Oct. 2, Branson trip; Oct. 9, Doo Wop, Bobby Rydell; Oct. 13-15, Lancaster, Pa.; Oct. 18-22, Nashville show trip; Nov. 17-19, Ocean City, Md.; and Dec. 2, Oglebay Festival of Lights. For information, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419.
Philoptochos Society has successful Easter bake sale
WEIRTON — A record number of koulourakia and sweet breads were baked and sold and a record profit earned as part of the Philoptochos Society of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church’s annual Easter bake sale.
Nearly 30 volunteers helped with the two-day baking duties in preparation for the sale.
The Philoptochos extended appreciation to those who contributed to the Good Friday memorial candles and Easter card with special thanks to Dr. Maria Tranto for printing the candles and to Rodney and Elaine Scoumis-Summers for sponsoring the Easter card.
“You’ve Been Egged” was a new project this year that involved surprising a child or family with candy-filled eggs that were strewn in their yards. It involved participants who sponsored recipients. The Philoptochos assisted in purchasing yard signs, buying candy, stuffing eggs, delivering eggs and retrieving signs. The organization contributed $100 to purchase candy to fill more than 500 eggs to surprise and “egg” the children at the Weirton Christian Center and the girls at Brooke Place.
In lieu of the daffodil luncheon, the Pittsburgh Metropolis Philoptochos campaigned to raise money for food banks throughout the metropolis to stock their shelves and help those in need. The local Philoptochos donated $300 toward that effort.
Sugar Grove UMC hosting spring sale, lunch fundraiser
TORONTO — Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 159 county Road 68, Toronto, will host a spring basement sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 8.
Lunches and food will be available for sale.
Grand opening scheduled for Monday for Free Seed Library
NEW CUMBERLAND — Need seeds?
If so, visit Swaney Memorial Library, located at 210 S. Court St., New Cumberland, for the grand opening of the Free Seed Library on Monday from 4-6 p.m.
Refreshments will be served, and masks and social distancing are required.
The purpose of the Free Seed Library is to promote gardening and healthy eating among all those who wish to participate. People will take seeds home and plant them. At the end of the growing season, each person will return to the library the seeds from the plants they grew. Each participant will receive written instructions in growing and gathering seeds.
The Free Seed Library is sponsored by Swaney Memorial Library, WVU Hancock County Extension Service and Hancock County Garden Club. Call (304) 564-3805 for information.
WMC Auxiliary is hosting jewelry and accessories sale
WEIRTON — The Weirton Medical Center Auxiliary will hold a $5 Masquerade jewelry and accessories sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m May 6 and from 7 a.m to 3 p.m. May 7 in the medical center atrium located on Colliers Way.
Face masks and social distancing are required.
Brooke Retired School Employees to resume meetings
WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Association of Retired School Employees will resume their meetings on May 11 at the St. Francis Centre in Folansbee.
Lunch will be served at noon.
Drawing tickets will be sold between 11:30 a.m. and noon. The luncheon price is $12.
Reservations can be made by calling Ruth Lewis at (304) 737-2314 by Tuesday.
COVID-19 vaccinations and masks are requested.
Fundraiser spaghetti dinner set for Saturday in Unionport
UNIONPORT — The Wayne Township Community Center in Unionport will host a fundraiser dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 pm. on Saturday.
The spaghetti and meatball dinner includes salad, drink and dessert for $10.
Proceeds will benefit the upkeep of the center.