Community news from around the area
East Springfield Community Center dinner is Thursday
EAST SPRINGFIELD — The East Springfield Community Center will host its monthly fundraiser dinner on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The dinner menu will be cabbage rolls, mashed potatoes, vegetable, bread, dessert and drink. The cost is $9. Patrons can get carryout dinners or dine inside. Orders can be called in to (740) 543-3700.
The monthly dinners are now being held on the second Thursday of the month instead of the first.
The center is located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.
Pottery Addition VFD to host Touch A Truck on Sunday
POTTERY ADDITION — The Pottery Addition Volunteer Fire Department, located at 448 Kingsdale Road, Steubenville, will host a “Touch A Truck” from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The event offers a hands-on opportunity for children to explore emergency vehicles, meet the firefighters who operates them and learn what it takes to be a first responder.
Admission is free but donations are welcome.
COVID-19 precautionary guidelines will be followed with frequent cleanings and sanitizer stations available for use.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Local chapter of S.O.A.R. plans annual picnic June 17
WEIRTON — The local chapter of S.O.A.R., an acronym for Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees, will hold its annual picnic on June 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Follansbee Community Park on Main Street in Follansbee.
Members are encouraged to bring a guest.
A speaker will be a part of the program with a 50/50 drawing and prizes to be awarded.
To make reservations by June 14, call Lynn at (304) 797-9785 or the Steelworkers Union Hall at (304) 748-8080.
Toronto Yarn Ministry resumes meeting again as of June 24
TORONTO — The Toronto Yarn Ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of Toronto, 116 N. Third St., will resume meeting again on June 24, beginning at 10 a.m, regrouping in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We welcome everyone who enjoys knitting and crocheting,” notes a group spokesperson. “We make items for those in times of sickness, to celebrate life’s accomplishments and to give support. We make hats, shawls, lap robes and afghans. We are always open to new ideas.”
The yarn ministry is a place to share with those of like interests. “We enjoy being together, assisting and learning from one another,” the spokesperson added. “Our main objective is to let others know we care about them. We do projects to show our support of veterans through the American Legion at Christmas time. We make lap robes for wounded policemen and women with the items sent to Covering the Blue for distribution.”
Individuals interested in sharing their concern for others through their craft are encouraged to join the outreach. “If you enjoy recognizing the accomplishments of others in your community (graduation and birth) come join us. You will be welcomed.”
Meetings are held every other Thursday at the church. The get-togethers begin at 10 a.m. and usually end around noon. Attendees should enter through the gazebo door on Third Street.
For information call Carolyn Owen at (740) 537-4646.
Music on the Deck Summer Concert series continues
BURGETTSTOWN — Paris Presbyterian Church, 127 Steubenville Pike, Burgettstown, is continuing its Music on the Deck Summer Concert series.
“Every summer, we invite the community to come out for evenings of inspiring music in our front yard,” explained Joel Peterson, director of outreach. “Last year, we adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by streaming our concerts on YouTube, but we are glad to be coming back together in person this summer.”
The concerts are free and open to the public, but a love offering will be taken to support the musicians. Light refreshments will be available in the Gathering Place Coffee Shop.
In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved into the church sanctuary. “We advise attendees to follow CDC and Pennsylvania guidance regarding masks and physical distancing.
The remaining concert lineup includes:
* July 9, 7 p.m., Jonathan White;
* July 25, 6 p.m., The Ron Retzer Trio;
* Aug. 1, 6 p.m., Chelsea Matta Householder;
* Aug. 15, 6 p.m., Sandy Lusco Huffman; and
* Aug. 29, 6 p.m., Cross Vision.
Up-to-date information about the concerts and other special events are available on the church’s website at www.ParisECO.net and its Facebook page Facebook.com/ParisPresbyterianChurch or by calling the church office at (724) 729-3450.
Annual chicken blasts continuing on Wednesdays
WEIRTON — The 2021 installment of a local tradition and fundraiser in place locally for decades is continuing.
The Serbian Men’s Club is holding its “chicken blasts” Wednesday at the Serbian Picnic Grounds of Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church.
They will be held every Wednesday through the end of August.
Orders for the hearth-cooked, slow-roasted poultry may be called in from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. to (304) 748-9866 the day of the sales, but volunteer Jon Greiner explained that last year, the chickens were gone in the first hour.
Orders must be picked up by 6 p.m. at the site located off Kings Creek Road. The price remains steady at $8.
Greiner explained that West Virginia has lifted all restrictions on gatherings, so that’s not a concern. “The CDC says customers will be safe outdoors without masks if they’ve been vaccinated, and Hancock County has a great vaccination percentage. All we can do is recommend. Customers won’t be required to wear masks.”
Another safety protocol implemented last year will remain in place this year as well with all beer served in disposal plastic cups. Tradition had been for beer to be served in pitchers.
Chicken roast fundraiser at Pleasant Hill Fire Department
STEUBENVILLE — The Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is holding a chicken roast fundraiser from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 19 or until sold out.
Reservations are being taken through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by calling (740) 282-9601.
The meal includes one-fourth of a chicken (leg and thigh), macaroni salad, cowboy beans and dessert. The cost is $12.
The fire department is located 3297 state Route 213, Steubenville.
Funds generated will aid in the purchase of a Lucas 3 chest compression system.
Summer open houses begin Sunday at Richmond museum
RICHMOND — The Richmond Community Historical Society will kick off its summer open houses at the Crew House Museum at 34 W. Main St., beginning Sunday.
Hosted by the historical society, it will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
What is the museum today was home to the Crew family for 146 years. It and the store next door were constructed in 1825-26. Before the Civil War, runaway slaves were occasionally hidden in the third-floor space that connected to the store, according to the society’s website. The museum features a variety of town memorabilia and includes a second floor dedicated to Jefferson Union High School items of interest, which has several new acquisitions.
Among displays of interest is an extensive collection of Richmond Lions Club pins that belonged to the late Bob Alpino.
The summer open houses are held from noon to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sunday. Other open house dates are June 25, July 11 and 25 and Aug. 8 and 22.
The museum welcomes visitors, including JUHS reunion groups, who can arrange a tour by contact Phil Judy, society president, at (740) 765-4534.
Anyone interested in local history is welcome to attend meetings or join the historical society. Annual dues are $5. The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on July 20 at a location to be announced.
Book signing Thursday
WEIRTON — Author John Mihalyo will host a book signing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday at Sweet Temptations, located at 3666 Lindberg Way, Marland Heights, Weirton.