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Brooke County Senior Center gradually reopening Tuesday

FOLLANSBEE — Beginning Tuesday, the Brooke County Senior Center will be gradually reopening, with seniors served on-site limited to 50 percent of its capacity.

Staff will be checking visitors’ temperatures when they arrive and require masks and social distancing under specific conditions as ordered by state officials.

Plans call for the center to resume eat-in meals at 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while continuing to provide meals to go from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For information, call (304) 527-3410.

Steubenville schools retirees to meet at Greek Festival

STEUBENVILLE — On June 10, 19 Steubenville City Schools retirees met for lunch at Dee Jay’s BBQ Ribs & Grille in Weirton.

A collection was taken for the upkeep of the group’s nutcracker that is part of the Steubenville Nutcracker Village and Advent Market.

Discussions centered around COLA payments and the recent Jefferson County Teachers Retirement meeting.

Anyone who is retired from SCS is welcome to be a part of the group. There are no reservations required. For those interested in being on the call list, contact Linda Holub at (740) 264-4203.

Next up for the retirees is meeting at noon on June 24 for Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church’s 35th-annual Greek Fest at 300 S. Fourth St., Steubenville.

On July 8, the group will meet at Capraro’s Restaurant in Hopedale at 12:30 p.m.

Brooke High Dance Team to hold car wash June 26

WEIRTON — The Brooke High School Dance Team will hold a car wash from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 26 outside the Busy Beaver store on Three Springs Drive.

The cost is $10. The group also will be holding a 50-50 drawing, with chances $1 each, seven for $5 and $10 for 15.

Jefferson County Farm Bureau P&E group holds meeting

SMITHFIELD — The Jefferson County Farm Bureau Promotion and Education group met at the county fairgrounds pavilion for a recent business meeting, the first held since the pandemic.

Jeanne Roberts, president, read “In God We Are Secure” to open the meeting and reported that 14 American Farm Bureau children’s books — “How Soybeans Were Discovered” — were purchased for distribution to Jefferson County schools. Teachers will get a guide book to accompany it.

The American Farm Bureau will be observing a celebration week in November, it was noted.

The group voted on asking the fair board to find a group to take over maintenance of a large flower bed at the fairgrounds that the Farm Bureau women had done for many years but no longer are able.

A pollinator project sponsored by the Farm Bureau will be undertaken this summer, giving clubs an opportunity to learn about pollinators and their benefit to the environment. There will a prize of $50 and a $50 Woodland Trails gift card for first place; second place will be $25; and third place will be $15. For information, contact John Grafton, (740) 219-2597; Angie Allison, (740) 381-2253; or Sam Gill, (740) 278-2207.

Antonio Meucci Lodge introduces new members

WEIRTON — The Antonio Meucci Lodge No. 2506 Sons and Daughters of Italy met for dinner and a meeting on June 8 at Undo’s in Weirton.

Vice President Tony LaRosa gave the invocation and wished everyone a Happy Father’s Day. Larry Purks led the Pledge of Allegiance., and all members joined in singing “God Bless America.”

Reports were given by Secretary Rita Orler and Norma Henson, treasurer.

President Regina Truax introduced several new members, including Dorothy Byers, Marilyn DiLeonardo, Linda Aloi, Terry and Laura Manula and Jim Pryor. She introduced guests Bobby Arlia and Harry Logan.

Truax announced that the Order of Sons and Daughters of Italy in America will be held June 26 in Morgantown. She will attend as will Henson and Orler.

The annual picnic will be held July 13 at Undo’s with picnic foods served. She thanked the telephone callers and welcomed back members.

Happy birthday and happy anniversary wishes were extended to those observing them in June. Get-well cards were sent to members.

The following bus tours were announced: June 25, Walnut Creek Flea Market, Sugarcreek; July 8, Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh; July 16, Hartville Market Place and Flea Market, Hartville; Aug. 26, MGM Casino, Northfield, Ohio; Sept. 12-16, Virginia Beach and Colonial Williamsburg, Va.; Oct. 13-15, Pennsylvania Amish Lands, “Queen Esther” and “Mamma Mia;” and Oct. 30, Doo Wop with Bobby Rydell, Capitol Theater, Wheeling. For information, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419. All tours are open to the public.

The Undo’s gift certificates were won by Gene Viola and Terry Mamula. The 50/50 was won by Larry Purks. Door prizes were awarded to Ron Fallert, Jim Pryor, Carl Truax, Marge Serafine and Rita Orler. A card game was played, and prizes were awarded at each table.

The next meeting will be held July 13 at Undo’s in Weirton. Anyone wishing to join or get information can contact Truax at (304) 723-0419 or any member.

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