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Museum selling ornaments, planning Nov. 6 holiday fest

STEUBENVILLE — The Pleasant Hill School House Historical Museum is continuing to take orders for its new Christmas ornament.

They are $20 and all ornaments must be paid for in advance and received by Oct. 29. The ornaments are to be picked up on Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Knoxville Volunteer Fire Department, 15447 state Route 152, Toronto.

Checks can be made payable to the Pleasant Hill School House Historical Museum and sent to Ryan Finney, 151 Lovers Lane, Steubenville OH 43952. For information, call (740) 381-0592.

The museum is planning Holiday Fest to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Knoxville Volunteer Fire Department. It will host a variety of vendors, and there will be food.

Vendors interested in participating face a reservation and payment deadline no later than Oct. 15. A table space is $25. The same check information and phone number for inquiries as noted above applies.

Phill Keaggy concert Friday

at Sycamore Youth Center

STEUBENVILLE — Phil Keaggy, regarded as one of the top guitar players in the world, will be performing in concert on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Sycamore Youth Center at 301 N. Fourth St., Steubenville.

While all the artist circle tickets are gone, there are some general admission tickets available. They are $15 for adults and $10 for students college age and under. To get tickets click on the Eventbrite link below https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phil-keaggy-in-concert-tickets-110817245364. For information, text or call Bobbyjon Bauman, center director, at (740) 409-2986.

Keaggy won his first Dove award in 1988 for his instrumental album, “The Wind and the Wheat” and his second one in 1992 for his Celtic-influenced “Beyond Nature.” Each year to 2001, he dominated the instrumental record category at the Doves, winning for “Invention,” “Acoustic Sketches,” “Majesty and Wonder” and most recently “Lights of Madrid.”

For three consecutive years, Keaggy was voted one of the top fingerstyle guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine readers. His solo career has spanned more than 40 years and has included more than 60 solo albums, vocal and instrumental; eight releases with his band Glass Harp; and numerous duets and trio albums.

One of the most sought-after studio guitarists, Keaggy continues to sell out concerts all over the United States, with his ever-changing style ranging from rock-and-roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions. These days, Keaggy continues to delight audiences, performing primarily acoustic shows and occasional concerts with a band.

Antonio Meucci Lodge hears from scholarship recipient

WEIRTON — The Antonio Meucci Lodge, Sons and Daughters of Italy, Lodge No. 2506, met Sept. 14 at Undo’s in Weirton for a picnic buffet.

Vice President Tony LaRosa read the invocation and reminded members about keeping school-age children safe. Larry Purks led in the the Pledge of Allegiance. All members joined in singing “God Bless America.”

Minutes were approved as read by Secretary Rita Orler, and Norma Henson gave the treasurer’s report, which was approved and filed for audit.

President Regina Truax introduced guest Lynn Wright. Truax announced that a memorial wreath she is donating will be placed on Nov. 11 Veterans Day at the Weirton memorial. Gabriel Arlia will place wreath at the service.

A thank-you note from Ajay Tandon, scholarship winner, was read.

September birthdays and anniversaries were acknowledged. Get well cards were sent to a member.

Several bus tours were announced. They included: Friday, Applefest, Franklin, Pa.; Oct. 13-15, Pennsylvania Amish Lands, “Queen Esther” and “Mamma Mia;” Dec. 2, Oglebay Festival of Lights, Wheelingl Feb. 6, “Pretty Woman,” Benedum Center, Pittsburgh; and March 13, “Hamilton,” Benedum Center, Pittsburgh.For information, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419. All tours are open to the public.

The Undo’s gift certificates were won by Frank Wisnieski and Auggie Lellie. Barbara Cerra won the 50-50 drawing. Door prize winners were Gene Viola, Barbara Cerra, James Pryor, Angie Mazur and JoAnn Llewelyn.

The next meeting will be held Oct. 12 at Undo’s in Weirton. Anyone interested in joining or wanting information can contact Truax or any member.

Martha’s Gallery ‘Radiance’ exhibition opening Friday

WELLSBURG — During the month of October, photographer Dennis Jones and mixed-media artist Savannah Schroll Guz combine their work as part of an exhibition called “Radiance” at Martha’s Gallery, located 36 Charles St., Wellsburg.

The opening reception will be Friday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

The exhibition characterizes photographer Jones’ and artist Guz’s works. For Jones, the luminescent moon, radiant forks of lighting, jewel-toned sparks of fireworks and the light filtered by fog and foliage are recurring themes that focus on local beauty. For Guz, whose life-sized, green-glowing Radium Girl will be on site, radiance takes many forms, not only light, but also the ever-widening rings in water, the downward drive of roots into the earth and the outward divergence of flames, she explained.

Jones’ work, frequently featured in the Facebook groups “Meanwhile at the Backwaters” and “Wildlife and Nature Photography,” have been exhibited or are currently on display at Wheeling’s Artworks Around Town, Beaver Creek State Park, New Cumberland’s Riverfest, Weirton’s Summit Art Gallery and the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center.

Guz’s work is in private collections from New York City to San Diego and has been shown in Asheville, N.C., Cleveland, Harrisburg, Pa., Hudson, N.Y., Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Rochester, St. Louis, Weirton, Wheeling and York, Pa. Representing the state of West Virginia, Guz is one of the 36 artists involved in the Her Flag project (www.herflag.com), which has been on view on the facades of the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Ark., and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

St. Peter’s AME Church

plans flea market for Oct. 9

WEIRTON — St. Peter’s AME Church, 1050 County Road, Weirton, will be having a flea market on Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church parking lot.

There will be household items, collectibles, jewelry and accessories and gently worn items. Baked goods and hot dogs be available for sale. A spokesperson noted there will “unexpected finds all at bargain prices.”

In the event of rain, the flea market will be delayed until Oct. 16.

“This is a precursor event for the upcoming 2022 Juneteenth celebration,” the spokesperson added.

The Rev. Samuel Ware is the church’s pastor.

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