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Italian Sons & Daughters

picnic at Brooke Hills Park

WELLSBURG — The Italian Sons and Daughters of America West Virginia District will be holding a first with an annual family picnic set for Aug. 28.

It will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Brooke Hills Park, 140 Gist Lane, Wellsburg.

Activities will include the pool, splash pad, miniature golf, paddle boats, bocce ball and a presence by Rowing’s Italian Ice of Weirton.

There will be tickets for a 50-50 available to purchase with proceeds to benefit Lodge No. 183 Scholarship Fund and W.Va. District activities.

Tickets are $15 for an ISDA member; $20 for a nonmember, which includes a year membership; and $8 for children age 12 and younger.

For information, contact Elise Carson, ISDA home office, by phone at (412) 261-3550 or by e-mail to ecarson@orderisda.org.

Weir High School Class of 1960 make September reunion plans

WEIRTON — Weir High School’s Class of 1960 will hold its 62-year reunion with a social time on Sept. 23 and a dinner-dance on Sept. 24.

Attendance at either or both events is welcomed.

The reunion will be held at Undo’s Restaurant in the Holiday Inn on Three Springs Drive, Weirton.

For information, call Margaret Balint Kirk at (304) 748-7060 or Paula Francis Brown at (304) 748-0783.

Reservations and payment must be made by Sept. 15.

Valley Hospice announces

Memorial Butterfly releases

RAYALND — Valley Hospice will host two “uplifting evenings dedicated to remembering and celebrating the lives of loved ones who are no longer with us.”

The 18th-annual Valley Hospice Memorial Butterfly releases will be held Sept. 20 at the Oglebay Park Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater, Wheeling, and on Sept. 22 at the Fort Steuben Park Berkman Amphitheater in Steubenville. Both releases will begin at 6 p.m.

“Our butterfly memorials provide a unique opportunity to cherish memories of our loved ones as we combine music and thoughtful recitations,” said Cynthia Bougher, Valley Hospice CEO.

“The release of the live butterflies is a therapeutic experience that can provide comfort to those suffering from loss.”

The event is open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one. Butterflies are $7 each. The deadline to place orders is Sept. 6.

There is no rain date for these events. If rain prohibits the program, butterflies can be picked up drive-through style at the event location.

For information or to order butterflies, contact Valley Hospice at (877) HOSPICE or visit www.valleyhospice.org.

Wintersville High School

All-School Reunion Saturday

WINTERSVILLE — This year’s “Everybody Who Graduated from Wintersville High School Reunion” set for Saturday will include a place of honor for members of the Class of 1972, who are celebrating their 50-year mark.

The Wintersville High School All-School Reunion, gets under way at noon at Aladdin Land, located at 6355 township Road 166, Bloomingdale.

Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish to share. Table service, soft drinks and bottled water will be provided. Donations will be accepted, according to organizer Toni Jean Dondzila, who noted, “Donations keep this happening every year, same time and place.”

The reunion is traditionally held on the third Saturday in August.

Follansbee library branch to show ‘Downton Abbey’ movie

FOLLANSBEE — The Follansbee branch of the Brooke County Public Library will show “Downton Abbey: A New Era” at noon Aug. 26.

Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. To reserve a seat, call (304) 527-0860 or visit https://brookecountylibs.org/programming-registration.

Recipe club to talk picnic food at get-together on Aug. 25

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library’s Recipe Club will meet at noon Aug. 25 and share ideas for picnic food.

Everyone is welcome to share recipes and bring samples of the finished product.

Registration isn’t required. Call (304) 737-1551 to learn more about the free club.

Weirton Senior Center is

organizing train ride

WEIRTON — The Weirton Senior Center is organizing a train ride on Oct. 13 through the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in Akron.

The cost is $70 and includes the bus and train ticket. Full payment is due by Sept. 2. Participants will leave the center located at 3425 Main St., Weirton, at 8 a.m. sharp and return around 4:30 pm.

For information, contact Tammy Margetic center director, at (304) 748-3490 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Youth basketball league

opening day, fundraiser set

RICHMOND — The Edison Local Fieldhouse will be the site of opening day festivities for the Ohio Valley 3-on-3 Youth Basketball League.

It will be held Aug. 27 from noon to 4 p.m. and feature food, drinks, a Chinese auction, a presence by the Ice Ceam Island of Cadiz and basketball.

Those who would like to sign up their child to play in the league can visit Ohio Valley 3-on-3 Youth Basketball on Facebook.

The new field house is located behind the high school at 9890 state Route 152, Richmond.

The league is for boys and girls in grades one through six, according to Anthony J. Forte, assistant boys varsity and junior varsity head coach.

“We are raising money for new uniforms which are desperately needed,” Forte noted. “We have close to 100 kids who signed up to play. This is a first for Edison,” he said of what was put together by him, Girls Head Coach Mark Smyth, Boys Head Coach Jeremy Matics and Jason Ensinger, youth coordinator for Edison youth sports.

Organizing it is in response to “such a huge turnout for the summer camp we had,” according to Forte.

For donations for hamburgers, hot dogs, buns and prizes for the Chinese auction and silent auction, call (740) 424-0119.

Bergholz Volunteer Fire Co. hosting fundraiser meals

BERGHOLZ — The Bergholz Volunteer Fire Co. Inc. at 724 Monroe St., Bergholz, will be hosting three fundraiser meals next weekend — one on Aug. 27 and two on Aug. 28.

On Aug. 27 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the department will offer a spaghetti dinner with meatballs, salad, bread, drink and dessert. The cost is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; and $7 for children under age 10.

There will be a 50-50 drawing.

Delivery within five miles is available by calling (740) 768-3003.

A breakfast will be available on Aug. 28 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. with the department serving pancakes, sausage, eggs, sausage and gravy, biscuits, doughnuts, juice and coffee.

Lunch is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and includes baked chicken, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy, dinner rolls, salad, drinks and desserts.

The cost for those meals is $10 for adults; $9 for seniors; and $7 for children. Delivery is available within five miles by calling (740) 768-3003.

Weirton church collecting school supplies, donations

WEIRTON — The outreach committee of First Christian Church of Weirton is continuing to collect school supplies for Weirton Elementary School students through Aug. 28.

Anyone wanting to drop off school supplies to the church, located at 3252 Main St., Weirton, or make a monetary donation may contact the church office at (304) 797-7300, according to Cathie Yeager, outreach committee chair.

“Thanks for your support of this worthy cause to help the children in our community,” Yeager noted.

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