Special Activities

Ohio County Council

The Ohio County Community Educational Outreach Service will meet at the Valley Grove Community Building at 10 a.m. Monday, April 28. Nancy Kish, county president, will convene the business meeting. The agenda will include final plans for a May 5 spring meeting and a May 1 area meeting in Masontown.

Any club representative who is unable to attend the meeting is asked to send an alternate.

Members are making quilts for children in the county. A class on the project is planned for June; to join the effort, call the extension office, 304-234-3673.

Woman’s Club of McMechen

The Woman’s Club of McMechen will meet in the McMechen Community Center at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28. Stacy Rich of Crittenton Services will be the guest speaker. Members are asked to bring a baby item to be donated to Crittenton.

Plans for a spring banquet will be discussed. The club will celebrate the federation birthday after the meeting. Cathy Bartlett, Jean Ann Sherman, Vicki Allender, Roseann Ferro, Marian Moore, Ce Ce Kiedaisch, Cindy Tribett, Vicky Battista, Charlene Hall and Regent Lawther will serve as hosts.

Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, will be observed at Temple Shalom, 23 Bethany Pike, Wheeling, with a memorial service in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. today, April 27. Participants will light yellow memorial candles to remember Holocaust victims.

After the service, the Academy Award-winning documentary short, “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” will be shown. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Dramatic Presentation

“Resilient Spirits: A Journey to Reconciliation” will be presented in the Mount St. Joseph library, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Week, Wheeling actresses Elissa Gross and Chris Fontaine will offer a theatrical journey toward recognition and reconciliation.

The free program includes a short dramatic presentation, with discussion to follow, and is suitable for all ages, including middle and high school students. Reservations are required and can be made by email to christybfc@gmail.com.


Tom Weinandy will present a program, “When Christ Visits Wheeling,” at St. Joseph Retreat Center, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1. The program will explore how service allows people to encounter Christ through the people in the community.

People of all faiths may attend. There is a cost for the program. To register, call 304-232-8160, ext. 112 or 145, or send an email message to saintjosephretreatcenter137@gmail.com.

Weinandy has completed service projects in 25 states and a year of service in Cleveland followed by Wheeling. In 10 years of Jesuit education, he has studied social entrepreneurship, Spanish and business. Currently, he works in the Service for Social Action Center at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Labyrinth Walk

Sister Mary Clark, CSJ, will serve as facilitator for “Walking in Sacred Space: The Labyrinth as a Sacred Path” at St. Joseph Retreat Center, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3. Participants are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Guests may stay for lunch; there is a charge for lunch and reservations are required. To register, call 304-232-8160, ext. 112 or 145, or send an email message to saintjosephretreatcenter137@gmail.com.

Retired School Employees

The Marshall County Association of Retired School Employees will meet at Ash Avenue Church of God in Moundsville at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8. President Harry Sacco will preside. Women of the church will provide a meal. To make a reservation, call 304-845-9516 by Thursday, May 1.

Members are asked to bring personal care items for girls at Helinski Shelter. A memorial service will be held for all members who died this past year.

Lunch With Books

The Wheeling Film Society’s conversation about the western, “Stagecoach,” will take place at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., Wheeling, at noon Tuesday, April 29. John Whitehead, professor of film studies at Wheeling Jesuit University, will serve as host.

Lunch With Books patrons may bring a bag lunch; free beverages are served.

Craft Fair

A home business and craft fair will be held at St. Jude hall, Eighth Street, Glen Dale, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, April 27. Raffle proceeds will benefit A Miracle for Maddox.

Spring Concert

“Opus On Broadway” is the theme of the spring concert of the Opus Music Club of Moundsville. It will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Third Street and Washington Avenue, Moundsville, at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Director Reva Icard has selected beloved songs for the program.

The club awards scholarships to Marshall County students who are furthering their education in music. While there is no admission charge for the concert, donations are accepted for the scholarship fund.

Book Signing

Wellsburg author Mary Jean Bonar will discuss her new book, “Go Forth! The Band Plays On,” and sign copies at the Brooke County Library, 945 Main St., Wellsburg, at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1.

“Go Forth” is the sequel to her 2008 novel, “Overflowing with Hope.” In 2012 and 2013, she published two books (drawn from the original novel) as part of the West Hope Trilogy. Her new book completes the trilogy.

Cookies and punch will be served after the presentation. Books will be available for purchase. To register, call the circulation desk, 304-737-1551.

Trunk of Junk Sale

A Trunk of Junk sale will be held in the parking lot of Trinity Episcopal Church, Oak and Linden avenues, Moundsville, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 3. Parking spaces and indoor tables are available and can be reserved by calling Marlyn Drake, 304-810-0145. A bake sale and 50/50 raffle also will be on site.

Calypso Celebration

Family Services Association will hold a Calypso Celebration at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville at 6 p.m. Friday, May 2. Island cocktails and a Caribbean buffet will be offered. Steel drum bands from Steubenville and Catholic Central high schools will provide entertainment. For tickets and information on sponsorship, call 740-283-4763.

Garden Club

The Mount Pleasant Garden Club will meet Monday, May 5, at the home of Annette and Wayne Butler. Jane Elliott will present “From My Window.” Annette Butler will talk about hostas, the perennial of the month. An auction will be held with Nina Sutherland as auctioneer.

Pancake Breakfast

Two Ohio County Relay for Life teams, Bishops Breathe Deep and Mounds of Hope, will hold a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s at The Highlands from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, May 3. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information or tickets, call 304-639-2944 or 304-639-3592.

Craft Show

The St. Clairsville department of parks and recreation will hold a spring craft show at the recreation center, 102 Fair Ave., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3. For more information or to reserve tables, call the center, 740-695-2037.

Craft Show

A craft show will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Fourth and Walnut streets, Martins Ferry, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Lunch will be available.

Yard-Bake Sale

Grace Presbyterian Church of Martins Ferry will hold a community-wide indoor yard sale and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, to raise funds for summer camp scholarships for children in grades 1-12.

Grace Church is seeking vendors for the indoor yard sale. For more information, call the church office at 740-633-2699.

Yard Sale

Sherrard Middle School band will hold a yard sale at the school gymnasium, 1000 Fairmont Pike, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3. To rent tables, call Carrie Kreitzer, 304- 231-6838.

Open House

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council will hold an open house at Camp Giscowheco in Triadelphia from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 3. This event is free to the public. Girl Scout alumnae are encouraged to visit and share their camp memories.

To register, contact Kathy Storage by email at Kathy.storage@bdgsc.org or call 304-345-7722, ext. 1020.

Fairy Garden Workshop

The Oglebay Palm Room is offering a mother-daughter-grandmother fairy garden tea workshop from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4. A fairy garden is a miniature garden complete with structures and actual living plants.

The workshop cost covers a fiber starter fairy garden. Additional plants, containers and accessories will be available to purchase.

Registration for the workshop is available at the Palm Room or by calling 304-243-4098. .

Steak Fry

A steak fry to benefit the family of Gary Yoho, who lost his life to cancer on March 27, will be held at Grand Vue Park, shelter 2, Moundsville, on Saturday, May 3. The event will feature entertainment by country artist Matt Vanfossen, door prizes, raffles and auctions. Monetary donations can be made at any Main Street Bank or Altmeyer Funeral Home, Grant Avenue, Moundsville.

Rummage Sale

A rummage sale will be held at Flushing United Methodist Church, 301 High St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 1-2.

Rummage Sale

A preview rummage sale will be held at Our Lady of Lebanon Church, 2216 Eoff St., Wheeling, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Concessions will be available.

Compiled by Linda Comins

Special Activities

Retired School Employees

The Marshall CountyAssociation of Retired School Employees will meet in the back room at Young’s Cafeteria, Glen Dale, at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10. To make a reservation, call 304-845-9516 today, April 6.

As a community service project, members are asked to bring nonperishable items for the Feeding Body & Soul soup kitchen. President Harry Sacco will conduct the meeting.

Members are to report their community service hours to Linda Ruble. Members are to bring a list of all books (with authors noted) read since Jan. 1 for the library’s 150+ Project. They can be regular books, e-books or books that have been read to children.

Retired Teachers

The Belmont County Retired Teachers Association will hold a luncheon and meeting at Belmont Hills Country Club, St. Clairsville, at noon Thursday, April 10. Reservations should be made by Monday, April 7, by calling Donna Kennedy, 740-635-1264.

Dr. Maxine Knapp of St. Clairsville will present a program on a journey into her family’s genealogy. This research resulted in a book titled “Raffaele and Christina Musilli: Ancestors, Descendants and Life in Italy and the Upper Ohio Valley from 1772-2010.” Knapp has held various clinical, faculty and administrative positions throughout her 41-year nursing career.

Members are asked to bring nonperishable items for a local food bank as part of the group’s community service project. Rose Durant and Judy Jeffers coordinate this ongoing project.

Officers for 2014 are Kay Mansuetto, president; Rosana Thomas, vice president; Nancy Thomas, recording secretary; Kathy Frio, corresponding secretary; Donna Kennedy, treasurer. Prospective members may call Judy Nemeti at 740-859-6188.

Carnation Twig

The Carnation Twig of Ohio Valley Medical Center will meet at Belmont Hills Country Club, St. Clairsville, at noon Tuesday, April 8.

Ormet Retirees

The Ormet Retirees Club will meet at the union hall in Clarington at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. Doughnuts, coffee and prizes will be provided.

National Road Quilters

The National Road Quilters Guild will meet at East Richland Friends Church, National Road, St. Clairsville, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. Loretta Craig will present a program on crayon embroidery. Blanche Anderson and Martha Holliday will serve as hostesses.

Green Acres Club

The Green Acres Community Educational Outreach Service will meet at Christ United Methodist. Church, National Road, Wheeling, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 9. President Marge Nichols will convene the business meeting. Linda Wade will be in charge of meditations and serve as co-hostess.

Items on the agenda include paid reservations for the Morgantown area meeting at Masontown Thursday, May 1; final plans for a county spring fling Monday, May 5, and the club budget. Nichols will be responsible for a fundraiser gift. Janet Childers will present the lesson, “West Virginia Fairs and Festivals.”

Daughters of American Revolution

The Wheeling chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at Stratford Springs, Wheeling, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 9. Jeanne Finstein will speak on “Scandals in Wheeling.” Regent Joan McClelland will preside. Luella Tokas and Belma Jean Parks will serve as hostesses.

For reservations and information about joining DAR, call 304-242-3314.

Lunch With Books

Barbara Robinson-Pirhalla will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., Wheeling, at noon Tuesday, April 8, to discuss her book, “England: A Garden & Landscape Glossary.” Jeanne Finstein also will participate in this presentation.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons may bring a bag lunch; free beverages are served.

People’s University

Robert Strong of SMART Centre Market in Wheeling will be the instructor for the sixth class, “Observing the Universe,” in the People’s University course, Astronomy, at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., Wheeling, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.

Weather permitting, the class will use a telescope to observe the moon, planets and stars in the library’s parking lot. People’s University programs are free and open to the public.

Lenten Concerts

Tenor Mitch Spurlock of Wellsburg will be the guest artist for the Lenten concert series at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1410 Chapline St., Wheeling, at 12:05 p.m. Friday, April 11. Spurlock is a member of St. Matthew’s parish choir. He has been a soloist on a number of occasions for concerts at the church and other area venues.

A light luncheon will be served in the parish hall after the concert. Free-will contributions will be accepted to support the concert series and the luncheons.

Happy Hilltoppers

The Bethlehem Happy Hilltoppers will meet at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church at noon Thursday, April 10, for a catered Easter luncheon. The Rev. Bob Willits will provide music. For reservations, call Dorothy Broemsen, 304-242-4498.

Fort Henry Piecemakers

The Fort Henry Piecemakers quilt guild will meet at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 141 Kruger St., Wheeling, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10. A social hour with light refreshments will begin at 6 p.m. Member Elsie Sell’s husband, Mike, will give a presentation on maintenance of Featherweight sewing machines.

The quilt guild is open to anyone, 18 or older, with an interest in the art of quilting. Prospective members may attend two meetings without cost before joining. For more information, call 304-242-3596.

Day quilters will meet at the home of Shawn Hatch in Beech Bottom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. Participants work on their own projects and bring a covered dish to share.

Open House

Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Oglebay Park, will hold a spring open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Samples of cheese ball mixes and dips will be offered. Members receive discounts on items purchased.

Genealogical Society

The Wheeling Area Genealogical Society will meet in the Ohio County Public Library auditorium, 52 16th St., Wheeling, at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Earl Foreman will speak on “What’s in a Deed.” He is a retired attorney, historian and the town crier for Fort Henry Days. Light refreshments will be served.

Sons of American


In this 125th anniversary year of the Sons of the American Revolution’s founding, Wheeling resident and SAR member Jay Frey is leading an effort to form a Wheeling chapter.

An organizational meeting will be held in the auditorium of the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., Wheeling, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Joe Khare, secretary-treasurer of the West Virginia Society of SAR, will attend the meeting.

While the second siege of Fort Henry in 1782 is considered the last battle of the Revolutionary War, there is no Wheeling chapter of the society. The nearest SAR chapters are the Ebenezer Zane chapter in St. Clairsville and the George Washington chapter in Washington, Pa.

Recipe Round-up

Recipe Round-up will be held at the St. Clairsville Public Library, 108 W. Main St., at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Patrons, age 21 or older, are invited to bring a favorite Mexican-themed dish and recipe and a beverage of their choice. For more information, call the library, 740-695-2062.

Spaghetti Dinner

Tiltonsville United Methodist Church, 106 Grandview Ave., will have a spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Carry-out meals and local delivery will be offered.

Spaghetti Dinner

The Valley Grove Lions Club will hold a spaghetti dinner at the Valley Grove community building from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

Story Hour

The Follansbee branch of the Brooke County Public Library will hold story hour for children, ages 2-5, and their caregivers from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 7, April 14, April 21 and April 28. The event will include a story, craft, games and a snack. To register, call the circulation desk, 304-527-0860.

Brown Bag Lunch

Jacqueline Patterson, national director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s environmental and climate justice program, will speak at a brown bag lunch at Kent State University, East Liverpool campus. Patterson’s talk, “Another Way Is Possible: Transforming a Profit-Driven Society to a People-Centered Sustainable Planet,” will be presented at E.L. Blair Memorial Library in the branch’s main building, 400 E. Fourth St., at noon Wednesday, April 9 The event is free and open to the public.

Genealogical Society

The Belmont County chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet in the genealogy room at Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library, 308 E. Main St., at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13. The meeting is free and open to the public.

For the program, students from Nick Saffield’s history class at Barnesville High School will share their impressions of what they have learned working with Mark Morton of Gravestone Guardians of Ohio when they helped clean Civil War soldiers’ gravestones in Southern Cemetery in Barnesville last summer. The students are Paul Sheppard, Tori Hannahs, Alex Austin, Nicole Markovich and Emily Lucas.

Immigration Program

A program, “Immigration: Why Should People of Faith Care?” will be presented at St. Joseph Retreat Center, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. Sister Marilyn Nickol, CSJ, will serve as facilitator.

There is a cost for the program. To register, call 304-232-8160, ext. 112 or 145, or send an email message to saintjosephretreatcenter137@gmail.com.

Gardening Program

Brother John Byrd, FMS, a master gardener, will present a program, “Cultivating the Soul and the Earth: Gardening as a Spiritual Practice,” at St. Joseph Retreat Center, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

The cost includes lunch. To register, call 304-232-8160, ext. 112 or 145, or send an email message to saintjosephretreatcenter137@gmail.com.

Holy Week Retreat

A Holy Week conference retreat, “Pilgrimage to Jerusalem: Walking as a Disciple,” will be offered at St. Joseph Retreat Center, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, from 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, through the Easter liturgy on Sunday, April 20. The Rev. John Petrikovic, OFM, CAP, will serve as director.

There is a cost for the retreat. To register, call 304-232-8160, ext. 112 or 145, or send an email message to saintjosephretreatcenter137@gmail.com.

Dinner Theater

Follansbee Baseball Association Inc. will hold its second annual murder-mystery dinner-theater fundraiser at the Serbian America Cultural Center in Weirton Saturday, April 12. Doors will be opened at 6 p.m.; the show will begin at 7 p.m.

The Brooke Hills Mystery Players will present “Three Strikes and You’re Dead.” No tickets will be sold at the door. Reservations may be made by calling 304-871-3308 or 304-794-9929.


Aaron Shust, a Dove Award-winning singer-songwriter, will present a concert at Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, 1340 Washington Pike, Wellsburg, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11. Joining Shust as special guests will be pop-rockers MIKESCHAIR, acoustic-pop songwriter Jonny Diaz and singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle. Tickets are on sale at iTickets.com or by calling 800-965-9324.

Garden Club

The Mount Pleasant Garden Club will meet at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Linda Dalton will serve as hostess. Belmont County master gardeners will present a program, “Care and Growing of Roses.” Pauline Irvin will talk about peony, the perennial of the month.

Regional Meeting

The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs’ spring regional meeting will be held at the East Springfield Community Center in Bloomingdale Saturday, April 12. The Dillonvale Rosebuds Club will serve as host. Mary Lee Minor, state president, will present a program on floral designs called “Rainbows in Your Garden.”

Fish Fry

A fish fry will be held at Wayman Church, 1136 Eoff St., Wheeling, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 11.

Agricultural Meeting

The Ohio State University extension educators from Monroe and Belmont counties will conduct a vegetable production and good agricultural practices meeting at the Somerton fire house from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 15.

Brad Bergefurd, OSU extension’s vegetable production specialist, will speak. Emily Adams, OSU extension educator in Coshocton County, and Levi Morrow, extension program coordinator for Washington County, will discuss food safety practices from field production to the table.

The meeting is open to the public. A fee will be charged for the program. For more information, call the Monroe County extension office, 740-472-0810, or the Belmont County extension office, 740-695-1455.

Class Series

Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum in Oglebay Park will offer a four-part introduction to popular American decorative styles from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from April 8 through April 29. Classes will examine the social history, lifestyles, furniture and decorative arts over three influential time periods and conclude with a special look at how the Oglebay family lived.

Participants will have the rare opportunity to go into the mansion’s period rooms. Sessions will be led by Glass Museum curator Holly McCluskey. Topics will be Federal (1790-1810), April 8; Empire (1810-40), April 15; Victorian (1840-1900), April 22, and How the Oglebays Lived (1901-26), April 29.

There is a cost for each class. Participants may attend any or all four sessions. To register, call 304-242-7272. Space is limited.


The social work program at Franciscan University of Steubenville will present a workshop, “Principles and Tools for Ethical Decision Making,” in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery, J.C. Williams Center, from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, April 11.

Compiled by Linda Comins