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February 20, 2012
The Herald-Star

THS classes

planning reunion

The Toronto High School Classes of 1962 and 1967 are planning a combined 50th/45th reunion for Aug. 18 in the school cafeteria and gym.

Addresses are needed for the following classmates of 1962: Janet Toy Wilding, Eugene "Fred" Sciance and Frances Waite Hinch. Contact Nikki Bonnizzio Cable at (740) 544-5411 with information.

Addresses also are needed for the following classmates of 1967: Tom Barr, Lydia Anderson Bartels, Carla Jeanne Fry, Wally Heckathorn, Vicky Lynn Martin, Kathleen Yurkovich Williams. The contact person for the Class of 1967 is Terri Knox Findley at (740) 537-3183.

The next class meeting is scheduled for March 7 at 6 p.m. at Margaret's Cafe in Toronto. All interested classmates are invited to attend.

AARP Chapter 3486 meets

AARP Chapter 3486 held a meeting Feb. 13 at Undo's Restaurant, located at the Holiday Inn - Weirton, with President Joann Bugin presiding.

Carol Irvine gave the invocation and led in opening ceremonies.

Entertainment Chair Bettie Williamson introduced Dave Watkins, Martini Time, as the Valentine entertainment for the evening. During his performance, recognition of January and February birthdays and anniversaries were noted.

Ernie Nicholas reported the audit was finished and complimented Treasurer Frank Fazio on a job well done. Alexis Melonas also was on the committee.

Sunshine Chair Mary Rose Spano reported on cards sent.

Milt Fabianich reported he has collected five pairs of glasses and three phones.

Bugin thanked all committee chairs for doing a great job and staying on to help the organization.

Barbara McCoy reported on the penny jar collection for October and November.

Regina Truax announced following trips for 2012:

For information, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419.

Valentine gifts were given by Bugin to Walter Klepadlo, Dean and Katy Allen, Milt and Eva Fabianich, Bea Bishop and Carolyn Hill.

Prizes were awarded to Jennie Muscara, Diana Crago, Iona McColloch, Ruth Sperry, Mary Rose Spano, Peggy Sweeney, Viola Blanc, Joann Bugin, Betty Chappell, Carol Irvine, Barbara Visnic, Valeria Adamczyk, Mary Margaret Klepadlo, Marie Straight, Al Daugherty and Midge Green.

The next meeting will be held March 12.

CCHS to begin Lenten fish fries

Catholic Central High School's Lenten fish fry will begin Ash Wednesday and continue on Fridays through March 30.

They will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria at 320 Westview St., Steubenville.

The menu will include fish, french fries, coleslaw, salad, desserts and beverages. Patrons can dine in or get takeout.

Brooke GOP to meet Feb. 27

The Brooke County Republicans will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Brooke County Library, located at 10th and Main streets.

All conservatives in Brooke County are welcome to attend, regardless of party affiliation. The group is planning a number of events and activities for this election year and welcomes the input of all like-minded citizens.

2011 busy year

for Jewett Ruritans

For the Jewett Ruritan Club, 2011 was a good year.

The club owns and maintains the Jewett Park located near the railroad tracks off state Route 151. It is the site of the veterans memorial, picnic tables, a grill and shelter. It is open to the public for use at any time.

Over the past 12 months, the club has donated 500 tons of food to the various food pantries in the county. The food is purchased by the case or skid and consists of canned and boxed goods.

The year included a diabetic screening and blood pressure check; the donation of 270 stuffed bears to Akron Children's Hospital and 30 bears to Harrison Community Hospital; a bake sale with proceeds benefiting the food cupboard; and sponsorship assistance for the scholarship banquet to recognize scholastic achievements.

Pencils and toothbrushes were distributed for Halloween, and the community park garden was filled with poinsettias for Christmas.

The year ended with a drawing for an Emerson 32-inch flat screen TV and a family Christmas dinner.

Officers for 2012 are Mike Horn, president; Herb Kellar, vice president; Sheila Tipton, secretary; and Claren Blackburn, treasurer.

The organization meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Jewett Presbyterian Church. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to consider joining.

For information, contact Horn at (740) 946-4464.

Legion auxiliary

members meet

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 45, Follansbee, met Feb. 8 in the club's social room where Rita Robinson, president, presided for the business meeting.

Gina Marchetti gave the treasurer's report.

Betty Rea reported on the mid-winter conference held in Huntington, W.V.a on Feb. 3-4.

The auxiliary is collecting coupons for servicemen and women.

The auxiliary will celebrate the birthdays of all members March 14 at 6:30 p.m. with a meal served. Members are asked to bring a $10 item for a gift exchange.

Swim-a-Thon set for March 11

The Stratton Seacats swim team will hold its annual Swim-a-Thon mini-Relay for Life on March 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Stratton indoor pool.

The Seacats team members are challenging all local teams and the public to come and participate in the Ohio Valley Swim-a-Thon to recognize the sport of swimming and bring awareness and raise money for the Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society. All proceeds benefit the ACS.

For information or inquiries, contact Jennifer Sperry at (740) 317-9837 or visit the Stratton Seacats swim team on Facebook.

Diabetes workshop

set for March 1

Harrison Community Hospital's monthly diabetes workshop set for March 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital's cafeteria will focus on "Pre-Diabetes: What is it? And can it become full-blown diabetes?"

Led by registered nurse Carol Teter, diabetes nurse educator, the discussion will focus on the causes, diagnosis, treatments and what people can do to lower their risk of developing this disease.

Although prediabetes is a very widespread condition, it is not yet a household word, according to Teter. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive, multi-system disease. The progression of type 2 diabetes is associated with persistent insulin resistance, declining beta-cell function, declining insulin levels and declining incretin effect.

In regard to declining beta-cell function, type 2 diabetes is often marked by impaired beta-cell response to glucose, according to Teter. The hormone GLP-1 normally helps regulate this function; however, some individuals with type 2 diabetes may have impaired GLP-1 physiology. Beta cells are responsible for insulin production and secretion. Incretins are hormones such as GLP-1 and GIP. At diagnosis, patients have already lost 50 percent of beta-cell function.

The monthly diabetes workshop is designed to help people understand the disease and learn to manage it. The free educational sessions are held the first Thursday of each month featuring physicians, dieticians and other healthcare professionals covering a variety of topics, including healthy eating, monitoring blood sugar levels, taking medications and problem solving.

Reservations are not required. Light refreshments will be served. Transportation is available through the Harrison County Rural Transit by calling (740) 942-1369.

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