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What’s going on throughout the area

July 20, 2012
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Community editor ( , The Herald-Star

Alumni group to

meet Tuesday

The Steubenville High School Alumni Association will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Scaffidi's Restaurant.

Hooverson Heights

Oldtimers to gather

Hooverson Heights residents and their descendents will gather for their annual oldtimers picnic on July 29 in the Community House at Follansbee Park with dinner at 1 p.m.

Following the dinner will be an afternoon of visiting and reminiscing by those who made their homes on the hilltop before World War II.

The reunion has been a tradition of more than 30 years. When several families were gathering for an outing around 1980, they suggested that they make their reunion a public affair and include all those men and their families who participated in the Oldtimers Baseball League.

Planning the event are members of a standing committee consisting of Bob Geary and Roy Waugh, co-chairmen; Ruth Ann Eckles Shingleton, treasurer, Gloria Simmons Kotur, secretary; and Betty Bioux Stoaks, Bessie Burton Eddy, Jackie Trolley Perkins, Dolores Nixdorf Reese, Dorothy Lahita and Mary Jane Sabol Suidak.

The committee furnishes all beverages and table settings with guests asked to bring their favorite food for a covered-dish style dinner.

Toronto Sunrise

Seniors meet

President Susan Kulstad welcomed guests Debra D'Albenzio and Kathy Peterlla to the July 13 pizza party of the Toronto Sunrise Seniors.

New members are Tracey Wade, Susan Conaway, Donna Mitchell and Wilma Deserio.

Chaplain Glenn Smith gave grace before the dinner. The business meeting included reports given by Mary Lou Deku, secretary, and Mike Timko, treasurer. Social secretary Dorothy Pavelka announced July birthdays and anniversaries.

The club's picnic July 27 at the Stratton park shelter will have a luau theme. There will be a light lunch at noon and dinner at 4 p.m. The committee will provide fruit, and those names beginning with A-J will bring salads, K-O will bring side dishes, and P-Y will bring desserts. Games will be played throughout the day.

Chairpersons for the Christmas dinner will be Kulstad, Susan Conaway and Peg Nordenger. The dinner will be at St. Francis social hall on Dec. 14 with the social hour beginning at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

The 50/50 winners were Bob Kaminski and Lucy Timko. Door prize winners were Paul Pavelka and Susan Conaway.

Bingo winners were Patti Franella, Bob and Mollie Merideth, Tracey Wade, Jim Hope, Wilma Diserio, Susan Kulstad, Wima Elder, Lucy Timko, Madge DeJulio, Mary Lou Deku, Marcella McKnight, Tim Gribben, Peg Nordenger, Marge Kane, Diana Mitchell, Rose Gibson, Paul Pavelka and John Bodrog.

Scat winners were Tim Gribben, Nancy Bodrog, Kulstad, Susan Conaway and Dottie Pavelka.

The next meeting will be the picnic July 27.

Meetings are held at the Roosevelt Senior Center at 5 p.m. Membership is open to any resident of Ohio who is 55 or older. For information, contact Kulstad at (740) 537-2658.

Benefit poker run, tourney planned

A benefit poker run and cornhole tournament set for July 28 at Kelly's Old School on state Route 213, Knoxville, will raise funds in memory of the late Frank "Dude" Martin, an Empire resident who died May 1 as a result of a vehicle accident in Coshocton.

All proceeds from the event will go to a trust fund established at US Bank for his children, Lane, Brady, Elliott and Lily Martin, according to Steve Diekmann, a friend and event organizer.

Bike registration begins at 11 a.m. with the first bike out at noon and the last bike in at 5 p.m.

Registration for the cornhole tournament begins at noon with play starting at 1 p.m.

The event also will include a 50-50 drawing, a Chinese auction and spaghetti dinner.

Martin was a 1991 graduate of the Edison North High School and was president and coach for the Empire Baseball League. He was a carpenter for the Carpenters Union Local 186 of Steubenville.

"He was a great friend to a lot of people, and he had a sense of humor that was out of this world," Diekmann said. "He could take a frown and make you turn it upside down in no time."

Those unable to attend are welcome to make donations directly to the trust fund at US Bank. "The cornhole tournament is for those who don't want to ride in the poker run so everyone is welcome, not just bikers," he said. For information on the cornhole tournament, call (740) 278-5012.

For general information or to make a donation, call (730) 632-2543; (740) 632-2013; or (740) 381-8691.

Stone Street

Station to perform

Country Friends will host the Stone Street Station band Saturday at the Memorial Hall located on Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

Country Friends has events each Monday, Friday and Saturday at the hall. The doors open at 6 p.m. each Saturday, and the dance starts at 7 p.m.

On Monday and Friday, the doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish if they so desire for the meal that begins at 5 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christianity, friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity.

For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270 or visit the website at

Find family

history quicker

Finding family history in Ohio from the 1940 federal census can be done more quickly because the information has been indexed and is accessible at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

The 1940 federal census was released April 1 - 72 years after being recorded because of a federal privacy law. The census is available free to the public from

On this site the indexed states are all of the western states from California to North and South Dakota, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Virginia, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. The remaining states will be finished by this fall.

Ancestry Library Edition, the library version of, is a fee-based site but available as a free service at all branches of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County and can be accessed with a library card. The states on this site that have been indexed are Ohio, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. Access to this site is limited to one hour at the library.

For information about Ancestry Library Edition or other databases available at the library and to get started researching family history, contact local historian and genealogist Sandy Day at the Schiappa branch at (740) 264-6166.

Toronto Lions

officers installed

Past District Gov. Robert Woodside recently installed new officers for the Toronto Lions Club for 2012-13.

Installed were: president, Dave Vukelic; first vice president, Ed Robinson; second vice president, Jay Foster; secretary, Dick Carter; treasurer, Don Pritts; Lion tamer, Tom Grimes; tail twister, Bill Rebres; membership chairman, Art Myers; two-year directors, Woodside and Ellsworth Graham; one-year directors, Bob Owen and Beth Ensell; and immediate past president, Fred Burns.

The club's next project will be a sub sale and then a chicken barbecue at the Festival of the Arts in September in Toronto.

The next meeting will be held July 26 at the Toronto North River Avenue Christian Church.

Three Score

Seniors meet

The Three Score Seniors met June 28 at Undo's at the Holiday Inn - Weirton with President Barbara Purks presiding and introducing Blanche Tyson, who gave the invocation.

After dinner, Vice President Larry Purks introduced the father-son duo the Donohues, who sang a variety of songs from the 1950s and 1960s.

Next month's entertainment will be Splendid Sound.

Secretary Pat Deletka and treasurer Joan Villa gave their reports.

Membership Chair Josie Elliot introduced new members Barbara Libengood and Carol Nale.

Sunshine Chair Winnie Kemp reported on cards sent.

Regina Truax announced upcoming trips:

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

Reservation Chair Patty Holt announced 144 members and five guests, including Mike and Patty Valero, guests of Joe and Cookie Veltri; Grayson Hawk, guest of Joe and Pat Evans; Jack Doran, guest of Ida Haynes; and Audrey Phillips, guest of Bill and Jeanette Wetzel, were in attendance.

June birthdays and anniversaries were acknowledged.

Hospitality Chair Jim Hare gave prizes to Josie Elliott, Jack Cummings, Chuck Elliott, Betty Flowers and John Geary. Marlene Hare awarded two dinners, compliments of Undo's, to Jackie Zaslocke and Larry Purks. Billie Diety won an Eat 'n Park gift card, and Sam Lescallette won a Wal-Mart gift card. Jack Cummings awarded the 50/25/25 drawing to Alma Wansack and Mary Hvizdak.

Tyson gave the benediction.

The next meeting will be held July 26 and have a luau theme. Individuals wanting to join the club should call Purks at (304) 723-1103.

WSX Management

Club to meet

The Weirton Steel Management Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Gio's Family Restaurant in Weirton in the banquet room. All members and former members are invited to the dinner and social time.

Survivors, Seekers

planning picnic

There were 13 in attendance when the Survivors and Seekers of the old McCullough Children's Home met at Wintersville United Methodist Church.

Kathy Urmson of Columbiana and Hubert Woodland shared memories related to the facility. The group will have a picnic Aug. 10 at the state Route 213 rest area near the Hammondsville exit, the site of the home.

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