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October 17, 2012
The Herald-Star

Benefit event for

Gary Pielech

Former classmates of Gary Pielech of Tiltonsville, who is battling pancreatic cancer, are uniting to organize a benefit fundraiser Nov. 3 at the Indian Club located at 513 Rose Ave., Tiltonsville.

The benefit will run from noon to 11:30 p.m. and include a spaghetti dinner from noon to 6 p.m. for $10 a person. Patrons can dine in or get takeout orders.

There also will be a 50-50 drawing, drawings for baskets and door prizes.

Music by the band JFK will begin at 8 p.m.

Pielech was an avid health buff who enjoyed running and working out. After a shoulder injury in 2010 led him to seek medical attention, subsequent tests revealed an abnormality and the ultimate diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. For the last two years he has traveled to the University of Texas every three months to seek treatment. He also recently was accepted into an experimental drug study program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Pielech has more than four decades working in Ohio Valley steel mills, retiring last year from RG Steel, but like many other retirees had his health coverage cut, leaving him and his wife, Kim, to cover medical expenses whereas previously a large portion was taken care of.

"We are rallying to help him in his time of need," said Delores Smith of Wintersville, one of Pielech's former classmates from Yorkville High School's Class of 1967 who is helping to organize the fundraiser.

All proceeds help directly cover previous and future medical expenses.

For information on the benefit or for tickets, contact Smith at (740) 264-7043.

Upcoming library

programs detailed

Upcoming programs sponsored by the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County are:

Movie Day will be held at the main library Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and also at the Toronto branch Saturday at 1 p.m.

Story Time for parents and children ages 4 and 5 will be held at the Tiltonsville branch on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Register by calling (740) 859-5163. It also will be at the Brilliant branch on today at 5:30 p.m. and at the Toronto branch on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Tech Help will be offered to those wanting to learn how to download e-materials from the library's website onto handheld devices. These are 15-minute appointments for Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Babygarten for children birth to age 24 months and parent or caregiver will be held at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch on Thursday at 11:15 a.m.

Play and Learn for parent or caregiver and children ages birth to 2 will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. at the Schiappa branch.

Teen Read Week is under way through Saturday. Stop in any time at the Schiappa branch to register for prize drawings and contests.

Interested in model railroading? On Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Schiappa branch, the Ohio River Northern Railway Club will share tips on how to get started. Register by calling (740) 264-6166.

Weirton church

food sale Thursday

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will hold a soup and sandwich lunch, beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church located at 604 Colliers Way, Weirton. Lunch includes a choice of Zuppa Toscana or Italian wedding soup, a barbecue ham sandwich and dessert. The cost is $6. For information, call (304) 723-9746.

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