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December 4, 2012
The Herald-Star

Christmas program

at BV church

Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Steubenville will host an open-to-the-public Christmas program at 6 p.m. Sunday featuring Marvin Whiteman's music ministry.

A piano player and vocalist, Whiteman will "jump start your spirit of Christmas" with a Christmas program, a church spokesperson said.

Whiteman has been in the music ministry since 1996.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Camera club

meets tonight

The Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club announced the winners of the October competitions for prints and slides.

The month's theme was "Love/Friendship."

The print winners for the theme competition were Leanne Sinicropi, first place; Sam Rees, second place; and Andy Tindor, third place. In the open category, the winners included Claudia Norris, first place; Diane Bannister, second place; and Angela McClain, third place. The special effects winners were Dave Rees, first place; Debra Snider, second place; and Norris, third place.

The theme slide winners were Norris, first place; and Steve Whiting, second place. The open category winners included Norris, first place; and Whiting, second place. The special effects winners were Whiting, first place; and Norris, second place.

The first meeting in October was a business meeting discussing upcoming events. October activities and events included the annual club photo exhibit at the Fort Steuben Mall; a trip to view the photo exhibit of Master Photographer Jay Stock in Wheeling, then proceeding on a field trip to tour downtown Wheeling to photograph Victorian architecture. The annual awards banquet was also held. The club opened its exhibit at the Mary H. Weir Public Library Oct. 23 with the theme "Colors of Autumn."

The special winners chosen from among the mall exhibit pictures were Don Roberts, winner of the "People's Choice Award" with a picture of lightning taken from the Cardinal Plant in Brilliant, Ohio. Dave Rees won the "Member's Choice Award" with a scenic picture taken at Hocking Hills, Ohio.

The camera club holds meetings at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Two Ridges Presbyterian Church hall on state Route 43. The first monthly meeting is usually a workshop on improving photography skills. The second meeting is competitions. Members enter prints and slides in three categories - topic of the month, open and special effects.

Members arrange several picture-taking field trips each year. Club members have the opportunity to display their pictures in various exhibits. Members use both film and digital cameras, and the club welcomes persons of all ages and all levels of photography experience, including beginners.

The yearly dues are $20 per person and $25 for a family.

The next meeting is tonight. There will be no other meetings because of the holidays.

For information, contact Whiting at (740) 546-3923.

Retired teachers

group at 254

The Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association met Nov. 13 at the Starkdale Presbyterian Church in Steubenville with Dave Nicholson, president, presiding.

Marguerite Andres, membership chairman, reported the association has 254 members. She welcomed nine new ones.

Ann Wiley, reservation chairman, announced that the group's next meeting will be held April 9 at the Richmond United Methodist Church.

Necrology Chairman Lloyd Wells reported that one member had passed away since the last meeting in September.

Gloria Renda updated members on the Pleasant Hill Historical School House on state Route 213, Steubenville, with gifts being received from various community residents. It was to host the annual Christmas cookie sale and open house.

Carol Remington, district 9 director of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association, discussed health care concerns, referring members to check out the ORTA website.

Janie Wittmer, vice president, introduced John Cucarese of New York Life Insurance Co., who spoke about guaranteed lifetime income and long-term care insurance.

Personal hygiene items for teens were collected for Urban Mission Ministries' Christmas teen stocking outreach.

After lunch, association members heard a report from representatives of the STRS on changes made to teacher retirement and health care.

All retired teachers from Jefferson County and surrounding Ohio counties are welcome to join the association. For information, contact Nicholson by phone at (740) 544-6249 or (740) 632-4239 or by e-mail at

Unionport grange

hears reports

The Unionport Community Grange No. 2728 members met recently with reports given on assistance provided for the community center's yard and garage sale and for helping the Unionport Volunteer Fire Department with the community Halloween party and Christmas party.

Grange members prepared Thanksgiving fruit baskets for the ill and shut-ins of the community and surrounding area.

Anyone interested in joining the grange can contact any grange member for information.

Satellite veterans

office open

The satellite office of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Dillonvale American Legion, Liberty Street, Dillonvale, to assist veterans, dependents of veterans, and/or veterans' widows with Veterans Administration pensions, compensations, burials, schooling, medical assistance and other veterans' benefits.

For information or assistance, call the Veterans Service Office at (740) 283-8571 or visit the office at 423 North St., Steubenville. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed every Wednesday afternoon to the public.

Garden club

members meet

The November meeting of the Rivers Edge Garden Club was held at the home of Mary Bilchak, who introduced guest speaker Gary Rush.

His presentation was on monarch butterflies, including their migration, hibernation and mating cycles.

Ten members attended, answering the roll call question to name their favorite garden vegetable and how they like to prepare it.

Bilchak gave devotions, reading several short stories from the "Gardeners Guide to Life." Reports were given by Beth Cooper, secretary, and Betty Stewart, treasurer.

Members made donations to Coats for Kids.

The Christmas dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the First Presbyterian Church.

The cost is $12 per person. In lieu of a Christmas gift exchange, each member will collect soaps, toiletries and personal care items that will be donated to the Hutton House in Steubenville. Gift bags are to be dropped off at Stewart's home for delivery there.

Members also will participate in a white elephant exchange during the Christmas dinner, bringing something from home they already have,

Bilchak thanked Ginny Popson for making note cards that will be given with the garden therapy flowers.

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