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May 17, 2013
The Herald-Star

Museum has a

new attraction

The opening of the McCook House Civil War Museum today through Sunday will showcase a never-before-viewed by the public McCook family album recently donated for permanent display at the state memorial.

The donation also coincides with the 150th year anniversary of Daniel McCook's death at Buffington Island, Ohio, fighting John Hunt Morgan's raiders.

The album is being donated by the David Holmes family from Marietta, Ga. It was presented to Holmes' great-great-grandmother by Daniel McCook in July 1862, exactly one year before Daniel's death. The album cover inscription reads "To Mrs. S.C. Smoot by her dear friend and relative Daniel McCook July 1862."

The album contains numerous portraits of family members, many in their Civil War uniforms. One picture of note is of Daniel McCook standing alongside of his treasured Henry rifle. That very same rifle, along with another portrait of him holding it, are on display at the museum.

David Holmes, along with other members of his family, are planning to be at the museum on Saturday around 1 p.m. to officially donate the album. The large brick house on the southwest corner of the public square in Carrollton will be open on weekends Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting today through Labor Day, then Saturdays and Sundays through the second weekend in October.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The telephone number is (330) 627-3345.

Smithfield unit to meet Wednesday

The Smithfield American Legion Post 396 Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the post.

All auxiliary members with paid dues are welcome.

Nifty Needles

members gather

The Nifty Needles Neighborhood Sewing Group of the American Sewing Guild recently met at the First Christian Church on Main Street, Weirton.

Leader Nancy Sanders welcomed the six members in attendance.

Susan Maze spoke about the sewing guild silver anniversary event she attended near Pittsburgh.

Members were reminded of the upcoming stitch camp in Pennsylvania.

During the show-and-tell session, Kay Nixon modeled a pieced quilted jacket; Carol Village showed an orientally inspired apron to be sent to Stulting House in Hillsboro, the Pearl S. Buck birthplace; and Maze modeled a jacket she made for her daughter.

Village led the program on tea cozies, and each member received quilted fabric, ready cut, and patterns to trace teapots, which were to be cut out and sewn on the cozies. The project will serve as the show-and-tell at the 7 p.m. June 4 meeting at the church.

The meeting ended with a Nancy Zieman video, "Sewing Notions." These videos are a new addition to the meetings.

For information on attending the meetings, contact Sanders at (304) 527-1405. All those interested, regardless of skill level, in sewing are welcome to attend.

Toronto Senior

Citizens meet

The Toronto Senior Citizens met at Cornerstone Church for their anniversary dinner on May 9 with guests including Louie Nelson, Jeff Foster, and Don and Cheryl Clarke.

Robert Haught gave the blessing. Entertainment was provided by George Suhon.

Door prize winners were Carolyn Owen, Eileen Emery, Paula Krensavage, Cheryl Clarke, Joyce Dobbs, Dolly Robinson, Carole Eddy, Don Swickard, Emma Haught, Irene Sabados, JoAnn Fogle, Becky Swickard, Jane Hanuscin, Karen Krause, Laura Mamula, Mary Alice Meyer, Violet McClain, Arleen Zahniser, Nannetta Householder, Mary Ann Parker, Jack Doran, David Krause, Pat Rebres, Marjorie Grafton, Leah Bickerstaff and Barbara Lyons.

Richard Dobbs won the 50-50 drawing.

The next meeting will be held May 23 at the Roosevelt Building.

Scat winners were Joyce Dobbs, Jane Hanuscin, Karen Krause and Bill Baier.

Weirton Elks plan pasta dinner

The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 past exalted rulers will hold their monthly pasta dinner for members and guests from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the lodge located on Main Street, Weirton.

Dinner includes pasta, salad, bread and butter, dessert and coffee or tea.

The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.

A ticket will be selected for a free dinner at June's pasta Sunday.

Spots available

for June 8 sale

The School of Bright Promise is hosting a community yard sale, craft and vendor sale at the school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 8.

There are yard sale, crafter and vendor spots available. For information, contact Mari Sines at (740) 275-1598.

Benefit to aid

the animals

"A Sunny Day at the Beach" will be the theme of the Jefferson County Animal Welfare League's fundraiser benefit set for July 14 at 1 p.m. at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.

Tickets are $16 sold in advance only for the event featuring casual attire.

It will include a Chinese auction. Sponsors for the event program booklet also are being sought.

Checks can be made payable to the Jefferson County Animal Welfare League and mailed to the group's treasurer, Arlene MacQuown, at 129 Meadow Road, Wintersville, OH 43953. Write in the check memo line if the amount is for tickets or for an ad.

Questions can be directed to Janet Polverini at (740) 424-1304.

Alpha Mu Chapter

holds induction

Thirty members of Alpha Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma met May 11 at the Harlem Springs United Methodist Church where Darlene Smith presided.

An initiation ceremony for the induction of Katherine Ferguson was conducted by Carole Thorne, chairman, assisted by members Edwina McElwain, Diane McElwain and Jan Primack. She was escorted by Joyce Ferguson, her mother-in-law. An explanation of the chapter and banner symbols was given.

Numerous convention reports were presented.

Juanita Whisman discussed the statehouse tour she took. The group she was in was able to speak briefly to Gov. John Kasich. She also portraits of past governors show that Ohio has had a woman governor.

Rose Seck and Chris Hull went to two workshops, including "Hang On Teachers, Hang On" that brainstormed ideas to help new teachers and more experienced ones, and anther titled "Concealed Carry."

Smith said the convention had 412 members registered. She displayed art projects and favors along with the "diamond" ring everyone received.

McElwain thanked officers and committee chairmen for their work that enabled the chapter to earn the Gold Key award.

The following committee reports were given:

Hospitality: Cicely Worthington thanked her committee for their work this year and read a poem titled "Tea and Scones."

Finance: Mary Barnes, treasurer, gave a report.

Personal Growth and Services: Joyce Ferguson, chairman, noted a donation will be made to Carroll County toward its new animal shelter. A $136 collection will be split between Jefferson and Carroll counties for school supplies.

Professional Affairs: Juanita Whisman won the door wreath drawing.

Scholarship and World Fellowship: Margaret Alice Myers awarded four scholarships to Losey, Carole Thorne, herself and Dani Carroll.

History and Research: Seck reported on the Education Excellence Project for Schools in Africa and had received a thank-you letter from UNICEF for a contribution made. She also extended greetings from Pat Cermack, Alpha Delta State first vice president, a guest at the April meeting.

The Founders' Day Program was chaired by Bernice Francis with Edwina and Diane McElwain assisting. It was 84 years ago to the day on May 11, 1929, that 12 women, in Austin, Texas, founded Delta Kappa Gamma, which later would become Delta Kappa Gamma International.

Brooke Class of '74 to mark 40th

The Brooke High School Class of 1974 will celebrate its 40th reunion on July 12, 2014, at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton.

For information and updates, classmates are asked to join the Brooke High School Class of 1974 Facebook group page or visit the class web page at

Contact information also can be sent to the reunion committte at or to Reunion Chair Vickie Mendenhall at

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