Tea, teapots, topic
The Bezaleel Wells Chapter of Questers met at Froehlich's Classic Corner for a luncheon meeting where Jean Turrentine was the hostess and program presenter to the topic "Tea, Teapots and Infusers."
Carole Gaston, president, presided for the business meeting, with reports from Theresa Milliken and Marlene Rhueff.
Turrentine told members that tea was first tasted by a Chinese emperor around 2700 B.C. Then someone in China invented a device that shredded tea leaves, making it easier to brew tea. Making tea in a cup, however, appears to have begun in the 19th century when silver infusers were made to hold tea leaves.
Infusers were very popular in the late 19th century and were made in many shapes, many made of silver. Some even had elaborate embossed designs, which made them very collectible, she said.
The teabag was invented in the United States in 1903. It was a hand-sewn silk bag. There are 3,000 varieties of tea, according to Turrentine, including Darjeeling, which is considered the champagne of teas.
Turrentine displayed several teapots and infusers. One teapot was cobalt blue trimmed in gold. She also showed infusers, one of which was for an individual cup.
Carlotta Jordan will serve as hostess of the next meeting when the topic will be "Depression Glass."
at Toronto branch
There will be a program on autism at the Toronto branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
An Autism Assistance Service representative will explain what it is and discuss the latest statistics and types on the spectrum, intervention strategies, communicating and social stories.
To register, call the library at (740) 537-1262.
Other upcoming library branch programs include:
to aid GED fund
Steubenville city Schools retirees met May 9 for lunch at Naples Spaghetti House where members agreed the GED Scholarship Fund will be its charity for the next two months.
Members signed cards for the ill.
The next luncheon will be June 13 at the Greek Food Festival with members meeting inside the church fellowship hall at 12:30 p.m.
Future luncheon locations will be the Farm in July, a supper at Schrocks Country Cookin' in Amish country in August and at Abdalla's in September.
The group is open to any Steubenville City Schools retiree. Anyone interested can contact Linda Holub.
Library to hold
The Follansbee Branch of the Brooke County Public Library will be holding story hours for children, ages 2-5, and their caregivers at noon June 3, 10 and 17.
Children will enjoy a story, craft, games and a snack. Call (304) 527-0860 to register for the free programs.
At their May meeting held at St. Florian Hall the Gadabouts enjoyed a luau menu with music by DJ Billy D.
John Zak presided, acknowledging birthdays and anniversaries as well as members on the prayer list. Rich Wyman gave devotions.
Ray Dalfonso won the 50/50 drawing, conducted by Ron Fallert and Jennie Avoli. Door prizes furnished by Ray and Jean Dalfonso were won by Edith Cooper, Jeanette Martin, Doris Matyas, Mary Morelli, Mel Simpson, Wyatt Whanger and Frank Wisnieski.
The drawing for the door prizes was conducted by Frank and Carol Wisnieski.
Wyman announced two trips being planned by Tour Director Claudia Clevenger, including June 19, Ohio Amish Country, Berlin and the surrounding area, and Aug. 11, "Red Rose and a Polish Prince," the story of Bobby Vinton, his love songs, Cleveland.
For details call (740) 264-5678.
Tour Director Regina Truax announced numerous trips, including:
June 3, Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh;
June 7, Ohio Amish Country, Sugar Creek and area;
June 12, "Viva Las Vegas" dinner and show, Chadwick, Pa.
June 16-22, Mackinac Island, Mich.
July 10, "Nunsense," Morgantown.
July 28, "Una Bella Festa," Midland, Pa.
Sept. 11-13, Seneca Niagara Falls Casino, N.Y.
Sept. 26, Kenny Vance, The Palace Theater, Greensburg, Pa.
Sept. 30, Polynesian Fire, Seven Springs, Pa.
Oct. 4, Hartville Flea Market.
Oct. 6-12, Myrtle Beach.
For details, call (304) 723-0149.
All Gadabouts trips are open to nonmembers. The club is for couples and singles 55 years of age and older.
blasts set to begin
The Serbian Men's Club will kick off their annual summer chicken blast Wednesday, and the event will be held every Wednesday through Aug. 28 at the Serbian Picnic Grounds located on Kings Creek Road, Weirton.
Those calling between 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. are guaranteed a whole chicken. Those interested in pre-ordering can call (304) 748-9866.
Pick-up for pre-ordered chickens will be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Take-out and Eat-in will be available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.
A whole chicken will cost $6.75.
Beverages also will be available for purchase, and the Serbian Women's Club will be selling fresh-cooked corn on the cob and homemade haluski.
The annual event is the organization's fundraiser.
For information or to place an order, call (304) 748-9866.
Club welcomes new members
Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting on May 23 where guests welcomed included Charla Mouse, Bill Fray, Fran Sheets, Marilyn McClain and Sarah Cross and new members were Mary Hackney, Pat and Mel Simpson and Bob and Pat Richardson.
Paula Krensavage gave the blessing for the covered-dish dinner and led devotions regarding Memorial Day, honoring men in the service.
Sarah Cross of the Ohio State University Extension office discussed organic gardening.
Krensavage gave devotions regarding Memorial Day, honoring men in the service.
Reports were given by Joyce Dobbs, Rosemary Bonofine and Lola Swanagan, who discussed upcoming trips. There are a few seats available for the Smokies trip on Sept 16-19 featuring the Biltmore Mansion, Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Mayberry RFD, Mt. Airy and the Andy Griffith Museum.
Call (740) 537-4977 or (740) 537-3064 for information.
The 50/50 drawing was won by Pat Pfabe. Door prize winners were Rosemary Bonofine, Ken Woodward, Lea Bickerstaff and Bill Baier. Bingo winners were Pat Simpson, Eileen Emery, Glenna DeBacco and Richard Dobbs. May birthdays and anniversaries were announced.
The June kitchen committee will be Ruth White, Sherry Chase, Pat Rebres, Gertie Morris, Jo Ann Fogle, Deb Johns, Norma Montgomery, Mary Hackney and Charla Mouse.
Scat winners were Irene Miller, Pat Rose, Paula Krensavage, Terry Mamula and Mary Alice Meyer.
The next meeting will be held June 13 at the Roosevelt Building.
The Antonio Meucci Lodge held their monthly meeting May 14 at Undo's Holiday Inn.
President Regina Truax presiding at the meeting where Chaplain Mary Rose Spano and Boyd Barker led in opening exercises.
Reports were given by Angie Veltri, Carol Valenti and Linda Pfabe. Truax announced there will be a Grand Lodge meeting in June.
Truax announced upcoming trips, including:
Mother-daughter singing duo Roz and Lynn provided the entertainment by singing songs from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
Maria Arlia won the 50/50 drawing, and Carmela Pulice won the Undo's gift certificate.
The next meeting will be June 11.