Brooke seniors planning picnic
The Brooke County Senior Center's annual picnic will be held at 10 a.m. July 18 at Brooke Hills Park in Wellsburg.
In addition to lots of food, there will be live entertainment, bingo, a balloon release, prizes and other fun.
Transportation is available and arrangements should be be made no later than July 16 by calling (304) 527-3410.
Norma Pertko, a resident of Genesis Health Care Brightwood Center in Follansbee and formerly of Wellsburg, celebrated her 100th birthday with family, friends and Brightwood staff on June 14.
Pertko said one secret to her longevity is hard work. She recalled that when she was 12, her grandmother said she was the best washer with a wash board because she could get out anything.
She entered the work force at age 14, working as a filing receptionist at a local glass house and married the same year. When she was 16, she gave birth to her son.
Asked advice she would give to younger people, Pertko said, "Be confident and own the room" and "Don't drink."
Pertko remains active at Brightwood, where she enjoys bingo and other table games, trivia and exercise, as well as shopping and having her nails done.
A music lover, she enjoys rock and roll and Big Band music, particularly Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Lawrence Welk.
Veterans get free rodeo admission
The annual Hoppel's Rodeo is scheduled for Friday and Saturday with a 7 p.m. pre-rodeo entertainment and rodeo at 7:30 p.m.
All veterans will be honored with a free admission on Friday with proper identification.
Saturday will be Teen Night where teen teams will compete in a "Dress the Calf" contest for gas gift cards.
Groups of four or more teens will receive advanced ticket prices at the gate. Interested teens can call ahead to reserve their team.
Advanced tickets are available for $8 each with gate prices being $8 for children and $12 for adults.
The arena is located at 40891 St. Rt. 518, Lisbon, on the scenic Beaver Creek. Patrons can bring lawn chairs and blankets for on-lawn seating overlooking "the beautiful country setting and the best rodeo arena in the land," according to a press release.
"Enjoy the thrill of experiencing traditions of the Old West with cowboys and cowgirls competing in such events as calf roping, barrel racing, bronc riding and bull riding. Local and regional contestants compete for points so they might qualify for the top spots in the year-end finals," according to the release.
More than 150 contestants will be entered in the two performances this weekend.
For information or tickets phone (740) 944-1910; (740) 765-5455; or (330) 424-2051.
Bethany Order of Eastern Star Chapter 64 installed officers at its June 11 meeting at the Masonic Building.
Bonnie Kerr, past matron, Wellsburg Chapter 23 installed the officers.
They are: Worthy Matron, Mary Lou Chambers; Worthy Patron, Jim Dailey; Associate Patron, Brian Beck; Associate Matron, Karen Bracey; Secretary, Nola Cronin; Treasurer, Sydma Hatzopoulous; Conductress, Helen Moren; and Associate Conductress, Sharon Cronin.
Also officers are: Chaplian, Donna Lovato; Marshall, Karol Puskarich; Adah, Mary Jane Kemp; Ruth, Carlene Gerrard; Esther, Phyllis Dalton; Electa, Nancy Proellechs; Warder, John Proellochs; and Sentinel, Donna Dailey.
Chambers outlined her programs for the year. Members were assigned special duties and months of service. Refreshments were served by Gerrard.
WVU tickets are drawing prize
During the Weirton Summerfest on Saturday at the Weirton Event Center, officials with Family Connections and Brooke Place will hold a drawing for tickets to a West Virginia University home game and several other WVU-related prizes.
Led by co-chairs Linda Howell and Jean Bartholow, members of the Family Connections Fund Development Auxiliary will be selling tickets.
All proceeds will go to Brooke Place, a group home for girls in Colliers.
Tickets also can be purchased by calling (304) 797-7089 or (304) 723-3423.
for vets 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 veteran's 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.
Upcoming programs at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County include the following:
to be honored
The Hancock County Arts Council will hold a reception to honor four regional artists from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Summit Gallery at the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 3393 Main St.
The artist include Sandra Beitsing of Corapolis, Pa., whose works include scenes from Italy and Austria; Joan Heddle of Chester, whose works include scenes from Florida to the Virgin Islands; the late Dr. Mitchell Sagan of Weirton, whose works include retrospective on his life and family; and Sue Tate of Weirton, who has taught for 27 years.
The exhibit will be on display through October. The gallery exhibits are changed every three months, showcasing works from Tri-State area artists in a variety of mediums.
"When we opened this gallery, we knew Dr. Sagan's works were well known among some of the older residents in the Weirton area and thought it would be interesting to share his work with a new group of art enthusiasts," said Joyce Beatty, art council vice president and reception chair.
"Sue Tate has taught art for more than 25 years and told us showing her work in a gallery was on her bucket list. When we saw her work, we were happy to help her check that item off her list."
The public is welcome to attend the reception. Light refreshments will be served.
Retirees enjoy lunch at festival
The June gathering of Steubenville City Schools retirees was lunch during the Greek Festival on June 13.
The gathering included signing cards to send to those who are ill.
The next lunch will be July 11 at the Farm in Mount Pleasant.
The charity for the month will be the United Way of Jefferson County.
SHS Class of 1963
SHS Class of 1963 is in the process of planning of 50-year-old reunion.
Current addresses and/or whereabouts are needed for numerous classmembers.
Anyone with information can contact Penny Spon Brettell (740) 264-7473 or Marti Burkett Spurlock at (740) 264-4841.
The Brooke County Animal Welfare League will hold their next spay and neuter Roaming Animal Sterilization Clinic at Low Cost Aug. 3-4 at the Jefferson County Airpark in Wintersville.
Immediate pre-payment is required. There are no walk-in services or vaccinations available.
Appointments are not limited to Brooke County residents.
Any interested pet owner may make an appointment by calling (304) 374-4443.