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July 23, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

Open house, local

history day set

The Pleasant Hill Schoolhouse Museum located on state Route 213, Steubenville, will host an open house and local history day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Area residents are invited to visit the 1880 schoolhouse and learn about the history of Island Creek Township. Community members are invited to participate by contributing their history memories.

For information, call (740) 264-3565 or (740) 283-1626.

Other upcoming events include the fourth-annual alumni reunion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 with dinner served at noon.

RSVPs are due by Aug. 14 by contacting Richard L. Clashman Sr., 47 Clashman Lane, Steubenville, OH 43952.

Outdoors club plans Sunday walk

The Harrison County Outdoors Club will be participating in an historical hike on Sunday led by Dr. Scott Pendleton and Ray Ferrell.

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Gen. John Hunt Morgan's Raid through Harrison County, the two historians plan to hold a presentation at the Piedmont rest area at 4 p.m. where they will discuss Morgan's activities in Ohio.

Following the presentation, participants will get the opportunity to hike to the spot where Morgan crossed the hill and came into the valley of Piedmont.

KidneySmart classes detailed

KidneySmart classes, free, community-based education sessions providing kidney information, are held on the last Thursday of each month from July through December, unless the class falls on a holiday.

The classes are held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Trinity Medical Center West, 4000 Johnson Road, Steubenville, on the ground floor in the cafeteria conference room.

Participants can learn how kidneys function, recognize early signs of kidney disease, learn ways to better manage diet and health and be briefed on treatment options available in the event of a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease.

The classes are taught by certified educators.

Participants can register at or call (412) 770-7210.

Garden club holds

annual picnic

The Woodland Garden Club held its annual picnic in the barn at the home of Eleanor Drazich with 13 members and several guests in attendance, including Bobbi Jo Finney of Mount Pleasant, Sarah Cross of the Ohio State University/Jefferson County Extension Master Gardener's program and former member Elise Bogard.

An inspirational message was shared by Linda Nolf entitled "Saved by Weeds." Before the business meeting, members took a tour of Drazich's diverse gardens and landscape.

President Verna Smolinsky led the business meeting, noting invitations from the Four Seasons Garden Club for its flower show on Saturday and the Mount Pleasant Garden Club's program at the Irish Ridge Farm on "How to Make a Rain Garden."

Mary Lou Rupert will be invited to lead a class on artistic design for the August program to help members prepare for the Jefferson County Fair.

Plans were made for watering the post office flower beds and weeding at the fairgrounds.

Susan Guskea presented the slate of officers for a two-year term beginning Oct. 1.

They are: Co-presidents, Susan Tatar and Drazich; first vice president, Gretchen Nelson; second vice president, Jeannie Barker; treasurer, Bobbi Martin; and secretary, Carole Patton.

The next meeting will be held Aug. 1.

Steubenville girl

is pageant winner

Lili Elizabeth Smith, daughter of Michael and Mary Smith of Steubenville, earned the title of 2013 National American Miss Ohio at the state pageant held June 27 and will be attending the national pageant to be held in Anaheim, Calif., at Disneyland in November.

She will represent Ohio and have the opportunity to win her share of more than $500,000 in cash and prizes.

Each year the National American Miss Pageants are "dedicated to celebrating America's greatness and encouraging its future leaders," according to a news release. The pageants award $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide.

Pageants are held in each state for girls age 4 to 18 in five different age divisions.

Smith's activities include volunteering for breast cancer awareness, and being active in dance, tumbling and cheering. She also is a presidential gold award winner for academics.

Eldurays band at Country Friends

Country Friends will host Bobby Brandt and the Eldurays band on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located on Old Police Lodge Road in Colliers.

Country Friends has events every Monday, Friday and Saturday. The doors open at 6 p.m. each Saturday, and the dance starts at 7 p.m.

On Monday and Friday nights, doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish for the meal that begins at 5 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity. For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270.

The website is


The 56th-annual Kerr family reunion was held July 6 at Follansbee Park, a gathering uniting the descendants of Frank and Lola Margaret Kerr.

The oldest person in attendance was Jim Kerr Sr., and the youngest were Olivia Hoover, daughter of Jonathan and Hollie Hoover, and Kadyen and Cortney Talbott, twin sons of Cortney and Billie Jo Talbott. A.J. Williams was a guest.

Family attended from Pittsburgh, Delaware, Kentucky and Washington, Pa.

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