EAST SPRINGFIELD — A Memorial Day parade and veteran’s service will take place beginning at 10 a.m. Monday at the old East Springfield school. Parade participants are asked to be at the school to sign in before 9 a.m. A $100 first-place, $75 second-place and $50 third-place prize will be awarded in the following categories: Floats, cars/trucks, tractors, horses and novelty. Grand marshal will be Ron Waggoner. Judges decisions are made at point of entry and are final, according to officials. Following the veteran’s service, a covered dish dinner will be held at the East Springfield Community Center. Hot dogs will be provided.
Strawberry festival set for Thursday
STEUBENVILLE — Bell Chapel United Methodist Church will hold its Strawberry Festival from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church, located at 3419 state Route 213 in Steubenville. The event, open to the public, will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, salads and treats of the season. The cost is through making a donation.
Ron Retzer at Hilltop Church
TORONTO — The Ron Retzer Trio is once again planning to entertain audiences at 6 p.m. June 11 at the Hilltop Presbyterian Church, located at 110 county Highway 46, Toronto. Retzer will perform faith-based church hymns for those interested in attending the free event.
Sweeny Charity Fair coming
STEUBENVILLE — A day of fun, excitement and boundless generosity will soon be coming to Jim Wood Park through a free community event. The Sweeney Charity Fair will run from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. June 17. In addition to a variety of “amazing food trucks,” there will be live musical entertainment, prizes, animals available for adoption, a free morning yoga session, face painting, a splash pad, an Olympic guest speaker and a showcase of charities from throughout the area. The event presents an opportunity to indulge in new food adventures such as barbequed shaved ice, gourmet milkshakes and tacos.
The fair will focus on the charities making a difference in the community, having more than 40 agencies on site for guests to discover the invaluable work they do. From sheltering the homeless to supporting children’s education, to revitalizing the city, helping our animals, these local charities are “the unsung heroes striving to create a better world,” officials said.
A drawing and giveaways will take place throughout the day, offering a chance to win prizes donated by local businesses and event sponsors.
Jim Wood Park is located at 435 John Scott Hwy, Steubenville. To volunteer, ask questions or gather additional information, visit Facebook @sweeneyscharityfair or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Steubenville Student Named to Dean’s List Spring 2023 at Cedarville University.
Praise in the Park happening June 17
JEWETT — The sixth-annual Praise in the Park will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 17 at Jewett Park. There will be free food, music and fellowship. The event is open to everyone and will take place rain or shine. Officials noted those attending should bring a lawn chair.
4-H Camp back to Hancock County
NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County 4-H Camp will be held from July 18-22, at Tomlinson Run State Park in New Cumberland. The camp is open for 4-H members in Hancock County to those who are 9-18 by Sept. 30, 2022.
After Zsuite registration is complete, a packing list and class selection, information and payment sheets will be mailed to registrants.
The week will consist of games, fun, service projects and new projects.
The cost is $150. Those registering before June 10 will receive a, “welcome discount” of $75. Those 4-H Club members who have completed a project will receive a $25 scholarship.
Those who qualify for free or reduced lunch will receive additional discounts on enrollment. Checks should be made payable to the Hancock County 4-H Foundation and mailed to Hancock County Extension Office, P.O. Box 457, 104 N. Court St., New Cumberland, W.Va. 26047.
Those needing financial assistance should contact Zach White at email@example.com or call the extension office at (304) 564-3805.
4-H Members can register online at 4h.zsuite.org/event-registrations/19560. Non-members can register online at 4h.zsuite.org/external-event-registration/19560.
SOAR picnic scheduled
FOLLANSBEE — The Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees will be hosting a picnic at 11 a.m. June 22 at Follansbee Park. The event will consist of food, speakers, prizes and a 50/50 drawing.
To make reservations, call the union hall at (304) 748-8080 or (304) 797-9785.
Retired teachers meet
TORONTO — The Jefferson County Retired Teacher Association met May 9 at Toronto Riverview United Methodist Church. With President Dave Nicholson presiding, members voted to hold three meetings a year and raise annual dues to $10. Awards were presented by Larry Coleman to those having the highest number of volunteer hours over the last year.
Barbara Pritts provided a reading for Mother’s Day and gave members a mental challenge to solve.
It was announced the Pleasant Hill schoolhouse will hold an open house June 11 and a yard sale at Four Seasons, July 1. Schoolhouse T-shirts will be sold to raise money.
June Logan, Northeast Ohio liaison for the Ohio Retirement for Teachers Association, distributed a handout to the group, containing a listing of members of the State Teachers Retirement System, their terms and if they are appointed to the board or voted on by active or retired teachers.
Attendees voiced concerns about Gov. Mike DeWine changing his appointment prior to election results being announced. Jim Cain, manager of Association Member Benefits Advisers, spoke of the benefits members are eligible to purchase to help offset healthcare expenses.
The next executive meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Schiappa Library. The next general meeting will be 10:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at Wintersville United Methodist Church.
House of Prayer Church honors moms
RAYLAND — The House of Prayer Church near Brilliant recently held its Mother’s Day service, where special gifts for mothers were presented.
Winners included: Dotty Mayle, oldest mother; Shawna Westfall, youngest mother; and Darlene Retzer, mother of the year.
The church distributed potted flowers to every mother in attendance.