“Library Card Sign-Up Month”

The Public Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County has proclaimed September “Library Card Sign-Up Month”, a time to make sure that all students have the most important school supply of all – a current library card.

The bookmobile will be at Kroger in Hollywood City Center, Steubenville on September 2nd & 23rd from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Stop by and register yourself and your children.   You may also register for a library card at the main or any branch of the Public Library.

Also, during the month of September, show your current library card at Sincerely Yogurt in Steubenville and receive 15% off your order (certain restrictions apply).

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The 38th Annual Festival of the Arts in Toronto, Ohio

Next weekend, September 5th-6th, is the 38th Annual Toronto Festival of the Arts.   This festival has grown in size and popularity and offers something for everyone including a diverse variety of handmade arts and crafts, continual live entertainment, hourly raffles,  a huge variety of delicious food and so much more.

The festival is open on Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm and on Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.toronto festival of arts.



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An exciting new addition for the ‘City of Murals’

After 18 long years there is a finally a new Mural going up in downtown Steubenville.  In 1986 the Mural project began with the creation of the mural entitled ‘Market Street’ and grew over the next 11 years.  The murals were hugely popular and have drawn many visitors to the city from all over.  In the years following, numerous murals have been restored and unfortunately some have been lost due to the demolishing of the buildings on which they were painted, but no additions.

So now it is very exciting to have a new mural underway.  This mural will depict the War Department Telegraph Office in the Civil War with President Abraham Lincoln, Edwin McMasters Stanton, his Secretary of War and Steubenville native, and David Homer Bates, Lincoln’s telegraph operator during the war, also a Steubenville native.

The artist is Ruston Baker from Millersburg, Ohio.  ‘Rusty’ has painted many murals as well as other works and is renowned for his artistic talent.

The mural is on a building owned by Tri-State Printing which is located in the 100 block of North 3rd Street and is visible from the parking area and drive-thru of PNC Bank. It is fascinating to watch this larger than life historic scene take shape.  Feel free to come by and see for yourself!

Watch for the date and time of the Dedication Ceremony which will be announced.Stanton Mural 3

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R.W. Dick Phillips Book Signing

Historian and author R.W. Dick Phillips will be signing copies of his latest book ‘Arthur St. Clair: The Invisible Patriot‘ at BookMarx Bookstore on Saturday, July 25th, 2015.

The book sheds light on one of the most influential yet little-known Revolutionary War heroes.  In addition to being one of George Washington’s 30 major generals, St. Clair is also credited with stopping the British Virgina governor from annexing what is currently Pittsburgh in 1774 as well as establishing a judicial system for six states of the Northwest Territory.  St. Clair established Jefferson County and named Steubenville after his friend Gen. Von Steuben.  He is also the namesake for the Ohio city where Phillips currently resides.  Phillips also credits St. Clair as possibly being the true mastermind behind Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware.

BookMarx Bookstore, is located at 181 N. Fourth Street, and will be hosting different writers and artists each month.

For more information contact BookMarx at 740.282.6100.


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Thursday Night’s Concert at Berkman Amphitheater Canceled

Bluegrass & Country Night Concert at the Berkman Amphitheater featuring The Mayfields and Black Horse Band has been

canceled due to the weather.   The concert has been re-scheduled for Thursday, August 13th.


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Area 4th of July Celebrations

In Steubenville the official Fourth of July events in the city will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, with a “Run to Remember” starting in front of the City Hall on South Third Street.
The inaugural “Run to Remember” is sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The annual senior citizens luncheon will be held at noon at the PrimeTime Center on Lovers Lane. There will be door prizes and bingo games during the luncheon.
From noon until 5 p.m. the City Recreation Department will host a free swim at Belleview Park.
Several activities will be held at the Belleview Park lower field area on Saturday, including food vendors starting at 4 p.m. and music set to begin at 5 p.m.
There is a Family Fun Free Zone at Belleview Park from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the fireworks extravaganza at 9:45 p.m. at Belleview Park.

In Toronto there is the 15TH ANNUAL GEM CITY DAY on Saturday, July 4th opening at 9:45AM at The Gazebo Commons.
Patriotic Parade – Anything On Wheels – Kids/Pets
(Register at 9:30AM)
Carnival Games
Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
Mayor John Geddis Memorial Service – Toronto City Building
Charlie Vantilburg Memorial Corn Hole Tournament
Watermelon Eating Contest
Seed Spitting Contest
Patriotic Canvas Painting
Wing Eating Contest– Fire Dept. Vs. Police Dept.
8th Annual T-Town Teeny-Tiny Turtle Race

FIREWORKS – Clarke Hinkley Stadium


For more information: www.FocusInToronto.com


Other Firework Displays in the area include:

Bloomingdale: 10 p.m. Saturday.
Cadiz: 10 p.m. Friday, Sally Buffalo Park.
Chester, 10 p.m., Saturday.
Follansbee: 10 p.m. July 12 during Community Days.
Hopedale: Dusk Saturday, the American Legion Post home grounds.
McDonald, Pa.: Dusk Friday, Heritage Park on West Lincoln Avenue.
Steubenville: 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Belleview Park.
Toronto: Dusk Saturday, Toronto High School Stadium.
Weirton: Dusk Saturday, near Municipal Plaza
Wellsburg: 9 p.m. Saturday, Betty Carr Recreation Site.
Wells Township: Dusk Saturday, Buckeye North stadium.


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Historic Fort Steuben Concert Canceled

Tonight’s Concert at the Berkman Amphitheater featuring Butch & Sundance and 1170 Band has been canceled due to the weather.

It is expected to be re-scheduled in August.

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2015 Holy Trinity Greek Festival

This year’s Greek Festival is already underway, having opened on Tuesday, June 16th and running through Friday, June 19th. The hours are 11am to 9pm.  Located at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church,  300 South Fourth Street,  Steubenville.

There is a huge (and delicious) selection of Greek Food and Pastry, Live Greek Music & Dance, Guided Church Tours daily at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm, an Outdoor Taverna, and Carry-Out Service.

Nightly Entertainment includes Greek Dancers at 6pm and The Greek Company Orchestra at 8pm.

Indoor Gourmet Food Lines offer roasted chicken, lamb, fish, pastisio, mousaka and much more in air-conditioned comfort.

Outdoor Taverna offers Gyros, Calamari, Draft Beer and more, available for you under a covered tent.

Carry out orders for lunch are accepted via email, phone and fax.  Phone: 740.282.7770.

Free Admission and Parking.

For more information go to:  holytrinitygreekfest.com






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Steubenville Hometown Celebration coming June 20th!

The 2015 Hometown Celebration is fast approaching.

The event this year will include activities at Fort Steuben Park: Trolley rides on Historic Fourth Street, mini train rides, Amazing Nick’s Balloon Art, Kurt James’ Fun n’ Games and KidZone for the kids,  a Fun Photo Booth,  an Ohio Valley Talent Show at the Berkman Amphitheater from 11am to 3:30pm featuring many performers including Leah Bowman and The Allegheny Angels, and live entertainment around the Veterans’ Memorial Fountain.  There will also be a Safety Rodeo on Market Street and the Dean Martin Classic Car Cruise In on South 4th Street along with a craft/vendor  street fair.  A Steubenville Murals Scavenger Hunt with a Hometown Celebration Basket as a prize will add to the fun.

The day will begin with a Dino Dash & Martin Meander 5K run/walk  – and a Pancake Breakfast at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, famed for its Tiffany stained glass windows. Details and Registration Forms for the Dino Dash/Martin Meander are available at the Visitor Center and Nelson Fine Arts & Gifts.  More information on the Pancake Breakfast is available by contacting  St. Paul’s Church.

Visitors can also enjoy Dean Martin Karaoke and entertainers at the Spot Bar, including a Rat Pack Show in the evening.

The Grand Theater – still in the process of restoration – will have entertainment.  The Jefferson County Historical Museum on Franklin Avenue will be open as well as the recently renovated Means House on North Street.  Historic Fort Steuben will have reenactors demonstrating 18th century military drill and weaponry.  Various restaurants  will feature Hometown Celebration Specials.   There will also be a variety of food vendors at Fort Steuben Park to satisfy everyone’s “taste” !

“Music, comedy and crazy antics” are the specialty of oldies rock n roll band The Avalons who will be performing in the Berkman Amphitheater that evening at 6:30 pm. Tickets for that performance will be available at the door or in advance at the Visitor Center for $10 (adults) and $5 (6-12 yr. old) and a portion of the proceeds will go towards supporting the educational programs at Historic Fort Steuben.

Later in the evening there will be a 50’s Dance and Dean Martin Movie Night at Froehlich’s Classic Corner. This event is a Grand Theater Fundraiser and admission cost will be $5, which includes pizza and soft drinks.

For more events and times,  please click below for a complete PROGRAM:

Hometown Celebration Program

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Dedication of Flagpoles Set

A ceremony to dedicate the eight flagpoles set around the Veterans’ Memorial in Fort Steuben Park will be held at noon on Saturday, May 23rd.  Each pole will fly a flag for the American military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Merchant Marines and POW/MIA.

The project has been a dream of Historic Fort Steuben’s President Jerry Barilla who has wanted to honor those men and women who have served the nation over the years.

“There are over 500 bricks around the fountain that were purchased in memory of veterans,” explained Barilla. “I see this site as a place to remember these service people, a place of reverence and dignity. I believe the flagpoles will add to that.”

The ceremony will begin at noon with music by the Tri-State Community Band and a welcome by Barilla, followed by short presentations by Cong. Bill Johnson, National Guard representative Lt. Jonathan Bratten, AmVets Post 275 officer Dan Wilson and veteran and pastor Jack Ernst.  Acknowledgement of the many donors to the project will be made before the actual flags are raised.

“We are grateful to the JC Williams Charitable Trust and AmVets Post 275 for their support of this project,” said Judy Bratten, Executive Director of Historic Fort Steuben. “From the men who served at Fort Steuben in the early years of our republic to those who are stationed in hot spots around the world today, they have earned our great respect and admiration. This ceremony will allow us another opportunity to express our thanks.”

The public is invited to the event at Fort Steuben Park, 120 S. 3rd Street in Steubenville and it is recommended to bring lawn chairs for seating.

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