Rain didn’t dampen festivities

Rain did not stop the festivities that went on as planned for the Smithfield Fire Department, with the autumn fest that was held Sept. 21. They even carried on with the parade in a drizzle, even though the band canceled and some units didn’t show up.

The new police department SUV-K9 unit led the parade, followed by a Legion honor guard. It was comprised of Tom McCain, Piney Fork American Legion 735 commander; Tony Phillippi, who got lost in the flag as the wind was blowing, and Ed Waldman, both of the Piney Fork Legion; and Steve Cochran of the Smithfield American Legion.

One of the Smithfield fire trucks had some adorable children peeking out of the window, and I snapped their picture and was rewarded with a shower of fruit-flavored Tootsie rolls. Ann Smith tossed me some candy, and since I was the only person standing on the corner of Hill and Zane streets, I scooped them up and gave them to a little girl further down the street.

While I was standing there, a young man with the fire department struck up a conversation, and I learned that he was the son of Doug Filippi, who came out to our house with Jay during their Buckeye Central school days long ago.

It was nice to see these Smithfield Township trustee candidates taking part in the parade: Don Moore, Sesto Nidle and Dan Cermak.

There were emergency vehicles from Dillonvale, their fire department and EMS, Rayland, Adena and Tiltonsville. Amsterdam was present, too, and was rewarded for traveling the farthest. And I know from reading the side of the fire truck that the department in Tiltonsville started in 1917.

The Smithfield department has always recognized the terrible day of Sept. 11, 2001. It is painted on their social room wall, and “Lest we forget” with an eagle is on the side of the fire truck, and it is on the fire house bulletin board each anniversary.

Besides having volunteers from Smithfield help out with money makers, they come from other towns. Loretta Rasta of Steubenville was seated behind the table for the sale of the silent auction tickets and was nice enough to introduce herself to me.

The Boots ‘n’ Britches 4-H Club had a tent to keep out the rain and had a crowd of children awaiting face painting or the opportunity to play a small game. This was such a grand community project to take part in. And on top of that, they donated the proceeds from the day to the fire department.


Lamont and I attended the Jefferson County Farm Bureau annual meeting/dinner at St. Florian Hall last week.

“Food for Thought” was the theme and along with thinking about food, there was plenty for devouring as well. There was a roast pig, chicken with mushroom sauce and all the trimmings, along with a cake with fresh fruit topping with plenty of black rasberries.

Joe Rozsa sat at the table with us, along with Fred Ramsey and Ruth and Warner Sanders.

The promotion and education committee is one of the busiest committees in the organization. They promote agriculture in the community with place mats; a booth at the Jefferson County Fair and a float at the fair, the first in many years; a cupcake war for young people and the opportunity for those attending the fair to get a sample of their baking; honor an Ag Baby during National Agriculture Week in March; and meet each month to plan other events and collect pennies for the American Farm Bureau approved children’s books that are donated each year.

Mary Ellen Grafton is president of the group, with Jeanne Roberts as secretary/treasurer.

Jennifer Barnett is the new administrative assistant and a very busy lady with the Farm Bureau. She has her daughter, Rachel, helping with Agriculture in the Classroom programs, the cupcake wars, where her group was the first-place winner with cherry lemon cupcakes and the float.

Erica Cline is another young lady who is quite busy with Farm Bureau. She designed the poster for the cupcake wars, took lessons on cake decorating along with other contestants; baked chocolate zucchini cupcakes for the cupcake war; and gave them away at her uncle Doug Sabo’s insurance booth at the fair; helped with the float; and is the youth representative for the Farm Bureau.

In the “Word from the President” letter, Dave Boring told that through the efforts of the volunteers, there has been a growth of active memberships. Members brought home medals in communication, organization and public policy categories from Columbus.

The promotion and education committee went to the Adena Elementary School and provided an agriculture lesson for each grade level. They learned to make ice cream and butter in plastic bags and enjoyed strawberry shortcake.

Oil and gas leasing information has been offered, along with safety. Six members, along with the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District employees took a trip to Stone Lab and learned about water quality in Lake Erie and what can be done to prevent harmful algae bloom. Sherry Finney and the public policy action team will use the lessons from Stone Lab to help educate members on water quality issues, it was noted.

Matt Somerville and seven other volunteers attended the Conversation with EASE training in New Philadelphia. They learned how food producers and consumers can communicate better about food production and animal care on Ohio farms.

Cynthia Bordash and Tammy Saphore, elementary teachers in the Edison School District, were presented a scholarship for $250 to continue teaching youth about growing their own lettuce and in this case using it for salads in the cafeteria.

Saphore said a child told her that he had never tasted salad before and that it was pretty good. “They liked being able to grow a food product for other school children and to take home to their families,” she said.


I attended the Indian Creek/Buckeye Local football game with my lifelong friend, JoAnn Staten, in her support of Nico Treglia, her grandson who is a gifted drummer with the Creek band.

I was disappointed to see the sparse attendance on the Buckeye side of the field. When a team is down on its luck is when support is needed. Those fine athletes do not want to be on the losing end and want to give the fans something to cheer for.

I heard some names I recognized, such as Josh Figurski, someone I know as a member of the Country Kids 4-H Club, and Austin Flaherty. Time goes by so fast, and the ones I knew as youth are grown up now.

The combination of the Buckeye and Creek bands at half time was impressive. Both have large bands and really know how to entertain. I recognized Morgan Staten in the dance line for the Panthers and Brianna Piergallini as an Indian mascot for the Warriors.

I’m really intrigued how the football players all touch the Indian Creek sign at the entrance gate to the field. If they are too far over to make contact, they will wait until the crowd passes by and put their hand on the sign.

(McCoy, a resident of Smithfield, is food editor and a staff columnist for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted at emccoy@heraldstaronline.com.)