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October 21, 2013
The Herald-Star

Relay benefit is set for Sunday

The Steppin' for Sisters Relay for Life team, a participant in the Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society, will be holding a soup and sandwich benefit for one of its team members.

Gary Scalise, a 2000 graduate from Edison High School, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor on June 6, 2009. He underwent his first surgery three days later on June 9 and received radiation and continuous chemotherapy for four years. In addition to these treatments, Scalise also had two additional surgeries to remove a softball size tumor from his brain.

The benefit will be held Sunday at the Stratton Municipal Building from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu will consist of a variety of soups, sandwiches, desserts and drinks.

There also will be a 50/50 drawing and a Chinese auction. Carryout will be available.

"Gary's faith and testimony of what a true survivor is shown through at the Jefferson County Relay for Life just one year after being diagnosed when he did the survivor lap," said Judy Fellows, team co-captain. "Although he had to be pushed in a wheelchair, we were all there to cheer on our friend and team member. Over the next three years, 2011-13, we watched Gary improve at each Relay for Life event as he went from wheelchair to walking with a cane with some assistance to walking a lap to this year walking more than a mile unassisted," she said.

"Unfortunately, the past few months, things have changed, and Gary is once again facing this horrible disease. His tumor is showing signs of growth, and he is once again needing treatments. Gary's wife Cathy (Mizell) has had to cut back her hours at her job so she can be there to take him back and forth to his doctor appointments in Morgantown and to his treatments at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center," Fellows said.

The couple have two sons, Dylan and Ashton.

Retired teachers to meet Nov. 12

The Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association will meet Nov. 12 at Starkdale Presbyterian Church, 4600 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, with the business meeting beginning at 11 a.m.

Dr. Matthew Nardone will discuss "Our Senior Joints."

The meeting will be followed by dinner at noon. The menu will consist of ham loaf, potato casserole, vegetable, salad rolls and caramel pie. Following the luncheon, Ohio Retired Teachers Association President Linda Beaver will address the group.

Meal reservations are due Oct. 30 with a $14 check made payable to JCRTA and mailed to Ann Wiley at P.O. Box 304, Amsterdam, OH 43903.

The community service project for November will involve bringing personal hygiene items for teens to be used in filling Christmas stockings for distribution through Urban Mission Ministries.

For information, contact Dave Nicholson, president, at (740) 544-6249.

Fundraiser to aid Hounds' Haven

Enjoy some fun and games and cap it off with a good deed, say supporters of Hounds' Haven Inc. animal shelter organizing a dinner and gaming night set for Saturday at the Community Fire Station on Main Street in Smithfield.

Starting at 6 p.m., there will be a Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament along with other gaming tables. A meal and drinks are included with the $40 entry fee/$25 add on. There will be a $10 dinner charge for those attending for table games only.

Drawings and other activities will round out the evening. For information, call Hounds' Haven at (740) 733-8546 or e-mail

"All proceeds benefit the animals who find food, medical care and lots of love at the Ohio Valley's quality-of-life- animal shelter," notes a new release.

"Hounds' Haven is a privately operated, nonprofit shelter, located in Jefferson County, but serving many counties in the local area," it adds.

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