Annual in the saddle for the view
set for October 8 at the exhibition center
SMITHFIELD — The fourth annual Saddle Up for Sight, scheduled for Oct. 8, will be held at Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Friendship Park, with a costume contest beginning at 9 a.m.
Organizer Brittany Buchanan explained that fundraising generates awareness and money for Wheeling-based Seeing Hand.
Vendors, food and prizes are part of the event which includes the trifecta with dressage, endurance and obstacle course.
The Ohio Valley Dressage Association will judge and assist anyone with dressage questions.
“From there, runners can head out on a 6-mile ride at endurance pace. Riders are encouraged to go at the speed they feel comfortable with,” she says. “After returning from the track, we will have a five-part obstacle course to compete in. We have prizes for each discipline in addition to extras such as ‘The Best Oops’, ‘Oldest Rider’ and ‘Greenest Horse'” she says.
Although runners are not required to participate in all three events, the $60 entry fee includes all four activities.
“We have more vendors this year, so children are welcome with families to come out and watch even if they don’t have a horse.” Buchanan commented, noting, “We will accept runners until the morning of the event.”
Spectators are admitted free, and there will be a Chinese auction and a 50/50 draw. The riders’ meeting is at 8:45 a.m., with a prize giving at 3 p.m.
“Saddle for Sight was launched in 2019 as a way to raise awareness in the Ohio Valley during Blindness Awareness Month,” Buchanan noted, explaining that his daughter Mina was born in 2018 and that “I just knew something was wrong with his vision at only a month old.”
At 2 months, Mina was diagnosed with septo-optic dysplasia. “One of the components of this rare disease is hypoplastic optic nerve, which causes visual impairment. She ‘sees’ the world differently, and my mission has been to raise awareness so that her life is as easy as possible. The Ohio Valley is limited in resources for our local visually impaired community, but I found a wonderful and deserving organization that I wanted to help – the Seeing Hand Association.
It began its services in 1936 and was incorporated in 1946 in Wheeling.
“All profits are donated to this organization following the benefit of helping our local community,” she commented. “Also, I hope everyone takes away from this something that Mina taught me – appreciate the little things that make you happy. Mina doesn’t wake up and feel sorry for having had a longer life. difficult. She cherishes the things that make her happy, like music, playing in the water or swinging around and lights up with the biggest smile you’ve ever seen. I hope everyone leaves the event in seeing more beauty in everyday life.
For more information, visit the Saddle Up for Sight Facebook page.
Lunch on October 8 for retirees from the schools of the city of Steubenville
STEUBENVILLE — Pensioners from municipal schools in Steubenville gathered for lunch at the City on September 8.
The cards have been distributed and signed. A collection continues for the group’s Christmas charity for adults in need. Donations to Becky Bryan or Linda Holub can be sent by those unable to attend the luncheons.
The next one will be at Capraro’s Restaurant and Lounge in Hopedale on October 8, starting at 12:30 p.m. No reservation is necessary.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Pet Blessing plans
WEIRTON — St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Three Spring Drive in Weirton will have the blessing of pets on Oct. 3, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This will be a drive-thru in the church parking lot. Signs will tell participants how to proceed.
An authorized person from the church will come to the vehicle to bless the animal and hand out a medal for the animal’s collar.
Auxiliary VFD East Springfield
organization of a soup dinner for a fundraiser
EAST SPRINGFIELD — The East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is hosting a soup dinner fundraiser Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The fire station is located at 9854 County Road, Bloomingdale’s, for GPS purposes, and near the East Springfield Community Center.
Dinner includes your choice of soup – chili or cheddar broccoli – cornbread or grilled cheese, dessert and a drink. The cost is $8. Guests can dine in or order takeout. Delivery is available. To place a delivery order, call (740) 543-3563.
Madonna’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theater scheduled for October 7
WEIRTON — Recruit some friends and put those sleuthing skills to use at Madonna’s Murder Mystery dinner theater, to be held Oct. 7 in the Holiday Inn’s Undo Banquet Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
The evening includes interaction with the public, a musical and a mystery to be solved. Tickets are $40 each or a table of eight for $280. Dinner will consist of rigatoni with meatball, salad, cheese bread and dessert.
There will be a cash bar available with basket draws and a 50/50 draw. Call (304) 723-0545 or contact Christine at [email protected] for tickets by September 30.
No tickets will be sold at the door and the event is restricted to people 21 and over.
UMWA Local 1304 to meet
HOPEDALE – United Mine Workers of America Local No. 1304 will meet Saturday at the Hopedale American Legion, 48225 Rabbit Road, Hopedale.
Breakfast will be at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will follow at 10:00 a.m.