FOLLANSBEE — The Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Coke Plant Retiree Group held its annual picnic Aug. 3 at the Follansbee Community House.
The group has been meeting for many years, meeting the first Wednesday of every month at 9am at the Eat ‘n Park restaurant on Three Springs Drive in Weirton.
Attendance ranges from 25 to 35 people at monthly appointments which have increased over the past 20 years. George Mazezka leads the meetings, opening with the oath of allegiance, which is followed by a prayer.
The picnic included Carmen DeStefano, a longtime member of United Steelworkers Local 1190 and former employee of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp., offering an update on the status of the retiree insurance plan. DeStefano donated chicken and candy for the occasion.
The covered picnic was attended by 31 retirees and spouses and guests. At 90, the two oldest present were Tim Lucey of Wheeling and Paul “Pete” Spencer, an artist. Attendees come from a distance that includes Moundsville, Burgettstown and Mingo Junction, and the gatherings nurture many memories of the coking plant, according to a spokeswoman.
Keith Taylor won the draw 50-50 and returned it to the group.