STRUTHERS -- A surprise dinner party was held Sept. 1 at the Holiday Inn MetroPlex Centre, Liberty, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. William Balash, 356 Como St., who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Invitations for the event were issued by the couple's family, Jane and Thomas Shelley of Canfield, William and Marsha Balash of Lee Summit, Mo., and Lawrence and Michele Balash of Conesus, N.Y. There are four grandchildren in the family.
Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church was the setting Nov. 24, 1951, as the former Rita Macala and Mr. Balash were united in marriage. They are members of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church.
Mrs. Balash is a homemaker. Her husband was a furnace operator at G.E. Niles Mahoning Glass Plant prior to retiring in 1995.