Brooke County community happenings

Applications available for Success

for Survivors Scholarship

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is accepting applications for its Success for Survivors Scholarship, which is available to those who have been abused by intimate partners and are seeking full-time higher education to advance their careers, train for a new career or re-enter the job market.

The group, which includes several local woman’s clubs and many throughout the state, introduced the scholarships last year, awarding $1,000 to each of six recipients.

This year the amount of the scholarships has been increased to $2,500. They are funded by donations from GFWC members and other supporters of the group’s Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Fund.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 1. For information, contact Jo-Ellen Wright, GFWC-WV Northern District president, or Helen Moren, president of the Bethany Woman’s Club at (304) 829-4706.

Moren said, “According to studies, a higher education can help survivors obtain careers and provide a brighter future. We are grateful for our generous donors who positively impact individuals’ pursuit of education and independence.”

GFWC International President Mary Ellen Laister said, “GFWC has a 122-year history of enhancing the lives of others through community improvement and volunteer service. The GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarship makes a difference in the lives of intimate partner abuse survivors around the country by helping them pursue their education and career dreams.”

Capito to be key speaker at W.Va. GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

CHARLESTON – U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-Charleston, will be the key speaker for the West Virginia Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner Feb. 8 at the Charleston Marriott.

Party Chairman Conrad Lucas said Patrick Morrisey, the state’s new attorney general, also will be a special guest, along with state Del. Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, and state Sen. Mike Hall, R-Hurricane, who will lead a legislative roundtable discussion.

Tickets can be purchased through the website at

Dinner-theater show Feb. 9 to

benefit Brooke County 4-H

WELLSBURG – A dinner-theater show featuring Mystery Theatre Unlimited and benefiting Brooke County 4-H will be held Feb. 9 at Staffileno’s on the River.

Known for comic whodunnits inspired by pop culture, the group will present “Mission Unpossible.” Set in December 1969, the play involves a dastardly villain determined to set off a dangerous device that will end the free-love spirit of the 1960s and set into motion a cultural disaster: the 1970s! Will the spymasters of the Unpossible Mission Force be able to stop him?

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $30 each. Adults 18 and older only will be admitted.

Reservations should be made by calling Liz Gatts at the West Virginia University Extension office at (304) 737-3666 weekdays before 4 p.m.

W.Va. Official State Travel Guide

for 2013 is available for free

CHARLESTON – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia Division of Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver have announced the 2013 West Virginia Official State Travel Guide is available free at Welcome Center locations statewide or by request.

“Travelers from near and far can learn, research, and plan great adventures in West Virginia with the new guide or a click on their smartphone,” Tomblin said.

Whether it’s shopping and dining, outdoor recreation and lodging or culture and history events and entertainment, the guide is arranged by easy to identify state travel regions, they said.

This year’s cover photo features a fireworks display above the State Capitol in observance of the state’s 150th birthday.

The guide also includes a sesquicentennial theme featuring 150 opportunities to experience the mountain state, 150 reasons to love West Virginia state parks, and a Scout’s guide to family fun welcoming the Boy Scouts of America and their families to the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve for the National Scout Jamboree later next year.

The compact guide is easy to carry. Smartphone users may access its information online via QR codes on select ads. It also can be found at the state Division of Tourism’s website at or obtained by calling (800) 225-5982.

Carver said, “It is always exciting to prepare and distribute the state travel guide each year. This year we are particularly pleased that the guide has content that includes the 150th birthday of West Virginia as well as the Scout’s Guide. Families can read through our user-friendly guide to plan any number of different visits and itineraries. We look forward to welcoming new guests and returning friends.”

Entries being sought for ‘When

I Grow Up’ essay contest

CHARLESTON – The “When I Grow Up” contest allows students to submit, in 100 words or less, an essay that answers what they want to be when they grow up and why.

Entries will be judged on originality, creativity and the importance of post-secondary education.

Held by the office of State Treasurer John Perdue and Hartford Life, last year’s contest garnered 3,250 entries. The top winner received a $5,000 SMART529 College Savings Plan, a qualified tuition program issued by the West Virginia Prepaid College Tuition and Savings Program Board of Trustees and administered by Hartford Life.

Three age group winners (grades kindergarten-1, 2-3 and 4-5) will be judged in each of five regions, making for a total of 15 winners. Each will be awarded a $500 college savings account and their schools will receive a $500 cash award.

Entry forms are available at and at local elementary schools in the near future.

The deadline for entry forms and essay submissions is Feb. 22.

Brooke County community happenings

West Virginia University Extension

gardening calendars available

WELLSBURG – The West Virginia University Extension Service’s 2013 Garden Calendar is available at the extension service’s Brooke County office at 840 Charles St.

Avid or beginning gardeners will find the gardening tips offered by the calendar helpful.

Volunteers needed to help people

prepare income tax returns

WEIRTON – C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. needs people to assist individuals with low to moderate incomes in preparing their tax returns.

The free assistance is provided through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sponsored by the Northern Panhandle Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition and aimed at informing people of the credit and other credits and deductions they may take.

Free training is provided to the volunteers. For information, call Jim Boniey at (304) 797-7733.

Scholarship being established in

memory of Sandy Hook child

BETHANY – Bethany College is supporting the Beta Theta Pi fraternity in the establishment of a scholarship in memory of Caroline Previdi, daughter of 1995 Bethany College graduate Jeff Previdi, who was among those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

College officials said the endowment will ensure Caroline will be remembered in a positive way by providing annual scholarships to worthy students who are majoring in education.

For information or to donate to the scholarship fund, visit

Nominations being sought for

Bethany College alumni award

BETHANY – Nominations are sought for the Bethany College Alumnus of the Year award, which was established by the President’s Office to recognize outstanding loyalty and accomplishment by Bethany alumni.

The award recognizes not one achievement, but is reserved for those who have attained and maintained excellence throughout their career and in their service to others, said college officials.

Recipients must hold a degree from Bethany College and demonstrate outstanding professional accomplishment and personal deeds on behalf of the college.

Nominations should be in the form of a letter detailing the nominee’s strengths and sent to: Office of the President, Bethany College, Old Main, Bethany, WV 26032.

The director of alumni and parent relations and president’s cabinet will serve as the screening committee for the award, and the president will choose the recipient.

Location and volunteers are being sought for afterschool program

FOLLANSBEE – The Brooke-Hancock-Ohio-Marshall Retired and Senior Volunteer Program seeks volunteers and a site for a planned afterschool program in the Wellsburg area.

RSVP leaders have been operating the Afterschool Adventures Program in Follansbee for a few years and would like to add another site.

Held at the Brooke County Senior Center and the former St. Anthony School, the program offers children homework assistance and a variety of activities.

Those interested in participating or with a potential location for the program are asked to call Louis Golar, coordinator for the program, at (304) 527-3410.

Brooke library’s crochet group

to meet on Wednesday

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library’s crochet group will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The group is open to crocheters of all skill levels, including beginners. Members are ready to help newcomers. Participants should bring supplies and projects.

To register for the free program, call (304) 737-1551.

RSVP volunteers providing

tax assistance to seniors

FOLLANSBEE – The Brooke-Hancock-Ohio-Marshall Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will offer free income tax assistance to seniors and low-income families from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. each Tuesday, beginning Feb. 12.

Appointments should be made by calling (304) 527-3410. The service is offered through AARP’s Tax Counseling for the Elderly program.

Anyone interested in volunteering their time for the program also should call the above number.