Community Briefs

Follansbee Baseball Association set to hold sign-ups Saturday

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Baseball Association will hold sign-ups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 9 and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at City Council Chambers.

The cost is $40 for T-Ball and Pinto, $60 for Mustang and Bronco, and $40 for Pony, special celebratatory pricing for the grand re-opening of the Pony division. The first child is registered at the regular price, and there is a $10 discount for each additional sibling. Registration includes baseball pants, hat and jersey.

Those who cannot attend registration in person may call (304) 871-3308.

The association is holding a ham/turkey shoot fundraiser, with blocks available at $1 each. One winner per target gets a choice of a turkey or ham and will receive it before Easter. The contest ends March 1.

A murder-mystery dinner fundraiser will be held March 9 at Staffileno’s on the River in Wellsburg. The Brooke Hills Players will perform “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way.” There will be a Chinese auction and 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $20 per person and includes dinner, dessert and the show. For tickets, call (304) 374-3658 or (304) 871-3308.

Country Friends to host dance

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host The Sands of Time Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road.

The doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance starts at 7 p.m.

Country Friends holds covered-dish dinners and open mic nights every Monday and Friday. The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christianity, friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity.

For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270 or visit the website at www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

Grief support group to begin

WELLSBURG – A GriefShare seminar and support group will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the New Day Christian Center located at 2640 Pleasant Ave., beginning Tuesday and continuing through April 30.

The weekly video seminar will feature experts on grief recovery topics, and a grief support group discussion will allow time for participants to talk about the seminar content and how they are coping.

Cheryl Kriebel, GriefShare facilitator, and Chaplain Ron Rice, a hospice chaplain, will lead the meetings. For information, contact Kriebel at cherylkriebel@agchurches.org or visit www. griefshare. org.

Altar Society holding breakfast

AVELLA, Pa. – The St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church Altar Society will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the church hall located at 176 Cross Creek Road. The cost is $6 for adults and $2 for children. Take-out is available.

Capito speaking at 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 www.eventbrite.com/event/5247836420#.

Community Briefs

Weir High Class of 1951 will

hold meeting Wednesday

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1951 will hold a reunion meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Three Springs Drive Eat’n Park.

All classmates are invited to attend.

St. Joseph School holding registration

WEIRTON – St. Joseph the Worker School will hold registration all week for students in 3-year-old pre-school through eighth grade.

Parents and guardians of all new students will need a state-certified birth certificate, up-to-date shot records and a $40 registration fee. For information, contact the school office at (304) 723-1970.

Shopping supports association

WEIRTON – Weirton Baseball Association supporters who also have Kroger discount cards can support the association through Kroger’s community rewards program by registering their cards online at www.kroger.com and choosing the baseball association as the beneficiary. A percentage of what supporters purchase will be donated to the association.

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Weirton Baseball Association

accepting registrations

WEIRTON – The Weirton Baseball Association will hold its 2013 baseball and softball registration information from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 2, 9 and 16 at the Millsop Community Center.

The cost is $70 per player and $140 maximum per family. Those registering Feb. 2 will receive an early registration discount, paying $60 per player and $120 maximum per family.

Visit their website at www.weirtonbaseball. com.

Extension committee to meet

NEW CUMBERLAND – The West Virginia University Extension Hancock County Service Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Municipal Building.

The meeting is open to the public.

For information, contact (304) 564-3805.

Dinner-theater to benefit 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.

Alpha Tau meets

NEW CUMBERLAND- The Alpha Tau Chapter of West Virginia Alpha Delta Kappa held their February meeting at the Swaney Memorial Library.

President Fran Jones called the meeting to order. Chaplain Donna Durkin gave the Thought of the Day. Corresponding Secretary Shirley Washam called roll and read correspondence. Recording Secretary Donna Bohach distributed the minutes, which were approved. Kathy Griffith gave the treasurer’s report. Committee reports were given.

Sheri Marsella, Zumba instructor, led a fitness activity.

Karen Oyster, Michelle Bernardi, Michelle Turner and Debby Churella were hostesses.

Community Briefs

Junior Bears baseball and

softball registration to begin

The Oak Glen Junior Bears baseball and softball will hold sign-ups for boys aged 4 to 14 and girls aged 4 to 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the New Cumberland City building and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16 and 23 at the Chester Volunteer Fire Department.

The cost is $50 for the first child, $40 for the second and $25 for any additional children.

For information, call (330) 383-1886.

CWU board set to meet

WEIRTON – The Weirton Church Women United Executive Board will met at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 at the Cove Presbyterian Church located at 3404 Main St.

President Karen Tate will preside. Devotion Leader Maggie Clark and Gerri Harbaugh, Fellowship of the Least Coin, will assist.

All first-year delegates are encouraged to attend to assist in the planning of the World Day of Prayer celebration, which will be coordinated by JoAnn Morrison.

NRA holding pistol safety class

WEIRTON – A National Rifle Association Basic Pistol safety course will be held Feb. 1-2 at the Hancock county Sportman’s Association.

The course will have a four-hour session from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 1 and an eight-hour session, beginning at 9 a.m. Feb. 2.

The class will include lectures and live firing. It is a nationally accredited course, approved by several states, including West Virginia and Ohio, as a requirement for applying for a concealed weapons carry permit. Class size is limited; pre-registration is required.

For information or to register, call Roger Tate at (304) 748-0253.

Coaches turn spotlight on cancer

PITTSBURGH – More than 4,000 college and high school basketball coaches will wear tennis shoes with their suits Friday through Sunday during the 10th annual Suits and Sneakers weekend, part of Coaches Vs. Cancer, a collaboration between the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society.

The event is organized to bring attention to the fact that cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States, accounting for nearly one of every fourth deaths, and to raise awareness on reducing cancer risks, including diet, exercise, lifestyle choices and screening.

Fans can support the initiative by donating $5 by texting “COACH” to 2022 through April 9 to be entered for a chance to watch the 2013 Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic or autographed items from Bo Ryan, Mark Few and Johnny Dawkins.

Coaches Vs. Cancer has raised more than $85 million for the American Cancer Society over 20 years.

For information, visit coachesvscancer.org.

Kohl’s looking for outstanding youth

Kohl’s Department Stores are accepting nominations for outstanding young volunteers for the 2013 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program Feb. 1-March 15 at kohlkids.com.

Children volunteers aged 6 to 18 can be nominated, and those nominating them must be 21 years old or older.

More than 2,300 volunteers will be recognized and receive $425,000 in scholarships and prizes. Two nominees from each Kohl’s store will receive a $50 Kohl’s gift card. More than 200 store winners will win a $1,000 scholarship toward post-secondary education. Ten national winners will receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.

The scholarship program is part of Kohl’s Cares, the company’s philanthropic program, focused on improving children’s lives. Since the program was introduced in 2001, Kohl’s has recognized more than 17,000 volunteers with more than $3.4 million in scholarships.

For information on past winners, visit kohlskids.com.

WVU registering for online courses

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia University is offering more than 200 online non-credit courses through the Extended Learning’s Continuing and Professional Education division.

Registration is underway for the spring term.

Available courses range from business, education, healthcare, law, creative arts, engineering and forensic science. Students can learn how to open their own restaurant, design web pages, create an environmentally-friendly lifestyle and prepare for upcoming tests like the Graduate Record Examinations.

All courses are presented in an online format, allowing students to take their courses anywhere at any time. Continuing Education is geared to the lifelong learner with registrations open year-round.

Visit the website at continuinged.wvu.edu /spring.

Community Briefs

Master Gardeners set to meet

for round robin Saturday

WEIRTON – The Tri-State Area Master Gardeners will hold their fourth-annual round robin from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mary H. Weir Public Library located on Main Street.

Members will discuss annual, perennials, herbs, vegetable gardens, sun and shade gardens, lawns, butterfly and bird gardens, trees and shrubs, deer and other pests and ponds and water gardens. The cost is $5 for those who pre-register and $7 at the door. For information or to register, call the West Virginia University Hancock County Extension Office at (304) 564-3805 or email hancockcountyextension@mail.WVU.edu.

Country Friends set to meet

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host Art Beal and The Country Tradition Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance begins at 7 p.m.

Country Friends hold covered-dish dinners and open mic nights on Mondays and Fridays. The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270 or visit the website at www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

Survivors to hold vigil

WEIRTON – Survivors for Victims, in collaborations with the Sexual Assault Help Center, will hold a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Saturday in front of the Millsop Community Center.

The vigil will recognize the high profile rape case in India and honor that victim and all sexual assault victims. This is part of a wide-spread vigil being held at the same time throughout the United States and India. For information on the local vigil, call Michele Robinson at (304) 914-8571.

Concert benefits victims

WEIRTON – Going Hard for Newtown, a benefit concert for the families of the Sandy Hook School shooting victims, will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 26 at Steel Valley Lanes.

The event will include rock, metal and hardcore acts on one stage, and acoustic acts on a second stage. Those on the first stage include HEAF, As Dreams Fade, Go Home Rocketmen, In Hope, Hands Resist and What Great Fangs. Those on the second stage include PlusManyOthers, Kali Davis, Christian Mikula and Sam Rockwell, Machete Champion.

Chelsea Lucas will be selling Sandy Hook ribbons for $1 to benefit the victims’ families. All proceeds will go to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which will provide money for counseling and funeral costs.

St. Joseph

sets registration

WEIRTON – St. Joseph the Worker Grade School will hold fall registration for all grades from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

Parents or guardians should have a state-certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, current shot records and the $40 registration fee.

For information, call the school at (304) 723-1970.

Library holding

book discussion

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library will host a book discussion on “An Hour Before Daylight,” by Jimmy Carter, a memoir of Carter’s childhood in rural Depression-era Georgia, at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the library located on Main Street.

The book describes life in the share-cropping south before the Civil Rights movement. The monthly book discussions are designed to be flexible to accommodate busy schedules.

All are welcome to attend any session that interests them. There are no requirements, other than an interest in the book.

Management

Club to meet

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steel Management Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Giovanni’s Restaurant banquet room.

All members and former members are invited to attend. Dinner and social will be enjoyed.

Class of 1951

to meet

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1951 will hold a reunion meeting at 9 a.m. Jan. 30 at the Three Springs Drive Eat’n Park.

All classmates are invited to attend.

Little Miss

contest open

FLATWOODS – The Little Miss West Virginia contest will be held April 13 at the Days Inn and Conference Center.

The pageant is open to West Virginia girls from birth to 12 years old and West Virginia boys from birth to 5 years old. Contestants will compete in beauty, bathing suit, interview, casual wear and talent.

Titles include Baby Miss West Virginia, birth to 2-years-old; Tiny Miss West Virginia, 3- to 5-years-old; Little Mister West Virginia, birth to 5-years-old; Little Miss West Virginia, 6- to 8-years-old; and Junior Miss West Virginia, 9- to 12-years-old.

Also available are Overall Photogenic, Overall Personality and Overall West Virginia Beauty.

The entry fee is $150 and includes all events. Entry fees must be paid by March 1. Door badges are $12.

The event is hosted by 4 Seasons Pageantry. For information, contact April Lewis at (304) 445-4047 or visit the website at www.littlemisswv.com.

Spay/neuter

clinic scheduled

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – The Brooke County Animal Welfare League will hold their next spay & neuter clinic, Roaming Animal Sterilization Clinic at Low-Cost, March 2-3 at the Jefferson County Airpark.

Immediate pre-payment is required. There will be no walk-in services or vaccinations available.

Appointments are not limited to Brooke County residents. Any interested pet owner may make an appointment by calling (304) 374-4443.

Community Briefs

Players holding auditions for

‘Cemetery Club’ today, Thursday

HICKORY, Pa. – The Old Schoolhouse Players will hold auditions for “The Cemetery Club,” a two-act comedy written by Ivan Menchell and directed by Marcus Muzopappa, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and Thursday at the Mount Pleasant Community Center located at 20 Wabash Ave.

The show have six performances from March 15-24. The cast requires four women and one male from their 50s to early 60s, with the ability to perform some physical comedy. Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script and will take about 20 minutes. Those who can come early and read with others are welcome to do so.

In “The Cemetery Club,” three Jewish widows – Doris, content to cherish her husband’s memory; Lucille, who takes revenge on her philandering late husband by never meeting a man she doesn’t like; and Ida, who has mourned her husband and may be ready to find love again – meet for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves once a month.

When the widows meet Sam the butcher, who is visiting his wife’s grave, romance blossoms between Sam and Ida. Their nascent relationship is threatened by the arrival of young and glamorous Mildred and Doris and Lucille’s meddling.

Community Briefs

Never Alone holds support

group meetings bi-weekly

Never Alone West Virginia host support group meetings at 6 p.m. Mondays at 149 Preston Ave., Weirton Heights, and at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the former New Cumberland city building.

Never Alone is a Christian-based nonprofit organization that supports a drug-free community. The group addresses multiple addictions, including drugs, alcohol, depression, over-eating, cigarettes, gambling and enabling. It also provides rehabilitation referrals. For information, call Patti Barnabei at (304) 797-1579.

Group to hold vigil

WEIRTON – Survivors for Victims, in collaborations with the Sexual Assault Help Center, will hold a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Saturday in front of the Millsop Community Center.

The vigil will recognize the high profile rape case in India and honor that victim and all sexual assault victims. This is part of a wide-spread vigil being held at the same time throughout the United States and India. For information on the local vigil, call Michele Robinson at (304) 914-8571.

VFW?holding dinner Feb. 2

WEIRTON?- The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2716 will hold its monthly lotto dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at the post located on Main Street.

Tickets are $7 per person for a meal and chance at winning $500. Tickets can be purchased at the post or from post members. For information, call the post after 4 p.m. at (304) 748-9674.

Society holding chicken dinner

WHEELING – The Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church will hold a chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at the church hall located at 4136 Jacob St.

The menu includes a quarter chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, dessert and tea or coffee. The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. Carry-out is available.

For information, call (304) 232-1777.

Key found

WEIRTON – Tri-State Marine Corps Club Auxiliary members have found a Marine key fob with a single key on it during a recent event.

Anyone who may have lost such a key is asked to call (304) 748-3107, so the key can be returned.

Community Briefs

New caregiver support group

begins meeting Tuesday

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – Valerie Bush, an occupational therapist with Carriage Inn Home Care in Wintersville, is launching a caregiver support group meeting, beginning Tuesday.

It will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Carriage Inn Home Care Office on Luray Drive, Wintersville.

“This group is for people caring for a loved one on a regular basis, who may need the additional support of others,” Bush said.

For information, call Bush at (330) 383-2569.

St. Paul holding fundraiser for child

BRIDGEPORT, Ohio – The St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold a soup and sandwich fundraiser for Kelsi Weaver from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at the the church located at 56381 National Road, next to Wilson Funeral Home.

The menu will include soups, sandwiches and desserts. The event includes a 50/50 drawing, lottery tree and Chinese auction.

Kelsi, 11, suffers from Cerebral Palsy. The fundraiser will defray costs to purchase a wheelchair ramp for the family van.

For information, contact the church office at (740) 635-2472.

Church to hold soup sale Feb. 1

COLLIERS – The Colliers United Methodist Church will hold its annual Super Soup Sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 1.

The church is located at 318 Pennsylvania Ave., across from the Colliers Post Office.

Potato soup, with or without dumplings, vegetable soup and chicken noodle soup will be sold. The cost is $5 per quart. Only takeout will be available. Delivery will be available for orders of 10 or more quarts. All orders must be made by Jan. 29.

The fundraiser supports the church youth group.

For information or to place an order, call Barb and Larry Freshwater at (304) 527-2478.

WBA to host pitching class

WEIRTON – The Weirton Baseball Association will be offering weekly girls softball pitching lessons.

The classes will begin in February and be led by a local university coach. Pre-registration is mandatory and must be completed by Jan. 15.

To register, email weirtonbaseball@hotmail.com or call Rod Rosnick at (304) 670-0950.

Visit the league’s website at www.weirtonbaseball.com.

Cleaning and buffing service offered

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County is offering a new service – disc cleaning.

The January newsletter encourages people to bring in their DVDs and CDs from home to have them “cleaned and buffed” for $1.

The new service is available at the main library and at the Schiappa, Toronto and Tiltonsville branches.

Survivors, Seekers hear reports

The Survivors and Seekers held their January monthly luncheon meeting with 11 in attendance.

Mary Pasich offered the prayer.

Reports were given by Darlene Pehanich, secretary, and Pasich, treasurer.

Continued discussion was held on ordering additional copies of “The Lost Children of the Ohio Valley,” with Charlie Lash, president, to check into it.

The next meeting will be held Feb. 8 at 12:30 p.m. at Wintersville United Methodist Church.

Feline Fix-It clinics continue

SMITHFIELD, Ohio – Hounds’ Haven Animal Shelter is continuing its weekly low-cost spay/neuter clinics for cats only. The offer is limited to households in need, or for any household caring for stray cats in their area.

Cat spays are $35, and cat neuters are $20. Patrons are required to schedule an appointment and pre-pay. Call the shelter at (740) 733-8546, leave a message and expect a contact regarding appointment time and instructions.

Hounds’ Haven is a private, nonprofit, “quality-of-life” shelter for homeless pets from around the Ohio Valley. It provides quality care for life to hundreds of animals each day. It also operates a comprehensive pet adoption program, public education and low-cost pet medical services.

SHS alumni group to meet

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Steubenville High School Alumni Association will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Scaffidi’s Restaurant.

Community Briefs

Game gives school communities chance to donate to charity

WEIRTON?-During the Weir High School-Madonna High School boys basketball game at 6 p.m. today at the Weir gymnasium, both school’s Interact Clubs will be collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations for the Community Bread Basket, a Weirton-based organization that provides food assistance and social services to low-income residents.

Those attending are asked to take part in the friendly competition to see which school community can collect the most food and funds for the charity.

Alumni selling calendars

COLLIERS – The Colliers Alumni and Friends Association is selling calendars until Feb. 15.

To order one or for information, call Colliers Primary School at (304) 748-8188. The group will be awarding a scholarship to a graduating Brooke High School senior who attended the school. Applications for the scholarship are due April 5 and information can be obtained at Brooke High School.

Community Briefs

Brooke County Public Library screening action film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the PG-13-rated film, “Taken 2,” starring Liam Neeson, at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn.

Library offers winter-themed event

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will hold an “Everybunny Loves Winter!” activity time at 11 a.m. Jan. 26.

Children will hear “Max & Ruby” stories written by Rosemary Wells and participate in various activities.

Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Church to hold soup sale

COLLIERS – The Colliers United Methodist Church will hold its annual Super Soup Sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 1.

The church is at 318 Pennsylvania Ave., across from the Colliers Post Office.

Potato soup, with or without dumplings; vegetable soup and chicken noodle soup will be sold. The cost is $5 per quart. Only take-out will be available.

Delivery will be available for orders of 10 or more quarts. All orders must be made by Jan. 29.

The fundraiser supports the church youth group. For information or to make an order, call Barb and Larry Freshwater at (304) 527-2478.

Church holding spaghetti dinner

WEIRTON – The Marland Heights Community Church will hold a Valentine spaghetti dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the church located at 3900 Bright Way.

The cost is by donation, and free child care will be available for children aged 3 to 9.

Make a reservation by calling (304) 748-4897 by Jan. 30. Those attending should note their name and the number of adults and children attending.

St. Paul taking pre-k registration

WEIRTON – St. Paul School is accepting registration for 3- and 4-year-old programs in the fall.

The 3-year-old class meets from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. or noon to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The 4-year-old class meetings from 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

To schedule a visit or for more information, call the school at (304) 748-5225.

Community Briefs

Greater Weirton Senior Center to hold dance Thursday

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Area Senior Center will hold a dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.

Light Touch will perform. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the cover charge is $5.

Marland Heights taking registration

WEIRTON – Marland Heights Preschool is accepting registration for 3- and 4-year-old programs in the fall.

Space is limited. For information, call Director Cheryl Meadows at (304) 914-6676.

Auxiliary holds Christmas party

WEIRTON – The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus held its annual Christmas party Dec. 4 at Dee-Jay’s BBQ Ribs and Grille.

President Dolores Bengier greeted members and guests, and the Rev. Ron Getsinger led the group in prayer. Ann Yuhas donated the poinsettias, which decorated the tables and were given as door prizes. Following lunch, those attending sang Christmas carols and enjoyed fellowship.

The group will not hold a January meeting.

Community Briefs

Sunny Day Congregate Respite

to host open house Friday

WEIRTON – The Sunny Day Congregate Respite will have a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the facility located at 1052 County Road, adjacent to St. Peter’s AME Church.

The facility will provide families who have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia a place to leave their loved ones in a safe environment. Sunny Day Respite will provide meals, task assistance, medication prompts, cognitive drills and activities. The staff is Alzheimer’s Association-trained. Clients may stay a minimum of one hour or a maximum of 12 hours.

The site will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and fees will be based on a sliding scale. Private pay is $13 per hour. Transportation is not available at this time.

NRA hosting safety course

WEIRTON – A National Rifle Association basic pistol safety course will be held Friday and Saturday at the Hancock County Sportsman’s Association

The 12-hour course will include a four-hour session from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and an eight-hour session, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.

A fully certified NRA firearms instructor will present the course, which includes lectures and live-firing. The nationally accredited course is approved by several states as a requirement prior to applying for a concealed carry permit.

Class size will be limited; pre-registration is required.

For information or to register, contact Roger Tate at (304) 748-0253 or taterd@comcast.net.

Country Friends holding dance

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host Hank Vincent and the Stone Street Station Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road.

The doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance starts at 7 p.m.

Country Friends hosts covered-dish dinner and open mic nights each Friday and Monday. The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christianity, friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity.

For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270 or visit the website at www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

Elks hosting pasta Sunday

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 past exalted rulers will host members and guests at the monthly pasta dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the lodge located on Main Street.

Dinner includes salad, pasta, bread, butter, dessert and coffee or tea. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.

One ticket will be selected for a free dinner at the February pasta Sunday dinner.

Gardeners holding round robin

WEIRTON – The Tri-State Area Master Gardeners will hold their fourth-annual round robin from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library located on Main Street.

Members will discuss annual, perennials, herbs, vegetable gardens, sun and shade gardens, lawns, butterfly and bird gardens, trees and shrubs, deer and other pests and ponds and water gardens.

The cost is $5 for those who pre-register and $7 at the door.

For information or to register, call the West Virginia University Hancock County Extension Office at (304) 564-3805 or email hancockcountyextension@mail.WVU.edu.

Concert benefits shooting victims

WEIRTON – Going Hard for Newtown, a benefit concert for the families of the Sandy Hook School shooting victims, will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 26 at Steel Valley Lanes.

The event will include rock, metal and hardcore acts on one stage, and acoustic acts on a second stage. Those on the first stage include HEAF, As Dreams Fade, Go Home Rocketmen, In Hope, Hands Resist and What Great Fangs. Those on the second stage include PlusManyOthers, Kali Davis, Christian Mikula and Sam Rockwell, Machete Champion.

Chelsea Lucas will be selling Sandy Hook ribbons for $1 to benefit the victims’ families. The event also will include a drawing and Chinese auction.

All proceeds will go to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which will provide money for counseling and funeral costs.

VFW?holding dinner

WEIRTON – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2716 will hold their monthly lotto dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at the post located on Main Street.

Tickets are $7 per person for a meal and chance at winning $500. Tickets can be purchased at the post or from post members.

For information, call the post after 4 p.m. at (304) 748-9674.

Community Briefs

Weir High School Class of 1959

will hold meeting Tuesday

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1959 will hold their monthly meeting at 6 p.m.Tuesday at the Three Springs Drive Eat’n Park.

For information, call Edith Barber at (304) 723-0761.

WBA to host pitching class

WEIRTON – The Weirton Baseball Association will be offering weekly girls softball pitching lessons.

The classes will begin in February and be led by a local university coach. Pre-registration is mandatory and must be completed by Jan. 15.

To register, email weirtonbaseball@hotmail.com or call Rod Rosnick at (304) 670-0950.

Visit the league’s website at www.weirtonbaseball.com.

Trail stitchers to meet

WHEELING – The National Trail Stitchers Chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at St. Matthew’s Episcopalian Church located at 1414 Chaplin St.

During the meeting, members will discuss tools and supplies and a show-and-tell from the Camp Stitch A-Lot retreat will be held.

The group’s purpose is to encourage appreciation for and celebrate the heritage of embroidery by practicing excellence through education, exhibition, preservation, collection and research.

For information, call (304) 242-2355 or (304) 242-2340.

OSP to stage ‘Cemetery Club’

HICKORY, Pa. – The Old Schoolhouse Players will hold auditions for “The Cemetery Club,” a two-act comedy written by Ivan Menchell and directed by Marcus Muzopappa, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 23-24 at the Mount Pleasant Community Center located at 20 Wabash Ave.

The show have six performances from March 15-24.

The cast requires four women and one male from their 50s to early 60s, with the ability to perform some physical comedy. Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script and will take about 20 minutes. Those who can come early and read with others are welcome to do so.

In “The Cemetery Club,” three Jewish widows – Doris, content to cherish her husband’s memory; Lucille, who takes revenge on her philandering late husband by never meeting a man she doesn’t like; and Ida, who has mourned her husband and may be ready to find love again – meet for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves once a month. When the widows meet Sam the butcher, who is visiting his wife’s grave, romance blossoms between Sam and Ida. Their nascent relationship is threatened by the arrival of young and glamorous Mildred and Doris and Lucille’s meddling.

Dinner to benefit Smearman

COLLIERS – A spaghetti benefit dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at Colliers First Church of God located on Old Police Lodge Road.

The dinner benefits Danny Smearman, who is battling cancer and has already lost both his kidneys to the disease and undergoes dialysis four days a week.

The cost is $7 per person.

For information, call (304) 794-6926, (304) 797-0087 or (304) 919-3175.

Couples therapy offered

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Retrouvaille of Youngstown, a peer ministry that helps troubled couples by teaching new methods of communication and other relationship tools, will hold a weekend seminar Feb. 15-17 at the Holiday Inn South.

Six follow-up sessions will be held after the weekend seminar. The registration fee is $100.

For information or to register, call (330) 979-7787 or visit the website at www.helpourmarriage.com.

Community Briefs

Colliers United Methodist set to

hold annual Super Soup Sale

COLLIERS – The Colliers United Methodist Church will hold its annual Super Soup Sale fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at the church located at 318 Pennsylvania Ave., across from the Colliers Post Office.

Potato soup, both with and without dumplings; vegetable soup; and chicken noodle soup will be for sale. The cost is $5 per quart. Only take-out will be available. Delivery will be available for orders of 10 or more quarts. All orders must be made by Jan. 29.

The fundraiser supports the church youth group.

For information or to make an order, call Barb and Larry Freshwater at (304) 527-2478.

Volunteer tax assistance offered

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.

Nominations sought for 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 nominees’ 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.

Volunteers needed for tax assistance

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.

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.

Location, volunteers sought

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.

Scholarship in memory of Caroline

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 betathetapi.informz.net/betathetapi/archives/archive-2858804.html.

Children’s MLK

celebration set

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The sixth-annual Martin Luther King Jr. Youth and Children Program celebration will be held Jan. 19 at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center located at 905 Market St.

The schedule includes:

  • 11 a.m., Welcome and introduction, Duane Jennings and Carol Ann Simmons.
  • 11:15 a.m., Plaque presentation for honorees the Rev. Everett Mitchell and the Rev. Sam Williams.
  • 11:30 a.m., Franciscan University literacy program, “Martin Luther King Jr. Super Civil Rights Leader.”
  • 11:45 a.m., MLK Children’s Choir directed by Delores Wiggins, minister of music.
  • 12:30 p.m., lunch.
  • 1 p.m., Davina Ware of Columbus’ Mattie Mae Foundation “Our Youth” leads participants in a dramatic presentation.
  • 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Disc jockey Bill Harvey.

The event is open to boys and girls age 3 to 16. To register, contact Parks and Recreation Department at (740) 283-6000, ext. 4000. The event is sponsored by Eastern Gateway Community College, MLK Association, City of Steubenville and Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Community Briefs

Brooke County Library crochet group to meet 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.

County promotes tourism

CANONSBURG, Pa. – The Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Promotion Agency will hold a “Breakfast Briefing,” featuring Carolyn Boser Newhouse, Department of Community and Economic Development Innovation and Investment deputy, from 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe.

Newhouse will speak about the tourism industry in Pennsylvania and its economic impact on Washington County, and the 2013 Washington County Destination Guide will be unveiled. Representatives from local tourism destinations will have exposition booths.

The cost is $25 per person for chamber of commerce members and $40 per person for nonmembers. Reservations will be accepted through Wednesday.

For information or to register, contact Debbie Sims at (724) 225-3010 or debbies@washcochamber.com.

The breakfast is sponsored by Herbein & Co. Inc.

Recovery Corps seeks members

FRANKFORT SPRINGS, Pa. – U.S. Search Rescue Recovery Corps, an all-volunteer civilian force serving Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia and beyond, is opening enrollment in its academy training for technician candidates.

An information and orientation meeting is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at the Wildflower Reserve Nature Center at Raccoon Creek State Park on U.S. Route 30 in Frankfort Springs in Beaver County.

Currently, teams have been established in Columbiana, Mahoning, Jefferson and Summit counties in Ohio. In Pennsylvania, teams are located in Lawrence and Beaver counties. Other county units are being added as circumstances permit, officials said.

Whether it is an abducted child or a wandering adult, it is the heart wrenching fear of every family when someone goes missing, where are they and why are they missing, Bill Marracino, a SARR member, said. Professional volunteers for search, rescue and recovery are always ready to respond 24/7 to provide aid when needed, he noted.

For information, contact Marracino at (304) 479.0144 or visit www.ussarr.org.

Burek named to dean’s list

WINDSOR HEIGHTS – Leawna Burek of Windsor Heights was named to the dean’s list at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster, Pa.

Burek, the daughter of Donald and Victoria Burek, is a junior photography major.

Students who earn a place on the Dean’s List have attained a minimum 3.5 Grade Point Average and carried at last 12 academic credits during the semester.

Community Briefs

Weir High School Class of ’57

will hold social Thursday

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1957 will hold their monthly class social at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Three Springs Drive Eat’n Park.

Basketball team holding fundraiser

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Brooke High School boys basketball team will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Jan. 12 at Applebee’s Restaurant located at 389 John Scott Highway.

Management

Club to meet

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steel Management Club will meet Jan. 28.

Charity collecting

for Sandy Hook

SALINEVILLE, Ohio – The Joshua Project, a Columbiana County nonprofit organization, is collecting for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims until Jan. 30.

Funds may be dropped off at Huntington Bank for the Connecticut Shooting Victims Memorial Fund. Funds will be transferred to the Sandy Hook Memorial Fund at Newtown Savings Bank.

All Saints

set schedule

WEIRTON – The All Saints Greek Orthodox Church members have announced the list of planned church activities for 2013.

The events include the American-Hellenic Educational Progressive Association Super Bowl Sunday event, Feb. 3; the Philoptochos Greek Easter Bake Sale, March 21; Eastern Orthodox Easter celebration May 5; Friends of All Saints Dinner, May 11; 26th Annual Weirton Greek Festival, July 18-20; A.H.E.P.A. Oktoberfest, Oct. 5; and the A.H.E.P.A. pancake breakfast, Nov. 3.

For information on these church events, call the church at (304) 797-9884.

Church holding

screenings

WEIRTON – Christ United Methodist Church will host a Life Line Screening Feb. 4 at the church located at 3598 Pennsylvania Ave.

The screening will reduce the risk of having a stroke or bone fracture, according to organizations.

Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk also is offered and is appropriate for both men and women.

All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Packages start at $149.

Pre-registration is required.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call (877) 237-1287 or visit the website at www.lifelinescreening.com.

Dinner funds

scholarships

WHEELING – The third-annual Bella Sera del Vino, a dinner featuring Italian cuisine and wines, will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 16 at the West Virginia Northern Culinary Arts Dining Room located on the second floor of the Education Center at 17th and Chapline streets.

The event is hosted by the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival Committee and West Virginia Northern’s Culinary Arts Department and raises funds for the festival committee’s scholarships.

North Central Distributors will provide various wines from throughout the Italian countryside. Culinary Arts Program chefs and students will prepare the food.

The cost is $30 per person and $50 per couple. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

For a reservation, call Kim Smith at (304) 233-1090.

Scholarships are offered to high school seniors from Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties in West Virginia, and Jefferson and Belmont counties in Ohio. Scholarship amounts are based on the funds raised through several events held throughout the year, including the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival in July.

Brooke history

book available

WELLSBURG – Brooke County Genealogy is selling “Lookin’ Back,” a pictorial history of Brooke County featuring 500 photos of various people, places and events in the county over the years.

Copies of the 198-page book are $25 each, plus tax, and can be obtained at the Brooke County Public Library or Brooke County Museum.

The book also can be ordered by mail by sending $31.80 to: BCD Books, 581 Scenery Hill, Wellsburg, WV 26070.

Community Briefs

Amateur Radio Club to hold

eight-week series of classes

WEIRTON – The Steubenville-Weirton Amateur Radio Club will host a class in amateur radio from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays for eight weeks, beginning Saturday, at the Mary H. Weir Public library.

At the end of the class, an Amateur Radio Technician License Exam will be administered, and those passing will receive a license.

No previous radio or electronics knowledge is necessary and Morse Code is no longer required for the amateur radio licenses. The number of amateur radio operators, or “hams,” has increased significantly over the past several years, and the total number of hams in the United States is at an all-time high. Besides the hobby aspects, hams assist with emergency communications when normal communications services are disrupted by disasters.

There is no charge for the class, but a text book may be purchased and there is a $15 fee for the exam. Pre-registration is requested.

For information or pre-registration, please contact Lester Shields at (304) 723-1743.

Country Friends to host Eldurays

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host The Eldurays Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road.

The doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance starts at 7 p.m.

Country Friends hosts covered-dish dinners and open mic nights every Monday and Friday. The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m. and open mic begins at 6 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity.

For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270 or visit the website at www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

Concerts for Sandy Hook victims

WEIRTON – Krazy ‘Bout Sportz will host two concerts this month to raise money for the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims.

The all-ages Heroes and Angels show will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Krazy ‘Bout Sportz located at 2850 Weir Ave. John Ralich will host, and those performing include Iron Skillet, We Must Save the Princess, Front Room, Pat Heiserman and Descendsion. The event also will include comedians and a bake sale.

A hardcore, metal and punk show, Going Hard for Newtown, will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at Krazy ‘Bout Sportz. Those performing include Hands Resist, Nothing New, Christian Mikula and Go Home Rocketman. The show will benefit the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which will provide support services to those affected and is overseen by the United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank.

For information or tickets, call Krazy ‘Bout Sportz at (304) 914-3248.

Knights to hold dinner

WEIRTON – The Weirton Knights of Columbus will hold a spaghetti dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the knight’s hall gallery.

The meal includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and coffee. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under and free for children 6 and under. Take-out is available; bring containers.

For information, call Joe LaMantia or Jim Gerlando at (304) 723-1492, extension 1.

Library to host grant workshops

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library will present a grant-writing workshop, “Grant-seeking Basics” from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the library.

The workshop is a basic orientation for non-profits explaining the process of seeking funding from foundations. Those attending also will be introduced to the free resources available at the Mary H. Weir Public Library, and how they can help in the grantseeking process.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservation is required.

For information, call the library at (304) 797-8510 or email fundisl@weirton.lib.wv.us.

Cup of Life to hold coffee house

WEIRTON – Cup of Life Ministries’ Women’s Christian Coffee House will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at Marland Heights Community Church located at 3900 Bright Way.

Tina Schoolcraft will speak, and the event will include praise, prayer and sharing God’s word. There will be a complimentary coffee bar and desserts with free childcare provided for children in pre-school through fifth grade. Future gatherings will be held on the first Friday of each Month at the Marland Heights church.

Elks Club holding

wine-tasting

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Club will hold a wine-tasting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Elks Lodge located on Main St.

Wines made by the Tri-State Winemakers Club will be featured. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

For information or to purchase tickets, call the lodge at (304) 748-0565 or Kent “Chico” Ruiz at (304) 224-1519

Diabetic shoe

fittings offered

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – Medi Home Health will hold free diabetic foot screeings and fittings for diabetic shoes from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at the facility on 105 Main St.

For an appointment, call (740) 266-3974.

Blood drive

scheduled

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. – A blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church’s McCashin Hall located at 1109 Main St.

For information or to make an appointment, call (412) 733-4410 or email merrilgreen @gmail.com.

Free movie

night set

WEIRTON – Krazy ‘Bout Sportz will hold a free family movie night at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at their facility located at 2850 Weir Ave. “Ice Age: Continental Drift” will be shown. Admission is free. Popcorn and concessions will be available.

Community briefs

Tekulve to address Rotarians

Kent Tekulve, former Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher, will be the guest speaker when the Steubenville Rotary Club meets Friday for its noon luncheon meeting at the YWCA.

Tekulve will offer an update on what fans can expect from the team this year, according to the Rotary Club’s January newsletter.

A representative of the Jefferson County Humane Society will update Rotarians on the conditions at the Jefferson County Animal Shelter at the Jan. 18 meeting.

The Jan. 25 guest speaker will be a representative from the Pittsburgh Zoo who will discuss endangered species.

Marty Hauser is the January program chair.

Eldurays band at Country Friends

Country Friends will host the Eldurays band on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road in Colliers.

Country Friends has events every Monday, Friday and Saturday at the hall. The doors open at 6 p.m. each Saturday, and the dance starts at 7 p.m. On Monday and Friday nights, the doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish if they’d like for the meal that begins at 5 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity. For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270. The website is www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

Library to host grant workshops

The Mary H. Weir Public Library in Weirton will present a grant-writing workshop,”Grant-seeking Basics” from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the library.

The workshop is a basic orientation for non-profits explaining the process of seeking funding from foundations. Those attending also will be introduced to the free resources available at the library, and how they can help in the grantseeking process. This event is free and open to the public. For information, call (304) 797-8510 or email fundisl@weirton.lib.wv.us.

Camera club winners announced

The Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club has listed the winners of a recent competition.

The print winners for the “Things That Fly” topic of the month in November were Claudia Norris, first place; Kathy Sivert, second place; and Pat Grimm, third place. In the open category, the winners included Dave Rees, first place; Andy Tindor, second place; and Angela McClain and Grimm, third place. The special effects winners were Barb Momyer, first place; Melissa Bendle and Stephen Mihopulos, second place; and McClain, third place.

The slide winners for the topic “Things That Fly” were Jack Hatala, first place; Vince Trupiano, second place; and Steve Whiting, third place The open category winners included Hatala, first place; Trupiano, second place; and Whiting, third place. The special effects winners were Hatala, first place; and Trupiano, second place; and Claudia Norris, third place.

The workshop was presented by four camera club members. Stephen Mihopulos explained about the F-stop adjustment and shutter speed. He gave a program showing various pictures with the manual adjustments he had made with the camera. Whiting spoke about manual adjustments for the camera and using the ISO and showed examples of the rule of thirds for picture-taking. Deb Snider explained adjusting the white balance. Momyer explained about the three criteria that the club uses for judging competitions: impact, composition and technique.

For information, contact Whiting, club president, at (740) 546-3923.

Community Briefs

NRA basic pistol safety

course scheduled Jan. 18-19

WEIRTON – A National Rifle Association basic pistol safety course will be held Jan. 18-19 at the Hancock County Sportsman’s Association

The course will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 18 and beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 19.

A NRA firearms instructor will present the course, which includes lectures and live-firing. The nationally accredited course is approved by several states as a requirement prior to applying for a concealed carry permit. Class size will be limited; pre-registration is required. To register, contact Roger Tate at (304) 748-0253 or taterd @comcast.net.

Baseball sign ups

begin

FOLLANSBEE – Follansbee Baseball Association signups will be held throughout the month at the city council chambers.

Those signing their child up are asked to bring a photocopy of their child’s birth certificate, regardless of whether they have previously submitted one.

Age divisions will be determined by the child’s age as of April 30. They include T-ball, 4 to 6; Pinto, 7 to 8; Mustang, 9 to 10; Bronco, 11 to 12; and Pony, 13 to 14.

Registration cost is $40 for T-ball and Pinto; $60 for Mustang and Bronco; and $40 for Pony for the 2013 season only, to celebrate the re-opening of the Pony Division. Registration fees include baseball pants, hat and jersey.

Registration dates include the following:

5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jan. 19;

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26;

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2;

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9; and

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 13.

Those who cannot attend any of the above dates can contact Lori Browning at (304) 871-3308.

Christian concert

scheduled

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio – Emmanuel Baptist Church will hold a Christian Music Concert from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the church located at 50470 E. National Road.

Sam Lucarelli, guitarist and vocalist, accompanied by the Rev. Gary Eller on drums; duet Reggie and Shirley Roth; and the Emmanuel Singers will perform.

A love offering will be received. For information, call (740) 695-2787 or email gospelgretsch@ gmail.com.

Community Briefs

Led By Mercy to headline

Christian concert Saturday

WEIRTON?- Contemporary Christian band Led By Mercy will host a free concert from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mercy Baptist Church located at 3474 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton. Mercy Me, Casting Crowns, Matt Redman, Jeremy Camp, Building 429 and Chris Tomlin also will perform. Refreshments will be served. Led By Mercy members include Dr. Aldo Pucci, Sandy Pucci, Jim Schwab and Trudy Bender.

Madrigal Choir to perform in Colliers

COLLIERS – The Brooke High School Madrigal Choir will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Colliers United Methodist Church located at 318 Pennsylvania Ave., across from the Colliers Post Office.

The choir members dress in 15th and 16th century-style costumes and sing without accompaniment. They have been invited to perform in Washington, D.C., and during Mass at the Vatican. The group performs at local churches and for area civic groups throughout the year.

Library showing film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will show “Trouble with the Curve,” a PG-13-rated film starring Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams, at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

It also will show “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” PG-rated film based on the popular book, at 11 a.m. on Jan. 12.

Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn for the free screenings.

Class of ’61 to meet

WEIRTON – The Follansbee High School Class of 1961 will hold their monthly social at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Three Springs Drive Eat’n Park.

All classmates, spouses and guests are welcome.

Elks to hold wine-tasting

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Club will hold a wine-tasting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Elks Lodge located on Main St.

Wines made by the Tri-State Winemakers Club will be featured. Finger foods and glasses will be provided.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

For information or to purchase tickets, call the lodge at (304) 748-0565 or Kent “Chico” Ruiz at (304) 224-1519.

Lions hold Christmas party

NEW CUMBERLAND – The New Cumberland Lions Club opened their Christmas party with an invocation and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lions John Edwards and Dorothy Hawkes won the Tail Twister semi-annual drawing. Tail Twister Russell Flanigan spoke about the Lions Club, noting it is among the top five charities in the nation in giving back to their communities, and no operating costs are taken from fundraising.

Lion Brian Webster made a motion, seconded by Lion John Ashcraft, to dispense with the business meeting.

Past District Governor John Patton, Lion Margaret Ann Patton and Lion Pam Stiles were presented perfect attendance pins.

Edwards provided musical entertainment.

All those women attending received a flower, and door prize winners received poinsettias and miniature roses.

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday.

Community Briefs

Greater Weirton Senior Center to hold a dance today

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a dance today.

Doors will open at 5 p.m., and The Sands of Time will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The cost is $5.

The center will host quarter bingo from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Those attending are invited to bring their own snacks.

For information, call (304) 748-3490.

Country Friends to hold dance

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host The Sands of Time Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance begins at 7 p.m.

Country Friends holds covered-dish dinners and open mic nights every Monday and Friday. The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christianity, friendship and brotherly love through music. All profits go to charity.

For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270 or visit their website at www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

Newcomers to hold meeting

ELM GROVE – The Wheeling Newcomers Club will hold its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at Undo’s.

The program will feature a presentation by a Wheeling Hospital breast cancer specialist. Lunch is $15 per person, and a reservation should be made by Sunday by calling Marilyn Rabinowitz at (304) 243-0164.

Membership is open to all women new to the area.

Knights to hold dinner

WEIRTON – The Weirton Knights of Columbus will hold a spaghetti dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 13 at the knight’s hall gallery.

The meal includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and coffee. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under and free for children 6 and under.

Take-out is available; bring containers.

For information, call Joe LaMantia or Jim Gerlando at (304) 723-1492, extension 1.

BOP?breakfast set

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steel Basic Oxygen Plant Employee’s Breakfast is held at 9 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Three Springs Drive Eat’n Park.

All are welcome.

Blood drive scheduled

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. – A blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church’s McCashin Hall located at 1109 Main St.

For information or to make an appointment, call (412) 733-4410 or email merrilgreen@ gmail.com.

Community Briefs

Catholic Daughters hold their annual Christmas party

WEIRTON – Court Bishop McDonnell of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas members held their annual Christmas party at Undo’s Restaurant.

Regent Marge Trinone welcomed members and guests, and the Rev. Manuel Gelido offered a Christmas blessing and grace before the meal. Eleanor Davis provided the centerpieces and table decorations.

Following dinner, Dorothy Skrab led the group in the “Wright Christmas” gift exchange game and a sing-along. Members presenting ethnic Christmas carols were: Edna Battista, Italian; Irene and Ed Kopec, Polish; and Mary Jane Hunt, Japanese.

Trinone conducted the annual charity fundraiser prize drawing. Jo Anne Barnabei won the West Virginia University blanket; Brenda Casey won the WVU tote, umbrella and hat; and Helen Wudarsky won men’s and women’s leather wallets. A social hour followed with donated Christmas cookies and door prizes awarded.

Members are reminded to submit dues for the coming year and to keep in touch with homebound members.

Community Briefs

Concerts will raise money for Sandy Hook victims’ families

WEIRTON – Krazy ‘Bout Sportz will host two concerts this month to raise money for the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims.

The all-ages Heroes and Angels show will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Krazy ‘Bout Sportz located at 2850 Weir Ave. John Ralich will host, and those performing include Iron Skillet, We Must Save the Princess, Front Room, Pat Heiserman and Descendsion. The event also will include comedians and a bake sale.

A hardcore, metal and punk show, Going Hard for Newtown, will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at Krazy ‘Bout Sportz. Those performing include Hands Resist, Nothing New, Christian Mikula and Go Home Rocketman. The show will benefit the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which will provide support services to those affected and is overseen by the United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank.

For information or tickets, call Krazy ‘Bout Sportz at (304) 914-3248.

Vida offers management guide

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Kevin P. Vida, former Weirton resident and Weir High School graduate, announced his book, “The Project Management Handbook: A Guide to Capital Improvements” is available in print and as an e-book on Amazon.com.

The book is a guide on completing capital improvements for county and city projects.

Vida and his wife, Shawna, life in Hagerstown, Md., where Vida is an architect and project manager in Frederick County, Md.

KBS hosting free movie night

WEIRTON – Krazy ‘Bout Sportz will hold a free family movie night at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at their facility located at 2850 Weir Ave.

“Ice Age: Continental Drift” will be shown. Admission is free. Popcorn and concessions will be available for purchase.

All Saints announce events

WEIRTON – The All Saints Greek Orthodox Church members have announced the list of planned church activities for 2013.

The events include the American-Hellenic Educational Progressive Association Super Bowl Sunday event Feb. 3; the Philoptochos Greek Easter Bake Sale, March 21; Eastern Orthodox Easter celebration May 5; Friends of All Saints Dinner, May 11; 26th Annual Weirton Greek Festival, July 18-20; A.H.E.P.A. Oktoberfest, Oct. 5; and the A.H.E.P.A. pancake breakfast, Nov. 3.

For information on these church events, call the church at (304) 797-9884.

Opera Guild elects officers

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild met recently at the Steubenville Country Club for its annual Christmas dinner where officers for the 2013-14 club year were elected.

They are President Mary Jo Rinaldi, First Vice President Anita Jackson, Second Vice President Barbara Wilinski, Secretary Josephine Irvine-Groves and Treasurer Joe Leonard.

In other business, outgoing President Joyce Ryan-Orlando was presented with a gift, and outgoing Treasurer Barbara Wilinski reported on the club’s financial status, including its recent donation to “Save The Grand (Theater)” project. This marked the guild’s third donation toward that effort.

Other guild board members are Margaret Frederick, Lil Ferguson, Carleen Scurti, Amelio Saggio, Liz Morelli, Kathy Antinone, Nan Watzman and Lina Leonard.

Shelly Irvine was a guest.

Club makes donation to CASA

FOLLANSBEE – Members of the Follansbee 20th Century Club, a General Federation of Women’s Clubs of West Virginia member club, celebrated Christmas by gathering for dinner and donating toys and clothing to the local advocacy group for children, CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocates.

CASA volunteers represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, according to a news release. To learn about CASA and how to donate, check out the website at www.casaforchildren.org.

Members of the Follansbee 20th Century Club give their time and resources to local, state, national and international projects to make lives and communities better, a club member said.

For information or to become a member, contact Carolyn Darling at (304) 737-0370.