Brooke County community happenings

Cycle of Love blood drive Wednesday

BETHANY – Because of diminished blood collection over the winter season, Bethany College’s Pre-Health Professions Club will team with the American Red Cross River Valley Chapter to host a Cycle of Love blood drive from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the college’s Benedum Commons.

Recent weather conditions, cold temperatures and widespread flu nationwide have forced the cancellation of many blood drives within the community and across the country, said Red Cross officials.

Area residents can celebrate Valentine’s Day early by coming out to donate and help save the lives of others. All donors will be entered to win a Sheetz gift card.

For information or to pre-register to donate, visit or email Site Coordinator Tanner Coles at

‘Here Comes the Boom’ now showing

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the film “Here Comes the Boom,” rated PG, at 1 p.m. Feb. 15.

The film stars Kevin James as high school biology teacher Scott Voss, who is desperate to save the music program at his cash-strapped school and decides to enter a wrestling competition to raise money.

Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn.

Church to hold spaghetti dinner

COLLIERS – Olde St. John’s Episcopal Church, at Eldersville and St. John’s roads, will hold a Valentine-themed spaghetti dinner from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 16.

The cost is $7.50 per person for the meal, and take-out will be available.

There also will be a variety of sweet treats for sale in addition to gift basket and 50-50 drawings.

Calendar marks state’s birthday

CHARLESTON – The State Historic Preservation Office of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History has published “Land, People and Statehood,” a free 13-month calendar highlighting the Mountain State’s path to statehood.

“West Virginia will celebrate its 150th birthday on June 20, 2013, and we’re proud to present this calendar of commemoration for the occasion,” said Susan Pierce, deputy state historic preservation officer for the division.

Each month of the calendar focuses on a person or site, including James Hoge of Putnam County, a delegate at the Virginia State Convention who voted against secession; the Gibson-Todd House in Jefferson County, which sits on the site where abolitionist John Brown was hanged for treason in 1859; and West Virginia Independence Hall in Ohio County, which is considered the birthplace of West Virginia.

To request a copy, contact Conni McMorris at (304) 558-0240 or e-mail her at or write to: West Virginia Division of Culture and History, 2013 Calendar, The Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., E., Charleston, WV, 25305.

The calendar was funded in part by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

Brooke County community happenings

Grief support program offered

WELLSBURG – New Day Christian Center, at 2640 Pleasant Ave., will be hosting GriefShare weekly video seminar featuring experts on recovering from grief at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 5 through April 30.

Everyone dealing with grief is welcome.

There will be a support group discussion led by Cheryl Kriebel, who has dealt with the death of her daughter, and Ron Rice, a local hospice chaplain.

For information, contact Kriebel at or visit

Story hours to be held

WELLSBURG – The Follansbee Branch Library will hold story hours for children, ages 25, and their caregivers at noon Monday and Feb. 11, 18 and 25.

Children will enjoy a story, craft, games and a snack. Call (304) 527-0860to register for the free program.

Valentines story time scheduled

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be holding a “I Love Books” evening storytime with Kim Harless at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Children will enjoy Valentine’s Day stories, crafts and games.

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

Chocolate cooking tips offered

WELLSBURG – Nora Bell will present a cooking class for chocolate lovers at 11 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Brooke County Public Library.

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

Group sought for festival parking

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Community Days Committee seeks a nonprofit group to handle public parking during Follansbee Community Days, July 12-14.

The group will direct people parking at the youth football practice field near Jo-Jon’s and collect a parking fee set by the city, which the group may keep.

The group will be selected through a drawing. Interested Follansbee organizations should submit their name, organization information and contact number in writing to the Follansbee City Building, P.O. Box 606, Follansbee, WV 26037 no later than 5 p.m. on April 1.

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. on 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.

Spay/neuter clinic scheduled

WINTERSVILLE – The Brooke County Animal Welfare League will hold its next spay and neuter clinic, Roaming Animal Sterilization Clinic at Low-Cost, on 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.