Community Briefs

Brooke County Library

announces upcoming events

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

Children will enjoy a story, craft, games and a snack and can get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny on March 25.

Call (304) 527-0860 to register for the free programs.

Seuss party to be held

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Reading Council will hold a birthday party for Dr. Seuss at the Brooke County Library at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Children of all ages are invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by participating in reading activities that will include stories, crafts, games and more.

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

Children’s knitting group offered

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Library’s Kid’s Knitting Group will meet from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 7 in the library’s River Room.

Children in third grade or higher can learn to knit with help from instructor Nora Bell. They should bring yarn and needles or loom to start creating.

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

Computer class set

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Branch Library will be offering a free basic computer class for adults at 11 a.m. March 8.

The instructor is Linda Dobbs.

Class space is limited, so reservations should be made by calling (304) 527-0860.

Library to show animated film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the animated PG-rated film, “Wreck It Ralph,” at 11 a.m. March 9.

The animated film involves Ralph, who has played the bad guy in his popular video game for decades. In a bold move, he sets out to prove he is a true hero with a big heart.

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

Night at the Races to benefit band

FOLLANSBEE -A Night at the Races to benefit the Follansbee Middle School Band will be held March 16 at the Hooverson Heights Fire Department.

Tickets are $20 each, which includes naming a horse, food, drinks and desserts.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., with racing to start at 7 p.m.

For information, call (304) 224-4748 or 224-4462.

Bingo to benefit Relay for Life

WELLSBURG – A bingo to benefit the Brooke County American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be held March 17 at the Wellsburg Banquet Hall.

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m., with early bird games at 3:30 p.m. and regular games at 4 p.m. All games will be played with paper cards.

The cost is $25 per person with an opportunity to win more than $2,000 at the event, which also will include a 50-50 drawing and drawing for more than 60 door prizes.

Those who register by March 10 will be entered into a special drawing. For advance tickets, call (304) 737-1686 or (304) 737-1874.

Easter Bunny letters available

WELLSBURG – The Friends of the Brooke County Public Library will again be helping the Easter Bunny to send letters to area children.

The letters are $1.75 each and are addressed to each child.

The group also sells personalized children’s books throughout the year that make great Easter gifts.

Each tells who gave the book and when it was given and includes the name of the child and his or her friends and other details in the story.

The books are available for $14 each and a variety of settings and themes. For information, stop by the Brooke County Public Library or Follansbee Branch Library.

Class of 1964 plans reunion

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – The Steubenville Catholic Central High School Class of 1964 met to plan the 50th class reunion with 13 classmates and friends attending.

Those attending decided to hold the reunion June 6-7, 2014, and those present are investigating event sites and plan to report at the next meeting.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 3 at Lancelot’s Restaurant. All classmates are encouraged to attend. For information, contact Pat Wells at (740) 537-3982 or

Community Briefs

Weir High Class of 2015 parents set to meet Wednesday at school

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 2015 Parent Group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in a classroom adjacent to the high school cafeteria.

The group will discuss spring and fall fundraisers. All parents are encouraged to attend.

For information, contact Debbie Larch at (304) 723-1368.

World Day of Prayer is Friday

WEIRTON – Church Women United is sponsoring a World Day of Prayer at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church located on Main Street.

The theme is “I Was a Stranger And You Welcomed Me.” A tea will immediately follow the celebration. The church women will be collecting cleaning supplies and paper goods for the Weirton Christian Center as their World Day of Prayer project. Joyce Summers is the coordinator, and Karen Tate is the unit president.

Parker to demonstrate craft

WHEELING – Larry A. Parker of Belmont, Ohio, a hand engraver and custom rifle builder, will be exhibiting and engraving onsite from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through March 6 at Cabela’s Gun Library located on Dallas Pike.

He will be engraving using a hammer and chisel and have an exhibit of his work, including embellished and engraved shotguns, rifles, handguns, presentation-grade black powder rifles, knives and tomahawks. Parker also does woodwork, checkering and stockwork on his arms.

He has had his work featured on the cover of national magazines and is one of two living hand engravers to have multiple pieces in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo.

Parker has 55 years of experience in engraving firearms and is one of 330 engravers in the Firearms Engravers Guild of America.

Cup of Life holding coffee house

WEIRTON – Cup of Life Ministries will host a Christian coffee house for women from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Marland Heights Community Church located at 3900 Bright Way.

There will be refreshments and beverages with free childcare for children in prekindergarten through fifth grade. Tina Schoolcraft leads Bible studies. Those needing childcare are asked to register in advance by contacting Joanne Redd at (724) 573-0333 or

Retired school employees to meet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Association of Retired School Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. March 13 at Brooke High School.

Sharon Cuomo will preside over business meeting immediately following the luncheon. The Brooke Madrigal Choir will perform.

All members and newly retired employees are encouraged to attend. To make a lunch reservation, call Ruth Lewis at (304) 737-2314 or Dottie Cooper at (304) 737-1697 by March 6.

Women in Action meet

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Women in Action Against Cancer Coalition met Feb. 6 at Manfred’s Restaurant after a one-month hiatus.

In December, the group held a Christmas bingo for Urban Mission Ministries clients at Quinn Memorial AME Church and a cancer awareness briefing.

Donations were received from Steubenville High School, Riesbeck’s and the Ville Restaurant. A donation in memory of Lonny Ross was given by Nick and Donna Ivkovich.

George Komar gave a presentation on the third-annual Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick 5K Run/Walk and Kids 1K hosted by the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization which will be held March 16 in Toronto, Ohio. Members were reminded to bring items for the yard sale that will be held April 5-6 at Manfred’s. The next meeting will be held at noon on March 6.

Gorzkie Zale service scheduled

WHEELING – A Gorzkie Zale, or Lenten Lamentations, service will be held at 2 p.m. March 10 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church located at 4136 Jacob St.

The church is handicap-accessible, and all are welcome. For information, call (304) 281-1337.

Preschool accepting registrations

WEIRTON – The Marland Heights Preschool is accepting registration for the 3- and 4-year-old classes. Space is limited. Call (304) 748-4897 or (304) 914-6676 for information.

Stilettos & Steel aids Easter Seals

WHEELING – Stilettos & Steel will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack.

The Easter Seals fundraiser will include music and food. Tickets are $25 for one drawing entry; $50 for one drawing entry, one party entry and one drink ticket; and $100 for two drawing entries, two party entries and two drink tickets.

Checks can be made payable to Easter Seals. For information, call (304) 242-1390.

Our Lady holding

pork dinner

WHEELING – The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church’s Apostleship of Prayer group will hold a roast pork dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 10 at the church located at 4136 Jacob St.

The meal includes roast pork, mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, bread, dessert and coffee or iced tea. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under and free for children under 5. Carry-out and eat-in are available.

For information, call (304) 232-1777.

Park Friends

hold drawing

WELLSBURG – The Friends of Brooke Hills Park Committee held a drawing for a 50-inch flat screen television to fund a lift chair for the park pool.

The drawing was held Jan. 27, with Jason Ferguson of Wellsburg holding the winning ticket. Friends Committee members, park board members and employees and supporters sold tickets, raising $3,300 toward the $15,000 cost of the chair lift.

The Friends Committee is a newly established nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting the park in offering recreational opportunities to the community.

Shriners holding


STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Steubenville Shrine Club will hold a fundraiser pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Applebee’s.

Cost is a $5 donation for the breakfast that includes pancakes and sausage, juice and drink. Tickets are available at the door or by calling Jerry Williams at (740) 264-4921 or any club member.

The wives of Shriners are selling tickets for a drawing for a signed painting by Richmond artist Dave Barnhouse entitled “Andy of Mayberry.” Tickets are $2 for one or $5 for three.

The winning ticket will be drawn after the breakfast.

The Steubenville Shrine Club is dedicated to helping area children that have been burned or are in need of medical care at no cost to the families, according to a club spokesperson. The club provides transportation for the children and their families to and from the Shriner hospitals. The state organization, Aladdin Shrine Club, incurs the cost of the medical treatment, meals and gasoline.

The pancake breakfast is the club’s only fundraiser.

Gadabouts crown

Valentine royalty

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Gadabouts crowned Nial Pashke and Doris Matyas as their 2013 Valentine king and queen at the February meeting where Dave Watkins provided the entertainment with “It’s Martini Time,” a tribute to Dean Martin and his pals.

John Zak presided and recognized birthdays and anniversaries as well as members on the prayer list. Bob Moffat gave devotions.

Zak introduced new members Robert Williams, Jasper and Betty Wamsley, Rose Marie Harlen, Lester Stuckmeyer, Douglas and Shirley Barnette, Shirley Ohalek, Donald and Janice Roush and Joanna Bretell.

Ellen Hunt won the 50/50 drawing. Door prizes that were furnished by Norm and Marion Moore were won by Larry and Patty Basil, Marion Moore, Paula Krensavage, Dino Rossi, Jim Stanko and Tim Thomas. Tickets for the prizes were distributed by Frank and Carol Wiznieski.

Tour director Claudia Clevenger announced bus trips as follows:

  • May 22-23: Two shows, “Noah” and “Cats,” Lancaster, Pa.
  • Aug. 11: “Red Rose and a Polish Prince,” the story of Bobby Vinton, his love songs, a red rose and a Polish dinner, Cleveland.

For trip details, contact Claudia at (740) 264-5678.

Tour Director Regina Truax announced bus trips, including:

  • March 9: Murder Mystery Tour, Pittsburgh.
  • April 11: Branson’s Ozark Jubilee Show,” Greensburg, Pa.
  • April 22-25: Bally’s Casino, Atlantic City.
  • May 10-11: “Noah” at Sight and Sound Theater, Lancaster, Pa
  • May 16: “Vicki Lawrence and Mama,” Greensburg, Pa.
  • May 29-30: Allegany Casino, Niagra Falls
  • June 7: Sugar Creek
  • June 12: “Viva Las Vegas,” Wexford, Pa.

For trip details, Regina can be reached at (304) 723-0419. All Gadabouts trips are open to non-members. The Gadabouts club is for couples and singles 55 years of age and older.

Community Briefs

Youth ministries holding

spaghetti dinner fundraiser

McDonald, Pa. – The McDonald Youth Ministries will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at McDonald Presbyterian Church’s Trinity Center located at 119 Station St.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under and free for children under 2.

District offering scholarships

The Northern Panhandle Conservation District is offering a $1,500 scholarship to an undergraduate student from Hancock, Brooke, Ohio or Marshall counties majoring in agricultural science, environmental science or a related field.

Also, eight $500 scholarships, sponsored by the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts, will be awarded to graduating high school seniors planning on majoring in an agriculture-related field. For information, contact Veronica Gibson by calling (304) 238-1231 or emailing

Ladies auxiliary meets

WEIRTON – The American Legion Post 10 Ladies Auxiliary held their monthly meeting Feb. 18, with President Shirley Brecht calling the meeting to order and presiding over the business session.

Chaplain Wanda Perrone gave the invocation; Brecht led the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the American Legion Auxiliary’s Constitution’s Preamble; and Secretary Clara Robinson called roll.

Robinson read the November meeting minutes, because the January meeting was canceled due to inclement weather. The auxiliary received thank-you cards from Bonnie’s Bus and a Korean War dinner attendee. Perrone sent a get-well card to Joan Spano and a sympathy card to Joann Jamison. Treasurer Loretta Fabian gave the November, December and January financial reports, which were approved as read and will be filed for audit.

Fabian listed the auxiliary’s February donations, including veterans’ homes in West Virginia and Pennsylvania; Children’s Miracle Network; Auxiliary Emergency Fund; National Child Welfare Foundation; Make-A-Wish Foundation; and a donation to a local family in need. The auxiliary received a donation to defray Girls State costs from the Weirton Woman’s Club. Brecht thanked auxiliary members and Edith Truax for their contributions to the Christmas party, Joan Spano and Marcy Spano for donating a cookie tray, and Clara Robinson and Gloria Jerrel for purchasing gifts for the veterans.

The auxiliary will hold a bakeless bake sale Saturday. Poppy Day will be May 3, and the auxiliary is ordering poppies. The Last Man’s Dinner will be held May 19 at the post hall, and the auxiliary will plan a menu as the event nears. The 2013 Christmas Committee includes Chair Brecht and Fabian. Pat Folden, Joan Spano and Marcy Spano will serve on the Nominating Committee.

Brecht closed the meeting, with Perrone leading the closing prayer. The next meeting will be March 18. Brecht and Folden will serve refreshments.

Community Briefs

Harmon Creek holding pasta

dinner Saturday at church

FLORENCE, Pa. – Harmon Creek Community Church will hold a pasta dinner from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the church located at 1080 Steubenville Pike, near the intersection of state Route 18 and Old Steubenville Pike.

Dinner includes pasta, sauces, meatballs, salad, bread and butter, beverages and a dessert. Eat-in and take-out are available.

The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.

For information, call (724) 947-2384 or visit the website at

Mount Zion celebrates Hood

WEIRTON – The Mount Zion Baptist Church will hold an appreciation dinner in celebration of the Rev. Norries A Hood Sr.’s 13th pastoral anniversary at 6 p.m. March 9 at Williams Country club on Marland Heights Road.

The doors open at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

The theme is “2 Timothy 4:2 – Preaching Without Restraints.” The cost is $45 per person. A patron’s lists will be available, and those interested may have their name included for $5 for an individual or $0 for a business. The deadline for purchasing a ticket or having a name included on the patron’s list is March 1.

For tickets, contact Sister Ruth Pendergrast at (304) 748-7249, Sister Metta James at (740) 381-3824 or Sister Rose Lavender at (740) 632-9088.

Tomato seeds available

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia ’63 Tomato seed packets are available through the West Virginia University Extension Service Office in Morgantown by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

WV ’63 Tomato, P.O. Box 6108, WVU Extension Service Ag and Natural Resources Unit, Morgantown, WV 26505-6108.

The seed packets will be available after March 4.

District selling trees, plants, seeds

The Northern Panhandle Conservation District will hold a fruit tree, plant and seed mix sale.

The program offers low-cost fruit trees and plants.

Trees available include several varieties of apple, peach, pear and cherry. Plants include red and black raspberry, blackberry, blueberry and asparagus. Seed mixes include butterfly and hummingbird garden mix and northeast annual and perennial wildflower mix.

A sale flyer is available from the conservation district office by calling (304) 238-1231 or by sending a flyer request to Prices and available species are listed on the flyer, along with general descriptions of each variety. Payment must accompany orders, which will be taken through March 15. Quantities of each variety are limited, and orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Trees and plants will be available for pick-up on March 28-29 at the district office in McMechen.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to support the conservation education programs of Northern Panhandle Conservation District.

Community Briefs

St. Thomas Episcopal holding fish frys throughout Lent

WEIRTON – St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Three Springs Drive will hold fish frys from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Friday during Lent.

The cost is $6.50 per sandwich and $8 per dinner.

Sides include fries, cole slaw or applesauce. There also will be desserts.

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Bike ride, chili cookoff set

WEIRTON – American Bikers Aimed Toward Education of West Virginia’s Upper Ohio Valley Chapter will host its annual Blue Buns Ride and Chili Cook-off Saturday at the Across the Street Club, 3356 Pennsylvania Ave.

Registration will start at noon, with the bikes leaving at 1 p.m. The motorcycle ride will depend on the weather, but the chili cook-off will happen regardless of the weather.

WBA?board to meet

WEIRTON – The Weirton Baseball Association will hold a board meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion.

Those interested in becoming a team manager need to complete forms for a background check.

Management club to meet

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

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

‘Alex Cross’ film to be screened

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the PG-13-rated film, “Alex Cross,” at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Based on the bestselling books by James Patterson, it follows the young homicide detective-psychologist as he meets his match in a serial killer.

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

Black history presentation set

WEIRTON – Eileen Reeves will give a Black History Month presentation at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Shiloh Apostolic Church located at 3000 Weir Ave.

The public is invited to attend.

Players present ‘Cemetery Club’

HICKORY, Pa. – The Old Schoolhouse Players present “The Cemetery Club,” written by Ivan Menchell and directed by Marcus Muzopappa, March 15-24 at the Bud Allison Memorial Auditorium at the Mount Pleasant Township Community Center located at 20 Wabash Ave.

Performances will be given at 7:30 p.m. March 15-16 and 22-23 and 3 p.m. March 17 and 24.

For information, call (724) 344-7467.

Community Briefs

Hearing to examine DEP

accountability in testing

WASHINGTON, Pa. – Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will co-chair a public hearing on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s accountability standards for environmental testing following natural gas drilling from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the Courthouse Square located at 100 W. Beau St.

Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil Township, requested the hearing and will serve as co-chair. White recently introduced House Bill 268, which would require the DEP to disclose full testing results, including raw data and documentation, of any environmental testing the agency conducts on landowner or leaseholder property.

The hearing is open to the public.

Class of 1951 to meet

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1951 will meet at noon Thursday at Dee-Jay’s BBQ Ribs and Grill located on Three Springs Drive.

All classmates and their spouses are invited to attend.

Auxiliary to host craft show

HOOKSTOWN, Pa. – The Hookstown American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will host its spring craft show and sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23-24.

The table fee is $15 per table for both days. For information, call (412) 897-0100.

Library hosts

health class

WEIRTON – KidneySmart classes will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 28 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library located at 3442 Main St.

The classes are free, community-based education about kidney function, early signs of kidney disease, diet and health management and treatment options for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

Register online at or by calling (412) 770-7210.

Country Friends

to meet

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host Art Beal and The Country Tradition Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police 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.

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

Community Briefs

Grant-writing workshop to be

held Feb. 20 at Weirton library

WEIRTON – Reference Librarian Lois Fundis will present a grant-writing workshop, “Introduction to Finding Funders,” from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Mary H. Weir Public Library’s Room C.

The workshop will review the Foundation Directory Online database, which is available at no cost at the library; how it is organized; and how it can help nonprofit groups find potential funders. It includes hands-on practice with the database.

It is free, open to the public and no reservation is required, but seating is limited.

For information, call the library at (304) 797-8510 or email

Republicans meeting Feb. 25

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Republican Executive Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Brooke County Library.

Plans for the coming year will be discussed.

Theater announces spring shows

BETHANY – Bethany Theatre will host two spring shows, “Noel and Gertie,” Feb. 28-March 2 in Maxwell Hall, and “Spring Awakening,” dates to be announced.

“Noel and Gertie,” is Andrew Ferguson’s senior project. The play, based on diary entries and personal letters, follows the relationship between Noel Coward and his stage partner Gertrude Lawrence. Guest artist Kim Allison will star as Gertrude.

“Spring Awakening” is a group senior project for Alex Tamsula, Shawn Holmes, James Lanzy and Rich Oliver. It will explore a war of morals between children and their parents. Casting isn’t complete, but Bethany professors Harold Menz, Jay Libby and Jason Smith will make their stage debuts.

Zumbathon benefits cancer patient

WINTERSVILLE – A Zumbathon will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 3 at St. Florian Hall located at 286 Luray Drive to benefit Megan Delleles Green, a breast cancer patient.

The cost is $15 in advance, with tickets available at Sunset Volkswagen Jeep Inc. in Steubenville, Ohio, and Studio Zumba in Wintersville, and $20 at the door. For information, email or call (740) 632-1773.

Moose Lodge holding nut roll sale

WEIRTON – The Weirton Moose Lodge 688 and Auxiliary Chapter 746 will hold a nut roll sale, and the order deadline is March 20.

Nut rolls are $10, and may be picked up March 29 at the lodge located at 6963-67 Main St. To order a nut roll, call (304) 723-0557 or (304) 748-4707 after 3 p.m.

Church to host grief support group

WELLSBURG – Wellsburg Christian Church at 1001 Charles St. has begun a new series of GriefShare sessions.

GriefShare is a nondenominational group and features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics.

All are welcome to the free group. For information, call (304) 559-9017.

Community Briefs

Shakespeare Club set to meet

Saturday at Brooke museum

WELLSBURG – The Shakespeare Club will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Brooke County Museum and Cultural Center and invites all lovers of The Bard to join them.

The group, which is nearing its 120th anniversary, also will tour the museum at its new location at 704 Charles St.

The former G.C. Murphy building has been renovated by the museum board and volunteers to feature a wide variety of displays depicting various aspects of life in the county over the last 200 years.

Community association meets

WEIRTON – The Marland Heights Community Association held an open meeting Saturday to accept new members.

Discussions included upcoming events to raise funds to restore and re-open the Marland Heights Pool. Events will include a concert in the park, featuring jazz vocalist Erin Burkett, who starred in “Wicked” on Broadway. Also discussed were a 5K run, T-shirt sales, flag sales, raffles and Kroger Card perks.

Board members are waiting news on on the grant for which they applied in October. It would fund a feasibility study, and the board should hear in February whether the group has qualified, and, if they should qualify, funds would be released in March.

Those wanting to join the association may visit their Facebook page by searching “Marland Heights Pool” or email

PTA council meets

FOLLANSBEE – The Brooke County Council PTA met Nov. 15 at Follansbee Middle School with the cooperation of principals Kim Johnson and Nancy Deters.

Denise Spensky, the group’s president, announced the resignation of Suzie Tennant as first vice president and Janet Brucchi as secretary and the appointment of Jeana Parr and Laura Sheetz to fill those positions, respectively.

The group accepted a donation for the Brooke County Clothes Closet from Jerry Simpson. In related business, Marty Bartz, assistant superintendent of Brooke County Schools, granted permission for a new drop-off box to be established at the clothes closet at 26th Street and Pleasant Avenue.

The box was built by students in Chris Mockbee’s vocational class at Brooke High School.

The group discussed bringing children in need to the clothes closet earlier in the year. Eligible children are bused to the clothes closet during the school day.

A fundraiser for the cause also was discussed, and member Kim Anderson suggested a steak fry.

Each school’s PTA was asked to donate $50 for the Robert G. Lindsey Scholarship fund.

Community Briefs

Weir High Class of 1959 to meet Tuesday at Eat’n Park

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

Classmates are encouraged to attend. Plans for the next reunion will be discussed.

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

Sacred Heart holding fish fry

WEIRTON – Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church will hold fish fries 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday during lent at the church hall located at 200 Preston Ave.

Baked or fried fish platters, including cole slaw and a choice of macaroni and cheese, haluski or French fries, are $10. Fried shrimp platters are $10.50. Fried fish platters with a choice of macaroni and cheese or French fries are $7.50 for children under 12. A la carte selections include baked and fried fish, haluski, French fries, cole slaw, desserts and beverages.

Cooked and frozen potato and cheese or sauerkraut pierogies are available for $2.75 for three or $11 for a dozen cooked or $10 for a dozen frozen. Fresh bread is available for $4 a loaf.

Take-out and eat-in are available.

For information or to make an order, call (304) 723-1648.

Crocheting group to meet

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

The group is for adults with various levels of experience, including beginners, and members are ready to help those who need it. Participants should bring supplies and projects. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Library to show documentary

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the PG-13-rated documentary, “Bully,” Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m.

The documentary follows five youth and their families over the course of a school year. It includes the stories of two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus.

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

Library to show animated film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will show the animated film “Hotel Transylvania,” rated PG, on Feb. 23 at 11 a.m.

The film focuses on the relationship between Dracula, played by Adam Sandler; and his daughter and the ghoulish guests who patronize his hotel.

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

Cup of Life holding coffee house

WEIRTON – The Cup of Life Ministries Christian coffee house for women will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 1 at Marland Heights Community Church located at 3900 Bright Way.

Tina Schoolcraft will be the Bible teacher. There will be refreshments, desserts and beverages. Free childcare for children in kindergarten through fifth grade will be provided. Those needing childcare are asked to register in advance.

For information or to register, call Joanne Redd at (724) 573-033 or email



BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. – Burgettstown Area Elementary School will register children entering kindergarten for the 2013-2014 academic year as well as those entering school for the first time from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 6-7 at the elementary center located at 100 Bavington Road.

Those children whose last names begin with A to M will be registered on March 6, and those children whose last names begin with N to Z.

Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 31 to enter kindergarten. Parents must bring an official birth certificate, Social Security number and immunization records. The minimum immunization requirements hepatitis B, measles, tetanus and diphtheria, polio and chicken pox. A physical and dental exam are required before the first day of school; parents will be given forms at the registration. Any child that has specific custody or guardian restrictions must have an official court order defining the restrictions.

Scholarship seeks


WEIRTON – Weir High School seniors may pick up applications for the Joan Bieberson/Frank McDonald Scholarship from their guidance counselor.

The deadline for the application is March 25.

The scholarship is based primarily on need, not on grade-point average or testing scores. However, applicants must have participated in high school athletics, whether as an athlete, manager or cheerleader, or in band.

Scholarships may be used for vocational or cosmetology school, junior or community college or four-year and graduate schools. It may be used toward tuition, books and other expenses associated with furthering education. Recipients are eligible to re-apply for an additional award for the remainder of their post-high school education.

Since its inception in 2001, $217,500 has been awarded to 49 students, with each receiving between $1,000 to $4,000 per year.

Community Briefs

St. Thomas Episcopal to host

Coleman’s fish fry Friday

WEIRTON – St. Thomas Episcopal Church will hold a Coleman’s fish fry from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in the church parish hall located at 300 Three Springs Drive.

Dinners include Coleman’s fish, fries, coleslaw and a beverage. Take-out will be available. A fish fry will be held each Friday until Good Friday, March 29.

Advance orders can be submitted by calling the church at (304) 723-4120.

Country Friends host Stone Street

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host 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 begins at 7 p.m.

Country Friends host 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

Liver Life Walk set for June

PITTSBURGH – The American Liver Foundation Allegheny Chapter will hold the Liver Life Walk Pittsburgh 2013 June 9 at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

The event is the national fundraising walk for the liver foundation. More than 15,000 people will participate across the country. Money raised through the event funds medical research, public education, patient support service and advocacy. All walkers who raise $100 or more will receive a Liver Life Walk T-shirt.

Last year, the Allegheny Chapter set a record by raising more than $105,000.

Those registering by Sunday will have their name entered into a drawing for a $50 Wal-Mart or Giant Eagle gift card, with a winner announced Feb. 18.

For information on the Pittsburgh event, visit or email Justin Nwokeji at

Elks lodge holding Pasta Sunday

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 Past Exalted Rulers will hold their monthly pasta dinner for members and guests from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the lodge located on Main Street in downtown Weirton.

The dinner includes salad, pasta, bread, butter, dessert and coffee or tea. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children age 10 and under. A ticket will be selected for a free dinner at next month’s Pasta Sunday.

NRA holding pistol safety course

WEIRTON – A National Rifle Association Basic Pistol safety course will be held March 1-2 at the Hancock County Sportsmans Association.

The 12-hour course will include a four-hour session from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 1 and an eight-hour session, beginning at 9 a.m., March 2.

Certified NRA firearms instructors will present the course, which will include lectures and live-firing. The nationally accredited course is approved by multiple states, including West Virginia and Ohio, as a requirement for applying for a concealed carry permit.

Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited to ensure adequate live firing experience.

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

Community briefs

Ash Wednesday

service at Zion

Zion United Church of Christ located at 139 N. fifth St., Steubenville, will hold an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. It will be preceded by a “meager meal” at 6 p.m. where participants are encouraged to bring a can of soup, non-creamed, and some fruit to share.

The service that will follow will include the imposition of ashes.

Satellite vets

office to be open

The satellite office of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Toronto American Legion, 415 Market St., Toronto, to assist veterans, dependents of veterans, and/or veterans’ widows with Veterans Administration pensions, compensations, burials, schooling, medical assistance and other veterans’ benefits.

For further information or assistance, call the Veterans Service Office at (740) 283-8571 or visit the office at 423 North St., Steubenville.

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed every Wednesday afternoon to the public

Woodland Garden

Club has meeting

There were 13 members in attendance for the Feb. 7 meeting of the Woodland Garden Club of Wintersville where Linda Nolf offered the opening prayer.

Hostesses Gretchen Nelson and Nolf served hot soup, salad and Valentine treats. Nancy Hukill shared an inspirational gardener’s prayer. Roll call was answered by naming a favorite Valentine treat.

Tickets for an Ohio Association of Garden Clubs drawing are on sale for eight different gift showcases with winning tickets to be drawn during the OAGC convention in August, it was announced. Plans are being made to attend the convention.

Communications were received from Betty Clark for the memorial donation to the Wahkeena State Nature Preserve in memory of her husband, Bill. A thank-you also was received from Paula Nutter for flowers sent for the recent loss of her husband, Jack.

A “white elephant sale” will be held at the March meeting.

Jeannie Barker presented a garden tip, explaining that it is time to order seeds, but cautioned everyone to be mindful of the time available to actually plant and take care of all the plants and seeds.

Nancy Liggett presented the artistic design for the evening with a creative “Z” floral arrangement.

Dinner to aid

learning center

A spaghetti dinner to benefit the 32nd degree Learning Center will be held Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Unionport Masonic Lodge No. 333 located on county Road 39, Unionport.

The dinner includes spaghetti and meat sauce, salad, bread and butter, cake and ice cream. Carryouts will be available.

Vets service panel

meets Wednesday

The regular monthly meeting of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the War Memorial Building, 423 North St., Steubenville.

All veterans or interested parties are welcome to attend.

Weirton church

having fish fry

St. Thomas Episcopal Church will hold a Coleman’s fish fry from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in the church parish hall located at 300 Three Springs Drive, Weirton.

Dinners include Coleman’s fish, fries, coleslaw and a beverage. Take-out will be available. A fish fry will be held each Friday until Good Friday, March 29.

Advance orders can be submitted by calling the church at (304) 723-4120.

Community Briefs

Jefferson Township Historical

Society to meet Saturday

ELDERSVILLE, Pa. – The Jefferson Township Historical Society will hold its February meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the White Church located at 11 Fire Road, across from the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department.

The presentation is “Going Back Home,” and board members will display a photo of the home they grew up in and talk about its location. Those attending also are encourage to share information about their hometowns, and those who grew up outside of the township also are invited to share their stories.

Refreshments will follow the meeting.

The group’s March 16 program will feature Clay Kilgore of the Washington County Historical Society talking about local forts. The organization will hold its annual plant sale May 11 at the White church and yard sale June 21-22. The Memorial Day ceremony will be held May 27.

Those wanting to join may remit annual dues of $15 for an individual and $20 for a family to Jefferson Township Historical Society, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

Daffodil Days here again

The American Cancer Society will continue to take orders for its Daffodil Days until Feb. 21.

Those participating can receive a bunch of daffodils for $10, a half-box of 250 for $250 or an entire box of 500 for $500. A vase and bunch are available for $15, and “Ray O. Hope” the ninth special edition Boyds Bear designed exclusively for Daffodil Days and a bunch are available for $25. Those wanting to participate Project Care can have a Boyds Bear delivered to a needy child for $25, and Gift of Hope allows a bunch of daffodils and cancer information to be delivered to a cancer patient for $10.

Daffodils will be delivered the week of March 18-24.

To place an order, call (888) 227-5445.

The American Cancer Society funds cancer prevention and detection; invests in research for cures; provides support to cancer patients; lobbies lawmakers; and promotes grassroots organizing.

It is the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion. To learn more or get help, call (800) 227-2345 or visit

Trail Stitchers holding event

WHEELING – The National Trail Stitchers of the Embroidery Guild of America will hold their annual Stitch in Public from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Howard Long Wellness Center located at 800 Medical Park.

Those interested in needle arts are invited to come and stitch with the group. Also, those working on a project and need information are invited to attend.

There will be displays of needle arts including cross stitch, surface embroidery, monk cloth and canvas. All works displayed were made by National Trail Stitchers members, who come from all over the Upper Ohio Valley. The group’s mission is to raise awareness and appreciation and celebrate the heritage of embroidery through education, exhibition, preservation, collection and research.

Regular meetings are held at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month September through May at St. Matthews Episcopalian Church located at 1414 Chapline St. Each June, the chapter holds a stitch on the porch at Sandscrest Retreat Center, and summers include stitch-ins and other scheduled activities and outings.

The Embroidery Guild is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and preservation of embroidery, and membership is open to anyone interested in needlework, from beginners to professional. Membership includes opportunities to learn embroidery and needlework techniques, chapter meetings, workshops, correspondence courses, certification programs, seminars, projects, youth programs, a quarterly magazine and traveling exhibits.

Twig hosting fundraiser

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Trinity Health System Foundation’s Heather Twig will hold a wine- and beer-tasting from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 1 at the Steubenville Country Club.

Tickets are $30 per person. The event benefits Trinity Health System Breast Services.

For information, visit the website at

Seacats holding swim-a-thon

STRATTON, Ohio – The Stratton Seacats Swim Team will hold their annual Ohio Valley Swim-a-Thon Mini Relay for Life from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10 at the Stratton Indoor Pool.

The Seacat challenge all local swim teams and residents to participate in the swim-a-thon to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society.

All proceeds benefit the cancer society.

For information, call Jennifer Sperry at (740) 317-9837 or visit the team’s Facebook page by searching “Stratton Seacats Swim Team.”

Travel club eyes Savannah

BURGETTSTOWN – The Burgettstown Senior Travel Club will travel to Savannah, Ga., May 20-24.

The trip will include a guided tour, a visit to the Savannah Historic Theater, a meal at Paula Deen’s Lady and Sons Restaurant, and shopping on River Street.

The cost is $409 per person for double occupancy and $519 per person for single occupancy. Taxes, baggage handling and meal gratuities apply.

For information, call Edna Jean Couch at (724) 947-4396 or (724) 947-9524.

Community Briefs

Culture Club to present murder-mystery dinner theater Feb. 16

CHESTER – The Oak Glen High School Culture Club will present the Valentine murder-mystery pasta dinner theater “Love Is a Many Splintered Thing” at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Chester City Park Building.

Those attending will be served a homemade pasta dinner during the open acts of the play, and the actors will mingle with the guests, who will have the opportunity to ask questions and attempt to solve the crime. Those who successfully guess the murderer and weapon will receive a prize.

Tickets are $15. Reservations are suggested, but not required. Proceeds defray costs to fund student trips to cultural events. Make a reservation by calling (304) 387-1063 or (740) 264-7891.

Baseball association holding sign-ups

WEIRTON – The Weirton Baseball Association will hold baseball and softball sign-ups from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 16 at the Millsop Community Center.

The cost is $70 per player, with a maximum of $140 per family. Visit their website at

Weirton museum announces events

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center has announced several upcoming events.

They include:

10 a.m. March 9, “The Final Days of Weirton Steel” at the museum. Local Author Tom Zielinsky will discuss his book, “The Final Days of Weirton Steel: Could the Collapse Have Been Prevented?”

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13, Fifth-Annual Festival of Nations at the Weirton Event Center. Dr. Juginder K. Luthra chairs the annual event celebrating Weirton’s diverse cultural heritage.

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 27, “Afternoon Tea With Rosie the Riveter” at the museum. Pam Makricosta chairs the event that celebrates the contributions women made to the war effort during World War II, especially in industrial communities such as Weirton, and preserves the stories of those women who were there.

Club to host two concerts

NEW MANCHESTER – The Oak Glen Middle School Culture Club will sponsor two public concerts, including Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys March 19 and the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra April 16, both at the middle school.

Advance tickets for Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys is $5 for students and $8 for adults. All tickets are $10 at the door.

Advance tickets for the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra are $21 in advance and $19 per ticket for groups with a minimum of 10 members and maximum of 20. All tickets are $24 at the door.

Those purchasing tickets for both concerts will receive a $3 discount. Tickets go on sale Feb. 19. Checks should be made out to the OGMS Culture Club.

Tickets must be purchased through the middle school office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling (304) 374-7474.

Community Briefs

Friday Night Mayhem to be

held at Millsop Center Friday

WEIRTON – The Weirton Baseball Association will hold Friday Night Mayhem from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday for children in grades fifth through eighth and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 15 for grades kindergarten through fourth grade at the Millsop community center.

Activities include games, swimming, dancing and movies. Admission is $10 and includes a hot dog and a drink. Concessions will be available.

Visit the website at

Country Friends to host Eldurays

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

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

Country Friends hold 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

Bethany to host blood drive

BETHANY – Due to 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

Library to show comedy

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 pasta 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 and chances sold for gift basket and 50-50 drawings.

Knights to hold pasta dinner

WEIRTON – The Weirton Knights of Columbus will hold a spaghetti dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 17 in the knight’s hall gallery lounge.

The meal will include spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and coffee. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under and free for under 3.

Take out is available to those who bring their own containers.

Public comments invited

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Board of Health held a meeting Feb. 4, and board members reviewed and approved the fiscal year 2013-2014 Environmental Fees for Permits.

The fee schedule is available for public review during normal business hours at the health department; the Mary H. Weir Public Library in Weirton; the Swaney Memorial Library in New Cumberland; and the Lynn Murray Memorial Library in Chester.

The 30-day comment period begins Feb. 18. All comments must include name, address and telephone number and be mailed to Administrator Jackie Huff in care of the Hancock County Health Department, P.O. Box 578, New Cumberland, WV 26047.

Community Briefs

Weir High Class of 1957 will

meet at 6 p.m. Thursday

WEIRTON – The Weir High Class of 1957 will hold their monthly class social at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Three Springs Drive Eat’n Park. All classmates, spouse and friends are welcome.

BOP?employees to meet

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steel Basic Oxygen Plant employees’ breakfast is held at 9 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Three Springs Drive Eat’n Park. All are welcome.

Library to celebrate Seuss

MCDONALD, Pa. – The Heritage Public Library will hold a celebration to honor Dr. Seuss’ 109th birthday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 at the library located at 152 Fourth St. The event will include crafts, games and cake. It is sponsored by Allied Waste.

Community Briefs

Weirton Elks Lodge to hold

wine-tasting Saturday

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Club will hold a wine-tasting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 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.

Free diabetic shoe screenings offered

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – Medi Home Care will hold free diabetic shoe screenings from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 at the facility located at 105 Main St.

Call for an appointment at (740) 266-3974.

Athena Award nominees sought

CANONSBURG, Pa. – The Washington County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the Athena Award, which will be presented May 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn – Southpointe.

The deadline for nominations is March 1. Nomination forms can be found at

The award promotes women’s leadership and honors outstanding leaders. Men and women living or working in Washington County are eligible for the award.

Candidates should demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession; provide a valuable service that improves the quality of life for their community; and actively assist women in achieving their full leadership potential.

Both those in the profit and nonprofit fields are eligible, and there are no age qualifications.

The chamber’s selection committee will review all nomination forms.

For information, call the chamber at (724) 225-3010.

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.

Community Briefs

Avella marching band to hold comedy night fundraiser
AVELLA, Pa. — The Avella High School Marching Band will host a comedy show-spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday at the community center on Avella Heights.
The homemade pasta dinner will begin at 6 p.m., and be immediately followed with physical comedian Howard Mincone and ventriloquist Chris Donahue. The show may not be appropriate for children under 13.
The show will benefit the marching band, defraying the costs for an upcoming trip.
Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets or for information, call Lynn Clarchick at the school at (724) 356-2216 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Winemakers part of event
WELLSBURG?– The Tri-State Winemakers Club held its January meeting at the Elks Club with Rick Parker presiding.
Susan and Denny Johnston were hosts for the meeting attended by 20 members.
Treasurer Linda Cole is collecting dues of $10 per person.
At the March meeting, the nominating committee will present a slate of officers to be considered.
The club will be participating in the first wine-tasting held by the Weirton Elks Club from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
Susan and Jim Zorbini will serve as hosts of the Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day meeting at the Wellsburg Elks at 7 p.m. Guests are welcome.

Altar Society to hold 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.

Class of 2013 to hold fundraiser
WEIRTON — The Weir High School Class of 2013 will host a prom gala and fashion show Sunday at the Williams Country Club.
The doors open at 2 p.m., and the style show by jjones starts at 3 p.m.
The show will include gowns, tuxedos, flowers and hair styles, and students from 10 area school will model the clothing. The event also will include door prizes, a Chinese auction, giveaways and a bake sale.
Admission is $5 at the door, and all students will receive a discount packet.

Mended Hearts to meet
WHEELING –The Greater Wheeling Area Chapter No. 280 of the Mended Hearts Inc. will hold its annual dinner meeting Feb. 11 in honor of Heart Month.
Members and guests will meet at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at Perkins and order from the menu. The guest speakers will be Dr. Ahmad Rahbar, whose topic will be “The Vein Clinic.” To make a reservation, call Betsy at (304) 242-6444 or Mary at (304) 280-5221.

Church holding pancake supper
WEIRTON — St. Thomas Episcopal Church will hold a pancake supper from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the church.
The cost is $5 per person.

Tri-State Writers meeting
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — The Tri-State Writers Society will hold their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the meeting room at the Schiappa Branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County located on Mall Drive.
Aspiring and published writers of all genres are welcome to attend.
For information, visit their Facebook page by searching “Tri State Writers Society.”

Senior center holding craft show
WEIRTON — The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a spring fling craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23.
The cost of a table is $20 and crafters and vendors are welcome. Those interested should call (304) 748-3490 to reserve a table.

Key fob found
WEIRTON — Tri-State Marine Corps Club Auxiliary members 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.

Lupus Support
Group to meet
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — The Lupus Support Group will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center located at 905 Market St.
The meeting location is changed because of remodeling at the Hampton Inn.
“Bringing Services into the Home” will be the topic.
Walter and Pat Howard are project coordinators. Iris Callahan is an outreach worker.
The group is funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and Sponsored by Urban Mission Ministries, Neighborhood Community Development Center.

Saddle Club
meeting changed
EAST SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — The Steubenville Saddle Club’s February meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Springfield Community Center, not the Glenn Mills Senior/Community Center in Richmond.
The meeting change is because the former Grange hall in Richmond is a polling place in Tuesday’s special Edison levy vote.

Black History
celebration set
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — The Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church Music Ministry will host a Black History Month musical celebration at 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at the church located at 708 N. Fifth St.
The celebration will include 1NE Ministries, Mount Zion Baptist Church Male Chorus of Fairmont, Gospel Lights, Doc Roe, Men of Vision, Bridgeville Male Ensemble, Mount Zion Baptist Church Male Chorus of Steubenville and the Trumpets of Joy.
For information, contact A. Glenn Freeman at or call (724) 513-7709.

Chamber to hold
breakfast briefing
CANONSBURG, Pa. — The Washington County Chamber of Commerce will host an economic development breakfast briefing with Washington County Commissioners Larry Maggi, Diana Irey Vaughan and Harlan Shober Jr. from 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 at Southpointe Golf Club.
The commissioners will discuss economic development and business successes from the past year.
The cost is $25 per person for chamber members and $40 for non-members. Reservations will be accepted until Feb. 25.
To register, call Debbie Sims at (724) 225-3010.

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.

Winterguard to
hold fundraiser
BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. — The Burgettstown High School Winter Guard will hold a Ladies’ Day Out Shopping Event fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at the Burgettstown Kids Center located on Main Street.
Those attending will receive one-on-one time with vendors, and manicures, make-overs and foot massages will be available for those who register prior to the event.
Vendors will include Tastefully Simple, Celadon Road, Mary-Kay, Beauti-Control Spa, Jamberry Nails, Premier Designs, Cutie Patootie, Scentsy, Origami Owl, Pure Romance, Pink Zebra and Gold Canyon Candles. Local crafters and businesses also will be on hand.
The event also will include door prizes and a treat for each visitor.
For information, call (724) 947-0744 or email

Community Briefs

Follansbee Branch Library to

hold story hours on Mondays

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) 527-0860 to register for the free program.

Class of 1961 to meet Wednesday

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

All classmates and guests are welcome to attend.

Stone Street to perform at center

WEIRTON – Hank Vincent and The Stone Street Station will perform Thursday at the Greater Weirton Senior Center.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and the band will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The cost is $5, including hot dogs, coffee and punch.

The senior center holds quarter bingo from noon to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own snacks.

All ages are welcome.

Valentine story time set

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.