Around the Valley


new classes

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia University has added new online course to the continuing and professional education curriculum.

The courses include dementia care worker training, forensic nursing, early cartoon animation history and a gerontology workshop series.

The gerontology workship will include five sessions and begins April 1. Each workshop is approved for six social work continuing education hours for West Virginia-licensed social workers. Registration is open.

Forensic nursing and early cartoon animation history will begin in the summer, and dementia care worker training will begin in the fall.

For information or to sign up for notifications, visit

Food handlers

classes set

WEIRTON – The Hancock County Health Department will conduct a food handlers class at 6 p.m. April 2 at the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church located at 3528 West St.

The class is open to the public. Any person involved in food service in Hancock and Brooke counties is required to possess a current food handler card. The class is for volunteers as well as those employed in the food service industry.

Food handler cards are free to volunteers working for a non-profit organization. For those employed in food establishments, the cost is $7 for a one-year card, $12 for a two-year card, and $17 for a three-year card.

Food Handler training may also be obtained by taking an online class at Payment for the online class may be made by using a credit card or “Pay Pal.” Participants may also print the completion verification and pay the fee at the Hancock County Health Department between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For information on the food handler card program, call the health department at (304)564-3343.

VFW holding

monthly dinner

WEIRTON – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2716 will hold the monthly dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 6 at the post located on Main Street.

Dinner includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables and dessert.

Tickets are $7 each and including a chance in a $500 drawing. They may be purchase from any club member or by calling (304) 748-9674.

Sacred Heart

holding service

WEIRTON – Sacred Heart of Mary Church will hold the Divine Mercy Celebration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 7, Divine Mercy Sunday, at the church located at 200 Preston Ave., on Weirton Heights.

The celebration will include hymns, reads, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Reconciliation and the Divine Mercy Chaplet written by St. Faustina of Poland.

The devotion is held the second Sunday of the Easter season by directive of Blessed Pope John Paul II.

All are welcome to attend.

‘Annie’ auditions


HICKORY, Pa. – The Old Schoolhouse Players will hold auditions for “Annie,” directed by Bethany Kohl-Peternel, April 7-8 and 13 at the Old Schoolhouse Players Theater at the Mount Pleasant Township Community Center located at 20 Wabash Ave.

Children 18 and under will audition from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 7, and adults will audition from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 8. Additional auditions will be by invitation only.

Auditions will include cold readings from the script and take approximately 20 meetings. Monologues are welcome, but not required. Those who are able to come early and read with others are asked to do so. This is a volunteer performance.

The show will take place July 19-21 and 26-28.

Weirton Steelers

holding signups

WEIRTON – Weirton Steelers football team signups will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13-14 and 20-21 at the Millsop Community Center.

The cost is $65 for one child, $125 for two children and $200 for three or more children.

For information, contact Heidi Brown at (304) 670-4986 or

C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc.

hosts job course

WEIRTON – C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. will host a job readiness class for women from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library located on Main Street.

The workshop is open to women 18 and older, and seating is limited.

Reservations can be made by calling (304) 797-7733.

Mount Carmel

hosts youth night

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Mount Carmel First United Methodist Church Anniversary Committee will host a youth night at 7 p.m. April 12 at the church located at 3301 West St.

Arletta Reed and Jamar Harvey’s mime ministry and poet Eugene Williams will be special guests. The Anointed Children of God Mime Ministry of Macedonia Baptist Church in Duquesne, Pa., will be featured in concert.

Vendors sought for Moose sale

WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg Moose Lodge seeks vendors for an indoor yard sale to be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13 at the lodge at 844 Main St.

Eight-foot tables may be rented for $10 each. Donations of items for the sale also are welcome by calling (304) 737-0178.

Yard sale benefits

cancer society

AVELLA, Pa. – The Powers Auto Crushing Inc. Relay for Life Team will hold an indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at the Avella Volunteer Fire Department on Avella Road.

Donated items, including furniture, household items, toys books, collectibles, seasonal items, decor, tools and appliances, will be accepted. Computer monitors will not be accepted. Donated items can be dropped off April 12 at the fire department.

All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

For information, contact Patty Powers Cutlip at (724) 587-3943 or (724) 587-3900.

Library to hold

grant workshop

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library will host a proposal writing basics workshop presented by Christopher “Kief” Schladweiler, Foundation Center Co-operating Collections coordinator, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 15 in the library’s activity room.

He also will discuss grant-seeking resources and answer questions about the Foundation Center and its databases.

To make a reservation, contact Lois Fundis at (304) 797-8510 or fundisl@weirton.lib.wv. us.

Hancock Schools

holding screenings

NEW CUMBERLAND – Hancock County Schools will host free development skill screenings for children from birth to 5-years-old from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at the Board of Education Conference Room on the bottom floor of the New Cumberland City Building located at 104 N. Court St.

The screenings will include thinking, movement, play, self-care, language and behavior. School psychologists, educational and early intervention specialists and speech therapists will be available to answer questions.

Appointments are required. Make an appointment by calling (304) 564-3411, extension 3383.

Church holding

gospel meetings

WEIRTON – The Weirton Heights Church of Christ will hold its annual spring gospel meeting April 21-25 at the church located on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Guest speaker Steve Stevens will present seven “Divine Design for Marriage” lessons on Christian marriage. Topics will include “Key Bible Concepts for Marriage,” “Divorce and Remarriage, What Saith the Scriptures” and “How Should Christians Handle the Issue of Same-Sex Marriage.”

For information, call (304) 723-1160.

Around the Valley

Peach Festival

Plans under way

WEIRTON – St. Thomas Episcopal Church held an organizational meeting Sunday to assign concession chairs for the 50th-annual Peach Festival, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at the church located on Three Springs Drive.

Five former pastors, along with a pastor who became the Episcopal Bishop of California and Bishop of West Virginia, will attend to celebrate the 50th anniversary festival. A special service is being planned for the day following the festival.

Rick Mergen and Wendy Speer are co-chairs.

Crafters and vendors interested in participating should call the church at (304) 723-4120.



WEIRTON – Carly P. Lescallette has been nominated to join the Phi Sigma Theta National Honor by the West Virginia University administration and faculty members based on her academics.

Lescallette, the daughter of Tim and Loretta Lescallette of Weirton, is majoring in business.

Chamber seeks help fundraising

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Chamber of Commerce is working with the Follansbee Community Days Committee to bring a mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the city during the festival and seeks monetary donations to support that effort.

Follansbee City Council has agreed to provide $3,000 in city funds toward $6,000 needed for the monument’s visit, which is slated for July 11-15.

A fund has been established at the Follansbee WesBanco branch, and checks should be made payable to the Follansbee Chamber of Commerce and mailed to: WesBanco, Attention Charlotte Kolenc, 955 Main St., Follansbee, WV 26037.

Women’s group selling cookbooks

WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg Women of the Moose Chapter 1354 is selling a cookbook with easy-to-prepare, “tried and true” local recipes, said leaders of the club.

The cookbooks are $10 each and include recipes for food ranging from main entrees to desserts, cookies and candy as well as helpful kitchen hints.

They also would make good Easter gifts, club members said.

They may be purchased at the Moose Lodge at 844 Main St. or the Brooke County Review’s new office on the Wellsburg Town Square or by calling Joyce McAlpine at (304) 737-1958.

Safe driving class offered

WEIRTON – An AARP safe driving class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21-22 at West Virginia Northern Community College.

Taught by Mel Vorhees, the class is geared to mature adults who may or may not be experiencing problems with diminishing vision, hearing and reaction time.

Rules of the road and safe driving techniques are reviewed. Most insurance agencies offer a discount on insurance premiums to those who have completed the two-day course.

The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. The fee is for materials used.

Class space is limited, so reservations should be made by calling (304) 527-3410.

NRA offers

safety courses

WEIRTON – A National Rifle Association Basic Pistol safety course will be held April 5-6 at the Hancock County Sportsmans Association.

The 12-hour course will include a four-hour session from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 5, and an eight-hour session, beginning at 9 a.m. April 6.

The course will include lectures and live firing handguns. A fully certified NRA firearms instructor will present the course. The nationally accredited course is approved by several states, including West Virginia and Ohio, as a requirement prior to applying for a concealed weapons carry permit. Pre-registration is required to ensure adequate live firing experience. For information or to register, contact Roger Tate at (304) 748-0253 or

Around the Valley

Class of 1953

meeting canceled

WEIRTON – The Weir High Class of 1953 reunion meeting has been canceled.

Country Friends to

hold dance

COLLIERS – The Country Friends will host Bobby Brandt and The Eldurays 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.

On Monday and Fridays, the group holds a covered-dish dinner and open mic night. 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

Class of 1957 to

meet Thursday

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

All classmates, spouses and friends are welcome.

Sands of Time

to perform

WEIRTON – The Sands of Time will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Greater Weirton Senior Center located on Main Street.

The doors open at 5 p.m. The cover charge is $5.

Emanuel Baptist

holding concert

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio – The Emanuel Baptist Church will host contemporary Christian band A Joyful Noise, featuring vocalist Linda Dickinson, and bluegrass gospel band The Coleman Family from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the church located at 50470 National Road.

Admission is free; a love offering will be received.

Call (740) 695-2787 for information.

Newcomers Club

set to meet

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio – The Wheeling Newcomers Club will hold its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. March 14 at the Belmont Hills Country Club.

The program will feature Nikki Lenz from Nicky’s Garden Center and Landscaping.

She will discuss the company’s history and give spring planting and decorating tips. Lunch is $15 per person and reservations should be made by calling Marilyn Rabinowitz at (304) 243-0164 by Sunday.

Membership is open to all women new to the area.