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Community Briefs

Weirton United Methodist

Parish to host Easter Cantata

WEIRTON – Weirton United Methodist Parish will present their Easter Cantata, “It is Finished,” at 5 p.m. April 7 at First United Methodist Church located at 3301 West St.

Immediately following the service, a covered-dish dinner will be held. The church will provide the meat, bread and beverages. Call (304) 748-6680.

‘Princess Ball’ scheduled

STEUBENVILLE – The Sojourner Truth Federated Club will hold “A Princess Ball” father-daughter dance from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 20 at Froehlich’s Classic Corner located at 501 Washington St. The event will feature a princess-inspired dinner, dancing, flowers, father-daughter pictures and a disc jockey playing child-appropriate music.

Tickets are $35 for a father and his daughter, with a $10 charge for each additional daughter 18 and under. Fathers, grandfathers, uncles and surrogate fathers are welcome to attend. For tickets and information, contact Vicki Gilliam at (304) 748-7848, Carol Gregory at (740) 282-3190, Wylene Alexander at (740) 282-9207 or Sandi Rue at (740) 283-2832.

Roast benefits Wounded Warriors

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. – A chicken roast will be held to benefit the Wounded Warriors of Washington County from noon to 5 p.m. April 27 at the Knights of Columbus Pavilion located on Smith Township State Road, state Route 18, across from Hill Memorial Stadium’s main entrance.

The cost is $12 per dinner, which includes one-half chicken, baked potato, salad, roll and dessert. A cash bar will be available. The event will include a 50/50 drawing and Chinese auction. Tickets must be purchased by April 20. They may be purchased from any of the following sponsors: Atlasburg Veterans of Foreign Wars, Burgettstown American Legion, Burgettstown Sons of the Legion, Burgettstown Veterans of Foreign Wars, Slovan Veterans of Foreign Wars, Burgettstown Knights of Columbus and the American Legion Riders.

Radio Club

sponsored class

WEIRTON – The Steubenville-Weirton Amateur Radio Club, in cooperation with the Mary H. Weir Library, recently completed a series of classes for those wanting to take the FCC Amateur Radio License examination.

Accredited volunteer examiners administered the exam Saturday, and seven candidates passed the Technician Class exam, one passed the General Class exam and one passed the Extra Class exam.

There are now more licensed amateur radio operators in the United States than at any time in the past. Amateur radio operators, commonly called “hams,” use their radio equipment to talk all over the world. Besides being a hobby, many hams volunteer their time, skills and equipment to assist with communications during times of emergency.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about amateur radio or getting licensed may call Lester Shields at (304) 723-1743.

Bethany Women meet

BETHANY – The Bethany Woman’s Club, a General Federation of Women’s Clubs of West Virginia member club, met March 18 at Bethany Memorial Church, with President Helen Moren presiding.

Judy Pyle led devotions. Secretary Beverly Chambers and Treasurer Judy Pyle gave their reports.

Charlotte Chambers reported on a coffee hour held March 17 honoring Ruth Tye on her 94th birthday and dedication of the window at Bethany Church.

Members are collecting items for Camp Kno Koma and healthy snack items for Boatsie’s Boxes. Both items are due by the April meeting.

Members made Easter favors for Valley Haven and Ann’s Country Retreat.

Federation Week will be celebrated with a coffee hour April 21 at Bethany Church. A soup and sandwich lunch will be held May 5.

Moren spoke on a luncheon held by the Brooke County Health Department that dealt with prevention of diabetes and chronic disease.

The Northern District Spring Workshop will be held April 25 in New Cumberland.

Library looks

ahead to summer

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library’s summer reading program will have the theme “Dig Into Reading,” and feature activities centering around archeological digs, urban art and geodes.

Registration begins June 1. Space is limited.

For information, contact Lovie Zago at lovie.zago@weirton.lib.wv.us.

Atkins named

to dean’s list

WAYNESBURG, Pa. – Amber M. Atkins has been named to Waynesburg University’s fall term 2012 dean’s list.

Atkins, a Burgettstown High School graduate, is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in science.

Community Briefs

‘Haunted History’ author set

to sign books at penitentiary

MOUNDSVILLE – Sherri Brake, “The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary” author, will be doing a book signing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the penitentiary lobby as part of the penitentiary season opening.

Day tours start on the hour.

The facility is located at 818 Jefferson Ave.

Brake’s latest book, “Fireside Folklore of West Virginia,” features stories about haunted locations, folklore and paranormal occurrences across the state, including a chapter devoted to the penitentiary, “Ghosts of North Hall.”

Brake has a monthly column on folklore and ghosts in Two-Lane Livin’ magazine and has worked on various paranormal television shows such as “Ghost Lab” and “Most Terrifying Places in America.”

For information on the opening, call the tour office at (304) 845-6200.

Story hours set

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Branch of the Brooke County Public Library will be holding story hours for children, ages 2-5, and their caregivers at noon Monday and April 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Children will enjoy a story, craft, games and a snack.

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

Woman shares global stories

NEW CUMBERLAND – Betty Brown, formerly of the city, will do a book signing and read excerpts from her new book “There and Back: An Elder’s Solo Global Pilgrimage” at 6:30 p.m. April 2 at Swaney Memorial Library.

In 2011, Brown visited and lived in Australia, Thailand and Cambodia, Nepal and Tibet, Madagascar, Ireland, Spain and Morocco for a year with only a rolling backpack. Her experiences included feeding “poddies” and “chooks” at an Australian outback station, trekking the Himalayas with leeches, teaching English to Tibetan refugee students or traveling around Northern Ireland with an Irish storyteller.

Brown is a 1961 New Cumberland High School graduate, raised two sons and had a career in business after obtaining a graduate degree from New York University. She resides in Atlanta.

She is the sister of Debbie “Sunshine” Belisle and Tom “Brownie” and Linda Brown of New Manchester.

For information, contact the library at (304) 564-3471.

Children’s knitting group to meet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library’s Kids’ Knitting Group will meet April 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Children who are in third grade or higher can learn to knit with help from instructor Nora Bell. Bring your yarn and needles or loom to start creating.

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

Community Briefs

Weir High Classes of ’57-’60

holding picnic Aug. 21

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Classes of 1957-1960 will hold a picnic at 5 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Serbian Picnic Grounds.

All those attending are asked to bring a covered dish, plates and cutlery. To make a reservation, call Ed Kirk, Class of 1957, at (304) 748-7060; Regina Truax, Class of 1958, at (304) 723-0419; Karen Tate, Class of 1959, at (304) 564-5234; or Paula Brown, Class of 1960, at (304) 748-0783. The group’s next meeting will be held at 1 p.m. May 3 at Undo’s.

Grant deadline approaching

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Humanities Council provides programs and more than $600,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations supporting educational programming.

The Humanities Council minigrant deadlines occur every 60 days for projects requesting $1,500 or less, with upcoming deadlines of April 1 and June 1.

For information about the grants program contact grants administrator Amy Saunders at (304) 346-8500 or saunders@wvhumanities.org. Grant guidelines and applications are available on the Humanities Council website, www.wvhumanities.org.

Health department has vaccine

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Health Department will receive the Zostavax, or shingles, vaccine.

To receive this vaccine, clients must be 60 or older or uninsured or under insured. For information, call the health department at (304) 564-3343.

Community Briefs

Weirton United Methodist

Parish announces services

WEIRTON – The Weirton United Methodist Parish will hold a Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m., Thursday at Christ United Methodist Church located at 3598 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton Heights.

The Good Friday Stations of the Cross will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church located at 3301 West St. This will be a self-paced service, with those participating staying as long as they want to mediate on the stations. The Easter sunrise service will be held at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church located at 101 Lisa Court. It will be followed by a continental breakfast.

Christ United Methodist Church will hold Easter services at 9:15 a.m. Sunday; First United Methodist Church will hold Easter services at 11 a.m. Sunday; and Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church also will hold Easter services at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The parish will present the Easter Cantata “It Is Finished” at 5 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church located at 3301 West St. A covered-dish dinner will follow the service, with the parish providing meat, bread and beverages.

For information, contact the parish office at (304) 748-6680.

Church hosts showing of ‘Passion’

WELLSBURG – The First Presbyterian Church of Wellsburg will host a free presentation of the movie “The Passion of the Christ” immediately following the Maundy Thursday worship service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church located at 901 Charles St.

The public is invited to attend.

Country Friends holding dance

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host the Sands of Time 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.

The group 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.

Retirees to meet April 9

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Retired School Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. April 9 at the Franklin United Methodist Church.

President Sharon Cuomo will preside over a business meeting immediately following lunch. Local legislators will be the guest speakers. Members are asked to wear red, supporting the group’s goal to raise $15 per year of service. Members are also asked to bring kid lit books and animals. Membership is open until June 30, and new members are welcome.

Lunch reservations can be made by calling Ruth Lewis at (304) 737-2314 or Dottie Cooper at (304) 737-1697 by April 2.

Church Women holding meeting

WEIRTON – The Church Women United will hold their executive board meeting at 10 a.m. April 5 at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church located at 300 Three Springs Drive.

Karen Tate, Weirton Unit president, will preside.

Eleanor Cline, devotions leader, and Eloise Evans, Fellowship of the Least Coin, will give reports. Second-year delegates will be assigned to plan the May Friendship Day celebration under the guidance of Helen Tate, co-ordinator.

Trail station opening April 6

MCDONALD, Pa. – The McDonald Trail Station will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays beginning April 6.

The history center will be open, and the meeting room will be available for small group rentals.

The McDonald Area Redevelopment Association meets at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.

For information or to rent the meeting room, call (724) 926-4617 or (724) 926-9395.

Manley to hold revival services

WELLSBURG – Stephen Manley will hold revival services April 7-11 at the Wellsburg Church of the Nazarene located at 835 Washington Pike.

The April 7 services will be held at 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Evening services will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 8-11. He also will lead Bible studies from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 9-11 at the church.

Manley, pastor at the Cross Style Church in Lebanon, Tenn., has traveled for more than 40 years, preaching and teaching. He has begun informal Bible training centers in more than 20 countries.

The Rev. Dennis K. Yingling of the Church of the Nazarene invites the public to attend the services and Bible studies.

For directions, visit www.wellsburgnaz.org.

Community briefs

Entries sought for state quilt show

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History invites West Virginia quilters to enter its annual Quilts and Wall Hangings Juried Exhibition, which will open May 24 and continue through Sept. 2 at the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex.

Commissioner of Culture and History Randall Reid-Smith said, “The quilt exhibition in the Great Hall is one of our most popular and colorful exhibitions. Visitors from around the country enjoy the fine handiwork of West Virginians whose creativity and appreciation of tradition are showcased in the quilts and wall hangings we feature.”

Hand- or machine-made quilts by West Virginia residents and not shown previously in the exhibition are eligible. Entries must be shipped or mailed no earlier than April 8 and arrive at the Culture Center no later than May 3.

Hand-delivered entries will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. April 25-26. Each entrant may submit one quilt and one wall hanging, which must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $20 for each entry.

For information or applications, visit www.wvculture.org/museum, or call Betty Gay, exhibits coordinator, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 128.

Cash awards of $750, $400 and $300 will go to first-, second- and third- place winners, respectively, for quilts in the following categories: pieced, appliqued and quilts made with mixed/other techniques and for winners of a general category of wall hangings.

A best of show prize of $100 as well as honorable mention or other non-monetary awards may be given at the judge’s discretion.

The Division of Culture and History will provide two purchase awards and add the purchased quilt and wall hanging to the collection of the West Virginia State Museum. Quilters may sell their quilts during the exhibition, but quilts may not be removed until the show ends.

Beverly Fine, a National Quilting Association certified judge from Haymarket, Va., will be the juror for this year’s exhibition.

The co-author of “A Guide to Judged Quilt Shows,” Fine will lead a workshop titled “A Judge’s Guide to a Professional Finish” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 10. Students will learn a step-by-step process for making bindings and facings that will win praise from a quilt judge.

The workshop is limited to 25 participants, with a $20 fee per person required.

Recruits sought

by Young Marines

The Tri-State Young Marines are accepting new recruits.

New recruit bootcamp begins May 13 and ends with a week-long encampment at Tomlinson Run State Park in New Manchester.

For more than 16 years, Tri-State Young Marines has been working with youth in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania through its youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school.

The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building and leadership and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.

For information, visit the national website at www.youngmarines.com or call (304) 280-8898 or (740) 381-0838.

Local students are

representatives

Carroll Electric Cooperative Inc. recently selected two area high school students to represent the cooperative at the Washington D.C. Rural Electric Youth Tour to be held June 14-20.

Emily Bryan, daughter of Earl and Tonya Bryan of Kensington, and Samantha Craig, daughter of Gabriel and Tina Craig of Jewett, will join the nearly 1,500 other youth from across the country for the week-long trip.

Bryan is a sophomore at Carrollton High School, and Craig is a junior at Harrison Central High School.

The tour teaches students about the rural electric utility that brings electricity into their homes and lives and gives students a first-hand look at the activities of our government in the nation’s capital. Both will get a change to meet and talk to congressional leaders from Ohio at the United States Capital, while visiting the sights of Washington, D.C.

In addition to representing Carroll Electric at the tour, both students will have the opportunity to be selected to serve on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Leadership Council.

The youth tour is an annual contest sponsored by the Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives Inc. and the Carroll Electric Cooperative.

Carroll Electric Cooperative Inc., a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is a member-owned rural electric cooperative that services portions of Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Stark and Tuscarawas counties. More than 12,400 members are connected to the 1,474 miles of lines serviced by the co-op.

For information, contact the company at (800) 232-7967 or visit online at www.cecpower.coop.

Retirees start

scholarship fund

Steubenville City School retirees met for lunch March 14 at JC Wine Cellar in East Springfield with 28 in attendance.

Cards were signed for ill members, and discussions were held on upcoming events members were to be involved in, including a spaghetti dinner organized for April 21 by Charity Hospice; the Dueling Pianos benefit held by the Jefferson County Humane Society; and a pancake breakfast to benefit the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center.

A small scholarship fund was started to benefit people taking GED tests.

Contributions will be accepted at next month’s luncheon which will be held April 11 at the White Bear Inn in East Springfield.

Spring dance

at Post No. 274

The American Legion David Walker Post No. 274 in Steubenville will host a spring dance at the post on April 13 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

There will be a DJ, drawings and food. It is open to the public.

Vendors sought

for Moose sale

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

Community Briefs

Holy Resurrection holding

Presanctified Liturgy

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The service of the Presanctified Liturgy will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday ath the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church located at 528 N. Fourth St.

“The Presanctified Liturgy is an ancient and beautiful service held only during the Great Fast preceding the feast of the Resurrection,” explained the Rev. Rade Merick, Holy Resurrection pastor. “As the joy of the Eucharistic Liturgy is inappropriate during the weekdays of the Fast, but the faithful are in even greater need of being strengthened by Holy Communion, the Eucharist consecrated on Sunday is kept and distributed during a special vesperal liturgy on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout Lent.

“The service is deeply penitential, but filled with the assurance of Christ’s love in giving Himself to us in Communion.”

Merick and visiting clergy will serve, with responses by the church’s choir. A lenten meal will follow. It is open to the public.

St. Nicholas holding dinner

WEIRTON – St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will hold a fish dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at the church located at 604 Colliers Way, across from the Weirton Medical Center.

The dinner includes pierogies, halushki and green beans. A drink is included with eat-in meals. Take-out also is available. The cost is $10.

For information, call (304) 723-9746.

Son of Legion hold fundraiser

WEIRTON – The Sons of the American Legion Post 10 will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit the post from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 21 at the post located at 3140 Pennsylvania Ave.

Dinner costs $7 for adults, $4 for children and free for children 5 and under. It includes homemade spaghetti, salad, dessert and coffee. Other beverages are available for purchase.

For information, call (304) 723-2732.

Dinner to benefit local man

FOLLANSBEE – A spaghetti dinner will be held April 30 at the Hooverson Heights Fire Department on May Road to benefit Rich Beatty of Follansbee, a kidney transplant patient.

The cost is $6 for the dinner, which will begin at 3 p.m. There also will be a 50-50 drawing.

For information, call Anthony “Butch” Rotellini at (304) 479-0225.

Young Marines holding boot camp

NEW MANCHESTER – The Tri-State Young Marines are accepting new recruits, and a week-long new recruit boot camp begins May 13 at Tomlinson Run State Park.

The youth education and service group accepts boys and girls aged 8 through high school in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. It has promoted mental, moral and physical development in the Upper Ohio Valley for 16 years. The program focuses on character building and leadership and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts. To learn more about the Young Marines, visit the national website at www.youngmarines.com. For more information on the Tri-State Young Marines or to register call (304) 280-8898 or (740) 381-0838.

Heights competes in Bible Bowl

WEIRTON – Three coaches and 12 children from the Weirton Heights Church of Christ competed in the Bible Bowl in Marion, Ohio.

The three teams include two teams for older children, which placed first and second in the competition, and a third team for younger children, which placed first in their age group and won the speed round.

The coaches were Mark Zopp, Blair Haught and Robin Weltner. The teams were honored with a cake and ice cream social at the church.

Grant-writing

workshop set

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – First Matrix Motivation will hold grant-writing workshops from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 18 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 at the First Free Methodist Church located at 16260 St. Clair Ave. The seminars will look at writing grant proposals for buildings, programs, schools, technical skills, counseling, rehabilitation, job training, education, day care, health care and food and clothing distribution. The cost is $45 per person, including registration, workbook and on-going support services. The first 20 to register will receive a free copy of “Submitting Successful Grant Submissions.” To register, call (330) 870-5903 or (330) 382-1086.

Community Briefs

Vietnam Veterans honored at

program Saturday at fort

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – AMVETS Post 275 will hold a Vietnam Veterans Day Program at 11 a.m. Saturday at Historic Fort Steuben.

U.S. Marine Sgt. Jack Ernest, a local veteran, will be the guest speaker. Coffee and cookies at the fort will immediately follow the program.

For information, contact Dan Wilson at (740) 317-8646.

Management club to meet

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

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

Holy Week services set

WEIRTON – Shiloh Apostolic Faith Church will hold special Holy Week services at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the church located at 3000 Weir Ave.

Bishop Fred C. Williams of Bethany Refuge Empowerment Ministries in Mobile, Ala., will be the guest speaker. He also will speak Wednesday and Good Friday, March 29.

Library holding workshop

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library will present a workshop on changes to the Overdrive software used by the WVDeli Consortium for downloadable books and media at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the library located on Main Street.

The workshop will focus on e-books and topics include improvement in functionality, making selecting books easier; downloading books to a Nook or tablet without a computer; and reading books on a web-enabled device without downloading.

WVU Extension offers gardening tips

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County West Virginia University Extension Service will hold a series of gardening workshops at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Brooke Hills Park.

At the first, to be held Thursday, Extension Specialist Lewis Jett will discuss making the most use of the WVU Garden Calendar.

On April 4, Ohio County Extension agent John Miller will discuss using raised beds in home gardens.

On April 11, Pleasant County Extension agent Claude Marra will discuss soil conservation and soil sciences, including understanding a soil test report and improving soil’s quality for flower beds and other gardens.

On April 18, Brooke County Extension agent Norm Schwertfeger will discuss successful home gardening techniques. Participants also are encouraged to bring plants or seeds they would like to trade.

A $5 donation is requested. Those interested in attending should register by phone, (304) 737-3666, or online at BrookeCountyExtension@mail.wvu. edu.

The WVU Extension Service has a number of helpful resources about gardening and agriculture. They range from the online Gardening 101 series to specific information about pests, soil, bees and other topics found at www.anr.ext.wvu.edu.

The 2013 WVU Extension Service Garden Calendar, a growing guide and a varieties guide also can be downloaded from the same site.

Church holding egg hunt

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. – The Harmon Creek Community Church will host its annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. March 30 at the church located at 1080 Steubenville Pike.

The hunt will include age-appropriate categories, including toddler and preschool, lower and upper elementary, youth and adults.

All are welcome.

Event to promote organ donation

FOLLANSBEE – James Funeral Home will host the second Gift of Life Awareness Event held by the Center for Organ Recovery and Education at 4 p.m. April 1.

A representative of the center will be on hand to discuss organ donation, and an organ recipient will be on hand to comment. In observance of Organ Donation Month, green lights will be shown on the funeral home throughout April.

Church holding vendor night

WEIRTON – The Marland Heights Community Church will hold an annual vendors night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 5 at the church located at 3900 Bright Way.

Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, Avon and homemade jewelry, totes, baked goods, magnets, key chains and baby blankets will be available. Food also will be available.

Community Briefs

First Christian Church holding food, hygiene distribution today

WEIRTON – The First Christian Church will hold a food and personal hygiene item distribution from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the church located at 3252 Main St.

The congregation will be distributing food on a first-come, first-served basis, as well as personal items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

For information, call (304) 797-7300 from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

Tack auction set for Saturday

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Knight Riderz and Sundowners 4-H Saddle Clubs will sponsor a tack auction Saturday at 4-H Camp Aura located on Ross Road.

The doors and concessions will open at noon and the auction will begin at 1 p.m.

Name brand tack, grooming supplies, barn supplies, riding gear, horse care, wormers, saddle pads and saddles will be available. All new tack is provided by Steve Armstrong of Salem, Ohio. Used tack consignments will be taken. Local sponsors will provide gift cards, special items and services, all of which also will be auctioned off. Col. Larry Reed of Reed’s Auction Co. will provide auctioneer services.

Proceeds benefit the Camp Aura horse show facility.

For information, provide Racheal Paris at (304) 564-5958 or Megan Walker at (304) 564-3598.

Country Friends host Art Beal

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host Art Beal and the Country Tradition 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 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.

For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270.

Shiloh holding Palm Sunday service

WEIRTON – Shiloh Apostolic Faith Church will host guest speaker Evangelist Clarissa Speaker at noon Palm Sunday at the church located at 3000 Weir Ave.

An afternoon service, featuring Ohio Valley Ministries performing mime and liturgical dance and guest the Rev. Quanita Williams of Tower of Power Church in Steubenville, will be held at 4 p.m. at the church. The Shiloh youth; Sisters Phyllis Freeman and Alexis Turner-Davis of Shiloh; Sisters Karen Wayne, Taylor Williams and Halley Williams of Christ the King Family Worship Center in Weirton; and Sister Tracy Black of Greater Faith Worship Center in Industry, Pa., will present the program “I’ll Praise Him in a Dance.” A free-will offering to benefit the church’s building fund will be taken.

Refreshments will be served following the service; the public is invited to attend.

Tish Turner is the program coordinator, and the Rev. D.W. Cummings is pastor.

Riverview hosting Splendid Sound

WELLSBURG – Riverview Baptist Chapel will host Splendid Sound, a Toronto, Ohio-based southern gospel quartet, at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church located at 225 Charles St.

Splendid Sound members are experienced in performing Christian music and quartet singing.

The public is invited to attend.

West Virginia Women’s Clubs

holding convention until Sunday

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS – General Federation of Women’s Clubs West Virginia General and Junior Clubs are meeting for their third joint convention Friday through Sunday at The Greenbrier Resort.

National President Mary Ellen Laister will be the keynote speaker for the event, which is the the 107th Annual GFWC-WV Convention and 80th Annual GFWC- WV Junior Convention.

State President Carol Allen will preside over the session, which also will involve Kristi Atha-Rader, junior club director.

Eastern District President Marianne Bayer and West District President Linda Campbell are hostesses, and Rita Lynch is convention chair.

The event will include workshops on diabetes, domestic violence and leadership.

Among the many expected to attend were Helen Moren, GFWC-WV secretary and member o f the Bethany Woman’s Club; Jo-Ellen Wright, Northern District president; and members of the Weirton Woman’s Club and 20th Century Club of Follansbee.

St. Thomas holding fish fry

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

Dinners include fish, fries and coleslaw. Individual fish sandwiches and desserts also are available. Take-out orders are available.

Advance orders will be taken by calling the church at (304) 723-4120.

Senior center hosting craft show

WEIRTON – The “Spring Fling” craft and soup sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Greater Weirton Senior Center located on Main Street. There will be more than 25 vendors and six different soups. Admission is free. For information, call the center at (304) 748-3490.

Auxiliary holding spring craft show

HOOKSTOWN, Pa. – The Hookstown American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will host its annual spring craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the legion hall located on state Route 168, near the fairgrounds. Crafts and home decor will be available. The kitchen will be open. Admission is free. For information, call (412) 897-0100.

Church holding service

WEIRTON – Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church will hold a “Breaking Through” worship service at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church located at 101 Lisa Court. The casual, family-friendly one-hour service will include contemporary music, videos and singing.

Pietro to lead weight loss discussion

WEIRTON – Pharmacist Megan Pietro will lead an interactive discussion on losing body fat at 2 p.m. Monday at the Weirton Medical Center’s Starvaggi Room.

Those with diabetes and weight loss concerns and caregivers are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served, and a drawing will be held.

All are welcome; there is no admission charge.

Library to show film

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

Based on the bestselling novel by Yann Martel, the movie involves Pi Patel, who finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with the only survivor, a ferocious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

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

Community Briefs

Weir High School Class of ’55

ladies luncheon set for today

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1955 ladies lunch will be held at noon today at the Three Spring Drive Eat’n Park.

Any member of the class is welcome to attend.

For information, call Marlene Hare at (304) 748-7974.

All Saints holding sale

WEIRTON – The All Saints Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society will hold its Greek Easter bake sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until sold out Thursday at the Hellenic Memorial Hall located at West Street.

Greek Easter Bread is $7, koulourakia, or twist cookies, are $5 per dozen and frozen, ready-to-cook spanakopita rolls are $8. No pre-orders will be accepted. Proceeds benefit charity.

MS?support group to meet

WEIRTON – The Weirton/Steubenville Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Serbian American Cultural Center on Colliers Way. The group will discuss programs for the year. Anyone with Multiple Sclerosis, their family and friends are invited to attend. For information, call Connie Kafton at (304) 527-3023.

Light Touch to perform

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will host band Light Touch from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.

The cost is $5. For information, call the center at (304) 748-3490.

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St. Thomas Episcopal Church

continues to hold fish frys

WEIRTON – St. Thomas Episcopal Church will continue to hold Friday fish frys, and, on Good Friday, March 29, it will end at 6 p.m., followed by a Lental program which will include Stations of the Cross.

Wedding expo scheduled

MORGANTOWN – WV Weddings Magazine will hold a wedding expo from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 24 at the Stonewall resort.

The event will including sessions on wedding-related themes, several vendors, discounts and giveaways, a luncheon and keynote speaker Mary Marantz of Justin and Mary Photography.

Tickets are $25 and include the luncheon and gift tote. For information, visit mywvwedding.com.

Hanover holding egg hunt

FLORENCE, Pa. – The Hanover (Washington County) Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary will host an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. March 30 at the fire department located at 9 Starck Drive, off Steubenville Pike.

The hunt is open to children aged 1 to 10, and there will be prizes for the age-group winners. All those participating will receive a treat bag, and the Easter Bunny will make a visit.

Temple holding Easter distribution

WHEELING – The Bethlehem Apostolic Temple Food Ministries will hold its Easter food basket giveaway from 11 a.m. to noon March 30 at the church fellowship hall located at 330 N. Main St.

Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Those participating must bring their own bag or box.

For information, call the Rev. D.W. Cummings at (304) 233-8899.

The giveaway is sponsored by the temple, North Wheeling Youth Center, D.W. Cummings Evangelistic Association and Christian Fellowship Foundation.

Cat spray/neuter program scheduled

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. – The Animal Friends Mobile Hospital will hold a cat spay/neuter program April 3 at the borough municipal building.

The cost is $45 and includes spaying or neutering, a rabies shot, ear mite treatment and flea treatment, if necessary. Other services will be available for additional fees. Advance registration and payment are required. This service is available only for cats.

For information or to register, call Phoebe Suica at (724) 947-0741 or the borough officers at (724) 947-2011.

Church holding vendors night

WEIRTON – The Marland Height Community Church will hold an annual vendors night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 5 at the church located at 3900 Bright Way.

Vendors will offer Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, jewelry, totes, Avon, baked goods, magnets and key chains. Food will be available.

Mount Carmel celebrate anniversary

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church will celebrate their 14th church anniversary by hosting 1NE Ministry in concert at 6 p.m. April 6 at the church located at 708 N. Fifth St.

The group performs five-part a capella, beatbox and half-step, whole-step in harmony.

For information, visit their website at www.1neministry.com or contact the church by calling (740) 282-9257 or emailing mtcarmel-c@comcast.net.

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Weir High School Class of ’59

set to meet Tuesday evening

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

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

Football boosters holding fundraising

WEIRTON – The Weir Football Boosters will hold a night at the races fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m., March 22 at the Weirton Veterans of Foreign War hall located at 3435 Main St.

The event will include a 50/50 drawing, auction and Weir football items.

The cost to sponsor a horse is $30, and that includes a ticket, food and beverages. The cost to sponsor a race is $50, including one ticket, food and beverages. All sponsors will be announced before the first race, between races and at the end of the event and listed on the boosters’ social media. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit the high school’s weight room.

To purchase a ticket, make an auction donation or become a sponsor, call (304) 670-6289.

Library to show film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will show the rated PG animated film, “Rise of the Guardians” at 11 a.m. March 23.

When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

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

Book discussion group meeting

WEIRTON – The Saturday Afternoon Book Discussion Group will discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning “March” by Geraldine Brooks at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Mary H. Weir Public Library located on Main Street.

“March” follows the father of the Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” during his deployment in the Civil War. The library has additional copies on loan from the West Virginia Library Commission available; inquire at the assistant director’s office.

April’s book will be “Lifeboat,” by Charlotte Rogan. Copies will be available at the March meeting. The book discussion group meets the fourth Saturday of each month. All are welcome to attend.

Second Division looking for members

FOX LAKE, Ill. – The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who ever served in the Army’s Second Infantry Division at any time.

For information about the national association and annual reunion set for Sept. 17-21 in Columbus, Ga., contact Secretary-Treasurer Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net or (224) 225-1202.

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Weirton United Methodist

Parish to hold joint service

WEIRTON – The Weirton United Methodist Parish, including the Christ United Methodist, First United Methodist and Pleasant Valley United Methodist churches, will hold a joint worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Christ United Methodist Church located at 3598 Pennsylvania Ave.

Library hosting grant-seeker workshop

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library will host a grant-seeker resources online workshop at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the library’s activity room.

The workshop will explore features of GrantSpace.org, a free Foundation Center website that enables grant-seekers to develop fundraising, grant-seeking and nonprofit management skills; view webinars; listen to podcasts; find statistical information; search for specialized foundations and nonprofits; and find nonprofit and philanthropic job listings.

If time permits, other free grant-seeking websites will be discussed.

For information, contact Lois Fundis at (304) 797-8510 or fundisl@weirton.lib.wv.us.

Easter story hour set

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be holding an “Easter Fun” evening storytime with Kim Harless at 5:30 p.m. March 21.

Children will enjoy Easter stories, crafts and games. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Oak Glen presents ‘Littlest Angel’

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Oak Glen Middle School Culture Club Players will present a musical adaptation of “The Littlest Angel,” by Charles Tazewell, at 7 p.m. March 21-22 at the middle school located at 195 Golden Bear Drive.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

For information, call (304) 374-7474.

Preschool holding open house

ELDERSVILLE, Pa. – The Westminster Community Preschool will hold an open house from noon to 2 p.m. March 22 at the preschool located in the Eldersville United Methodist Church on Church Street.

The school will accept registrations for the 3-, 4- and 5-year-old classes for the 2013-2014 academic year. To be eligible, a child must be 3 by Sept. 1.

The preschool’s goal is to provide mental, emotional, creative, social and physical growth through individual and group experiences.

For information, call the preschool at (724) 947-2390 or (724) 587-5826.

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Shiloh Apostolic Church hosts

special service Friday evening

WEIRTON – Shiloh Apostolic Church will host a special service, “Hung Up for Our Hang Ups” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the church located at 3000 Weir Ave.

The event will include exhortations, music and dramatic expression. Deacon William Watson of Zion Temple in Steubenville, Ohio; Elder Matthew Quivers of the Apostolic Lighthouse in Weirton; and the Rev. Carol Christian of Bethlehem Temple in Wheeling will be guest speakers. Brother Collin McGee will portray Peter. The public is invited to attend.

Sacred Heart announces services

WEIRTON – The Sacred Heart of Mary Church will celebrate Gorzkie Zale, or “Bitter Lamentations,” a traditional Polish Lenten devotion dating back to the 1700s, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church located at 200 Preston Ave.

The service incorporates Polish and English text, chant, reading and silent meditation on Jesus Christ’s and Mary’s suffering during the passion and crucifixion. The public is welcome to attend.

The church will celebrate “Around the Cross,” a Lenten devotion in the ecumenical Taize tradition, at 7 p.m. March 22. The service incorporates scripture, chant, silent meditation and intercessory prayer. The Taize community was founded as a place where divided Christians and separated people could worship together in Taize, France, in 1940. All are invited to contemplate Christ’s redemption.

The church will celebrate Tenebrae, or “Darkness Fell,” a traditional monastic Holy Week devotion, at 8 p.m. March 27. The service is a meditation on the last seven phrases Christ spoke during the passion and his death. All are welcome to attend.

Elks to hold dinner

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.

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.

Gospel group to perform

HICKORY, Pa. – Local gospel group Backporch will perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hickory United Evangelical Presbyterian Church located at 210 Main St. There is no admission fee; a free will offering will be accepted. The public is invited to attend.

Churches holding Holy Week services

WEIRTON – Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church of Weirton will hold joint worship services at noon Monday through March 29 at Memorial Baptist located at 121 Ivy St.

The Holy Week services will last 30 minutes, and the Rev. Bill Stout and the Rev. Don Dague will speak. Special music is planned for each service.

The public is invited to attend.

Madonna holding open house

WEIRTON – Madonna High School will hold an open house with enrollment from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and March 21 at the high school.

For information, contact Steve Grasser at sgrasser@weirtonmadonna.org or (304) 723-0545.

Crocheting group to meet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library’s Crocheting Group will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The free group is for adults, from beginners to experts. Bring your own supplies and projects. If you need help, someone will be available to assist or instruct you. Call (304) 737-1551 to register.

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Weirton Senior Center set to

host Easter Bunny Saturday

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the center located on Main Street.

The cost is $5 and includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee, a photo with the Easter Bunny, and treats for children.

Historical Society set to meet

ELDERSVILLE, Pa. – The Jefferson Township Historical Society will hold the March meeting at 10 a.m. March 16 at the White Church located at 11 Fire Road, across from the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department hall.

Guest speaker Clay Kilgore will present “Settler Forts of Washington County.” More than 45 settler forts were built in Washington County from the 1760s through the 1790s. Clay will speak about the designs and building techniques used to construct the forts and share tales of the defense of the forts. The public is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available. The organization will hold a spring plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 at the White Church. Annuals, perennials and vegetables will be available. The society will hold a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 25 at the Weirton Wal-Mart, and a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21-22 at the White Church.

Any interested resident may become a society member by sending dues of $15 for individuals and $29 for families to the Jefferson Township Historical Society, P.O. Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

Country Friends to host Stone Street

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host Stone Street Station Saturday at the Memorial Hall on Old Police Lodge Road. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the dance to start at 7 p.m.

Country Friends holds events each Monday, Friday and Saturday at the hall at the above times. A covered dish dinner also is held at 5 p.m. and open to the public. For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270 or visit the group’s website at www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

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Weirton Steel Basic Oxygen

Plant employees meet monthly

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. Everyone is welcome.

Davis eyes pediatric compounding

WEIRTON – Jeff Davis, pharmacist candidate and Tri-State Pharmacy intern, will be distributing information on pediatric compounding from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the pharmacy located at 651 Colliers Way.

He will answer questions about prescription custom compounding options for children with Gastroesophageal reflux disease and autism and how to increase medication compliance for children.

All those visiting will be entered into a gift basket drawing.

McCartney to perform at Arbor

NEW CUMBERLAND – City native Dale McCartney will perform classic country music at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Coffeehouse at the Arbor located at 208 S. Chester St., one block south of the traffic light.

There is no cover charge, but donations are accepted. Parking is free. Children are welcome with accompanying adults.

Food will be available for purchase, and a drawing and 50/50 drawing will be held. Proceeds benefit the Arbor and its community outreach after-school programs. For information or directions, call (304) 564-4411 or (304) 794-8275 or email songbirdwv@frontier. com.

Workshop date corrected

FINLEYVILLE, Pa. – Tri-State Area Master Gardeners and Trax Farms will hold an all-day workshop March 16 at Trax, located at 538 Trax Road. This is the corrected date; incorrect information was provided previously.

The morning sessions will be dedicated to gardening topics, and those attending will make a living terrarium during the afternoon session.

The cost is $15 for the morning sessions, $25 for the afternoon session or $35 for both sessions, a discounted prize only available to those who pre-register. The cost of both sessions is $40 at the door.

Pre-register by calling the West Virginia University Extension Office in Hancock County at (304) 564-3805.

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Weir Soccer Boosters set to

meet Tuesday evening

WEIRTON – The Weir Soccer Boosters are having a meeting to elect officers for the upcoming term at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Weir High School cafeteria.

Class of 1953 reschedules meeting

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1953 has rescheduled the reunion planning meeting for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus.

All classmates are encouraged to attend.

Date changed for Brooke meeting

FOLLANSBEE – The Brooke County Federation of Democratic Women have moved the March meeting to Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Follansbee Library because of a schedule conflict.

The W.Va. Federation of Democratic Women “Day at the Legislature” is being held Thursday at the state capitol in Charleston, which all women are invited to attend. The Tuesday meeting is open to candidates running for office in the city of Follansbee to present their platform. Candidates interested in attending should call Anna Gillespie, president, at (304) 748-1447.

UFOs subject of free class

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The subject of unidentified flying objects is one that has fascinated people for a long time, but most of what the public knows about UFOs is from the movies, according to Fred Saluga of Weirton, who will be conducting a free 10-session class on that very topic.

“Learn the truth from research that has been conducted from the last 50 years to gain a better understanding of the UFO phenomena,” says Saluga, whose class at Eastern Gateway Community College will be held on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning March 18 and continuing through May 20.

Topics will include UFO occurrences, investigations, alien abductions, Bigfoot, mutilations, and many more, according to Saluga, who serves as the West Virginia state director for MUFON, an acronym for the Mutual UFO Network, which was founded in 1969 and is a nonprofit corporation dedicated through its volunteers to resolving scientific enigma known collectively as UFOs.

To register, call the college at (740) 264-5591. Registration ends today.

WBA holding fundraiser

WEIRTON -The Weirton Baseball Association will hold at St. Patrick’s Day party Saturday.

The event will include food, drinks, a cash bar, disc jockey and silent and Chinese auctions.

Tickets may be purchased from any association board member.

Class of 1948 planning reunion

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1948 will hold a planning meeting for the 65th graduation celebration at 1 p.m. Sunday at Gio’s Restaurant located on Pennsylvania Avenue.

All classmates are welcome to attend. A tentative date for the 65th reunion is Sept. 14, and the date will be discussed. The group also will discuss the menu and venue.

The group is led by Lois Merenda of Oakdale, Pa., and Ruth Plunkett of McDonald, Pa.

Orchid Society holding show

PITTSBURGH – The Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania announced its annual spring orchid show, “An Orchid Obsession” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24 at the Phipps Garden Center located at 1059 Shady Ave.

Admission is free; donations are accepted. There will be orchid exhibits, lectures, orchid sales and orchid supplies. Orchid growers from five states and Ecuador will be in attendance with plants for sale. American Orchid Society judging will take place March 23.

Many society members will be available to give advice and can be identified by their “ask me about orchids” buttons. Information, including the lecture schedule, can be found at www.oswp.org.

Master Gardeners holding workshops

FINLEYVILLE, Pa. – Tri-State Area Master Gardeners and Trax Farms will hold an all-day workshop May 16 at Trax, located at 538 Trax Road.

The morning sessions will be dedicated to gardening topics, and those attending will make a living terrarium in a gallon-size bowl during the afternoon session.

Morning sessions include “Right Plant, Wrong Place,” by Linda Steider, a garden specialist and master gardener with Trax Farms; “Veggie Gardening From the Ground Up,” by Roger Van Horn, master gardener; and “Nature’s Pests: Keeping Deer, Rodents, Bugs and Snakes Out of Your Garden,” by Nita Resler, master gardener. Door prizes will be given after each session.

The cost is $15 for the morning sessions, $25 for the afternoon session or $35 for both sessions, a discounted prize only available to those who pre-register. The cost of both sessions is $40 at the door. Pre-register by calling the West Virginia University Extension Office in Hancock County at (304) 564-3805.

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Marland Heights Church to

hold family fun night March 15

WEIRTON – Marland Heights Community Church will host a family fun night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 15 at the church located at 3900 Bright Way.

The event will include games for children and adults, hot dogs, popcorn and beverages. There is no cost.

Relay kick-off dinner set

WELLSBURG – The Brooke-Hancock Relay for Life Committee will hold a kickoff dinner for the annual event at 6 p.m. March 19 at the Wellsburg Banquet Hall, formerly known as the Wellsburg Fire Hall at 12th and Yankee streets.

The free event offers potential participants a chance to learn more about the fundraiser, which will be held June 1-2 at Brooke High School. Attendees are asked to bring a canned good to be used to weigh luminaria lit around the athletic track in honor or memory of loved ones who have battled cancer.

The food will be donated to local families in need following the event.

Those planning to attend are asked to make reservations by calling (304) 737-3748 no later than Tuesday.

Church holding Easter sunrise service

WEIRTON – Marland Heights Community Church invites the community to attend Easter sunrise services at 7 a.m. March 31 at the church located at 3900 Bright Way.

A continental breakfast will follow. Sunday school will be held at 9 a.m., a worship service at 10 a.m. and communion at 11 a.m.

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Basic beginners’ folk music

workshops being offered

FRANKFORT SPRINGS, Pa. – The Frankfort Springs Grange 1989 will host workshops on learning to play folk instruments, beginning with a mountain dulcimer workshop from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 10 at the grange hall located on 1476 state Route 18.

A hammered dulcimer workshop will be held April 14, an autoharp workshop on May 5 and a folk guitar workshop June 2. These workshops are intended for basic beginners. All lesson material and music will be provided. Several instruments will be available for loan for those wanting to learn but who do not have instruments. The cost is $20 per workshop. For information or to register, call Alice A. Whitehill at (724) 573-9109.

Church offering pierogis, cabbage rolls

WHEELING – The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church is taking orders for pierogi and cabbage rolls until Wednesday.

Orders may be picked up from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 and 22, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 16 and 23 or from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 17 and 24. To make an order, call (304) 232-1777 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fridays or email stmarysolph@gmail. Those sending email orders are asked to include name, telephone number and preferred pick-up date.

Library to show Bond film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the James Bond film, “Skyfall,” rated PG-13, at 5:30 p.m. March 14.

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

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Mary H. Weir Public Library to host Dr. Seuss celebration

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library, located at 3442 Main St., will hold a Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebration from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. today in the library’s activity room.

Children from pre-kindergarten through the fourth grade are invited to attend the event, which will include cake, door prizes and a special presentation by Maryann Ehle, West Liberty University professor emertia. The event is free and open to the public.

Church to hold 3-D service

FOLLANSBEE – The Hooverson Heights Church of Christ will begin the “Just Walk Across the Room” series, focusing on living a “3-D life,” during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service at the church located at 102 Church Ave.

The church will distribute 3-D glasses so those attending may view 3-D video clips while the “3-Ds” of sharing faith – developing friendships, discovering stories and discerning the best path to Jesus – are discussed. For information, visit the website at www.theheightscc.com.

Senior center to host Easter Bunny

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will host “Breakfast With the Easter Bunny” from 9 a.m. to noon March 16 at the center located on Main Street.

The cost is $5, which includes pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and a picture with the Easter Bunny.

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Legion auxiliary

to meet Thursday

The Steubenville American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 33 will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Legion hall.

Mary Louise Boka, Bea Johns, Mary Alice Mitchell and Dorothy Mazik will serve as hostesses.

Senior center to host Easter Bunny

The Greater Weirton Senior Center will host “Breakfast With the Easter Bunny” from 9 a.m. to noon March 16 at the center located on Main Street, Weirton.

The cost is $5, which includes pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and a picture with the Easter Bunny.

Outdoors Club

schedules hike

The Outdoors Club will be March 17 at 2 p.m. to hike a section of the Buckeye Trail near Tappan Lake.

Hikers should meet by 1:45 p.m. at the parking area near the end of Tappan Hills Road where it meets the lake. Tappan Hills Road connects to Moravian Trail Road west of Deersville.

Country Friends

has music events

Country Friends will host Bobby Brandt and the Eldurays on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road, 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, the doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish if they so desire 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.

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Weirton’s Dorothy Huffman

celebrates 100th birthday

WEIRTON?- Resident Dorothy O. Spencer Huffman celebrated her 100th birthday Friday.

The only child of the late Eli and Jettie Nichols Spencer of Alma, she was born March 1, 1913.

She attended Tyler County High School in Middlebourn and in 1931 married Fred D. Huffman, who died in 1967.

They had three children, including Paul D. Huffman and Glenda Sue Maylee, both of whom are deceased, and Donna Barkley of Weirton.

Her family includes seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She is a former member of Kings Creek Chapel Ladies Aid Society and Hancock County Homemakers.

She is a member of Weirton First Church of the Nazarene where she taught junior and senior Sunday School class for 39 years.

Huffman worked for Anile State Line Pharmacy, Greenlief Pharmacy and Rite Aid Pharmacy, retiring at age 86.

She loves to travel, having been to Israel, Ireland, Egypt and Hawaii, and has been an avid seamstress, enjoying knitting, tatting and crochet. She has made many afghans, giving them as gifts through the years. She also likes to watch television and phone family and friends.

She has a cat named Dutch.

A party in her honor was held Saturday.

Class of 1961 to meet

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

All classmates, spouses and guests are welcome.

Reunion commitee meeting

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1953 Reunion Committee will hold a planning meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Knights of Columbus.

All classmates are encouraged to attend the meeting.

George to address writers society

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Tri-State Writers Society, led by award-winning author Karen Majoris-Garrison, will meet at 6 p.m. March 12 at the Mall Drive Eat’n Park.

Kerry George will speak about his book on coal mining “Black Damp Century.”

All aspiring writers are invited to attend.

For information, call (740) 424-1243 or visit karinagarrison.blogspot.com.

Gnocchi sale scheduled

MARTINS FERRY, Ohio – St. Mary’s Church is holding the fourth annual Grandma’s Homemade Gnocchi Sale.

Gnocchi is $5 a pound. Pre-orders can be made by calling (740) 633-3877 before March 13.

Orders will be ready for pickup between 10 a.m. and noon March 23 at the church located at 20 N. Fourth St.

Church selling Easter bread

WEIRTON – The All Saints Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society will hold its Greek Easter bake sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until sold out March 21 at the Hellenic Memorial Hall located at West St.

Greek Easter Bread is $7, koulourakia is $5 per dozen and frozen, ready to cook spanakopita rolls are $8. No pre-orders will be accepted.

Proceeds benefit charity.

Auxiliary holding craft show

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

The kitchen will be open. Admission is free. Crafter tables are still available.

For information, call (412) 897-0100 or email hlt126@zoominternet.net.

Greek Festival dates announced

WEIRTON – The 26th annual Weirton Greek Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 18-20 at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church located at 3528 West St.

The event will feature Greek food, music and dancing; a market place; and church tours.

For information, visit the website at www.allstswwv.org or call (304) 797-9884.

Community briefs

Food handler class set

The Hancock County Health Department will hold a food handler class at 10 a.m. March 11 at the Greater Weirton Area Senior Center located at 3425 Main St., Weirton.

Anyone involved in food service, including both the food service industry and volunteers, in Hancock and Brooke counties is required to possess a current food handler card.

Food handler cards are free to volunteers working for a nonprofit organization.

For those employed in commercial food establishments, the cost is $7 for a one-year card, $12 for a two-year card and $17 for a three-year card.

Online classes can be taken through www.HancockCountyHealthDepartment.com, and payment may be made by credit or Pay Pal. Participants also may print the completion verification and pay the fee from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the health department in New Cumberland.

Satellite 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 Dillonvale American Legion, Liberty Street, Dillonvale to assist veterans, dependents of veterans, and/or veterans’ widows with Veterans Administration pensions, compensations, burials, schooling, medical assistance, and other veterans benefits.

For 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.

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Fundraiser set for March 30

at Faith Ranch in Jewett

The second-annual pancake breakfast fundraiser to support the horse program at Faith Ranch in Jewett will be held March 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The event will include pancakes and sausage, pony rides for children and petting animals.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 10.

Faith Ranch is located on 89500 Jewett-Germano Road, Jewett.

For information call (740) 946-2255 or visit the website at www.faithranch.org.

Faith Ranch, which has 108 horses used for public trailriding, summer camp and retreat groups, is a non-denominational Christian ranch camp.

“It is our purpose to provide a wholesome Christ-centered environment in a ranch setting and to build friendships by using recreation and ranch activities as tools to aid in sharing Jesus Christ, His Love and His Word with any and all guests,” its vision statement on the website notes.

‘Fellowship, faith, food’

at First Westminster

First Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 235 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, is continuing to host late Sunday afternoon worship services and meals during the Lenten season.

The “fellowship, faith and food” gatherings are open to the public with worship services beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, March 17 and March 24. Soup and sandwich meals follow the services. For information, contact the church at (740) 282-4591.

Revival services scheduled

at Riverview Baptist

Riverview Baptist Chapel, located at 225 Charles St., Wellsburg, will host a revival with services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 10 and daily at 7 p.m. March 11-13.

Fred Turnipseed of Fort Worth, Texas, will be the guest speaker. The services are open to the public.

Meals, services at Grace Lutheran during Lent

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church located at 2105 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, is holding weekly soup and sandwich meals during Lent on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Church services follow at 7 p.m.

St. Nicholas Orthodox

selling pierogies March 15

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will hold a frozen cheese and potato pierogi sale from noon to 2 p.m. March 15 at the church located 604 Colliers Way, Weirton, across from the Weirton Medical.

Pre-order by calling (304) 527-1319.

More than 450 at African Children’s Choir concert

More than 450 people turned out Wednesday evening at Starkdale Presbyterian Church for a performance of the African Children’s Choir, a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization.

The African Children’s Choir has been working with Africa’s most vulnerable children for the past 28 years. The choir’s mission is to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s orphaned and abandoned children.

Community Briefs

Hancock County Health set to hold food handler class

WEIRTON – The Hancock County Health Department will hold a food handler class at 10 a.m. March 11 at the Greater Weirton Area Senior Center located at 3425 Main St.

Anyone involved in food service, including both the food service industry and volunteers, in Hancock and Brooke counties is required to possess a current food handler card.

Food handler cards are free to volunteers working for a nonprofit organization.

For those employed in commercial food establishments, the cost is $7 for a one-year card, $12 for a two-year card and $17 for a three-year card.

Online classes can be taken through www.HancockCountyHealthDepartment.com, and payment may be made by credit or Pay Pal. Participants also may print the completion verification and pay the fee from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the health department in New Cumberland.

St. Nicholas selling pierogies

WEIRTON – St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will hold a frozen cheese and potato pierogi sale from noon to 2 p.m. March 15 at the church located 604 Colliers Way, across from the Weirton Medical.

Pre-order by calling (304) 527-1319.

Sacred Heart holding services

WEIRTON – The Sacred Heart of Mary Church will hold special services during Lent.

Gorzkie Zale, known as “Bitter Lamentations,” is a traditional Polish Lenten devotion dating back to the 1700s. It will be celebrated at 3 p.m. March 17 at the church located at 200 Preston Ave.

The service will incorporate Polish and English text, chanting, reading and silent mediation while those attending reflect on the suffering of Jesus Christ and Mary during the passion and crucifixion.

Tenebrae, known as “Darkness Fell,” is a traditional monastic Holy Week devotion. It will be celebrated at 8 p.m. March 27 at the church located at 200 Preston Ave. The service will reflect on the last seven phrases Christ spoke during the passion and crucifixion.

All are welcome to attend the services.

Tack auction set for March 23

NEW CUMBERLAND – A tack auction will be held March 23 at 4-H Camp Aura on Ross Road.

The doors will open at noon, and the auction begins at 1 p.m.

The Knight Riderz and Sundowners 4-H Saddle clubs are sponsoring the event, and proceeds will benefit the horse show facility at Camp Aura.

Name brand tack, grooming supplies, barn supplies, riding gear, horse care, wormers, saddle pads and saddles will be available. Steve Armstrong of Salem, Ohio, will supply all new tack. Used tack consignments also will be taken. Gift cards, items and services donated by local sponsors also will be auctions during the sale. Col. Larry Reed of Reed’s Auction Co. will serve as an auctioneer.

For information, contact Racheal Paris at (304) 564-5958 or Megan Walker at (304) 564-3598.

Community briefs

Pancake breakfast

set for Saturday

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 in Steubenville.

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.

Dorothy Huffman

marking 100th

Dorothy O. Spencer Huffman of Weirton is celebrating her 100th birthday today.

The only child of the late Eli and Jettie Nichols Spencer of Alma, W.Va., she was born March 1, 1913.

She attended Tyler County High School in Middlebourne, W.Va., and in 1931 married Fred D. Huffman, who died in 1967. They had three children, including Paul D. Huffman and Glenda Sue Maylee, both of whom are deceased, and Donna Barkley of Weirton.

Her family includes seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She is a former member of Kings Creek Chapel Ladies Aid Society and Hancock County Homemakers. She is a member of Weirton First Church of the Nazarene where she taught junior and senior Sunday School class for 39 years.

Huffman worked for Anile State Line Pharmacy, Greenlief Pharmacy and Rite Aid Pharmacy, retiring at age 86.

She loved to travel, having been to Israel, Ireland, Egypt and Hawaii, and has been an avid seamstress, enjoying knitting, tat and crochet. She has made many afghans, giving them as gifts through the years. She also likes to watch television and phone family and friends.

She has a cat named Dutch.

A party in her honor will be held Saturday.

Retirees collect

for animal shelter

Steubenville City School retirees met on Valentine’s Day at the Gaslite in Wintersville with 31 in attendance.

Linda Holub distributed chocolate hearts to all attending. Cards were signed, and supplies were collected for the Jefferson County Animal Shelter.

Dave Nicholson provided information about the Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association.

The group’s next lunch will be held March 14 at JC Wine Cellar in East Springfield.

Healthy Life

workshop set

Harrison Community Hospital’s monthly Healthy Life Workshop will be held March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria with Carol Teter, diabetes nurse educator, will lead a discussion on kidney disease (nephropathy) including:

  • What can a person do to minimize the risk of kidney disease?
  • Are people with both diabetes and high blood pressure at greater risk for kidney disease? What are the precautions to avoid kidney disease?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of kidney disease?
  • What testing is available to determine the health of the kidneys? How often should the testing be done?
  • What is the outcome of nephropathy?

The free educational sessions are held the first Thursday of each month featuring physicians, dieticians and other health care professionals covering a variety of topics. Future programs will feature speakers on Alzheimer’s disease, diet and nutrition, women’s health and other health topics.

Reservations are not required. Light refreshments are served, and there is a drawing for a door prize. Transportation is available through the Harrison County Rural Transit by calling (740) 942-1369.

Bird count

shatters records

From Antarctica to Afghanistan, bird watchers from 103 countries made history in the first global Great Backyard Bird Count held Feb. 1518.

In the largest worldwide bird count ever, bird watchers set new records, counting more than 25.5 million birds on 120,000 plus checklists in four days and recording 3,144 species, nearly one-third of the world’s total bird species.

The data will continue to flow in until today.

Building on the success of the GBBC in the United States and Canada for the past 15 years, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon, and Bird Studies Canada opened the count to the rest of the world for the first time this year, powered by eBird, a system that enables people to report birds globally in real-time and explore the results online, according to a press release. Bird watchers are invited to keep counting every day of the year at www.eBird.org

Among the key preliminary findings were:

— Top five most reported species, reported on highest number of checklists: Northern Cardinal; Dark-eyed Junco; Mourning Dove; Downy Woodpecker; House Finch

— Top five most common birds (most individuals reported): Snow Goose; Canada Goose; Red-winged Blackbird; European Starling; American Coot

— Finch Invasion: A massive number of northern finch species moved into the U.S., including the Common Redpoll, reported in a record 36 states. Scientists believe these periodic movements are related to natural fluctuations in crops of conifer cones and other seeds in Canada.

— Hurricane Sandy: The weather system that caused Sandy’s landfall also blew some European birds to North America, and evidence of this is still showing up in GBBC results. The colorful, crested Northern Lapwing was reported in Georgia, New Jersey and Massachusetts during the GBBC.

— GBBC First: A Red-flanked Bluetail has wintered at Queens Park, Vancouver, and also was reported for the GBBC’s first record ever. This British Columbia bird has been drawing bird watchers from all over the U.S. and Canada hoping to see this rarity.

For information, visit www.birdcount.org, including for a look at what local participation there was.