Brooke County community happenings

Veteran to be guest speaker

WELLSBURG – Jack Ernest, a Brooke County native, decorated Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War and founder of We Believe Ministries, will be the featured speaker for the Brooke County Salvation Army Annual Appreciation Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at Staffileno’s on the River.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (304) 737-0071.

Ernest was named the Jefferson County Veteran of the Year in 2007 and was inducted in November into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame after being nominated by the AMVETS Post 275.

He is founder and president of We Believe Ministries Inc., through which he has assisted the poor, orphans and people with leprosy in Vietnam.

Salvation Army Capt. Ed Long said, “The Salvation Army of Brooke County annual appreciation ainner is held to recognize the many volunteers, clubs, church group, Brooke High clubs and civic organizations that support the local Salvation Army Service Center through their time and efforts during the year.

“Special recognition is also given to the many groups, businesses and civic and service organizations that help with the annual Christmas campaign and the Angel Tree project.”

Anorexia to be topic of LifeCafe

WELLSBURG – One woman’s struggle with anorexia will be the subject of the next meeting of the Lifetree Cafe at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Staffileno’s on the River.

Open to anyone, the free group is part of a national network geared toward discussion of life and faith following the presentation of a short documentary-style film featuring everyday people as well as nationally known figures

For information, contact local director Vicky Barr at (740) 282-3458 or

Dinner-dance to benefit Brooke Place

WEIRTON – Family Connections will hold its annual dinner-dance to benefit Brooke Place, a group home for girls, on April 27 at the Serbian-American Cultural Center.

Appetizers and a cash bar will be available at 6 p.m., with dinner to be served at 7 p.m. There will be drawings, theme baskets up for auction and door prizes. Music will be provided by disc jockey Rico Johnson.

Tickets are $25. For information, call Barb Jones at (304) 723-3423.

Candlelight vigil to be observed

WELLSBURG – A Child’s Place Court-Appointed Special Advocate will hold a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in observance of Child Abuse Awareness Month and seeks sponsors for the luminaria, which will line the Wellsburg Town Square.

The luminaria can be sponsored for donations of $5 for more, which will go to efforts by the nonprofit group to represent the interests of children involved in abuse and neglect cases in Brooke and Hancock counties and ensure they are in a safe, supportive home.

Donations, which are tax-deductible, may be sent to: A Child’s Place CASA, 720 Charles St., Wellsburg, WV 26070. For information, call (304) 737-4444.

GFWC district workshop to be held

NEW CUMBERLAND – The GFWC West Virginia Northern District Spring Leadership Workshop will be held April 27 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 Ridge Ave.

Northern District President Jo-Ellen Wright, of the Woman’s Club of Weirton, will preside, and the Woman’s Club of New Cumberland will host.

The club’s leaders include: Dorothy Hawkes, president; Joyce Young, worshop chairman; and Betsy Wells, registration chairman.

A pre-convention board meeting will be held at 9 a.m for all district officers, chairmen, team members and club presidents.

The general session will begin at 10 a.m., with various workshops presented by Wells, Helen Moren, Jamesie Beecroft and Wright to follow.

Clubs are encouraged to bring items for Camp Kno Koma, which is state President Carol Allen’s project. Hunger is the district president’s project, and members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food.

The cost for registration fee and lunch is $15 and should be submitted to Wells by Wednesday.

Bethany club receives honors

BETHANY – Helen Moren, GFWC WV recording secretary and Bethany Woman’s Club president, attended the 108th-annual State Convention of West Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs, March 21-24 at the Greenbrier Resort.

The Bethany Woman’s Club was named an Honor Club and Superior Club. It also placed first in Community Service Home Life Partnership, International Outreach, Domestic Violence, Communication and Identify and 1734 Donation; second in International Outreach Partnership, Public Issues, Scholarship Fund and Media Book; and third in Leadership and Newsletter.

It also was named Best Overall in Communications and Identify and will go on to the GFWC for judging.