Brooke County community briefs

Heart health to be discussed

FOLLANSBEE – Beth Rogers of the Follansbee Pharmacy will present a free talk on heart health at noon Wednesday at the Brooke County Senior Center.

The talk is part of a free series presented by the pharmacy.

Relay for Life flags, bows available

The Brooke-Hancock American Cancer Society Relay for Life Committee seeks everyone’s help in promoting the upcoming event through the sale of flags, bows and T-shirts.

The sale is part of the committee’s Paint the Northern Panhandle Purple campaign, through which the group is recruiting local governments, businesses and residents to decorate their meeting places, buildings and homes with purple flags and bows to raise awareness of area Relays for Life.

Set for June 1 and 2 at the Follansbee Middle School football field, the local event is one of many Relays for Life held to raise funds for services provided to cancer patients and research and education aimed at preventing cancer and finding a cure.

The group is selling flags for $10 each, bows for $5 each and T-shirts for the following prices: youth small to adult XL, $15; 2XL, $16; and 3XL, $17. To purchase them, call Dave Secrist, chairman, at (304) 919-3960; Tammy or Paul Hornick, co-chairs, at (304) 737-3748; or stop by Jacki’s Florist and Crafts on state Route 2 in Wellsburg. It’s not too late to enter a team in the event.

Library to screen action film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will show the PG-13-rated film “Jack Reacher,” starring Tom Cruise, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Inspired by a series of books by Lee Child, the film involves a homicide investigator who digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn.

Cycle of domestic violence to be topic

WELLSBURG – The cycle of domestic violence will be explored at Lifetree Cafe at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Staffileno’s on the River.

The program, titled “When Love Hurts: Ending the Cycle of Domestic Violence,” provides practical strategies for removing those suffering domestic violence from their abusive situations, said organizers.

Lifetree representative Craig Cable said one in four women experiences domestic abuse and one in nine men is a victim of abuse.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages will be available. Lifetree Cafe is an informal group in which people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. For information, contact Vicky Barr at (740) 282-3458 or

Crocheting group meets Wednesday

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library’s Crocheting Group will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The group is for adults of any level of sewing knowledge.

Participants should bring their own supplies and projects. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free group.

Brooke County community briefs

Absentee ballots available

FOLLANSBEE – Applications for absentee mail-in ballots for the city’s June 11 general election are available between 9 a.m. and noon and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Follansbee City Building.

Registered voters who are unable to vote in person may apply. The deadline to register is May 21 at the Brooke County Courthouse.

For information, call (304) 527-1330.

CEOS offering craft class

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Community Educational Outreach Service will hold a craft class, featuring no-tie fleece blankets, at the Brooke County Public Library at 1 p.m. May 10. They will teach participants how to make a no-tie fleece blanket.

Participants should bring a yard each of fleece in two colors and a pair of sharp scissors to make two baby blankets or a lap blanket. All other materials will be supplied.

Stop by the library to see a finished product. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Mother’s Day story hour to be held

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will hold a Mother’s Day evening story hour, with Kim Harless, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Children will make a special gift for their mothers. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Story hours set at Follansbee Library

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Branch Library will hold story hours for children, ages 25, and their caregivers at noon Monday and May 13 and 20.

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

Library to show ‘The Guilt Trip’

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the PG-13-rated film, “The Guilt Trip,” starring Seth Rogan and Barbara Streisand, at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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