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Community Briefs

Hancock County Museum will hold sale through Saturday

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Museum will hold the annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at the museum located at 1008 Ridge Ave./state Route 2.

More than 100 items, including furniture, toys, books, decor and kitchenware, will be available.

Church holding flea market

WEIRTON – Weirton Heights Community Church will hold a flea market, car wash and baked goods sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The church’s men will hold the free car wash during the flea market. Hot dogs and popcorn will be available.

Local author holding book signing

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library will host a book signing for local author Carolyn Bradley from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the library’s activity room.

Bradley has published two books, “Sundays, Dreams and Souvenirs” and “A Gingerbread Heart,” both of which will be available at the library.

“Sundays” is a story of how family, God and dreams can help navigate life’s difficulties. “Gingerbread” tells the story of a Gingerbread Boy Christmas ornament and its love for a little boy.

Country Friends host Tradition

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host The Country Tradition Saturday 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.

Country Friends holds covered-dish dinners and open mic nights every Monday and Friday. The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m. and open mic starts at 6 p.m. For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270.

Torrance students to perform

WEIRTON – Torrance Music Studios students will hold free recitals at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church located at 121 Ivy St.

The younger children will participate in the 2:30 p.m. recital, and the 5 p.m. recital features youth aged 11 to 18. Thirteen area high school seniors will be honored at the conclusion of the 5 p.m. program.

The children will give vocal, piano, organ and guitar performance. It is free and open to the public.

Shiloh presents local talent

WEIRTON – The Shiloh Apostolic Faith Usher Ministry presents “God’s Servants: We Serve and We Believe,” featuring Tri-State Area performers at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the church located at 3000 Weir Ave.

Light refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the program. Call (304) 797-7848.

Church Women to hold luncheon

WEIRTON – The Weirton Church Women United will hold a luncheon at noon Tuesday at the Three Springs Drive Eat’n Park.

For information or to make a reservation, call Lynn Bish at (304) 797-9785.

Immigration to be discussed

WELLSBURG – Solutions to undocumented immigration will be discussed at the Lifetree Cafe at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Staffileno’s on the River.

The program will include a screening of “Kids Without a Country: An Illegal Immigrant’s Story,” which involves Reyna Grande, who crossed the border with her family when she was 9-years-old.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free.

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 hermvick@comcast.net.

Children’s knitting group to meet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Library’s Kids Knitting Group will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the library’s River Room.

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

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

Scholarships awarded

WEIRTON – Hancock School Employees Federal Credit Union awarded $500 scholarships to Jessica M. Derby, a Weir High School Student, and Rebecca M. Olashuk, a Tinora High School student and the granddaughter of John Olashuk of Weirton.

Derby plans to attend West Virginia Northern Community College, and Olashuck plans to attend Ohio Northern University.

Community Briefs

Steubenville

Cited: F. Shuttlesworth, 21, 915 Sherman Ave., no license; Robert Landis, 53, 527 Dear Ave., expired registration; and Olivia Webb, 38, Apartment 35, 405 Colonial Drive, no license, no taillight.

Arrested: Jeffrey Alleman, 47, 425 Franklin Ave., criminal mischief, Tuesday.

Arrested: Cory Moore, 27, violating protection order, failure to appear, Tuesday.

Wintersville

Cited: Nathaniel C. Spears, 21, 120 S. Green St., Richmond, speeding; Cory T. Matthews, 21, 184 state Route 151, Mingo Junction, speeding; Jordan E. Miller, 19, 208 Kanawha Road, Weirton, speeding; Maurice G. Brown, 46, 8704 county Road 22A, Bloomingdale, speeding; Toni A. Legotti, 50, 115 George St., Mingo Junction, speeding; Annaleah E. Miravalle, 20, 315 High St., Hopedale, expired registration; Dusty R. Gump, 24, 10512 state Route 152, Toronto, speeding; Charles A. Rago, 44, 2479 Chestnut St., Steubenville, driving with suspended license; Joan E. Riddle, 71, 150 Beacon Drive, Weirton, speeding; Opal L. Kleineke, 82, 164 Tera Manor Drive, Wintersville, failure to yield; Lynne M. Martindale, 26, 1405B Overlook Drive, Weirton, speeding; Shawn P. D’Hooge, 27, Apartment C7, 4309 Earl Drive, Steubenville, speeding; and Robbie D. Angus, 49, East Liverpool, driving with suspended license and no insurance.

Jefferson County

sheriff

Arrested: James Longstreth, 25, 3C25 Sunset Blvd., failure to appear, Tuesday.

Community Briefs

Serbian chicken blasts set to

begin Wednesday at grounds

WEIRTON?- The Serbian Men’s Club will kick off their annual summer chicken blast Wednesday, and the event will be held every Wednesday through Aug. 28 at the Serbian Picnic Grounds located on Kings Creek Road.

Those calling between 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. are guaranteed a whole chicken. Those interested in pre-ordering can call (304) 748-9866.

Pick-up for pre-ordered chickens will be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Take-out and Eat-in will be available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

A whole chicken will cost $6.75.

Beverages also will be available for purchase, and the Serbian Women’s Club will be selling fresh-cooked corn on the cob and homemade haluski.

The annual event is the organization’s fundraiser.

For information or to place an order, call (304) 748-9866.

Basketball camp announced

WEIRTON – The 2013 George Vargo Basketball Camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 11-14 at Madonna High School.

Boys and girls in third through eighth grade will learn basic and advanced basketball skills from Ohio Valley coaches and players. It is under the direction of George Vargo, Madonna High boys head coach.

The camp includes a T-shirt and registration is limited to the first 75 children who apply.

The cost is $60 per child or $100 per family. Checks can be made payable to Madonna Allsports and sent to George Vargo, 533 N. 10th St., Weirton, WV 26062.

Vacation Bible school set

WELLSBURG – Wellsburg First Church of God will be “Keepin’ In Step with the Spirit” with the GoFishGuys during its vacation Bible school, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 10-14.

Library holding summer programs

AVELLA, Pa. – The Avella Public Library will hold its summer reading program, “Dig Into Reading,” from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays in July.

All ages are welcome, and the library is accepting donations of snacks, beverages and craft supplies toward the program. To register or make a donation, call (724) 587-5688.

Library officials asked those with overdue items return them by May 30 or risk not receiving the new, county-wide patron card.

The library can’t afford to replace overdue items.

Insurance forum scheduled

WEIRTON – The Weirton Chapter of the Office Managers Association of Healthcare Providers Inc. will sponsor the seventh annual Insurance Forum at noon June 21 at the Weirton Medical Center located at 601 Colliers Way.

A light lunch will be provided. Each participating company will have an informational booth and will present a 15-minute update on their product. Company representatives will be available for question-and-answer sessions.

The cost is $15 per person for non-members. A membership fee is $75 per year.

Those companies participating include Molina, Health Assurance, Carelink, Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare Community, UPMC Health Plan, Molina West Virginia and United Healthcare.

To make a reservation, contact Donna Zahn at (740) 283-2543 or deez921@hotmail.com or Faith Nichols at (304) 723-6061 or fnichols1953@ gmail.com.

Community Briefs

Trail station will celebrate

National Trails Day June 1

MCDONALD, Pa. – The McDonald Trail Station will celebrate National Trails Day with a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon June 1 at the trail station and meeting house on South McDonald Street.

The cost is $5 for adults, and $3 for kids 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door.

The annual fleatique and flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 27 at the station. All vendors, including food and craft vendors and those holding yard sales, are welcome. The deadline for signing up is July 23 and set up begins at 8 a.m. July 27. Applications are available at the Heritage Library, First Commonwealth Bank or by contacting Sandi Albertini at (724) 926-9137 or slalbertini@verizon.net.

Writers conference scheduled

RIPLEY – The 35th West Virginia Writers Inc. conference will be held June 7-9 at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center.

The event will include more than 50 workshops, readings, contests, a silent auction and a pop-up bookstore featuring West Virginia Writers.

West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman will be the keynote speaker.

More than 20 authors will present workshops on poetry, marketing, fiction, writing for children, nonfiction, play writing, screenwriting and social media.

Literary agents Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency and Marlene Stringer of Stringer Literary Agency will be in attendance. In addition to teaching workshops and participating in a panel discussion, they will be taking book pitches.

To register for a pitch session, email Teresa Newsome at wvwprez@gmail.com.

For a full list of presenters, workshop details and conference registration form visit www.wvwriters.org.

For information, email Teresa Newsome at wvwprez@gmail.com.

Fundraiser offers Chinese auction

WEIRTON – The Guglielmo Scholarship Foundation will hold the Wine in the Woods fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 9 at the Serbian Picnic Grounds.

The event will include a Chinese auction with items including a woman’s watch, photography package, hotel stays, concert tickets, a barrel of wine and baskets donated by local merchants.

The cost is $10 per person.

Community Briefs

Baseball association rallies

behind family who lost home

WEIRTON – The Weirton Baseball Association is taking up a collection to benefit the Bone family, who recently lost all of their possessions in a house fire.

Two of the family’s children play at the association’s complex. The association will collect donations for the family at the concession stand at the Kings Creek Road complex for the next couple of weeks. Those who can’t visit the complex, but still wish to make a donation, can mail them to the following: Bone Family, in care of the Weirton Baseball Association, P.O. Box 2844, Weirton, WV 26062.

Senior center holding dance

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Area Senior Center will hold their Thursday dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at the center located on Main Street. Light Touch will perform. Doors open at 5 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge.

Country Friends host Eldurays

COLLIERS – Country Friends have canceled their Monday event in observance of Memorial Day.

The group will host the Eldurays Saturday at the Memorial Hall on Old Police Lodge Road. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the Eldurays will perform at 7 p.m.

Community Briefs

New Cumberland Lions Club to hold pulled pork sale

NEW CUMBERLAND The New Cumberland Lions Club will be selling pulled pork sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the New Cumberland Firemen’s Field pavilion during the Moto Guzzi Rally and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Swaney Memorial Library parking lot.

Pork sandwiches are $5. Smoked chicken halves will be available Saturday only and cost $5.50. Both will be available as dinners with two side dishes, including choices of baked beans, potato salad and coleslaw for an additional $1.50. Whole smoked pork butts will be available Saturday only and will cost $22.

To ensure receiving a half chicken or order a whole pork butt, advance orders must be made by calling Lion Bob Manypenny at (304) 564-5055 by noon Thursday.

Music club hosting workshop

FRANKFORT SPRINGS – The Appalachian Folk Music Club will host workshops on learning to play folk instruments, including 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 during the workshop 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.

Kids center, vets holding ‘Kids’ Night’

BURGETTSTOWN – The Burgettstown Kids Center and Burgettstown Veterans of Foreign Wars are sponsoring a “Kids’ Night at the Park” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 11 at the Main Street Park.

The event will include a disc jockey, food and games.

Benefit to aid the animals

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – “A Sunny Day at the Beach” will be the theme of the Jefferson County Animal Welfare League’s fundraiser benefit set for July 14 at 1 p.m. at St. Florian Hall.

Tickets are $16 sold in advance only for the event featuring casual attire. It will include a Chinese auction. Sponsors for the event program booklet also are being sought. Checks can be made payable to the Jefferson County Animal Welfare League and mailed to the group’s treasurer, Arlene MacQuown, at 129 Meadow Road, Wintersville, OH 43953. Write in the check memo line if the amount is for tickets or for an ad. Questions can be directed to Janet Polverini at (740) 424-1304.

Survivors, Seekers want members

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – Bolstering membership was a topic addressed when the Survivors and Seekers of the old McCullough Children’s Home at Yellow Creek held their May luncheon and business meeting at the Wintersville United Methodist Church.

Recruiting new members is a goal for the group that meets on the second Friday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Wintersville UMC.

President Charlie Lash presided at the meeting that included treasurer and secretary reports by Mary Pasich, and the invocation by Darlene Pehanich. The group is continuing to sell copies of “The Lost Children of the Ohio Valley,” written by the late Gordon Grafton, the group’s founder.

For information, call Lash at (740) 264-4821 or Pehanich at (740) 282-6127.

Community Briefs

American Legion Auxiliary

to hold Buddy Poppy Days

WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg American Legion Auxiliary will be distributing buddy poppies in exchange for donations on May 24 and 25 at various locations in the Wellsburg area.

The donations will go to helping hospitalized veterans and those living at the state veterans home. The poppies are made by disabled veterans for the cause.

School holding registration make-up

AVELLA, Pa. – The Avella Area Schools make-up kindergarten registration will be held Wednesday.

A child must be 5 years old by Aug. 31 to enter kindergarten.

Parents or guardians must bring a birth certificate issues by the Bureau of Vital Statistics; an immunization record showing the child is up-to-date with DTP, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and chicken pox vaccinations; completed health history form; proof of residency, either a tax bill, rent receipt or current utility bill; general information form and language survey; and a court order if there are specific restrictions involving a child’s custody or guardianship.

Forms can be picked up at the elementary school office prior to registration.

Those new to the district are asked to register with their township.

Each child will be assessed for developmental screening, reading placement screening, speech and vision and meet with a kindergarten teacher. The registration will take approximately one-and-half to two hours.

Registration is by appointment only. Call (724) 356-2294 to schedule an appointment.

Woodwind workshop set

CALIFORNIA, Pa. – The Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet will hold the 23rd annual Saxophone and Woodwind Workshop June 24-28 at the California University of Pennsylvania’s Gallagher Music Hall.

Ken Peplowski, jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, recording artist, educator and clinician, will be the special guest.

It is open to saxophonists from middle school through adult. The week-long program will include private lessons, small and large ensembles, jazz improvisation classes, big band sections, orchestra excerpts and master classes in all aspects of woodwind playing, repair and maintenance, theory, solfeggio, video and recording presentations and jam sessions.

The cost is $525 for one week of tuition, room and board. Call (412) 306-0498.

Brooke Class of ’74 to hold reunion

WEIRTON – The Brooke High School Class of 1974 will hold its 40th reunion July 12 at the Serbian American Cultural Center.

Class members are asked to share contact information through the group’s Facebook page at Brooke High School Class of 1974 or by e-mail to the reunion committee at 2014ReunionPlanningCommitteeBHS@groups.facebook.com or committee chairman Vickie Mendenhall at icdizzy@hotmail.com.

Class of 1968 looking for members

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1968 is celebrating its 45th class reunion June 28-29.

The Reunion Committee is looking for information or addresses for the following classmates: Pamela Morris Walchie, John Kozak, Claudia Cola, Robert Morgan, Susan Kucera Churchman, Leona Kulow Paterra, Robert Smith, Robert Henwood, Debbie Bradley Mentzer, Katie Bryant Lavendar, Barry Rubenstein, Shirley Wade Little, Sandra Brown Glover, Linda Boyd Serish, Larry Martin, Dana Boston, James Oliver, Ray Neeley, Truheart Culler Kester, William Abrams, Linda Ankrom, Floyd Boggs, Charles Branlett, Lynda Butler, Roger Carroll, Carolyn Cottrill, Pete Davis, Linda George, Laura Green, Linda Gregory, Robert Gregory, Richard Haines, Karne Hans, Lorraine Harris, James Harley, Charles Haynes, James Hendershot, Merle Hill, Nancy Hotrovich, Priscilla Howell, Minnie Ingram, Beverly Jones, Micheline Klechak, John Kelley, Colleen Lawton, Barbara Lee, Dorothy Lemaster, Linda Lemley, Linda McKinley, Melford McKinney, Ruth Moore, Michael Moorman, Mary Ann Morton, Mary Ann Norcia, Ellen Rodell, Hester Rose, Bruce Shackleford, Hester Shephard, Karen Smith, Charlene Solomon, Dessie Solomon, Patricia Spencer, Beverly Stelzer, Sandra Stewart, John Vargo, Malva Veal, Georgia Voutsikakis, Patti Walker, Charles Williams, Martha Williams and Patsy Young.

Contact Cathy Cork Colabrese at (304) 748-2325 or johnnyc52@comcast.net.

Community Briefs

Madonna High sophomores to

hold car wash Saturday

WEIRTON – The Madonna High School sophomore class will hold a car wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Busy Beaver located on St. Thomas Drive.

Elks cancel dinner

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 has canceled Sunday’s pasta dinner because of a scheduled interruption of water service.

There will be no pasta dinner in June because the third Sunday falls on Father’s Day.

For information, call the lodge at (304) 748-0565.

Management club will meet

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

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

Library to show film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will show the PG-13-rated film, “Safe Haven,” at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The romantic drama is based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name.

To reserve a seat and popcorn for the free screening, call (304) 737-1551.

Grief program to be held

FOLLANSBEE – Genesis Health Care and Amedisys Hospice will hold a free program for individuals dealing with grief and their loved ones at 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, beginning Tuesday, at Brightway Center at 840 Lee Road.

Anyone interested in attending is asked to call (304) 527-1100 to make reservations.

Class of 1959 to meet

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1959 will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Three Springs Drive Eat’n Park. All classmates are encouraged to attend. For information, call Edith Harless Barber at (304) 723-0761.

Class of 1953 to meet

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

The 60th class reunion will be held July 26-27 at the Knights of Columbus. All classmates are welcome to attend and participate in the planning meeting.

Living happy life topic of discussion

WELLSBURG – How to experience a full and satisfying life will be explored at the next Lifetree Cafe at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Staffileno’s on the River.

The free program will include a filmed interview with Sasha Vukelja, who as a young girl escaped from communist Yugoslavia and emigrated to the United States. Vukelja, now an oncologist, tells how she works with patients facing an uncertain future to find hope and a positive attitude.

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 hermvick@comcast.net.

Seeing Hand official to visit

WEIRTON – A representative of the Seeing Hand Association will be at the Greater Weirton Senior Center at noon Thursday to discuss glaucoma, cataracts and low vision aids.

Senior center to hold dance

WEIRTON – A dance, featuring music by The Light Touch, will be held Thursday at the Greater Weirton Senior Center at 3425 Main St.

Admission is $5, which includes hot dogs, punch and coffee. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Community Briefs

Hancock Schools Credit Union

names scholarship winners

WEIRTON – Hancock School Employees Federal Credit Union of Weirton awarded two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors Jessica M. Derby of Weir High School and Rebecca M. Olashuk of Tinora High School.

They were chosen by lottery. Samantha A. Lengyel and Lauren B. Hoffman are the alternates.

Derby plans to attend Ohio Northern University.

To be eligible, students must have been credit union members for at least six months. There were 11 applicants.

The credit union serves school employees and students in Brooke and Hancock counties.

Volleyball clinic scheduled

MOUNDSVILLE – The John Marshall High School volleyball team will host the third annual youth clinic from 10 a.m. to noon June 17-19 at the high school gymnasium.

The camp and volleyball program are focused on empowering young women by growing their confidence, encouraging physical activity and promoting involvement. The camp will focus on overhand serving, forearm passing, overhand passing, hitting and blocking and cover defensive systems and offensive strategy for upper grade level players and fundamentals for young players. Sally McNally, 2011 Two Rivers Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and the John Marshall coaching staff will run the camp.

It is open to girls entering fourth through eighth grades. The cost is $40 and includes a T-shirt and awards ceremony. There are 75 spots available; registration closes May 27.

For information, call (304) 843-4444.

Church holding Bible school

MINGO JUNCTION, Ohio – George’s Run United Methodist Church will hold vacation Bible school from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 3-7 at the church located on state Route 151 and Tarr Hill Road.

All ages are welcome.

For information, call (740) 598-3344.

Bible school scheduled

NEW CUMBERLAND – The New Cumberland Free Methodist Church and The Arbor will hold vacation Bible school from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. June 10-14 at the church on South Chester Street.

It is open to children in pre-school through sixth grade. It will include games, snacks and music.

For information, call (304) 564-4377.

Community Briefs

Mary H. Weir Library to hold storybook craft hour today

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library will hold a storybook craft afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today for pre-school aged children and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today for school-aged children.

Themes include fish, jungles, bugs, fairy tales and cars.

Class of 1974 to hold reunion

WEIRTON – The Brooke High School Class of 1974 will hold a 40th reunion July 14 at the Serbian-American Cultural Center located on Colliers Road.

For information, classmates can visit the Reunion Committee’s Facebook page by searching “Brooke High School Class of 1974” or the website at brookehighclassof1974.wordpress.com. Those who have contact information to share with the committee can send it to Vickie Mendenhall at icdizzy@hotmail.com.

Free diabetic foot screenings available

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – Medi Home Care will hold free diabetic foot screenings from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 24 at their office located at 105 Main St.

Community Briefs

Ozarks musical group set to

perform Wednesday

WEIRTON – The Ozarks musical group will perform a concert at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Colliers First Church of God located at 67 Police Lodge Road.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Support group meeting Thursday

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Alzheimer’s Association will be holding its monthly caregiver support groups on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd., Room 1500.

It is free and open to all caregivers, family members and friends with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

For information, call the Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimer’s Association at (330) 650-0552 or (800) 272-3900.

Country Friends to host Stone Street

COLLIERS – The Country Friends will host the Stone Street Station Saturday at the Memorial Hall located on Old Police Lodge Road.

The doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance begins at 7 p.m.

Country Friends holds covered-dish dinners and open mic nights every Monday and Friday at the memorial hall. 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 www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

Elks holding pasta Sunday

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

Dinner includes pasta, salad, bread and butter, dessert and coffee or tea.

The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.

A ticket will be selected for a free dinner at June’s pasta Sunday.

Community briefs

Children’s Book Week under way

Children’s Book Week is being celebrated at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County today through Sunday.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes – wherever young readers and books connect.

Patrons can stop in at any library branch for a chance to win a prize, according to Jennifer Cesta, the library’s public relations coordinator.

WHS Class of 1964 plans reunion

The Wintersville High School Class of 1964 reunion committee met April 24 to begin planning its 50-year reunion.

Attending were Sandy Sommers Reducha, Signa Carrocci Findlay, Kathy Pyles Furda, Sandy Dameron Wilson, Jerry Boyd, Sherilyn Boughers Townsend and Lola Dornbusch Swanagan.

The reunion will be held Aug. 16, 2014, at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.

The next planning meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Zalenski’s in Wintersville. All class members are welcome to attend.

Questions can be directed to Swanagan at (740) 537-4977.

Bridge club results detailed

Tri-State Bridge

Winners in open pairs play May 3 were:

Bill Hope, first; Shirley Roush, second; Donna Hill, third; and Mary Alice Brandt, Claryne Berman and David Hope, tie for fourth.

Winners in open pairs play on April 26 were: Carl Hamill and Mary Alice Brandt, first; and Dianne Slater and James Slater, second.

Ohio Valley Duplicate Bridge

Winners in open pairs play April 30 were: Bessie Chijner, first, and Dianne Slater and David Hope, tie for second.

BV neighborhood plans sale

Although the Buena Vista Residents Group has disbanded, one popular event of the organization remains.

The Buena Vista neighborhood will hold its annual garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 18.

Community Briefs

Follansbee Pharmacy to host

heart and blood pressure class

FOLLANSBEE – A Follansbee Pharmacy pharmacist will hold a healthy heart and blood pressure class at noon Wednesday at the Brooke Senior Center located on Main Street.

The public is invited to attend. For information, call (304) 527-1004.

Salvation Army holding distribution

WEIRTON – The Salvation Army will distribute food from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or while supplies last, Thursday at the army’s fellowship hall located at 796 Cove Road.

It is open to Hancock and Brooke county residents. Those participating must bring a state-issued photo identification, a rent or utility receipt in their name and a box.

The Mountaineer Food Bank provided a grant for the distribution.

Multiple Sclerosis group meeting

WEIRTON – The Weirton/Steubenville Multiple Sclerosis Support group will hold a meeting at 76 p.m. Thursday at the Serbian American Cultural Center located on Colliers Road.

Margie O’Leary, a nurse working with Multiple Sclerosis patients at UPMC, will discuss new medications recently approved for MS patients.

Anyone with MS, their families and friends are invited to attend. For information, call Connie Kafton at (304) 527-3023.

Force holding registrations

WEIRTON – The Force Soccer Club is holding registration for the 2013-2014 travel soccer season with try-outs scheduled for 3 p.m. June 8 at the J.C. Williams Soccer Complex on Colliers Way.

All those trying out must be registered prior to the try-out, and registration assistance will be available, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Teams accepting application include boys under-10, boys under-12, boys under-13, boys under-14, girls under-12 and girls under 12.

To register online, visit www.npysaforce.org. For information, call Bob Kolanko at (304) 748-2165.

Moose hosting hypnosis show

WEIRTON – Weirton Moose Lodge 688 will host “The Jason Christopher Comedy Hypnosis Show” at 8 p.m. June 28.

Christopher is a graduate of The Stage Hypnosis Center in Litchfield Park, Ariz. He has toured the East Coast, including Orlando, Fla., and Atlantic City, N.J.

No one is hypnotized against their will nor is the humor at the expense of audience members.

For information and tickets, call the Moose Lodge at (304) 748-4707.

Community Briefs

Relay for Life flags, T-shirts,

bows available for purchase

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 1-2 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 extra large, $15; 2XL, $16; and 3XL, $17. To purchase them, call Chair Dave Secrist at (304) 919-3960; Co-Chairs Tammy and Paul Hornick at (304) 737-3748; or stop by Jacki’s Florist and Crafts on state Route 2 in Wellsburg.

Teams are still being accepted; call for information.

Historical society holding meeting

ELDERSVILLE, Pa. – The Jefferson Township Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. May 18 at the White Church located at 11 Fire Road, across the street from the Jefferson Township Historical Society.

Donnie Grey will speak about Cedar Grove Plantation in Natchez, Miss., which he once owned. Grey purchased the plantation, built in 1830, and renovated it, turning into a bed and breakfast, which was rated as among the top 10 in the country.

The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Other upcoming events include:

Plant sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the White Church. Most plants have been home grown by the group’s Master Gardener. Plants available include hibiscus, coreopsis, zinnas, geraniums, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, basil, oregano, parsley and hyancinth beans, a 10-foot twining vine that blooms all summer.

Bake sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 25 at the Weirton Wal-Mart.

Memorial Day ceremony, 9 a.m. May 25, Eldersville Veterans Memorial, Fire and Cedar Grove roads.

Club holds fishing tournament

AVELLA, Pa. – The Avella Sportsmen’s Club held their kids fishing tournament May 4, with 50 children participating and catching 100 trout.

Prizes included bicycles and gift cards, and all children received a goody bag from the club.

Winners were as follows: Natalie DeFillippis, 23-inches, first place girl; Jeff Swanson, 22-inches, first place boy; Sydney Ellis, 19-and-one-half-inches, second place girl; Jason Stough, 16-inches, second place boy; Garrett Suica, 14-and-one-quarter-inches, third place boy; and Madison Kozaris, 14-inches, third place girl.

The club held its senior fishing tournament April 27, with 20 participants, all of whom limited out within three hours of the tournament beginning and catching trout ranging from 18-and-one-half-inches to 12-inches. Winners were as follows: Francis Ola, first place; Jim Lucas, second place; and Al Jones, third place.

Borough to hold

cleanup

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. – The borough will celebrate its annual clean-up day, June Mancinelli Day, named for a former volunteer, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Burgettstown Kids Center located on Main Street.

Bags, gloves and vests will be provided and the event will end with a barbecue lunch at the Main Street Park.

Girls soccer

group meeting

WEIRTON – A Madonna High School girls soccer meeting for parents and players will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the school cafeteria.

All parents and players interested in participated in the 2013 season are encouraged to attend.

For information, call Bob Kolanko at (304) 479-9317.

Pietro holding

diabetes class

WEIRTON – Pharmacist Megan Pietro will hold a free class on Type II diabetes at 3 p.m. May 20 at the Weirton Medical Center’s Starvaggi Room.

For information, call Tri State Pharmacy at (304) 723-6331.

Groups collecting

for Warriors

The American Patriot Council Washington/Jefferson/Hancock Chapter, Steubenville for Liberty, Eastern Ohio Concerned Citizens and the Harrison County Tea Party will collect donations for the Wounded Warrior Project during two rallies to be held from 10 a.m. to noon May 25 at Sunset Boulevard and John Scott Highway in Steubenville and Penco Road and Pennsylvania Avenue in Weirton.

Gonzales named

to honor band

FAIRVIEW, Tenn. – Jacob Gonzales, 17, a Fairview High School junior, was a member of the Williamson County Honor Band in Tennessee and also was selected as a clarinetist in the Middle Tennessee Honor Band Gold following an audition.

Selection to the gold band places Gonzales among the top high school musicians in the middle Tennessee area.

He is the son of Ann Marie Cox Gonzales, a 1981 Weir High School graduate, and the grandson of Lois and Ralph Cox of Weirton.

Taibi accepted

to conservatory

MARTINSBURG – Gaberial Taibi, a Martinsburg High School senior, has been accepted to the AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

He is the son of Cynthia Anderson of Martinsburg and Jim Taibi of Gibsonia, Pa., and the grandson of Geraldine Taibi of Follansbee.

Taibi is a four-year Good Times Show Choir member and has served as president, dance captain and tenor section leader. He is a member of his high school chamber choir and was selected for the West Virginia All-State Chorus. Taibi was named the outstanding performer at the West Virginia State Show Choir in 2013.

He won the 23rd annual Central Virginia Show Choir Invitational and attended the 2012 International Thespian Festival in Nebraska. Taibi acts and studies tap dance, jazz and ballet.

Community Briefs

Steubenville

Arrested: Walter Betancourt-Colon, 41, 414 Maxwell Ave., bench warrant out of municipal court, failure to reinstate license and defective vehicle, Thursday.

Theft: Scrap metal taken from garage in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, Thursday.

Charged: Michael Everhart, 24, 14 Capitol Ave., bench warrant out of municipal court, Thursday.

Cited: Tajaun Lawson, 19, 726 N. Fifth St., failure to use sidewalk; Nathaniel Carroll, 38, 530 Clinton St., driving with suspended license; Erika Grimes, 20, 3129 Elm St., Weirton, expired registration; and Andrew Estes, 21, 1310 Oregon Ave., driving with suspended license and one-way street violation.

Arrested: James D. Shannon, 26, 907 Adams St., two bench warrants out of municipal court and possession of controlled substance, Thursday.

Theft: Safe containing cash and coins taken from garage in the 3000 block of Johnson Road, Thursday.

Shots fired: Report of shots fired around 10 p.m. Thursday in the 1300 block of Ridge Avenue but officers found no evidence of shots fired.

Arrested: Sean L. Fletcher, 43, 908 Oakland Way, violation of protection order, Thursday.

Arrested: Marion King, 58, 743 Kendall Ave., public intoxication and resisting arrest, today.

Jefferson County

sheriff

Theft: Four tire rims taken from yard on county Road 11, Smithfield, Thursday.

Theft: House entered in the 400 block of Fairview Heights Drive, Toronto, and cash, two handguns and jewelry taken, Thursday.

Theft: About 200 feet of main service electric line taken from empty house on county Road 47, Toronto, Thursday.

Arrested: Connie A. Bond, 52, Apartment 2, 739 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, brought to county jail by U.S. Marshals Service on a probation violation, Thursday.

Community Briefs

West Liberty Toastmasters

invites public to celebration

WHEELING – The West Liberty University Toastmasters Club invites the public to join it in celebrating its first anniversary at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Generations Restaurant and Pub on National Road.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills to people of all walks of life. Founded in October 1924, it has more than 270,000 members in 13,000 clubs in 116 countries.

On Monday members of the WLU club will present a demonstration, which will be followed by dinner.

Reservations are requested by contacting Club President Jeff Knierim at (304) 336-8301 or jknierim@westliberty.edu.

The WLU Toastmasters meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the WLU Highlands Center.

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.

Crochet group welcomes members

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. Bring your own supplies and projects. If you need help, someone will assist or instruct you. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free group.

Cafe to discuss domestic violence

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 hermvick@comcast.net.

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. May 16.

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.

Library to offer computer class

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Branch of the Brooke County Public Library will be offering a free basic computer class for adults at 11 a.m. May 17. The instructor will be Linda Dobbs.

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

Vets center to hold open house

WHEELING – The Wheeling Vet Center will hold its third Family Day Open House, which includes a free cookout for veterans and their family members, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18.

Located at 1058 East Bethlehem Blvd., the center offers information on various benefits and services available to veterans and their families.

For information, call (304) 232-0587.

4-H Camp opens registration

NEW MANCHESTER – Hancock County 4-H Camp with the theme “There’s No Place Like Home” will be held July 16-20 at Tomlinson Run State Park.

It is open to youth aged 9 to 21, and space is limited to 80 campers. As part of the programming, 4-H will sponsor a Summer Food Service Program. Children whose households receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families aid are automatically eligible; call for eligibility guidelines.

To register, call (304) 564-3805.

Community briefs

‘Hawks’ reunion being planned

Plans are under way for a reunion of the St. Anthony “Hawks.”

A get-together is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 16-18 at the Spot Bar in Steubenville.

A memorabilia auction and a golf outing are being discussed.

Committee members are being asked to contact Joe DiAlbert at (740) 283-9164; Bernie Ravasio at (740) 317-5656; or Rocco Augustine at (740) 264-1975.

All former “Hawks” are welcomed to be a part of the planning committee.

Annual inspection

For OES Chapter

LaBelle Chapter 414, Order of the Eastern Star, held its 94th-annual inspection with Sandy Moxley, worthy matron, and Ben Moxley, worthy patron, presiding.

Inspecting officer was Machelle Miller, deputy grand matron.

Guests included Lawrence Cullifer, past grand patron of West Virginia; Pat Smith, grand representative of Utah; and worthy matrons and patrons from Arbutus, Bolivar, New Philadelphia, Oriental, Unionport, District 13, Carroll and Crystal.

LaBelle Chapter past matrons and past patrons attending were Roberta Gilday, Carol Michael, Clara McClure, Suzanne Enochs, Lou Anne Craven, Carolyn Bickerstaff, Arlene Sue Davis, Sara Joe Peeler, Eileen Alloggia, Arthur Michael, Randall Craven and Howard McClure, also ambassador for District 14.

Also attending were six honored masons; 10 50-year members; officers of the District 14, Paul Moore, secretary, Cathy Barcus, treasurer; District 13, vice president, Karen Jones; grand aide to District 14 deputy grand matron, Jed Miller; grand page to District 13 deputy grand matron, Ingrid Henthorn; and several past grand appointments.

Page was Anne Graham.

Initiation was performed for candidates Lauren Callahan and Amelia Brooks.

Art Beal band at

Country Friends

Country Friends will host Art Beal and the Country Tradition Band on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

Country Friends has events each 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 nights, the doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish if they 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.

Kiwanis announce

Speakers for May

The Steubenville Kiwanis Club welcomed Judy Raveaux of CHANGE Inc. in Weirton to its Tuesday luncheon meeting held at the YWCA. Raveaux previewed plans for an additional office to open in Wintersville

Other speakers lined up for the May noon meetings, according to Mike Emmerling, program chair, are:

— May 14: Daniel Pinciaro, counseling, mental health consultation and mental wellness education.

— May 21: Alex Marshall, publisher of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.

— May 28: State Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville.

The Kiwanis spent several April meetings as the guests of their sponsored Key Clubs at Steubenville, Indian Creek and Catholic Central high schools.

The club is planning its annual golf scramble, organizing and accepting teams for the June 9 fundraiser. Brian Scarpone is the event chair.

Community Briefs

Lifetree Cafe examines racism, possibility of a colorblind society

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

The program, titled “The Black and White Truth About Racism: Will We Ever Live in a Colorblind World?” features a filmed interview with Daryl Davis, a black man who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. Admission to the 60-minute event is free.

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 hermvick@comcast.net.

Church to sell lunches

WELLSBURG – Christ Episcopal Church will sell roast beef sandwich lunches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church located at 1014 Main St. The cost is $6.50, which includes sandwich, chips, beverage and a slice of peanut butter sheet cake. Individual sandwiches are available for $4.50 each. Take-out and delivery to local businesses and shut-ins is available by calling (304) 737-3432 after 8:30 a.m. that day.

Country Friends host Art Beal

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

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

Country Friends hold covered-dish dinners and open mic nights every Monday and Friday. The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m.

For information, contact (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270 or visit the website at www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

BOP?employees to meet

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steel Basic Oxygen Plant employee breakfast is held at 9 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Eat’n Park.

All are welcome.

‘Fit for the Cure’ scheduled

ROBINSON TOWNSHIP – Wacoal-America, The Mall at Robinson and Macy’s will host a “Fit for the Cure” event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 15 at the Robinson Macy’s.

Each customer who has a personal fitting for a Wacoal bra will have $2 donated in her name to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Those purchasing a bra will have a second donation made in their name.

Refreshments, beauty product samples, free palm readings and gifts with purchase will be available, courtesy of Dr. Patricia Mauro. For an appointment, call (412) 787-9777, extension 1536.

School holding yard sale

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The School of Bright Promise will hold a craft and vendor show and community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 at the school located on John Scott Highway.

All proceeds benefit the United Way. Spaces are available. For information, contact Mari Sines at (740) 275-1598 or marisines@comcast.net.

Wine in the Woods scheduled

WEIRTON – The Guglielmo Charitable Scholarship Foundation will hold its third annual Wine in the Woods benefit from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 9 at the Serbian American Picnic Grounds on Kings Creek Road. The event includes homemade wines, food, music and craft vendors. Vendor space for winemakers is free; vendor space for non-winemakers is $25. For information, email dg1825@comcast.net. Tickets are $10. Those wanting to make a donation to the foundation can send checks payable to the Guglielmo Charitable Scholarship Foundation at P.O. Box 44, Weirton, WV 26062.

Board of health approves fees

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Board of Health held a meeting April 15, and board members reviewed and approved the clinical fees for services for fiscal year 2013-2014.

The clinical fees for services schedule is available for public review during normal business hours at the health department, the Mary H. Weir Public Library in Weirton, the Swaney Memorial Library in New Cumberland and the Lynn Murrary Memorial Library in Chester.

The 30-day comment period began April 19. Written comments must contain the writer’s name, address and telephone number. All comments can be directed to Administrator Jackie Huff, Hancock County Health Department, PO Box 578, New Cumberland, WV 26047.

Community Briefs

Class of 2015 Parent Group

set to meet Tuesday at school

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Parent Group of 2015 will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the high school cafeteria.

Fundraisers for the 2013-2014 academic year will be discussed. All parents and students are encouraged to attend.

For information, call President Debbie Larch at (304) 670-3746.

Class of 1958 committee to meet

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1958 Reunion Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church located on Main Street.

All classmates are welcome to attend.

For information, call Harry Brown at (304) 748-0783, George Payne at (304) 748-3291 or Regina Truax at (304) 723-0419.

Soccer Boosters meeting Thursday

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Soccer Boosters will hold their May meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school cafeteria.

All parents of current and incoming Weir High soccer players are invited to attend.

CEOS offer 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.

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.

Elks holding golf scramble

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 will hold its four-man golf scramble with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. May 11 at Mountaineer Woodview Golf Course.

Registration will be accepted at the Elks Lodge until time of the event.

The cost is $18 for members of Woodview Golf Course and $40 for non-members, payable at Woodview the day of the scramble. Prizes will be determined by the number of participants. Food and beverages will be provided at the Elks Lodge after the scramble.

For information, call the lodge at (304) 748-0565 or House Chair Richard Pannett at (304) 748-7731.

Mended Hearts will meet

WHEELING – The Greater Wheeling Area Chapter 280 of The Mended Hearts Inc. will meet at 6 p.m. May 13 at Perkin’s Restaurant.

Heather Leonard, Ohio Valley Medical Center clinical diabetic educator, will give the presentation “Health Choices When Eating Out.”

For information or to make a reservation, call Mary Maguire at (304) 280-5221.

School retirees to meet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Retired School Employees will meet May 14 at Wellsburg Christian Church.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Reservations should be made by calling Dottie Cooper, (740) 266-4904 or (304) 670-1021 by Tuesday.

A memorial service will be conducted by Karen and Dick Pannett. Members are asked to bring items for the Brooke County Animal Shelter.

All members are encouraged to attend. Those who bring a friend will receive a free ticket for the door prize drawing.

Lions eye fundraiser

NEW CUMBERLAND – The New Cumberland Lions Club is gearing up for its pulled pork fundraiser sales, with the first sale being held May 24-25.

Sales will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 22, July 20, Aug. 24 and Oct. 19 at the Swaney Memorial Library. The club also will hold the fundraiser during the New Cumberland Riverfest Sept. 28-29 on River Avenue.

More details will be announced as they become available.

Shumpert to speak

WHEELING – Elder Darrell Shumpert of Elyria, Ohio, will be the guest speaker at Bethlehem Apostolic Temple’s pastor’s aide service at 6 p.m. May 26 at the church located at 330 N. Main St.

Sister Belinda Jones is the chair and D.W. Cummings is the pastor.

Community briefs

Gospel musical stage play nears

The Ohio Valley Acts of Faith will present its annual Mother’s Day weekend gospel musical stage play on May 11 beginning at 7 p.m. at Steubenville High School’s auditorium.

“Calming the Storms,” a gospel comedy written by Wylene Alexander, opens with part of the cast at a local beauty salon discussing the events of their personal lives and deciding to go on a cruise.

“The play is a comedy, but the message is that there are going to be times in our lives when our faith is tested,” Alexander said. “God can keep us calm during these raging times and has promised to guide us safely through the storms.”

Cast members are Arletta Reed, Gloria Terry, Rhonda Parrish, Melvin Creech Jr., Brenda Ware, Ronni Edwards, Horace Hampton, Dauwud Abullah, Trina Lawson, Manard Reed, Michael Jett, Eddie Alexander, Michael McIntyre, Karla Martin, Eliza Kelly and Sharron Cain.

The Acts of Faith is a joint venture by a group of individuals who have combined their talents, gifts and abilities to spread the word of God in an entertaining and spiritual manner, with dramatizations of religious themes as well as moral and ethical issues of today, according to Alexander.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from Ronni at “Things We Grow” Hair Salon located at 178 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, or by calling June Beal (740) 264-9028; Alexander at (740) 282-9207; Sandi Rue at (740) 283-2832; or Bunswella Brown at (740) 284-2766. Tickets also can be purchased from cast members.

Benefit dinner for

Terry A. Dear Sr.

A benefit spaghetti dinner for Terry A. Dear Sr. of Toronto will be held May 11 at the Belvedere Volunteer Fire Department from noon to 7 p.m.

The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. Carryout will be available. The fundraiser also will include a Chinese auction and a 50-50 drawing.

A graduate of Edison High School, Dear is a single father and Army veteran who served in Iraq where he suffered a spinal cord injury in July 2012, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

He has been approved for stem cell therapy, which costs approximately $30,000. “His hope is that this therapy will enable him to live his dream of walking with his children again,” according to a promotional flyer.

All proceeds from the benefit will be used for medical expenses.

An account also has been established in Dear’s name at Chase Bank, Wintersville, for donations.

Questions can be directed to Chrissy Dear at (740) 314-2446 or Tina Dear at (740) 792-0311.

Tri-State Writers

Society to meet

The Tri-State Writers Society, led by award-winning author, Karen Majoris-Garrison, will meet at 6 p.m. on May 14 at the Jefferson County Historical Association Museum located at 426 Franklin Ave., Steubenville.

Published and aspiring writers are encouraged to attend. The meeting will include a free tour of the museum and complimentary refreshments.

For information, call (740) 424-1243 or visit karinagarrison.blogspot.com and click on TSWS page.

Weirton Elks

plan scramble

The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 will hold its four-man golf scramble with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. May 11 at Mountaineer Woodview Golf Course.

Registration will be accepted at the Elks Lodge until time of the event.

The cost is $18 for members of Woodview Golf Course and $40 for non-members, payable at Woodview the day of the scramble.

Prizes will be determined by the number of participants. Food and beverages will be provided at the Elks Lodge after the scramble.

For information, call the lodge at (304) 748-0565 or Richard Pannett, house chair, at (304) 748-7731.

JHM Heritage

Trail meeting set

There will be a John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Bergholz Volunteer Fire Department hall.

“We are seeking relatives of ancestors who had any connection with the raid,” said Virginia Glenn, committee chairperson, who can be contacted at (740) 768-2365.

“Many family histories tell stories of the Confederate Raiders, or the pursuing Union Forces, staying in their homes and feeding them or having their horses taken. We invite them to come to this meeting and tell your story and plan to be a part of the July 27 commemoration,” Glenn said.

Library details

future programs

Upcoming programs organized through the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County include the following:

— Story Hour will be offered at the main library on Wednesdays, May 8-22 at 6 p.m. Story Hour is for children age 2-6.

— Babygarten will be offered at the main library on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and at the Tiltonsville branch on Thursday at 11 a.m. It is for caregiver and children age birth to 24 months.

— Take your children (age birth to 3) to Play and Learn at the Schiappa branch on Thursday at 6 p.m. or Friday at 10 a.m. for an hour-long play session. Encourage children to love the library from a young age.

— Take the family to see a movie at the Tiltonsville branch at noon on Saturday.

— Promote early learning with Pinterest workshop for parents and childcare providers of young children on Saturday at 10 a.m. and on May 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Schiappa branch.

Participants will be introduced to Pinterest and learn tips about how to use this virtual pin board to promote early learning. Participants will receive free books. Register by calling the library at (740) 264-6166. The workshop is funded by the Alfred and Lillie Dunlavey Charitable Trust.

— Gaming For Kids in grades kindergarten through six will be at the Schiappa branch on Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Participants can stop in any time to play their favorite games.

— Get Tech Help on downloading ebooks and more from the library’s website to your hand-held device on Wednesday at the Schiappa branch. Call (740) 264-6166 to make a 15-minute appointment from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

— Make and take home a craft from the Toronto branch on Saturday any time from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children also can make a craft at the Adena branch on Tuesday any time from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

— The cookbook club for the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch will eat and discuss on Thursday at 5 p.m. Join by calling the library at (740) 769-2090.

Community Briefs

Substance Abuse Task Force

set to meet Monday

WELLSBURG – The Governor’s Regional Substance Abuse Task Force will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at the lecture hall at Brooke High School located at 1 Bruin Drive.

The task force serves Hancock and Brooke counties, and HealthWays Inc. will moderate the discussion. Local residents’ input is sought to deal with the communities’ substance abuse problems.

Refreshments will be served.

Follansbee Class of ’61 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.

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.

Gardeners offer plants

WEIRTON – The Tri-State Area Master Gardener Association will hold their annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon May 11 in the Gabriel Brothers parking lot. No sales will be made before 9 a.m. Vegetables, flowers, bushes, houseplants, terrariums, fairy gardens and gift items will be available. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions.

For information, call the West Virginia University Extension Office at (304) 564-3805.

Society holding plant sale

ELDERSVILLE, Pa. – The Jefferson Township Historical Society will hold a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11 at the White Church located at 11 Fire Road, across from the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Most plants have been home grown by the group’s Master Gardener. Plants available include hibiscus, coreopsis, zinnas, geraniums, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, basil, oregano, parsley and hyancinth beans, a 10-foot twining vine that blooms all summer.

Mothers Day pancake breakfast set

STEUBENVILLE – A Mothers Day pancake breakfast to benefit Brooke County Special Olympics will be held from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 11 at the Steubenville Applebee’s. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from any athletes, by calling (304) 797-1574 or (304) 737-1376 or at the door.

Schools look at family involvement

NEW CUMBERLAND – Hancock County Schools will present an overview of support for personalized learning, focusing on parents as partners in education and engaging families in early literacy experiences from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 15 at the John D. Rockefeller IV Center located on state Route 2.

Pre-registration is requested; call (304) 564-3411, extension 3383.

Community Briefs

Oglebay Park shops celebrating

spring with lecture series

WHEELING – Oglebay Park will celebrate “Dream … Discover Spring at the Hilltop” with special events Saturday and Sunday at the Palm Room and Greenhouses, Farmhouse Sweets and Treats Shoppe and Carriage House Glass Shops.

The celebration will include a series of lectures. Lectures will include “Fantasy Miniature Gardens,” 11 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Palm Room; “Succulent Wreaths, Living Walls and Kokedama Moss Balls,” 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday at Palm Room; “Composting, Herbs and Vegetables,” 2 p.m. Saturday at Palm Room; “Designer Containers and Deer Resistant Plants and Chemicals,” 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Palm Room; and “All-American Selection Plants,” 2 p.m. Sunday at Palm Room.

Drawings for gift baskets will be held at the Palm Room and Farmhouse Sweets and Treats, and a drawing for decorative glass will be held at Carriage House Glass.

All the shops have new merchandise and new flowering plants, and the sweets and treats shoppe has fresh-made fudge.

For information, call (304) 243-4098.

Newcomers Club to meet

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio – The Wheeling Newcomers Club will hold its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. May 9 at the Belmont Hills Country Club.

Membership is open to all women new to the area. The program is the annual officer installation. Members are invited to wear bright clothing, full skirts and sombreros for the “South of the Border” theme. Lunch is $15 per person. To make a reservation, call Marilyn Rabinowitz at (304) 243-0164 by Sunday.

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.

Story hours set

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Branch Library will hold story hours for children, ages 2-5, and their caregivers at noon Monday and May 13 and 20. Call (304) 527-0860 to register for the free programs.

Library to show comedy

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.

Church holding revival

WEIRTON – The Morning Star Baptist Church will hold a spring revival at 7 p.m. nightly May 15-17 at the church located at 3124 Weir Ave. The Rev. Brandon A.A.J. Davis, pastor of Waymen A.M.E. Church of Wheeling will speak each night, and the programs will consist of area choirs.

The Rev. Willie L. Nevels is the pastor.