Community Briefs

RSVP program to sponsor AARP safe driving class

WEIRTON – The Brooke-Hancock-Ohio-Marshall Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will sponsor an AARP Safe Driving class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Mary H. Weir Public Library.

The class is geared toward mature adults who may or may not be experiencing problems with diminishing vision, hearing and reaction time. Rules of the road are reviewed along with safe driving techniques.

Most insurance agencies offer a discount on vehicle insurance premiums to those who have completed the two-day course.

The cost is $12 fee per AARP members and $14 for non-members and must be paid prior to attending the class. Participants are limited to 20, so reservations should be made by calling (304) 527-3410.

Re-enactors to visit exhibit

WEIRTON – The exhibit “Born of Rebellion” will be on display from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and Oct. 12-13 and by appointment Thursday through Oct. 19 at the Hancock County Museum located at 1008 Ridge Ave.

“Born of Rebellion” examines the creation of West Virginia, noting the Constitution allows the division of states only by consent. The debate on the constitutionality of “the West Virginia question” ranged from President Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet to Congress to the Supreme Court, which set the final state boundaries. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote on the constitutionality of West Virginia’s statehood.

The display will conclude with Mary Lincoln’s visit at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 19. Union and Confederate re-enactors will be at the museum all day Oct. 19.

Tea and tours will be available from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 19. The event is free and open to the public.

School field trips are available.

To make arrangements, contact Janet Keller at (304) 387-0354 or Vivian Weigel at (304) 224-1605.

For information on the exhibit, call the museum at (304) 564-4800.

Entries sought for baby contest

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Right to Life seeks entries for its Beautiful Baby Contest, which will be held during the Wellsburg Applefest, Thursday through Sunday.

It’s open to children 3 and under, and entries must be submitted by Sunday to Marla Mercer, 221 Hillcrest Drive, Wellsburg, WV 26070.

They should include a 4-inch by 6-inch photo of the child, with his or her full name and age on the back and the name, address and phone number of the adult submitting it on an index card.

The winning child will be announced on the festival’s last day and will receive a $100 savings bond and chance to ride in the Wellsburg 4th of July Parade.

For information, call (304) 829-4383.

Church holding rummage sale

WEIRTON – The Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church will hold the semi-annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church located at 101 Lisa Court.

There will be clothing and household items available.

Apple Anything Contest to be held

WELLSBURG – Entries are sought for the Apple Anything Baking Contest to be held at the Wellsburg Applefest on Sunday.

Prizes will be awarded to three winners in each of three categories: dishes made with dough, such as pie; cakes and miscellaneous.

Applications may be found at the Brooke County West Virginia University Extension Office, Brooke County Public Library or Brooke County Senior Center and should be returned by Oct. 1. Entries should be brought to the Wellsburg Town Square at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 6.

This year festival-goers will serve as judges after paying $1 to sample each desert from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

For information, call (304) 723-8968.

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Brooke County Salvation Army offers meals twice weekly

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Salvation Army Service Center at 401 Commerce St. (state Route 2) offers home-cooked meals from noon to 1 p.m. each Wednesday and Friday.

Local volunteers prepare the meals, which have included creamed turkey on biscuits, ham and rice casserole, penne pasta and sausage sauce and beef stew, and serve them cafeteria style.

Everyone is welcome.

The Salvation Army also needs volunteers to work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to prepare and assist with the meals and cleanup.

Those interested should call (304) 737-0071.

Retired school employees to meet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Association of Retired School Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 8 at the Brooke HIgh School Nutrition Center.

JoEllen Goodall, Colliers Primary School principal, will be the guest speaker. Lunch reservations should be made by calling Ruth Lewis at (304) 737-2314 by Tuesday.

All new and past retirees are invited to join the group for fellowship and discussion on topics of interest.

Pumpkin-decorating contest set

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will hold a pumpkin-decorating contest in conjunction with the annual Wellsburg Applefest at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

The contest is open to children in preschool through eighth grade, who will use pumpkins donated by the Wellsburg Applefest Committee. Members of the Friends of the Brooke County Library will be judges.

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

Church to hold charity auction

WEIRTON – The Weirton Covenant Church will hold a World Help Charity Auction and sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at the church located at 200 Pennsylvania Ave.

The auction begins at 2 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held Oct. 12.

World Help is a faith-based humanitarian organization helping those in impoverished communities around the world. All proceeds will benefit World Help.

For information or to make a donation, call (304) 748-4422 or visit www.worldhelp.net.

Dinner benefits Eagle project

WEIRTON – Brandon Toland, a Boy Scout Troop 334 member, will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Sacred Heart of Mary Church dining hall located at 200 Preston Ave.

The meal includes spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, bread and butter, dessert and cold drinks or coffee.

The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and under.

Toland is raising funds for his Eagle Scout project, placing trail markers with global positioning system tags along five trails at Tomlinson Run State Park in New Manchester.

The coordinates will be mapped and provided to the park.

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St. Anthony to hold benefit spaghetti dinner Sunday

FOLLANSBEE – St. Anthony Catholic Church will hold a spaghetti dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Francis Center, at 805 Lee Road.

The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children, ages 4-12, with children under 4 admitted free.

Proceeds will go to providing food for backpacks taken home by children at Jefferson Primary School whose families are financially struggling.

Church celebrating patronal feast

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church will celebrate its 107th patronal feast, or slava, Sunday.

The celebration begins with the Divine Liturgy, procession around the church and memorial service for deceased members at 10 a.m. A banquet will be held at 1 p.m. at the Serbian American Cultural Center located on Colliers Way, Weirton.

The Bronko Dopudja family of Chester will be the honored members, or kumovi, for the day.

The church celebrates its feast on the dedication of the Church of the Holy Resurrection, also known as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in Jerusalem, which took place in the fourth century.

The public is invited to attend.

Children invited to knitting group

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Library’s Kids Knitting Group will meet from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Children 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.

Church Women to meet

WEIRTON – The Weirton Church Women United Executive Board meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 at St. Peter AME Church located on County Road.

Marge DiClemente will give the devotions, and JoAnne Gorrell will collect for the Fellowship of the Least Coin. Nancy Sanders, World Community Day program coordinator, will give a report.

All third-year delegates are encouraged to attend to help plan the World Community Day celebration.

Karen Tate is the Weirton unit president.

Lodge women to hold yard sale

WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg Women of the Moose will hold an indoor yard sale at the Moose Lodge at 844 Main St. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5.

The group welcomes vendors, who may rent 8 foot tables for $10 each.

Anyone interested in donating items should call (304) 737-0178 or 737-2553.

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Stevens presents ‘Sleepy Hollow’

WEIRTON – Stevens Puppets will present “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library’s downstairs activity room.

Puppeteer Greg Genna will perform a silly, unfrightening version of the Washington Irving classic. Lanky schoolmaster Ichabod Crane sings, dances and falls in love with Katrina Van Tassel. Her father, Baltus, and village goof Brom Bones attempt to run Ichabod off with stories of the Headless Horseman. The story was adapted by Martin Stevens and Daniel Raynor and is appropriate for all ages. Stevens Puppets have been performing with traditional wooden marionettes for 80 years. The event is free and open to the public.

Weirton Area Museum set to

host Hometown Team exhibit

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center will host a meeting on its upcoming Hometown Teams exhibit at 6 p.m. Thursday at the museum located at 3149 Main Street.

The museum will be one of six West Virginia facilities to host the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit. It will be on exhibit at the Weirton museum in August and September 2014.

The museum will be planning its local companion exhibits and associated speaking events. Those wanting to help or who have potential display items are asked to attend or contact President Dennis Jones at (304) 479-7266.

VFW?holding dinner

WEIRTON – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 2716 will host a dinner Oct. 5 at the VFW located at 3435 Main Street.

Dinner will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; a $500 lottery will be held at 7 p.m.; and a disc jockey will play music from 7 p.m. to midnight. Dinner includes rigatoni with sauce and meatballs, tossed salad, bread and a dessert. The cost is $7. Tickets are available by visiting the VFW or calling (304) 748-9674.

Church holding rummage sale

WEIRTON – St. Thomas Episcopal Church will hold a fall rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 12.

The church will hold a holiday bazaar Nov. 16, including crafts, a soup and sale lunch and bake sale.

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Greater Weirton Senior Center

to hold monthly bake sales

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 21.

Apple Anything Contest to be held

WELLSBURG – An Apple Anything Baking Contest will be held during the Wellsburg Applefest, with entries of apple pie, cobbler, cake and other apple-based dishes welcome.

This year festival goers may vote on the entries after paying $1 to sample each dessert from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7. Participants should bring their entries to the Wellsburg Town Square at 12:30 p.m. that day.

The winner of each of three categories – dough-related dishes, including pies; cakes and miscellaneous – will receive a $25 cash prize.

For information, call (304) 723-8968.

Country Friends hosting Art Beal

COLLIERS – The Country Friends will host Art Beal and 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 begins at 6 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 or visit www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

Dating awareness program available

MONROEVILLE, Pa. – Prime Stage Theatre, Pittsburgh Young Women’s Christian Association and Community College of Allegheny County – Monroeville will present a teen dating awareness program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Boyce Campus located at 595 Beatty Road.

The one-hour program raises awareness about teen dating violence and provides resources for teens, parents and educators. It includes the theatrical production of “You Belong to Me.” It also includes a question and answer session and local resources.

For information or to schedule a presentation, contact Prime Stage at tda@primestage.com.

Trail station holding Halloween walk

MCDONALD, Pa. – The McDonald Trail Station will hold a Halloween night walk at 7 p.m. Oct. 25.

It is open to children 12 and under and sponsored by Washington County Parks and Recreation. Call (724) 228-6867 to register children.

An Election Day bake sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5.

A Christmas party will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. Santa will be present.

The trail station is operated by the McDonald Area Redevelopment Association. The group meets at 6 p.m. every second Thursday of the month.

Association hosting community dinner

WEIRTON – The Weirton Ministerial Association will host a community Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Weirton Senior Citizens Center located at 3425 Main St.

The meal is free and open tothe public. The meal includes turkey, ham, dressing, yams, green beans and dessert.

Transportation and meal delivery are available by calling ahead to (304) 748-4422.

The association also is soliciting donations of food and funds from the community to support the dinner. Those interested in making a donation are asked to contact the ministerial association at (304) 748-4422 by Nov. 1.

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Brooke County Public Service

District meeting Wednesday

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Service District’s monthly construction meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the district office located at 711 Charles St.

Port authority to meet Thursday

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Port Authority’s monthly meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the United Steel Workers Union Hall located at 2971 West St.

The agenda is available at www.wapainc.org. All are welcome to attend.

History fair coming to Avella

AVELLA, Pa. – The Avella History and Genealogy Fair will be held Saturday at the Community Center on Avella Heights.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. for the event, which will include food sold by the ladies of St. Michael’s Church through the day.

Admission and table fees will be based on donations by participants. For information, call (724) 947-3983.

Church holding gospel meeting

WEIRTON – Weirton Heights Church of Christ will hold gospel meetings Oct. 6-10 with the theme “Family” at the church located at 3169 Pennsylvania Ave.

Frank Higginbotham is the guest speaker.

Meetings are as follows: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 6, Romans 12; 10:30 a.m. Oct. 6, “The Family: God’s Plan”; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6, “Mothers”; 7 p.m. Oct. 7, “Fathers”; 7 p.m. Oct. 8, “Children”; 7 p.m. Oct. 9, “Blessings of Being a Christian Parent”; 7 p.m. Oct. 10, “Having a Successful Home.”

For information, call (304) 723-1160.

Floral show to benefit Relay

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. – The Relay For Life team Queen Mother’s Army will hold its sixth annual Floral Design show from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Our Lady of Lourdes McCashin Hall.

Admission is $13, with free gifts going to the first 100 guests. There will be floral designs from Jackie’s Florist, owned by Della Serevicz; a Chinese auction and 50-50 drawing.

For tickets, call (724) 947-2160 or (724) 524-0100.

Dice run benefits veterans

Local Veterans of Foreign War Posts will sponsor a dice run Oct. 6 to benefit the West Virginia Veterans Home in Barboursville.

Registration will take place from 11 a.m. to noon at the New Cumberland Adam Poe Post 3526 located at 208 N. Chester St. The entry fee is $10 per person, and motorcycles and cars are welcome.

Those participating will visit VFW posts in New Cumberland, Chester, Weirton, Elm Grove and Moundsville.

The ride culminates at the New Cumberland park with food, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes.

For information, call (304) 280-8719.

Baked goods contest winner named

WELLSBURG – Susan Fodor of Wellsburg was the winner of the baked goods contest held by Brooke County 4-H leaders at the Brooke County Fair.

Chosen through votes cast by fairgoers, Fodor’s winning entry was a banana nut cake.

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Brooke County 4-H program

ready to kick off year

The Brooke County 4-H program is preparing to begin the new program year.

There are 4-H clubs in Wellsburg, Colliers and Bethany and offers a special-interest shooting sports team for children 12 and older, a horticulture team and is starting a dance team.

The goal of 4-H is to develop life and leadership skills, build self-esteem and character, foster citizenship and community service and teach healthy habits.

Membership is free and open to children and young adults aged 9 to 21. A Cloverbud program for children aged 5 to 8 is available in Wellsburg.

4-H began in the late 1800s to teaching children in farming communities new agricultural practices. Today, the program looks at global food security, climate change, sustainable energy, childhood obesity and food safety.

For information, contact Liz Gatts, West Virginia University Extension 4-H Program assistant by email at Liz.Gatts@mail.wvu.edu or by phone at (304) 737-3666.

Library to show film

WELLSBURG -The Brooke County Public Library will show the PG-13-rated suspense film, “Now You See Me,” at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The film involves four talented magicians who mesmerize an international audience with a series of bold and original heists, all the while pursuing a hidden agenda that has the FBI and Interpol scrambling to anticipate their next move.

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

Farm bureau holding dinner

NEW MANCHESTER – The Hancock County Farm Bureau will hold the annual dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the New Manchester Fire Hall located at 193 Main St.

Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert. The bureau will provide meat and beverages. All are welcome.

Daytime story hour set

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will hold a story hour for children, ages 2-5, and their caregivers at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Children will enjoy a story, craft, games and a snack. Call Kim Harless at (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Evening story hour offered

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be holding an evening storytime with Kim Harless at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Children will enjoy stories, craft and other activities. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Computer class offered for adults

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Branch Library will be offering a free basic computer class for adults at 11 a.m. Friday.

The class will be instructed by Linda Dobbs.

Class space is limited. Call (304) 527-0860 to register.

Lions holding fundraiser

NEW CUMBERLAND – The New Cumberland Lions Club will sell pulled pork sandwiches and smoked chicken halves at the New Cumberland River Fest from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 on River Avenue.

Pork sandwiches are $5 and chicken halves are $5.50. Both are available as meals with two sides, chosen from baked beans, potato salad or coleslaw for an additional $1.50.

Whole smoked pork butts will be available by advance order for $22. They may be picked up Sept. 29 only; there will be no pick-ups on Sept. 30.

To order a pork butt or reserve a half chicken, call Lion Bob Manypenny at (304) 564-5055 by noon Thursday.

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Museum holding meeting on

Hometown Teams exhibit

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center will hold a meeting to discuss the upcoming Hometown Teams exhibit at 6 p.m. today at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center located on 3149 Main St.

The museum will begin planning the local companion exhibit for the Smithsonian Institution displays the museum will host in August and September 2014. Those wanting to help or who have potential display items are asked to either attend the meeting or call President Dennis Jones at (304) 479-7266.

Senior center holding dance

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a dance today.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and Light Touch will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5.

The center also holds Friday night bingo. Doors open at 5 p.m., early birds start at 6:30 p.m. and regular games start at 7 p.m. The first 50 people to arrive have a chance to win a free game packet. For information about the center, call (304) 748-3490.

Management club meeting

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

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

Republicans set to meet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Republican Executive Committee will hold the regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Brooke County Library located on Main Street.

St. Paul holding craft festival

BRIDGEPORT, Ohio – St. Paul Lutheran Church will hold a fall indoor-outdoor craft and food festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at the church located at 56381 National Road, next to Wilson Funeral Home.

Wheeling conventions eyed

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center will host David Javersak, who will give the presentation “Species of Legal Fiction: The Wheeling Convention” at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the museum.

Javersak will speak about West Virginia statehood and the Wheeling Conventions, during which western Virginians planned to secede from Virginia, eventually forming a Reorganized Government of Virginia based in Wheeling.

Javersak is a West Liberty University School of Liberal Arts dean emeritus. He taught history for 39 years. The event is sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council.

Flu shot clinic to be held Oct. 9

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. – A flu shot clinic will be held from 10 a.m. until noon Oct. 9 at the Gathering Place Coffee Shop at the Paris Presbyterian Church located at 127 Steubenville Pike.

There will be a free blood screening and free coffee and snacks. The cost is $22.

For information, call (724) 729-3450.

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Sundowners 4-H Saddle Club

to hold horse show Saturday

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Sundowners 4-H Saddle Club is sponsoring a Beginner Horse Show Saturday at 4-H Camp Aura on Ross Road.

The show is for riders 12 years of age and under and will begin at 11 a.m. All riders are required to wear proper clothing, which must include boots and a hard hat.

Classes on the show bill include halter, leadline, walk-trot, egg-and-spoon, open pleasure, balloon ride, thread-the-needle, cloverleaf barrels, Western pleasure and stakebend. Medals will be awarded for five places for all classes. Entry fees are $3 per class with a grounds fee per horse.

Prior to the show, the Sundowners will be sponsoring a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, orange juice, chocolate milk and coffee.

All proceeds will benefit 4-H Camp Aura; funds are being raised to re-surface the arena.

For information on the show contact Tara Allison at (304) 564-3747 or Megan Walker at (304) 564-3598.

Country Friends to host Stone Street

COLLIERS – 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.

The group hosts a covered-dish dinner and open mic night 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.

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 or visit www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

Marland Heights holding fall fest

WEIRTON – The Marland Heights Community Church will hold the annual fall fest from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church’s ballfield located at 3900 Bright Way.

In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the church.

The event will include refreshments, children’s games and a vendor show.

New Hope holding revival

WEIRTON – The New Hope Baptist Church will hold a revival featuring Evangelist Toru Marshall with services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Sept. 23 through Sept. 25.

Marshall, of Iron Station, N.C., was invited to speak in Cuba in 1997, where he found many pastors and their families starving. In response, he founded Nationals Outreach Worldwide Ministries to provide support to pastors across the world. N.O.W. Ministries supports more than 950 pastors in 49 countries.

Marshall has been involved in evangelism for nearly 30 years.

The Colonial Baptist Church choir of Wintersville, Ohio, will perform Sept. 24, and a dessert fellowship will follow.

For information about the revival, call the church at (304) 748-1067 or the Rev. Len Peeler at (304) 564-3642.

Fair set for Sept. 28

AVELLA, Pa. – The Avella History and Genealogy Fair will be held Sept. 28 at the Community Center located at 11 School Court, on Avella Heights.

The doors open at 8 a.m., and admission is by donation.

Exhibits are sought, and display tables are available by donation.

The St. Michael’s Catholic Church women will have food available.

For information, call (724) 947-3983.

Right to Life schedules contest

WELLSBURG – Brooke County Right to Life will be holding a beautiful baby contest Oct. 4-6 at the Wellsburg Applefest.

Entries must be submitted by Sept. 29; there is no fee. The contest is open to children up to 3-years-old.

Entries should include a 4-inch by 6-inch photograph of the child with the child’s first name and age printed on the back; and an index card with the child’s full name and the name, address and phone number of the person submitting the entry. All photos will be returned.

Send entries to Marla Mercer, 221 Hillcrest Drive, Wellsburg, WV 26070.

Photos will be displayed at the Right to Life booth and those attending the festival vote by making cash donations. All proceeds benefit Brooke County right to Life.

The winner will be announced Oct. 6 and receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and be invited to ride on Right to Life’s Fourth of July parade float.

For information, call (304) 829-4383.

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Weir High School Class of ’59

set to meet Tuesday

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1959 will hold their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Three Springs Eat’n Park.

All classmates are encouraged to attend.

For information, call Edith Harless Barber (304) 723-0761.

PSP?doing car seat checks

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Pennsylvania State Police will hold a child passenger safety check from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the station located at 449 McCormick Road.

Troopers will assist with the proper installation of children’s safety seats.

Appointments aren’t needed. There is no fee.

For information, call (412) 299-1644.

Literacy reception planned

CHESTER -The Lynn Murray Memorial Library will host a literacy reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the library located at 601 Railroad St.

Local, state and national literacy efforts will be highlighted. The Learning Express Library’s online test preparation sites also will be discussed.

For information, contact Pam Makricosta, Literacy and Lifelong Learning Coordinator, at (304) 797-8510.

Deacons to be celebrity servers

WEIRTON -The Cove Presbyterian Deacons will be celebrity servers from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Undo’s Weirton.

Undo’s will donate 10 percent of all dine-in orders and all tips to the deacons. This will benefit Cove’s outreach programs, including the food pantry, utility assistance and Project Christmas Smile.

As another Project Christmas Smile fundraiser, a hot dog luncheon will be held July 21. Cove staff and teachers were presented with a gift and certificate of service. Toys have been donated.

Trail Stitchers set to meet

WHEELING – The National Trail Stitchers Chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America will hold their regular meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall located at 1414 Chapline St.

The evening class will be Karen Phillips-Swallon’s flowers basket.

Those interested in needle arts are welcome to attend.

For information, call (304) 312-1566 or (304) 242-2340.

Dinner to benefit United Way

WHEELING – The September to Remember Reverse Raffle Dinner to benefit the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley will be held Sept. 24 at Wheeling Island Hotel Casino and Racetrack.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

A $10,000 first prize and other prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $160 to be entered into the drawing only, $180 for the drawing and dinner and $200 for a drawing ticket and two dinners.

There were 225 tickets printed for the drawing. For tickets or reservations, call (304) 232-4625.

The Brooke County United Way merged with the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley several years ago. Agencies supported by it include the Brooke County Committee on Aging, which operates the Brooke County Senior Center; Brooke County Public Library and Salvation Army.

Cub Scouts to meet

HICKORY, Pa. – Cub Scout Pack 1365 will hold their first meeting of the year at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Hickory United Presbyterian Church located on state Route 50.

New scouts and interested boys are welcome to attend.

Workshop examines coding

WEIRTON – The Office Managers Association of Health Care Providers Weirton Chapter will hold a coding seminar workshop from 1 p.m. 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Weirton Medical Center located at 601 Colliers Way.

Pam Asbury will present the workshop on ICD-10, including diagnosis codes. The $25 fee includes the workshop, handouts, worksheets and refreshments.

OMA member and two staff members may attend free. Beyond the two staff members, the $25 fee applies. Physicians may attend free.

For information, contact Donna Zahn at deez921@hotmail.com or (740) 283-4770, extension 105, or Faith Nichols at fnichols1952@gmail.com or (304) 723-6061.

Church holding fall festival

BRIDGEPORT, Ohio – St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold the annual fall indoor-outdoor craft and food festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at the church located at 56381 National Road.

History fair set for Sept. 28

AVELLA, Pa. – The Avella History and Genealogy Fair will be held Sept. 28 at the Community Center located at 11 School Court on Avella Heights.

Doors open at 8 a.m. Admission is by donation.

Display tables are available by donation; call (724) 947-3983.

Food prepared by the St. Michael’s Church women will be available throughout the day.

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Team Isaiah will hold pasta

dinner fundraiser Saturday

WEIRTON – Team Isaiah will hold a pasta dinner fundraiser from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Baptist Church located at 121 Ivy St.

The event will include a Chinese auction and 50/50 drawing. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

The proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Chorus practice begins Monday

WHEELING – The Tri-State Community Chorus will begin its inaugural season this fall.

The first rehearsal will be held from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. Monday at the Wheeling Central Catholic High School’s band room located at 75 14th St.

Rehearsals will be held every Monday.

The group is open to anyone high school-aged and older. No audition is required; prior music experience is preferred, but not necessary.

For information, email tristatecommunitychoruswv@gmail.com or call (304) 723-8652 or (304) 233-1660, extension 313.

Wizards to perform Wednesday

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – The Harlem Wizards will perform Wednesday at the Potters Field House.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tip-off is at 6:30 p.m.

The Wizards will play a community team sponsored by the East Liverpool Salvation Army and perform basketball tricks and stunts.

Advance tickets are $5 for general admission and $10 for premium seating. General admission is $10 at the door and premium seating is $12.

Proceeds will benefit the East Liverpool Salvation Army to provide food and clothing to the area’s needy.

For information about Salvation Army East Liverpool events, like their page on Facebook by searching “Carry the Shield.”

Trumpets celebrating anniversary

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Trumpets of Joy Quartet will celebrate their 51st anniversary at 5 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church located at 708 N. Fifth St.

Sister Harriet Kirkland-Washington of Mount Calvary Chapel of Midland, Pa., will be the mistress of ceremonies. The Gospel Lights of Pittsburgh, The Mighty Golden Wonders of Warren, Ohio, Doc Roe of Mingo Junction, Ohio, 1NEMINISTRY of Pittsburgh and The Old Men and the Boyz of Akron, Ohio, will be the special musical guests.

The public is invited to attend.

For information, contact A. Glenn Freeman at (724) 513-7709.

Community Briefs

Cup of Life Ministries resumes

monthly meetings Friday

WEIRTON – Cup of Life Ministries will resume the monthly meeting Friday at Marland Heights Community Church located at 3900 Bright Way.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the women’s worship service with music leaders Judi Baldwin and Angel Previch begins at 7 p.m. Immediately after the service, Bible teacher Tina Schoolcraft will discuss “Be still and know that I am God.”

The event includes food, beverages and dessert and a children’s class for children aged pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.

Church to hold steak dinner

BEECH BOTTOM – Holy Family Catholic Mission at state Route 2 and Church Street will hold its annual baked steak dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 22.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under for the meal, which also includes mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, bread, desert and beverage.

Reservations should be made by Saturday by calling (304) 394-5745 or 394-1174. Take-out will be available by calling 394-5929.

Elks Lodge to hold dinner

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 will hold its monthly pasta dinner for members and guests from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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.

Crochet class to meet

WELLSBURG – A free crochet class led by Linda Collett will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Brooke County Public Library.

The class is open to adults of all levels of knowledge. Participants should bring their own supplies and projects and will receive help if they need.

To register, call (304) 737-1551.

Free diabetic shoe fittings set

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – Medi Home Care will hold free diabetic shoe fittings from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at their facilities located at 105 Main St.

Call (740) 266-3974 for an appointment. Walk-ins welcome.

Library to show film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will show “Oblivion” at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

The PG-13-rated post-apocalyptic film stars Tom Cruise.

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

Blood drive to be held

WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg Women of the Moose will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Moose Lodge at 844 Main St.

Doughnuts or a hot lunch will be provided to donors.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments may be made by calling Linda Porreca at (740) 264-4286 or (304) 737-1552. Donors should bring photo identification.

Applefest pageant to be held

WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg Applefest Pageant will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 22 at the Wellsburg Moose Lodge at 844 Main St.

The event is open to boys 6 and under and girls 18 and under and will include a talent competition and a high point overall winner this year.

The winners will be crowned by Miss West Virginia during the Wellsburg Applefest, which will be held Oct. 4-6 and is in its 35th year.

For information, call Shirlie Rogers, pageant director, at (304) 737-2482.

Community Briefs

Pleasant Valley United Church

to hold spaghetti dinner

WEIRTON – Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the church located at 101 Lisa Court.

The meal includes salad, bread, spaghetti, meatball, beverage and dessert. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Eat-in and take-out will be available. For information, call (304) 723-2608.

Spay, neuter clinic set

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – The Brooke County Animal Welfare League will hold their next low-cost spay and neuter Roaming Animal Sterilization Clinic at Low Cost Nov. 2-3 at the Jefferson County Airpark. Pre-payment is required. There are no walk-in services or vaccinations available.

Appointments are not limited to Brooke County residents. Any interested pet owner may make an appointment by calling (304) 374-4443.

Community Briefs

Oak Glen High School soccer

teams ‘Kick Away Hunger’

NEW MANCHESTER – Oak Glen High School boys and girls soccer teams will hold the “Oak Glen Soccer Kicks Away Hunger” food drive at their double-header today.

The boys will play East Liverpool at 5 p.m., and the girls will play at 7 p.m. against Madonna. Those who bring canned goods or nonperishables will receive $1 off admission. The teams also will collect food at school.

Service district to meet Wednesday

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Service District will hold a monthly general business meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the district office located at 711 Charles St.

Church holding soup and salad lunch

WEIRTON – St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will hold a soup and salad lunch and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church located at 604 Colliers Way, across from the Weirton Medical Center.

The meal includes a stuffed pepper or wedding soup, hoagie and dessert. The cost is $5. For take-out orders, call (304) 723-9746.

Crutchfield to speak at dinner

WEIRTON – Jim Crutchfield, West Liberty University men’s basketball coach, will be the guest speaker at the Friends of Madonna annual steak fry dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Crutchfield, who leads all NCAA coaches in winning percentage, will speak about the basketball team’s recent success.

Tickets are $30. The event will have a cash bar. All proceeds benefit the Madonna High School boys basketball team.

For information or tickets, contact Sharon Higgins at (304) 797-0083 or George Vargo at (304) 748-8238.

Country Friends to host Eldurays

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host The Eldurays Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road.

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. The doors open at 4 p.m., the dinner begins at 5 p.m. and open mic begins at 6 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) 797-1270 or visit www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

Tri-State chorus begins rehearsals

WHEELING – The Tri-State Community Chorus will begin its inaugural season this fall.

The first rehearsal is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Wheeling Central Catholic High School located at 75 14th St. Rehearsals will be held every Monday.

The group is open to anyone high school-aged and older. No audition is required; prior music experience is preferred, but not necessary.

For information, email tristatecommunitychoruswv@gmail.com or call (419) 708-57524.

Auxiliary hosts craft fair

HOOKSTOWN, Pa. – The Hookstown American Legion Post 952 Ladies Auxiliary will host its annual fall craft show and sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at the post, located on state Route 168, near the Hookstown fairgrounds.

The auxiliary kitchen will be open.

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

Community Briefs

Clothes closet seeks socks,

underwear for children

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Clothes Closet needs new underwear and socks or monetary donations so it may provide them to children and teens at Brooke County Schools.

Denise Spensky, president of the Brooke County Council PTA, said the group is preparing to distribute clothing from its clothes closet but lacks funds normally used to purchase underwear and socks. The group may only distribute new underwear and socks.

The group also welcomes donations of new or gently used coats or shoes.

A drop-box for donations has been established at the clothes closet at Pleasant Avenue and 26th Street. Those interested in making monetary donations may call Bobbie Jo Parsons, (304) 670-0396; or Denise Spensky, (304) 527-2516.

Multiple Sclerosis group to meet

WEIRTON – The Weirton/Steubenville Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Serbian American Cultural Center located on Colliers Way.

Those with MS and their loved ones are invited to attend.

For information, call Connie Kafton at (304) 527-3023.

Dinner to benefit Friday Friends

FOLLANSBEE – St. Anthony Parish is organizing a spaghetti dinner to benefit Friday Friends Backpack Program, which provides weekend food packages to children in Brooke County schools who are at risk of malnutrition.

The dinner will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the St. Francis Centre located at 805 Lee Road. The phone number is (304) 527-1279.

The dinner will include spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and butter, dessert, cold drinks and coffee.

Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children age 4 to 12. Patrons can dine in and carryout orders. There will be free local delivery.

Church to hold craft bazaar

WEIRTON – The Christ United Methodist Church will host a craft bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the church located at 3598 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton Heights.

Vendors are sought.

Call (304) 748-6680 for information.

Professor of Year nominees sought

CHARLESTON – The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia is seeking nominations for the 2013 Professor of the Year Award.

The Professor of the Year receives a $10,000 cash award, sponsored by United Bank, and a trophy. The runner-up receives $2,500, and the next three finalists each receive $1,000

Professors at private and public colleges and and universities are eligible.

Nominations must be postmarked no later than Nov. 1 to be eligible.

Nomation forms are available at www.wvhumanities.org.

Class of 1964 seeks classmates

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1964 is seeking classmates’ addresses.

The class needs the addresses for John Allen, James Baker, George Collins, Richard Ingram, James Miller, Rebecca Ohl, Donald Rhodes, Elizabeth Roberts Engel, Ruby Shaffer, Sue Westfall and Donna Ziarko.

Address information may be sent to Susan Kearns Spencer-Smith at hoopiegirl@comcast.net or (304) 914-4298.

The class will hold its 50th reunion Aug. 15-16.

Culture Club sponsors trip

NEW YORK – The Oak Glen Middle School Culture Club will host a charter trip to New York City Nov. 23-24.

The trip will include stops at Zabar’s, South Street Seaport and Chelsea Market. Accommodations will be the Bowery Hanbee Hotel, near the SoHo, Little Italy, TriBeCa and Chinatown neighborhoods.

The cost is $157 for quad occupancy, $178 for triple occupancy and $204 for double occupancy. For information, call (304) 374-7474.

Nifty Needles meets

WEIRTON – The Nifty Needles Neighborhood Sewing Group of the American Sewing Guild met recently at the First Christian Church.

Leaders Nancy Sanders welcomed returning member Carolyn Freeman, and seven members were in attendance. Sanders reviewed the Monroeville Sewing Expo she attended in August.

Nancy Linn spoke about her recent trip to Paris and the fabric available there.

Members presented show-and-tell items, including: Middy Freese, doll clothes; Kay Nixon, iron tote and faux fur scarf; Dale Negle, coin purse, quilt squares and cell phone case; Linn, christening gown; and Carol Village, fabric for scarves.

Sanders presented a program on floral pins made with jumbo rickrack. All members received a kit and completed them at the meeting. Freeman received the door prize.

The next meeting is Oct. 1. For information, call Sanders at (304) 527-1405.

Community Briefs

Bethlehem Apostolic Temple

celebrates church anniversary

WHEELING – All current and former Bethlehem Apostolic Temple members are asked to attend the 81st church anniversary and 40th building anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church located at 330 N. Main St.

There will be a photo taken of all of those present.

For information, call (304) 233-8899.

Church to hold gospel event

WELLSBURG – Wellsburg Church of Christ at 92 Rose Cottage Lane, formerly Sunset Avenue, will hold a gospel meeting, with guest speaker Steve Wallace, Sunday through Friday.

The program will include services at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday and at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be followed by a men’s training class from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 14.

For information or to hear the services online shortly afterward, visit www.truthandright.org.

Temple holding special services

WHEELING – The Bethlehem Apostolic Temple has announced several specials services throughout the month to be held at the church located at 330 Main St.

They include:

10:30 a.m. Sunday, the Rev. D.W. Cummings;

6 p.m. Sunday, Bishop William Reynolds of the Greater Ebenzer Apostolic Church of Columbus, Ohio;

10:30 a.m. Sept. 15, Elder Greg Ward, State Brotherhood Chair, Greater Christ Temple of Columbus, Ohio;

10:30 a.m. Sept. 22, Evangelist Carmella Hill of Cleveland, Ohio;

6 p.m. Sept. 22, Elder David E. Norman of the Greater Bethlehem Temple Church of Columbus, Ohio;

10:30 a.m. Sept. 29, Jeremiah Thomas of Pittsburgh’s Rapha Ministries; and

6 p.m. Sept. 29, Bishop Nathan McAllister of Bethlehem Temple of Duquesne, Pa.

For information, visit www.bethlehemapostolictemple.org or call (304) 233-8899.

Retirement workshop scheduled

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Carriage Inn of Steubenville will host a free workshop, “Retirement Under Construction,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The workshop will look at issues, including those other than financial, dealing with retirement. Light refreshments will be included.

For information, call (740) 310-7295.

Club to hold ACA panel

WEIRTON – The Weirton Woman’s Club, a General Federation of Women’s Clubs of West Virginia, will hold a panel on the Affordable Care Act at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Serbian American Cultural Center located on Colliers Way.

The panel will include health care professionals, attorneys, insurance representatives and representatives from area politicians.

Kelli McCoy, LEX Multimedia Inc. owner, will be the moderator.

Library to show films

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will have free screenings of “The Great Gatsby” and “Epic” next week on the large screen in its Elmer Vincent Meeting Room.

Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Great Gatsby,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 1 p.m Thursday.

Based loosely on William Joyce’s children’s book, “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs,” “Epic,” rated PG, will be shown at 11 a.m. Sept. 14.

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

Crafts, quilts part of fall festival

COLLIERS – Old and new quilts will be displayed and an assortment of crafts and food will be sold during Olde St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14.

The menu will include sweet sausage sandwiches, cabbage and noodles, hot dogs, taco in a bag, apple cake and other baked goods. There also will be used fall decorations and books for sale.

Quilts of various ages, sizes and colors will be displayed over the church’s pews.

The event is a major fundraiser for the church, which was founded in 1793.

The current church building, near the intersection of Eldersville and St. John’s roads, was built in 1849 and includes the original cherry wood floor and box pews.

Town yard sale set for Bethany

BETHANY – A town-wide yard sale will be held Sept. 14 in Bethany and include an indoor yard sale in the basement of Bethany Memorial Church, with proceeds going to a heating and cooling system for the church.

The GFWC-WV Bethany Woman’s Club also will be selling food there.

There also will be an antique car display on Main and Ross streets that day.

Community Briefs

Greater Weirton Senior Center

holding ‘First Thursday’ dance

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold their “First Thursday” dance today at the center located on Main Street.

The doors open at 5 p.m., and The Sands of Time will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $5.

The “King and Queen” card party will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available for $8.

For information, call (304) 748-3490.

Authority holding emergency meeting

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Port Authority will hold an emergency meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pike Island Pool Marine Terminal located at 3035 Birch Drive. The meeting will include an executive session to discuss financing, real estate and ethics.

Newell holding ‘mega bingo’

NEWELL – The Newell Volunteer Fire Department will hold “mega bingo” Saturday at the department hall.

There will be a $7,500 total payout. Doors open at 4 p.m., early bird begins at 6 p.m. and regular bingo begins at 7 p.m.

Country Friends to

host Sands of Time

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host The Sands of Time Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road.

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

Country Friends has 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.

Country Friends Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christianity, friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity.

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

Trinity to hold

annual picnic

WEIRTON – Trinity Lutheran Church will hold its annual picnic at 10 a.m. Sunday at Get Togethers picnic grounds on Kings Creek Road.

The Rev. Michael Heckathorn will lead the church service, immediately followed by a picnic and games.

Trinity members and former members are welcome to attend. Church President Colleen Daily also invites the congregation of Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Community Briefs

Weir High School Class of ’16

Parents meeting today

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 2016 Parents will meet at 7 p.m. today in the high school cafeteria.

Class of ’57 to hold social

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

All classmates, spouses and friends are welcome.

Weirton Steel BOP breakfast set

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. All are welcome to attend.

Community Briefs

Extension Service holding a

beautiful baby contest at fair

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County West Virginia University Extension Service will hold a cutest baby contest during the Brooke County Fair.

There will be two age categories: under 12 months and 12 to 24 months, and children must not have reached their first birthday by Sept. 1 for the first category or second birthday by that date for the second category.

Participants must enter a large coffee can bearing a photo and name of the child no later than 8 p.m. Sept. 6, the first day of the fair.

The can should have a lid with a slot for fairgoers to cast 25-cent votes and may be brought to the extension office at 840 Charles St. Sept. 5 or to the 4-H tent on the fairgrounds at Brooke Hills Park no later than 8 p.m. Sept. 6.

Fairgoers may cast one vote for a quarter or multiple votes for $1 or more.

Trophies will be presented to the two winners at 5 p.m. Sept. 8 on the fairgrounds, but winners need not be present.

There is a $3 entry fee for participants, and proceeds from the votes go to the Brooke County 4-H program.

Entry forms can be picked up at the extension office or online at www.brooke.ext.wvu. edu.

For information, call (304) 737-3666.

Woman’s Club to hold panel

WEIRTON – The Weirton Woman’s Club will hold a panel on the Affordable Care Act at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Serbian American Cultural Center located on Colliers Way.

Health care professionals will answer questions.

Catholic conference to be held

WEIRTON – The 2013 Catholic Identity Conference will be held Sept. 20-22 at the Serbian American Cultural Center on Colliers Way.

“Life, Liberty and Libertas: The Keys to Catholic Restoration” is the theme for the event, which will include lectures and seminars by several speakers, daily traditional Latin Masses and food.

For information, visit www.CatholicIdentity2012.com or call (304) 723-6343.

District holding ‘Big Tree’ contest

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry are sponsoring the Fourth Annual “Big Tree Contest.”

This national contest aims at promoting the environmental legacy of these living monarchs. This year, locals are scouring Jefferson County in search of the biggest beech tree.

The beech tree has smooth, steel grey bark, triangular nuts and tapering roots around the base.

The leaves are teardrop shaped, with waxy surfaces and rough, serrated edges.

For a guide to identification, visit the Division of Forestry website at www.dnr.state.oh. us/forestry, and follow the prompts to Ohio’s tree index.

Those wanting to join in the search, entry forms can be found online at www.jeffersonswcd.org, or call (740) 264-9790 for information.

Entries must be received no later than Oct. 1.

Class of 1961 holding meeting

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1961 will celebrate class members’ 70th birthday with a dinner party at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Knights of Columbus gallery.

All class members are welcome.

For information, visit the website at www.weirhighclassof61.myevent.com or email sriopelle@live.com.

Community Briefs

Tri-State Writers Society set

to meet at Eastern Gateway

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Tri-State Writers Society, led by award-winning local author Karen Majoris-Garrison, will hold their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Eastern Gateway Community College’s Room 1502.

Published and aspiring writers of all genres are welcome to attend.

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

Lupus program announced

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio?- The Lupus Support Group meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 at the YMCA Wellness Center located at 3151 Johnson Road.

The meeting will feature an exercise center and health program tour.

On Sept. 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. there will be a Neighborhood Community Development Center line dancing class at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 905 Market St., Steubenville, instructed by Trina Lawson with Tonya Hampton speaking on the topic of “How Lupus Has Changed My Life.”

The lupus programs are sponsored by Urban Mission Ministries/NCDC and funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.

Stress-reduction program set

WHEELING – The Wheeling Hospital Community Education Outreach Office will hold a stress-reduction informational meeting from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the hospital’s Conference Room C.

The program is based in part on the work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Coping skills for dealing with stress will be taught. Those practicing mindfulness-based stress reduction have reported increased concentration, relaxation and improved sleep.

There is no charge.

Register by Sept. 12 by calling Beth Zebick at (304) 243-3339.

Cup of Life resumes activies

WEIRTON – Cup of Life Ministries will resume their meetings at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Marland Heights Community Church located at 3900 Bright Way.

The event includes a sandwiches and beverages at 6 p.m., and a women’s worship service with worship leaders Judi Baldwin and Angel Pevich at 7 p.m., followed by Bible study of Psalms 46:10 with Tina Schoolcraft.

There also is a children’s class for children in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.

First United holding style show

WEIRTON – The First United Methodist Church will hold a style show and luncheon featuring Phyllis’ Fashions of Washington, Pa., Sept. 15 at the church located at 3301 West St.

The doors open at 12:30 p.m., the salad luncheon begins at 1:15 p.m., and the style show will be held at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10.

For tickets, call the church at (304) 748-6680.

Women of Moose to hold style show

WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg Women of the Moose will hold their first salad luncheon and style show at 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Moose Lodge at 844 Main St.

Fashions will be presented by Anna Kay’s Unique Fashions of Steubenville.

There also will be a Chinese auction with a variety of items up for bid.

Tickets are $7 each and may be purchased in advance only at the lodge or from any member.

For information, call (304) 737-2553 or 737-0178.

St. Paul holding craft, food festival

BRIDGEPORT, Ohio – St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold a fall indoor-outdoor craft and food festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at the church located at 56381 National Road, next to Wilson Funeral Home.

The event includes vendors, food, music and a Chinese auction.

Vendors are still being accepted.

For information on becoming a vendor, call (304) 280-4005.

Conservation District holding contest

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District is holding a photo contest.

There are three categories: “Animals on the Farm,” “Culinary Bounty” and “On the Waterfront,” and any photo taken in Jefferson County are eligible. Photos must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the conservation district office located at 587 Bantam Ridge Road.

For an entry form, rules and information, visit the website at www.jeffersonswcd.org or call (740) 264-9790.