Community Briefs

Country Friends will host the

Eldurays for Saturday dance

COLLIERS – The Country Friends will host the Eldurays Saturday at Memorial Hall located at 67 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.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian friendship and brotherly love through music.

For information, call (304) 797-1270 or (304) 527-3322 or visit the website at www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

Children’s knitting group to meet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Library’s Kid’s Knitting Group will meet from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 8.

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

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

Pillow craft offered

WELLSBURG – The Tent Brooke County Community Educational Outreach Service Club will hold a craft class involving a no-tie fleece pillow, at 1 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Brooke County Public Library.

Participants should bring a yard each of fleece in two colors, scissors, a standard size bed pillow and if they attended the previous class, the hole punch and forceps they received then.

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

Library to show film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will show the PG-13-rated film, “Jobs,” at 1 p.m. Jan. 9.

The film stars Ashton Kutcher as Apple Computers’ co-founder Steve Jobs.

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

Community Briefs

Tri-State Writers Society

to meet Jan. 14 at library

STEUBENVILLE – The Tri State Writers Society, led by award-winning, local author, Karen Majoris-Garrison, will hold their first meeting of 2014, on Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Schiappa Library.

Published and aspiring writers are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Karen at 740-424-1243, or Susan Guy at 740-632-9507. You may also visit www.karinagarrison.blogspot.com.

Club, guild holding blood drive

CHESTER – The Sacred Heart Ladies’ Guild and Chester Arts Club are sponsoring a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Sacred Heart Center located at Fourth Street and Indiana Avenue.

The American Red Cross will give a gift certificate for a pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee to the first 19 blood donors.

Those interested in scheduling an appointment to donate blood or in volunteering at the event can call Chair Kitty Binkowski at (304) 564-3689.

Senior Center holding dance

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a New Year’s Eve dance Tuesday.

The doors open at 7 p.m., and Sands of Time will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event will include a midnight buffet, favors and a New Year’s toast.

Tickets are on sale at the center and available at the door. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held Thursday.

For information, call the center at (304) 748-3490.

Need for blood donations continue

PITTSBURGH – Central Blood Bank, the supplier of blood services to more than 40 hospitals in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio, is in need of blood donors to help replenish the local blood supply over the holidays.

A decline in blood donations is typical during the winter months as people become busy with holiday activities and travel.

Patient needs remain steady, however, making it important for people to visit a Central Blood Bank community donor center, fixed site or mobile drive to give blood. To learn more about donating blood, visit centralbloodbank.org.

“We are in need of all blood types to assure that we maintain our blood supply for the hospital patients in our community,” said Central Blood Bank spokesperson Tamara Kilgore. “Donations decline during the holiday season, so we’re asking people to help support local patients and respond by giving blood over the next few weeks.”

Central Blood Bank offers 25 conveniently located community donor centers and fixed sites throughout western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.

Donors may call to schedule an appointment or visit any blood drive listed online at centralbloodbank.org.

All blood type donors are welcome to help. Those who can’t donate are asked to encourage others they know to donate.

To schedule a blood drive or an appointment to donate, or to find the nearest blood donation centers and hours, call (866) 366-6771 or visit centralbloodbank.org.

Community Briefs

Library announces

upcoming events

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library has announced upcoming events.

They include:

Activity night, 6 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 9.

Movie night, last Thursday of each month. Activities include art projects, speakers and activities.

Preschool story hour for 3- and 4-year-olds at 6 p.m. Mondays or 10 a.m. Tuesdays, beginning March 3 and ending May 6. Story hour includes a story, movement activity and craft.

Shelter signups being accepted

Brooke Hills Park will be conducting shelter signups Jan. 18 at the park’s clubhouse.

Doors will open at 9 a.m., with registration to begin at 10 a.m.

The cost for shelters ranges from $85 to $200, depending on size and availability of bathrooom and kitchen facilities.

Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The park automatically reserves shelters for those who have made reservations for the same date for at least three consecutive years.

Those groups are required to make a deposit on their rental in December. If they don’t, their dates become available. The park currently has shelters available for weekends in May and June, among other dates.

For information, call (304) 737-1236.

Rockefeller Center offering class

NEW CUMBERLAND – The John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center will be offering evening classes in the upcoming weeks for the following:

Combination Welding: This self-paced course provides instruction in welding, cutting, and metal fabrication. Safety glasses and gloves are provided at an extra fee of $20.00. It is required that students wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, hat, gloves, safety glasses and work boots for this class. Instructor: Jim Chappell

Class run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. starting on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

For further information on these classes or to request a brochure, call the school at (304) 564-3337 or come to the school office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Comic Relief set for Jan. 11

WEIRTON – Pittsburgh comedians Mike Wysocki and Tom Musial will appear at Comic Relief Jan. 11 at the Serbian American Cultural Center located at 1000 Colliers Way.

The doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m.

The event will include 1970s and 1980s music before the show and after the show until 11 p.m. Those attending may dress in 1970s and 1980s clothing; prizes will be awarded for the best outfits. There will be a cash bar, and food will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $40 and include light appetizers.

For information or to purchase a ticket, call Debbie Boniti at (304) 723-7153 or Debi Orecchio at (304) 670-7625.

Proceeds benefit St. Joseph the Worker Grade School.

Club, guild holding blood drive

CHESTER – The Sacred Heart Ladies’ Guild and Chester Arts Club are sponsoring a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Sacred Heart Center located at Fourth Street and Indiana Avenue.

The American Red Cross will give a gift certificate for a pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee to the first 19 blood donors.

Those interested in scheduling an appointment to donate blood or in volunteering at the event can call Chair Kitty Binkowski at (304) 564-3689.

Autism Speaks

walk scheduled

WARWOOD – Autism Speaks’ 10th annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks will be held May 17 at Warwood Elementary.

Registration, activities and service providers resource fair begins at 9 a.m. The noncompetitive walk begins at 10 a.m. Participants can walk individually or form teams made up of family members, friends and co-workers. All proceeds benefit Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization. The group funds research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism while increasing awareness of the autism spectrum disorder and advocating for those with autism and their families.

For information or to register an individual or team, call (412) 367-4571, email richele.ward@ autismspeaks.org or visit the website at www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/wheeling.

Community Briefs

Greater Weirton Senior Center

to hold New Year’s Eve dance

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a New Year’s Eve dance Dec. 31.

The doors open at 7 p.m., and Sands of Time will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event will include a midnight buffet, favors and a New Year’s toast.

Tickets are on sale at the center and available at the door. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held Jan. 2.

For information, call the center at (304) 748-3490.

Country Friends Band to perform

COLLIERS – The Country Friends Dance Band will be performing as part of an evening of dancing Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Old Police Lodge Road.

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

All proceeds from Country Friends’ events go to charity. For information, call (304)?527-3322 or (304)?479-1270.

Soccer registrations accepted

CHERRY VALLEY – The Burgettstown Area Youth Soccer Association is accepting registrations through Feb. 1 for the spring season.

The group accepts male and female players from 4-years-old through their senior year of high school from the Avella, Burgettstown and Fort Cherry school districts and surrounding areas.

BAYSA has both in-house and travel teams. All in-house and home travel games are played at the group’s soccer complex in Cherry Valley.

For information or to register players online, visit the website at www.BAYSA-Soccer.org.

Questions regarding registration may be directed to league registrar Amy Lemmon at BaysaRegistrar@gmail.com or (724) 947-5305.

Reading challenge logs due

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library would like to congratulate all the participants in the WV Reads 150 Challenge and request that all reading logs be turned in to the library by Dec. 30.

Blank copies of the log are available at the library or on the library’s blog at www.mhwpl.blogspot.com/.

Participants are asked to include contact information on their reading logs.

There will be celebrations at both the local and state level for teams and individuals who have met the 150 book challenge.

Venom holding tryouts

The Ohio Valley Venom travel baseball team will hold tryouts, beginning Jan. 4.

Interested players must be 12 years old by April 1. To schedule a tryout during the team’s winter workout sessions, contact Bill Waugh at (304) 374-1707 or venombaseball@comcast.net.

For information about the program, visit the website at www.ohiovalleyvenom.com.

Comic Relief set for Jan. 11

WEIRTON – Pittsburgh comedians Mike Wysocki and Tom Musial will appear at Comic Relief Jan. 11 at the Serbian American Cultural Center located at 1000 Colliers Way.

The doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m.

The event will include 1970s and 1980s music before the show and after the show until 11 p.m. Those attending may dress in 1970s and 1980s clothing; prizes will be awarded for the best outfits. There will be a cash bar, and food will be available for purchase. Tickets are $40 and include light appetizers.

For information or to purchase a ticket, call Debbie Boniti at (304) 723-7153 or Debi Orecchio at (304) 670-7625. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph the Worker Grade School.

Center hosting trip to Atlantic City

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will host an Atlantic City trip.

The trip includes a motorcoach transportation, lodging and four meals. The cost is $235.

For information, call the center at (304) 748-3490.

Story hours set

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Library will hold story hours, for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers, at noon Jan. 6, 13 and 27.

They include a story, snack, craft and other activities. To register for the free programs, call (304) 527-0860.

Job search help offered

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will offer free help in using computers to create resumes and complete online job applications at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

To register for the free program, call (304) 737-1551.

Bethany Woman’s Club meets

BETHANY – The GFWC WV Bethany Woman’s Club held its annual Christmas dinner with former Kiwanis members Dec. 16, at Bethany Memorial Church.

Arrangements were made by Charlotte Chambers and Helen Moren. A welcome and introductions were given by Moren, president of the Bethany Woman’s Club. Former Kiwanis members Jack Hoffman and Gary Larson attended.

The invocation was offered by Judy Pyle. Carol singing was enjoyed, and a card game was led by Chambers.

Guests included Karen Bracey, Ray Godina, Lloyd VanHorn, Lawrence Pyle, Lee Allen, Bill Riggs, Jack and Cindy Hoffman, Joe Walsh, Linda Graham, Donna Lovato, Ruth Jones, Jeanne and Scott Thayer and Gary and Vonnie Larson. The group’s next meeting will be Feb. 17.

Weirton offices closed for holiday

WEIRTON – Weirton city administrative offices will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, and closed Wednesday in observance of New Year’s Day.

Collection of garbage and recyclables will run one day late beginning Wednesday.

Questions conerning the collection schedule should be directed to Public Works at (304) 797-8540.

Community Briefs

Weirton Moose Lodge set to

hold New Year’s Eve party

WEIRTON – The Weirton Moose will hold a New Year’s Eve party, featuring music by Disc Jockey Chris at 9 p.m. Dec. 31.

The cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple and includes food and a complimentary New Year toast. No reservations are needed.

Counselman named to dean’s list

MARIETTA, Ohio – Marietta College student Joshua Counselman of Wellsburg, has been named to the fall 2013 dean’s high honors list.

Any full-time Marietta College student completing at least 15 credit hours with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in a given semester is recognized as a dean’s high honors list student for that semester.

Counselman, a Brooke High School graduate, is majoring in political science.

RMU?announces dean’s list

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Robert Morris University announced students who were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 term.

They include: Stephanie Egan of Weirton, majoring in accounting; Emily Hardsouk of Weirton, majoring in nuclear medicine technology; Zachary Carroll of Follansbee, majoring in accounting; Gregory Zurman of Burgettstown, majoring in sport management; Ian Carter of Burgettstown, majoring in engineering; Carly Kramer of Burgettstown, majoring in accounting; Breanna Zurman of Burgettstown, majoring in psychology; Nicholas Capito of Chester, majoring in organizational leadership; Aaron Eyler of Burgettstown, majoring in engineering; Colin Sabatasse of Burgettstown, majoring in engineering; Steven Frank of Weirton, majoring in nuclear medicine technology; and Cheryl Taylor of Burgettstown, majoring in psychology.

Community Briefs

Greater Weirton Senior Center

to hold New Year’s Eve dance

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a New Year’s Eve dance Dec. 31.

The doors open at 7 p.m., and Sands of Time will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event will include a midnight buffet, favors and a New Year’s toast.

Tickets are on sale at the center and available at the door. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held Jan. 2.

For information, call the center at (304) 748-3490.

Venom holding tryouts

The Ohio Valley Venom travel baseball team will hold tryouts, beginning Jan. 4.

Interested players must be 12 years old by April 1. To schedule a tryout during the team’s winter workout sessions, contact Bill Waugh at (304) 374-1707 or venombaseball@comcast.net.

For information about the program, visit the website at www.ohiovalleyvenom.com.

Library plans events

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library has announced upcoming events.

They include:

Activity night, 6 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 9.

Movie night, last Thursday of each month. Activities include art projects, speakers and activities.

Preschool story hour for 3- and 4-year-olds at 6 p.m. Mondays or 10 a.m. Tuesdays, beginning March 3 and ending May 6. Story hour includes a story, movement activity and craft.

Comic Relief set for Jan. 11

WEIRTON – Pittsburgh comedians Mike Wysocki and Tom Musial will appear at Comic Relief Jan. 11 at the Serbian American Cultural Center located at 1000 Colliers Way.

The doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m.

The event will include 1970s and 1980s music before the show and after the show until 11 p.m. Those attending may dress in 1970s and 1980s clothing; prizes will be awarded for the best outfits. There will be a cash bar, and food will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $40 and include light appetizers.

For information or to purchase a ticket, call Debbie Boniti at (304) 723-7153 or Debi Orecchio at (304) 670-7625.

Proceeds benefit St. Joseph the Worker Grade School.

Center hosting trip to Atlantic City

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will host an Atlantic City trip.

The trip includes a motorcoach transportation, lodging and four meals. The cost is $235.

For information, call the center at (304) 748-3490.

Community Briefs

Country Friends set to host

Stone Street Station Saturday

COLLIERS – The Country Friends will host the Stone Street Station Saturday at Memorial Hall, located at 67 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 meals begins at 5 p.m. and open mic begins at 6 p.m.

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

For information, call (304) 527-3322 or (304) 479-1270 or visit www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

Churches holding cantatas, services

WEIRTON – The combined Christ Untied Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church choirs will present the Christmas cantata “Bethlehem Morning,” created by Russell Mauldin and Sue C. Smith, at 9:15 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church and 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church Sunday.

Tom Dohnal is choir director and accompanist for both choirs.

Christ United Methodist Church will hold a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and First United Methodist Church will hold a candlelight service at 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Library hosting a book signing

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library will host a book signing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the library located at 3443 Main St.

Cheryl Kula will sign her new children’s book, “Play Day With Daddy,” in which a small girl and her kitten spends a day with her father, cooking, gardening and reading while her mother is at work.

Kula lives with her husband Ted, a Weirton native, and their daughters Lieschen and Lillian. This is her first children’s book.

Management Club meeting canceled

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steel Management Club meeting scheduled for Monday has been canceled. The next meeting will be Jan. 27.

Community Briefs

OES?holds holiday party

WELLSBURG?- The Wellsburg Order of Eastern Star No. 23 held its Christmas party recently with members of Weirton Order of Eastern Star and the masons as guests.

Entertainment was provided by Power Surge, a singing group comprised of Diana Steele, Susan Boyce, Tammie Beagle, Jean Anne Mavromatis and Mary K. Strautmann who performed a concert of Christmas music. Janice Swain, worthy matron, and William Mushet, worthy patron, were in charge. Swain read a poem titled “My Christmas Wish.” Refreshment were provided by the past matrons.

Community Briefs

Weirton Area Literacy Council

to hold holiday party today

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Literacy council will hold their annual holiday celebration at 6 p.m. today in the Mary H. Weir Public Library’s activity room.

The group will discuss the West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma, which will replace the General Equivalency Diploma.

The event will include music, refreshments and door prizes.

Volunteer tutors, library program students and their families are invited to attend.

For information, contact Pam Makricosta at (304) 797-8510.

‘Night Before Christmas’ set

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Finley United Methodist Church choir will present “The Night Before Christmas,” a musical celebration of the Christmas story, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the church located at 958 Lincoln Ave.

Club, guild holding blood drive

CHESTER – The Sacred Heart Ladies’ Guild and Chester Arts Club are sponsoring a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Sacred Heart Center located at Fourth Street and Indiana Avenue.

The American Red Cross will give a gift certificate for a pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee to the first 19 blood donors.

Those interested in scheduling an appointment to donate blood or in volunteering at the event can call Chair Kitty Binkowski at (304) 564-3689.

Community Briefs

Mary H. Weir Library to host

gingerbread house event

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library will host a gingerbread house construction from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the library’s activity room.

The program is open to children of all ages and is free.

Elks Lodge holding Christmas party

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 House Committee will hold the Christmas party Dec. 24 with food and half-price drinks until 5 p.m., when the lodge will close in observation of Christmas.

The lodge will be closed Dec. 25 and will close at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and be closed Jan. 1.

Church holding candlelight service

TORONTO, Ohio – New Beginning Baptist will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. Dec. 24 at the church located at 1202 Lincoln Ave.

The public is invited to attend.

The church also will hold a Christmas Cantata, “2,000 Decembers Ago” at 11 a.m. Dec. 22. The public is invited to attend.

For information, call (304) 374-2875.

Santa letters, books available

WELLSBURG – The Friends of the Brooke County Public Library will again be assisting Santa Claus in sending letters to local children.

With the group’s help, Santa will send letters personally addressed to each child and reminding each to keep being nice.

The cost is $1.75, which helps St. Nick to defray postage costs.

The group also is selling personalized children’s books, which feature the recipient as a character and can include the giver, names of the child’s friends and where the child lives. The books, which include Christmas stories and many other themes, are $14 each and normally can be ready in a week.

Stop by the Brooke County Library or Follansbee Branch Library to learn more.

Volleyball team has openings

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – The Tri-State Tigers Volleyball Club is looking for advanced 13- to 16-year-old players to fill three competitive volleyball teams.

For individual try-outs, contact Jon Stokes at (330) 843-3589.

Information on Caniff sought

ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Mass., is updating the Vietnam Wall Memorial Wall of Faces website with information about those who were killed in Operation Attleboro Sept. 14-Nov. 24, 1966.

Among the 155 American soldiers killed was Army Specialist-4 John Robert Caniff of Steubenville. Caniff was born Feb. 4, 1941.

He began his Vietnam tour March 17, 1966 and was killed Nov. 5, 1966 in Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam.

Simmons is looking for a photograph of Caniff to include on the website.

Those who may have a photograph of Caniff are asked to contact Simmons at 6 Cumberland Ave., Attleboro, MA 02703 or Bryanco1@yahoo.com.

Community Briefs

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

has pierogis for purchase

WEIRTON – St. Nicholas Orthodox Church still has pierogis for purchase.

The church will be distributing previously ordered pierogis from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the church, located on Colliers Way, across from the Weirton Medical Center.

For information, call (304) 723-9746.

Elks cancel dinner

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 canceled Sunday’s pasta dinner.

The pasta dinner will return in January, weather permitting.

Santa to appear at story hour

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Branch Library will hold a Christmas story hour, with an appearance by Santa Claus, at noon Monday.

The story hour is open to children, ages 2-5, and their caregivers.

Friends of the Follansbee Library will be taking pictures of the children with Santa.

Call (304) 527-0860 to register.

Children invited to help shelter

WELLSBURG – Children are invited to make presents for cats and dogs at the Brooke County Animal Shelter at 5 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Brooke County Library.

They will be making toys and treats for the animals and also can make a gift for their pets at home.

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

Library to show action film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the PG-13-rated film “Red 2,” starring Bruce Willis, at 1 p.m. Dec. 20.

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

Community Briefs

Group placing

sprays in cemetery

PARIS, Pa. – The Paris Cemetery Association will be placing evergreen sprays on veteran’s grave from 10 to noon Saturday at the cemetery in conjunction with the Wreaths Across America program.

Lou and Nancy Valles of Paris and Jim and Cathy Drummond of Paris donated the evergreen cuttings, and association members assembled the sprays.

Those whose family members are veterans interred in the cemetery are welcome to come and decorate their family member’s grave.

The group also is asking local churches to ring their bells 21 times at noon in honor of veterans and those who are active-duty military.

For information, call Patty Rhoades at (724) 729-3657.

Nessley Chapel

sets cookie sale

NEW?CUMBERLAND – The Nessley Chapel Methodist Women will host their annual “cookie, candy and more” sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The church is located at 154 Nessley Road. For pre-orders, contact Connie at (304) 387-2082 or Peggy at (330) 932-0882.

St. Thomas holding a fish fry

Friday at the church

WEIRTON – The St. Thomas Church will hold a fish fry dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the church located on Three Springs Drive.

Dinner includes fish, fries, cole slaw and coffee. The cost is $8. Drinks and desserts are extra. Take-out is available on request. Dine-in is available. The event is open to the public.

To place an order, call (304) 723-4120.

Christmas Coffeehouse set Friday

NEW CUMBERLAND – A Christmas Coffeehouse at The Arbor will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the facility located at 208 S. Chester St., one block south of the traffic light.

Dale McCartney and Family Tradition will perform country and Christmas music. Children are welcome with accompanying adults. Donations will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the community outreach afterschool program.

Free parking is available.

For information, call (304) 794-8275 or email deborahdaughtery5@gmail.com.

Community Briefs

Country Friends set to host

Eldurays Saturday in Colliers

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host The Eldurays Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Old Police Lodge Road.

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

Country Friends have 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 Christianity, friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity.

For information, call (304) 797-1270 or (304) 527-3322 or visit www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

Church to hold ‘Christmas Fun Day’

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee United Methodist Church will hold a “Christmas Fun Day” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 for children aged 4 and older at the church located at 1002 Virginia Ave.

Activities include carol-singing, cookie-decorating, crafts and bingo.

Dinner with Santa scheduled

ELDERSVILLE, Pa. – Eldersville United Methodist Church will hold their Dinner with Santa fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the church located at 15 Church Road.

Dinner includes pasta, salad, roll with butter, dessert and a beverage. The cost is $6 per adult and $3 per child aged 12 and under.

Proceeds benefit the Eldersville United Methodist Church building fund.

For information, call the church at (724) 947-2598 or e-mail Ida Williams at idajwilliams@yahoo.com.

Community Briefs

Restaurant giving percentage

of sales to Special Olympics

WEIRTON – Fifteen percent of sales from meals sold at the Weirton Bob Evans restaurant from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Dec. 13 will go to Brooke County Special Olympics.

Supporters must present fliers available at Traubert’s Pharmacy and Brooke County Public Library and its Follansbee Branch or by calling (304) 737-1376.

Avella raising funds for Children’s

AVELLA, Pa. – The Avella Elementary parent teacher group will be hosting its annual Santa Shop Monday through Friday.

Parents have been busy shopping all year long and have a full array of items under $5. Every student is given $1 by the Avella Eagles Connection.

During this week, second graders will be sponsoring their annual lemonade sale to help raise funds for Children’s Hospital.

Weirton Musketeers hold meeting

WEIRTON – The Weirton Musketeers held a meeting Nov. 17 at Cove Presbyterian Church with 16 members in attendance.

President Arden Minor called the meeting to order.

After a brief business meeting, members played charades, led by Dakota Wagner and Abby Dowler. Members also made Christmas cards for Weirton Medical Center skilled care patients.

Anna and Andrew Byers served refreshments, and Andrew’s birthday was acknowledged.

The next meeting will be held Dec. 15 at Weirton Medical Center, and members will carol for the patients.

Animal shelter offering incentive

NEW MANCHESTER – The Hancock County Animal Shelter has had an influx of dogs and cats, and shelter foundation board members are offering a holiday adoption incentive.

Adoption fees will be lowered until Jan. 2. Adoption fees for adult dogs over 1-year-old are lowered to $100 and senior dog adoption rates are $50 for dogs more than 5-years-old.

The adoption fee covers spaying or neutering, vaccinations and testing for common diseases.

The adoption fee for kittens is $75; adult cats over 1-year-old are $50; and senior cats are $25.

The Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation is a nonprofit organization, which operates the county animal shelter through a contract with the Hancock County Commission.

Proceeds from adoptions go toward shelter upkeep and animal care.

The Hancock County Animal Shelter, located on Gas Valley Road in New Manchester, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.