Community happenings

Wellsburg OES has holiday party

The Wellsburg Order of Eastern Star No. 23 held its Christmas party recently with members of the 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.

Richmond Legion meeting Thursday

The Richmond American Legion Post 740 Honored Seven will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, not at the usual 7 p.m. starting time, Legion Commander Dan Vojvodich announced.

Stone Street Station to perform

Country Friends will host the Stone Street Station band on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 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, doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish 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 procees go to charity.

For information, call (304) 527-3322 or (304) 479-1270. The website is

AARP Chapter 3846 meets

AARP Chapter 3846 President Joann Bugin presided at the December meeting where Virginia Kucan gave the invocation and benediction and led in opening exercises.

Regina Truax announced the following upcoming tour:

— March 29, doo-wop concert at the Wheeling Capitol Theater;

— May 9-10, Lancaster, Ohio; and

— May 23-27, New York.

For information, call Truax at (304) 723-0419.

Club donations will be made to the Salvation Army and Mary H. Weir Library, and members held a collection for the Community Bread Basket.

There are 111 members in good standing, it was announced, and 83 were in attendance at the meeting.

Al Daughtery and Iona McColloch won dinners, and Eva Fabianich won a quilt. Frank Fazio donated a Christmas-themed throw, which was won by Jean Irvin. John Moore won the club check, and Mary Orecchio and Jeannette Wetzel won the 50/25/25 drawing.

The following won door prizes: Carolyn Hill, Steve Rzepka, Joyce Rzepka, Regina Truax, Nancy Fridley, Marion Bowen, Pauline Stillwagon, Patty Beltrame, Chuck Bugin, Olivia Oklok, Frank Fazio, Cindy Gilbert, John Fields, Ernie Nicholas, John Moore, Dee Krinock, Honey Moore, Alma Wansack, Barbara Purks, Tony Beltrame, Dan Tournay, Nancy Tournay, Al Wudarski, Louise Hudock and Nancy Smurda.

Bugin wished those attending a happy holiday and noted there will be no January meeting.

Community happenings

Line dancing class at MLK center

Ivy Jo Smith will lead a line dancing class from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center located at 905 Market St., Steubenville.

The class is part of the Lupus Education and Support Program sponsored by the Urban Mission Ministries/Neighborhood Community Development Center and funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.

Participants are reminded to wear their Santa hats.

Santa letters, books available

The Friends of the Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg 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 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.

Blood drive scheduled in Brilliant

A Red Cross blood drive set to be held from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 20 in Brilliant is being sponsored by the Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department, the Lions Club and senior citizens.

The drive will be held at the fire department, which is located on Third Street.

Santa to appear at story hour

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

Children are invited to make presents for cats and dogs at the Brooke County Animal Shelter at 5 p.m. Thursday 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

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 happenings

Tickets available in advance, at the door for Grace Lutheran fundraiser

The Vito Suppa Transplant Committee at Grace Lutheran Church, 2105 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, will host a benefit chili luncheon and cookie walk from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday in the parish hall with tickets available in advance and at the door the day of the fundraiser.

The cost for chili is $3 per bowl or $5 a quart for takeout. Corn muffins will be included with the chili. Bags of cookies will be on sale for $2.50.

Tickets can be purchased from 8 a.m. to noon at the church office. For information, call the church office at (740) 282-9064.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will match $1 for every $3 earned.

Those planning for the event are Carol Yost, Peggy Lohr, Pastor Sarah Walker-Brown, Lois Bickerstaff, Cora Suppa and Vito Suppa.

Carpool to Saturday’s Wreaths

of America ceremony

A local delegation that will be participating in Wreaths Across America at all the nation’s national cemeteries starting at noon Saturday will be leaving for the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, Pa., at 9:30 a.m. from the parking lot at the Weirton Holiday Inn.

Those who are not familiar with directions to the cemetery in Washington County are welcome to meet at the Weirton Holiday Inn to carpool, according to George Livingston, a member of the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution

The ceremony will unfold at the 292-acre national cemetery located along Interstate 79 in northern Washington County and where the first veteran burials took place in August 2005.

A national nonprofit organization, Wreaths Across America was founded in 2007 to continue and expand upon the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992.

Its mission is to “remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom” – a mission demonstrated in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington as well as at veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

“This is certainly a worthwhile experience,” said Livingston, who can be contacted for information at (304) 797-7483.

Decorating outdoor urns topic for

Dillonvale Rosebud Garden Club

Decorating outdoor garden urns for the winter months was the program presented by President Caroline Williams at the November meeting of the Dillonvale Rosebud Garden Club.

Creating fairy gardens also was discussed, and Williams had a display of winter urn ideas, decorated urns and fairy gardens.

The meeting was held at the Dillonvale Presbyterian Church where members answered roll call by naming their favorite songbird. Gloria Bartyzel read the monthly tip on the Eastern Screech Owl.

Plans for the Christmas party dinner today at 6 p.m. at the Farm Restaurant in Adena was discussed. The program will be “Christmas for the Birds – Treats, Recipes, Houses, Etc.”

Members will share ideas and brings items they have created, which will be distributed to area nursing homes. A gift exchange will be held.

The club prepared Christmas gift boxes, distributing them to area residents in need. Ideas for future service projects were discussed at the meeting where Jodi Russell served as hostess.

Members were to attend the village Christmas Walk in Zoar on Dec. 8. For information on the club or its activities, call Williams at (740) 359-9540

‘Cookie, candy and more’

sale at Nessley Chapel

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, New Cumberland. For pre-orders, call Connie at (304) 387-2082 or Peggy at (330) 932-0882.

Community happenings

Luncheon at St. Paul’s on Sunday

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold its monthly soup and sandwich luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Featured will be breakfast buffet foods and lunch items, made-to-order omelets, baked French toast casserole, bagels with cream cheese, two kinds of sandwiches, broccoli cream and chicken noodle soup.

Desserts, coffee and tea are included.

The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Carryouts are available within the same hours.

Club’s Christmas

party scheduled

The Jefferson County Federated Democratic Women’s Club will hold its annual Christmas party at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Scaffidi’s Restaurant in Steubenville.

For reservations and information, contact Willa Wade, club president, at (740) 424-7410 by noon Tuesday.

Antonio Meucci

Lodge meets

The Antonio Meucci Lodge met Nov. 12 at Undo’s Holiday Inn-Weirton with President Regina Truax opening the meeting by welcoming guests Mary Ann Perko, John Sprotta and Maria Hayes.

Tony LaRosa gave the opening prayer, and Boyd Barker led in opening ceremonies.

Reports were given by Angie Veltri, secretary; Carol Valenti, financial; and Linda Pfabe, treasurer.

Truax announced upcoming trips, including on Friday to Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, and May 9, Moses Sight and Sound Theater, Lancaster, Pa. For information, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419.

The club will have a Christmas party Tuesday. Members are asked to bring a dessert and nonperishable food item for those in need.

A report was given on cards sent.

Wanda Perrone won the 50/50 drawing, and Larry Purks won the Undo’s gift certificate. Marge Serafine, Chris Barker, Delores LaRosa, Anthony Guglielmo and Patty Barone won Eat ‘n Park gift certificates.

Band to perform

Christmas music

The Tri-State Community Band will perform a one-hour concert of Christmas music near JC Penney in the Fort Steuben Mall beginning at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12.

The program will feature such songs as “Adeste Fideles,” “Carol of the Bells,” “A Canadian Brass Christmas Suite,” “Feliz Navidad,” “Wonderful Christmas Time,” “Salvation Is Created” “Up on the Housetop” and “Sleigh Ride.”

Seating will be provided, and everyone is welcome to attend.

IACC gears up for

Christmas party

Louise Donofe led the opening ceremonies of the Nov. 11 meeting of the Italian American Cultural Club attended by 125 members.

Given it was Veterans Day, Donofe shared a photo of her nephew who flies Marine One for President Barack Obama, and Dr. William Johns, a Marine corporal, along with Marine Sgt. James DiBenedetto demonstrated the ceremonial flag folding while Jamie DiBenedetto, James’ wife, read the meaning of each fold of the flag.

President Carmella Gentile presided at the meeting where Mike Zinno, treasurer, gave a report and Dorothy Pashke reported on cards sent.

Michele Fabbro announced that the list of new members for 2014 will be voted in at the January meeting. New members will be invited to join the February meeting.

Vince Talarico reported that the new by-laws will be mailed.

Todd Piergallini said the Christmas party will be held Dec. 15 at St. Florian Hall. The social will begin 6 p.m. the with buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. The cost will be $12.50 per member and $40 for a guest. It is hoped to include a giving tree with toys donated to Urban Mission Ministries.

In a Campo Club report, Tami Cashioli said the Halloween party held Nov. 2 was a success. She said 26 children for campo attended, 20 children for the university staff attended and 25 children from the community attended. The children were asked to bring and donate non-perishable items to be donated to the Spanish order of nuns living at St. Pius. In December, there will be no Campo Club.

The first meeting of the La Befana Committee will be held Dec. 4.

Theresa Metcalf gave a report on Festa del Vino.

Nominations for 2014-15 officers accepted were President, Jane Antonucci; Vice President, Lewis “Doby” Piergallini; and secretary, Tami Cashioli.

Todd Piergallini announced a bus trip to New York City for the members. It will be held March 21-23 and will include the Sheraton, Empire State building tour, discount shopping, Manhattan maps, a dinner river cruise, free time for sightseeing and a trip to Little Italy. For information, contact Piergallini.

Mike Zinno won the 50/50. Theresa Zyrini and Phyllis Sweeney won the dinners.

Food collection

In Brilliant

The Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department will pick up nonperishable food items in Brilliant during a collection set for Saturday beginning at noon and ending before the start of the Wells Township Christmas parade at 3 p.m.

Those wanting to participate should place the items on their porch for easy pickup.

Edison choir to

perform Sunday

The Edison High School Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Dani Kakascik Carroll, will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church located on county Road 68, Toronto.

There will be congregational singing with the ensemble. There also will be a soloist.

It is open to the public. A love offering will be taken with all proceeds to benefit the choir.

Charity seeking

holiday help

The Christmas Clothes Closet is preparing for its seventh-annual toy and Christmas giveaway from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 12 at Sally Buffalo Park Lodge in Cadiz.

But organizer Kelly Bozeman said the holiday effort is in need of donations such as toys, blankets, coats, gloves, hats and scarves.

Donations of Christmas decorations and trees also are being sought.

Anyone with donations to offer can contact Bozeman at (740) 424-6059.

“The park will be decorated, and Santa will be joining us,” Bozeman said in a news release.

“We will still do our ‘Signature Tree’ this year. We decorate one tree and wrap gifts to put under it, have people sign up for a drawing, and the winner gets the tree, decorations and all wrapped gifts under the tree,” Bozeman said.

The charity has some new additions this year, according to Bozeman, with Miranda Lackey in charge of doing fundraisers and Jessica Lackey designing flyers.

Bozeman said the Christmas Clothes Closet is a family run charity.

“We all do this together. It’s the best time of our Christmas season,” she said, expressing appreciation to all who have donated items or their time.

Mended Hearts

dinner Monday

The Mended Hearts Chapter No. 280 of Wheeling will meet at Generations in Wheeling on Monday for a Christmas dinner and entertainment.

Participants will order from the menu at 6 p.m. and are encouraged to bring friends and other family members.

Entertainment will be provided by Monkey Business.

For reservations, call Betsy at (304) 280-5221.

Rotary Club

programs listed

The Steubenville Rotary Club, which meets on Fridays for a noon luncheon and business meeting, has announced its speakers for December.

Kelli McCoy, communications director at Weirton Medical Center, will be the guest speaker at Friday’s meeting, discussing changes being undertaken at WMC “to keep it on the cutting edge of medicine.”

Other programs lined up by Cory Wingett, program chair, are Suzanne Kresser, Dec. 13, coordinator of the children’s Christmas party that will welcome pupils from Steubenville schools along with their teachers, assistants and Santa Claus; and Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Jane Hanlin, who will discuss her added new duties as a federal prosecutor.

Community happenings

Georgianna Hazlett marking 100th

Georgianna Hazlett of Wintersville is marking her 100th birthday today.

A homemaker, she was born on Dec. 4, 1913, to George and Hilda Carle.

She and her husband, the late John C. Hazlett, who died in 1980, had 11 children.

They are Bob of Follansbee, Pat of East Palestine, Kenny of Arizona, Kay Fuoco of Steubenville, Jim of Wintersville, Betty Guisto of Providence, R.I., Nancy Deneen of Follansbee, George of Bloomingdale and Carole Jean Knapp of Apex, N.C.

Sons Jack and Tom are deceased.

The family also includes 22 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

A family party was held to celebrate her centennial milestone.

Koonces return to Coffeehouse

Returning for their sixth engagement at the 213 Coffeehouse are Carl and Nancy Koonce of Wheeling, who will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

They will perform Christmas music and classic songs from the 1930s through 1960s.

Together for 31 years, the Koonces met in the choir at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church. The couple sing at nursing homes, retirement centers, churches and other venues around the area.

“Come enjoy a relaxed evening of fine musical entertainment and fellowship,” a news release notes.

The suggested admission donation is $5. Snacks are available for purchase. Proceeds benefit charity.

Roast beef dinner at E.S. center

The East Springfield Community Recreation and Service Center located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department will host its monthly fundraiser dinner on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The roast beef dinner will include mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles and green beans, applesauce, rolls, dessert and a drink. Cost is $7 with children under age 6 eating for free.

Takeout orders can be placed by calling (740) 543-3700. Dinner proceeds go toward center upkeep and improvements.

For information on the center, visit the website

Sisters of Beta Delta Master meet

The Sisters of Beta Delta Master met Nov. 12 for their monthly meeting with Alberta Herrick presiding.

The chapter received a certificate of appreciation from 1st Sgt. Timothy J. Ros for “Christmas in July” donations to the troops.

Service projects include Boatsie’s Boxes Inc., with this being the 10th year members filled Christmas stockings for deployed troops.

Each member brought groceries for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets with gift cards included in each to be given to a needy family.

Pop tabs were collected for Children’s Rainbow Hospital in Cleveland.

The Christmas dinner will be held Dec. 14 at the Farm in Mount Pleasant. It will include a gift exchange before members head to Wheeling for the B.E. Taylor Christmas show at Capital Music Hall.

Nancy Lonetto served as hostess.

The next sorority meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 14.

Country Friends host Sands of Time

The Country Friends will host the Sands of Time 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. The group 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 Christianity, friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity.

For information, call (304) 527-3322 or (304) 479-1270 or visit the website at

Concert to feature Statler, Hoard

The Jewett Wildcat Community Center will host a winter concert with Mark Statler and Roger Hoard on Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m.

Admission is free with love donations accepted.

The concert is a benefit to help with expenses for the operation of the Wildcat Center building which was purchased from the school district in recent years. The center is used by many groups and individuals in the Harrison County area and benefits many youth of Harrison County.

The center is located in the old Jewett Elementary School in Jewett. Questions can be directed to Tammy Dray at (740) 946-7941.

Tri-State Writers Society to meet

The Tri-State Writers Society, led by local award-winning author Karen Majoris-Garrison, will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in the large meeting room at the Schiappa branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

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

For information, contact Majoris-Garrison at (740) 424-1243; Susan Guy at (740) 632-9507; or visit

Community happenings

Auxiliary Christmas party Thursday

The American Legion Argonne Post Unit 33 Auxiliary of Steubenville will hold its Christmas party on Thursday at Naples in Steubenville, beginning at 5 p.m.

Reservations are required and can be made by contacting any officer.

The unit will host its annual Christmas party for disabled veterans at the Legion hall on Dec. 10 with help needed baking cookies, serving the lunch and singing carols, according to Dorothy Mazik.

Jewett VFD to host dinner Sunday

The Jewett Volunteer Fire Department will host a fundraiser lasagna dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

The menu also will include salad, bread, dessert and beverage. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Pancake breakfast with Santa Claus

The Warren Township Lions Club will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Tiltonsville United Methodist Church located at 106 Grandview Ave.

The cost is $5 per breakfast with children age 8 and under eating for free. For advance tickets, contact Roger or Margaret Warren at (740) 859-4479; Russell Reed at (740) 859-3162; or any Warren Township Lions Club member.

Proceeds benefit the club’s community projects.

Holiday buffet for Four Seasons

A Thanksgiving buffet was enjoyed by members of the Four Seasons Senior Citizens when they met Nov. 20 at at the Serbian American Cultural Center.

Norma Yoho, president, presided at the gathering where members were entertained by Ron Retzer.

Members having November birthdays were singled out as were those celebrating anniversaries.

Sylvia Fisher won the free dinner.

Jane Barney and Carolyn Shaffer won the 50-50 drawing.

Other prize winners were Carolyn Shaffer, Nancy Saxon, Lois Molyneaux, Jasper Wamsley, Tom Maxwell and Anthony Beltrame.

The next meeting will be held on Dec. 11.

Pet pictures with Santa available

Hounds’ Haven’s annual “Pet Pictures with Santa Claus” event is scheduled for two sessions in December.

The first will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 14 at Jefferson Landmark on old Route 22 in Bloomingdale.

The second will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the Jefferson Landmark on state Route 150 in Dillonvale.

For a $12 donation, a pet can have its photo taken with Santa Claus, with the picture presented in a 4×6 holiday keepsake frame.

Participants should have their pets on a leash or in a carrier. Children and family members also are welcome to have photos taken.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Hounds’ Haven Inc., a nonprofit, “quality-of-life animal shelter in Jefferson County, dedicated to helping homeless pets from all around the Ohio Valley to find shelter, care and love, for a lifetime,” a news release notes.

Retired teachers hold meeting

The Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association met Nov. 12 at Starkdale Presbyterian Church, welcoming two speakers.

One was Linda Beaver, the president of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association, whose topics included membership and the retirement system.

The other was Dr. Matthew Nardone, who discussed health care on the physical, nutritional and emotional levels.

Local association President Dave Nicholson presided at the meeting where veterans were acknowledged and reports given, including from committee chairmen.

Larry Coleman, community service chairperson, discussed keeping records of volunteer hours served by members.

Membership Chairman Marguerite Andres welcomed new members and announced the association’s membership stands at 242.

Reservation Chairman Ann Wiley announced the next meeting will be held April 8 at the Richmond United Methodist Church.

No members have passed away since the September meeting, Margaret Alice Myers, necrology chairman, noted.

Diane Neptune, informative and protective chairperson, discussed common foods that are good for the body.

A status report on the Pleasant Hill Schoolhouse Museum was given by Gloria Renda.

The community service project for November was collecting personal hygiene items for teen stockings for Urban Mission Ministries.

The JCRTA is open to all retired teachers from Jefferson County and surrounding Ohio counties. For information, contact Nicholson by phone at (740) 544-6249 or (740) 632-4239 or by e-mail at

Weirton auxiliary party tonight

The Weirton American Legion Post 10 Ladies Auxiliary held its monthly meeting Nov. 18 at the post hall with President Shirley Brecht presiding.

Reports were given by Clara Robinson, secretary, and Gloria Jerrel, treasurer.

Historian Joan Spano gave pictures to Brecht of the veterans’ dinner and Veterans Day ceremonies. She is addressing Christmas cards for local veterans in nursing homes.

Brecht received a thank-you card from Bruce Hornick, a Vietnam veteran who attended the Oct. 27 dinner. He plans to send all those who attended a certificate of appreciation and pictures of the dinner.

Brecht placed a wreath on the auxiliary’s behalf during Veterans Day ceremonies.

The auxiliary is having its Christmas party at 6 p.m. today at Undo’s. Those attending should bring a gift for the exchange. The Legion Christmas party will be held Dec. 21. The children’s Christmas party will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Legion hall.

The auxiliary will not meet in December.

Jerrel won the 50/50 drawing. Marcy Spano gave the closing prayer.

The next meeting will be held Jan. 20.

Drawing winner announced

The winner of the 50-50 drawing at the Fort Steuben Mall Craft Show held recently to benefit the Jefferson County Animal Welfare League was Phyllis Sciarra, who won $215.

Community happenings

Council’s Light-Up Night Tuesday

Knights of Columbus Council No. 472 will hold its annual Christmas light-up night at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council parking lot on Two Ridge Road, Wintersville.

All members, their families and guests are invited to attend the short ceremony. The manger scene will be lit up at that time, officially beginning the council’s Christmas season.

After the ceremony, refreshments will be served in the council hall for all attending.

The council also has chosen Dec. 19 as “Caroling Night” with details to be announced.

Satellite veterans office open

The satellite office of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Dillonvale American Legion, Liberty Street, Dillonvale, to assist veterans, dependents of veterans and/or veterans’ widows with Veterans Administration pensions, compensations, burials, schooling, medical assistance and other veteran’s benefits.

For information, call the Veterans Service Office at (740) 283-8571 or visit the office at Suite 310, 500 Market St., Steubenville. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed every Wednesday afternoon to the public.

Colliers alumni hold fundraisers

The Colliers Alumni and Friends are selling calendars featuring photos from the school’s celebration of its West Virginia School of Excellence designation and its classes.

They are $5 each and may be purchased from any member of the group, which is led by Darlene Brennan.

The group also will hold a 50-50 drawing on Wednesday, and chances are still available.

Library to hold story hours

The Follansbee Branch Library will hold story hours, for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers, at noon today and Dec. 9 and 16.

The Dec. 16 session will be a special story hour, with Santa Claus set to appear. Children may have their photos taken with Santa also. Those planning to attend the free programs are asked to register by calling (304) 527-0860.

Knitting group offered for children

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

Participants should bring yarn and needles or a loom. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Pet supplies collected for shelter

The Brooke County Public Library and Follansbee Branch Library will be collecting assorted pet supplies, including food, toys and new or used towels and blankets, this month for dogs and cats at the Brooke County Animal Shelter.

Everyone also is invited to join the library’s staff and volunteers in making presents for the animals at 5 p.m. Dec. 19 at the library.

For information, call (304) 737-1551.

CASA to hold holiday open house

A Child’s Place Court-Appointed Special Advocate will hold a holiday open house and vendor sale from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at its office at 720 Charles St.

The open house will include vendors from BeautiControl, Silpada Jewelry, Watkins, Nerium, Scentsy, US Borne Books, Origami Owl and Pampered Chef.

Rhonda Stubbs, the group’s executive director, said it is behind in payment for utilities and rent because of funding delays caused by the government shut- down. Those interested in donating toward the expenses may do so at

The organization also is in need of postage, paper, empty ink cartridges and gift cards for office supplies.

The group trains volunteers to represent the interests of children involved in abuse and neglect cases in Brooke and Hancock counties. Currently 16 volunteers serve 105 children, with an additional 52 children on the waiting list, the highest case load in the organization’s history, Stubbs said.

The group is seeking volunteers and board members. Those interested may call (304) 737-4444 or visit the group’s website at or Facebook page at A Child’s Place CASA.

Bethany women have busy fall

The GFWC-WV Bethany Woman’s Club met Nov. 18 at Bethany Church with Helen Moren, president, presiding.

Reports were heard from Secretary Beverly Chambers and Treasurer Judy Pyle. Moren reported on the spaghetti dinner held for veterans, noting 11 veterans attended.

Members also are sewing and filling stockings for Boatsie’s Boxes and two quilts. In observance of Domestic Violence Month, socks were donated to the Wheeling YWCA, cards were sent to the state veterans home in Barboursville and commissary coupons were sent for service personnel.

Soup labels, box tops and pop tabs were collected for Wellsburg Middle School, an afterschool program and the Ronald McDonald House.

Supplies were shipped to Operation Smile and Little Dresses for Africa. Donations were made to the Pearl Buck Foundation, 1734 Society for GFWC Headquarters, GFWC-WV scholarship and endowment funds, Camp Kno Koma, a camp for young children with diabetes; UNICEF and Week of Compassion.

The group purchased Christmas lights in memory of Margaret Conner and Nancy Huff for the Anna Jarvis Memorial Christmas Tree.

The group’s Christmas dinner will be held Dec. 16, with former Kiwanis members and others as guests.

Indoor yard sale to end

The ongoing indoor yard sale at 810 Charles St., Wellsburg, will soon end, and a variety of items, including records, hardback Zane Grey books and other collectible and household items, will be sold at low prices, said Frances Dennison, its coordinator.

Proceeds from the sale go to efforts by Dennison and others to provide treats to veterans and others at local nursing homes.

It is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For information, call (304) 737-3614.

Dennison and Mary Fillinger, Vivian Ellis and Faye Deuley, all members of Wellsburg Christian Church, have been helping area nursing homes with bingos and cookouts this year.

Senior center Christmas party set

The Brooke County Senior Center will hold its Christmas party from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Wellsburg Fire Hall.

There will be music by Not Half Bad, food and door prizes. A $5 donation is requested. Reservations should be made by calling (304) 527-3410 by Friday. Transportation is available.

Dance to be held at senior center

The Brooke County Senior Center at 948 Main St., Follansbee, will hold its first Thursday dance at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Hank Vincent and Stone Street Station will perform. A $5 donation is requested. There will be no second dance in December because of the holidays.

Bethany event to benefit Bernie’s Kids

Bethany College will hold its third Light-Up Night and Charity Christmas Tree Auction at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Commencement Hall.

The evening will include a charity tree auction, a choir performance and a variety of holiday presentations.

The trees up for auction will be decorated in various holiday themes, with proceeds going to Bernie’s Kids. Begun by the late Bernie Kazienko, a Brooke County sheriff and commissioner, the cause provides Christmas presents for local children in need.

Children in attendance can write a letter to Santa and get their picture taken with him.

The Bethany College Choir will perform holiday songs, and educational presentations will be held on major holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

Sorority aids autism program

Members of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority at Bethany College participated in National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 15 by hosting a Band Together for Autism Speaks initiative.

The chapter set up informational tables in several locations on campus throughout the day and sold blue Autism Speaks wristbands for $1 each, raising more than $150 for their national charity.

Visitors can make a Christmas craft

Visitors to the Brooke County Public Library can make a Christmas owl ornament from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. The craft will be available while materials last.