Community Briefs

Weirton Baseball Association

to hold board meeting Feb. 9

WEIRTON – The Weirton Baseball Association will hold a board meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the American Legion Hall.

All parents are welcome to attend.

St. Andrew holding soup sale

MINGO JUNCTION, Ohio – St. Andrew Orthodox Church will hold a soup sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8 at the church located at 100 St. Andrew Drive. Vegetable and bean soups will be available, and eat-in and take-out will be available. A bowl of soup is $2.50, and a quart is $5.

Tri-State Writers will meet

WEIRTON – The Tri-State Writers Society, led by award-winning local author Karen Majoris-Garrison, will hold their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at Mario’s Restaurant.

Published and aspiring writers are welcome to attend. For information, contact Majoris-Garrison at (740) 424-1243 or Susan Guy at (740) 632-9507 or visit www.karinagarrison.blogspot.com.

Moose hosts ‘Legends of Music’

WEIRTON – The Weirton Moose will host “Legends of Music,” Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison and Elvis tribute artists at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Moose’s upstairs area located on Main Street.

Tickets are $10 each.

Musketeers 4-H meets

WEIRTON – The Weirton Musketeers 4-H club held their monthly meeting Jan. 19, with Vice President Anna Byers calling the meeting to order and 13 members answering roll call.

Olivia Dowler read the previous meeting’s minutes, and Colin Heilman read the treasurers report. Both were approved.

Makenzie Moore gave a visual presentation on rainbow loom. Abby Dowler lead charades, and Alec Burkhart supplied snacks.

The meeting concluded with all members making posters for the county-wide 4-H poster contest. The next Musketeers 4-H meeting is scheduled for Feb. 9 at the Cove Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.

Free tax prepartion available

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is providing tax preparation free of charge.

The program is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service in conjunction with the West Virginia Alliance for Sustainable Families.

Local sites include CHANGE Inc., Mary H. Weir Public Library and Tin Mill Employees Federal Credit Union. Visit www.wveitc.com.

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Follansbee Branch Library to

hold story hours on Mondays

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Branch of the Brooke County Public Library will hold story hours at noon Monday and Feb. 10, 17 and 24.

The free story hours are open to children, ages 2-5, and their caregivers. Call (304) 527-0860 to register.

Children’s knitting group to meet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library’s Kids Knitting Group, for children in third grade and up, will meet from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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

Church holding meatloaf dinner

WEIRTON – St. Thomas Episcopal Church will hold a meatloaf dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the church located on Three Springs Drive.

Dinner includes meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables and Italian bread. The cost is $6.50. Drinks are $1 and desserts are 50 cents.

For information, call (304) 723-4120.

Valentine cooking class set

WELLSBURG – Nora Bell will share recipes for Valentine’s Day treats at a cooking class for adults set for 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Brooke County Public Library.

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

Lecture series continues

WEIRTON – The fourth Worldview Scholarship Lecture session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church.

The topic is archaeological evidence to support the Bible.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and refreshments will be provided during registration.

For information, visit the Facebook page by search “Worldview Scholarships.”

Valentine’s pasta dinner to be held

COLLIERS – Olde St. John’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual Valentine’s Day spaghetti dinner from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 8.

The church’s social hall will be decorated with candles for the event, which is open to couples or groups. Take-out also will be available.

The cost is $7.50 for adults and $5 for children under 12 for the meal, which will include pasta with home-made meat or marinara sauce, salad and choice of beverage and dessert.

Pancake breakfast to be held

COLLIERS – The Colliers Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Colliers Fire Hall.

The cost is $6 and includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice. Waffles and take-out will be available.

Story hour to begin

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library will hold pre-school story hour for children 3 to 5 years old, beginning March 3, at the library located at 3442 Main St.

Evening sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, and morning sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays.

To register a children, contact Barb Canterbury at (304) 797-8510.

Nominees sought

WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Washington County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the Athena Award, which will be presented May 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe.

The award recognizes outstanding leaders who assist women in achieving their full leadership potential. Nominees must either live or work in Washington County, and both women and men are eligible.

Candidates also should demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession and improve the quality of live in their community.

To receive a nomination form, contact the chamber at (724) 225-3010.

The nomination deadline is March 3.

Tax assistance offered

WEIRTON – Free assistance in filing income tax returns is available through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc., the Mary H. Weir Public Library and Tin Mill Employees Federal Credit Union, all in Weirton.

The program is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service in cooperation with the West Virginia Alliance for Sustainable Families and the local agencies that host it. For dates, times and other information, call (304) 797-7733, 797-8510 or (304) 748-5811.

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Mary H. Weir Public Library to hold Thursday activity nights

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library holds family-friendly activity nights from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the library located at 3442 Main St.

Thursday will be a movie night, featuring a screening of “Despicable Me 2.”

The following also are scheduled:

Feb. 6, board game night.

Feb. 13, “Get Out and Move.”

Feb. 20, puppets and storytelling.

Feb. 27, movie night featuring “Mary Poppins.”

Church Women United set to meet

WEIRTON – The Weirton Church Women United Executive Board meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at the First Baptist Church located at Homewood Avenue and Adams Street.

Julie Rocchio will lead devotions and Nancy Sanders will lead the Fellowship of the Least Coin collection. World Day of Prayer Coordinator Carol Kennedy and first-year delegates will plan the unit’s World Day of Prayer celebration. The theme is “Streams in the Desert.” In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be canceled.

Library holding fundraiser

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. – The Burgettstown Community Library will host a murder mystery dinner theater, “The Final Tally,” performed by Pete Fernbaugh and The Wayward Saints Troupe at Feb. 22 at the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse located on state Route 18.

The doors open at 5 p.m., and the buffet dinner and show begins at 6 p.m. The event will include a Chinese auction and prizes. The cost is $35 per person. Advance ticket sales only; tickets can be purchased from library board members and at the library located at 2 Kerr St.

For information, call (724) 947-9780.

Community Briefs

‘Rediscovering Holliday’s Cove’

continues to air on WLU-TV

WEIRTON?- The Weirton Area Museum’s 70-minute documentary, “Rediscovering Holliday’s Cove” will air at noon all week on West Liberty University’s educational television channel, WLUTV-14.

Salad luncheon canceled

NEW CUMBERLAND – The First Presbyterian Church announced there will be no salad luncheon Friday, because of expected inclement weather.

The luncheon will resume in February.

Country Friends host Eldurays

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 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) 797-1270 or (304) 527-3322 or visit www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

Food drive to begin Saturday

The Washington County Farm Bureau will begin its annual food drive Saturday, and it will continue through the end of March. All food collected in the respective districts will be donated to food pantries in those districts.

In the Burgettstown area, food will be collected at the Burgettstown Community Library at 2 Kerr Street, Burgettstown; and at Village Tack located at 100 Plaza Drive/state Route 18, Atlasburg.

In the Fort Cherry School District, food will be collected at the Midway Community Center located at 304 Noblestown Road, Midway; Heritage Public Library located at 52 Fourth St., McDonald; and Washington Financial Bank located at 220 Main St., Hickory.

In the Avella area, there is a collection box at the Avella Area Community Center, located at 11 School Court on Avella Heights.

County board of health to meet

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Board of Health will meet at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Hancock County Health Department conference room.

Items listed on the agenda include: possible revisions to the by-laws, discussion of a Clean Indoor Act for Hancock County, release of the health department’s commercial and an update on the building status for the department.

The meeting is open to the public.

For information, contact the health department at (304) 563-3343.

Community Briefs

OV Depression, Bipolar support group to meet Feb. 5

WHEELING – The Ohio Valley Depression and Bipolar Support group will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 5 at Wheeling Jesuit University’s Whalen Hall. The group meets the first, third and fifth Wednesday of each month.

Those attending can choose whether to speak. It is open to the public and free. For information, call (304) 243-9406 or (304) 336-4186 or email dbsaohiovalley@comcast.net.

WBA holding registration

WEIRTON – The Weirton Baseball Association will be registering baseball and softball players from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 8 at the Millsop Community Center located on Main Street.

Those signing up by Saturday will receive an early registration discount, paying $60 per player and $120 maximum per family. After Saturday, registration is $70 per player and $140 maximum per family.

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Brooke County Library to show

‘Despicable Me 2’ Saturday

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the PG-rated animated film “Despicable Me 2” at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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

‘Chili Bowl’ to be held Sunday

WEIRTON – The Christ United Methodist Church will hold its first “Chili Bowl” at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the fellowship hall located at 3598 Pennsylvania Ave.

Those attending may make a free-will donation to vote for their favorite chili. The chili receiving the highest donation will be the winner and awarded a traveling trophy.

Hot dogs and chips also will be served.

Senior center holding bake sale

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. The center is at 3425 Main St./state Route 2. It welcomes donations of baked goods.

For information, call (304) 748-3490.

Church holds men’s breakfast

WEIRTON – Christ United Methodist Church holds a men’s breakfast and fellowship at 8 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at the church located at 3598 Pennsylvania Ave.

They will next meet Feb. 8. The breakfast is free.

Valentine vendor show scheduled

BURGETTSTOWN – The Burgettstown Community Library will hold a Valentine’s Day vendor show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 8 at the library, located at 2 Kerr St.

Vendors include Dove Chocolates, Tastefully Simple, Valentine’s Day Cards by Dorothy, Fudgie Wudgie, Avon Jewelry and products, More Than Just Books, Scrub a Dub Dub, The Hillbilly Way and Castellino’s Bakery.

Lincoln-Douglass dinner scheduled

WEIRTON – The Morning Star Baptist Church will hold the 69th annual Lincoln-Douglass Scholarship Banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Holiday Inn – Weirton.

William “Bill” Burrus, former American Postal Workers Union president and “My Journey” author, will be the keynote speaker.

Burrus was born and raised in Wheeling and now lives in Upper Marlboro, Md. Tickets are $30.

To purchase a ticket or for information, contact Beverly Branham at (304) 723-0252, Marie Brown at (304)748-4974 or George Jackson at (304) 479-9938. The Rev. Willie L. Nevels is pastor.

Wesleyan honors local students

BUCKHANNON – Connor Arlia of Weirton, Alec Buchmelter of Follansbee, Yvonne Burch of Windsor Heights and Jackson Carey of Follansbee were named the the West Virginia Wesleyan College fall dean’s list.

Wesleyan’s Dean’s List requires students to earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 in 12 or more semester hours.

Evans named to dean’s list

GREENVILLE, Pa. – Cory Evans of New Cumberland was named to the Thiel College fall dean’s list.

Evans, a junior, has been named to the list twice. Students must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 while being enrolled full time to be eligible.

Salatino named to dean’s list

ASHLAND, Ohio – Megan Salatino of Follansbee, was named to Ashland University’s fall dean’s list.

Salatino, the daughter of Mark and Pamela Salatino, is majoring in public relations and strategic communication and sport communication. She is a 2012 graduate of Brooke High School.

To be eligible, a student must be enrolled full time and achieve a 3.5 grade point average.

Community Briefs

Scholarships

available

Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program nominations will be accepting nominations Jan. 31-March 14 at kohlskids.com.

Nominations are open to youth volunteers aged 6 to 18, and those nominating them must be 21 years old or older. Through the program, Kohl’s will award more than 2,300 young volunteers nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes to reward kids who have made a positive impact on their communities.

Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl’s gift card, and nearly 200 of the store winners will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward higher education. Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for higher education, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.

The Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program is part of Kohl’s Cares, Kohl’s philanthropic program focused on improving the lives of children. Since the program began in 2001, Kohl’s has recognized more than 19,500 kids with more than $3.9 million in scholarships and prizes.

To learn more about last year’s winners, visit kohlskids.com.

Management club

set to meet

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

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

Master gardeners will lead

round-robin discussion

WEIRTON – The Tri-State Area Master Gardeners round-robin presentations will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mary H. Weir Library located at 3442 Main St.

Master gardeners will discuss herbs, perennials, vegetable gardens, annuals, lawns, butterfly and bird gardens, trees and shrubs, deer and wildlife pests, shade and sun gardens and ponds and water features. The 2014 master gardener calendars, with articles and tips on gardening, will be available.

The cost is $5 for those who pre-register by contacting the Hancock County West Virginia University Extension Office at (304) 564-3805 or hancockcountyextension@mail.wvu.edu. It is $7 at the door.

Elks to hold wine-tasting

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 will hold the second annual wine-tasting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 22 at the lodge located on Main St.

The Tri-State Winemakers have donated the locally crafted wines.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $13 at the door and includes a wine glass and finger foods.

Proceeds benefit the Elks. For information or to purchase tickets, call (304) 748-0565.

Senior center sponsors trip

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Area Senior Center will host a trip to Atlantic City March 24-27.

The trip includes motorcoach transportation, three nights lodging, four meals, a casino bonus, gaming and sight-seeing. The cost is $235 for a double occupancy and is due Feb. 7.

Pick-up is at the senior center at 8 a.m. March 24. For information or to book a reservation, call the center at (304) 748-3490.

Finton, Marsh named to dean’s list

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Meghan Finton, a sophomore, and Harley Marsh, a junior, both of Weirton, were named to the University of Mount Union fall dean’s list.

To be eligible, students complete at least 12 credit hours of traditionally graded coursework while achieving a grade point average of 3.550 or better with no grade below a B.

Community briefs

Wintersville High School Class of 1964 reunion committee meets Friday

The Wintersville High School Class of 1964 reunion committee will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at CJ’s Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville, to continue plans for the 50-year reunion set to be held Aug. 16.

There were nine members attending the last planning meeting, which was held Nov. 22 and involved preparing the letter notifying classmates about the event. The letters were sent out in December with requests for pictures and information for a souvenir booklet.

The committee will attempt to meet on the fourth Friday of every month, weather permitting, until all details are finalized.

All class members are welcome to attend the planning meetings.

The addresses of a few classmates are still needed. For information on this or the planning meetings contact Lola Dornbusch Swanagan at (740) 537-4977.

Library to show animated film

The Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg will be showing the PG-rated animated film “Despicable Me 2” at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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

Free diabetic shoe fittings scheduled

Medi Home Care will give free exams and shoe-fittings for diabetic shoes from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 at the facility located at 105 Main St., Wintersville.

Call (740) 266-3974 for an appointment. Walkins are welcome.

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Alzheimer’s Association

holding support meeting

MARTINS FERRY, Ohio – The Alzheimer’s Association will be holding its monthly Caregiver Support Groups at 1 p.m. Jan. 28 at First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St.

The groups meetings are free of charge and open to all caregivers, family members and friends with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

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

Bowland graduates Clarion

CLARION, Pa. – Karli Bowland of Burgettstown graduated from Clarion University Dec. 14 with a bachelor’s of science degree.

Community Briefs

Country Friends Dance Band

set to perform Saturday

COLLIERS – The Country Friends Dance Band will perform Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Old Police Lodge Road.

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

The Country Friends Dance Band plays once a month exclusively for the Country Friends at the Memorial Hall.

The Country Friends hold covered-dish dinners and open mic nights Mondays and Fridays at the Memorial Hall. The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m. and open mic begins at 6 p.m.

The last Friday of each month is gospel night, during which the group conducts a church walk and makes a donate to a local church or charity.

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

For the 2014 band schedule, visit their website at www.countryfriendsfoundation.com. For information, call (304) 527-3322 or (304) 479-1270.

Community Briefs

‘Black Damp Century’ author

to speak Wednesday

PARIS, Pa. – Kerry George, “Black Damp Century” author, will speak at Paris Presbyterian Church’s monthly Coffee With the Author event at noon Wednesday at The Gathering Place Coffee Shop located at 127 Steubenville Pike.

The church also will hold a potluck luncheon at noon Jan. 29, after which there will be a viewing of “The Cross,” the final entry in Billy Graham’s “My Hope” series.

For information on the church’s programs, call (724) 729-3450.

H&R?Block holding open house

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – H&R Block will host open house events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at 107 S. Hollywood Boulevard and 181 N. Fourth St.

Those attending the open house will have an opportunity to talk with H&R Block tax professionals about their previous and current tax returns, as well as tax tips, tax law changes, tax planning and other financial issues.

For information, call (740) 283-2492.

ABATE holding swap meet

BRILLIANT, Ohio – American Bikers Aimed Toward Education of Ohio Region 1 will hold the 24th annual motorcycle swap meet, beginning at 9 a.m., Feb. 16 at Xtreme Honda.

Motorcycle accessories, leathers and T-shirts will be for sale. Seamstresses will be available for alterations and patches. The event includes door prizes, food, beverages and a $1,000 drawing.

Admission is $6 per person and those 16 and under are free.

Vendors are still being accepted. The cost is $35 for two tables and set up is from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. the day of the event.

To become a vendor, contact Leslie Aftanas at (740) 284-1577 or Larry Dobbins at (740) 219-2716.

Paolo named to dean’s list

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Joel A. Paolo, the son of Joe and Andi Paolo of Weirton, has been named to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s fall dean’s list.

Paolo is a senior pursuing a double major in marketing and management and a member of the school’s wrestling team. He recently completed an internship at Northwestern Mutual.

Cave, Pizzurro named to dean’s list

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – Melissa Cave of Newell and Lauren Pizzurro of Newell were named to the Kent State University – East Liverpool’s fall dean’s list.

To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.40 or greater grade point average and must have completed 12 or more credit hours for the semester.

Bowland, Callas named to dean’s list

CLARION, Pa. – Karli Bowland of Burgettstown and Michael Callas of Burgettstown both were named to Clarion University’s fall dean’s list.

Students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 for placement on the dean’s list.

Community Briefs

Weir High School Class of ’59

to hold meeting Tuesday

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

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

Public service district to meet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Service District’s January construction meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the district office located at 711 Charles St.

Central holding tests, tours

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Steubenville Catholic Central High School Guidance Department will be giving pre-entrance placement tests and tours of the high school at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at the high school located at 320 Westview Ave.

Those eighth-graders not attending Bishop John King Mussio Junior High School and whose parents are interested in their attending Catholic Central may participate.

If there is a snow day or two-hour delay, the test will be given Thursday.

Pre-register by calling (740) 264-5538.

‘Chili Bowl’ set for Jan. 26

WEIRTON – The Christ United Methodist Church will hold its first “Chili Bowl” at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the fellowship hall located at 3598 Pennsylvania Ave.

Those attending may make a free-will donation to vote for their favorite chili. The chili receiving the highest donation will be the winner and awarded a traveling trophy.

Hot dogs and chips also will be served.

‘Singspiration’ scheduled

BRIDGEPORT, Ohio – Shiloh Temple Apostolic Christian Women’s Missionary will sponsor a “Winter Singspiration” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the church located at 117 First St.

There will be praise singers and dancers. All are welcome to attend.

Elder Tyron Spencer is the pastor.

Trivia teams needed

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Kiwanis Club of Steubenville has begun the recruiting for teams interested in participating in its fourth-annual team trivia competition set for March 8 in the commons area of Steubenville High School.

The fundraiser where teams compete for cash prizes and bragging rights begins at 7 p.m. and is an event to “test your knowledge and join us for this fun, fast-paced trivia competition.”

The cost is $100 for a team that can consist of no more than 10 people. Teams can bring their own snacks. There will be a 50-50 drawing and Chinese auction.

To sign up, call Tom Timmons, the club’s secretary-treasurer, by phone at (740) 314-9574 or by e-mail at timmons@wesbanco.com.

Poster contest announced

WHEELING – The Northern Panhandle Conservation District has announced the 2014 National Conservation District Poster Contest theme, “Dig Deeper – Mysteries in the Soil.”

The contest is open to children in kindergarten through 12th grade living in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties.

The deadline to submit posters to the conservation district office is May 1.

Those receiving first place at the district level receive $35 and those receiving second receive $15. The winning poster will be entered into the state contest, and those winning at the state level will go on to the national contest.

For information, contest rules and guidelines, contact Veronica Gibson at the Northern Panhandle Conservation District office at (304) 238-1231.

Gardening calendars available

WELLSBURG – The West Virginia University Extension Service’s 2014 Garden Calendar is available at the extension service’s Brooke County office at 840 Charles St. or online at brooke.ext.wvu.edu/2014-garden-calendar, anr.ext.wvu.edu/garden-calendar or the Brooke County WVU Extension Service’s Facebook page.

Avid or beginning gardeners will find the gardening tips offered by the calendar helpful.

Cestou, Mills graduate

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Luis Cestou of Chester and Andrew Mills of Weirton graduated during Youngstown State University’s fall commencement at Beeghly Center.

Mills earned a bachelor of science degree and Cestou earned a bachelor of fine arts degree.

Community Briefs

‘Rediscovering Holliday’s Cove’

to aire locally today, Friday

The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center-produced documentary “Rediscovering Holliday’s Cove” will air at 8 p.m. today and Friday on West Liberty University’s TV-14 station.

Libraries closed for holiday

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library and Follansbee Branch will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Library to show animated film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the PG-rated animated film “Despicable Me 2” at 11 a.m. Jan. 25.

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

Valentine vendor show set

BURGETTSTOWN – The Burgettstown Community Library will hold a Valentine’s Day vendor show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 8 at the library, located at 2 Kerr St.

Vendors include Dove Chocolates, Tastefully Simple, Valentine’s Day Cards by Dorothy, Fudgie Wudgie, Avon Jewelry and products, More Than Just Books, Scrub a Dub Dub, The Hillbilly Way and Castellino’s Bakery.

Lincoln-Douglass dinner scheduled

WEIRTON – The Morning Star Baptist Church will hold the 69th annual Lincoln-Douglass Scholarship Banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Holiday Inn – Weirton.

William “Bill” Burrus, former American Postal Workers Union president and “My Journey” author, will be the keynote speaker.

Burrus was born and raised in Wheeling and now lives in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Tickets are $30.

To purchase a ticket or for information, contact Beverly Branham at (304) 723-0252, Marie Brown at (304)748-4974 or George Jackson at (304) 479-9938. The Rev. Willie L. Nevels is pastor.

Father/daughter dance set

WEIRTON – The Weirton Community Players and Drama Direct will hold a Father/Daughter Valentine’s Day Dance from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the studio located at 3520 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton.

The event includes dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the studio or by sending a check payable to Weirton Community Players to 245 Beacon Drive, Weirton, WV 26062.

Pine named to dean’s list

GRANTHAM, Pa. – Weirton resident Reuben Pine was named to the fall dean’s list at Messiah College.

Pine is a junior majoring in health and exercise science. Dean’s list is earned by receiving a 3.6 grade-point average or higher.

Community Briefs

Mary H. Weir Library to screen ‘Despicable’ Jan. 30

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library will host a free family movie night, featuring “Despicable Me,” from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the activity room at the library, located at 3443 Main St.

Light refreshments will be served.

Those attending are welcome to bring pillows and blankets.

For information on this or other library programs, call (304) 797-8510.

Senior Center

holding dance

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a dance at 5 p.m. Thursday, featuring a musical perfomance by Light Touch.

The cost is a $5 donation.

Shriners holding

pancake breakfast

WEIRTON – The Weirton Shriners will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Northern Panhandle Shrine Club on Cove Road, near the State Department of Highways Garage.

The breakfast menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and orange juice.

The cost of the meal is $6 for adults, $3 for children 12- to 6-years-old and free for children under 6-years-old.

The public is welcome.

Peeler named to

dean’s list

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Benjamin Peeler of New Cumberland was named to the fall dean’s list at Bob Jones University. Students must earn a 3.0 Grade-Point Average. He is a freshman history major.

Community Briefs

Ohio Valley Depression, Support Group meets Wednesday

WHEELING – The Ohio Valley Depression and Support Group meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first, second and fifth Wednesdays of each month at Wheeling Jesuit University’s Whalen Hall.

The group will meet Wednesday and Jan. 29.

It is a peer-led group with a facilitator. Those attending the group make the decision whether to speak or not.

For information, call (304) 234-9406 or (304) 336-4186 or email dbsaohiovalley@comcast.net.

Author gives publishing presentation

WEIRTON – Local author Cindy McDonald will give a presentation, “How to Get Your Work Published” from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mary H. Weir Public Library’s activity room located at 3443 Main St.

For information, call (304) 797-8510.

Elks hold chili cook-off, pasta dinner

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 will hold their second chili cook-off and pasta dinner on Saturday and Sunday at the lodge located on Main Street.

The chili cook-off will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Any member or guest is invited to make their best chili and enter it into the cook-off. The cost to sample the chili and cast a vote for the winner is $4 for adults and $3 for children. Prizes will be awarded for the best chili.

The pasta dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. It includes pasta, salad, bread, butter, dessert and tea or coffee. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. A ticket will be selected for a free dinner at next month’s pasta Sunday.

Country Friends host Stone Street

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host Stone Street Station 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 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.

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

MLK?dinner scheduled for Monday

WELLSBURG – Staff and students at Brooke High School will again serve a free spaghetti dinner Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Held in recognition of the civil rights activist’s call for everyone to serve others, the dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the school’s cafeteria A.

Takeout will be available. Deliveries to shut-ins also may be arranged by calling (304) 527-1410 ext. 3540, 3541 or 3542.

H&R?Block holding open house

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – H&R Block will host open house events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 23 at 107 S. Hollywood Boulevard and 181 N. Fourth St.

Those attending the open house will have an opportunity to talk with H&R Block tax professionals about their previous and current tax returns, as well as tax tips, tax law changes, tax planning and other financial issues.

For information, call (740) 283-2492.

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Weirton Baseball Association

offering softball instruction

WEIRTON – The Weirton Baseball Association will offer free softball hitting, fielding and throwing instruction to all association members.

Participants will receive group and individual instruction on basic skills and live hitting in the batting cage.

Classes will be held Friday evening from Friday to Feb. 21. The under-8 and under-10 class will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., and the under-12 and under-15 class will be held from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If a class is canceled because of inclement weather, that information will be posted on the association website by 5 p.m. the day of the class.

Class sizes are limited; those interested must reserve a spot. Those interested in the U-8 and U-10 class, contact Dave Brenneman at (304) 479-9309, and those interested in the U-12 and U-15 class, contact Rod Rosnick at (304) 670-0950.

Library to hold pie contests

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will celebrate National Pie Day with a pie-baking contest, pie-eating contest for children and a pie walk at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23.

Bakers may enter their favorite fruit, cream or other type of pie. All pies must be homemade. Each contestant is required to bring two pies: one for judging and sampling and one for the pie walk.

Registration forms may be picked up at the Brooke County Library or its Follansbee branch. Pies must be dropped off at the Brooke County Library by 2 p.m. Jan. 23.

Children, preschool age to age 12, may compete in the pie eating contest and should register by calling (304) 737-1551 by Jan. 21.

Everyone is invited to try their luck in the pie walk. Participants will walk to music and if they land on a lucky spot, take home a pie.

WBA holding registration

WEIRTON – The Weirton Baseball Association will hold baseball and softball registration from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 and 8 at the Millsop Community Center.

Registration cost for the 2014 season is $70 per player with a $140 maximum per family.

Those who register on or before Feb. 1 receive an early registration discount of $60 per player with a $120 maximum per family.

Fitness fundraiser set

WEIRTON – Amanda Pulice, Zumba instructor, will hold a fitness fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Weirton Madonna High School gym.

The cost is $10, and the event benefits the Madonna Class of 2015.

Free shoe fittings offered

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – Medi Home Care will give free exams and shoe-fittings for diabetic shoes from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 at the facility located at 105 Main St.

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

Senior center to host trip

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will host a trip to Atlantic City March 24-27.

The trip includes transportation, four meals, a casino bonus, sight-seeing, shows and gaming. The cost is $235 for double occupancy and reservations with payment in full must be made by Jan. 31.

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

Traubert receives license

WELLSBURG – Michael Traubert of Wellsburg has received an expanded license from USA Boxing Inc. of Colorado Springs, Colo., allowing him to serve as a coach, judge, time keeper and clerk through the Allegheny Mountain Boxing Association.

A lifelong boxing fan and former volunteer with the Brooke County Athletic Association Boxing Team, Traubert has been licensed through the AMBA since 1983. He has served as ring announcer for various area boxing events.

Library hall

available for rent

MCDONALD, Pa. – The Heritage Public Library’s hall is available for rent to the public for parties, showers, meetings and other events.

The hall accommodates up to 50 people and includes the hall and a small kitchen. The cost is $60.

For an additional $10, those renting the hall may use the ceiling-mounted projector to display pictures or show a movie.

OV Venom

seeks players

The Ohio Valley Venom under-12 travel baseball team seeks players for the 2014 Spring season.

To be eligible, a player must be 12 years old by April 30. Head Coach Bill Waugh will schedule a try-out during winter workouts from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays. To schedule a try-out, email venombaseball@comcast.net.

For information, visit www.ohiovalleyvenom.com.

Keep seniors

safe; ICE phones

Local seniors and other vulnerable groups are reminded to “ICE” their cell phones by loading an emergency contact with the acronym “ICE – In Case of Emergency” in front of the contact’s name, so first responders and law enforcement officers can quickly locate the emergency contact.

When “ICEing” a phone:

Chose an emergency contact and make sure they are available and willing to be the emergency contact.

Under “I” in the contact list, load the contact name with the acronym in front of their name, for example, “ICE – Name.”

Include all of the contact’s phone numbers, including home, cell and work numbers.

DeAngelis named

to dean’s list

NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Matthew DeAngelis of Follansbee has been named to the fall dean’s list at Muskingum University.

To be named to the Dean’s List, Muskingum students must attain strictly prescribed levels of academic performance in their overall grade point average.

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Comedy Night Saturday to

benefit St. Joseph School

WEIRTON – Pittsburgh comedians Mike Wysocki and Tom Musial will appear at Comic Relief Saturday 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, with prizes to 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. Tickets will be available at the door.

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

Proceeds benefit St. Joseph the Worker Grade School.

Crocheting group to meet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library’s Crocheting Group will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The group is for adults, beginners through experts.

Those participating should bring their own supplies and projects.

Someone will be available to assist or instruct those who need help.

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

Library to show action film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing “Fast and Furious 6,” at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The PG-13-rated film stars Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel.

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

RSVP?holding MLK?project

WEIRTON – The Retired Senior Volunteer Program will hold a Martin Luther King Project from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Mary H. Weir Library.

Seniors will learn hidden costs involved with borrowing money.

To register, call the library at (304) 797-8510 or RSVP at (304) 527-3410.

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Cup of Life Ministries to hold

coffee house Friday

WEIRTON – Cup of Life Ministries will hold a coffee house at 6 p.m. Friday at Marland Heights Community Church located at 3900 Bright Way.

Complimentary sandwiches, beverages and desserts will be available, and women’s worship services with leaders Judi Baldwin and Angel Pevich will begin at 7 p.m. Following worship, Bible teacher Tina Schoolcraft will lead a study.

BOP?employees to hold breakfast

WEIRTON – The Weirton Basic Oxygen Plant employees breakfast holds a breakfast at 9 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Eat’n Park.

All are welcome.

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Lupus Support Group meeting

today at the Hampton Inn

WELLSBURG – 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 were required to make a deposit on their rental in December. If they didn’t, their dates became available.

The park has shelters available for weekends in May and June, among other dates. For information, call (304) 737-1236.

Library to hold workshop

WEIRTON – Mary H. Weir Public Library will hold a workshop, “New Year, New Services” on the electronic services available at the library at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the library located on Main Street.

The workshop will examine available services, including Zinio, IndieFlix and OneClickdigital, which allow users to download magazines, independent films and audiobooks to a home computer or tablets. Presenters will discuss WV Deli and Gale Virtual Reference Library updates.

These services are available from home with a Hancock County library card.

Country Friends hosts Sands of Time

COLLIERS – 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.

On Monday and Friday nights the doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish for the meal that begins at 5 p.m.

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

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Lupus Support Group meeting

today at the Hampton Inn

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Lupus Support Group meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Hampton Inn located at 820 University Boulevard.

The gathering will include a “time of sharing and cell phone time” as participants are invited to share their experiences as a lupus patient or as a lupus caregiver.

“You never know when your story could help someone else,” a promotional flyer notes.

Refreshments will be served.

Pat and Walter Howard are project coordinators and Iris Callahan is outreach worker.

An upcoming lupus outreach program will feature lune dancing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center at 905 Market St., Steubenville.

The support group is funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and sponsored by Urban Mission Ministries. NCDC at 301 B. Fifth St.

Tri-State Writers begins the year

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Start the new year “write,” encourage members of the Tri-State Writers Society, a group led by award-winning, local author Karen Majoris-Garrison.

The group will hold its first meeting of 2014 on Jan. 14 beginning at 6 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Schiappa branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

Published and aspiring writers are welcome to attend.

For nformation, contact Majoris-Garrison at (740) 424-1243 or Susan Guy at (740) 632-9507 or visit www.karinagarrison.blogspot.com.

Alzheimer’s caregiver support group set

The Alzheimer’s Association will be holding its monthly Caregiver Support Groups on the following dates:

Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd., Room 1506, Steubenville.

Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St., Martins Ferry.

The groups meetings are free of charge and open to all caregivers, family members and friends with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

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

Center planning trip

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center is planning a trip to Atlantic City March 24-27.

The cost is $235, based on double occupancy, and a $75 deposit is required. For information, call (304) 748-3490.

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Class of ’64

plans reunion

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – The Steubenville Catholic Central Class of 1964 will hold the 50th reunion June 13-14.

The next planning meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at Lancelot’s Restaurant. Those attending will discuss reunion activities. Organizers are attempting to contact classmates William Layman, Robert Van Dine, Teresa Checca, Betty Ighnat Jacob, Marian Jablonski Sweat, Helen Leonard Barker, Patty Morrow Musser and Diane Rine Kelly.

Anyone with information concerning where they can be contacted is asked to contact Pat Wells at (740) 537-3982 or patricktwells@sbcglobal.net.

The Reunion Committee is now taking reservations. Those who have questions about making a reservation may contact Wells.

BAYSA accepting spring soccer

registrations Saturday

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

In-person registrations will be taken from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Heritage Public Library in McDonald, Pa., and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Burgettstown Community Library in Burgettstown, Pa.

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.

Center to hold bake sale

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 30. The center is at 3425 Main St./state Route 2. It welcomes donations of baked goods.

For information, call (304) 748-3490.

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Christ United Methodist Church holding men’s breakfasts

WEIRTON – Christ United Methodist Church holds a men’s breakfast and fellowship at 8 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at the church located at 3598 Pennsylvania Ave.

The breakfast is free.

Worldview lecture series continues

WEIRTON – The Worldview Scholarships lecture series continues with “Geology: Does it Support the Evolutionary Worldview or the Creation Worldview?” from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11 at Mercy Baptist Church located at 3474 Pennsylvania Ave.

Registration is at 8 a.m.

Comedy show benefits school

WEIRTON – Pittsburgh comedians Mike Wysocki and Tom Musial will perform 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. Music from the 1970s and 1980s will be played before the show and following the show until 11 p.m. Those attending can dress in 1970s and 1980s attire, and prizes will be awarded for the best outfits.

Food will be available for purchase and a cash bar will be available.

Tickets are $40 and include light appetizers.

To purchase tickets, call Debbie Boniti at (304) 723-7153 or Debi Orecchio at (304) 670-7625.

Proceeds benefit St. Joseph the Worker Grade School.

OSP holding auditions

HICKORY, Pa. – The Old Schoolhouse Players will hold auditions for “Heaven Can Wait,” directed by David Grande, at 7 p.m. Jan. 12-13 at the Mount Pleasant Township Community Center located at 20 Wabash Ave.

It is an open call; no appointments are needed. Cold readings will be done.

The principal characters include a 25- to 30-year-old professional boxer; heaven’s gatekeeper, either male or female, aged 30 to 65; heavenly messenger, male or female, around 30; trophy wife, 25 to 30 years old; businessman, 25 to 30 years old; young woman, 20- to 25-years-old; and boxing trainer, male, 30 to 60 yaers old. There will be an additional 11 speaking roles and some non-speaking roles.

The production will be presented March 14-16 and 21-23.

‘Being Earnest’ on tap

PITTSBURGH – Prime Stage Theatre will hold auditions for Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 25-26 at the Oakland School located at 362 McKee Place.

The show will run March 8-16 at the Hazlett Theatre, including three weekday matinees at 10 a.m.

Interested actors need to prepare a two-minute British comedic monologue. Those auditioning should bring a photo and resume. To schedule an audition, visit www.primestage.com. For information, email auditions@primestage or visit the website.

Symphony seeks composers

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra seeks composers to submit new works for its annual Reading Session.

To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Pennsylvania and in the early stages of their careers. Previous participants may not re-apply and submitted works must not have received a performance or a reading by a professional orchestra previously. Only one work per composer will be considered.

Submissions will be evaluated by 2013-2014 Year of Pittsburgh Composers adviser David Stock and read by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin March 15.

Following the session, which is free and open to the public, composers will receive feedback from a panel including Stock, Slatkin and the Pittsburgh Symphony musicians.

Walk Now For Autism set for May 17

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.