Around the Valley

Seacats holding swim-a-thon

STRATTON, Ohio – The Stratton Seacats Swim Team will hold their annual swim-a-thon Relay for Life from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 at the Stratton Indoor Pool.

The team challenges all local swim teams and the public to participate in the event, raising awareness and money for the American Cancer Society. All proceeds will benefit the society.

This year, a Survivor Lap has been added. Anyone who has survived their battle with cancer or is fighting and would like to participate is welcome to do so. Those interested in participating in the survivor lap are asked to send in their name and the times they are available to swim. If someone is unable to swim and would like to walk in the water, or if they not able to be in the water at all, a proxy may take their place or the survivor/fighter can walk the perimeter of the pool.

To register or for information, contact Jennifer Sperry at (740) 317-9837 or visit the Stratton Seacats Swim Team’s Facebook page.

Library announces

family activities

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library announces family-friendly activities for March.

They include:

March 6, Marty and Delia Wach discuss their children’s books, “The Cat Has Class” and “The Great West Virginia Snow Adventure.”

March 13, Norma Gosney will present “The Bear Went Over the Mountain” in song and sign language.

March 27, family movie night featuring “The Smurfs 2.”

All activities take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the library’s activity room. The library is located at 3442 Main St.

For information, call (304) 797-8510.

Auxiliary holding

craft show

HOOKSTOWN, Pa. – The American Legion Auxiliary will host its annual spring craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5.

A variety of crafters from the Tri-State area will be in attendance. The kitchen will be open for lunch. Table information is available by calling (412) 897-0100.

Around the Valley

Depression group

to meet

WHEELING – The Ohio Valley Depression and Bipolar Support Group meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 5 and 19 at Wheeling Jesuit University’s Whalen Hall.

The group meets the first, second and fifth Wednesdays of each month. The support group is peer-led with a facilitator, and those attending make the decision whether to speak. All are welcome to attend, including those supporting a loved one dealing with depression or bipolar disorder. For information, call (304) 234-9406 or (304) 336-4186 or email or

Retired school

employees meet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Association of Retired School Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. March 11 at Brooke High School located at 29 Bruin Drive. Sharon Cuomo will preside over the business meeting following the luncheon. The high school Madrigal Choir will perform. All members and newly retired employees are encouraged to attend. To make a lunch reservation, call Ruth Lewis at (304) 737-2314 by March 4.

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Theatre hosting vendor show

WEIRTON – Striplight Theatre will host a spring craft and vendor show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 at the Millsop Community Center located at 3420 Main St.

Approximately 20 vendors will be on hand.

The event also will include a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing, “Gypsy” cast meet and greet, ticket giveaways and children’s costumed characters.

Church holding

fish dinners

WEIRTON – St. Thomas Episcopal Church will hold fish dinners from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 7, 14, 21 and 28 and April 4, 11 and 18 at the church located at Three Springs Drive.

The meal includes fish, French fries, cole slaw and coffee and tea. The cost is $8. Soda or bottled water is available for $1, and dessert is 50 cent.

Take-out will be available.

For information, call (304) 723-4120.

Library, VFD holding cash bash

AVELLA, Pa. – The Avella Public Library will participate in the Avella Volunteer Fire Department cash bash at 6 p.m. March 15 at the fire department located on Wilson Avenue in downtown Avella. The cost is $35 per person.

The library also will be participating in the fire department’s fish fry, beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 5, and continuing on every Friday through Lent.

The library will hold Board of Directors meetings May 19, Aug. 18 and Nov. 17 at the library located at the Avella Community Center located at 11 School Court, Avella Heights.

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Church to hold sandwich sale

WELLSBURG – Christ Episcopal Church will be selling roast beef sandwich lunches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church located at 1014 Main St.

The cost is $6.50, which includes sandwich, chips, beverage and a slice of mandarin orange sheet cake. Individual sandwiches are $4.50 each. Take-out and delivery, to local businesses and shut-ins, is available by calling (304) 737-3432 after 8:30 a.m. that day.

Church holding community dinner

WELLSBURG – The First Presbyterian Church of Wellsburg will hold a free community dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at the church located at 901 Charles St.

The public is invited.

Library to show animated film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the PG-rated animated film, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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

Fundraiser benefits Garan family

WEIRTON – The Weirton and East Liverpool, Ohio, Bob Evans Restaurants will hold fundraisers for the Tonia Garan family from open to close through Saturday.

Those having a flyer or mentioning the fundraiser will have 15 percent of their check donated to the Garan family, including Tonia Garan’s sons, Alex and Mark.

“Bob Evans is all about helping out members of our community during rough times,” says General Manager Tim Moser. “With the help of our community we hope to raise money for the Garan family during this time.”

Bob Evans has donated more than $500,000 in 2013 through its Community Fundraiser program.

Our Lady holding ham dinner

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. – Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Christian Mothers will hold their annual ham and pierogi dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at McCashin Hall located at 1109 Main St.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Dinner includes ham, pierogies, green beans almandine, salad, roll and dessert.

For information or to purchase tickets, call Eileen Daniels at (724) 947-4290 or Phyllis Pensak at (724) 809-1269.

Chamber eyes economy

CANONSBURG, Pa. – The Washington County Chamber of Commerce will host the “Washington County: State of the Economy,” presented by Community Bank, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe.

For this half-day event, the chamber invited the Washington County Commissioners to host a press conference on recent economic developments and will unveil the findings of a study by Washington & Jefferson College and Marcellus Shale Coalition on the impact of the energy industry on the county. The event will conclude with a luncheon speaker from Sunoco to discuss the impact of their Mariner East project on Washington County’s future.

Cheerleaders holding signups

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steelers Cheerleaders will hold signups for the 2014 season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 1 and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 6 at the Millsop Community Center located on Main Street.

For information, visit the website at or email

Eaters Anonymous meeting locally

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous, a 12-step, self-help group based on the Alcoholics Anonymous principles for those who have a problem with compulsive eating, meets locally.

Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Ohio County Public Library’s lower level board room located at 52 16th St., Wheeling; and 6:30 p.m. Sundays at East Ohio Regional Hospital located at 90 N. Fourth St., Martins Ferry, Ohio. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Tax program

provides aid

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. For information, visit