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Community briefs

Paris women invited to attend

potluck luncheon Saturday

PARIS, Pa. – A pot luck luncheon for women in their 40s and 50s who grew up in Paris will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Paris Presbyterian Church’s The Gathering Place Coffee Shop located on Steubenville Pike.

Sandwiches will be provided, and those attending are asked to bring a covered dish to share.

Library assisting with fish fry

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 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.

New hours for the library are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday.

Lecture series continues March 8

WEIRTON – The Worldview Scholarships lecture series will continue with “Prophecy and the Bible” and “Science and the Bible” March 8 at the Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church located at 121 Ivy St.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Refreshments will be available during registration.

The lecture will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For information, contact worldviewscholarships@yahoo.com or (304) 374-6856 or visit the Facebook page at Facebook.com/worldviewscholarships.

OSP?presents ‘Heaven Can Wait’

HICKORY – The Old Schoolhouse Players will present “Heaven Can Wait,” written by Harry Segal and directed by David L. Grande, at 7:30 p.m. March 14-15 and 21-22 and 3 p.m. March 16 and 23 at the Bud Allison Memorial Auditorium in the Mount Pleasant Township Community Center located at 20 Wabash Ave. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors 60 and older and $8 for children 12 and under.

Reservations are recommended. To purchase tickets, call (724) 344-7467 or visit the website at osptheater.com.

Church holding community meal

WELLSBURG – The First Presbyterian Church will hold a free community dinner, “Potluck o’ the Irish,” at 6 p.m. March 16 at the church, located at 901 Charles St.

Bureau conducting food drive

The Washington County Farm Bureau began its annual food drive, 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.

Senior Center holding bingo event

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a bingo cash bash from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 6 at 3425 Main St.

The doors open at 11:30 a.m., and early birds begin at 12:30 p.m.

Packets including five early birds and all games. Cover-all pays out $1,000, and extra cards can be purchased. There will be three $100 drawings, and winners need not be present. The event will include door prizes, a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing and drawing tickets. The cost is $40 per person.

Venom seeks players

The Ohio Valley Venom Under-12 baseball team is seeking players for the upcoming spring season.

For information, visit www.ohiovalleyvenom. com or call Bill Waugh at (304) 374-1707.

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Book, movie donations sought

for multiple sclerosis fundraiser

Organizers of Kim’s Walk, a new walk to benefit local residents with multiple sclerosis and held in honor of Kim Chapline-Byers, will be collecting used books and videos for a book sale to be held April 26 at the Franklin Community Fire Department.

Books and videos may be brought to Jackie’s Florist in Wellsburg from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Franklin Community and Follansbee fire stations.

They also may be left inside the entrance at Rockdale Village Apartments on Hooverson Heights at any time.

Organizers welcome donations of food and other items for the walk, which will be held Nov. 2.

For information, call (304) 374-5574.

Church holding chicken dinner

WHEELING – Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church’s Holy Name Society will hold a chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the handicap-accessible church hall located at 4136 Jacob St.

The meal includes chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable, cole slaw, and dessert.

Carry-out is available.

For information, call (304) 232-1777.

Library to hold story hours

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Branch Library will hold story hours for children, ages 2-5, and their caregivers at noon Monday and March 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Children will enjoy a story, craft, games and a snack. Call (304) 527-0860 to register for the free program.

Church to hold pancake supper

WELLSBURG – Christ Episcopal Church, at 1014 Main St., will hold its Shrove Tuesday pancake supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The cost is $5 for adults and youth 11 and up and $3 for children 10 and under.

School retirees to meet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Association of Retired School Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. March 11 at Brooke High School.

Sharon Cuomo will preside over the business meeting immediately following the luncheon. The Brooke 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 Tuesday.

Children’s knitting group to meet

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

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

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

Dr. Seuss story hour set

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be holding a Dr. Seuss-themed evening storytime, with Kim Harless, at 5:30 p.m. March 6.

Children are invited to enjoy Dr. Seuss stories, a craft and more.

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

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Country Friends set to host

The Eldurays Saturday

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

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

Country Friends host 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 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 the website at www.countryfriendsfoundation.com.

World Day of Prayer announced

WEIRTON – The World Day of Prayer celebration will be observed at 1 p.m. March 7 at the Cove Presbyterian Church located 3404 Main St.

The Egyptian World Day of Prayer Committee developed the theme “Streams in the Desert.” World Day of Prayer is an international movement taking place in 170 countries, with the goal of having public group prayers follow the sun across the globe the day of the celebration.

The Weirton Church Women United’s first-year delegates will participate in the worship service. President Karen Tate is the coordinator, and Mary Ellen Groves is the music director.

As part of the celebration, those attending will be asked to bring a donation of snack food for the Weirton Christian Center’s afterschool program.

A tea will follow the celebration in the church’s fellowship hall. The Presbyterian women will host.

Local pastors and the public are invited to attend.

Church to host fashion show

WEIRTON – The First United Methodist Church will host a luncheon and fashion show featuring spring and summer fashions from Phyllis’ Fashions of Washington, Pa., March 23 at the church located at West Street and Lee Avenue. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., and lunch begins at 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available from the church by calling (304) 748-6680 or Judy Pievach at (304) 748-4108.

Dunbar invites speakers

WEIRTON – Dunbar Recreation Center will host the program “United in a Positive Way” at 1:30 p.m. March 16 at the center. Bob Kelley, Duane Jennings and Linda Spencer will speak. The public is invited to attend.

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Bake sale to be held Thursday

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Area Senior Center will hold a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the center located on Main Street.

Abuse support group to meet

WEIRTON – The Hancock-Brooke-Ohio County Victims of Assistance Program has formed a support group for survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape and assault.

The group’s first meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network’s office at 371 New York Blvd.

The group will meet at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. For information, call (304) 564-4277.

Free informational session on Reiki

WEIRTON – In the first of its monthly “Optimal Information Sessions,” Ohio Valley Optimal Healthcare is offering a free informational session on Reiki at 6 p.m. Thursday at 6 p.m. at Ohio Valley Optimal Healthcare located at 117B Three Springs Drive.

Pronounced ray-key, Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.

It is administered by “laying on hands,” according to a news release, and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s life force energy is low, then they are more likely to get sick or feel stress; if it is high, they are more capable of being happy and healthy,” according to the news release.

The session is free and open to the public and will be presented by Teresa Blackburn, a certified master/teacher of Usui/Tibetan Reiki. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP by calling (304) 723-2494.

Next month’s Optimal Information Session will address food allergies.

Soccer Boosters to meet

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Soccer Boosters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the high school cafeteria.

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.

St. John holding pancake breakfast

AVELLA, Pa. – The St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church’s Altar Society will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast March 2 at the church hall located at 176 Cross Creek Road.

The cost is $6 for adults and $2 for children. Take-out is available.

Senior center holding a dance

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Area Senior Center will hold a St. Patrick’s Day dinner and dance March 17 at the center located on Main Street.

The doors open at 4 p.m.; dinner begins at 5 p.m.; and Light Touch will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The cost is $7, and those attending are encouraged to wear green.

For information on senior center activities, call (304) 748-3490.

Head Start registering children

Parents in the Northern Panhandle who are seeking a preschool program for their infant or toddler may call staff with the Northern Panhandle Head Start program.

Local Head Start Centers, including locations in Brooke and Hancock counties, are safe, nurturing environments overseen by childcare professionals, said Head Start officials.

For information, call (304) 233-3290 or (877) 732-3307 or visit its website at www.npheadstart.org.

Class of ’59 seeks classmates

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1959 is finalizing plans for the 55th reunion to be held July 18-19 at the Serbian American Cultural Center located at 1000 Colliers Way.

The following classmates are still sought: Mary Reed Chafin, Harold McKinley, Loretta Fullum Checca, Jean Blanton Mick, Linda Clawson, Dave Monseau, Nancy Crow, Jim Nicholas, Donald Joe Hawkins, Arthur Plance, David Henthorn, Toni Burns Reeves, Raymond Holtzapel, Heather Hartley Seders, William Jones, Sandralee Swiger, Dorothy Sosak King, Thomas Toutsi, Robert Lawyer, Willie Mae Turner, David Louder, Virginia Lellie Yachini, June Mayle and Judith Vincenti McDermott.

If anyone has information on these classmates, call Karen McAbee Tate at (304) 564-5234 or Edith Harless Barber at (304) 723-0761.

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Continuing legal education

session available Friday

WHEELING – The Wheeling Academy of Law and Science will hold a continuing education session, “Discovery in a Personal Injury Case, From the Perspective of Plantiff and Defendant,” Friday at the First State Capitol located at 1413 Eoff St.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the session will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Chad Groome of Jividen Law Office and M. Winiesdorffer-Schirripa of Smith, McMunn and Glover will review West Virginia Civil Procedure Rules 26, 30, 33, 34, 36 and 45. They will share tips and suggestions for more effective use of those discovery tools with the goal of streamlining cases and saving costs.

Continental breakfast will be available, and a to-go lunch will be provided at the conclusion. The cost is $75.

West Virginia attorneys will receive three West Virginia Minimum Continuing Legal Education credits. Ohio and Pennsylvania attorneys will receive 2.5 credits.

To make a reservation, contact Martha Wright at mwright@walswheeling.com or (304) 905-0073.

Cheerleaders holding signups

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

The signup fee is $20.

For information, visit their website at www.leaguelineup.com/weirtonsteelerscheerleaderswsc or email weirtonsteelerscheerleaders@yahoo.com.

Free workshop set for March 3

WEIRTON – The Upper Ohio Valley Diabetes Coalition will be hosting a free workshop, “The Diabetes Self-Management Program” for those with diabetes and their caregivers from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. March 3 at the Mary H. Weir Library located at 3442 Main Street.

To register or for information, call the Hancock County Health Department at (304) 563-3343.

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Greater Weirton Area Senior

Center to hold bake sale

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold its next bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

The center welcomes donations of baked goods. For information, call (304) 748-3490.

Online job help offered

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will offer help with resumes and online job applications at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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

Library to show comedy

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will show “Last Vegas” at 1 p.m. Feb. 28.

The PG-13-rated comedy stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline.

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

Church to hold pancake supper

WELLSBURG – Christ Episcopal Church, at 1014 Main St., will hold its Shrove Tuesday pancake supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 2.

The cost is $5 for adults and youth 11 and up and $3 for children 10 and under.

Board of Health to meet

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

The board will consider adoption of a Clean Indoor Air Policy for Hancock County. The meeting is open to the public.

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

Gateway alumni to meet

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Eastern Gateway Community College’s Alumni Association is inviting the 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983 graduates to a get-together on March 6 in Steubenville.

An informal dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at a local restaurant for graduates to meet with former classmates, to renew friendships and to share fun and interesting stories. To participate, graduates should call the college’s alumni office at (740) 264-5591, extension 405 or (800) 68-COLLEGE.

Software evening classes offered

NEW CUMBERLAND – The John D. Rockefeller Career Center will offer classes on Microsoft Office 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning March 24.

The classes will last 10 weeks and cover Office Word, Office Excel, Office Access, Office Power point. Students will be prepared to take the MOUSE test for certification if they choose to do so.

Those interested in registering for one or all of these classes can call the school at (304) 564-3337 or come to the school office between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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Weirton Baseball Association

to hold pancake breakfast

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Weirton Baseball Association will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grille located at 389 John Scott Highway. The cost is $5 per person. Proceeds benefit the association.

Soccer club accepting registration

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Jefferson Kiwanis Youth Soccer Club is accepting registration for the spring season until Sunday.

Registration can be done online at www.jkysc.com. The cost is $50. The season will begin in March.

Management club to meet

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

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

Food handler’s class set

WEIRTON – The Hancock County Health Department will hold a food handler class at 10 a.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart of Mary Church located at 200 Preston Ave., on Weirton Heights.

The class is open to the public. Any person involved in food service in Hancock and Brooke counties is required to possess a current food handler card. The class is for volunteers as well as those employed in the food service industry.

Food handler cards are free to volunteers working for a nonprofit organization. For those employed in food establishments, the cost is $7 for a one-year card, $12 for a two-year card, and $17 for a three-year card.

Food Handler training may also be obtained by taking an on-line class by going to www.HancockCountyHealthDepartment.com to take the class.

Payment for the online class may be made by using a credit card or Pay Pal. Participants also may print the completion verification and pay the fee from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the health department. For information, call the health department at (304) 564-3343.

St. Thomas holding dinner

WEIRTON – St. Thomas Episcopal Church will hold a dinner from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the church located on Three Springs Drive.

Dinner includes an open-face meatloaf sandwich, French fries, vegetable and coffee and tea. The cost is $6.50. Soda or bottled water is $1 and dessert is 50 cents.

For information, call (304) 723-4120.

Lions Club holding book sale

CHESTER – The Chester Lions Club is holding a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 7-8 at the Chester City Park.

Novels, crafts, cookbooks, military history books, outdoor sports books, children’s books, puzzles and movies will be for sale. Proceeds will benefit the Lions Club programs.

For information, call (304) 387-0426.

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Greater Weirton Area Senior

Center to hold dance Thursday

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a dance featuring the Not Half Bad Band Thursday.

The doors open at 5 p.m., and the dance will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $5.

For information on the Greater Weirton Senior Center and to receive a monthly newsletter please call (304) 748-3490.

Church holding chicken dinner

WHEELING – The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church’s Holy Name Society will hold a chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2 in the handicapped-accessible church hall.

The meal includes chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cole slaw and dessert. The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. Carry-out is available.

For information, call (304) 232-1777.

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McDonald Youth Ministries to

hold annual spaghetti dinner

MCDONALD, Pa. – The McDonald Youth Ministries will hold their annual spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the McDonald Presbyterian Church’s Trinity Building.

The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under and children 2 and under free.

The event also will include a prize drawing and a drawing for two tickets to the March 11 Pittsburgh Penguins game and a $75 gas card.

For information, call (724) 926-8561 or visit www.mcdonalgpres.org.

Shrine Club holding breakfast

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Steubenville Shrine Club will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. April 5 at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar located at 389 John Scott Memorial Highway.

Tickets are available for a donation of $5. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Nick Vandine at (740) 497-7398 or at the door.

Class of ’59 seeks classmates

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1959 is finalizing plans for the 55th reunion to be held July 18-19 at the Serbian American Cultural Center located at 1000 Colliers Way.

The following classmates are still sought: Mary Reed Chafin, Harold McKinley, Loretta Fullum Checca, Jean Blanton Mick, Linda Clawson, Dave Monseau, Nancy Crow, Jim Nicholas, Donald Joe Hawkins, Arthur Plance, David Henthorn, Toni Burns Reeves, Raymond Holtzapel, Heather Hartley Seders, William Jones, Sandralee Swiger, Dorothy Sosak King, Thomas Toutsi, Robert Lawyer, Willie Mae Turner, David Louder, Virginia Lellie Yachini, June Mayle and Judith Vincenti McDermott. If anyone has information on these classmates, call Karen McAbee Tate at (304) 564-5234 or Edith Harless Barber at (304) 723-0761.

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 www.wveitc.com.

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Greater Weirton Area Senior

Center holding rummage sale

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a mini rummage sale from 9 a.m. until closing through Friday.

Madonna holding open house

WEIRTON – Madonna High School will hold the spring open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the high school located at 150 Michael Way.

Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students and their parents are invited to attend, tour the school and learn about available academic, athletic and extracurricular programs. Those attending will observe demonstrations, participate in hands-on activities and talk with faculty, staff and students.

Trigonometry students will demonstrate their mousetrap cars, and the calculus class will demonstrate and discuss their research projects. An “open studio” will be organized and students will conduct art lessons they have learned throughout the year. The biology lab will have displays, including live animals as well as information about class activities. An interactive history quiz on the U.S. Presidents will be conducted. Coaches and athletes will discuss the various athletic programs at Madonna High School, and club moderators and members will be available to discuss clubs and organizations.

Eighth-grade students also are invited to the eighth-grade visitation Wednesday. Visiting students will attend mass, visit classrooms and have lunch. Those interested can contact the school at (304) 723-0545.

Class of 1959 to hold meeting

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

All classmates are urged to attend to plan their 55th class reunion. For more information contact Edith Harless Barber at (304) 723-0761.

Church holding Black History Songfest

WEIRTON – St. Peter AME Church welcomes local residents to attend a Black History Songfest beginning at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the church located at 1053 County Road. Black history will be explored through song and presentation.

Cheerleaders holding signups

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steelers Cheerleaders will hold sign-ups 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.

The cost is $20 and includes a camp T-shirt.

For information, visit the website at www.leaguelineup.com/weirtonsteelerscheerleaderswsc or email weirtonsteelerscheerleaders@yahoo.com.

St. John holding pancake breakfast

AVELLA, Pa. – The St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church’s Altar Society will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast March 2 at the church hall located at 176 Cross Creek Road. The cost is $6 for adults and $2 for children. Take-out is available.

Class of 1964 holding meeting

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – The Steubenville Catholic Central Class of 1964 will hold a meeting concerning their upcoming 50th Reunion at 7 p.m. March 18 at Lancelot’s Restaurant.

Classmates will discuss the June 13 golf outing, June 13 get-together and June 14 dinner and dance. All events will be held at the Steubenville Country Club.

All those interested are invited to attend the meeting. For information, contact Pat Wells at (740) 537-3982 or p-t-wells@yahoo.com.

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Ohio Valley Depression Bipolar Group will meet Wednesday

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

The group meets the first, second and fifth Wednesdays of each month.

It is a peer-led group with a facilitator, and speaking is up to the individual participants.

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

Church holding ham dinner

WEIRTON – St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Three Springs Drive will hold a ham dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

The cost is $8 for adults for the meal, which includes ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, bread, butter and coffee. Dessert will be available for 50 cents and bottled water or pop for $1 each.

Elks Lodge holding events

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 will hold their monthly pasta dinner Sunday and a wine-tasting event Feb. 22 at the lodge located on Main Street in downtown.

The pasta dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The meal includes pasta, salad, bread and butter, dessert and 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.

The wine-tasting event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the Tri-State Winemakers has donated the wines. Tickets are $12 in advance and $13 at the door. The cost includes finger foods and a wine glass. For information or to purchase tickets, call (304) 748-0565.

Proceeds benefit the Weirton Elks’ community service efforts.

Pot luck luncheon scheduled

PARIS, Pa. – A pot luck luncheon for women in their 40s and 50s who grew up in Paris, Pa., will be held at 11:30 a.m. March 1 at the Paris Presbyterian Church’s The Gathering Place Coffee Shop located on Steubenville Pike.

Sandwiches will be provided, and those attending are asked to bring a covered dish to share.

Free shoe-fittings offered

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

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

St. Thomas schedules breakfast

WEIRTON – St. Thomas Episcopal Church will hold a Shrove Tuesday Breakfast from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4 at the church located at Three Springs Drive and St. Thomas Drive.

The meal includes unlimited French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, coffee and tea.

The cost is $6 per person.

For information, call (304) 723-4120.

Christian artists to perform

WELLSBURG – Compassion International will present the Morning Rises Tour at 7 p.m. April 11 at the Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church located at 1340 Washington Pike.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

The concert will feature contemporary Christian recording artists Aaron Shust, Mikeschair, Johnny Diaz and Lauren Daigle.

Tickets are available from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 17-21 and Feb. 24-28 at the church. General admission is $20 and VIP is $40 and includes seating in the center first four rows, VIP parking and a question-and-answer session with the artists at 5:30 p.m.

Church taking gnocchi orders

MARTINS FERRY, Ohio – St. Mary Church will be taking orders for “Grandma’s Homemade Gnocchi” with pick-up from 10 a.m. to noon April 12 at the St. Mary School auditorium located at 24 N. Fourth St.

The cost is $5 per pound. To place an order, call (740) 633-3877 before March 29.

Class of ’59 seeks classmates

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1959 is finalizing plans for the 55th reunion to be held July 18-19 at the Serbian American Cultural Center located at 1000 Colliers Way.

The following classmates are still sought: Mary Reed Chafin, Harold McKinley, Loretta Fullum Checca, Jean Blanton Mick, Linda Clawson, Dave Monseau, Nancy Crow, Jim Nicholas, Donald Joe Hawkins, Arthur Plance, David Henthorn, Toni Burns Reeves, Raymond Holtzapel, Heather Hartley Seders, William Jones, Sandralee Swiger, Dorothy Sosak King, Thomas Toutsi, Robert Lawyer, Willie Mae Turner, David Louder, Virginia Lellie Yachini, June Mayle and Judith Vincenti McDermott.

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Weirton Shriners holding

pancake breakfast Saturday

WEIRTON – The Weirton Shriners will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Northern Panhandle Shrine Club, located at the end of Cove Road, adjacent to the State Highway Garage.

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

The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12 and free for children under 6.

Bow shoot benefits local family

WEIRTON – Alexander Archery will hold a benefit bow shoot from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the business located at 3105 Main St.

The shooting range will be open, and the event will include food, drawings and a Chinese auction.

The proceeds will benefit Hancock County Deputy Doug Wad and his family, who lost all their belongings and home in a fire.

Student council raising funds

WEIRTON – The Weir High School student council has organized a celebrity server night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Weirton Undo’s restaurant.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Weinberg Theatre at the high school.

Crochet group seeks members

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

The group is open to adults at all levels of sewing skill. Help will be available to those who need it.

Participants should bring their own supplies and projects.

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

Senior center to hold dance

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a dance, featuring music by Not 1/2 Bad, Feb. 20.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. A $5 donation is requested. In the event of inclement weather, the dance will be canceled and rescheduled.

For information, call (304) 748-3490.

Sci-fi film showing at library

WELLSBURG – The PG-13-rated science fiction film “Ender’s Game,” based on books by Orson Scott Card and starring Harrison Ford, will be shown at 5 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Brooke County Public Library.

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

Church to hold ham dinner

WEIRTON – St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Three Springs Drive will hold a ham dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children for the meal, which includes ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, bread, butter and coffee. Dessert will be available for 50 cents and bottled water or pop for $1 each.

Preschool accepting registration

WEIRTON – Marland Heights Preschool is accepting fall registration for 3- and 4-years-olds.

Space is limited.

Call (304) 748-4897 or (304) 914-6676.

Community Briefs

A Child’s Place CASA holding

drawing to celebrate 14 years

BETHANY – A Child’s Place Court-Appointed Special Advocate celebrated its 14th anniversary Monday.

The organization has served 496 children in Brooke and Hancock counties. Volunteers have donated 17,638 hours and driven 30,518 miles.

Instead of holding an open house, CASA will hold a drawing for an overnight stay at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Weirton. Those making a donation of $14 or more to the agency by Friday will be entered.

Friends to host Hank Vincent

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host Hank Vincent and The 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 has covered-dish dinners and open mic nights every Monday and Friday. The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m. and open mic begins at 6 p.m.

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

All proceeds go to charity.

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

Ministry holding event

WEIRTON – The Teens Teaching Truth ministry welcomes area residents for food, games, worship and learning from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church located at 121 Ivy St.

Post hosting benefit dance

CHESTER – The American Legion Post 121 will hold a benefit sweetheart dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 15 at the post located at 404 Carolina Ave.

Uptown Saturday Night will perform. It is open to those 21 and older. Tickets are $10.

All proceeds will benefit the Butcher, Rice and Snow families, whose children were killed in an automobile accident Jan. 18.

Food handling class set

WEIRTON – The Hancock County Health Department will hold a food handler class at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Sacred Heart of Mary Church located at 200 Preston Ave., on Weirton Heights.

The class is open to the public. Any person involved in food service in Hancock and Brooke counties is required to possess a current food handler card. The class is for volunteers as well as those employed in the food service industry.

Food handler cards are free to volunteers working for a nonprofit organization. For those employed in food establishments, the cost is $7 for a one-year card, $12 for a two-year card, and $17 for a three-year card.

Food Handler training may also be obtained by taking an on-line class by going to www.HancockCountyHealthDepartment.com to take the class.

Payment for the online class may be made by using a credit card or Pay Pal. Participants also may print the completion verification and pay the fee from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the health department.

For information, call the health department at (304) 564-3343.

St. Thomas holding dinner

WEIRTON – St. Thomas Episcopal Church will hold a dinner from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the church located on Three Springs Drive.

Dinner includes an open-face meatloaf sandwich, French fries, vegetable and coffee and tea. The cost is $6.50. Soda or bottled water is $1 and dessert is 50 cents.

For information, call (304) 723-4120.

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, including Styro Art, 31, Origami Owl, Tupperware, Pink Zebra, Susani Gifts, Sugar and Spice Hairbows, Dove Chocolates, Mary Kay, It Works, In a Pikle, Perfectly Posh, Scarlet Scarves, Wreaths by Mary and Trunk of Tricks.

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

Community Briefs

Moose to host ‘Legends of music’ Feb. 22

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.

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.

Steelers 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 leaguelineup.com/weirtonsteelercheerleaderswsc or email weirtonsteelerscheerleaders@yahoo.com.

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.

Democrats dinner scheduled

MARIETTA, Ohio – The Marietta College Democrats will hold the first Mid-Ohio Valley Democratic Dinner at 5 p.m. March 28 at the Marietta Comfort Inn.

Cocktails begin at 5 p.m., with dinner and the program immediately following.

Ed FitzGerald, Ohio gubernatorial candidate; John Patrick Carney, Ohio auditor of state candidate; Ohio Sen. Lou Gentile; Jennifer Garrison, West Virginia U.S. House of Representatives candidate, will speak.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Democratic Dinner is the largest annual dinner sponsored by College Democrats in both Ohio and West Virginia. The dinner is rotated between Marietta and Parkersburg to unite Democrats on both sides of the Ohio River. The College Democrats’ mission is to register and inform voters; aid local, state and national candidates in the Democratic Party in political races; and build solutions through the principles and ideals of the Democratic Party.

For information, contact Marietta College Democrats President Taylor Myers at (740) 213-6028.

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.

Community Briefs

Weirton Baseball Association set to meet Sunday

WEIRTON – The Weirton Baseball Association will hold its monthly board meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Hall.

All are welcome to attend.

Society holding meeting

ELDERSVILLE, Pa. – The Jefferson Township Historical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at the White Church located at 12 Fire Road.

Thurman and Peggy Yost will be the guest speakers. Thurman Yost will talk about making stained glass, including the methods used to make a window. He also will bring examples of three-dimensional stained glass artworks.

Peggy Yost will speak about oil painting and water color painting and the differences therein. She also will explain special effects techniques in water color painting and show examples.

A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation and refreshments will be served.

Library hosting murder mystery

BURGETTSTOWN – 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

Lunch and Learn looks at new

equivalency diploma test

WEIRTON – David DeFelice, J.D. Rockefeller Career Center adult basic education instructor, will present information on the new West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma from noon to 1:30 p.m. today at the Mary H. Weir Public Library located at 3442 Main St.

Those interested in learning about the exam, which replaces the General Equivalency Diploma, are welcome to attend the Lunch and Learn program. A light lunch will be provided for those who attend.

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

CWU meeting canceled

WEIRTON – The Church Women United meeting scheduled for Friday has been canceled.

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 Sunday through Feb. 15.

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.

Library to screen film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the PG-13-rated film “Captain Phillips” at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The film is based on the true story of Capt. Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

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

Church to hold sandwich sale

WELLSBURG – Christ Episcopal Church will be selling roast beef sandwich lunches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 13 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.

Story hour has snowman theme

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be holding a snowman-themed evening storytime with Kim Harless at 5:30 p.m. Feb.13.

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

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. Feb. 15.

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

Local author holding book signing

WEIRTON – Hoy Van Horn, Weirton resident and author, will be signing copies of his book, “Zeppy Riley,” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library located at 3442 Main St.

The story follows a group of nuclear power plant employees as they remove government modules from the plant and prepare to negotiate with the governor and president for their return.

Church holding ham dinner

WEIRTON – St. Thomas Episcopal Church will hold a ham dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the church located on Three Springs Drive.

Dinner includes ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce and bread and butter and coffee and tea. The cost is $8. Soda or bottled water is available for $1 and dessert is 50 cents.

For information, call (304) 723-4120.

Elks holding wine-tasting

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

Wines will be donated by the Tri-State Winemakers. Tickets are $12 in advance or $13 at the door and including finger foods and a wine glass.

Proceeds benefit the Weirton Elks’ community service efforts.

For information or to purchase tickets, call (304) 748-0565.

Mended Hearts

to meet Monday

WHEELING – The Mended Hearts Greater Wheeling Chapter 280 will meet Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. at Generations Restaurant and Pub located at 336 National Road.

Guest speaker Dawn Noble will give a presentation on “How Bitterness and Unforgiveness can Affect our Health.” For information, contact Mary Maguire at (304) 280-5221.

‘Fireproof’ at

local church

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) located at 220 N. Fourth St.will offer a free movie night at 6 p.m. Saturday, showing “Fireproof.”According to a promotional flyer, studies show that 50 percent of people will be divoerced at least once in their lifetime. Child care will be provided. For information, call the church at (740) 282-7542 or visit the website at www.fccsteubenville. org.

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.

Community Briefs

Hank Vincent and The Stone

Street Station to perform

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a dance Thursday, featuring Hank Vincent and The Stone Street Station.

Doors open at 5 p.m. The cost is $5.

Lincoln-Douglass banquet planned

WEIRTON – The Morning Star Baptist Church will hold the 69th annual Lincoln-Douglass Scholarship Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday 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.

Worldview lecture series continues

WEIRTON – The Worldview Lecture Series will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church located at 121 Ivy St.

The topic will be archeology, including manuscript and archeological evidence for the Bible.

Registration will be held and refreshments offered beginning at 8 a.m.

For information, call (304) 374-6856, email worldviewscholarship@yahoo.com or visit facebook.com/worldviewscholarships.

West Virginia Saves Week announced

West Virginia Saves Week will be held Feb. 24 through March 1. It is an opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and for individuals to assess their own saving status.

Each February, nonprofits, employers, schools, financial institutions and government organizations come together and develop partnerships to encourage people to save automatically and when they receive tax rebates.

Partners also work to help their employees, clients and constituents establish savings accounts, save and invest and improve their overall financial well-being.

For information or to join the state-wide movement, contact Lisa Werner at (304) 234-9221 or werner@wesbanco.com or follow West Virginia Saves on Facebook.

Community Briefs

Weir High cheerleaders to hold server night

WEIRTON – The Weir High School cheerleaders will hold a celebrity server fundraising event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Undo’s at the Holiday Inn – Weirton located on Three Springs Drive.

Cup of Life to hold coffee house

WEIRTON – Cup of Life Ministries will hold the monthly Christian women’s coffee house Friday at the Marland Heights Community Church located at 3900 Bright Way.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with complimentary sandwiches, beverages and desserts. Worship music leaders Judi Baldwin and Angel Pevich will lead the women’s worship service at 7 p.m., followed by Bible teacher Tina Schoolcraft.

There will be free babysitting for children aged pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.

Church holding community dinner

WELLSBURG – The First Presbyterian Church of Wellsburg will hold a free community dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the church located at 901 Charles St.

The public is invited.

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.

Community Briefs

Depression support group to

meet Wednesday in Wheeling

WHEELING – The Ohio Valley Depression and Support Group will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 19 at the Wheeling Jesuit University’s Whalen Hall.

The peer-led group has a facilitator and leaves participation up to those attending. The group meets the first, second and fifth Wednesdays in a month.

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

Worldview series continues

WEIRTON – The Worldview Lecture Series will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church located at 121 Ivy St.

The topic will be archeology, including manuscript and archeological evidence for the Bible.

Registration will be held and refreshments offered beginning at 8 a.m.

For information, call (304) 374-6856, email worldviewscholarship@yahoo.com or visit facebook.com/worldviewscholarships.

Church plans ‘singspiration’

BRIDGEPORT, Ohio – The Shiloh Temple Apostolic Church’s Christian Women Missionary will hold a Winter Singspiration with the theme “Jesus, Our First Love” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the church located at 117 First St.

Refreshments will be served following the program. All are welcome. For information, contact Sister Stephanie Smith at (740) 579-1029.

Elder Tyron Spencer is the pastor.

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.

Four Seasons meets

WEIRTON – The Four Seasons Senior Citizens held their monthly meeting Jan. 15 at the Serbian American Cultural Center.

President Norma Yoho presided.

After dinner, members heard a presentation from a representative of Weirton Medical Center on heart disease. Members acknowledged the January birthdays of Chris Gillette and Tom Maxwell and Pat and Dino Rossi’s 67th anniversary.

Bev DiBaise and Tom Maxwell won the 50/50 drawing. Boyd Barker, Bob Thornburg, Barb Libengood, Jane Barney and Carolyn Shaffer also won prizes. Chuck Rupani won the free dinner.

After the meeting, members played cards and bingo.

Gerace does

community project

ERIE, Pa. – During Mercyhurst University’s inaugural J-term, a three-week term between fall and spring semesters, students enrolled in the public health course medical-legal partnerships volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank and also competed in a weeklong donation drive.

Michaela Gerace of Burgettstown was one of 18 students who helped pack more than 350 “Blizzard Boxes” and 150 backpack meals to help with food insecurity at the food bank.

In addition, students competed in a seven-day donation drive where they collected approximately 550 pairs of socks, 165 towels, 84 washcloths and 31 hand towels for the transitionally homeless population.

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 www.wveitc.com.

WBA continues

registrations

WEIRTON – The Weirton Baseball Association will register players from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Millsop Community Center located on Main Street. Registration is $70 per player and $140 maximum per family.