Around the Valley

Food distribution

to be held

WEIRTON – The First Christian Church will hold a food distribution from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday and March 27 at the church located at 3252 Main St.

The food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until all groceries have been distributed.

Personal hygiene times, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes also will be distributed.

For information, call the church offices at (304) 797-7300 from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

St. Nicholas

taking orders

WEIRTON – St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is taking orders for frozen cheese and potato pierogies.

Order pick-up will be held from noon to 2 p.m. March 28 at the church, located at 604 Colliers Way, across from the Weirton Medical Center.

To place an order, call (304) 527-1319.

Trash, treasure

sale set

WEIRTON – The Mercy Baptist Church women will hold the annual trash and treasure sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 at the R.J. Bush Center, behind the church located at 3474 Pennsylvania Ave.

A variety of items will be available, and the group also will hold a bake sale and be selling cookbooks.

The food court will be open, and both eat-in and take-out will be available.

Pirates make

donation to Elks

WEIRTON – The Pittsburgh Pirates donated a gift bag to Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 for the Feb. 22 wine-tasting’s Chinese auction.

Karen Gallagher, who works in the Pirates’ accounting department, obtained the bag with two tickets, an autographed photo and a T-shirt and gave it to her brother, Elks Tiler Pat “Fish” Finnegan.

Historical society

to hold plant sale

ELDERSVILLE – The Jefferson Township Historical Society will hold a plant sale May 10 at the White Church located at 12 Fire Road, across from the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Upcoming events include:

May 24, bake sale at the Weirton Wal-Mart;

June 27-28, yard sale at the White Church.

For information, call (304) 748-6376.

Around the Valley

Free group offered to parents

WEIRTON – The Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network has formed Group Connection, a monthly group for parents of infants and children up to 6 years old that meets for a free dinner, guest speaker and crafts and other activities for the children.

Each child receives a free book, and parents receive information about various topics at the meetings, which are held at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the FRN office at 371 New York Blvd.

At this week’s meeting Jenny Arnold, a Brooke County West Virginia University Extension agent, will discuss “Enjoying the Taste of Eating Right.”

Church holding

revival services

WEIRTON – The Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist church is inviting residents to “March to Church in March.”

Those who don’t have a church are welcome to join parishioners for morning worship services at 10 a.m. Sundays at the church located at 121 Ivy St.

Special services are planned for March, including a talent show at 6 p.m. Saturday and a “Celebrate Spring” revival at 7 p.m. March 21-22 and 10 a.m. March 23. The Rev. Donald Dague of First Baptist Church will be the speaker March 21, Youth Pastor Jonathan Stokes will be the speaker March 22 and the Rev. William Stout will be the speaker March 23. There will be a prayer walk at 10 a.m. March 22, and the annual gospel sing Sunday will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 23.

For information, call the church at (304) 723-2571.

Elks holding

dessert challenge

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 will be holding the Delicious Dessert Challenge from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and the pasta dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the lodge located on Main Street in downtown Weirton.

Both members and guests may enter the Delicious Dessert Challenge, and those planning to enter are asked to sign up at the club. There is no fee to enter the challenge. To taste desserts and cast votes for the best dessert costs $3 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.

The pasta dinner on Sunday includes salad, pasta, bread, butter, dessert and coffee or tea. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children age 10 and under.

Church holding

food distribution

WEIRTON – The First Christian Church will hold food distributions from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 20 and 27 at the church located 3252 Main St.

The groceries will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the end of the distribution or all groceries are distributed, whichever comes first. The distribution also will include personal hygiene items, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

Red Cross holding

blood drive

CHESTER – The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. March 21 at Sacred Heart Center located at Fourth and Indiana Avenues.

For information, visit

Church holding

trash, treasure sale

WEIRTON – The Mercy Baptist Church women will hold a trash and treasure sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 in the R.J. Bush Center, directly behind the church located at 3474 Pennsylvania Ave.

Food also will be available for purchase. Eat-in or take-out is available.

Society welcomes

textile expert

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. – The Fort Vance Historical Society will be hosting Bonnie Reese, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum of Rural History curator and textile expert April 12 at the Burgettstown Community Library.

Reese will give the presentation “The Mid-Wife’s Tale,” on the history of midwivery and the ever-present danger of death and complications to pregnant and laboring women and infants on the American frontier based on the book, “Diary of a Midwife.” She also will speak about the McNary sampler, a recent acquisition by the historical society.

The sampler was donated to the society by the Forrest Kuhn family of Louisville, Ky. It was created more than 150 years ago, using cross-stitching on paper, explained Debbie Vraninin, society volunteer.

The sampler was created to memorialize James and Jane R. McNary’s three children, a daughter who died in early childhood and two infant sons, and include the children’s’ obituaries and three locks of hair.

Two of the children died within days of one another of scarlet fever and the third died at two days old of an unspecified cause. The family lived in Smith Township.

The sampler also will be on display during the event.

For information, call the library at (724) 947-9780.

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Avella holding


AVELLA – The Avella Area School District will hold kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year Thursday and March 14 at the Avella Elementary Center located at 1000 Avella Road.

For a child to be eligible, they must be 5 years old by Aug. 31.

During registration, children will be assessed for developmental screening, reading placement screening, speech and vision. Children also will meet with a kindergarten teacher. The registration process takes approximately one-and-a-half to two hours.

Registration is by appointment only. Registration forms may be picked up at the elementary office prior to the appointment. Make an appointment by calling the office at (724) 356-2294.

The following must be brought to registration: a birth certificate issued by the Bureau of Vital Statistics – hospital certificates will not be accepted; completed health history form; proof of residency, such as a tax bill, rent receipt or current utility bill; general information form; and language survey. Current immunization records must be provided and include at least four doses of DTP vaccine; three doses of polio vaccine; two doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine; three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine; and either proof of chicken pox vaccine or history of disease.

Those new to the district are asked to register with the township in which they reside.

Any parent requesting specific restriction regarding custody or guardian issues must present an official court order defining the restrictions.

United Way hosting


WEIRTON – The Weirton United Way will host a “Taking It to the Hoop” three-on-three basketball tournament March 29-30 at Weir High School’s gymnasium.

Male and female teams from ages 8 to 65 will be accepted. There is a $60 team registration fee. Those registering by March 20 receive a T-shirt. Teams must register in advance to participate. For information, call (304) 748-7213 or contact Michael Hagg at 304-374-4252 or

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Sacred Heart

holds dinners

WEIRTON – Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten Season.

For members of a local church, attendance at the 8:30 a.m. Mass and Distribution of Ashes is followed by a long day in the kitchen. For many years, the Sacred Heart of Mary Church’s Holy Family Guild has led the parish in preparing and serving Lenten dinners. The group is led by Theresa Dorich and Betty Fiedorczyk. Many of the volunteers remain active well into their 80s and beyond.

Food preparation began in January, with a group of volunteers appearing every Sunday afternoon to peel and cook potatoes. On Monday mornings, the church kitchen opened early to accommodate an assembly line of parishioners who worked to make and freeze pierogi. On Fat Tuesday, cabbage was chopped and onions were browned, as a group of workers make haluski. The final preparations were made well into Tuesday night as dough was kneaded and homemade bread is baked.

Today, these volunteers will spend their day in the kitchen because there will be fish to fry and dinners to serve. People come together and work for the benefit of their parish and to provide a place for the community to come together and enjoy a “home-cooked meal.”

Lenten dinners will be served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday during Lent, except during Holy Week, at the parish dining hall located at 200 Preston Ave.

The menu includes baked and fried fish, shrimp, haluski, pierogi, macaroni and cheese, French fries, cole slaw, desserts and homemade bread.

Weir High Class

of ’57 to meet

WEIRTON – The Weir High School Class of 1957 will have their class social at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Three Springs Drive Eat’n Park.

St. Thomas holds

fish fries

WEIRTON – St Thomas Episcopal Church will hold fish fries every Friday during Lent, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Friday and continuing until Good Friday, April 18, at the church located on Three Springs and St. Thomas drives.

Eat-in and take-out will be available. The cost is $8. Homemade desserts will be available for purchase.

For information, call (304) 723-4120.


set to meet

WEIRTON – Weirton Steel Basic Oxygen Plant employees hold a breakfast at 9 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Three Springs Drive Eat’n Park.

All are welcome.

Church to sell lunches

WELLSBURG – Christ Episcopal Church, at 1014 Main St., will hold its monthly roast beef sandwich lunch sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13.

The cost is $6.40 for the lunches, which include sandwich, chips, beverage and a slice of peanut butter sheet cake. Individual sandwiches are available for $4.50.

Take-out and delivery, to local businesses and shut-ins, is available by calling (304) 737-3432 after 8:30 a.m. that day.

Library to show films

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing two films next week.

“Gravity,” rated PG-13, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, will be shown March 14 at 1 p.m. and “Thor: The Dark World,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 5 p.m. March 13.

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