Community Briefs

Country Friends set to host

The Eldurays band Saturday

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

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

County 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 Christian friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity.

For information, call (304) 797-1270 or (304) 527-3322 or visit

Service district meeting

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Service District’s April business meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the district office located at 711 Charles St.

Parents invited to group

WEIRTON – Parents of children 6 years old and under and expecting mothers are invited to the next Parents as Teachers program offered by the Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network at 6 p.m. Thursday at the FRN’s office at 371 New York Blvd.

Norm Schwertfeger of the Brooke County West Virginia University Extension Service will show how to make an eco-friendly flowerpot that can be used to grow assorted vegetables and spices.

There also will be a demonstration on making your own baby wipes and a free book and Earth Day coloring bags for children.

Free screening offered

NEW CUMBERLAND – Hancock County Schools will host a free “Child Find Screening” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 11 at the Board of Education Conference Room in the New Cumberland City Building located at 104 N. Court St.

It will include a developmental skill screenings, including thinking, movement, play, self-care, language and behavior. It is open for children aged birth to 5 years old. A school psychologist, educational and early intervention specialist and speech therapist will be in attendance.

Those planning to attend must make an appointment by calling (304) 564-3411, extension 3383.

Beech Bottom cleanup set

BEECH BOTTOM – Beech Bottom residents and others are invited to participate in the village’s annual community cleanup at 10 a.m. April 12.

For information, call Chair Becky Uhlly at (304) 374-5336.

The cleanup is part of a statewide cleanup promoted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Make It Shine program, in which volunteered have collected litter, removed discarded tires, planted flowers and have been involved in other beautification projects.

State officials reported more than 6,000 volunteers collected more than 400,000 pounds of litter and debris and cleaned 340 acres of park and along 114 miles of streams last year.

Beech Bottom has received the West Virginia Make It Shine Award for five consecutive years for its cleanup and other efforts.

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Sales today and tomorrow to

benefit Special Olympics

WEIRTON – Fifteen percent of sales from meals sold at the Weirton Bob Evans restaurant from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Friday will go to Brooke County Special Olympics.

Supporters must present fliers, which can be picked up at the Brooke County Library, Chantal Toning and Tanning, Traubert’s Pharmacy, Unique Design, the Hair Shoppe, Capelli Salon and His Place, all in Wellsburg; Crown of Gold Family Hair Salon and the Brooke County Senior Center, both in Follansbee; and the Beech Bottom Post Office.

Fliers also are available by calling (304) 737-1376.

Lions Club holding fish fry

NEWELL – The Newell Lions Club will hold a fish fry from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the club located at 510 Washington St.

A fish sandwich is $5, a dinner with sandwich, fries and coleslaw is $8 and sides a la carte are $2. Eat-in and carry-out are available.

For information or to place an order, call (304) 387-3413.

Church holding fish fry

WEIRTON – St. Thomas Episcopal church will hold a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Friday during Lent, including Good Friday, at the church located at Three Springs and St. Thomas drives.

A fish sandwich is $6 and a dinner is $8. Desserts will be available for purchase. Eat-in and take-out will be available.

For information, call (304) 723-4120.

WBA holding managers meeting

WEIRTON – The Weirton Baseball Association will hold a team managers meeting at 5 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Hall located on Pennsylvania Avenue.

All team managers are required to attend and will be giving their managers’ packet and meet with their player agent to discuss rules and the upcoming season.

Membership cards will be available for purchase at a cost of $5. Every coach who will be in the dugout must have a membership card. Any coach who doesn’t have a membership card won’t be permitted in the dugout.

The association will hold the regular monthly board meeting immediately following at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Story hours set

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Branch Library will hold story hours for children, ages 2-5, and their caregivers at noon Monday and April 14, 21 and 28.

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

BOP?employees to meet

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steel Basic Oxygen Plant employees breakfast is held 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 be selling roast beef sandwich lunches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10.

The cost is $6.50, which includes chips, beverage and a slice of Texas sheet cake. Individual sandwiches are $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.

Academy holding consignment sale

WEIRTON – The Tri-State Christian Academy will hold the spring consignment sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 10, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 11 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at the R.J. Bush Center, directly behind Mercy Baptist Church located at 3474 Pennsylvania Ave.

April 12 is the half-off day. Items will include children’s clothing, bedding and toys. Junior sizes will be sold, and all items are stain-free and in good condition.

For information, call Dianna Maze at (330) 316-6386 or visit

Historical society to meet

ELDERSVILLE, Pa. – The Jefferson Township Historical Society will meet at 10 a.m. April 12 at the White Church located at 12 Fire Road, across from the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department.

The program will be “Recalling the History of Jefferson Township,” and those attending are invited to share their memories at the audience participation-based program.

The historical society will hold a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 at the White Church located on Fire Road.

The society will have a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 24 at the Weirton Wal-Mart in Weirton.

A yard sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 27-28 at the White Church.

Community Briefs

World Autism Awareness Day today

PITTSBURGH – KDKA-AM will host a call center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today to recognize World Autism Awareness Day.

The number for listeners to call is (412) 353-1135.

The center will be staffed with parents, therapists, psychologists and resource providers coordinated locally through Autism Speaks Pittsburgh. The staff will answer questions and provide resources to listeners seeking information on autism. Hosts will incorporate expert interviews to address the rising numbers of autism cases. Additional information on World Autism Awareness Day and the call center can be found at

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported one in 68 children in the United States fall in the autism spectrum.

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Greater Weirton Area Senior

Center holding dance

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Area Senior Center will hold a dance Thursday with Hank Vincent and the Stone Street Station entertaining.

The doors open at 5 p.m., and the band will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Class of ’57 meeting Thursday

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

All classmates, spouses and friends are welcome.

Moose announces upcoming events

WEIRTON – The Weirton Moose Lodge has announced upcoming events.

They include:

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, fish dinner. Cost is $7.50.

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, children’s Easter party. Sign up in the lodge.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m., April 11, fish dinner. Cost is $7.50.

3 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 12, spaghetti dinner. Proceeds benefit the Victim’s Assistance Board.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26, craft show. Vendors include Pure Romance, Gold Canyon Candles, Crafts by Chrissy, Origami Owl, Manypenny Chocolates and Highland City Woodworks. The event will include a 50/50 drawing, Chinese auction and disc jockey.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 2, stuffed chicken breasts. Cost is $7.50.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 9, roast beef. Cost is $7.

5 p.m. May 16, wing night. Wings are 60 cents each, minimum order of six.

6 p.m. May 24, night at the races. Horses are $10 each. Admission is $10. Those buying three horses get in free.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 30, fish dinner. Cost is $7.50.

The lodge is offering a $1,000 scholarship for children or grandchildren of lodge members or Chapter 746 members. Ask at the lodge for details.

Cup of Life holding coffee house

WEIRTON – Cup of Life Ministries will hold the monthly Christian Women’s Coffee House at 6 p.m. Friday at Marland Heights Community Church located at 3900 Bright Way.

The event begins with complimentary sandwiches, beverages and desserts, followed by worship and music at 7 p.m. and a lesson with Bible teacher Tina Schoolcraft.

Free babysitting will be available for those children in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.

Department holding quarter auction

RICHMOND, Ohio – The Richmond Volunteer Fire Department will host a quarter auction Saturday at the fire hall located on state Route 152.

Doors open at noon, and the auction begins at 1 p.m.

Admission and a paddle is $5 and extra paddles are $2.

The event will include concessions, drawings and a 50/50 drawing. There will be 20 area vendors and crafters participating.

Senior center holding cash bash

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Area Senior Center will hold a bingo cash bash Sunday at the center located at 3425 Main St.

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

There are $1,000 cover-all tickets still available. Tickets are $40.

For information, call (304) 748-3490.

Alumni invited to tour schools

Hancock County Schools invites alumni and the public to tour Broadview, Liberty and Weirton Heights elementary schools from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The three schools will close in June and be demolished in the fall, as the new Weirton Elementary School will open for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Weirton Heights was built in 1925, Liberty in 1939 and Broadview in 1954. The public is invited to walk through the buildings, take pictures, visit their old classroom and bring pictures of their own to share.

Tri-State Writers to meet April 8

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Tri-State Writers Society, led by award-winning local author Karen Majoris Garrison, will meet at 6 p.m. April 8 at the Schiappa Branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County’s conference room located on Mall Drive.

Published and aspiring writers of all genres are welcome.

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