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September 17, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

Applefest Pageant to be held

Sept. 30 at Moose Lodge

WELLSBURG - The West Virginia Applefest Pageant, formerly the Wellsburg Applefest Pageant, will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Wellsburg Moose Lodge.

It's open to girls up to 18 years old and boys up to 6 years old and will include a talent competition, high-point overall winner and various age and other categories.

Winners will be crowned by Miss West Virginia on Oct. 6 during the Applefest.

For information, call Shirlie Rogers, the event's coordinator, at (304) 737-2482.

Holy Name holding dinner

WHEELING - Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church's Holy Name Society will hold a spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the church hall located at 4136 Jacob St.

The meal includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and butter, dessert and coffee or tea.

The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. The hall is handicapped accessible, and carry-out is available.

For information, call (304) 232-1777.

History fair upcoming

AVELLA - The 11th annual Avella History Fair will be held, beginning at 8 a.m., Sept. 29 at the Avella Community Center.

There will be several dozen exhibits on the history of the area, including local history, antiques, photos, embroidery, depression glass, books, railroad history, arrowheads, botany and a bocci court.

Donna Jeffrey, Joanne Valenti and Carl Patsche are the coordinators. For information, call (724) 947-2134.

A vintage car display also will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Don Valduga lot, across the street from the community center.

It is the first time a car show has been held in conjunction with the history fair. Gary Powers is the coordinator.

For information, call (724) 587-3900.

The ladies of St. Michael's Catholic Church will provide food at the community center.

An Avella High School reunion for the Classes of 1940 to 1969 will be held that evening at the Avella Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall.

VFW holding dinner

WEIRTON?- The Weirton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2716 will hold their monthly dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 6.

Tickets are available for $7 each, and purchase enters the holder into a $500 drawing.

The meal includes meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, bread and butter and a dessert.

Tickets may be purchased from any member or by calling the post canteen at (304) 748-9674.

Shot protects against pertussis

WEIRTON - The Centers for Disease Control has reported 18,000 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, as of July 20, twice as many as were reported at the same time last year.

Half of those infants under a year old who get whooping cough are hospitalized, one in four will get pneumonia and one to two in 100 infected will die, according to the CDC.

Whooping cough starts like a common cold with a runny nose, congestion, sneezing and a mild cough or fever, but after approximately one to two weeks, severe coughing begins.

It is spread through coughing and sneezing.

"I am a new mother myself, and it is important to know that it is most serious in infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated," said Megan Peitro, Tristate Medical Group pharmacist, who noted the best way to protect against whooping cough is the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, or DTAP vaccine.

"Teens, pregnant women and adults should all receive this booster. The vaccine is extremely accessible. Please protect yourself and your children from whooping cough this year and get vaccinated."

Peitro recommended contacting a doctor or pharmacist about receiving the vaccine.

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