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Ohio Valley Youth Network

set to meet Thursday

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Valley Youth Network will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday at the Sycamore Youth and Community Center, located at 301 N. Fourth St.

The meeting will feature “three phenomenal guests from Youngstown,” who will share brief presentations on how to change the Valley, according to Bobbyjon Bauman, OVYN president. The guests are Rosella Miranda, Jim Rocchi and Gail Reese.

Miranda is the chief executive officer and co-owner of Alphaport Inc. After graduating from Cleveland State University with a degree in science and mathematics, Miranda co-founded Alphaport in 1999 with her husband, Anthony, an aerospace engineer, by offering afterschool and summer science programs to local city and private schools.

Rocchi is a native of Cadiz, where he resides with his wife and daughter. He is a former educator, coach and administrator at Cadiz High School, Harrison Central High School, St. Clairsville High School and St. Clairsville Elementary School. “After 18 years as an educator, Jim took a leap of faith and left the education realm when he started three businesses,” Bauman noted. “One of his ventures is a school defense device in which he and his partners hold a patent on. Not long after getting his businesses started, a friend connected him with Cara Brook, the CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. Jim fell in love with the thought of helping to create sustainable and lasting endowment in his area of the state, as well as all of the inspiring changes FAO was making in the region,” Bauman added. In October 2016, Rocchi joined FAO’s staff as its Eastern Ohio director of outreach.

Reese is the core leader in SaturateClelveland, the key strategic, Ohio-wide movement to bring the gospel to every home in Ohio. “They are looking to start this in Steubenville,” Bauman noted.

For information, contact Bauman at (608) 556-3068.

Weirton Senior Center hosting

several December events

WEIRTON — The Greater Weirton Senior Center at 3425 Main St. has announced a number of events planned for December.

They include:

Dec. 6: There will be a dance with live music by Sands of Time. Free refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the band plays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Dec. 7: There will be bingo with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Early bird is played at 6 p.m., and regular bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. There will be concessions.

Dec. 15: The annual Christmas dinner-dance will be held with live entertainment by Light Touch. The doors open at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The band plays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and drawings for baskets. The menu will include ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad, biscuit and dessert. Tickets are $12 per person and will be available for purchase the first week of November.

The center’s phone number is (304) 748-3490.

4-H club welcomes all

to evening of caroling

RICHMOND — The Purple Circle 4-H Club invites area residents to ring in the holiday season by joining its members in an evening of Christmas caroling.

It will be held Dec. 8, beginning at 6 p.m. at the village of Richmond gazebo located near the Richmond United Methodist Church.

Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided.

Dinner concert Friday

to feature Jacqueline Shea

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Valley Youth Network and Sycamore Youth Center will be hosting a special Thanksgiving dinner concert at the Sycamore Center, 301 N. Fourth St., beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.

The featured performer will Jacqueline Shea, winner of the 2015 Valley’s Got Talent and 2017 Mingo Idol competition. The cost of the concert and meal will be $25 and will include ham, honey glazed carrots, potatoes and cheesecake. All proceeds will benefit the OVYN/Sycamore Youth Center. “If you have never heard Jacqqueline, you will be blown away by her soaring vocals,” said Bobbyjon Bauman, network president and the center’s program manager. “She sings show tunes, opera, contemporary and sacred music with excellence. We will only have 36 seats available for this concert, and tickets are going fast,” he added. Tickets are available by calling or texting Bauman at (608) 556-3068.

CHANGE Inc. December home buyer education class Offered

WEIRTON — CHANGE Inc. is will hold a home buyer education class later this month to help first-time home buyers.

The class is HUD-approved and can help qualify participants for reduced rates with certain lenders and the Northern Panhandle HOME Consortium’s Down Payment Assistance program.

The next scheduled class will be Dec. 17 at the Ohio County Public Library located at 52 16thSt., Wheeling. The class will guide participants through the process involved with buying a home, including purchase readiness, budgeting and credit issues, shopping for a home; obtaining a mortgage loan, predatory lending and maintaining a home.

The class is free; however, there is a small fee for a credit report, which is mandatory for the class unless participants can supply their own. Attendees are required to complete and submit the class application seven days prior to the class they wish to attend. Only completed applications will be accepted.

To obtain an application, stop by one of the CHANGE Inc. offices or download the application from www.changeinc.org under the “community services” tab.

For those unable to attend the class because of other commitments, CHANGE Inc. also offers an online home buyer education course available to take any time. There is a nominal charge for this convenient online class, but no application is required. Details on how to take the online course can be found at www.changeinc.org under the “Community Services Housing Counseling” tab.

Questions can be directed to the CHANGE Inc. administrative office at (304) 797-7733, the Moundsville outreach office at (304) 845-8269 or the Newell office at (304) 459-4010, or visit the CHANGE, Inc. website at www.changeinc.org.

Gables Care Center to host

free Christmas vendor fair

HOPEDALE — Gables Care Center at 351 Lahm Drive will be hosting a free Christmas vendor fair with a donation of a Chinese auction gift. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 7. To reserve a spot or for information, call Pam Wood at (740) 937-2900.

4-H National Youth Science Day scheduled for Dec. 6

WELLSBURG — Children in grades third through eighth are invited to the 4-H National Youth Science Day set for 5 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Brooke County Library. Those attending will learn computer science.

Registration is required, and space is limited. Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a spot.

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