Newview CEOS hears program on history of the County Belles

County Belle Betty Wagner participated in Chester’s July 4 parade. -- Contributed

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Newview Community Educational Outreach Service volunteers met July 11 at the Hancock County Senior Center.

The lesson of the month, presented by Betty Wagner, was on the history of the County Belles and her experience as a Belle at the West Virginia State Folk Festival in Glenville.

After returning from the festival, Wagner made one more appearance as the County Belle, this time in a horse-drawn buggy driven by Betsy Connors during Chester’s July 4 parade.

After the presentation, Janet Keller informed the club she had just been notified their entry had won a $50 prize.

The CEOS expressed gratitude for the assistance of Ainsley Berringer, owner and therapeutic riding instructor at Hilltop Horizons Therapeutic Equestrian Center, for providing a group of volunteers to walk alongside the buggy and provide a safety zone between the horse and the public.

For information on therapeutic riding, visit hilltophorizons.org.

The next CEOS meeting will be held Aug. 1 at the senior center. The public is invited to attend the meeting. The group meets at 11 a.m. for a light lunch followed by the meeting at noon.

There is no cost to attend the meeting, but the normal senior center fee will apply for those interested in having lunch.