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Patriot Day candlelight service

on Wednesday in Toronto

TORONTO — Patriot Day will be observed in Toronto with a 9/11 candlelight service beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the gazebo, located at Third and Market streets.

Pastor Tony Foglio will give the invocation, followed by Jefferson County Commissioner Tom Graham singing the national anthem and other selections later in the service.

Graham also will be one of three speakers who also include Toronto Fire Chief Bill Scheel and Clark Crago, director of TEMS.

Mayor John Parker will extend the welcome at the service where musical selections also will be performed by Beth Rupert-Warren and Chelsea Clegg.

The service will include the lighting of candles; the benediction by M/Sgt. Jim Livta; a salute to the dead; and taps by the American Legion Honor Guard.

‘WEIR’ Reading, Pokeman

tournament, LEGO Club set

WEIRTON — Special children’s events are in the works for September at the Mary H. Weir Public Library, located at 3442 Main St.

WEIR Reading Storytime, for example, is a free program that will run for 15 weeks from Monday through Dec. 18, according to Nikki Jagela, children’s program services specialist.

There are three sessions to choose from each week: Mondays at 11 a.m., Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The program is intended for 2- to 5-year-olds, but younger and older siblings and friends are welcome, Jagela said. The storytimes include songs/fingerplays, two stories, music and movement and two crafts/activities.

While there is no fee, it is “strongly recommended” that those wishing to participate register prior to attending to ensure there are enough supplies. All children participating should have their own library cards, which are free for West Virginia residents. Out-of-state library cards are $10 a year for adults and $5 annually for children. Registration forms are available on the children’s department desk. For information, contact Jagela at (304) 797-8510.

A second September event is a video game tournament and movie.

The library and ASAP Youth Council are cosponsoring the Pokemon Showdown tournament in the library’s activity room on Sept. 14 followed by the movie “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu,” rated PG. The tournament begins at 11 a.m. and will allow participants to battle against one another on Pokemon Showdown. Several other gaming systems/games will be available, and participants are welcome to bring their own.

“Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” will begin at 2 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend one or both events. Admission and popcorn are free, and guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and soft drinks. The accessible Walnut Street doors will open at 10:45 a.m. No reservations are necessary.

The Weir Building LEGO Club will hold its first meeting of the fall session at the library from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 17. Children of all ages are welcome, and those under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. There are no fees and no registration requirements. All builders will receive a free Weir Building logo button, and free popcorn and water will be available.

Library schedules variety

of programs and activities

STEUBENVILLE — The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County has announced the following programs and activities scheduled at its various locations, including:

Main Library, (740) 282-9782

Children: Play and Learn the Alphabet, for children ages 2-6, will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday. Children will play with letter-learning toys that will help them with early literacy skills.

Make a craft to take home on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Adults: “Coffee, Doughnuts and a Movie” is Sept. 13, beginning at 10 a.m. Call to find out what’s playing.

Cozy Mystery Book Club will meet for discussion at 2 p.m. on Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. Call to join.

Brilliant Branch, (740) 598-4028

Children: Watch a family movie on Thursday at 5 p.m. Call to find out what’s playing.

Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch, (740) 769-2090

Adults: Make a craft at the library on September 10 at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Call to register and find out what’s being made.

Cookbook Club will meet to sample and discuss recipes at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Children: Babygarten, for parents with children birth to 2, will be at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday. Babygarten is a lapsit program that shares stories and rhymes and helps babies with language development and other early literacy skills.

Schiappa Branch, (740) 264-6166

Adults: Learn how to download e-books, magazines and movies and about library apps for an electronic device with Tech Help on Wednesday from 1-9 p.m. Schedule a 15-minute appointment.

Tiltonsville Branch, (740) 859-5163

Adults: Play a board game or card game for game night for adults on Monday, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Book Club will meet for discussion on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Call to join.

Stop in for “Coffee, Doughnuts and a Movie” on Thursday at 10 a.m.

Children: Watch a movie at the library at noon on Sept. 14. Call to find out what’s playing.

Toronto Branch, (740) 537-1262

Children: Visit the library at 6 p.m. on Tuesday for a reading with a few of the Red Knights football players. Register in advance.

Adults: Book Club will meet for discussion at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Call to join.

Open house, activities set

for Sunday at animal shelter

WINTERSVILLE — The Jefferson County Humane Society and Jefferson County Animal Shelter located at 200 Airpark Drive, Wintersville, will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

A promotional flier lists activities as a blessing of the pets (bring your pet); dog training sessions; food; drawings; rent a walking pal or dog walk; a photo booth; “Stuff the Dog House;” and face painting.

The dog walk invites participants to rent a shelter dog for $10 or walk their own for a $5 donation.

Some activities require pre-registration. For information, call (740) 314-5583.

The humane society’s fall fundraiser will be a “Barks, Beer and Barbecue” to be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Dungeon Hollow Brewing, located at 572 county Road 22A, Bloomingdale.

Tickets are $25 per person and include a pulled pork dinner with sides and dessert. There will be a cash bar, a 50-50 drawing and a Chinese auction. There will be a bonfire and music.

“Friendly, leashed pets” are welcome to attend, according to a spokesperson, who noted, “I love this one because there aren’t many places around our area that allow pets to come with their owners. So this will be an awesome event … but any event with pets is awesome.”

Ohio Valley BPW kicking off

new meeting year Sept. 17

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women will kick off their 2019-20 meeting year on Sept. 17 at the YWCA of Steubenville, located at 320 N. Fourth St.

Member Cookie West will be the guest speaker for the dinner meeting that begins at 5:30 p.m. Members of Steubenville High School’s Nike Club will be guests. The BPW mentors members of the school’s Nike Club.

The dinner cost is $15. To RSVP or for club information, contact Phyllis Riccadonna, president of the Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women’s Club by phone at (740) 317-3868 or by e-mail to phyllis66@aol.com.

“This year is the 100th Anniversary of BPW,” Riccadonna noted. “This is something to celebrate, so join us in the fun and the history.”

The mission of BPW “is to achieve equality of women in the workplace through knowledge, information and advocacy.” Membership in the OVBPW is open to area women interested in joining. Annual dues are $40.

In addition to Riccadonna, officers are Nicole Adamski, vice president; Mary Lou Jones, secretary; and Julie Decker, treasurer.

‘Prayer, Praise, Zumba’ on

Saturdays at War Memorial

STEUBENVILLE — “Prayer, Praise and Zumba” is being offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturdays in September at the Urban Mission Ministries’ War Memorial Building, located 423 North St., according to Tiffany Beckwith, Urban Mission’s community engagement director.

“We will open with a 15-minute devotional series ‘You are Worth It!’ followed by about 40 to 45 minutes of Zumba to positive, uplifting music,” Beckwith explained. For information, contact Beckwith by phone at (910) 389-8747 or by e-mail to tiffany_beckwith@outlook.com.

Foundation to hold fall festival

fundraiser in Hopedale

HOPEDALE — The Eric Watt True Heart Foundation will hold a fall festival fundraiser from noon to 8 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Watts Wares, 412 Mill St., Hopedale.

It will include a car cruise-in from noon to 3 p.m. with DJ Tom “Spikeman” Spiker. A $3 entry fee includes a complimentary dash plate.

The fundraiser will include food and product vendors; silent and Chinese auctions; a 50-50 drawing; nail and face painting; a Jack Daniels barrel drawing; and live music by Jim Moss from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the Eric Watt True Heart Foundation, a nonprofit foundation to help local residents and organizations in need. For information or to register as a vendor, contact Katina Watt at (330) 340-3997 or ewtrueheart@gmail.com.

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