Community news from throughout the area
Chapter seeks sponsorships
for Wreaths Across America
WHEELING — On Dec. 14, beginning at noon, the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution once again will be participating in the Wreaths Across America campaign with local sponsors being sought to purchase wreaths that will be placed in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Washington County, Pa.
The origin of Wreaths Across American dates back more than 25 years when Merrill Worcester, the owner of a nursery located in Harrington, Maine, had an overabundance of Christmas wreaths and nothing to do with them. Remembering a trip he had taken as a paperboy to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., he got the idea to donate his excess wreaths to the cemetery as a gesture of remembrance and honor for those men and women who served their country.
Wreaths Across America’s mission remembers the fallen, honors those who serve and teaches children the value of freedom. Its goal is to generate sponsors for wreaths that will be placed on veterans’ graves, according to information provided by Gary W. Timmons of the George Washington Chapter.
The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies was established in 2008 on approximately 300 acres near the Washington and Allegheny county line. It was created to serve the Tri-State Area when a study found that there are in excess of 300,000 veterans in this area, Timmons explained.
Currently, about 16,000 people have been interred since the cemetery opened. All wreaths received by the local chapter will be used there. “This cemetery serves the entire Tri-State Area as a final resting place for veterans, spouses and, in some cases, dependent children,” Timmons explained. Last year 12,100 wreaths were placed at this cemetery.
Wreaths cost $15 each and are tax-deductible. For every two wreaths sponsored, a third is provided free. The deadline to purchase wreaths is Nov. 27. Anyone interested in sponsoring a wreath can make a check payable to Wreaths Across America and send it to Gary W. Timmons, 13 Elm Lane, Wheeling, WV 26003-4905. He also can be contacted at (304) 242-8759.
Unionport plans Veterans Day
program for Monday evening
UNIONPORT — A Veterans Day program will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Wayne Township Community Center.
Pastor Debra Keller will be the featured speaker at the event where all veterans will be honored.
A program will be presented by the Unionport Patriotic Women.
Christmas craft show set
for Saturday in Unionport
UNIONPORT — A Christmas craft show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Wayne Township Community Center in Unionport.
Admission is free. The event will include 17 crafters with food and cookies available for sale.
Proceeds will benefit the upkeep of the center.
Vegetables category winner
a resident of New Manchester
NEW CUMBERLAND — Connie Doughty, the second-place winner in the vegetables category in the second-annual WVU Hancock Brooke County Extension Home Gardening Contest, is a resident of New Manchester. Information provided on her hometown was incorrect.
Steubenville Legion Auxiliary
hosting breakfast Sunday
STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville American Legion Post 33 auxiliary will be hosting a breakfast and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Legion Post, located at 808 N. Fifth St.
Breakfast is $7. The event is open to the public.
Hopedale American Legion
to host steak night Saturday
HOPEDALE — The Hopedale American Legion Post at 48225 Rabbit Road is hosting a steak night on Saturday.
It will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. while steaks last. The cost is $15. Patrons can dine in or get carryout. The phone number is (740) 937-9995. Steak night is held the second of the month at the Legion post.