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Freedom Through Recovery

on Wednesdays in Toronto

TORONTO — Freedom Through Recovery is a Christ-centered ministry that is designed “to help set you free from life’s hurts, habits, hang-overs, additions and compulsive behaviors.”

The ministry is held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at Riverview United Methodist Church, 105 N. River Ave., Toronto.

Funseekers make plans for

2020 with events and trips

WEIRTON — President Judi Gaynor presided when the Funseekers met Feb. 5 for a dinner meeting at Undo’s.

Dinner for 74 was served, and entertainment was provided by Rick Pastre.

JoAnne Bugin gave the opening prayer

The treasurer’s and secretary’s reports were read and approved. Gaynor announced the August meeting would be canceled with the group’s picnic being held Aug. 16 at the Follansbee Shelter House.

Karen Krause and Joanne Llewellyn will be the callers for 2020.

Volunteers to purchase door prizes were recruited, and the group voted to make one change in the bylaws.

A Chinese auction item will be added to the April meeting. It will be an Easter themed basket, and members are asked to bring a small item for it. The meeting will include door prizes also.

A report on trips from Regina Truax, tour director, included: March 11, the Meadows Casino; March 14, “Swing! A Musical Dance Spectacular,” Lincoln Park; March 15, “Sound of Music,” Benedum Theatre, Pittsburgh; and April 26, “The Return of Kenny Vance,” Greensburg, Pa. Trips are open to the public. For information, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419.

Roy Phillis and Paula Kransavage were welcomed as new members. Rosemary Bell attended as a guest of Joanne Llewellyn.

February birthdays were acknowledged.

Donna Balzano and Bill Shipe won the 50-50 drawing. Door prize winners were Larry Purks, Charlotte Christian, Karen Krause, Okey Nester, Mary Beth Bowers, Barbara Purks and Jo Ann Mulrooney.

The next meeting will be held March 11 at Scaffidi’s Restaurant in Steubenville.

Master Gardener classes get

started on March 2 in Weirton

NEW CUMBERLAND — Calling all gardeners.

“If you love gardening, why not take the opportunity to learn more and share your horticultural knowledge with your community by becoming a Master Gardener?” suggests Ann Bailey, WVU Extension agriculture and natural resources program assistant.

The West Virginia University Hancock County Extension is accepting applications to take the WVU Hancock County Extension Master Gardener classes that start on March 2.

The classes run for 12 weeks and will be held at the First Christian Church, located at 3252 Main St., Weirton. Classes are on Monday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are taught by WVU agriculture professors and others in the community.

Topics include home garden composting, square-foot gardening, turf management, gardening for life, basic botany, garden animals, herbaceous plants, plant diseases, small fruit trees, plant propagation, pruning, organic gardening and landscape design.

Brooke Library to hold story

hour in memory of supporter

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Library will hold a special story hour at 11 a.m. Feb. 22 in memory of Rita Ramsey, a great supporter of the library.

Children will receive a copy of “A Loud Winter’s Nap,” by Katy Hudson, and participate in crafts and games.

Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

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