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Ohio Valley Chorale spring

concert in April called off

STEUBENVILLE — The coronavirus has silenced a special sound of the season as the Ohio Valley Chorale has called off its spring concert, which was scheduled to be held April 26 at First Westminster Presbyterian Church in Steubenville. Rehearsals are off as well.

A letter sent in recent days to OVC members, patrons and community supporters notes the decision was one not taken lightly.

Signed by Erik R. Waugh, conductor and artistic director, and Amanda J. Abrams, vice president and director of community relations, the letter reads: “The Ohio Valley Chorale attributes its success to the support of our community as well as the dedication of our 70-plus singers. The Ohio Valley Chorale is comprised of musicians from high school age to adulthood, including many retirees. We are very proud to be an organization that brings many generations of people together because of their love of music.

“Our organization takes the safety and well-being of our members and leadership very seriously, as well as that of our families and friends. As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact us all, both locally and globally, we have been monitoring the situation and have paid close attention to the regulations and advice of all federal, state and local government and health officials,” the letter continues.

“With so much uncertainty of how long the restrictions set forth by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the CDC will remain in place and given the potential loss of our remaining rehearsal time, we have decided that the spring 2020 concert will not be possible.”

The “difficult decision” was not made lightly, it notes, with the responsibility to put safety and wellness of members, guest musicians and the audience at the top of the priority list.

“Our planned program of all music we have been preparing for the spring 2020 concert will be moved to spring 2021, following our annual Christmas concert as planned in early December 2020. Please rest assured that all donations are being held in order to fund our Christmas concert for which we are still hoping and planning to have a paid professional full orchestra,” the letter adds.

In order to express gratitude “to our very generous and faithful patrons, we will be posting names of our donors and advertisers on our Facebook page a little at a time at www.facebook.com/chorale. As we will be unable to provide hard copies of programs with advertising to our guests in person at our spring concert of 2020, we will occasionally be posting your ads on our Facebook page this spring,” it notes.

Abrams noted in an e-mail communication to the Herald-Star that, “This was a very difficult decision to arrive at. We knew in the past week or so that we would likely miss two or three weeks of rehearsal, at the very least. However, the CDC is currently recommending the cancellation of gatherings of groups larger than 10, and they had previously said no groups larger than 50 for the next eight weeks, which takes us past the date of our concert. Although we are all greatly saddened that we will not be making music together for a while and sharing our gifts with our community as soon as we would hope, everyone’s health and safety comes first, and we can all agree on that.”

Mingo Presbyterian Church

cancels nut roll sale

MINGO JUNCTION — The First United Presbyterian Church of Mingo Junction has canceled its nut roll sale, that was to have happened April 6.

Woman’s Club of Steubenville

cancels meeting for April 6

STEUBENVILLE — The OFWC-GFWC Woman’s Club of Steubenville has canceled its April 6 meeting that was to have been held at the YWCA of Steubenville. The cancellation is due to coronavirus precautions implemented.

WVU Extension Service faculty and staff working remotely

NEW CUMBERLAND — To ensure the safety of the public and its employees, the Hancock County Office of WVU Extension Service faculty and staff will be working remotely.

“While we may not be working from our brick and mortar office, we are open for business, continuing our work to assist our local community,” a news release notes.

“Please feel free to contact us at (304) 564-3805 as messages will be checked at intervals throughout the day,” the released adds.

Staff also can be reached via e-mail at:

– Extension Agent — carole.scheerbaum@mail.wvu.edu;

– 4-H Youth Development — autumn.moninger@mail.wvu.edu;

– Ag and Natural Resources — elizabeth.bailey@mail.wvu.edu;

– Community and Workforce Development — sue.isner@mail.wvu.edu; and

– Office Administration — becky.wiegers@mail.wvu.edu.

Updates also will be issued through the Facebook page — WVU Hancock County Extension Service.

Information on the coronavirus is available at coronavirus.wvu.edu, “which has a host of information available to the public and is being updated regularly,” according to the release.

Funseekers’ April 1 meeting

in Weirton has been canceled

WEIRTON — The Funseekers next meeting, which was scheduled to be held April 1 at Undo’s in Weirton, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The monthly meetings are canceled until further notice, according to President Judi Gaynor.

Quinn Memorial A.M.E. Church

cancels ‘Celebrating Heritage’

STEUBENVILLE — Quinn Memorial A.M.E. Church, 515 North St., has canceled its “Celebrating Our Heritage” event, which was to have been held on March 27.

The cancellation is due to the coronavirus outbreak. No new date has been scheduled.

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