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Cove Presyterian Church plans

community blood drive May 24

WEIRTON — Cove Presbyterian Church in Weirton is hosting a community blood drive as an outreach program to help support area hospitals and patients.

It will be held in the fellowship hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 24 at the church, which is located at 3404 Main St.

Participants must pre-register in order to donate. To do so, visit Vitalant.org and click on the “make appointment” button and search with group code G0010028 Another option is to download the Vitalant-Pittsburgh mobile app to a smartphone or call or call (412) 209-7000 or Rachel Bennett at (412) 736-5506.

No walk-ins will be accepted.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many blood drives have been canceled, resulting in decreased blood donations and supply, according to a news release. One unit of blood can save three lives. Blood is separated into red cells, plasma and platelets.

Weirton Medical Center blood services are provided by Vitalant, formerly the Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh.

“Donations will directly help our community of Weirton as well as other local communities,” the news release adds. Social distancing will be practiced during this event.

To save time, donors can complete their health history questionnaire online on the same day as their donation. Go to Vitalant.org, select donate and then health history questionnaire.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to a fact sheet provided. One in seven people entering a hospital will need blood.

Faith in the Future scheduled

June 3 at Seventh Street Plaza

STEUBENVILLE — Faith in the Future — Ohio Valley has announced its next opportunity to “meet, network and pray for our economic development” has been scheduled for June 3 from noon to 1 p.m.

It will be held at Urban Mission’s Seventh Street Plaza, located at Seventh and Washington streets, Steubenville.

The Rev. Ashley Steele, Urban Mission’s executive director, will host the luncheon and “lead us as well as share with us the exciting developments happening with the Urban Mission and happenings in the Ohio Valley.”

Lunch will be catered, and there will be tents set up and outdoor seating necessary to comply with social distancing rules.

Its Facebook information noted Faith in the Future — Ohio Valley is “the faith community of Jefferson County, concerned for the spiritual and the temporal needs of our community, strives to create a climate for the economic development of our area through prayer, leadership, encouragement and teamwork.”

For reservations, text to (919) 349-2038 or e-mail tmcmanamon@onesourcebenefits.com.

Brooke County Public Library

virtual programs continue

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library’s virtual programs for adults and children continue this week.

Kim Harless, director of educational programs, will present a live story hour, geared for pre-schoolers but open to all youth, at 11 a.m. Wednesday. It’s available through a private Facebook group. For information, e-mail harless@weirtonlib.wv.us.

On Thursday at noon a craft demonstration will be presented via Facebook. It will involve making three-dimensional star decorations using tissue or kite paper, a ruler, pencil, scissors, glue or glue stick and a 3 1/4 by 6 1/4 piece of cardboard or heavy paper.

For information, e-mail bcpl@weirton.lib.wv.us.

On Friday at noon everyone can learn about fly-fishing and experimental dining events at local farms by visiting the Brooke County Public Library and Follansbee Branch Facebook page.

On May 28 at 5 p.m. Library Director Alex Schneider will share a recipe involving five ingredients or less as part of the library’s Book by the Book Recipe Club.

And on May 28 everyone is invited to participate in a discussion of H.G. Welles’ “The Time Machine.” E-mail bcpl@weirton.lib.wv.us for information.

The classic science-fiction novel is among many books that can be downloaded free, using a Brooke County Library card, at https://wvreads.overdrive.com.

Those without library cards can be issued a temporary one by visiting https://airtable.com/shrQx3LZipZZJb48t.


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