Community news from around the area
Brooke Library, Follansbee
branch library start next
reopening phase Wednesday
WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library and its Follansbee branch are expected to enter the next phase of their reopening plan beginning Wednesday.
Plans call for patrons to be allowed to browse shelves provided they wear masks and use gloves or hand sanitizer. Patrons may still order items for pickup by calling (304) 737-1551 or (304) 527-9860 or visiting http://nwvlc.clark.lib.wv.us.
The library’s programs, including those in the ongoing summer reading program, will continue to be offered online. To access them, visit https://bcplvirtual.weebly.com.
Access to the library’s computers will be limited to ensure safe distancing, and gatherings booked for the libraries’ meeting rooms will be limited to 11 people.
Staff traveling to hot-spot areas for vacations will be required to wear masks for two full weeks following their return and must be tested after five days.
The Wellsburg location will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Follansbee branch will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Torchbearer Omicron Chapter
has Founder’s Day program
MINGO JUNCTION — The Torchbearer Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority met June 15 at the home of Alberta Herrick for the 89th Founder’s Day program and installation of officers.
The events had been postponed from April 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Masks were worn, and social distancing was observed.
The opening ritual was led by Llelia Buffone, and Herrick read the Founder’s Day pledge. Kathy McKenna announced the new theme would be “Sisters by Choice.” Sandy Villamagna reviewed highlights of the 2019-20 year.
McKenna presented gifts to the members as a thank-you gesture. Five members recognized with small gifts for perfect attendance were Buffone, Ina Chidester, Herrick, Nancy Lonetto and McKenna.
Chidester gave the President’s Award to McKenna, who also received the honor of “Woman of the Year.”
Villamagna gave a reading titled “And Then It Is Winter.” Marlene Hamilton led the closing ritual, and Linda Cole said the Beta Sigma Phi grace.
Officers installed for 2020-21 were: President, McKenna; vice president and cultural programs, Buffone; treasurer, Chidester; recording secretary, Villamagna; corresponding secretary and publicity, Hamilton; extension officer, Cole; and Herrick and Lonetto, special projects managers.
Steubenville Saddle Club has
meeting Tuesday, show Sunday
RICHMOND — The Steubenville Saddle Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the club grounds, located at 8675 state Route 152 N., Richmond.
The saddle club will hold the second of its three judged pleasure and contesting shows of the 2020 season on Sunday. The rain-or-shine event begins at 9 a.m. with halter/showmanship classes. Contest classes do not begin before 3 p.m.
The show’s season was to have begun May 17, but that show was canceled because of coronavirus pandemic precautionary restrictions.
The other judged pleasure and contesting show is scheduled for Sept. 13. The July show will be the payback show. The show bills are posted on the club’s Facebook page. Admission is free to the shows, and they are open to the public.
The club grounds also will be the site of two remaining fun series shows. They are set for Aug. 1 and Sept. 26. For those Saturday events, the arena opens at 6 p.m. with classes beginning at 7 p.m., rain or shine.
Stuff the Bus, bowl-a-thon
to benefit Christian center
WEIRTON — The youth bowlers at Holiday Lanes in Weirton will, once again, be helping out other area youth with the fourth-annual Stuff the Bus and bowl-a-thon to benefit the Weirton Christian Center.
Postponed initially because of the pandemic, Stuff the Bus will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Holiday Lanes.
Area residents are invited to stop by and donate various school supplies, paper products, snack items and summer camp needs.
From noon until 2 p.m., a bowl-a-thon and Chinese auction will be held to raise additional funds for the Christian Center.
“We hope the public will come out and support it,” youth bowling league Director Bob Babinchak said, noting the event has raised more than $30,000 in materials and cash donations in its first three years. “The community still has needs.”
Information on the event, along with sponsorship forms for the bowl-a-thon, can be found online at www.holidaylanesweirton.com.