Community news from around the area
Wreaths Across America plans
mobile education exhibit
WHEELING — Wreaths Across America’s mobile education exhibit will visit Wheeling Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday for “a very special public opportunity to honor America’s veterans.”
Serving as host of the exhibit is the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, which includes local residents and for the last five years has consistently ranked as one of the top groups for wreath sponsorships for the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
The free exhibit tour will be at 1801 National Road (U.S. Route 40) in Wheeling and will offer anyone interested the opportunity to learn about Wreaths Across America, the work being done to honor veterans, what it’s like to deliver 2.5 million wreaths in December and how that effort impacts families all across America.
“The goal of the WAA Education Exhibit is to bring local communities and our military together with education, stories and interactive connections,” notes Gary Timmons, a representative of the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution who will be on hand.
“The goal of the Wreaths Across America mobile education exhibit is to build community awareness and understanding of the organization’s yearlong mission to Remember, Honor, Teach,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “However, in light of the current health crisis, we feel this exhibit has taken on even more meaning by providing the opportunity for people to safely participate in something with safety measures in place that is both educational and fun, while supporting and giving back to the community during this uncertain time.”
Amber Caron, a WAA spokesperson, said, “I’m proud to have the opportunity to mimic the courage and valor of our country’s veterans by forging ahead with this event and offering folks the hope we can still be united for a great cause. I’m also hopeful that families use this as an opportunity to teach community spirit, as well as having significant meaning for so many.”
The event is open to the public with social distancing, sanitation and COVID-19 safety procedures in place to protect the health of all visitors in accordance with the CDC’s recommendation for large gatherings stemming from concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission — Remember, Honor, Teach — is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.
This year’s Wreaths Across America Day is Dec. 19. For information or to sponsor a wreath, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
UMWA Local 1304 to meet
Saturday at Capraro’s
HOPEDALE — The United Mine Workers of America Local 1304 will hold a regular meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Capraro’s Restaurant, Hopedale.
In light of COVID-19 precautions, masks will be required, and safe distancing will be maintained. Masks will be available.
All Art Teachers show being
planned for August at CMA
WINTERSVILLE — The Center of Music and Art, located at 264 Main St., will be hosting an All Art Teachers art show in August.
The show is comprised of artwork from art teachers from 12 local schools. The gallery is located in the basement level of the CMA. The art will be on view to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays in August. Questions can be directed to the center at (740) 264-3111.
In a new twist, the gallery plans to have a closing rather than an opening ceremony for this show, which will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 28.
All attendees will be required to wear masks and respect social distance requirements. No refreshments will be served this year. The gallery requests that all participating artists attend and pick up their artwork at the close of the show. Because of continuing concerns over COVID-19, the schedule is subject to change. Check www.musicandart.com or the CMA’s Facebook page for updates.
Pleasant Hill Auxiliary plans
Aug. 8 community yard sale
STEUBENVILLE — The Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is planning a community yard sale for Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The fire department is located at 3297 state Route 213. Tables are $10 in advance with limited spaces available. For information, call Cathie at (740) 282-0503 or Julie at (740) 632-9972.
Serbian chicken blasts every
Wednesday through Aug. 26
WEIRTON — The Serbian Men’s Club chicken blasts held at the Serbian Picnic Grounds of Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church are continuing each Wednesday through Aug. 26.
Orders must be placed each Wednesday between 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. for the hearth-cooked, slow-roasted poultry by calling (304) 748-9866. They must be picked up by 6 p.m. at the Serbian Picnic Grounds at 36 South Kings Creek Road.
The cost is $8. Open air dining is available.