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Fiber arts show is opening

Saturday at Weirton museum

WEIRTON — The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center is celebrating the intricate art of crochet, quiltmaking and weaving with the Fiber Arts Show, which opens to the public on Saturday from1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“The exhibition will feature the elaborate crochet work of Kelsey Ohler, the beautiful decorative quilts of Lea Shirer and the colorful and richly textured woven work of Carol McFadden, who handspins the yarn in all of her pieces,” explained Savannah Schroll Guz, the museum’s executive director.

The exhibition runs through Oct. 10.

Fiberart refers to fine art whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber and other components, such as fabric or yarn. The term was coined after World War II, when fabric and woven works developed value beyond functionality and came to be appreciated on purely aesthetic grounds. By the 1950s, many craftsmen and artisans rose to prominence for this mode of creative expression, according to Guz.

The term’s use expanded in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly in relationship to the women’s movement. Fiber productions however, have been around for millennia, with the first hand-woven pieces created in the Neolithic period, c. 9000-4000 BCE and the first quilted clothing fashioned in Egypt approximately 5,000 years ago.

Crochet is considerably younger, with the earliest known European examples dating to the 16th century. “More recently, fiber works, such as quilts and woven textiles, have become an inspiring mode of creative expression, and WAMCC is celebrating the amazing works of three of our region’s creatives,” Guz added.

Because of COVID-19 crowd restrictions, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center at 3149 Main St. will be open to the public for the reception but also will be offering a livestream view of the exhibition on its Facebook page.

Additionally, the museum welcomes visitors to come see the exhibition in person Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 10.

The center preserves Weirton’s history and culture for future generations. To learn about upcoming exhibitions and public programs, follow WAMCC on Facebook at “Weirton Area Museum & Cultural Center” or visit the center’s website at www.weirtonareamuseum.com/.

Wonder Woman pancake

maker at stake in card signup

WELLSBURG — In observance of Library Card Signup Month, the Brooke County Public Library and its Follansbee branch will be entering everyone who checks out one or more items each day in September into a drawing for a Wonder Woman pancake maker.

Those who sign up for a free library card this month will receive five additional tickets. Drawings will be held at both locations.

In cooperation with the American Library Association, Wonder Woman is encouraging to obtain library card, which can be a very useful tool to students involved in research and other projects as well as enabling anyone to access a variety of fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, movies and music, including a wide assortment of materials online.

Library cards can be obtained in person at either Brooke County library or online at http://wellsburg.lib.wv.us.

The library also is forgiving fines for overdue materials returned to either location this month. The Fine Amnesty program doesn’t include items that have to be replaced because they were damaged or lost.

Low-cost spay and neuter

clinic taking appointments

STEUBENVILLE — The Brooke County Animal Welfare League will hold their next low-cost spay and neuter clinic/ RASCAL, an acronym for Roaming Animal Sterilization Clinic at Low Cost, on Oct. 3-4 at the Steubenville American Legion Post on 808 N. Fifth St.

“Interested pet owners must call (304) 374-4443 immediately as appointments are limited and required,” a spokesperson noted, adding that there are no walk-ins.

Appointments are not limited to Brooke County residents.

Crew House Museum open

to visitors Sunday afternoon

RICHMOND — The Richmond Community Historical Society will host its final Sunday open house of the summer season on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Crew House Museum, located at 34 W. Main St.

A new attraction included the recently donated collection of more than 150 Richmond Lions Club pins owned by the late Bob Alpino, who was a resident of Richmond, longtime Lions Club member and educator at the former Jefferson Union High School.

Admission to the museum is free, but donations are appreciated.

The museum features a variety of town memorabilia and includes a second floor dedicated to Jefferson Union High School items of interest. Various items are available for purchase, including Richmond memorabilia and T-shirts.

For information, call Phil Judy, group president, at (740) 765-4534.

Old Construction and Mining Equipment Show Sept. 12-13

NEW ATHENS — The 17th-annual Old Construction and Mining Equipment Show will be held Sept. 12 and 13 on state Route 519 (43672 Stumptown Road) between U.S. Route 22 and New Athens.

Antique trucks, construction and mining will be on static display and in operation throughout the weekend. Equipment owned by the Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park, members of the HCRHP, Ohio Valley Chapter of the Historical Construction Equipment Association, Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club Chapter 22 and other organizations will be displayed or in operation, such as draglines, shovels, trucks, crawlers and dozers.

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 13.

The Silver Spade operators cab and bucket are located on the grounds. The Silver Spade operators cab was painted in 2017 to the original colors it was in 1965.

The only times the location is open to the public is during show time and special events.

“The show is a great time to visit the grounds,” a spokesperson noted.

A southern-style barbeque food stand by Two Guys and a Grill will be on location. All antique trucks, construction, crawler and mining (surface or underground) equipment are welcome. Exhibitor camping is available on site.

Admission is $3 per person. State and local health guidelines will be followed.

For information, contact the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Historical Construction Equipment Association at (740) 312-5385 or (330) 618-8032; e-mail to oldironshow@yahoo.com; or see the Facebook page at OCMES.

Brooke Library book club to meet on Sept. 24

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 24 to review “Night at the Fiestas: Stories by Kirstin Valdez Quade,” which can be accessed online at https://wvreads.overdrive.com or by calling (304) 737-1551 ext. 103.

The group will meet in person. While no more than nine may gather together, based on current public health recommendations, others may participate virtually.

Call the above number to learn how.

Participants also will learn the October reading selection for the group, which is open to anyone.

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