Community news from around the area
Sycamore Youth Center
classes, signups under way
STEUBENVILLE — Classes and signups are under way at the Sycamore Youth Center, 301 N. Fourth St., for area students in grades one through 12, according to Bobbyjon Bauman, president of the Ohio Valley Youth Network and center director.
The free classes began Monday and run through December.
Mondays and Tuesdays are elementary school only days while Wednesdays through Fridays are for students in grades five through 12.
Transportation will be provided on Monday from East Garfield, Tuesday from West Pugliese, Wells Academy and the McKinley STEM Academy and Wednesday through Friday from Harding Middle School. Students from other schools or who are home-schooled are welcome to attend as well, according to Bauman.
“All 46 after-school classes are free of charge to students,” Bauman explained.
Among the offerings for elementary students are Sonshine Bible Club, art, tumbling, Whiz Kids Math Skills, martial arts, story time, creative art and play class, cooking and Aspire Life Skills Class.
Classes for grades five through 12 include Legacy Project home/auto repair/life skills club for boys; girls Bible club; hip hop class; praise band; Stampin’ Up card/craft class; young entrepreneurs/financial literacy class; chess club for beginners and advanced players; “Life Support” for Teens; tumbling; Connect Youth Ministry; drama/acting; sewing and crocheting; knitting; international dance; tutoring; cooking; Tik Tok video class; board games; guitar lessons; Basketball Shoot Around Club; computer lab; square dance; Dream Big band program; and swing dance.
Students are free to sign up online at www.sycamorecenter.com/classes or turn in a completed form at their local school office.
For information, contact Bauman at (608) 556-3068.
Legion auxiliary having
breakfast, bake sale Sunday
STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville American Legion Post 33 Auxiliary is having a breakfast/bake sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. It is open to the public.
The cost is $7 for sausage patties, scrambled eggs, home fries, pancakes and beverage. The post is located at 808 N. Fifth St., Steubenville.
Brooke Hills Free Methodist
plans Oct. 31 Trunk-n-Treat
WELLSBURG — Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, 1340 Washington Pike, will be hosting its annual Trunk-n-Treat from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 31 at Brooke Hills Park for children up to eighth grade.
In anticipation of having more children, the church welcomes those interested in setting up their own vehicle to distribute treats, asking that they call the church office at (304) 737-0186 to get an assigned spot and have their trunk idea approved. Pre-registration also can be done at www.brookehillsfmc.org/trunk-n-treat.
The church welcomes donations of candy or money for its purchase. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Checks can be made payable to BHFMC and mailed to 1340 Washington Pike, Wellsburg WV 26070.
COVID-19 safety guidelines will be observed.
Starkdale Presbyterian Women hold meeting, hear reports
STEUBENVILLE — The Starkdale Presbyterian Women’s group met Sept. 22 in the fellowship hall for a noon luncheon meeting.
Hostesses were Mary Beth Allan, Carla Colson and Pat Daily. Reports were given by Kathy Kramer, secretary, including acknowledgements of thank-you cards received. Janis Whitaker presented the Bible study on Luke 6:36.
Treasurer Joyce Palmer’s report included an update on donations for the yearly bakeless bake sale campaign. Janet Stukins reported on cards sent.
The meeting included discussions on donations. Prayer partners were revealed and new ones chosen.
The next meeting is Oct. 27. The hostesses will be Ruth Carson and Carol Oklok.
Richmond UMW meets
after six-month hiatus
RICHMOND — The Richmond United Methodist Women met Sept. 24 after a six-month hiatus due to the coronavirus with eight members and two guests attending.
They were Kathy Kuhn and Donna Parsons. Kuhn is a retired deaconess who spoke on becoming a deaconess and being one, meaning being committed to serving God but remaining a lay person. Although she is retired, Kuhn noted she continues to devote much of her time to her church and the UMW.
President Marge Andres opened the business meeting by leading the members in reciting the “Purpose of UMW.” Reports were given by Barbara Grimm and Betty Hout. Joyce Proffitt will lead the October pledge service.
The UMW East Ohio Conference annual celebration on Oct. 23-24 will be a virtual meeting.
Sue Frye will serve as the sunshine card person. Cards were signed for ill and shut-ins. Andres read from the prayer calendar. The mission focus was the Mongolia Learning Center for children with the district focus disaster relief. Members agreed to serve the retired teachers of the Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association in April 2021. Officers will remain the same for the coming year.
Andres read articles from “Responses” by Tara Barnes and closed the meeting with prayer. Sue Frey was the hostess.
Early closing for staff training
WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library will close at 5 p.m. on Oct. 20 and its Follansbee branch will close at 4:45 p.m that day for staff training.
Book club to meet Oct. 29
WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library book club will meet at 5 p.m. Oct. 29 to discuss “The Coast of Chicago” by Stuart Dybek.
Participants will receive the November book at the meeting. The club is free and open to the public.