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Bay Six: Wheels 2021 to help kids get a bike, skateboard, scooter

MINGO JUNCTION — Every child should have something to ride on — a bike, a skateboard or a scooter.

Such is the school of thought behind the Bay 6: Wheels 2021 giveaway being organized by The Bay Six Project, 618 Commercial St., Mingo Junction, which is offering information on how children can be recipients and how the public be have a role as the givers.

The Bay Six Project is a nonprofit that, according to its Facebook page, works to build up, to love and to connect with the community through meeting basic needs.

That effort has translated into “providing food, drinks, backpacks and other things like Christmas gifts, to making sure there is a relaxing, safe space for families and individuals to be able to hang out,” explained Bobby Westfall, its founder and president.

“We are always looking to find new ways to help make the lives of those in the community better. We aren’t just a charity, but rather an organization that wants to help instill value in those of our community. That is especially true during an unprecedented time, such as the COVID-19 pandemic that we are currently in the midst of,” he noted.

“One idea that we, along with our partner(s) in this effort, One Love Skate, think does just that is making sure that every kid has as much of a normal childhood as possible, part of that being the ability to get outside and cruise around the neighborhood instead of being cooped up in the house all spring and summer.”

The Bay Six: Wheels 2021 project is focusing on making sure that every kid has something of his or her very own to ride on this year, according to Westfall. “We know that there is just something special that happens when you get a new set of wheels of your own, so our goal is to provide every school-aged student, ages 3 to 18, with a new bike, scooter or skateboard this spring. We also will work to make sure each student has a proper helmet as well.

“Hopefully, we can help make the spring and summer of 2021 memorable for more than just living through a pandemic,” Westfall added.

Here’s the spin on how the “Bay Six: Wheels 2021” will roll.

* There is an online signup period under way at www.thebaysixproject.org through March 10. Pick-up day will be from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Bay Six Project located at 618 Commercial St.

* If you live local to Mingo Junction and your child is in need of a new bicycle, skateboard or scooter, follow the link on www.thebaysixproject.org to fill out the form that collects the information needed, Westfall noted. If you live elsewhere, send an e-mail to baysixwheels@gmail.com to see how the child can be included in the giveaway.

* Companies, churches or organizations interested in partnering with the Bay Six Project by sponsoring a bike, making a donation or getting involved in any way can e-mail thebaysixproject@gmail.com or call (740) 535-6229. Donations can be made on the donations page.

Westfall explained that One Love Skate is a faith-based skateboard organization operating out of Maui, Hawaii. It is run by Josh Margurger and his wife, Nicole, who are friends of Westfall and his wife, Stacy.

“They do a lot in the skate community in different places all over the United States,” Westfall noted. “Their vision is to be a positive presence in the skate community by connecting with, encouraging and sharing the love of God through conversation and skateboarding. They have been monthly supporters of ours since 2016. This is the first project of hopefully many more that we do in partnership with them, especially for the extreme sports, BMX and skateboard community, which is often forgot about, dismissed or neglected in small towns like ours,” Westfall added.

Brilliant Legion having Ash Wednesday fish fry

BRILLIANT — The Brilliant American Legion Post 573, 210 Market St., will be holding a fish fry on Ash Wednesday.

The hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Orders can be called in to (740) 598-3515. There will be limited delivery available.

The menu includes a choice of Coleman’s breaded fish sandwiches, chicken tender basket, shrimp basket and fish nugget basket, all of which can be bought as a dinner. The dinners come with bread, french fries and cole slaw. The full menu can be seen on the post’s Facebook page at the Brilliant American Legion Post 573.

The Legion holds a fish fry every Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pleasant Hill VFD Auxiliary won’t have fish fry this Friday

STEUBENVILLE — Because of a forecast for wintry weather this week, the Pleasant Hill Voluteer Fire Department Auxiliary won’t kick off its weekly Lenten fish fry as planned this Friday at the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department at 3297 state Route 213.

But while this Friday’s fundraiser won’t be held, the weekly Friday fish fries through Lent are planned to get started on Feb. 26.

They will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the carryout-only fundraiser. Orders can be placed ahead by calling (740) 632-9972.

The menu includes a fish, shrimp or chicken tenders dinner that includes french fries and cole slaw, $8; fish portions or fish sandwich, $5; shrimp basket or chicken tenders, $5; sides of fries, macaroni and cheese or haluski, $2; and cole slaw or applesauce, $1.

Urban Thrift having giveaways this week

STEUBENVILLE — The Urban Thrift and Opportunity Center, located at 644 Market St., is hosting its annual Love Our Community event, where everything will be free.

It continues Wednesday and Friday, both days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We’ll still need to limit the number of shoppers in the store, and we’ll need you to take everything with you (no holds), but did we mention, everything will be free?” a post on Urban Thrift’s Facebook page notes.

Inclement weather could impact the giveaway dates.


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