Community news from around the area
Local observances detailed for National Day of Prayer
National Day of Prayer, an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May that invites people of all faiths to pray for the nation, is being observed locally in various communities.
Created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman, National Day of Prayer has as its theme this year is “Lord Pour Out Your Love, Life and Liberty,” taken from 2 Corinthians 3:17.
Here are plans made for the local observances.
WELLSBURG — The Wellsburg Kiwanis Club and Wellsburg United Methodist Church will observe National Day of Prayer with a service at noon Thursday on the Wellsburg Town Square.
The speaker will be the Rev. Steven Htlatky, pastor of Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church.
The Kiwanis club will provide free bagged lunches to those attending.
WEIRTON — In honor of National Day of Prayer, the Weirton Ministerial Association will host a special service at noon on Thursday.
In keeping with tradition, the meeting will take place on the steps of the Weirton Municipal Building at 200 Municipal Plaza, Weirton. A number of pastors from area churches will be participating, and special music will be presented.
Local residents are encouraged to gather together and prayer for the city, state, nation and world.
“This is an opportunity to stand in unity, faith and love as we call on God for strength and hope in these troubled times,” a spokesperon noted. “The public is encouraged to attend and join millions of Americans in a display of unashamed faith.”
TORONTO — The Toronto Ministerial Association will host a 24-hour, National Day of Prayer celebration at the Toronto Gazebo, at North Third and Market streets.
“We would love for you and/or members of your organization to participate in this event designed to bring community churches together, in the name of Jesus, to fellowship, pray and read Scripture from the heart of Toronto,” notes a Facebook post about the observance.
The event will start with opening ceremonies on Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. “Several local churches will be represented by their praise teams, youth and children, giving praise to God through song and worship.”
From 10 p.m. Wednesday until 8 p.m. Thursday, different groups will be gathering each hour, on the hour, to meet, pray and read the Bible.
For information, call (740) 537-3285.
STEUBENVILLE — National Day of Prayer will be observed from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the fountain at Historic Fort Steuben, located at the corner of Market and Third streets.
The observance is a collaborative planning effort involving Bobbyjon Bauman, Nate Freeman and Gary Hallberg.
The event will involve local clergy and city officials.
Church plans bike rodeo for Toronto community children
TORONTO — Crossroads — North River Campus at 207 N. River Ave., Toronto, will host a CrossKids Bike Rodeo for children of the Toronto community on May 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The rain date is June 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The free event is for children up to age 12. Registration ends promptly at noon. The bike rodeo will help children get their bikes road-ready for summer, provide different obstacle courses to go through and offer safety tips.
Training wheels are welcome. Bike rack parking will be available. Free bike helmets will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Food will be provided with gluten-free food offered and food from a peanut-free facility. For information, call (740) 537-3285 or e-mail email@example.com.
Free take-out meals Thursday at Wellsburg Presbyterian
WELLSBURG — Wellsburg Presbyterian Church at Ninth and Charles streets will offer free take-out meals on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. or until the food is gone.
The meal will be lasagna with salad and rolls.
Fundraiser dinner proceeds to benefit Eagle Scout project
RICHMOND — A spaghetti dinner fundraiser is being organized to help generate money for an Eagle Scout project — building a helipad for the Richmond Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. at 7452 state Route 152 S., Richmond.
A helipad is a landing area or platform for helicopters and powered lift aircraft.
The fundraiser dinner will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Richmond United Methodist Church, located at 112 S. Sugar St.
Cost is by donation for the dinner that includes salad, bread and dessert. Patrons can dine in or get takeout meals.
Proceeds will go toward the Eagle Scout project being organized by Ben Linscott of Boy Scout Troop 20.
A helipad for the Richmond department would facilitate the STAT MedEvac landings that occur there at least once a week. Recently, however, the department logged five flights in an eight-day period.
Having a landing area with an approach sidewalk gives the pilot an exact place to land and the ambulance or helicopter an exact place to pre-position, allowing the ambulance to be able to offload a victim’s gurney and transfer into the helicopter more quickly quicker and much easier, according to Linscott.
“It will be a visual cue for the pilots on where exactly to land. It will be easy to keep free of snow and ice and will not be muddy during rainy weather,” he added, noting, “currently when they land at the fire department, they just put down in the gravel parking lot, and it sprays everything with gravel, rocks and dust.
“We felt like this was something that could benefit the community and the fire department and potentially allow for critical patients to get care more quickly and a safer environment for our first responders and the (helicopter company) to do its work.”
The project is estimated to cost $2,500.
Weir High Class of 1971 plans 50-year reunion for July 3
WEIRTON — The Weir High Class of 1971 will host its 50-year class reunion on July 3 at Weirton Holiday Inn Undo’s.
Tickets are $35 per person and may be obtained by making a check or money order payable to Weir High Class of 1971 and mailing it to Peggy Baker Huyghe, 1208 Hanlin Way, Weirton WV 26062.
For reunion information, contact Huyghe by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (304) 748-6873. Classmates.com also has information.
Addresses for several classmates are being sought.
Buckeye Local students earn rewards for reading
DILLONVALE — Elementary students in the Buckeye Local School District have shown a love for literacy by taking part in the “Operation–I Like to Read” program.
Students from Buckeye North, South and West were rewarded after reading hundreds of books outside of the classroom. Among the prizes were Fire 10-inch, high-definition tablets with cases while students reading five or more books received a Barnes & Noble gift card.
North Elementary preschooler Zefram Perry read 133 books with his family and earned a tablet and $75 gift card. Other recipients included Michael Romestan, a first-grader who earned a tablet, along with first-graders Tyler Giles, Alia Maderia and Rylan Price, second-grader Luca Maderia and third-grader Scott Neely, who each gained $25 gift cards.
Buckeye South kindergarten students Mallory Boughan and Olivia Hopkins received tablets while $25 gift cards went to kindergarteners Megan Bobish, Brooklyn Davis and Trenton Stewart, second-grader Dominic Stewart and sixth-grader Chastity Stewart. Meanwhile, West Elementary first-grader Aiden Call and kindergartener Emmalyn Milliken each won a tablet while preschooler Adrienne Milliken received a $25 gift card.
Diane McCracken, district Title I parent engagement coordinator, said students had the opportunity to participate in the program during the third nine weeks while parents and adult care providers were also encouraged to take part. In addition to making memories, the practice helps kids learn basic reading skills.
“The program was designed to strengthen a child’s reading ability,” McCracken said of the program financed with Title I funding plus community donations. “The reading project reached out to parents through technology and the books in this program were emailed to families in PDF form. The book could be downloaded to a computer, tablet or even a phone and the students had the opportunity to create their own library.”
She said 43 families read more than 250 books and children gained added literacy skills outside of school.
“This was extra reading at home, beyond the student’s regular classroom reading assignments. Each student read five books and received a token. The more tokens they received, the better opportunity of winning their own technology device.”
McCracken said the program afforded her the chance to meet great families while parents and children shared quality time with a book.
“They worked on reading skills and creating memories while building a love for reading. ‘Operation — I Like to Read’ will now be entitled ‘Operation — I LOVE to Read.'”
Wellsburg Applefest group offering two $500 scholarships
WELLSBURG — The Wellsburg Applefest Committee is again offering $500 scholarships to two Brooke High School seniors.
The scholarships may be used to attend college, university, trade school or online accredited courses.
Applicants must have attained a 2.5 grade point average or better and submit a 250-word essay telling about their community service and a letter of recommendation.
Those materials should be submitted by Wednesday to: Wellsburg Applefest Committee, P.O. Box 108, Wellsburg, WV 26070.