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Hancock County Museum officials to meet Thursday

NEW CUMBERLAND — A regular meeting of the Hancock County Museum commissioners, advisers and associates was held June 3 with President Vivian Weigel presiding and leading the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Minutes of the May 6 meeting were approved without amendment. Treasurer Marcus Trelaine presented the statement of activities for January through June and the statement of financial position for the period ending June 3, which was placed on file for audit.

Trelaine reported an extension has been filed with the IRS to complete the Form 990 Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax for the fiscal year 2020. He noted a continuing investigation is required to recover all necessary information to prepare and submit the Form 990 for the 2019 fiscal year.

Weigel presented a briefing of the meeting she and Vice President Janet Keller had with the Hancock County Commissioners concerning the potential for support funding in concert with the Pugliese Charitable Foundation grant to repair and/or replace windows in the museum as critically necessary. The commissioners requested the museum prepare a letter explaining the need along with estimated repair costs, which Weigel had accomplished prior to this meeting.

Weigel made further inquiry concerning the availability of R&R Construction Group to begin work in consideration of the grant’s September expiration date. Trelaine explained R&R is engaged in restoration work on Wellstone Manor and has a full slate of projects. The timeline will be presented, however, to Rohn Sambol of R&R, who previously had indicated his commitment to assist the museum with its window rehabilitation project.

Robert Bailey presented a revised banner layout for consideration. Discussion addressed the font type and color scheme, suggesting it may prove more conducive to the historical character of the museum in concert with the restored original color scheme. Bailey will present the suggestions to his partner and offer proposed revisions at the next meeting.

A series of historical lectures was discussed with agreement to present a lecture on the last Sunday of the month from June through October, beginning at 2 p.m. The first program was to be June 27 with Bailey presenting a history of Tomlinson Run State Park.Additional lectures were proposed for presentation from published author Tom Zielinsky. The final presentation in October was recommended to focus on a Halloween-related theme. Food and beverage refreshments are planned for guests.

Weigel recommended deferring the car wash fundraiser until it could be determined when HCM may be authorized to use the adjacent parking lot owned by the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. It was suggested that Boy Scout Troop 130 might conduct the car wash and keep the profits from their efforts. The museum will sell hot dogs, beverages and baked goods to raise funds for the museum.

Alice Mitchell recommended painting the wicker porch furniture in a color closely resembling the historical hues of the HCM railings. She presented the color “Summer Squash” as a viable option.

It was recommended the furniture first be primed before applying the spray paint coating, and further suggested Troop 130 may be interested in performing the task as a means for community service and merit badge credits. Mitchell will contact troop leader Dave Lawson to gauge interest.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the museum.

Social services agencies sought for walking challenge

WEIRTON — Employees of the Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network, 1300 Potomac Ave., and the Weirton Christian Center have been participating in an employee wellness program this past year.

But now, they’re challenging the social service agencies providing services to Brooke and Hancock counties to a “Walking Challenge.”

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says we need to do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate activity, such as brisk walking,” a spokesperson noted. “This past year we have all been sedentary — now it’s time to get moving.”

The contest will run from Thursday through July 31. The winning agency will have a catered lunch provided by Fresh Nutrition, a meal prep company located in Weirton.

Participating agencies must pre-register with the Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Each agency must submit the names of the staff participating in the contest. It is not required for all staff to participate. Submit agency name, staff participants and the agency contact to rhawkins@brookehancockfrn.org.4.

The winner of the contest will be based on the total steps for the month of July, averaged by the total number of participants at each respective agency. The winner will be announced at the Brooke Hancock Backpack and Resource Fair on Aug. 7.

The prize will be a catered lunch for each staff participant of the winning agency, provided by Fresh Nutrition.

Questions can be directed to Rita Hawkins at (304) 748-7850.

House of Prayer Church names Father of the Year

BRILLIANT — The House of Prayer Church, located at 2535 township Road 163, Rayland, held a special service to honor fathers in the church.

On June 16, the church hosted a weiner roast picnic with games in the shelter house to celebrate Father’s Day.

Acknowledged with gifts on June 20 after the morning worship service were: Samual Firm Sr., oldest father; Samual Firm Jr., father of the year; and Jim Westfall, youngest father.

The church gave a token of love to each father in attendance.

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