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Open house Oct. 27 celebrates relocated Comfort House

WEIRTON — Area residents are invited to join CHANGE Inc. at an open house Oct. 27 in celebration of the recently relocated Comfort House Child Advocacy Center at 3245 West St.

Participants can take a tour of the facility, meet the staff and enjoy a light refreshment at the event to be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will include a ribbon-cutting at 4:30 p.m.

The Comfort House Child Advocacy Center provides support and advocacy to children who are the alleged victims of abuse and neglect in Brooke and Hancock Counties. The Comfort House coordinates the efforts of child protective services, family advocacy, medical experts and mental health clinicians all under one roof. Services include forensic interviews, community education and victim advocacy services.

CHANGE Inc. is a community action agency serving northern West Virginia — Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties — as well as surrounding communities providing various programs and services. Its mission is to build partnerships, consolidate resources and integrate services to empower families to overcome the causes of poverty and live healthy lives.

To RSVP, call (304) 797-7733, extension 1323, or e-mail alivingston@changeinc.org by Oct. 25.

Agency on Aging offering

virtual workshop on balance

CAMBRIDGE — The Area Agency on Aging Region 9 will hold a “Matter of Balance” workshop through Microsoft Teams.

The workshop, which will begin on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon and run for eight weeks, is for individuals who have experienced falling or feel like they may fall. “Falls are not a normal part of the aging process — rather there are many different factors that may cause an individual to fall,” noted Carol Baker, agency spokesperson.

“There are so many great reasons to take this workshop. We talk about how to get up after you fall, since many times, we panic and don’t know how to get up safely. We will learn how to get up safely,” Baker commented.

For those interested in the free program available “right from the comfort of your own home” e-mail Baker at cbaker@aaa9.org or call her direct line at (740) 435-4704.

“All you need is a valid e-mail address and Internet. Your device must have a camera, either built in, or an attached webcam, so that we can all see one another. Interacting together is so helpful as we all learn new things from one another,” Baker added.

Walk-A-Thon for Sight

to remember ‘Lion Brian’

NEW CUMBERLAND — The New Cumberland Lions Club’s fall Walk-A-Thon for Sight, in memory of past District Gov. Jack Harris, has raised funds for the West Virginia Lions Sight Conservation Foundation during the last 20 years.

Merril Brian Webster, affectionately known in the club as “Lion Brian,” was one of the primary sponsors for this fundraiser, that will be held Nov. 6.

“Lion Brian was our current club president and passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 25,” a club spokesperson explained. “This year, the New Cumberland Lions Club will add Lion Brian’s name to the memorial Walk-A-Thon.”

The Club is accepting donations by mail for this event. Donations can be mailed to the New Cumberland Lions Club, P. O. Box 53, New Cumberland WV, 26047. All donations go to the W.Va. Lions Sight Conservation Foundation.

Weirton Unit of CWU asking churches to collect for UNICEF

WEIRTON — The Weirton Unit of Church Women United will be asking the churches involved to collect on Sunday and Oct. 31 for its annual UNICEF collection.

Contact persons are Gerri Harbaugh, treasurer, at (681) 328-3177 or Rebecca “Tish” Turner, president, at (304) 670-2039.

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