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Wreaths Across America sponsorship group to host wreath-laying ceremony

ADENA — Roger and Donna Sliva and family are fundraising to support Wreaths Across America, specifically to earn sponsorships for veterans’ wreaths to be placed at St. Casimir, Rehoboth and Holmes cemeteries on National Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 18.

The Wreaths Across America ceremony and wreath placing will begin at noon on Dec. 18 at St. Casimir Cemetery, which is located on county Road 6, Adena/Dillonvale Road.

This year, wreaths also will be placed on veterans’ graves at Rehoboth Pioneer and Holmes Pioneer cemeteries in Smithfield Township near Adena immediately following with weather conditions allowing. Some of the graves at Rehoboth and Holmes date back to the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War and World War I.

Those two cemeteries are located on Smithfield Township Road 130 off county Road 10, Adena/Smithfield Road. For those who wish to place a wreath on a family member or friend’s grave, let the coordinator know prior to the ceremony. Those interested in volunteering to place wreaths should arrive 15 to 20 minutes early on that day.

The public is invited to all these events. Adherence to current COVID mandates of wearing masks and social distancing is recommended.

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission — Remember, Honor, Teach — is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at more than 2,700 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and overseas.

For information on the local cemeteries mentioned, call Roger Slivka, volunteer location contact, by phone at (740) 546-4131 or by e-mail at djprsliva@gmail.com. The website for wreaths is www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/OH0273P.

Amsterdam’s annual Christmas parade scheduled for Dec. 11

AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam’s annual Christmas parade will be held Dec. 11.

Line-up will begin on Ridgewood Drive facing south at 6 p.m. with the parade beginning at 7 p.m.

The parade will travel south on state Route 43 (South Main Street) ending at North Main Street and Steubenville Road SE.

Floats, tractors, ATVs, UTV’s, horses, cars and trucks, walkers, fire, EMS, police, tow trucks, etc. are permitted. Participants are asked to RSVP by Saturday to Chief Tyler Yoho or Mayor Jim Phillips.

Cookies with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Grinch will follow at the Amsterdam Church of God on Bear Road SE.

Follansbee United Methodist plans advent bazaar Saturday

FOLLANSBEE — Follansbee United Methodist Church, located at 1002 Virginia Ave., will be hosting an advent bazaar on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It will feature crafts, treasures, soup and a bake sale.

Wellsburg church is taking

orders for Christmas cookies

WELLSBURG — Christ Episcopal Church in Wellsburg is taking orders for its annual Christmas cookie sale.

The last day to place an order is Saturday. All orders are to be picked up on Dec. 11 between 9 a.m. and noon. For information and the variety of cookies available, contact Sylvia at (304) 748-4082 or text at (412) 370-2300.

Quarter auction is Saturday

at East Springfield VFD

EAST SPRINGFIELD — The East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be hosting a fundraiser quarter auction at the fire department, located at 9854 county Road 39, Bloomingdale.

It will be held Saturday with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. and the auction beginning at 12:30 p.m.

A $5 entry fee includes one paddle. Additional paddles will be available for $1 each. There will be food available for purchase. For information on “Quarters for a Cause,” call (740) 632-8658.

Nutcracker StoryWalk is

scheduled to begin Friday

STEUBENVILLE — The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County’s Nutcracker StoryWalk will begin along the streets of downtown Steubenville on Friday.

Pages from the book “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Laurel Long will be posted on storefronts of businesses downtown for families to read together. Pick up a map at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse, located at 159 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, to follow along and find the hidden objects on each page.

“After you complete the StoryWalk, visit the Main Library for children to pick up a free prize,” noted Jennifer Cesta, the library system’s public relations coordinator. “While visiting the library, children can also hang their Christmas wishes on a tree and make a craft to take home.”

The Nutcracker StoryWalk will be posted until Jan. 3.

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