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Brooke County community happenings

October 22, 2012
The Herald-Star

Beautiful Baby winner announced

Ethan Arthurs, 1, of Wellsburg was voted the Most Beautiful Baby in a contest held by the Brooke County Right to Life during the Wellsburg Applefest.

His photo was submitted by his parents, Richard Arthurs and Clarissa Rae. He will receive a $100 savings bond and invitation to appear in the Wellsburg 4th of July Parade.

Crocheting group meets Wednesday

The Brooke County Public Library's Crocheting Group will meet in the River Room of the library Wednesday at 5 p.m. The group is for adults, both beginners and experts who should bring their own supplies and projects. Assistance and instruction will be available. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Diabetes support group to meet

A newly formed diabetes support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Brooke High School library.

People of all ages with diabetes, their family members and anyone interested in learning more about the disease are welcome.

Carol Cipoletti, Brooke High School nurse, said members can share information about managing diabetes and sources of information. There are plans to bring in guest speakers and representatives of companies serving individuals with diabetes.

A former diabetes educator for Wheeling Hospital, Cipoletti has coped with the disease herself since being diagnosed with Type I at age 6. She said she has seen an increase in Brooke County students who have diabetes, with about 15 who take insulin and others with Type II diabetes who must regulate their diets.

Baby shower to benefit A.I.M.

The women of the Altar-Rosary Society of St. John Catholic Church will host a baby shower to benefit the Assistance in Motherhood Women's Center at 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

The center provides ultrasounds for expectant mothers and alternatives to abortion as well as child care classes, formula, diapers and baby's clothing for new mothers in need.

Sharon Maedke, the center's director, said there's a strong need for baby items because of the current economic conditions.

The shower will include games, prizes and refreshments. Those unable to attend but wanting to help may leave unwrapped baby items in the church's vestibule at any time.

Nancy Reed is the group's president, and the Rev. Dan Pisano is the church's pastor.

Teen Challenge

focus of program

The Rev. Murray Brown Jr. and participants of the Teen Challenge program will share details of the national program, which aims to provide help and hope to those who hurt, at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 at Christian Assembly Church, 1009 Virginia Ave., Follansbee.

Everyone is invited to learn about the program and hear testimonies from teens who have benefited from it.

A luncheon will follow. Those interested in attending are asked to call (304) 479-2630.

Vendors sought

for MS Walk

Vendors are needed for the Brooke County MS Walk, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4 inside Brooke High School.

There is no set-up fee, but vendors are asked to provide a door prize and contribute 10 percent of their sales to the event, which is aimed at raising awareness and support of individuals with MS.

Vendors must bring their own tables and chair.

For information, call Kim Chapline-Byers at (304) 737-3335.

PTA officers

are introduced

Officers of the Brooke County Council PTA for the 2012-13 year were introduced at a meeting held Sept. 27 at Hooverson Heights Primary School.

They are: Denise Spensky, president; Suzie Tennant, first vice president; Stephanie Kamarados, second vice president; Janet Brucchi, secretary; and Theresa Hedmond, treasurer.

Bobbie Parsons reported the Brooke County Clothes Closet, which provides clothing to local pupils in need, received a $250 donation from the Fraternal Order of Police. Kamarados added a $250 donation also was received from a local church.

Assistant Superintendent Marty Bartz offered to donate 100 Brooke shirts for the clothes closet. Members agreed to extend recipients of its annual scholarship to students interested in fields other than education, and plans were made to award a $500 scholarship this year.

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