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March 1, 2013
The Herald-Star

Pancake breakfast

set for Saturday

The Steubenville Shrine Club will hold a fundraiser pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Applebee's in Steubenville.

Cost is a $5 donation for the breakfast that includes pancakes and sausage, juice and drink. Tickets are available at the door or by calling Jerry Williams at (740) 264-4921 or any club member.

The wives of Shriners are selling tickets for a drawing for a signed painting by Richmond artist Dave Barnhouse entitled "Andy of Mayberry." Tickets are $2 for one or $5 for three.

The winning ticket will be drawn after the breakfast.

Dorothy Huffman

marking 100th

Dorothy O. Spencer Huffman of Weirton is celebrating her 100th birthday today.

The only child of the late Eli and Jettie Nichols Spencer of Alma, W.Va., she was born March 1, 1913.

She attended Tyler County High School in Middlebourne, W.Va., and in 1931 married Fred D. Huffman, who died in 1967. They had three children, including Paul D. Huffman and Glenda Sue Maylee, both of whom are deceased, and Donna Barkley of Weirton.

Her family includes seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She is a former member of Kings Creek Chapel Ladies Aid Society and Hancock County Homemakers. She is a member of Weirton First Church of the Nazarene where she taught junior and senior Sunday School class for 39 years.

Huffman worked for Anile State Line Pharmacy, Greenlief Pharmacy and Rite Aid Pharmacy, retiring at age 86.

She loved to travel, having been to Israel, Ireland, Egypt and Hawaii, and has been an avid seamstress, enjoying knitting, tat and crochet. She has made many afghans, giving them as gifts through the years. She also likes to watch television and phone family and friends.

She has a cat named Dutch.

A party in her honor will be held Saturday.

Retirees collect

for animal shelter

Steubenville City School retirees met on Valentine's Day at the Gaslite in Wintersville with 31 in attendance.

Linda Holub distributed chocolate hearts to all attending. Cards were signed, and supplies were collected for the Jefferson County Animal Shelter.

Dave Nicholson provided information about the Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association.

The group's next lunch will be held March 14 at JC Wine Cellar in East Springfield.

Healthy Life

workshop set

Harrison Community Hospital's monthly Healthy Life Workshop will be held March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria with Carol Teter, diabetes nurse educator, will lead a discussion on kidney disease (nephropathy) including:

The free educational sessions are held the first Thursday of each month featuring physicians, dieticians and other health care professionals covering a variety of topics. Future programs will feature speakers on Alzheimer's disease, diet and nutrition, women's health and other health topics.

Reservations are not required. Light refreshments are served, and there is a drawing for a door prize. Transportation is available through the Harrison County Rural Transit by calling (740) 942-1369.

Bird count

shatters records

From Antarctica to Afghanistan, bird watchers from 103 countries made history in the first global Great Backyard Bird Count held Feb. 1518.

In the largest worldwide bird count ever, bird watchers set new records, counting more than 25.5 million birds on 120,000 plus checklists in four days and recording 3,144 species, nearly one-third of the world's total bird species.

The data will continue to flow in until today.

Building on the success of the GBBC in the United States and Canada for the past 15 years, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon, and Bird Studies Canada opened the count to the rest of the world for the first time this year, powered by eBird, a system that enables people to report birds globally in real-time and explore the results online, according to a press release. Bird watchers are invited to keep counting every day of the year at

Among the key preliminary findings were:

-- Top five most reported species, reported on highest number of checklists: Northern Cardinal; Dark-eyed Junco; Mourning Dove; Downy Woodpecker; House Finch

-- Top five most common birds (most individuals reported): Snow Goose; Canada Goose; Red-winged Blackbird; European Starling; American Coot

-- Finch Invasion: A massive number of northern finch species moved into the U.S., including the Common Redpoll, reported in a record 36 states. Scientists believe these periodic movements are related to natural fluctuations in crops of conifer cones and other seeds in Canada.

-- Hurricane Sandy: The weather system that caused Sandy's landfall also blew some European birds to North America, and evidence of this is still showing up in GBBC results. The colorful, crested Northern Lapwing was reported in Georgia, New Jersey and Massachusetts during the GBBC.

-- GBBC First: A Red-flanked Bluetail has wintered at Queens Park, Vancouver, and also was reported for the GBBC's first record ever. This British Columbia bird has been drawing bird watchers from all over the U.S. and Canada hoping to see this rarity.

For information, visit, including for a look at what local participation there was.

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