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Community happenings

December 2, 2013
The Herald-Star

Council's Light-Up Night Tuesday

Knights of Columbus Council No. 472 will hold its annual Christmas light-up night at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council parking lot on Two Ridge Road, Wintersville.

All members, their families and guests are invited to attend the short ceremony. The manger scene will be lit up at that time, officially beginning the council's Christmas season.

After the ceremony, refreshments will be served in the council hall for all attending.

The council also has chosen Dec. 19 as "Caroling Night" with details to be announced.

Satellite veterans office open

The satellite office of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Dillonvale American Legion, Liberty Street, Dillonvale, to assist veterans, dependents of veterans and/or veterans' widows with Veterans Administration pensions, compensations, burials, schooling, medical assistance and other veteran's benefits.

For information, call the Veterans Service Office at (740) 283-8571 or visit the office at Suite 310, 500 Market St., Steubenville. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed every Wednesday afternoon to the public.

Colliers alumni hold fundraisers

The Colliers Alumni and Friends are selling calendars featuring photos from the school's celebration of its West Virginia School of Excellence designation and its classes.

They are $5 each and may be purchased from any member of the group, which is led by Darlene Brennan.

The group also will hold a 50-50 drawing on Wednesday, and chances are still available.

Library to hold story hours

The Follansbee Branch Library will hold story hours, for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers, at noon today and Dec. 9 and 16.

The Dec. 16 session will be a special story hour, with Santa Claus set to appear. Children may have their photos taken with Santa also. Those planning to attend the free programs are asked to register by calling (304) 527-0860.

Knitting group offered for children

The Brooke County Public Library's Kids Knitting Group will meet from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Participants should bring yarn and needles or a loom. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Pet supplies collected for shelter

The Brooke County Public Library and Follansbee Branch Library will be collecting assorted pet supplies, including food, toys and new or used towels and blankets, this month for dogs and cats at the Brooke County Animal Shelter.

Everyone also is invited to join the library's staff and volunteers in making presents for the animals at 5 p.m. Dec. 19 at the library.

For information, call (304) 737-1551.

CASA to hold holiday open house

A Child's Place Court-Appointed Special Advocate will hold a holiday open house and vendor sale from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at its office at 720 Charles St.

The open house will include vendors from BeautiControl, Silpada Jewelry, Watkins, Nerium, Scentsy, US Borne Books, Origami Owl and Pampered Chef.

Rhonda Stubbs, the group's executive director, said it is behind in payment for utilities and rent because of funding delays caused by the government shut- down. Those interested in donating toward the expenses may do so at childsplacecasa.com/donate.

The organization also is in need of postage, paper, empty ink cartridges and gift cards for office supplies.

The group trains volunteers to represent the interests of children involved in abuse and neglect cases in Brooke and Hancock counties. Currently 16 volunteers serve 105 children, with an additional 52 children on the waiting list, the highest case load in the organization's history, Stubbs said.

The group is seeking volunteers and board members. Those interested may call (304) 737-4444 or visit the group's website at www.childsplacecasa.com or Facebook page at A Child's Place CASA.

Bethany women have busy fall

The GFWC-WV Bethany Woman's Club met Nov. 18 at Bethany Church with Helen Moren, president, presiding.

Reports were heard from Secretary Beverly Chambers and Treasurer Judy Pyle. Moren reported on the spaghetti dinner held for veterans, noting 11 veterans attended.

Members also are sewing and filling stockings for Boatsie's Boxes and two quilts. In observance of Domestic Violence Month, socks were donated to the Wheeling YWCA, cards were sent to the state veterans home in Barboursville and commissary coupons were sent for service personnel.

Soup labels, box tops and pop tabs were collected for Wellsburg Middle School, an afterschool program and the Ronald McDonald House.

Supplies were shipped to Operation Smile and Little Dresses for Africa. Donations were made to the Pearl Buck Foundation, 1734 Society for GFWC Headquarters, GFWC-WV scholarship and endowment funds, Camp Kno Koma, a camp for young children with diabetes; UNICEF and Week of Compassion.

The group purchased Christmas lights in memory of Margaret Conner and Nancy Huff for the Anna Jarvis Memorial Christmas Tree.

The group's Christmas dinner will be held Dec. 16, with former Kiwanis members and others as guests.

Indoor yard sale to end

The ongoing indoor yard sale at 810 Charles St., Wellsburg, will soon end, and a variety of items, including records, hardback Zane Grey books and other collectible and household items, will be sold at low prices, said Frances Dennison, its coordinator.

Proceeds from the sale go to efforts by Dennison and others to provide treats to veterans and others at local nursing homes.

It is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For information, call (304) 737-3614.

Dennison and Mary Fillinger, Vivian Ellis and Faye Deuley, all members of Wellsburg Christian Church, have been helping area nursing homes with bingos and cookouts this year.

Senior center Christmas party set

The Brooke County Senior Center will hold its Christmas party from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Wellsburg Fire Hall.

There will be music by Not Half Bad, food and door prizes. A $5 donation is requested. Reservations should be made by calling (304) 527-3410 by Friday. Transportation is available.

Dance to be held at senior center

The Brooke County Senior Center at 948 Main St., Follansbee, will hold its first Thursday dance at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Hank Vincent and Stone Street Station will perform. A $5 donation is requested. There will be no second dance in December because of the holidays.

Bethany event to benefit Bernie's Kids

Bethany College will hold its third Light-Up Night and Charity Christmas Tree Auction at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Commencement Hall.

The evening will include a charity tree auction, a choir performance and a variety of holiday presentations.

The trees up for auction will be decorated in various holiday themes, with proceeds going to Bernie's Kids. Begun by the late Bernie Kazienko, a Brooke County sheriff and commissioner, the cause provides Christmas presents for local children in need.

Children in attendance can write a letter to Santa and get their picture taken with him.

The Bethany College Choir will perform holiday songs, and educational presentations will be held on major holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

Sorority aids autism program

Members of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority at Bethany College participated in National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 15 by hosting a Band Together for Autism Speaks initiative.

The chapter set up informational tables in several locations on campus throughout the day and sold blue Autism Speaks wristbands for $1 each, raising more than $150 for their national charity.

Visitors can make a Christmas craft

Visitors to the Brooke County Public Library can make a Christmas owl ornament from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. The craft will be available while materials last.

 
 

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