Community briefs

Entries sought for state quilt show

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History invites West Virginia quilters to enter its annual Quilts and Wall Hangings Juried Exhibition, which will open May 24 and continue through Sept. 2 at the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex.

Commissioner of Culture and History Randall Reid-Smith said, “The quilt exhibition in the Great Hall is one of our most popular and colorful exhibitions. Visitors from around the country enjoy the fine handiwork of West Virginians whose creativity and appreciation of tradition are showcased in the quilts and wall hangings we feature.”

Hand- or machine-made quilts by West Virginia residents and not shown previously in the exhibition are eligible. Entries must be shipped or mailed no earlier than April 8 and arrive at the Culture Center no later than May 3.

Hand-delivered entries will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. April 25-26. Each entrant may submit one quilt and one wall hanging, which must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $20 for each entry.

For information or applications, visit, or call Betty Gay, exhibits coordinator, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 128.

Cash awards of $750, $400 and $300 will go to first-, second- and third- place winners, respectively, for quilts in the following categories: pieced, appliqued and quilts made with mixed/other techniques and for winners of a general category of wall hangings.

A best of show prize of $100 as well as honorable mention or other non-monetary awards may be given at the judge’s discretion.

The Division of Culture and History will provide two purchase awards and add the purchased quilt and wall hanging to the collection of the West Virginia State Museum. Quilters may sell their quilts during the exhibition, but quilts may not be removed until the show ends.

Beverly Fine, a National Quilting Association certified judge from Haymarket, Va., will be the juror for this year’s exhibition.

The co-author of “A Guide to Judged Quilt Shows,” Fine will lead a workshop titled “A Judge’s Guide to a Professional Finish” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 10. Students will learn a step-by-step process for making bindings and facings that will win praise from a quilt judge.

The workshop is limited to 25 participants, with a $20 fee per person required.

Recruits sought

by Young Marines

The Tri-State Young Marines are accepting new recruits.

New recruit bootcamp begins May 13 and ends with a week-long encampment at Tomlinson Run State Park in New Manchester.

For more than 16 years, Tri-State Young Marines has been working with youth in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania through its youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school.

The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building and leadership and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.

For information, visit the national website at or call (304) 280-8898 or (740) 381-0838.

Local students are


Carroll Electric Cooperative Inc. recently selected two area high school students to represent the cooperative at the Washington D.C. Rural Electric Youth Tour to be held June 14-20.

Emily Bryan, daughter of Earl and Tonya Bryan of Kensington, and Samantha Craig, daughter of Gabriel and Tina Craig of Jewett, will join the nearly 1,500 other youth from across the country for the week-long trip.

Bryan is a sophomore at Carrollton High School, and Craig is a junior at Harrison Central High School.

The tour teaches students about the rural electric utility that brings electricity into their homes and lives and gives students a first-hand look at the activities of our government in the nation’s capital. Both will get a change to meet and talk to congressional leaders from Ohio at the United States Capital, while visiting the sights of Washington, D.C.

In addition to representing Carroll Electric at the tour, both students will have the opportunity to be selected to serve on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Leadership Council.

The youth tour is an annual contest sponsored by the Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives Inc. and the Carroll Electric Cooperative.

Carroll Electric Cooperative Inc., a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is a member-owned rural electric cooperative that services portions of Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Stark and Tuscarawas counties. More than 12,400 members are connected to the 1,474 miles of lines serviced by the co-op.

For information, contact the company at (800) 232-7967 or visit online at

Retirees start

scholarship fund

Steubenville City School retirees met for lunch March 14 at JC Wine Cellar in East Springfield with 28 in attendance.

Cards were signed for ill members, and discussions were held on upcoming events members were to be involved in, including a spaghetti dinner organized for April 21 by Charity Hospice; the Dueling Pianos benefit held by the Jefferson County Humane Society; and a pancake breakfast to benefit the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center.

A small scholarship fund was started to benefit people taking GED tests.

Contributions will be accepted at next month’s luncheon which will be held April 11 at the White Bear Inn in East Springfield.

Spring dance

at Post No. 274

The American Legion David Walker Post No. 274 in Steubenville will host a spring dance at the post on April 13 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

There will be a DJ, drawings and food. It is open to the public.

Vendors sought

for Moose sale

The Wellsburg Moose Lodge seeks vendors for an indoor yard sale to be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13 at the lodge at 844 Main St.

Eight-foot tables can be rented for $10 each. Donations of items for the sale also are welcome by calling (304) 737-0178.

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Legion auxiliary

to meet Thursday

The Steubenville American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 33 will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Legion hall.

Mary Louise Boka, Bea Johns, Mary Alice Mitchell and Dorothy Mazik will serve as hostesses.

Senior center to host Easter Bunny

The Greater Weirton Senior Center will host “Breakfast With the Easter Bunny” from 9 a.m. to noon March 16 at the center located on Main Street, Weirton.

The cost is $5, which includes pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and a picture with the Easter Bunny.

Outdoors Club

schedules hike

The Outdoors Club will be March 17 at 2 p.m. to hike a section of the Buckeye Trail near Tappan Lake.

Hikers should meet by 1:45 p.m. at the parking area near the end of Tappan Hills Road where it meets the lake. Tappan Hills Road connects to Moravian Trail Road west of Deersville.

Country Friends

has music events

Country Friends will host Bobby Brandt and the Eldurays on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

Country Friends has events every Monday, Friday and Saturday at the hall.

The doors open at 6 p.m. each Saturday, and the dance starts at 7 p.m.

On Monday and Friday, the doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish if they so desire for the meal that begins at 5 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian friendship and brotherly love through music.

All proceeds go to charity.

For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270.

The website is

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Food handler class set

The Hancock County Health Department will hold a food handler class at 10 a.m. March 11 at the Greater Weirton Area Senior Center located at 3425 Main St., Weirton.

Anyone involved in food service, including both the food service industry and volunteers, in Hancock and Brooke counties is required to possess a current food handler card.

Food handler cards are free to volunteers working for a nonprofit organization.

For those employed in commercial food establishments, the cost is $7 for a one-year card, $12 for a two-year card and $17 for a three-year card.

Online classes can be taken through, and payment may be made by credit or Pay Pal. Participants also may print the completion verification and pay the fee from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the health department in New Cumberland.

Satellite office to be 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 veterans benefits.

For information or assistance, call the Veterans Service Office at (740) 283-8571 or visit the office at 423 North 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.

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Fundraiser set for March 30

at Faith Ranch in Jewett

The second-annual pancake breakfast fundraiser to support the horse program at Faith Ranch in Jewett will be held March 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The event will include pancakes and sausage, pony rides for children and petting animals.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 10.

Faith Ranch is located on 89500 Jewett-Germano Road, Jewett.

For information call (740) 946-2255 or visit the website at

Faith Ranch, which has 108 horses used for public trailriding, summer camp and retreat groups, is a non-denominational Christian ranch camp.

“It is our purpose to provide a wholesome Christ-centered environment in a ranch setting and to build friendships by using recreation and ranch activities as tools to aid in sharing Jesus Christ, His Love and His Word with any and all guests,” its vision statement on the website notes.

‘Fellowship, faith, food’

at First Westminster

First Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 235 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, is continuing to host late Sunday afternoon worship services and meals during the Lenten season.

The “fellowship, faith and food” gatherings are open to the public with worship services beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, March 17 and March 24. Soup and sandwich meals follow the services. For information, contact the church at (740) 282-4591.

Revival services scheduled

at Riverview Baptist

Riverview Baptist Chapel, located at 225 Charles St., Wellsburg, will host a revival with services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 10 and daily at 7 p.m. March 11-13.

Fred Turnipseed of Fort Worth, Texas, will be the guest speaker. The services are open to the public.

Meals, services at Grace Lutheran during Lent

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church located at 2105 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, is holding weekly soup and sandwich meals during Lent on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Church services follow at 7 p.m.

St. Nicholas Orthodox

selling pierogies March 15

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will hold a frozen cheese and potato pierogi sale from noon to 2 p.m. March 15 at the church located 604 Colliers Way, Weirton, across from the Weirton Medical.

Pre-order by calling (304) 527-1319.

More than 450 at African Children’s Choir concert

More than 450 people turned out Wednesday evening at Starkdale Presbyterian Church for a performance of the African Children’s Choir, a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization.

The African Children’s Choir has been working with Africa’s most vulnerable children for the past 28 years. The choir’s mission is to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s orphaned and abandoned children.

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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:

  • What can a person do to minimize the risk of kidney disease?
  • Are people with both diabetes and high blood pressure at greater risk for kidney disease? What are the precautions to avoid kidney disease?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of kidney disease?
  • What testing is available to determine the health of the kidneys? How often should the testing be done?
  • What is the outcome of nephropathy?

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.