Brooke County community happenings

Apple Anything Contest to be held

WELLSBURG – Entries are sought for the Apple Anything Baking Contest to be held at the Wellsburg Applefest on Sunday.

Prizes will be awarded to three winners in each of three categories: dishes made with dough, such as pie; cakes; and miscellaneous.

Applications may be found at the Brooke County West Virginia University Extension Office, Brooke County Public Library or Brooke County Senior Center and should be returned by Tuesday. Entries should be brought to the Wellsburg Town Square at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

This year, festival-goers will serve as judges after paying $1 to sample each desert from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

For information, call (304) 723-8968.

Brooke school retirees to meet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Association of Retired School Employees will hear from JoEllen Goodall, principal of Colliers Primary School, at its Oct. 8 meeting at Brooke High School.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and those planning to eat are asked to call Ruth Lewis at (304) 737-2314 no later than Tuesday.

All new and past retirees are invited to join the group, which meets for fellowship and programs of interest to them.

Bethany Women discuss activities

BETHANY – The GFWC-WV Bethany Woman’s Club opened its season Sept. 16 at Bethany Memorial Church, with President Helen Moren presiding.

Moren participated in the Connections program with Bethany College and spoke on club activities, including participating in the communitywide yard sale and serving dinner to members of the Antique Car Club.

Also discussed were the budget, sewing and filling Christmas stockings for Boatsie’s Boxes and taking orders for nuts.

Members will be participating in Make a Difference Day and making Halloween favors for Ann’s Country Retreat and Valley Haven Nursing Home.

The GFWC-WV Northern District 100th-annual convention will be held Oct. 12 in Moundsville. GFWC-WV President Elect Jody Cunningham will be the guest speaker.

Pumpkin-decorating contest set

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will hold a pumpkin-decorating contest in conjunction with the annual Wellsburg Applefest at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The contest is open to children in preschool through eighth grade, who will use pumpkins donated by the Wellsburg Applefest Committee. Members of the Friends of the Brooke County Library will be judges. Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a pumpkin.

Children invited to knitting group

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

Children in third grade or higher can learn to knit with help from instructor Nora Bell. Participants should bring yarn and needles or loom to start creating. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Storyteller coming to library

WELLSBURG – Storyteller Judi Tarowsky will present an hour-long program, All Apples!, at 11 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Brooke County Public Library.

Using songs, audience participation and stories, Tarowsky will invite families to explore and learn fascinating facts and lore about apples.

“West Virginia has deep connections to the apples we enjoy everyday,” Tarowsky said. “We’ll discover Brooke County’s part in apple history and hear about an apple discovered in the Mountain State that became famous around the world.”

A former news reporter, Tarowsky won the Golden Shovel as the first-place winner in the Inaugural Annual Strand Theatre Storytelling Festival Adult Amateur Liar’s Contest in 2006 and the Silver Shovel as second-place winner in 2007.

She also has participated in the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival in Pittsburgh, the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston and many other events. She is a member of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild and the Ohio Organization for the Preservation of Storytelling.

Safe driving class offered

WEIRTON – The Brooke-Hancock-Ohio-Marshall Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will sponsor an AARP Safe Driving class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Mary H. Weir Public Library.

The class is geared toward mature adults who may or may not be experiencing problems with diminishing vision, hearing and reaction time. Rules of the road are reviewed along with safe driving techniques. Most insurance agencies offer a discount on vehicle insurance premiums to those who have completed the two-day course.

The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members and must be paid prior to attending the class. Participants are limited to 20, so reservations should be made by calling (304) 527-3410.

Lodge women to hold yard sale

WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg Women of the Moose will hold an indoor yard sale at the Moose Lodge at 844 Main St. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The group welcomes vendors, who can rent 8-foot tables for $10 each. Anyone interested in donating items should call (304) 737-0178 or (304) 737-2553.

Brooke County community happenings

Church to hold gospel event

WELLSBURG – Wellsburg Church of Christ at 92 Rose Cottage Lane, formerly Sunset Avenue, will hold a gospel meeting, with guest speaker Steve Wallace, Sunday through Friday.

The program will include services at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday and at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be followed by a men’s training class from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 14.

For information or to hear the services online shortly afterward, visit

Chamber plans Make a Difference Day

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Chamber of Commerce will make plans for its annual observance of Make a Difference Day at its Sept. 17 meeting at noon at Vito’s II.

The chamber has named fighting child poverty as a goal for this year. Civic groups interested in participating are encouraged to attend.

Crafts, quilts part of fall festival

COLLIERS – Old and new quilts will be displayed and an assortment of crafts and food will be sold during Olde St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14.

The menu will include sweet sausage sandwiches, cabbage and noodles, hot dogs, taco in a bag, apple cake and other baked goods. There also will be used fall decorations and books for sale.

Quilts of various ages, sizes and colors will be displayed over the church’s pews.

The event is a major fundraiser for the church, which was founded in 1793.

The current church building, near the intersection of Eldersville and St. John’s roads, was built in 1849 and includes the original cherry wood floor and box pews.

Brooke library to show films

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will have free screenings of “The Great Gatsby” and “Epic” next week on the large screen in its Elmer Vincent Meeting Room.

Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Great Gatsby,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 1 p.m Thursday.

Based loosely on William Joyce’s children’s book, “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs,” “Epic,” rated PG, will be shown at 11 a.m. Sept. 14.

Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn.

Town yard sale set for Bethany

BETHANY – A town-wide yard sale will be held Sept. 14 in Bethany and include an indoor yard sale in the basement of Bethany Memorial Church, with proceeds going to a heating and cooling system for the church.

The GFWC WV Bethany Woman’s Club also will be selling food there.

There also will be an antique car display on Main and Ross streets that day.