Brooke County community news

Dr. Seuss story hour set

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be holding a Dr. Seuss-themed evening storytime, with Kim Harless, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Children are invited to enjoy Dr. Seuss stories, a craft and more. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Library to hold story hours

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Branch Library will hold story hours for children, ages 25, and their caregivers at noon Monday and March 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Children will enjoy a story, craft, games and a snack. Call (304) 527-0860 to register for the free program.

Pancake supper on Tuesday

WELLSBURG – Christ Episcopal Church, at 1014 Main St., will hold its Shrove Tuesday pancake supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The cost is $5 for adults and youth 11 and up and $3 for children 10 and under.

School retirees to meet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Association of Retired School Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. March 11 at Brooke High School.

Sharon Cuomo will preside over the business meeting immediately following the luncheon. The Brooke Madrigal Choir will perform.

All members and newly retired employees are encouraged to attend. To make a lunch reservation, call Ruth Lewis at (304) 737-2314 by Tuesday.

Knitting group to meet

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

Children who are in third grade or higher can learn to knit with help from instructor Nora Bell. They should bring yarn and needles or loom to start creating.

Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free group.

Books sought for MS walk

Organizers of Kim’s Walk, a new walk to benefit local residents with multiple sclerosis and held in honor of Kim Chapline-Byers, will be collecting used books and videos for a book sale to be held April 26 at the Franklin Community Fire Department.

Books and videos may be brought to Jackie’s Florist in Wellsburg from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Franklin Community and Follansbee fire stations.

They also may be left inside the entrance at Rockdale Village Apartments on Hooverson Heights at any time.

Organizers welcome donations of food and other items for the walk, which will be held Nov. 2. For information, call (304) 374-5574.

Governor’s awards detailed

CHARLESTON – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is encouraging West Virginians to nominate outstanding citizens, families and organizations for the 2014 Governor’s Service Awards, which are coordinated by Volunteer West Virginia.

Tomblin said, “West Virginia is known for its proud tradition of neighbor helping neighbor. Every day, West Virginians offer their time and talents to help strengthen our communities. It is important we recognize their efforts.

“I encourage West Virginians to nominate a West Virginian or a group of West Virginians who have gone above and beyond to bring about positive change in their communities and our state. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor those who give so much of themselves for the benefit and betterment of others.”

Individuals and organizations named recipients of the Governor’s Service Award will be recognized at a banquet in Charleston at the state volunteerism conference, Faces of Leadership, on July 30.

Nomination forms are available at the Volunteer West Virginia web site,

They also are available by calling (800) WV-HELPS. Nominations should be postmarked by April 11.

Nominees sought for award

WELLSBURG – Nominations for the Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation’s Veteran of the Year are being accepted by the group’s newly formed selection committee.

To be eligible, individuals must be a Brooke County resident; a living veteran of one of the five Armed Forces, including Reserve or National Guard; and must have demonstrated outstanding patriotism, leadership and selfless service as a veteran and community volunteer.

Past recipients of the award aren’t eligible.

Applications can be obtained at the group’s website at Nominations should be submitted no later than April 1.

The foundation and selection committee will announce the recipient on April 17.

The recipient will be honored at the group’s annual dinner May 10 at the Wellsburg Banquet Hall.

Community meal March 16

WELLSBURG – The First Presbyterian Church will hold a free community dinner, “Potluck o’ the Irish,” at 6 p.m. March 16 at the church, which is located at 901 Charles St.