Brooke County community briefs

Kiwanians to hold pancake supper

WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg Kiwanis Club will hold its annual pancake and sausage supper from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wellsburg Moose Lodge.

The cost is $7 with children 8 and under admitted free. There also will be a brown bag lunch.

Italian dinner to be held

WELLSBURG – The Brooke High School French, Leo and Paws and Claws clubs will hold an Italian culture dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 25 at the school.

Local chef Rocco Basil will cater the dinner. Music will be provided by 10-year-old singer Sofia-Teresa DiBacco, who has performed Italian music at the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival and other events.

The cost is $20. Reservations should be made no later than Wednesday by stopping by the high school, where participants may choose from the menu, between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Attendees may choose from fettucini alfredo with grilled chicken or lasagna bolognese for their main courses. The Olive Garden has donated salad dressing and breadsticks for the event.

Park to hold sunrise service

WELLSBURG – Brooke Hills Park will hold a sunrise Easter service at 7 a.m. Sunday.

Library to show film

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the PG-13-rated film “Grudge Match,” starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro, at 1 p.m. April 25. Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn.

Game to benefit Special Olympics

WELLSBURG – Local police, firefighters and teachers will be pitted against each other in a basketball game to benefit Brooke County Special Olympics April 26 at Brooke High School.

Staff from Wellsburg and Follansbee middle schools will play each other in the first game at 7 p.m.

It will be followed by a game between members of the Fraternal Order of Police and local firefighters.

Admission is $7, with children 10 and under admitted free.

Olympians participate in state tourney

WELLSBURG – Brooke County Special Olympics athletes competed in the West Virginia Special Olympics 2014 Basketball and Cheering Tournament held March 14-16 at West Virginia University.

It proved to be a challenging day for the athletes, with a team comprised of Mike Staats, Ronnie Miller, A.J. Smith and Danny Adams winning one in the three-game tourney and losing one by only one point in overtime.

Brooke’s second basketball team, comprised of Heather Ambrose, B.J. Griffin, Mark Pollock, Matthew Elcesser, Jimmy Hunter and Marie Kosut, lost their three games despite their best efforts.

Brooke County wasn’t able to enter a team in the cheering competition because a squad of five is required. But cheerleaders Kay Ferrari and Lesly Schwertfeger were able to offer moral support, cheering for the teams from the sidelines.

There were some bright moments during the individual skills competitions, with Andrew Rager earning a gold medal, Priscilla Dugan garnering a bronze medal and Edward Kosut receiving a fourth place ribbon.

The athletes received the support of the Brooke High School Special Olympics Support Club, which packed snack bags for them. Brianna Vanderpool, a member of the club, accompanied the athletes and helped whenever needed, said Special Olympics leaders.

Brooke County Special Olympics coaches are Sara and Cathy Furioli, Jenna and Abigail Sperringer and Judy Ambrose.