Community news from around the area

Bezaleel Wells Questers share history

of their old Christmas ornaments

STEUBENVILLE — The Bezaleel Wells Chapter No. 1474 of Questers International met Dec. 14 at the YWCA of Steubenville.

Instead of the usual meeting, the group held its annual Christmas party with Iris Craig serving as hostess.

Members brought their oldest Christmas ornament and shared its history. Susanne Curn Escobar brought a large collection of antique ornaments that were her grandmother’s and estimated to be more than 100 years old.

Darlene Baker played a number of Christmas songs on the organ, and the meeting ended with a gift exchange.

No meetings will be held in January and February but will resume with the March meeting hosted by Curn Escobar.

Brooke County Animal Shelter offers discounts through December, January

BEECH BOTTOM — Because of a large number of cats at the Brooke County Animal Shelter, the adoption fee for the felines will be reduced to $25 each through December and January.

The shelter is on Mac Barnes Drive off state Route 2. For information, call (304) 394-0800.

Brooke County, Follansbee branch

libraries closed for holidays

The Brooke County Public Library and its Follansbee branch closed on Dec. 23 for the holiday week and will reopen Tuesday.

Regular hours for the Brooke County Library in Wellsburg are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Regular hours for the Follansbee branch are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Hancock County Museum Commission

hears numerous reports, updates

NEW CUMBERLAND — The regular meeting of the Hancock County Museum Commission was held Dec. 7 with President Vivian Weigel presiding.

Minutes of the previous meeting as submitted by Secretary Doris Cameron were approved as was Treasurer Bob McNeil’s financial report.

McNeil reported on attending the county commissioners’ meeting and offering a full report of the museum’s annual activities and improvements and offered thanks for their continued support of the museum.

In committee reports, Greg Blake reported repairing the front and back door bells. Several other minor fix-it jobs also were completed in addition to chimney repairs.

Under old business, McNeil submitted a report on directors’ and officers’ insurance being added to the current policy. The offer from the current carrier was accepted.

In a museum bylaws update, Tom Zielinsky explained that he researched original information concerning the current bylaws and presented a report of critical dates leading to the incorporation of the Hancock County Museum and the museum commission is connected to the Hancock County commissioners. Zielinsky offered to check with an attorney concerning the museum’s specific needs in relation to its 501(c)3 status before making bylaw changes.

The group finalized its plans for the Dec. 10 open house, an event to include an accordion concert by Zielinsky, a Christmas carol sing-along and refreshments.

Thanks was expressed to all those who helped decorate the museum for the holidays, an undertaking coordinated by Weigel.

The group’s next meeting will be held March 1, weather permitting.

Paint and sip set for Jan. 24 at

Prime Time Senior Center

STEUBENVILLE — Black Kettle Arts will hold a paint and sip from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Prime Time Senior Center, 300 Lovers Lane.

The cost is $25 per person and includes canvas, paints, brushes and refreshments.

Participants are welcome to arrive by 12:30 p.m.

To RSVP by Jan. 17, call (740) 314-5197.