Community news from around the area

Cub Scout Iditarod is Jan. 20;

registration deadline set for Friday

An opportunity to enjoy a day of winter fun with Cub Scouts awaits area children in grades kindergarten.

The Boy Scouts of America Ohio River Valley Council is holding a Cub Scout Iditarod from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Fort Steuben Scout Reservation, located at 79601 Simpson Road, Tippecanoe, which is in Harrison County.

“This is a day of winter fun for Scouts and all boys or girls ages 6 to 10,” a spokesperson explained. “We have many outdoor activities and games that will be set up, including a kid-powered dog sled obstacle course, a team twist on building a snowman, Angry ‘Ice’ birds, ice bowling, cross the ice river and more. Most of the events will be outside, and we will have some warm-up stations with hot chocolate and other treats,” the spokesperson added.

“We also are pleased to announce that we will have a talk and demonstration by members of the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland. They will be talking about the history of dog sled racing, the original Iditarod, the famous lead dog Balto and the connections Cleveland has to Balto. There will be a chance for questions, a demonstration and a chance to meet a dog sled team member,” the spokesperson continued.

“We welcome anyone out who would like to participate in a fun activity-filled day. We hope everyone will come check out what Cub Scouts is all about. Come and talk to leaders and Scouts and maybe find a pack near you to participate in.”

Those interested in attending the Cub Scout Iditarod must call and register by Friday by contacting Lori Abraham, Ohio River Valley Council registrar, at (800) 365-8028, providing the name and age of the child participating. If the child is in Scouting, information on the rank and pack number also needs included. The cost is $8 per person with lunch provided.

WMC Auxiliary to hold

two-day uniforms sale

WEIRTON — The Weirton Medical Center Auxiliary will hold a Robert’s Medical uniforms sale from 7 a.m to 5 p.m. Jan. 17 and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 18 in the medical center atrium located on Colliers Way.

Greater Weirton Senior Center

re-introducing Friday bingo

WEIRTON — The Greater Weirton Senior Citizens Center, located at 3539 Main St., will be re-introducing bingo on the second Friday of each month, beginning this Friday.

Early bingo will get under way at 6 p.m., and regular bingo will start at 7 p.m.

On Jan. 18, the center will host a substitute band until Light Touch is available. Neon Knights will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

CHANGE details specifics on home buyer education classes

WEIRTON — CHANGE Inc. will be offering its home buyer education class on Jan. 27 at the Benwood/McMechen Housing Authority located at 2200 Marshall St., Benwood.

The class is HUD-approved and can help those preparing to buy their first home qualify for reduced rates with certain lenders and the Northern Panhandle HOME Consortium’s Down Payment Assistance program.

The class will guide participants through the process involved with buying a home, including purchase readiness, budgeting and credit issues, shopping for a home, obtaining a mortgage loan, predatory lending and maintaining a home.

While the class is free, there is, however, a small fee for a credit report, which is mandatory for the class unless participants can supply their own. Attendees are required to complete and submit the class application seven days prior to the class they wish to attend. Only completed applications will be accepted.

To obtain an application, stop by one of the CHANGE, Inc. offices or download the application from www.changeinc.org under the “community services” tab. Those unable to attend the class because of other commitments can make note that CHANGE, Inc. also offers an online course available to take any time. There is a nominal charge for the online class, but no application is required. Details on how to take the online course are available at www.changeinc.org. Questions can be directed to CHANGE’s administrative office at (304) 797-7733; the Moundsville outreach office (304) 845-8269; the Newell office at (304) 459-4010; or visit the website at www.changeinc.org.

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