Community Briefs

Franciscan University spring

academic lecture series set

STEUBENVILLE — Franciscan University of Steubenville is hosting a Friday academic lecture series that features prominent contemporary thinkers who will speak on a variety of topics, according to organizers.

The lectures are free and open to the public and will be held at 3 p.m. in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery in the J.C. Williams Center on Franciscan University’s campus.

The spring series as as follows:

¯ Feb. 23: “Slavery, Christian Revelation and Moral Blindness,” Michael Rota, associate professor of philosophy, University of St. Thomas; sponsored by the center for bioethics.

¯ March 23: “Science at the Doorstep to God: Remarkable New Evidence,” the Rev. Robert Spitzer, SJ, president and founder of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, former president of Gonzaga University; sponsored by the Henkels Family Fund.

¯ April 6: “Toward an Authentically Catholic Cinema,” Barbara Nicolosi Harrington, Hollywood screenwriter, associate professor, honors college, Azusa Pacific University; sponsored by the communication arts department.

¯ April 27: “Whether We Like It or Not: Why the Protestant Reformation Still Matters,” Brad S. Gregory, director of Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, professor of history and Dorothy G. Griffen chair, University of Notre Dame; sponsored by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.

Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development offering scholarships

The Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development is offering a scholarship opportunity to eligible high school students in a 30-county service area of Ohio who want to attend an institution of higher education. The scholarship is offered in collaboration with COAD-member Community Action Agencies and the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education.

The David V. Stivison Appalachian Community Action Scholarship Fund is in memory of the former COAD employee as a tribute to his pursuit of academic excellence and his commitment to help others achieve their fullest potential, officials said. Stivison was a native of Hocking County and a graduate of Ohio University and Harvard Law School.

To be eligible, scholarship applicants must reside in a household with a total annual income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (i.e., family of four, $50,200).

Interested persons may contact the Community Action Council’s Administration Office at (740) 282-0971, extension 110, for information or to request an application. The application also is available on COAD’s website at

Follansbee Branch Library

to show drama

WELLSBURG — The Follansbee Branch Library will show the PG-13 rated film, “Breathe,” at noon on Feb. 20.

The film is about a real life couple in 1950s England who advocated for disability rights after the husband is paralyzed by polio.

Attendees are welcome to bring a bagged lunch. The library will provide popcorn and bottled water.

Call (304) 527-0860 to reserve a seat for the free screening.

Brooke County Library’s

crocheting group to meet

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library’s Crocheting Group will meet at 5 p.m. on Feb. 21.

The group is open to adults, from beginners to experts, who should bring their own supplies and projects. Other members will offer help if needed.

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

East Springfield Christ United

Methodist Church sets services

EAST SPRINGFIELD — East Springfield Christ United Methodist Church, 203 Church St., will have its service of worship for Ash Wednesday at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The service will include the imposition of ashes.

Beginning Feb. 21, each Wednesday during Lent the church will host a soup and sandwich dinner at 5:30 p.m.

A time of devotion and celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. This will include selected readings from Liz Curtis Higgs, “The Women of Easter,” and musical guests.

Local Christian musician Doc Rowe will start the Lenten journey on Feb. 21.

Brooke County Library

book club to meet

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library Book Club will meet at 5 p.m. on Feb. 22 to discuss Marie Manilla’s “Patron Saint of Ugly.”

Members also will receive a copy of March’s book, Jodi Picoult’s “Leaving Time.”

Everyone is welcome to join the free group. For information, call (304) 737-1551.

Brooke County Retired School

Employees will meet in March

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Retired School Employees will meet March 13, at Franklin United Methodist Church.

Lunch will be served at noon.

All attendees must make a reservation by calling Ruth Lewis at (304) 737-2314 by March 6.

A business meeting will follow lunch.

The guest speaker will be Andrew J. Thomas, Esq., Cipriani Law Office. The topic will be protecting the assets of the “gems of the community.”