Community news from around the area

Fish fry set for Friday at

Toronto American Legion

TORONTO — The Toronto American Legion Post 86 is holding a fish fry from noon to 6 p.m. Friday. It is open to the public.

Carry-outs will be available.

The post is located at 415 Market St. The phone number is (740) 537-9317.

Fundraiser Sunday in Bergholz

to benefit local teenager

BERGHOLZ — A spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction fundraiser will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bergholz Fire Hall to benefit 15-year-old Ian Cornish of Richmond, who has brian cancer.

The dinner will include spaghetti, salad, roll, drink and dessert. Patrons can dine in or get take-out. The suggested donation is $8 for adults and $4 for children age 10 and younger.

There also will be a Chinese auction featuring at least 50 baskets.

For information, contact Connie Stewart at (740) 768-2796 or Kathy Gill at (740) 765-4963.

Four Seasons Seniors

set to meet March 21

WEIRTON — The Four Seasons Senior Citizens held their February meeting at Undo’s with President Chris Sklenar presiding.

Tony LaRosa gave the opening and closing prayers.

After dinner, members were entertained by Chuck Lucas, who played the acoustic guitar and sang.

The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read.

Birthdays were acknowledged.

The free dinner went to Lola Starvaggi. Anthony Beltram and Mike DiBiase won the 50-50 drawing. Other prize winners were DiBiase, Janet Orler, Beltram, Sklenar and Joyce Dobbs.

The next meeting will be held March 21.

Moms’ Mid-Day Vacay offering

meal, support on Thursdays

WEIRTON — Northern Panhandle Parents as Teachers will be offering a time for mothers to partake of a light meal while discussing with other mothers ways to take care of themselves from 11 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Thursday of each month beginning next week.

Dubbed Moms’ Mid-Day Vacay, the gatherings will be held at the Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network’s office at 1500 Potomac Ave. and include activities for children.

Easter Bunny letters being

offered to area boys and girls

WELLSBURG — The Friends of the Brooke County Public Library, with help from the Easter Bunny, are once again sending personalized letters from the Easter Bunny to all boys and girls in the area.

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends may request to have a letter sent to anyone special in their lives. The cost is $2 per letter.

The Friends of the Library also are creating personalized children’s books. Children will be able to read about themselves by name along with characters in the books. The books also will say who gave the book, when given, names of the child’s friends and where they live.

There is a large selection of books with different themes to choose from. The books in stock can be produced in a few days. Books that have to be ordered can be ready within a week.

The cost is $15 per book. Stop in at the Brooke County Public Library, located at 945 Main St. in Wellsburg, or the Follansbee Branch Library, located at 844 Main St. in Follansbee, to order Easter Bunny letters and personalized books and support the Friends of the Brooke County Public Library.

For information call the Brooke County Library at (304) 737-1551 or the Follansbee Branch at (304) 527-0860

Three Arts Club meeting

April 19 for ‘Paint, Sip, Dip’

TORONTO — The Three Arts Club of Toronto met March 1 at the Toronto Junior/Senior High School for a fine arts display and band and choir concert.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on April 19 at the home of Joann Barnes. Amanda Speece will present the “Paint, Sip and Dip” program.

Oak Glen Class of 1968

making reunion plans

NEW CUMBERLAND — Oak Glen High School’s Class of 1968 is making plans for its 50-year reunion to be held Oct. 6 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort.

It will include dinner, dancing and entertainment. The reunion committee is looking for the addresses of several classmates. For information, call Jim Durham, (304) 387-2566; Sondra, (304) 387-4425; or Connie, (304) 387-0880).

Scholarship applications

accepted from Brooke students

WELLSBURG — The Wellsburg Applefest Committee is accepting applications from Brooke High School students for two college scholarships.

The group seeks two hard-working Brooke students, a male and a female, involved in volunteer service.

To be eligible, the recipients must submit a 250-word essay detailing their volunteer experience, hold a grade-point average of 2.5 or better and state their plans to further their education, whether it be through a college or university, trade school or online accredited classes.

The essay should be accompanied by contact information, including the applicant’s mailing address, e-mail address and phone number and sent to: Wellsburg Applefest Committee, P.O. Box 108, Wellsburg, WV 26070.

Author to speak at WLU

Hughes Lecture series

WEST LIBERTY — Best-selling author Jeannette Walls, who wrote the memoir, “The Glass Castle,” will be the guest lecturer at West Liberty University’s Hughes Lecture on March 22.

Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held at 7 p.m. at College Hall, with a book signing and reception to follow in the Boyle Conference Center.

“We are excited to present Jeannette Walls to our students and the community, and we encourage the public to join us for the Hughes Lecture this spring,” said William Scott Hanna, an English professor at WLU.

In “The Glass Castle,” Walls details her life growing up in extreme poverty and her emergence from it. The memoir was named one of Amazon’s top 10 books of the decade and was the inspiration for a movie of the same name starring Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and Brie Larson as Jeannette.

She also is author of two other best-sellers, “The Silver Star” and “Half Broke Horses.” The latter was named one of the 10 best books of 2009 by the New York Times Book Review.

Through her lecture Walls will take audiences on her resilient journey in the pursuit of authenticity, revealing the power of courage and determination, and reveal bittersweet anecdotes that exemplify the rewards that come from confronting challenges.

Born in Phoenix, Walls describes her nomadic childhood and time spent in Welch, W.Va., her father’s hometown. After moving to New York at age 17, she went on to graduate from Barnard College and become a New York journalist.

She now resides in rural Virginia, with her husband, writer John Taylor.

Begun in the 1970s, the Hughes Lecture Series is named for Raymond Grove Hughes, an English professor at WLU for 40 years who didn’t allow the effects of polio to keep him from being an active member of the college community.