Community news from around the area

Harrison County Beekeepers organizing July 21 seminar

SCIO — Kirsten Traynor will be the guest speaker at the Harrison County Beekeepers seminar, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 21 at Scio United Methodist Church, 117 Maple Ave.

Traynor will cover topics that include, “The Healthy Hive,” “Easy Queen Introduction,” “Winter Preparation,” “Halting the Unstoppable Swarm” and “Varroa Biology, Management and Control.”

The day will conclude with a demonstration and comparison of varroa monitoring techniques in the apiary.

Traynor received the prestigious German Chancellor Scholarship from the Humboldt Foundation in 2006-07, annually awarded to 10 American leaders in their field. She drove more than 50,000 miles throughout Western Europe to study the differences between European and American beekeeping, reporting her findings through more than 50 published articles in national and international magazines. At the same time she interviewed scientists and medical doctors, gathering information for her book: “Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey.”

Fascinated with the social complexity of a honey bee hive, she earned her PhD in biology from Arizona State University. While a grad student, she spent almost a year in Avignon, France, in the lab of Dr. Yves Le Conte as a Fulbright Fellow. She then investigated how pesticides impact honey bee health as a post doc at the University of Maryland in the lab of Dr. vanEngelsdorp.

From 2015-17 she edited “Bee World,” published by the International Bee Research Association. She is the editor of American Bee Journal, a monthly magazine published since 1861 that is devoted to educating beekeepers. She also is the author of “Simple Smart Beekeeping.”

Traynor is an avid beekeeper, operating Flickerwood Apiary in Maryland, a boutique honey bee operation that specializes in producing high-quality nucleus colonies, locally adapted queens and gourmet honey.

Beekeeepers and anyone interested in learning about keeping honey bees are invited to attend the seminar. Pre-registration is requested, and space is limited. Registration is $15 and includes lunch if preregistered, or $20 at the door. To register contact Mary Hooker at (740) 945-0189.

Independence Day contest winners in Wellsburg named

WELLSBURG — Other winners of contests held during the city’s Independence Day celebration included:

¯ Cornhole tournament: Todd Richie and Joshua Richie, first place; Ryan Parrish and Ray Henry, second place; and Joe Burek and Bill Burek, third place.

¯ Fishing tournament: Taylor Richards, largest fish at 22 1/4 inches; Maddison Degarmo, smallest fish at 5 1/2 inches; age 6 and under, Dixie Romine, first, and Clayton Degarmo, second; ages 7-11, Sidney Beatty, first, and Jovie Degarmo, second; ages 12-16, Isaac Moore, first, and Lacey Keith, second; age 17 and older, Jason Kokosinski, first, and Ryan Lancaster, second.

¯ Horseshoe tournament: Rikki and Beth Long, first place; and Perry Jones and Tyler Hunter, second.

The winning team in the volleyball tournament consisted of Nick Breen, Justin Porco, Russell Schwertfeger and Nick DeStefano.

Weirton Farmer’s Market

gets under way Monday

WEIRTON — Beginning Monday, Weirton Farmer’s Market will be held every Monday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Goodwill parking lot on Penco Road, Weirton.

Farmer’s Market will be held weekly through Oct. 29. Local farmers will be selling freshly picked fruits and vegetables, and customers also may purchase homemade baked goods, a spokesperson noted.

For information, contact Ann at (304) 564-3805.

Country Friends announces

lineup of entertainment

COLLIERS — Country Friends will host the Owl’s Choice on Friday and the US band on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

The doors open at 6 p.m, the dance starts at 7 p.m., and the hall closes at 10 p.m. for both events. There is a $5 cover charge per person on dance nights.

Open mic is Monday. The doors open at 4 p.m., the covered-dish meal is served at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge on Mondays, but donations are appreciated.

The last Friday of the month is gospel or charity night with a donation made to a church or charity.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity. For information on Country Friends or for cancellations, call (304) 479-1270, (304) 748-2816 or (304) 797-0122. For a monthly schedule e-mail

C.H.A.N.G.E. offers free lunch

program through July 27

Through July 27, C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. is offering free cold lunches to any youth under 18 at the following locations:

Wellsburg’s 4th Ward Park from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; Beech Bottom’s Third Street Park from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday; the Brooke County Public Library from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; the Follansbee Branch Library from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Follansbee Park from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A grant from the federal Summer Food Service Program allows the agency to provide the meals at those sites and for the Energy Express summer reading programs at Brooke, Oak Glen and Weir high schools.

Parents of children with food allergies should contact C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. at (304) 797-7733.

Follansbee church providing

food backpacks to youth

FOLLANSBEE — The Community of Christ Church of Follansbee is offering backpacks filled with food to Brooke County youth age 18 and under between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each Friday in July. For questions, call (304) 374-3429.

Pool party for those with

disabilities offered July 19

WEIRTON — The West Virginia Northern Panhandle Autism Society is sponsoring a free pool party for any individuals with disabilities and their families from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 19 at Starvaggi Memorial Pool.

Pizza and other snacks will be provided by the group, which doesn’t provide supervision for attendees. The group also holds a community activity night from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month during the summer at the Christian Fellowship Park at 89 Virginia Ave.

Crocheting group to meet

Wednesday at Brooke library

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Library’s crocheting group will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

It is open to adults at all levels of sewing experience, who are encouraged to bring their own supplies and projects. Members are willing to help those new to the hobby. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free group.