Historical photos sought
WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Genealogy group is collecting historical pictures from throughout Brooke County, depicting all aspects of life, including families, schools, buildings, businesses and industry and mining, to be compiled in a pictorial history book.
The group asks residents to share their photographs and provide contact information, 50 words or less describing each photo, the approximate date, location and any names and identification possible. The photos must be either an original or a quality copy. Contributions will be acknowledged. Pictures can be mailed to: Brooke County Genealogy, care of Brooke County Library, 10th and Main streets, Wellsburg, WV 26070. Also, photos can be dropped off at the library. For information, contact Pictorial History Project Chair Marilyn McCord at (304) 737-1016 or visit the website at brookecountywvgenealogy. org.
Volunteers needed to
curb child abuse
WELLSBURG - Rhonda Stubbs, executive director of A Child's Place Court-Appointed Special Advocate program, has become a authorized facilitator of the Stewards of Children program and will be training volunteers to teach parents and others how they can prevent the sexual abuse of children.
A training program will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at CASA's office at Charles Street. The cost is $15, but scholarships are available, so money should not be a barrier to participating, Stubbs said.
Stubbs said 10 children receive additional protection from sexual abuse for every adult who receives training through the program. For information, call Stubbs at (304) 737-4444 or visit www.darkness2light.org.
Church to pay for gas
WELLSBURG - Instead of going to church on Sunday, members of Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church will be manning the pumps at five gas stations and picking up the tab for their customers. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. that morning church members will pay for the cost of gasoline for customers at Maloney's Exxon and the Smith Oil and Mobil stations in Wellsburg and the Follansbee Sunoco and Kwik King stations in a move intended only to spread the Christian message, said Bryce Grieco, the church's pastor.
Grieco said the church will pay for a set amount of gasoline based on the number of pumps at each station, and the station's owners have agreed to lower the gasoline's price during those hours in light of the free labor provided by the church.
Grieco said the hours were chosen because they coincide with many churches' worship hours and the church's goal is to encourage those who don't attend church to do so in a no-pressure way.
Grieco expects to involve about 100 volunteers in the effort. Children in the church will be participating in a program there instead.
He said local police have been advised of the event in case of news of it leads to heavier traffic near the stations. Grieco said the practice, known as a "gas buy-down," has been done by churches elsewhere in the country.
Taxpayers may use
credit cards, Internet
WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Tax Office reminds the county's taxpayers it's accepting payments by credit card and online through its website at www.brookecountysheriff.com/tax.
The names of those delinquent in their payments also can be found at the website.
Maureen Williams, the county's chief tax deputy, advised the credit card payments do involve a fee of 2.9 percent or $2, whichever is greater, that is collected by the company that processes the payments for the county.
There's also a fee for those who pay through the website.
Williams said those who pay after the taxes' due date may be charged 0.75 percent interest for each month or 9 percent for each year they fail to pay as well as fees involved in publishing their name in a local newspaper, as required by law, and notifying them of their delinquency by certified letters.
Owners of real estate who fail to pay taxes by the due date will have it put up for auction and will be charged for the cost to advertise and conduct the auction. Any property not sold becomes the state's. Former property owners have 18 months after the sale to reclaim it, either through the private property owner or the state. For information, call the tax department at (304) 737-3663.
Summer reading, math help offered
WELLSBURG - The All For Reading Learning Center will be holding a summer program for children and teens with dyslexia or difficulties with reading or math, from Monday to Aug. 5.
Based at the former St. John School, the program will involve two 50-minute sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, said instructor Teresa Kowcheck who, with Cathy Hervey, have been certified in the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading.
The two teachers have undergo two years of training in the method is geared to students' various senses and has been found to be successful with children with learning dyslexia but can be helpful to all children, Kowcheck said.
Caitlin Kocher, a recent graduate of Marshall University who will be entering West Virginia University medical school, also will be available as a math tutor.
Parents interested in registering their children should call (304) 914-7471 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by June 25.
Tax exemption a available to seniors, disabled
WELLSBURG - Owners of a house or mobile home who were 64 on or before July 1 or who are totally and permanently disabled may apply for the homestead exemption, which reduces by $20,000 the assessed value of their home.
Applications for the exemption are taken through county assesssor's offices in West Virginia between July 1 and Oct. 1 each year.
For information, call the Brooke County Assessor's Office at (304) 737-3667.
Volunteers sought for emergency response
WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Office of Emergency Management is working to establish a community emergency response team of volunteers who would perform various tasks in the event of a communitywide emergency such as a flood or blizzard.
Bob Fowler, the county's director of emergency management, said volunteers are needed from all walks of life. Individuals with experience in firefighting, search and rescue and first aid are sought, but residents willing to man phones and assist people at emergency shelters also are needed. Plans call for the volunteers to undergo 40 hours of training, with classes to meet for 7 or 8 hours once a week. The training will be suited to the tasks each individual is interested in performing, he said.
Those interested in participating are encouraged to attend a kickoff meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Brooke High School auditorium or call (304) 737-5002.
Fowler said attendees will be given a questionnaire aimed at determining the person's experience and preferences regarding volunteer service and any limitations.
He said seniors who underwent CERT training during the program's administration by Larry Rea and Tom R. Diserio several years ago are welcome to participate.
Colliers woman honored
COLLIERS - Darcy Riggs of Colliers has been named a 2010 Champion for Seniors by the Assisted Living Federation of America, which cited her exemplary professional service and commitment to seniors.
Riggs is assistant director of dining services at County Meadows in South Hills, Pa.
Car show to benefit
WELLSBURG - A classic car show to benefit Brooke County Special Olympics will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Dollar General Market.
There will be music from disc jockey Spikeman, food and door prizes. Registration will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the cost for car owners is $5. There will be 15 trophies and 50 dash plaques awarded. For information, call Bill Furioli at (304) 737-1376.
FOLLANSBEE - Follansbee Community Days will be kicked off with a community prayer breakfast July 2 and a picnic at Follansbee Park, with live entertainment, July 3.
The breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. at the Follansbee Community House at the park.
Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased in advance at the Follansbee City Building or at the door.
The picnic in the park will include free food, games for children and music by Ron Retzer from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Hot Pursuit from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. A limited number of chairs will be available, but visitors are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets.
The festival will be held July 8-10 and include food, games and music by a variety of nationally and locally known musicians, including Bobby Lewis and The Contours. More details will be announced.
Republican Party meets
WELLSBURG - Brooke County Republicans will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Brooke County Public Library.
The group will discuss the upcoming Reagan Day Dinner to be held in cooperation with the Hancock County Republicans.
All area Republicans and conservatives are welcome.