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July 8, 2011
The Herald-Star

Help available for homeowners

CHARLESTON - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced West Virginia homeowners at risk of foreclosure may be eligible for the Emergency Homeowners Loan Program.

Applications will be accepted through July 22 for the program, which is offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

It was established to provide emergency mortgage assistance to homeowners who are temporarily or involuntarily unemployed or underemployed as a result of the economy or a medical condition and are at risk of foreclosure.

Eligible homeowners receive a no interest, forgivable loan to pay past-due mortgage payments and a portion of mortgage payments for up to 24 consecutive months, or $50,000, whichever comes first.

For information, visit or call (855) FIND-EHLP.

Buddy Poppy campaign held

WELLSBURG - The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2716 Auxiliary held Buddy Poppy Days May 7-8, with members distributing the poppies in Weirton, Follansbee and Wellsburg.

Frances Dennison, who coordinated the distribution in the latter two cities, expressed thanks to volunteers Phyllis Darrah, Joyce Tennant, Howard Bertram, Betty Darrah and Juanita Snoderly and residents who supported the campaign.

She also expressed thanks to Sheila Adams' Sunday School at Wellsburg Christian Church for the birthday cards they made for residents at the state veterans home in Barboursville and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ujcich and Essie Taylor for treats donated for residents of local nursing homes.

Arts festival to be held

WHEELING - The Wheeling Arts Fest will be held at the Ohio County Public Library, located at 52 16th St., Aug. 20.

The library will host local writers, including Marc Harshman at 10 a.m., George Fetherling at 11 a.m., Sean O'Leary at noon and Keith Maillard at 2:30 p.m.

The library is offering space at the venue for local authors with published works who are looking for an opportunity to meet and greet with the public and speak about their work.

The library also is seeking volunteers to assist with the festival.

Other arts festival venues will include the West Virginia Independence Hall and West Virginia Northern Community College - Wheeling Campus.

Those interested in setting up a table or volunteering can contact Sean Duffy at (304) 232-0244 or For information about the arts festival, visit the Wheeling Arts Fest Facebook page.

Stories sought from WWII vets

WHEELING - Jeffrey Rutherford, Wheeling Jesuit University history professor; and Sean Duffy, Ohio County Public Library programmer; invite local World War II veterans to share their stories.

Video and audio recordings of interviews of interested veterans, along with scans of photographs, letters, journals and other artifacts, will be added to a searchable database for use by researchers and history students.

In the long term, a book about the Ohio Valley in the Second World War may also be created.

Families of deceased World War II veterans who are in possession of photographs, service-related documents, medals, letters and journals, and who would like their relative to be included in this project are also invited to contact Rutherford at (304) 243-2276 or by email at or Duffy at (304) 232-0244 or by email at lunchwithbooks@

Car cruise set for Sunday

FOLLANSBEE - The Ohio Valley Mopar Club will hold a classic car cruise from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday on Virginia Avenue during Follansbee Community Days.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m., with dash plaques going to the first 100 participants and a special award going to the first 65.

In addition to the Community Days festivities, there will be music by disc jockey Spikeman, door prizes and a 50-50 drawing.

In the event of rain, the event will be moved to July 17.

Colliers Christian Church to hold VBS

COLLIERS - "Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street" will be the theme for the Colliers Christian Church vacation Bible school to be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 12-15. The program will include crafts, treats, lessons and contests. Earl Bailey is the church's pastor.

Civil War subject of dinner

AVELLA, Pa. - Air Force Brigadier Gen. Duncan Campbell will discuss the role played by the Duncans and the Campbells in the Civil War at a dinner held by the A.D. White Research Society at 11 a.m. July 16 at St. Michael's Church Hall. The dinner is part of the Valenti Cultural Lecture program. The cost is $12, and reservations should be made by calling Dory Sprowls at (724) 587-3542.

Weekly summer camp set

FOLLANSBEE - The Kids With Spirit Summer Camp will be held at Follansbee Park from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday through Aug. 17.

Sponsored by Follansbee Presbyterian Church, the event is free for children in grades K-5 and includes dinner, games and a Bible story.

No reservations are necessary.

Democratic Women to meet

FOLLANSBEE - The Brooke County Federation of Democratic Women will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Follansbee Branch Library.

The group will discuss the Night at the Races fundraiser to be held Aug. 6. Members who haven't paid their dues for the year should call Membership Chair Elsie Pompa at (304) 527-4379. Refreshments will be served and new members are always welcome.

Senor companions needed

FOLLANSBEE - The Brooke-Hancock-Ohio-Marshall Retired and Senior Volunteer Program seeks individuals 55 or older to serve as Senior Companions, for which they will receive a small stipend and mileage for providing assistance to seniors in need.

The companions must perform 20 to 40 hours of service per week and will receive $2.65 per hour and 35 cents per mile.

They must meet certain income requirements and pass a background check and physical.

For information, call (304) 527-3410.

Author to present book reading

WELLSBURG - Lena Pellegrino Derosa, author of "Little Sixty," will read excerpts from her book on growing up as an Italian-Americanin Appalachia at 4 p.m. Friday at the Brooke County Public Library.

Derosa, who lived in Rosemont, W.Va., during the Great Depression and World War II, also will have copies of her book for sale and for signing.

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

Library events have multicultural theme

WELLSBURG - In keeping with the theme of its summer reading program, "One World, Many Stories," the Brooke County Public Library and its Follansbee branch will be offering activities inspired by foreign cultures next week.

On Wednesday visitors to the Brooke County Library are invited to pick up a blank mask and enter its Design Your Own African Mask Contest using crayons, markers and any other materials they like. The masks should be returned by July 25 for judging.

The Follansbee Library's story and craft time Thursday at noon will be inspired by the country and continent "down under," Australia. Call (304) 527-0860 to reserve a space in the free program.

And both libraries' craft tables on Tuesday will allow children to create a variety of African animal crafts. The table may be visited throughout the day while materials last.

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