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January 21, 2013
The Herald-Star

Auxiliary to

send Valentines

The Tri-State Marine Corps Club Auxiliary in Weirton held its monthly meeting Jan. 14 at the Serbian American Cultural Center with President Joan Spano presiding.

Marcy Spano gave the devotions, reading "God Calls Us to a Life of Faith."

Maxine Ragan led members in prayer.

Reports were given by Ragan, treasurer, and Carol Lyons, recording secretary, who read correspondence, including letters from Barboursville Veterans Home Administrator Stacy Brown thanking Joan Spano for gifts sent to residents for the holidays, and Matthew Merola thanking the group for Christmas stockings sent to active duty troops in Afghanistan.

Sunshine Chair Mary Ann Elliott reported on cards sent. Joan Spano reminded members to send a card to their secret pal in January.

Joan Spano gave the auxiliary's adopted veteran Daniel Lyons lottery tickets as a New Year gift. She sent seven birthday cards and 20 calendars to veterans home residents. She also sent Christmas cards to Marines stationed at Parris Island.

The auxiliary will purchase a wreath for Memorial Day and for Veterans Day.

The group will be sending Valentines and healthy snacks to active duty troops and Tri-State area veterans in February.

The auxiliary made donations to the veterans home and the Tri-State Young Marines.

Carol Mack won the 50/50 drawing.

The next auxiliary meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11.

It is a brown bag meal.

Partnership to

be workshop topic

Harrison Community Hospital's monthly diabetes workshop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the hospital cafeteria.

Kevin Milligan, assistant administrator at the hospital, will discuss the new "telestroke" partnership with Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

"Stroke is always a medical emergency, and research shows that treatment by an expert stroke team within three to six hours of your first symptom can slow or stop the effects of stroke," according to a press release.

"When a suspected stroke patient arrives at the Harrison Community Hospital emergency department, a 'stroke alert' is activated at both the OSU center and at Harrison, which mobilizes a team of stroke experts who, through the use of telemetry and real-time testing and patient interview, can help the care team at Harrison determine the best treatment option for the patient," the new release continues.

"As a primary stroke center in the state, the OSU Wexner Medical Center was the first academic medical center in Ohio to go live with telestroke and the first health system in Ohio to extend its network beyond affiliate hospitals," the release notes.

The free educational sessions are held the first Thursday of each month featuring physicians, dieticians and other health care professionals and covering a variety of topics.

Future programs will feature speakers on Alzheimer's Disease, diet and nutrition, women's health and other health topics.

Reservations are not required. Light refreshments are served, and there is a drawing for a door prize.

Transportation is available through the Harrison County Rural Transit by calling (740) 942-1369.

Science camp

participation eyed

The National Youth Science Foundation in Bartow, W.Va., is accepting applications from high school seniors for attendance at the 2013 National Youth Science Camp, which will be held from June 26 to July 20 at Camp Pocahontas.

Those applying must demonstrate academic proficiency and recognition in mathematics or science; leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in school and community activities; skills and achievements outside of science and academics; and curiosity.

Applications are available online at

Complete applications must be postmarked no later than Feb. 15.

Two West Virginia students will be selected to attend the honors program, along with student delegates from each state and some foreign countries by invitation from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Delegates attend the National Youth Science Camp at no expense, with transportation included.

Activities include small group, hands-on science seminars; evening science lectures; athletic and recreational activities; and art and music.

Recent speakers at the camp include Dr. Noel Hinners, former NASA deputy director; Dr. D.B. "Zoon" Nguyen; Dr. Jill Morris of the National Institutes of Health; and Dr. Vladimir Chaloupka of the University of Washington Physics Department.

The camp also includes an outdoor adventure program. Three times during camp, delegates go on overnight outdoor trips, which may include backpacking, rock climbing, caving, kayaking, mountain biking or science field experiences.

Delegates also participate in a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., where West Virginia's senior U.S. Senate member hosts a luncheon in the delegates' honor, attended by other senators.

The luncheon also includes a keynote speech, and recent speakers include Dr. John Holdren; Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson; Dr. Michael Griffin, NASA administrator; and Mr. Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer.

For information, contact Dr. Andrew Blackwood at or (304) 205-9724, extension 91.

OGS chapter plans

2013 activities

The Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will hold an open house at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Powell's Lane, Wintersville, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 11.

A review of the "hands on" to using the free website of will be held, and all the sources that have been recently added will be shared.

"We will share hints on how to improve research skills, using the Internet," Flora VerStraten-Merrin, chapter president, said.

New officers will be recognized at the open house, including in addition to Ver-Straten-Merrin; Judy Schmidt, vice president; Naomi Furbee, treasurer; and Edward "Buddy" Merrin, senior trustee with John Flenniken and Mike Donohue serving as trustees.

Refreshments will be served, and the open house is free to the public.

Members who would like to volunteer at the office with the records preservation project can reply to Merrin at

Office hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

There are extended hours for anyone researching from out of town and on Saturday by appointment only.

The office phone number is (740) 346-2820 for those with research query questions.

The query fee is $25 per ancestor, or clients can be referred to private researchers.

In planning the calendar for the year, June 10 was selected for the meeting at the Latter-Day Saints church. It will begin at 6:30 p.m., with Lyle Zerla discussing Morgan's Raid.

Zerla also is planning a walking tour of Morgan's Raiders on July 27 and will give additional information about that tour during the presentation. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

A picnic will be held Sept. 14, with a location to be announced. It will begin at noon, with those attending bringing dishes from their ancestors' countries and recipes.

A Christmas luncheon will be held Dec. 2 with "A Christmas Feeling" as the theme of the event.

Little-known sources housed at the Jefferson County Courthouse will be shared, including stories about various sources found and how they can assist in research efforts. The "inventory of sources," moved from the county repositories to the genealogy office will be the discussed as well.

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