Cherry Blossom ceremony Thursday
The Mingo Business Association and Hills Elementary School will join together for the seventh-annual Cherry Blossom Memorial Park Ceremony set to be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Cherry Blossom Memorial Park.
Each April, children from Hills Elementary School are invited to take part in a ceremony at the Cherry Blossom Park where attendees hear a brief history about it.
This year, fourth-graders were invited to write an essay about what the park means to them. Four winners have been chosen and will read their essays at the ceremony where they also will be presented certificates.
The Mingo Junction Business Association started the project in 2007 when 27 cherry trees were planted at the park, which is located at the bottom of St. Clair Street, with 43 teachers and staff inducted in 2008.
The business association wanted to recognize teachers and staff of Mingo High School and Harmony, Hills, St. Agnes and Mingo Central schools. Mingo High School served the village for a century beginning in 1893.
At the ceremony, students are told about the significance of the trees, the memorial wall, the three flags, the fence and pavers. They also are instructed on how to care for the trees and participate in providing the needed maintenance for that year. The children also participate in the installation of new flags, which are obtained from local congressmen and senators' offices, and pavers.
The ceremony is open to the public. Food and refreshments will be available.
Safe driving class offered
An AARP safe driving day class will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9 at the Brooke County Public Library.
Taught by Mel Vorhees, the class is geared to mature adults who may or may not be experiencing problems with diminishing vision, hearing and reaction time.
Rules of the road are viewed along with safe driving techniques. Most insurance agencies offer a discount on vehicle insurance premiums to those who have completed this course. Participants must attend both days to receive a certificate.
There is a $15 fee for members and a $20 fee for nonmembers to cover class materials.
To enroll, call the Brooke-Hancock-Ohio-Marshall RSVP office at (304) 527-3410.
Community prayer breakfast set
A community prayer breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Wellsburg United Methodist Church, 11th and Charles streets, Wellsburg.
The free breakfast is sponsored by Mayor Sue Simonetti, the Wellsburg Kiwanis Club and Wellsburg Ministerial Association.
Busy time for horse committee
The Harrison County 4-H Horse Committee has a busy May planned, beginning with Saturday set aside as the annual tack, craft and vendor swap starting at 8 a.m. at the Harrison County Fairgrounds-Junior Fair Building, 550 Grant St., Cadiz.
"This year we have added additional items to our usual selection of tack and show clothing," noted Sherri VanTassel, committee chair. "We are inviting crafters and vendors, including Scentsy, Thirty-One and related items."
Tables are available for $10 and can be obtained by calling VanTassel at (740) 546-4706 or Tim Tanner at the Extension office at (740) 942-8823.
The committee will host a free educational program at 11 a.m. that day on "Horse Conformation - Form to Function," and from noon to 2 p.m., Dr. Polly Modransky will provide discounted fecal floats at $10 each. "The conformation program is great with a wonderful DVD," said Laynette Shively, vice chair.
"The fecal floats are important with the rise in equine resistance to chemical dewormers - you can save money and provide better care to your horse, she said." Fecal collection kits are available free of charge by calling VanTassel or Tanner.
A food stand will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other May activities will include a work day to clean up around the horse arena at the fairgrounds and do any needed repairs. It will be held May 24 starting at 9 a.m. While 4-H and FFA horse members are expected to attend, supporters are welcome to assist.
The next in the committee's series of equine education programs will be held on May 25 at 4 p.m. at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, weather permitting, or in the classroom of the Harrison County Hospital. Master Saddle Fitter Bob Schneder of Wilmington, Ohio, will provide a seminar on proper tack fitting for horse and rider. If the weather permits, participants will be able to bring their horses and tack to be fitted directly.
Door prizes and refreshments are provided. Non-4-H members are asked to RSVP to Tanner. The program is free to the public, and 4-H/FFA horse youth are strongly encouraged to attend.
An open horse show will be held at the Harrison County Fairgrounds on May 31, starting at 9 a.m. Vickey Dunn of Moundsville will be judging the show. Show bills can be obtained by calling VanTassel or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The committee has worked hard to improve the quality of the programs and events to help 4-H/FFA Horse Youth learn and grow," VanTassel said. "The educational programs have been a big hit, and other counties are starting to model the series."
Mission to hold indoor yard sale
The Holy Family Catholic Mission Altar Rosary Society will hold an indoor yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 and 9 a.m. to noon May 10 at the church, which is located at state Route 2 and Church Street, Beech Bottom.
Donations are welcome but no large items or clothing are needed. For information about donating, call (304) 394-5745 or 394-1174.
Church to hold gospel meetings
Wellsburg Church of Christ will hold gospel meetings at 7:30 p.m. May 5-9 and at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 4 and 9.
The guest speaker will be Joe Shane. The church is at 92 Rose Cottage Lane, formerly Sunset Avenue, Wellsburg.
Those unable to attend can hear the services shortly after they are held at www.truthandright.org, where visitors also will find information about the church.
Final meeting for CCHS reunion plans
The Steubenville Catholic Central High School Class of 1964 will hold one more planning session for its June 13-14 reunion set to be held at the Steubenville Country Club.
The final meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on May 20 at Lancelot's Restaurant in Wintersville.
The program for the reunion will be discussed, a list of classmates attending will be distributed, and general business pertaining to the success of the affair will be addressed. All interested parties are invited to attend.
Questions can be directed to Pat Wells by phone at (740) 381-0083 or by e-mail to email@example.com.
Festival holding first-time drawing
The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival is holding its first 50-50 drawing for the 32nd-annual festival.
Tickets are $50 each. The drawing will be held at the close of the festival on July 27. Winner need not be present. The minimum prize is $1,500.
All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival scholarships.
For information, contact Kim Smith at the festival office at (304) 233-1090 or contact any festival board member.
The festival will be held July 25-27 in Wheeling.
New recruit boot camp planned
The Tri-State Young Marines will be having a new recruit boot camp beginning June 9.
Two informational meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 12 and May 19.
It is required that a parent or guardian attend at least one of the meetings to learn about the program and fill out required documentation.
The group meets in the basement of the Sacred Heart of Mary Church, 200 Preston Ave., Weirton.
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (740) 381-0383 or (740) 632-0817 for information.