Community news from around the area

Ohio Valley BPW to meet

Tuesday, plan for annual

Wine and Shoe Extravaganza

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women will resume the second half of 2017-18 club meeting year, gathering Tuesday at the Schiappa Branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

The dinner meeting begins at 6 p.m.

“Angela Lombardo will be providing dinner along with speaking on ‘Mindset and Meal Prep,'” explained Sara Lane, BPW president.

Those planning to attend, including interested newcomers, are encouraged to RSVP by Friday to Lane at The dinner cost is $15.

Aside from Lane, officers are Sarita Asawa, vice president; Marie-Helene Wilson, treasurer; and Mary Lou Jones, secretary.

Other meetings and events on the club agenda are: Feb. 20, author party at the Schiappa branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County; March, the annual wine and shoe extravaganza fundraiser, with the date, venue and honorees to be announced; April 17, speaker Trish Maple at The Inn at Brandywine, 786 twp. Road, 244, Toronto; and May 15, the scholarship awards banquet and officer installation at The Laurels of Steubenville, 500 Stanton Blvd., Steubenville.

The BPW state conference will be held May 18-20, which Lane said she plans to attend and hopes to recruit five members to also participate.

Building the local BPW membership — and retaining it — is a priority for the organization, Lane announced at the club’s kickoff meeting in September, noting she hopes to grow it from 20 to 35.

Membership is open to area women with dinner meetings held September through May at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at various locations. It connects its members with mentors, colleagues and friends for career networking and supports women through career transitions and at different levels of industry. Annual membership is $40. Contact Lane at for information.

The group’s one fundraiser is the annual wine and shoe extravaganza that includes recognizing Women of the Year honorees and raising money for the group to award a traditional scholarship; a scholarship for a nontraditional student; and a Nike Club scholarship.

Wednesday crocheting group for beginners through experts

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

The group is for adults, beginners through experts. Those attending should bring their own supplies and projects. If anyone need help, someone will be available to assist or instruct. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

West Virginia Writers Inc.

taking entries for competition

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Writers Inc. is accepting submissions for its annual writing contests, with a total of $5,075 in cash prizes to go to winners.

For the first time, the organization will be accepting online submissions at, where details about contest rules may be found. The deadline for submissions is March 15.

Since 1982, West Virginia Writers Inc. has held an annual writing contest for adults, accepting original, unpublished entries in a variety of themed writing categories.

This year’s categories include children’s books, books for the middle grades and young adults, short stories, short nonfiction, short poetry, long poetry, book-length prose, humor, mysteries up to 5,000 words and a new category for unproduced scripts for film and television.

There’s also the Pearl S. Buck Award, sponsored by the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, for prose and poetry inspired by Buck’s tradition of writing to encourage positive change in culture and society.

The contest is open to adult residents of West Virginia and any member of WV Writers Inc. residing outside the state. There is a $12 entry fee for book length entries and screenplays and a $10 entry fee for all other categories.

There’s also the New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest, with different age divisions, for young writers under 18.

Brooke Library adds coloring

club for adults and youth

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library has added a coloring club for adults and youth who enjoy coloring for relaxation.

Anyone may take part from 10:30 a.m to noon or 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Materials will be provided but participants are welcome to bring their own. For information, call (304) 737-1551.

Veteran benefits information

offered Friday at claims clinic

WHEELING — The Pittsburgh Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will host a claims clinic Friday where veterans and their family members may meet with claim representatives and receive assistance with the claims filing process.

The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wheeling Vet Center at 1058 East Bethlehem Blvd.

The Pittsburgh office is one of 56 around the country whose focus is financial benefits for eligible Veterans and their families, such as disability compensation for service-related injuries or illnesses, pension for lower-income disabled and senior citizen veterans and their survivors, as well as education, home loan and life insurance benefits.

VISTA proposals accepted

from public, private nonprofits

The AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America program is accepting proposals from public and private nonprofit groups for the use of VISTA workers in local endeavors focused on helping those in poverty in such areas as drug abuse and other health issues, education, veterans and their families, the environment and disaster services.

For information about submitting proposals, in the form of concept papers, visit the national organization’s website at and select “2018 AmeriCorps VISTA STATE,” e-mail or call (800) 942-2677.