Community news from around the area

Grief support group

offered for mothers

WELLSBURG — A bereavement support and education group for mothers who have experienced the death of a child will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Monday from Sept. 24 through Oct. 29 at St. John Catholic Church, 1439 Yankee St.

For information, call co-facilitators Judith Aracich, (304) 650-3056; or Terry Yost Aracich, 650-8971.

Programs and activities

at library branches listed

STEUBENVILLE — The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County has numerous activities and programs planned at its various locations, including:

Adena Branch, (740) 546-3782

Adults: Book club will meet for discussion on Monday at 5:30 p.m. Call to join.

Children: Story Time, for children ages 5-10, will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required by calling the library.

Brilliant Branch, (740) 598-4028

Children: “Kids Paint & Sip Juice Boxes” will be held Sept. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. Supplies will be provided. The program is intended for children in grades kindergarten through six. Registration is required by calling the library.

Adults: Color pages designed for adults on Monday at 6 p.m. Supplies will be provided.

Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch, (740) 769-2090

Children: Babygarten, for parents with children birth to 2, is Sept. 20, beginning at 11:15 a.m. This is a lapsit program with books, songs and rhymes to share with babies.

Adults: Book club will meet for discussion on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Call to join.

Schiappa Branch, (740) 264-6166

Adults and Teens: Teen gaming is Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Play games on Wii, Playstation and SBOX360.

A web searching class is set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Call for information and to register.

Children: Babygarten, for parents with children birth to 2, is Monday at 10:30 a.m. This is a lapsit program with books, songs and rhymes to share with babies.

Tiltonsville Branch, (740) 859-5163

Children: “Kids Paint & Sip Juice Boxes” will be held Tuesday, beginning at 6 p.m. Registration is required by calling the library.

Toronto Branch, (740) 537-1262

Children: A “Stuffed Animal Sleepover” involves dropping off a stuffed animal or doll on Wednesday. At drop-off, participants will register the animal or doll, read a story to it and then tuck it in for the night at the library. On Sept. 20 at 4 p.m., participants can pick them up and enjoy Story Hour together.

Youth-oriented contests

announced by SAR

WHEELING — With the new school year under way, the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution reminds teachers and students of several youth-oriented contests that the SAR sponsors.

They are: The Knight Historical Essay contest for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors; the Boy Scout, Eagle Scout recognition and scholarship program; the middle school brochure contest open to students in grades six through nine; and the Americanism Elementary School poster contest for fourth- and fifth-graders.

Participants may be attending public, parochial or private schools, including accredited home schools. Each contest is conducted at three levels — chapter, state and national — with awards varying at each level.

The George Washington, Fort Henry and Ebenezer Zane chapters serve the Tri-State Area. Information on the contests is available at the national society website at by clicking on the youth and education tab.

The Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideas of the war for independence. As a historical, educational and patriotic nonprofit corporation, it seeks to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for national symbols, the value of American citizenship and the unifying force of “e pluribus unum” that was created from the people of many nations — one nation and one people, according to a news release.

The SAR is open to males 18 or older who can trace their lineage back to a person who fought in or supported the cause of the American Revolution. For information, contact members Larry Perkins at (740) 695-4342; Jay Frye at (304) 312-1787; or Ron Miller at (412) 262-2467.

Brooke AARP Chapter 2910

scheduled to meet Sept. 20

WELLSBURG — Brooke Area AARP Chapter 2910 will meet Sept. 20 at the Wellsburg Moose Lodge.

Lunch will be served at noon, with a brief meeting and memorial program to follow. Members are encouraged to bring items for Christmas stockings to be sent to military personnel.

Members will be called, but others should make reservations for lunch by calling (304) 737-1018.

CASA seeks volunteers

to aid nonprofit group

FOLLANSBEE — A Child’s Place Court-Appointed Special Advocates is seeking volunteers to aid the nonprofit group in representing the interests of children involved in abuse and neglect cases in Brooke, Hancock and Jefferson counties.

Its volunteers are involved in determining if parents and guardians are adhering to court-ordered conditions and children are in a safe home. Currently the agency is handling 131 cases among the three counties. Training for volunteers, who must undergo a criminal background check, will begin Sept. 20.

For information, call (304) 737-4444.

Toys 4 Toronto accepting

donations of toys, money

TORONTO — Toys 4 Toronto is once again collecting new and gently used toys for girls and boys in the Toronto school district to make their Christmas brighter.

This year’s distribution days are scheduled for Dec. 14 and 15 at the Life Center/Goucher Building at 239 Fourth St., Toronto. Children’s ages range from newborn to age 13.

Toys can be dropped off at North River Avenue Christian Church, 207 North River Ave.; First United Methodist Church, Main and Sixth streets; or Riverview United Methodist Church, 105 B. River Ave. Monetary donations also are welcomed. They can be sent to P.O. Box 364, Toronto, OH 43964. For information, contact Amy at (740) 537-3285, Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Annual Avella History Fair

scheduled for Sept. 29

AVELLA, Pa. — The fourth-annual Avella History Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 29 at the Avella Volunteer Fire Department hall on Route 50 in Avella.

The A.D. White Research Society sponsors the event, which was presented for many years by local writer and historian Kathryn Slasor. She will be on hand with her new book of poetry, “Stepping Stones.” Copies will be available for purchase although she is unable to sign copies at the fair.

Local and regional organizations from Canonsburg to Weirton are anticipated to be part of the event. There also will be some craft vendors that will have tables, and food service will be provided by St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Avella.

Space remains available for interested organizations. For information, contact the research society by phone at (724) 344-9675 or by e-mail at

Camp Muskingum site of

one Hope for Ohio events

COLUMBUS — Four regional Hope for Ohio events will welcome youth, parents, advisers and others interested in helping young people fight the opioid epidemic.

A project of Ohio Farm Bureau and other supporting organizations, Hope for Ohio works with 4-H and Future Farmers of America members to encourage peer-to-peer prevention measures. At each event, speakers will share stories and information that will provide youth with tools needed to be prevention leaders in their communities, according to a news release.

The regional events are: Sept. 29, Beck’s research farm facility, London, noon to 3 p.m.; Nov. 3,: FFA Camp Muskingum, Carrollton, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Nov. 10: Spencerville High School, Spencerville, noon to 3 p.m.; and Nov. 17, Batavia Community Center, Batavia, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The regional events are a follow-up to last year’s statewide Hope for Ohio event held on the campus of Ohio State University and is one of several projects by Ohio and county Farm Bureaus to combat Ohio’s opioid crisis. For information or to register, visit

Adopt-A-Highway cleanup

registrations accepted

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is accepting registrations for the Adopt-A-Highway Fall Statewide Cleanup set for Sept. 29.

Volunteers are asked to register by Sept. 21 to receive garbage bags, work gloves and safety vests by calling (304) 322-5530 or e-mailing

Co-sponsored by the state DEP and the state Division of Highways, the program is administered by the WVDEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan to encourage public involvement in the elimination of highway litter. Since it was begun in 1988, citizens have cleaned up close to 70,000 miles of state highways and roads during annual spring and fall cleanups. Individuals, families and groups may pick up trash on almost any state-maintained road. Volunteers should be at least 12 years old to participate.