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Historical marker honoring

Forest W. Buchanan to be

unveiled, dedicated Aug. 31

AMSTERDAM — A historical marker honoring the memory of Amsterdam’s Forest W. Buchanan will be unveiled and dedicated during a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Aug. 31 at the Amsterdam gazebo in the center of town.

The Forest Buchanan Memorial Committee, led by Chairman Mike Stone, organized the fund-raising effort that involved committee members Virginia Glenn, secretary; Mike Stone; Pat Wilkin, treasurer; and Buchanan’s relatives, Paul Bright, son-in-law, and Autumn Day, granddaughter.

He was 96 when he died in 2002.

An Amsterdam native, Buchanan was an educator and naturalist, biologist, lecturer, violinist, photographer, writer, ornithologist and sportsman who taught for 26 years at Amsterdam High School, beginning in 1928.

He also was a principal and a guidance counselor, retiring in 1972 from Springfield Local School. He traveled extensively throughout Africa, South America including the Amazon and the Caribbean Islands on safari and educational trips. A nature trail in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was named after him.

Among his many achievements Buchanan founded the Forest W. Buchanan Audubon Club, was inducted into the Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame and was honored with a bronze plaque for his work in preserving the Stillfork Swamp Nature Preserve in Carroll County. In 1996, on his 90th birthday, he was honored by the village of Amsterdam for his lifetime achievements.

“A couple years ago I thought we need to honor him somehow, and it would be great to get one of those Ohio History Connection bronze plaques,” Mike Stone had explained in a past Valley Life story. The Ohio History Connection is the former Ohio Historical Society and has a historical markers program. According to its website, the program, “encompasses more than 1,600 unique markers that tell the state’s history as written by its communities. Markers are erected by local community sponsors in partnership with the Ohio History Connection and describe the people, places, things and events of Ohio’s past. Approximately 50 new markers are completed each year.”

“His influence and what he accomplished in his field isn’t just restricted to Amsterdam, it also was a big part of Carroll County, Jefferson County and the state of Ohio,” Stone had noted.

Sunday last summer open house at Crew House Museum

RICHMOND — The Richmond Community Historical Society will host the final summer open house when it welcomes visitors to the Crew House Museum on Main Street.

It will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

There is no admission to visit the museum, but donations are welcomed. There are new items available to see, and the Jefferson Union High School memorabilia space has proven to be a popular attraction, according to a spokesperson.

Visits to the museum also can be scheduled by appointment. For information, contact Phil Judy, president, at (740) 765-4534.

WSX Management Club

scheduled to meet Monday

WEIRTON — The Weirton Steel Management Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at Giovanni’s Family Restaurant, Pennsylvania Avenue, Weirton.

All members, former members and guests are invited to attend the dinner and social time.

Fall storytime registration

under way at Weirton library

WEIRTON — The Mary H. Public Library has begun registration for its “WEIR Reading” fall 2019 storytime program.

“WEIR Reading” will run for 15 weeks from Sept. 9 through Dec. 18. There are three sessions to choose from each week: Mondays at 11 a.m.; Tuesdays at 1 p.m.; and Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

The program is intended for children ages 2-5, but younger and older siblings and friends are welcome. All children participating in “WEIR Reading” should have their own library cards. Forms are available at the children’s department desk. Questions can be directed to Nikki at (304) 797-8510.

Brooke Library book club to

discuss ‘Breakthrough’ Aug. 29

WELLSBURG — Members of the Brooke County Public Library book club will be meeting at 5 p.m. Aug. 29 to discuss the book “Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World” by Jack Andraka.

Those attending will receive the September book “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.

The book club is free and open to the public.