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17th-annual Buddy Walk at

Jim Wood Park on Sept. 28

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Valley Down Syndrome Support Group will hold its 17th-annual Buddy Walk from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 28 at Jim Wood Park in Steubenville’s West End.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. when the walk gets under way. The event will include inflatables, hot dogs and cookies, door prizes, a 50-50 drawing, a Chinese auction and music. The goal is to raise $16,000.

According to a promotional letter from Thomas Geary, chapter president, the group assists families with getting their children active in community activities, purchases medical devices needed to enhance mobility or learning, sends family members to various conferences and provides a small portion to the National Down Syndrome Society.

The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome. The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to nearly 300 or more walks planned for 2019 worldwide, according to information provided. In 2017, nearly $12 million was raised nationwide to benefit local programs and services as well as the national advocacy and public awareness initiative of NDSS that benefits all individuals with Down Syndrome.

For information, e-mail OVDSSG2003@yahoo.com.

Jefferson County Relay for Life

meeting set for Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Relay for Life officially will begin planning for the 2020 relay fundraiser during a planning meeting set for Tuesday.

It will be held in Room 2500 at Eastern Gateway Community College, beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. Anyone interested in participating is welcome to attend.

Agenda items will include discussion on having a presence at Festival in the Woods at Richmond Park on Oct. 5 and participating in the Toronto Christmas parade. Fundraisers also will be a topic.

“Make All Holidays Cancer Free” will be the theme of this year’s event, which will be held for the second year at the Toronto Jr.-Sr. High School Clarke Hinkle Stadium in a reduced time format. The relay will be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 19.

Emily Russell and Tom Simmons will return as co-chairs of the event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society. For relay information, contact Tracy Barnhouse, ACS community development manager, by phone at (740) 509-0196 or by e-mail to tracy.barnhouse@cancer.org. For ACS information, visit cancer.org. The cancer helpline number is (800) 227-2345.

Russell can be reached at emily.relay19@gmail.com.

Hancock Federation to

Democratic Women to meet

WEIRTON — The Hancock County Federation of Democratic Women held their monthly meeting on Aug. 19 at Giovanni’s Family Restaurant with President Kathy Link presiding.

Reports were given by Secretary Teresa McCombs and Treasurer Debbie Caine.

The annual meeting was to be held Sept. 13-15 at Double Tree By Hilton in Huntington, W.Va. Link and Marianne Turkal planned to attend.

Fundraising ideas at the New Cumberland River Festival set for Sept. 28-29 were discussed. The group will have a booth presence at the event. It was decided to extend the deadline of the summer 50/50 drawing to Sept. 30 with the winner to be announced at the River Festival. The winner need not be present and will be contacted by telephone.

The next meeting will be held Sept. 23 at Giovanni’s Family Restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue. Dinner is at 5 p.m. for those desiring to eat. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

The federation welcomes new members. In order to promote membership, Chair Stacy Angelo is hosting a membership drive and welcoming new members. We presently have 25 members. Prospective members must be a Democrat who resides in Hancock County. Annual dues are $10 per person, payable upon joining. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month at Giovanni’s Family Restaurant.

For information, contact Link by phone at (724) 544-6063 or by e-mail to kathylink58@gmail.com.

Jefferson Township Historical

Society meeting is Saturday

ELDERSVILLE, Pa. — The Jefferson Township Historical Society, Eldersville, will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the White Church building on Fire Road across from the fire hall.

The guest speaker will be Clay Kilgore, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society. His talk will be on the Pennsylvania/Virginia land disputes, focusing on the fighting between Pennsylvania and Virginia over the border and the conflicts that occurred between settlers from each state because of overlapping land grants.

The museum will be opened after the meeting. People do not have to be a member of the society to attend any of the meetings. All ages are welcome. There will be refreshments.

‘Cookies & Canvas’ painting

fundraiser announced

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Library will be holding a “Cookies & Canvas” painting fundraiser at 11 a.m. on Sept. 28.

Deborah Ross Smith, Paintbrush Social instructor, will instruct participants on creating a canvas painting of two Halloween cats sitting on a fence, while nibbling on sweet treats.

The cost is $35 per person. All supplies are included — paint, canvas and sweets. Limited space is available. Those interested must pre-register and pre-pay by Sept. 25. Call the circulation desk at (304) 737-1551 to reserve an easel and cookies.

Lunchtime movie Friday

‘Men in Black: International’

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Library will be showing the film “Men In Black: International,” rated PG-13, at noon on Friday.

“Two Men in Black agents fight off a new alien threat and discover a mole in the organization in this sci-fi comedy film,” notes promotional material.

Bring a lunch if desired, but popcorn and water will be provided by the library. Call the circulation desk at (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat.

Next meeting is Sept. 26

for Toronto Senior Citizens

TORONTO — Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting held Sept. 12.

Mary Alice Meyer gave the blessing for the covered-dish dinner and spoke about the lives lost during 9-11. She led members in opening exercises.

Joyce Dobbs announced September birthdays and anniversaries. Reports were given by Fran Sheets and Rosemary Bonofine. Nancy Stanak reported on the last trip for 2019. Several seats remain available for the outing to Sugarcreek on Oct. 15 to see “A Simple Sanctuary.” Those interested should call (740) 537-2895 or (740) 537-3064.

Door prize winners were Bob Richardson, Emma Spicer, Mary Koth, Nancy Stanak and Lester Grimes. Mel Simpson won the 50/50 drawing. Bingo winners were Charles Barker, Doris Matyas, Barbara Losey, Bob Richardson, Jack Billham and Skip Stanak. Scat winners were Marlene Dunn, Mary Alice Meyer. Richard and Joyce Dobbs. The next meeting will be held Sept. 26 at the Roosevelt Building.

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