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January events at Mary H. Weir Public Library detailed

WEIRTON — Several January events at the Mary H. Weir Public Library, 3442 Main St., have been announced by Nikki Jagela, children’s program services specialist.

– The library will present “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” rated PG, at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission and popcorn are free, and guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and soft drinks if they so desire.

The accessible Walnut Street doors will open at 1:45 p.m. No reservations are necessary.

– The Weir Building LEGO Club will meet at the library from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 21. The “Weir Building” will meet the third Tuesday of each month between January and May. Children of all ages are welcome. Those under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. There are no fees and no registration requirements. All builders will receive a free “Weir Building” logo button.

– The library has begun registration for its Weir Reading winter/spring Story Time program. It will run 15 weeks from Monday, Feb. 3 through Wednesday, May 13. There are three sessions to choose between each week: Mondays at 11 a.m.; Tuesdays at 3 p.m.; and Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

The program is intended for 2-5-year-olds, but younger and older siblings and friends are welcome. All children participating in Weir Reading Story Times should have their own library cards. There is no cost for this program, but registration is required. Forms are available on the children’s department desk or call Jagela at (304) 797-8510 with any questions or concerns.

Member’s trip to Italy serves as sorority chapter’s program

STEUBENVILLE — Members of Ohio Beta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Teacher’s Sorority met on Jan. 7 at Malara Hall in Steubenville.

Member Michele Fabbro presented a program about her trip to Italy last summer. Fabbro received a fellowship and attended classes for three weeks there, learning why people left Italy and why some returned.

During this time, she explained she was required to complete two projects. One involved writing a poem about her identity, which she read to the group. The second project was creating a photo journal of her grandparents coming to America. When this is completed, she will share it with fellowship participants at a five-year reunion planned in New York.

President Peggy Pyle welcomed members and presided at the business meeting, where she announced that the Northeast Regional Meeting will be held in Short Hills, N.J. Members were encouraged to think about ways to add new members to the sorority. Money was collected for Coats for Kids.

Fraternal Chairman Joyce Cammilletti presented to members a quiz pertaining to the sorority. Linda Lenzi presented information about Brazil for World Understanding. Brazil is the largest country in South America and home to the Amazon River and the Rain Forest.

Hostesses for the evening were Kathy Henry and Terri Starkey.

The sorority’s next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 4 at Malara Hall. The program will be “Relaxation Yoga.”

Jefferson County Relay for Life

meeting scheduled for Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Relay for Life leadership team and team captains will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Eastern Gateway Community College in room 2100 in the lecture hall.

Discussion will fundraisers and the Touch a Truck food truck vendor event on the calendar for June 13 at the Fort Steuben Mall.

Teams and team members are encouraged to get registered for the relay at www.relayforlife.org/jeffersoncountyoh; by calling (877) 957-7848; or by filling out a scannable form. Questions can be directed to Tracy Barnhouse, American Cancer Society community development manager, at (740) 509-0196.

Emily Russell and Tom Simmons are co-chairs for the relay that raises money for the ACS. “Make All Holidays Cancer Free” will be the theme for the event to be held again at the Toronto Jr.-Sr. High School Clarke Hinkle Stadium, but his year in a reduced time format. The relay will be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 19.

Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting or get involved. Contact Barnhouse at the phone number listed above or by e-mail to tracy.barnhouse@cancer.org.

For ACS information, visit cancer.org. The cancer helpline number is (800) 227-2345.

Toronto Senior Citizens hear

report on cookie distribution

TORONTO — Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting held Jan. 2.

Lola Swanagan gave the blessing for the covered-dish dinner. Joyce Dobbs read the birthdays and anniversaries. Roll call and minutes were given by Fran Sheets, and Rosemary Bonofine read the treasurer’s report.

Judy Bickler reported on the cookie distribution to the police and fire departments. She also reported on a number of upcoming trips, including: May 5-7, Holland Michigan Tulip Festival; May 24, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants; Aug. 1, “A Chorus Line,” at the Benedum; and Sept. 14-18, the Smokey Mountains. For trip information, contact Bickler at (740) 282-6721.

Iris Craig won the door prize. Sharon Carroll won a special cake. Peg Miller won the 50/50 drawing. Other door prize winners were Christine Huggins, Sol Robinison and Karen Steigerwall. Bingo winners were Doris Matyas, Christine Huggins, Dave Krause, Terry Mamula, Tim Elson, Rosemary Bonofine, Peg Miller and Barbara Losey. Scat was won by Terry Mamula and Joyce Dobbs.

The next meeting will be held Jan. 23 at the Roosevelt Building.

Hancock County Newview Club

makes monthly lessons plans

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Community Educational Outreach Service, Newview Club, held its first meeting of 2020 on Jan. 2 at the Hancock County Senior Center.

After a light lunch, provided by the senior center, members settled in to begin the year’s work. The first four lessons of 2020 will be:

– February: “Covered Bridges of West Virginia,” presented by Janet Keller;

– March: “How to Get the Most From Your Air Fryer,” presented by Louanne Huff

– April: “Tai Chi For Health,” presented by Betty Wagner, and

– May: “Famous Trees and What Makes Them Famous,” presented by Virginia Lawrence.

For February, members will collect fleece throws to be turned into reusable beds for cats and dogs at the Hancock County Animal Shelter. They also will seek donations of used sheets, towels, pillow cases, etc., to be used in the sick room at the shelter. Such items must be disposed of after use to prevent the spread of illness, so there is an ongoing need for them. For information, contact the shelter at (304) 387-4102.

Other upcoming projects will include collecting items for the baby safety shower, collecting items to benefit the county’s homeless population and planting a tree in observance of Arbor Day. Weather permitting, the next meeting of the CEOS will be at 11 a.m. on Feb. 6 at the Hancock County Senior Center. It is open to the public. Attending the lesson and meeting is free, but the normal senior center fee of $5 will apply to those wanting lunch.

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