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County veterans association

welcomes first female member

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Veterans Association has welcomed its first female member in Barbara Baird and continues to encourage membership by honorably discharged military veterans, according to Barry Bardone, adjutant.

Trained as a nurse, Baird was educated at Ohio Valley Medical Center School of Nursing, Wheeling, and Ohio University. As a first lieutenant in the Army Reserves, she served with the 339th Combat Support Hospital in Pittsburgh and Fort Irwin, Calif. She provided screening to soldiers pre- and post-deployment, providing briefs on suicide, drug abuse and PTSD.

In 2010, after more than years of service, Baird retired as a lieutenant colonel. She remains active in American Legion Chapter 529, Dillonvale, the Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association in Pittsburgh and the JCVA.

Her post-military employment included Akron General Medical Center, Corp Care, Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel and Ohio Valley Hospital.

“Barbara brings military service experience, expertise and dedication that enhances the JCVA mission to recognize veterans and active military personnel,” Bardone noted.

Honorably discharged military interested in joining and participating in the organization can contact Frank Santa, commander, at (740) 769-2622 or Tony Phillippi, finance officer, at (740) 733-8484.

JCVA is an organization of honorably discharged military veterans who maintain the Military Park and Honor Wall in Friendship Park, Smithfield. The park has a tank, F89 jet, Howitzer, naval anti-aircraft guns, Vietnam observation plane, etc., according to Bardone. “The Honor Wall we started six years ago expecting about 90 bricks, we ended this summer with 888 bricks with names of those who served,” he explained. “We hold a Memorial and Veterans Day program at the wall, have a countywide veterans picnic in July and a veterans breakfast in June,” he noted. “We participate in Buckeye Local High School’s Veterans Day program, the opening ceremony of Jefferson County Fair and provide Honor Guard at veterans’ funerals,” he continued. Its mission, he added, is to educate the public on the sacrifices military endure for the United States; to serve the community whenever military recognition is needed; and to foster camaraderie among veterans.

The association meets the first Wednesday of the month from April to October outside the Honor Wall at Friendship Park. The other months are indoors at the engineering office at the end of the drag way.

Brooke-Hancock Relay for Life

plans kick-off meeting Jan. 28

WELLSBURG — The Brooke-Hancock Relay for Life is organizing a kick-off gathering for 6 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Wellsburg Christian Church, located at 10th and Charles streets. The gathering is in preparation for this year’s Brooke-Hancock Relay for Life to be held on June 6 from 6 p.m. to midnight at Brooke High School. For reservations for the kick-off, contact Tammy Hornick at (304) 737-3748 before Jan. 26.

Friends of Smithfield has

grant, scholarship applications

SMITHFIELD — Friends of Smithfield will be presenting a $500 general scholarship to a high school senior when the Smithfield High School Alumni banquet is held July 11.

Applicants must be a descendant of a Smithfield High School graduate.The application deadline is May 15, and forms are available in local high schools.

Anyone out of the area needing an application can contact Linda Helt, president, at (740) 733-7525.

The Friends of Smithfield Community Development also is offering the Octa W. Foster Classroom Innovation Grant, which is open to any teacher in the Buckeye Local School District. “We are honored to present this $500 grant in the name of Octa W. Foster, a former educator in the Smithfield and Buckeye Local school districts,” Helt noted. Applications are in teachers’ mailboxes.

WVNCC offering variety

of continuing education

WEIRTON — West Virginia Northern Community College will offer a variety of courses, including a hands-on welding course, through its continuing and community education program.

Courses available through the college’s Weirton campus include the 10-week welding course, which will be held at Brooke High School; training required by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration and introductory classes in Quickbooks, photography, quilting and beer-making. There also will be a free evening senior aerobics class and a two-day “Retiree Survival” course with a $20 fee.

Various fees are required for many of the courses, most of which are held at the Weirton campus. Other courses are offered at the college’s Wheeling and New Martinsville campuses. To register or for information, visit www.wvncc.edu/continuing-education/7225.

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