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February 12, 2011
The Herald-Star

Mended Hearts to meet Monday

WHEELING - The Greater Wheeling Area Chapter No. 280 of the Mended Hearts Inc. will meet Monday for a community fundraiser day at Hoss's Steak and Seafood. It will be a Dutch-treat dinner meeting.

Participants will order from the menu at 6 p.m. For a reservation, call (304) 242-6444.

The guest speaker will be Tom McFadden, a physical therapist from Ohio Valley Medical Center who will discuss exercise and fitness.

Mended Hearts is a national support organization for patients and their families of heart disease. For information, call (304) 280-5221.

Miss West Virginia pageant set

CHARLESTON - The 2011 West Virginia United States Pageants, under new directorship, will be held April 1-3 at the Charleston Civic Center, featuring tours of the Governor's Mansion and the Capital, a photo shoot and a Queen's Reception.

Categories include the West Virginia United States Princess Ambassador Program for girls, ages 5-12; Miss West Virginia Junior Teen United States for girls, ages 13-15; Miss West Virginia Teen United States, ages 16-19; and the Miss West Virginia United States, ages 20-28.

The winners of the Miss West Virginia pageants will represent West Virginia at the national competition in July in Las Vegas.

Princess Ambassadors will make appearances at pageants, fairs, festivals and parades during their reigning year.

Those interested in participating or becoming a sponsor should contact Pageant Direct Patricia White at (304) 743-0998.

For information, visit the website at

Moose Lodge to hold dinner

WELLSBURG - The Wellsburg Loyal Order of the Moose and Women of the Moose will hold a city chicken dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Moose Lodge at 844 Main St.

The cost is $7 for the dinners, which also will include mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable, salad, dessert and coffee or iced tea. Takeout is available by calling (304) 737-1552.

Crocheting group to meet

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Public Library's Crocheting Group will meet Wednesday at 5 p.m. The group is for beginners and experts. Participants should bring their own supplies and projects. Someone will be available to assist or instruct those who need help. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Computer class offered

WELLSBURG - The Follansbee Branch of the Brooke County Public Library will be offering a free basic adult computer class on Friday at 11 a.m. Space is limited for the class, which will be instructed by Linda Dobbs. Call (304) 527-0860 to register.

Seniors celebrate birthdays

WELLSBURG - Residents of Unity Apartments celebrated the birthdays of those born in January with a special dinner and birthday cake donated by the Wellsburg Kroger Store.

Residents with birthdays that month were Edna Keener, Edith Taylor, Judy Reinacher and Chuck Guidy.

Valentine dinner to benefit cause

BETHANY - Bethany College's Sophomore Class Council will celebrate Valentine's Day with a fundraising dinner to benefit Invisible Children, an organization founded to help better the lives of war-affected children in northern Uganda.

The event will be held Monday at Bethany's Benedum Commons from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the cost is $8. Reservations aren't required.

The Sophomore Class Council has worked closely with Chartwells, the campus dining service, to plan a unique menu that ties together Ugandan culture and Valentine's Day.

The dinner will include: Ugandan kabobs made to order, glazed salmon, shrimp pasta, champagne risotto, zucchini and red pepper sauce, heart-shaped pizzas, chicken parmesan and linguini with marinara sauce. A variety of desserts will also be available. For information, contact Coles at

Area man named to state board

WELLSBURG - Steve Tennant of Wellsburg has been named to the nine-member board of directors for the Federation of Humane Organizations of West Virginia.

The statewide group is aimed at improving animal welfare by providing information on animal issues and promoting effective legislation on animal welfare, care, health, cruelty and neglect.

Tennant and his wife, Joyce, founded Animal Advocates Brooke County five years ago and have provided foster homes for older dogs and treatment for ill ones from area shelters.

FOHO officials noted his effort in saving hundreds of dogs and cats at a central West Virginia shelter that used gas chambers for euthanization and encouraging the state Senate to pass legislation against such facilities.

Several years ago he filed a lawsuit against those then serving on the Brooke County Commission, alleging they had allowed the Brooke County Animal Shelter to become dilapidated.

The suit was dismissed because the commission agreed to introduce a special levy to support a new shelter, which has since been established in Beech Bottom.

Tennant said, "Being a member of the board of directors of FOHO-WV is a great honor for me. I know the people and they are all very dedicated to being a voice for the animals in West Virginia. I have always maintained that there are lots of laws but very little justice for animals. I hope we can change that and I look forward to adding my voice to this effort on a statewide level. Being elected to this position is a validation of all that our small group has accomplished for animals here in Brooke County."

Absentee ballots available

FOLLANSBEE - Applications for absentee ballots for the city's April 5 primary election can be obtained at the Follansbee City Building between 9 a.m. and noon and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The election will determine races for mayor and police chief. No other city offices are contested.

March 12 is the deadline for voter registration, which must be done at the Brooke County Courthouse.

For information, call (304) 527-1330.

Charities, taxes to be discussed

WELLSBURG - Linda Viderman will hold an informational workshop on tax credits that may be taken for charitable donations at 6 p.m. Thursday at the office of A Child's Place Court-Appointed Special Advocate program, 720 Charles St.

Viderman has been a volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs for 24 years.

For information, call (304) 737-4444 or e-mail

Chamber of Commerce forms committees

WELLSBURG - The Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce met Jan. 27 at the Brooke County Public Library.

Those in attendance were Richard Krisak, Matt Allietta, Dr. John Basil, Sue Freshour, Gerry Henwood, Walter Palmer, Tina Postlethwait, Nanci Walker, Mary Kay Wallace, Dr. Ruth Lewis, Joyce McAlpine and Jeff Knierem.

Committees were formed to address fundraising, membership, business after-hours and personnel.

The chamber's next meeting will be held Feb. 24 at 5:15 p.m. at the Brooke County Library.

Members are encouraged to attend.

Buffalo Clovers 4-H Club goes ice skating

WHEELING - Members of the Buffalo Clovers 4-H Club members enjoyed ice skating at Wheeling Park on Jan. 29.

Those in attendance were Austin Chambers, Talon Chambers, Adam Long, Lauren O'Brien, Arkady Seidewitz and Ryan Seidewitz.

Serving as adult chaperones were Beverly Chambers, Sheryl Long and Club Leader, Wendy Seidewitz. Special thanks to Wendy Seidewitz.

The club provided admission and skate rental fees for the children.

For some, it was their first time on ice skates and everyone enjoyed the experience, said club officials.

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