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April 2, 2011
The Herald-Star

Salvation Army dinner set

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Salvation Army Annual Appreciation Dinner will be held April 14 at the Wellsburg Loyal Order of Moose Hall on Main Street.

The guest speaker will be George Wallace, editor and publisher of the Brooke Review. Wallace has been involved in the community through his efforts with the establishment of the World War II exhibit at the Brooke County Public Library dedicated to honor and perpetuate the memory of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor.

Janet Tarr, chairman of the Brooke County Salvation Army Advisory Council, noted the annual event is a time for the local Salvation Army to thank the many businesses, groups, organizations and individuals who have given their time to help the Salvation Army continue its worldwide theme of "Doing the Most Good." Tickets may be purchased from any advisory council member, at the Brooke County Salvation Army's office at 401 Commerce St., or by calling (304) 737-0071 no later than Monday

Church to sell lunches

WELLSBURG - Christ Episcopal Church at 1014 Main St. will be selling roast beef sandwich lunches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14.

The cost is $6, which includes sandwich, potato chips, a slice of Texas sheet cake and a beverage. Individual sandwiches are $4.

Take-out and delivery to local businesses and shut-ins are available. Call (304) 737-3432 after 8:30 a.m. that day to place an order.

Bank executive

to speak

WEST LIBERTY - Recently-retired chairman and chief executive officer of banking giant the BB&T Corporation John A. Allison will speak at a dinner Thursday hosted by the West Liberty University Economics Club.

Allison will speak on principled leadership Thursday at 7 p.m. at Oglebay Park's Wilson Lodge banquet room.

A cocktail reception will be held at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 each.

The Harvard Business Review named Allison as one of the world's most influential CEOs. He currently is a professor of business practices at Wake Forest University.

The University Economics Club is a project of the BB&T-supported Center for Economic Philosophy, which brings speakers on free market approaches to public policy to the university community.

Cash or checks payable to West Liberty University will be accepted at the door. For reservations or for information, call (304) 336-8365 or e-mail grpc@westliberty.edu.

Sportsman club to hold events

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Sportsman's Club will hold an Easter ham shoot at 1 p.m. Sunday at the club's grounds near McAdoo Ridge.

The event will include trap shooting and pies, and food may be purchased at the club's kitchen.

The club also will be holding its membership fish fry at 5 p.m. today. Anyone interested in joining the club should call Linda Viderman at (304) 394- 5101.

WMC Foundation Fanfare set

WEIRTON - Williams Country Club will be transformed into a Parisian night club for the Weirton Medical Center Foundation Fanfare Gala April 9, with authentic French wines and cuisine and the music of Parisian bistros and boulevards.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Area jazz trio Jazz Express will set the Parisian scene with French jazz tunes along with American classics and contemporary hits.

Kevin Brown, Weirton Medical Center Foundation executive director, said there will be a variety of activities, including a casino-themed gaming room, silent auction of sports memorabilia and theme baskets with a variety of gifts.

Prizes include four days and nights at the International Plaza Resort and Spa in Orlando, Fla. donated by Clear Channel Radio in Wheeling. The package, Brown said, comes with two passes for one day at the winners' choice of the following: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Universal Studios.

Other donated prizes include two tickets to the "Mama Mia" stage show from WTAE television station; an Augen 10.2" netbook from Miaco Media; a 16-piece set of china from Homer Laughlin China; and an original production script of an episode of "Laverne and Shirley" with autographed color photo of the cast and a basket of digital videodiscs of the show donated by cast member Eddie Mekka.

Tickets are available for $125 per person and include hors d'oeuvres, dinner, entertainment and a free cup of chips for the gaming. All proceeds will benefit Weirton Medical Center and the foundation's Healthy Community Grants.

For information, call (304) 797-6325 or visit www.weirtonmedical.com.

Playhouse to hold auditions

WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Playhouse will hold auditions for the first three shows of its 40th season on April 9 at the Brooke High School auditorium.

Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, president of the playhouse's parent organization, the Brooke County Arts Council, said all area residents are welcome to audition.

"One of the most exciting things about the playhouse is that we discover new talent every year. And many of those talented people never did theater before they came to us," she said.

Auditions will begin at 10 a.m. for the musical comedy "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," which will be directed by Russ Welch of Wellsburg. The show's script calls for three male and three female students and one female and two male adults.

The students are competitors in a spelling bee, and the adults are its supervisors. Actors auditioning will be taught a song from the show and will read selected passages from the script.

The show will be performed at 8 p.m. June 16-19 and 23-25 and at 2 p.m. June 26.

Auditions for the third show of the summer, J.M. Barrie's wise and witty ghost story, "Mary Rose," will begin at noon.

Charles Calabrese of Wintersville is the director. The cast includes five men and three women. Most cast members will speak with British accents. One male will speak with a Scottish accent, and another will speak with an Australian accent. Actors will be required to read selected passages from the script during auditions.

"Mary Rose" will be performed at 8 p.m. June 30 and July 1-3 and 7-9, with a matinee at 2 p.m. July 10.

The third audition, at 2 p.m., will be for Neil Simon's classic comedy "The Odd Couple," to be directed by Michelle Turner of Wintersville. The cast includes six men and two women. Actors trying out for the play will be required to read selected passages from the script.

"The Odd Couple" will be performed at 8 p.m. June 2-5 and 9-11 and 2 p.m. June 12.

Auditions for the last three plays of the Brooke Hills season are scheduled for April 30. The shows include Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical "Into the Woods," directed by Nick Taylor; Charles Morey's comedy "Laughing Stock," directed by Diana Mendel; and a show for young actors, still to be finalized, directed by Julia Barnhart.

Anyone unable to audition at the scheduled times may make other arrangements by calling Barnhart at (304) 737-1301 through April 8 and leave a message.

As always, the playhouse is offering patrons the opportunity to purchase advance season discount coupons.

New this year, season ticket holders can choose among four plans and will have priority seating and be eligible for discounts on other arts council events.

For information and tickets, go to www.brookehillsplayhouse.com.

Early voting offered

FOLLANSBEE - Registered voters who aren't able to cast their ballots on Tuesday, the day of the city's primary election, may do so from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Follansbee City Building.

On the ballots are three candidates for mayor of Follansbee and two candidates for police chief.

No other offices have been challenged. Because there are no races with more than two candidates, Wellsburg won't have a primary election this year.

Bethany students

to present art show

BETHANY - The Bethany College Visual and Performing Arts Department is presenting its annual Senior Art Show through April 14 at the college's Renner Union Art Gallery.

Seven graduating art students will display a variety of artwork and will be available to talk about their work at a free reception to be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 9.

Food distribution to be held

WEIRTON - The Salvation Army and Community Bread Basket will again team to provide a food distribution for Hancock and Brooke county residents.

The distribution will start at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Weirton Salvation Army Corps on Cove Road.

Participants must have a valid West Virginia photo identification.

Salvation Army Capt. Ed Long asked that people bring a box or container to put the food in.

Libraries hold story hours

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Public Library will be holding an evening story time for children, ages 4-9, Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

The Follansbee Branch Library will be holding a story hour for children, ages 2-5, and their caregivers on Monday and April 11 and 18 at noon.

Call (304) 527-0860 to register for the free program.

Road, bridge work announced

The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced road work to be performed next week, pending suitable weather.

Crews will be relocating water and sewer lines and grading and paving Pennsylvania Avenue from California Avenue to South 22nd Street. Drivers may experience minor delays during the $43.7 million project, which is being done by Ohio-West Virginia Excavating Co. of Powhatan Point, Ohio.

State Route 2 between Cross Creek Road and the north end of Wellsburg has been reduced to one lane in both directions while crews install guardrail along the highway's center median. Penn Line Services of Scottdale, Pa., is the contractor for the $200,000 project.

The Jennings Randolph Bridge in Chester also has been reduced to one lane in both directions while crews install new lighting on the span. The Davis H. Elliot Co. of Lexington, Ky. is the contractor for the $935,500 project.

The Veterans Memorial Project also is undergoing a lighting project, in the amount of $2.1 million, but traffic won't be affected at this time. Bayliss & Ramey Inc. of Dunbar, W.Va. is the contractor.

The Market Street Bridge remains closed while crews complete the second phase of a $13.7 million renovation project.

Mahan Lane in Follansbee will be closed at various times between 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday while crews with Alex Paris Contracting of Atlasburg, Pa., extend sewer lines through a contract with the Brooke County Public Service District.

Group to host

candidates

FOLLANSBEE - The Brooke County Federation of Democratic Women will meet April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Follansbee Branch Library.

Democratic candidates running for West Virginia governor have been invited to address the membership prior to the special election.

Refreshments will be served.

Police warn against passing violations

FOLLANSBEE - The city's police department has observed an increase in traffic on Ohio Route 2 as a result of the closing of sections of state Route 7 and wants to warn drivers of a frequent moving violation.

Police said drivers who use turning lanes at the city's north end to bypass southbound traffic on Route 2 will be cited for the violation.

City Police Chief John Schwertfeger said he's asked the West Virginia Division of Highways to adjust traffic lights on the highway to accommodate the influx.

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Banking executive to speak

WEST LIBERTY - Recently-retired chairman and chief executive officer of banking giant the BB&T Corporation John A. Allison will speak at a dinner hosted by the West Liberty University Economics Club.

Allison will speak on principled leadership Thursday at 7 p.m. at Oglebay Park's Wilson Lodge banquet room. A cocktail reception will be held at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 each.

The Harvard Business Review named Allison as one of the world's most influential CEOs. He currently is a professor of business practices at Wake Forest University.

The University Economics Club is a project of the BB&T-supported Center for Economic Philosophy, which brings speakers on free market approaches to public policy to the university community.

Cash or checks payable to West Liberty University will be accepted at the door. For reservations or for information, call (304) 336-8365 or e-mail grpc@westliberty.edu.

Early voting offered

FOLLANSBEE - Registered voters who aren't able to cast their ballots on Tuesday, the day of the city's primary election, may do so from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Follansbee City Building. On the ballots are three candidates for mayor of Follansbee and two candidates for police chief.

No other offices have been challenged. Because there are no races with more than two candidates, Wellsburg won't have a primary election this year.

Bethany students to present art show

BETHANY - The Bethany College Visual and Performing Arts Department is presenting its annual Senior Art Show through April 14 at the college's Renner Union Art Gallery. Seven graduating art students will display a variety of artwork and will be available to talk about their work at a free reception to be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 9.

WMC Foundation Fanfare set

WEIRTON - Williams Country Club will be transformed into a Parisian night club for the Weirton Medical Center Foundation Fanfare Gala April 9, with authentic French wines and cuisine and the music of Parisian bistros and boulevards.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Area jazz trio Jazz Express will set the Parisian scene with French jazz tunes along with American classics and contemporary hits.

Kevin Brown, Weirton Medical Center Foundation executive director, said there will be a variety of activities, including a casino-themed gaming room, silent auction of sports memorabilia and theme baskets with a variety of gifts.

Prizes include four days and nights at the International Plaza Resort and Spa in Orlando, Fla. donated by Clear Channel Radio in Wheeling. The package, Brown said, comes with two passes for one day at the winners' choice of the following: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Universal Studios.

Other donated prizes include two tickets to the "Mama Mia" stage show from WTAE television station; an Augen 10.2" netbook from Miaco Media; a 16-piece set of china from Homer Laughlin China; and an original production script of an episode of "Laverne and Shirley" with autographed color photo of the cast and a basket of digital videodiscs of the show donated by cast member Eddie Mekka.

Tickets are available for $125 per person and include hors d'oeuvres, dinner, entertainment and a free cup of chips for the gaming. All proceeds will benefit Weirton Medical Center and the foundation's Healthy Community Grants.

For information, call (304) 797-6325 or visit www.weirtonmedical.com.

Playhouse to hold auditions

WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Playhouse will hold auditions for the first three shows of its 40th season on April 9 at the Brooke High School auditorium.

Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, president of the playhouse's parent organization, the Brooke County Arts Council, said all area residents are welcome to audition.

"One of the most exciting things about the playhouse is that we discover new talent every year. And many of those talented people never did theater before they came to us," she said.

Auditions will begin at 10 a.m. for the musical comedy "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," which will be directed by Russ Welch of Wellsburg. The show's script calls for three male and three female students and one female and two male adults.

The students are competitors in a spelling bee, and the adults are its supervisors. Actors auditioning will be taught a song from the show and will read selected passages from the script.

The show will be performed at 8 p.m. June 16-19 and 23-25 and at 2 p.m. June 26.

Auditions for the third show of the summer, J.M. Barrie's wise and witty ghost story, "Mary Rose," will begin at noon.

Charles Calabrese of Wintersville is the director. The cast includes five men and three women. Most cast members will speak with British accents. One male will speak with a Scottish accent, and another will speak with an Australian accent. Actors will be required to read selected passages from the script during auditions.

"Mary Rose" will be performed at 8 p.m. June 30 and July 1-3 and 7-9, with a matinee at 2 p.m. July 10.

The third audition, at 2 p.m., will be for Neil Simon's classic comedy "The Odd Couple," to be directed by Michelle Turner of Wintersville. The cast includes six men and two women. Actors trying out for the play will be required to read selected passages from the script.

"The Odd Couple" will be performed at 8 p.m. June 2-5 and 9-11 and 2 p.m. June 12.

Auditions for the last three plays of the Brooke Hills season are scheduled for April 30. The shows include Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical "Into the Woods," directed by Nick Taylor; Charles Morey's comedy "Laughing Stock," directed by Diana Mendel; and a show for young actors, still to be finalized, directed by Julia Barnhart.

Anyone unable to audition at the scheduled times may make other arrangements by calling Barnhart at (304) 737-1301 through April 8 and leave a message.

As always, the playhouse is offering patrons the opportunity to purchase advance season discount coupons. New this year, season ticket holders can choose among four plans and will have priority seating and be eligible for discounts on other arts council events.

For information and tickets, go to www.brookehillsplayhouse.com.

Salvation Army dinner set

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Salvation Army Annual Appreciation Dinner will be held April 14 at the Wellsburg Loyal Order of Moose Hall on Main Street.

The guest speaker will be George Wallace, editor and publisher of the Brooke Review. Wallace has been involved in the community through his efforts with the establishment of the World War II exhibit at the Brooke County Public Library dedicated to honor and perpetuate the memory of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor.

Janet Tarr, chairman of the Brooke County Salvation Army Advisory Council, noted the annual event is a time for the local Salvation Army to thank the many businesses, groups, organizations and individuals who have given their time to help the Salvation Army continue its worldwide theme of "Doing the Most Good."

Tickets may be purchased from any advisory council member, at the Brooke County Salvation Army's office at 401 Commerce St., or by calling (304) 737-0071 no later than Monday

 
 

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