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January 5, 2012
The Herald-Star

Wellsburg Lions donate

to park for veterans

Howard Armstrong, president of the Brooke County Veterans Memorial Foundation, accepted a $1,000 donation from the Wellsburg Lions Club presented by Steve Martino, the group's president.

It is among several recent donations that will go to efforts to establish a park memorializing Brooke County veterans who died while serving their country and honoring all who served.

Those interested in contributing to the effort or sponsoring a paver for the memorial park, which will be established at Brooke Hills Park, can call Armstrong at (304) 670-2224 or visit the foundation's website at

Antonio Meucci Lodge

members have party

The Antonio Meucci Lodge 2506 held its annual Christmas party Dec. 8, with Chaplain Mary Rose Spano leading the opening prayer and President Regina Truax welcoming guests.

Guests included Liz Beecroft, Alvera Guglielmo's guest; Albert Veltri, Angie Veltri's guest; Vinnie Rossi, Victor and Marylou Rossi's guest; Bud McGrogan, Liz McGrogan's guest; and Marge Serafini, Nick Smarella, Mary Ann Perko, Dannie Perko, John Sprotta, Cecilia Petras and Mary Micko, all guests of Regina and Carl Truax. The club also welcomed new members Rich Dobbs and Joyce Tye.

Rick Pastre provided entertainment. Members donated to Toys for Tots.

Mary Arlia won the 50/50 drawing, and Carol Irvine won an Undo's gift certificate. Boyd Barker, Cecilia Petras, Albert Veltri, Gracie Corona, Liz Beecroft, Barbara Purks, Mary Micko, Pattie Barone and Carole Irvine won boxes of candy; Catherine Hardsox, Ralph Barone, Mena Potts, Joanne Magnone, Chris Barker, Angie Veltri, Alvera Guglielmo, Victor Rossi, Liz McGrogan, Steph Iannetti, Carmela Pulice and Lola Starvaggi won poinsettias; and Grace Corona won a drawing for a Santa Claus figure.

Truax announced upcoming club trips, including:

For information, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419.

Steubenville Rotary Club announces speakers

The Steubenville Rotary Club, which meet on Fridays at noon at the YWCA, has announced the following speakers for the month of January, according to President-elect Jim Emmerling.

Friday: Robin Capehart, president of West Liberty University, will speak on "The Role Played by Colleges and Universities in Meeting the Economic Needs of the State."

Jan. 13: Willie Paul, newly serving 5th Ward Steubenville City councilman, will offer his views on the local area's strengths and needs.

Jan. 20: Frank Coonelly, president of the Pittsburgh Pirates, will bring Rotarians up to date on the team and its hopes for the upcoming baseball season.

Jan. 27: David Mathieu, vice president of the Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley, will discuss health care in the United States and locally.

Holiday recycling

tips are suggested

As many put away gifts and decorations and dispose of other remnants of the Christmas season, the Brooke County Solid Waste Authority suggests opportunities to recycle at this time.

The board said it's common for new gifts to replace items that still have a useful life. These items can be donated to a nonprofit organization such as Goodwill, Salvation Army or a local church, thrift store or homeless shelter.

It's now illegal for covered electronic devices to be dumped in West Virginia landfills, but those who have received a new computer or television might approach such an organization to see if they might be able to use the old ones.

Goodwill, for example, accepts computers and computer-related devices for its Re-Connect program, a free recycling program.

The solid waste authority also accepts old computers, televisions and tangled, frayed and burned out Christmas light cords at its recycling center off state Route 2 in Beech Bottom, from 8 a.m. to noon Monday though Friday.

For information, call (304) 527-3947 or visit the board's website at

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