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Brooke County community briefs

April 16, 2012
The Herald-Star

Bethany College to hold blood drive

BETHANY - Bethany College will host a Bleed for the Cure blood drive April 25 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in partnership with Susan G. Komen West Virginia and the American Red Cross.

The event is sponsored by Bethany College's Pre-Health Professions Club and members of the Pre-Health National Honor Society (Alpha Epsilon Delta) and will be held in the private dining rooms of Benedum Commons.

The Red Cross reports about 18 percent of blood collected by the organization is transfused to people with cancer.

Bleed for the Cure brings together the efforts of the Red Cross, Susan G. Komen and caring individuals to save lives in more ways than one, said organizers, who hope to draw at least 65 donors.

Through the Give a Pint, Get a Pint promotion, all donors will receive a free pint of Hershey's Ice Cream while supplies last.

Blood donors must be generally healthy and cannot have donated blood within the last 56 days. A full list of eligibility requirements and other information can be found at

Pre-registration is encouraged to decrease wait times and can be done by e-mailing Red Cross representative Tanner Coles at or at the Red Cross' website at

Circus historian to speak at library

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Friends of the Library will hold their annual meeting and open house on April 26 at 7 p.m. at the library.

Mort Gamble, a local circus historian, will speak on "This Way to the Big Show: The Circus and Popular Culture." Gamble is a regular presenter on circus history, culture and media exposure and author of numerous book reviews, articles, essays and features on circuses including an article in the September 2009 issue of Goldenseal.

Refreshments will be provided following the program.

Library to show

'The Iron Lady'

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the "The Iron Lady" at 1 p.m. Friday.

The PG-13-rated film stars Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn for the free program.

Autism to be

program topic

WELLSBURG - Author David George will present a program on autism and Asperger's syndrome at the Brooke County Public Library on Thursday at 6 p.m.

The author of "Be You and Live," George was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, one of several autism spectrum disorders. Copies of his book will be available for $12.72.

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

Crocheting group meets Wednesday

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Public Library's Crocheting Group will meet on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The group is open to beginners and experts. Participants should bring their own supplies and any projects. Help is available to those who need it.

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

Relay for Life teams sought

WELLSBURG - Teams are needed for the Brooke-Hancock American Cancer Society Relay for Life to be held from 6 p.m. June 2 to 6 a.m. June 3 at Brooke High School.

Participants in the annual fundraiser help the American Cancer Society to save lives and create a world with more birthdays, said organizers.

Members of the teams take turns walking laps around the school's athletic track with breaks for food, music and a variety of fun activities planned.

Teams have been comprised of friends, family and church members, co-workers, students, civic groups and many others.

The cost is $10 per team member, with many teams raising money for the cause with various fundraisers held earlier in the year. To register in advance, call (304) 737-3748 or visit

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