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Brooke County community happenings

November 30, 2012
The Herald-Star

Dates change for cookie sale

WELLSBURG - Christ Episcopal Church, at 1014 Main St., will hold its annual Christmas cookie sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15.

The dates have changed from those previously announced.

A wide variety of cookies and holiday treats, including pecan pie, biscotti, pizzelles and banana nut bread, will be sold.

The church will be taking orders for nut horns and lady lox through Saturday. For information, call (304) 737-1506.

Santa letters, books available

WELLSBURG - The Friends of the Brooke County Public Library will again be assisting Santa Claus in sending letters to local children.

With the group's help, Santa will send letters personally addressed to each child and reminding each to keep being nice. The cost is $1.75, which helps St. Nick to defray postage costs.

The group also is selling personalized children's books, which feature the recipient as a character and can include the giver, names of the child's friends and where the child lives. The books, which include Christmas stories and many other themes, are $14 each and normally can be ready in a week.

Stop by the Brooke County Library or Follansbee Branch Library to learn more.

Pearl Harbor to be remembered

WELLSBURG - On Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum of the Brooke County Public Library will mark the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a program about the USS West Virginia.

Deanna Meyers, West Liberty University student and intern at the ADBC Museum, will speak about the ship, which survived the attack and saw action in the Philippines.

More than 2,000 Americans were killed and nearly 1,300 wounded at Pearl Harbor on what President Franklin Roosevelt called "a day which will live in infamy."

Through the attack, the Japanese sought to destroy the Pacific fleet and go on to the Philippines and Indo-China, where they could access raw materials needed to remain a superpower. Prior to the announcement of war, the Americans had placed an embargo on oil and scrap metal to Japan.

Jane Kraina, ADBC Museum coordinator, will briefly speak about the bombings to the airfields and shipyards in the Philippines.

Park to hold lightup Saturday

WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Park will hold its Christmas lightup at 6 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to lighting the park for the holidays, the event will include a screening of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and refreshments.

It also will offer visitors an opportunity to view the Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park, a recent addition to the park, lighted at night.

Library to hold story hours

The Brooke County Public Library and its Follansbee branch will hold story hours in December.

Story hours for children, ages 2-5, and their caregivers will be held at noon on Monday and Dec. 10 at the Follansbee Library.

Children will enjoy a story, craft, games and a snack. Call (304) 527-0860 to register for the free programs.

The Brooke County Library will be holding a Countdown to Christmas evening storytime with Kim Harless, program director, on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Children will enjoy Christmas stories, crafts and games. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Tips for holiday treats offered

WELLSBURG - Nora Bell will offer tips on making holiday treats at 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Brooke County Public Library.

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

CASA to hold open house

WELLSBURG - A Child's Place Court-Appointed Special Advocate, a local nonprofit agency formed to represent children involved in abuse and neglect cases in Brooke and Hancock counties, will hold a Christmas open house and fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at its office at 720 Charles St.

A variety of household items and potential Christmas gifts will be sold.

The informal, no-pressure event also offers individuals an opportunity to learn the variety of ways they may help the group, which is assisting 113 children, the largest number since it was formed in 2000.

Head Start volunteers recognized

WHEELING - Several parents of children at Head Start Centers in Brooke County were among Northern Panhandle Head Start parents recognized for their volunteer service over the year.

Marlene Midget, NPHS executive director, said, "Parents play a vital role in our program supporting the mission of Head Start in their homes, in the community and in the centers. We are so grateful to our parents for being involved in their child's education, and for all their energy and enthusiasm."

Local parents receiving recognition were: Melissa McLaughlin for 1,735.75 hours; Ashley Guiler, for 1,326.425 hours; Jessica Clever, for 1,284.25 hours; Lori Petruccioli, for 1,192.75 hours; and Danny Corso for 940.50 hours

For information about opportunities to volunteer in a Head Start or Early Head Start classroom, contact Cathy Knox, family and community partnerships manager, by phone at (304) 233-3290 or by e-mail at

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