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March 12, 2013
The Herald-Star

Unionport lodge

to host dinner

An all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Unionport Masonic Lodge located on county Road 39, Unionport.

Cost is by donation, and carryout will be available.

Dinner includes a choice of regular or buckwheat pancakes, sausage, cake, ice cream and a drink.

Reading challenge

being issued

Join the Brooke County Public Library, the West Virginia Library Commission and the West Virginia Center for the Book in a fun reading challenge called West Virginia Reads 150, which celebrates West Virginia's 150th birthday in 2013.

The year-long reading initiative encourages West Virginians to read 150 books in any format (printed book, e-book, downloadable text, etc.) from any source, during the course of 2013, West Virginia's sesquicentennial year. Books can be on any topic, fiction or non-fiction, but they must be read between Jan.1 and Dec.31.

Participants can read 150 books individually or create teams to read 150 books collectively.

"Talk to your friends and create your team at Brooke County Public Library. Teams can have up to 15 members. Teams must choose a name and select a leader to keep track of the books read by individual team members," a spokesperson said.

All ages and groups can participate - friends, coworkers, book clubs, classmates, seniors, etc. If children are too young to read on their own, they can have their parents read to them. Families can use their Summer Reading Program reading toward their West Virginia Reads 150 tally.

The public is invited to a birthday-themed recognition party and prize drawing at the main library in Wellsburg on Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. Members of each team that meets the goal of 150 books will each get a free drawing ticket. Anyone wanting to donate a prize for the drawing can contact the Brooke County Public Library by calling (304) 737-1511.

The library also is looking for volunteers ages 12 and up to help promote and run the program and to help at the year-end party.

To register for the program, visit the Brooke County Public Library at 945 Main St., Wellsburg or 844 Main St., Follansbee, or register online at the WVLC website at

Irish beef stew

dinner Sunday

The Presbyterian Women of the First Presbyterian Church, located at 116 N. Third St., Toronto, will host an Irish stew dinner from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Cost is by donation with the proceeds to benefit the Youth with a Purpose Boys' Home near Salineville. Patrons can dine in or get takeout.

Veterans service

panel to meet

The regular monthly meeting of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the War Memorial Building, 423 North St., Steubenville. All veterans or interested parties are welcome to attend.

Chapter to host


The Ohio Valley Chapter of the West Virginia State Health Education Council will host a one-day conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 at Bethany College's Mountainside Conference Center.

Jim Harris, author, speaker and educational consultant, will speak on provider-parent collaboration and developing strategies to address challenging behaviors.

Carrie Abraham and Allen Marangoni, both Wheeling Jesuit University faculty members, will speak about the benefits and challenges of implementing workplace wellness initiatives.

Ann Koegler from Altenheim Resource and Referral Center will speak about elder abuse, including prevalence, causes and state reporting regulations.

Representatives from more than 14 health-related organizations and businesses will be exhibiting throughout the day, and there will be door prizes.

"The conference is an opportunity for attendees to receive the latest information on some of the health issues that are relevant to communities in the Northern Panhandle, to meet local health educators, and to learn more about locally available health and wellness resources," said Linda Homstrand of the Wellness Council of West Virginia.

The event will include workshops, lunch and continuing education units. It is open to the public.

The cost is $35. To register or for information, contact Carole Scheerbaum at (304) 564-3805 or

Meeting monthly, the Ohio Valley Chapter provides opportunities for networking, education and involvement that enhance health promotion efforts in West Virginia.

The president of the council is Luann Decker, Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network executive director.

For information or to become active, contact Decker at (304) 748-7850 or

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