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June 28, 2013
The Herald-Star

Strawberry Festival

at Wintersville UMC

A 25-year tradition at the Wintersville United Methodist Church will unfold there Saturday when its annual Strawberry Festival is held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Patrons can dine in or get takeout. The phone number is (740) 264-1676.

The menu will include cabbage rolls, barbecued ham sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, macaroni and potato salad, baked beans and hot dogs, according to Glenda Fordyce, event chair.

"It's a pretty nice menu," she said, noting dessert is exclusively angle food cake with strawberries and ice cream.

"All the food is prepared by the congregation, and we have wonderful cooks," Fordyce said.

Items are individually priced with the cost remaining the same for five years running. The festival has grown bigger and better each year with good food and good fellowship, she said.

Transgender issues to be topic at the Lifetree Cafe

WELLSBURG - A film about a man who feels he is really a woman in a man's body will be shown and discussed at the Lifetree Cafe at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Staffileno's on the River.

The film examines issues surrounding transgenderism such as family dynamics, workplace complications, and spiritual implications.

Lifetree Cafe spokesperson Craig Cable said, "This issue - transgenderism -raises all sorts of questions for people. Increasingly, our schools, workplaces, and faith communities are looking for answers. This Lifetree program provides some insight."

Free and open to the public, Lifetree Cafe is an informal group in which people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. For information, contact Vicky Barr at (740) 282-3458 or

Library to hold summer

reading program

WELLSBURG - Readers of all ages will explore all things underground this summer through a variety of activities as the Brooke County Public Library and the Follansbee Branch Library present "Dig Into Reading" during their summer reading program.

The program is open to children in preschool through eighth grade and includes prizes and various activities. Registration will begin Monday.

On Monday at 5:30 p.m. Nora Bell will lead some hands-on cooking instruction when she helps youth to dig up some snacks at the Brooke County Library.

On July 5 at 3 p.m. visitors will be invited to worm races, in which they can bring their own worms or cheer on one provided by the Brooke County Library.

There also will be story hours, for children ages 2-5 and under and their caregivers, at noon Monday and July 8, 22 and 29 at the Follansbee Library.

More programs will be announced.

Those interested in attending the free programs at the Brooke County Library should call (304) 737-1551 or for the Follansbee story hours, (304) 527-0860.

Call either number to participate in the summer reading program or stop by the library to learn more and find the variety of books, movies and other materials available there.

Spaghetti dinner Monday to

benefit tornado victims

FOLLANSBEE - Vito's 2 will hold a spaghetti dinner to benefit a family who lost its home to the tornado in Oklahoma on Monday at the Follansbee Community House. The dinner will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and cost $8 per person. It's part of an ongoing effort by the restaurant and the Follansbee Chamber of Commerce.

Walkers can help their

county get designation

WELLSBURG - Brooke County residents who walk for exercise can help their county become designated a Live Well West Virginia Community through the the LIVEWell Summer Steps Community Challenge program, according to the Brooke County West Virginia University Extension Service.

The county that logs the most miles will receive a walkability study by the WVU Extension Service's Community, Economic and Workforce Development program, said Norm Schwertfeger, extension agent.

Participants track their personal mileage now through Aug. 31 through the WVU Extension's online tracker at

Residents who don't walk also can count 20 minutes of other physical activity such as bike riding, swimming or soccer as one mile. The exercise doesn't have to be performed in Brooke County.

During last summer's program, people in 33 counties walked more than 4,275 miles, roughly the distance from New York to Hawaii. Monroe County won the 2012 challenge, with 19 people who walked almost 1,000 miles.

The challenge is sponsored by the West Virginia Association of Counties, Charleston Gazette and WVU Extension Service. For information, visit the LIVEWell West Virginia website at, or contact Schwertfeger at (304) 737-3666 or

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