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August 9, 2013
The Herald-Star

Elsie Call marking 96th birthday

Elsie Call of Toronto is celebrating her 96th birthday today.

She was born on Aug. 9, 1917, the second oldest of six children born to the late Willard R. and Zeina Stone. Two sisters remain - Zeina Nelson of East Springfield and Emma Jane Riley of Florida.

Call is a member of East Springfield Methodist Church of the Cross and the East Springfield Homemarkers Club. She enjoys reading, sewing, working puzzles, playing bingo and keeping in touch with family and friends.

She and her husband, the late Lewis Call, were married for 73 years before his death in 2008. She has three children - Bob, David Gary and Susan Risnear. Four grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren complete the family.

Annual birthday celebration held

The Weirton Medical Center Retirees Organization met for its annual birthday celebration recently at Gio's Restaurant with 49 members present.

Judy Tate and Wanda Champ provided a birthday cake and cupcakes. Helen Bright, celebrating her 90th birthday, was honored as the "birthday girl" and members sang "Happy Birthday."

Following lunch, President Joyce Barnhart introduced guest speaker Dr. Carol Slomski, a breast surgeon and Weirton Medical Center Breast Care Department team member. Slomski, a board-certified surgeon, specializes in women's and men's breast health.

Using the message "Let's Reduce Cancer," she discussed breast cancer testing, surgical options, follow-up treatments, maintaining healthy weight, eating well, exercising, protecting skin from sun damage, knowing family histories and having regular check-ups and mammograms. Slomski ended with a question-and-answer period.

Josie Glauser, Rhadine Ross and Donna Karas gave their reports. Barnhart introduced the newest member, Mary Lou Pepper. The organization now has 62 members in good standing.

Barbara Andrews won the 50/50 drawing.

Tate will display sample sundresses made from pillowcases as part of the group's ongoing "Sleeping Bag" project during the next meeting.

Members have agreed to establish a scholarship fund to benefit those studying a health care field, and Tate was named scholarship committee chair. Tate will update members on the scholarship charter and potential financing at the August meeting. Membership input is welcomed, and those unable to attend the August meeting can contact Tate at (304) 564-5831.

The next meeting will be held at noon on Aug. 13 at Gio's.

WLU official to address board

Carrie White, director of the West Liberty University Center for Entrepreneurship, will speak to the Brooke County Economic Development Authority at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Brooke County Public Library. The public is invited to attend and learn about the program.

Yard sale Saturday to benefit 4-H

WELLSBURG - A yard sale to benefit the Brooke County 4-H program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in front of the Station Grille restaurant.

Farmers markets continue

The Brooke County Farmers Markets are continuing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday, with a variety of locally grown produce, baked goods and crafts for sale.

The markets are held on alternating weeks in front of the Unity Apartments on state Route 2 at the north end of Wellsburg and Ray Stoaks Plaza by the Follansbee Municipal Building, also on Route 2.

The next market will be held Wednesday in Wellsburg, and the following one, on Aug. 21, will be held in Follansbee.

A farmers market also will be held in Bethany from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 31.

Library to screen action film

The Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg will show "GI Joe: Retaliation," rated PG-13, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn for the free screening.

Work groups do service projects

BETHANY - Two work groups from Texas and Kentucky completed service projects at the Campbell Mansion in June.

The first group, from the First Christian Church of Huntsville, Texas, was joined by staff member Felicity Ruggerio in painting the outside of the study, repairing both the mansion's front porches and creating raised herb planting beds in the herb garden off the kitchen.

The group also completed some general maintenance projects including cleaning the gutters and the inside of the house.

The second group was from the First Christian Church of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, and was comprised of middle school-aged children who scraped and painted the fence surrounding the mansion.

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