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February 14, 2014
The Herald-Star

Unionport lodge to host benefit

UNIONPORT - The Unionport Masonic Lodge No. 333 located on county Road 39, Unionport, will hold a benefit spaghetti dinner on Feb. 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu will include spaghetti and meat sauce, salad, bread and butter, cake and ice cream.

Carryout will be available.

All proceeds will benefit the Children's Dyslexia Center at the Masonic Temple located at 227 N. Fourth St., Steubenville. The center provides reading remediation for those children who learn differently because of dyslexia. The group also provides Orton-Gillingham training for teachers and other qualified people. The tutor-training program is internationally accredited. Pilot training programs also are available to any interested school district, a spokesperson explained.

Parents, teachers and school districts can contact the dyslexia center's office for information at (740) 282-4875.

Crochet group seeks members

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Public Library's crochet group will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The group is open to adults at all levels of sewing skill. Help will be available to those who need it.

Participants should bring their own supplies and projects. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Sci-fi film showing at library

WELLSBURG - The PG-13-rated science fiction film "Ender's Game," based on books by Orson Scott Card and starring Harrison Ford, will be shown at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Brooke County Public Library.

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

Transportation offered to veterans

FOLLANSBEE - The Brooke County Senior Center offers free transportation to veterans' medical facilities in Pittsburgh to all area veterans, including those who aren't seniors, through the Disabled American Veterans program.

A van transports veterans from Brooke and Hancock counties, leaving for the earliest appointment in a given day and remaining in Pittsburgh until the last appointment is completed.

Interested veterans should call (304) 527-3410 to schedule an appointment.

Mike Craig of the Wheeling Veterans Affairs office also is available to answer questions from veterans at the center from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

The center is at 948 Main St., Follansbee.

Senior center to hold dance

WEIRTON - The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a dance, featuring music by Not 1/2 Bad, on Thursday.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. A $5 donation is requested. In the event of inclement weather, the dance will be canceled and rescheduled. For information, call (304) 748-3490.

Friends to host Hank Vincent

COLLIERS - Country Friends will host Hank Vincent and the Stone Street Station Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Old Police Lodge Road.

The doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance starts at 7 p.m.

Country Friends has covered-dish dinners and open mic nights every Monday and Friday. The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian friendship and brotherly love through music.

All proceeds go to charity.

For information, call (304) 527-3322 or (304) 479-1270 or visit the website at

Ministry holding event Saturday

WEIRTON - The Teens Teaching Truth ministry welcomes area residents for food, games, worship and learning from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church located at 121 Ivy St.

Local author to sign book

WEIRTON - Van Horn of Weirton will sign copies of his book, "Zeppy Riley," from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mary H. Weir Public Library. The book involves a group that removes government-secured modules at a Pennsylvania power plant.

Post hosting benefit dance

CHESTER - The American Legion Post 121 will hold a benefit sweetheart dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the post located at 404 Carolina Ave.

Uptown Saturday Night will perform. It is open to those 21 and older. Tickets are $10.

All proceeds will benefit the Butcher, Rice and Snow families, whose children were killed in an automobile accident Jan. 18.

Food handling class scheduled

WEIRTON - The Hancock County Health Department will hold a food handler class at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Sacred Heart of Mary Church located at 200 Preston Ave., on Weirton Heights.

The class is open to the public. Any person involved in food service in Hancock and Brooke counties is required to possess a current food handler card. The class is for volunteers as well as those employed in the food service industry.

Food handler cards are free to volunteers working for a nonprofit organization. For those employed in food establishments, the cost is $7 for a one-year card, $12 for a two-year card and $17 for a three-year card.

Food Handler training may also be obtained by taking an online class by going to to take the class.

Payment for the online class can be made by using a credit card or Pay Pal. Participants also may print the completion verification and pay the fee from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the health department. For information, call the health department at (304) 564-3343.

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