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March 8, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

Peach Festival

Plans under way

WEIRTON - St. Thomas Episcopal Church held an organizational meeting Sunday to assign concession chairs for the 50th-annual Peach Festival, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at the church located on Three Springs Drive.

Five former pastors, along with a pastor who became the Episcopal Bishop of California and Bishop of West Virginia, will attend to celebrate the 50th anniversary festival. A special service is being planned for the day following the festival.

Rick Mergen and Wendy Speer are co-chairs.

Crafters and vendors interested in participating should call the church at (304) 723-4120.



WEIRTON - Carly P. Lescallette has been nominated to join the Phi Sigma Theta National Honor by the West Virginia University administration and faculty members based on her academics.

Lescallette, the daughter of Tim and Loretta Lescallette of Weirton, is majoring in business.

Chamber seeks help fundraising

FOLLANSBEE - The Follansbee Chamber of Commerce is working with the Follansbee Community Days Committee to bring a mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the city during the festival and seeks monetary donations to support that effort.

Follansbee City Council has agreed to provide $3,000 in city funds toward $6,000 needed for the monument's visit, which is slated for July 11-15.

A fund has been established at the Follansbee WesBanco branch, and checks should be made payable to the Follansbee Chamber of Commerce and mailed to: WesBanco, Attention Charlotte Kolenc, 955 Main St., Follansbee, WV 26037.

Women's group selling cookbooks

WELLSBURG - The Wellsburg Women of the Moose Chapter 1354 is selling a cookbook with easy-to-prepare, "tried and true" local recipes, said leaders of the club.

The cookbooks are $10 each and include recipes for food ranging from main entrees to desserts, cookies and candy as well as helpful kitchen hints.

They also would make good Easter gifts, club members said.

They may be purchased at the Moose Lodge at 844 Main St. or the Brooke County Review's new office on the Wellsburg Town Square or by calling Joyce McAlpine at (304) 737-1958.

Safe driving class offered

WEIRTON - An AARP safe driving class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21-22 at West Virginia Northern Community College.

Taught by Mel Vorhees, the class is geared to mature adults who may or may not be experiencing problems with diminishing vision, hearing and reaction time.

Rules of the road and safe driving techniques are reviewed. Most insurance agencies offer a discount on insurance premiums to those who have completed the two-day course.

The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. The fee is for materials used.

Class space is limited, so reservations should be made by calling (304) 527-3410.

NRA offers

safety courses

WEIRTON - A National Rifle Association Basic Pistol safety course will be held April 5-6 at the Hancock County Sportsmans Association.

The 12-hour course will include a four-hour session from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 5, and an eight-hour session, beginning at 9 a.m. April 6.

The course will include lectures and live firing handguns. A fully certified NRA firearms instructor will present the course. The nationally accredited course is approved by several states, including West Virginia and Ohio, as a requirement prior to applying for a concealed weapons carry permit. Pre-registration is required to ensure adequate live firing experience. For information or to register, contact Roger Tate at (304) 748-0253 or

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