Chamber planning Difference Day
FOLLANSBEE - The Follansbee Chamber of Commerce will make plans for its annual observance of Make a Difference Day at its Sept. 17 meeting at noon at Vito's II.
The chamber has named fighting child poverty as a goal for this year. Civic groups interested in participating are encouraged to attend.
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WHEELING - Leslie Leidel, Wheeling Jesuit University history chair, will present a book review of "Rebels at the Bar: The Fascinating, Forgotten Stories of America's First Women Lawyers" by Jill Norgren at the Ohio County Public Library's Lunch With Books at noon Sept. 17 at the library located at 52 16th St.
Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.
Call the library at (304) 232-0244 or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for information.
Bethany offers help to agencies
BETHANY - The Bethany College Service Learning Center will hold its fourth annual Agency Fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 in Commencement Hall.
All community agencies are welcome to reserve a free table, where they can meet with students, faculty and staff who are looking for service and internship opportunities. For information, call (304) 829-7150 or e-mail socialwork @bethanywv.edu.
"This is a great opportunity to get out there and tell them about your service needs," said Katherine Shelek-Furbee, chair of the college's department of social work.
The event is funded through a grant from PNC Bank.
Paris church hosts
PARIS, Pa. - The Paris Presbyterian Church will host Susan Spencer-Smith during their Coffee With the Author event at noon Sept. 25 at The Gathering Place Coffee Shop located at 127 Steubenville Pike.
Spencer-Smith, "Death in the Parsonage" and "The Preacher Lady's Cookbook" author, will discuss her setting of "Biddlebourne," a fictionalization of Middlebourne. She also will sign books.
Those attending are welcome to enjoy coffee and snacks while talking with the author.
For information, call (724) 729-3450.
St. Paul celebrates
WINTERSVILLE, Ohio - St. Paul AME Church of Smithfield will celebrate their 177th church anniversary with a banquet at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the St. Florian Hall.
The theme is "To God Be the Glory." Congregation members and former pastors will be recognized. Connie Vinson is the mistress of ceremonies, and Cynthia Smith is the musical guest; both are Second Baptist Church of Steubenville members.
Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, contact Brenda Harris at (740) 769-7846, Jada Dalton at (740) 537-1629 or Lisa Mason at (740) 424-8148 by Sept. 20.
The Rev. L.A. Gatewood is St. Paul's pastor.
WHEELING - Oglebay Park will hold its Oglebayfest parade at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5 and invites area schools, colleges, civic and cultural organizations and service and scouting groups to participate.
The parade annually includes old-time horse and buggies, floats, riders, farm equipment, area bands and fair and pageant queens.
Parade lineup will be held 8:30 a.m. in the Good Zoo parking lot. Marshals will direct participants to their unit. There is no entry fee, and parade participant forms and regulations are available at www.oglebay-resort.com/fest.htm.
Those interested in participating should contact parade coordinator Janet Wodesky at (304) 243-4122 by Sept. 26.
MOUNDSVILLE - The Moundsville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 437 will hold a "Raising the Roof" event from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the post hall located at 114 Grant Ave.
The event will include a spaghetti dinner, bake sale, face-painting, duck pond, clown, 50/50 drawing, Texas poker and three live bands. Proceeds will benefit the roof fun.
The auxiliary will be collecting labels for the Children's National Home, a home for the children and spouses of deceased veterans. The facility needs a new van.
Della Deskins is the chair, and Beth Matheny is co-chair. For information, call (304) 845-8182.
Vice president to speak at dinner
CHARLESTON - Vice President Joe Biden will serve as key speaker at the West Virginia Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Oct. 12 at the Charleston Civic Center.
West Virginia's Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin invited Biden to speak at the dinner, which will honor U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller for his 50 years of service to the Mountain State. Tickets are $75 each or $1,200 for a table of 10. To make reservations or for information, call (304) 342-8121 or visit www.wvdemocrats.com.