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October 25, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

Country Friends Band to debut

The Country Friends Band will entertain for the first time on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

"After much consideration, Country Friends Foundation has decided to manage their own band, which will be made up of volunteers from the existing bands we now host that have open dates for the scheduled event. This Country Friends Band will play once a month exclusively at the Memorial Hall," a news release notes.

Country Friends has events each Monday, Friday and Saturday at the hall. The doors open at 6 p.m. each Saturday, and the dance starts at 7 p.m. On Monday and Friday nights, the doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish if they desire for the meal that begins at 5 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) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270. The website is

Cat adoption fees reduced

The Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation has extended its discounted adoption fees for cats through Oct. 31.

Kittens up to 1 year of age can be adopted for $50 while adult cats, 1 year and older, can be adopted for $25.

The discounted adoption fee includes a spay or neuter, all vaccinations and testing, plus worming and flea treatment. All adult cats must be spayed or neutered before they can leave the shelter, and the foundation does not adopt out black cats during the month of October. However, black cats can be adopted with the discounted fee and can leave the shelter Nov. 1.

"This is the perfect time to add a new best friend to your family, and the shelter has a wide variety of healthy and beautiful cats and kittens to choose from," a spokesperson said. The shelter can be visited any time from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The shelter is closed on Mondays.

Photos of many of the shelter's available cats are posted on the Petfinder website and on the Facebook page, Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation.

The Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation was founded in 1991 and operates the Hancock County Animal Shelter, to provide compassionate care for stray and surrendered animals, as well as adoption services, according to a news release..

WSX Management Club to meet

The Weirton Steel Management Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Giovanni's Restaurant banquet room. There will be a speaker on the 2014 Health Care changes and updates. All members and former members are invited to attend the dinner and social time.

Indoor garage sale in Unionport

A "huge indoor garage sale" will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 2 in the Unionport Community Center, the old school.

Refreshments and lunch will be on sale. For information, call (740) 944-1446 or (740) 944-1492. The sale is sponsored by the community center group with proceeds going to current expenses.

Alpha Mu Chapter members meet

The Alpha Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma met Oct. 19 at the Amsterdam United Methodist Church with Darlene Smith presiding.

Prior to the meeting, a "Warm Up Activity" of "Getting to know each other" was held under the direction of Cicely Worthington led a warm-up, getting to know each other activity. Members were given a list that included find someone who has the same color eyes as you, speaks another language, is the same height or is an only child.

Margery Gregg played the piano while members participated. When the music stopped, Smith awarded prizes to: Carol Thorne, first prize by finding 14 people who fit the categories, and guest Carol Connors, Indian Creek Middle School teacher, placed second with 12 answers.

Gregg gave a Halloween reading titled "The Creature in the Classroom." Treasurer Mary Barnes distributed a printout of her report. In new business, Smith reported on the state executive meeting she attended in Columbus. The state project of collecting children's books had more than 4,000 books to distribute to six children's hospitals in the Columbus area. At least 75 came from the local chapter.

Thorne presented engraved necklaces to the following in honor of their retirement: Vicky Littlejohn, 32 years; Diane McElwain, 30 years; and Linda Nocera.

Members were reminded that the next meeting will be held Dec. 14 at Zalenski's Family Eatery & Pub in Wintersville.

In committee reports, Joyce Ferguson, chairman of Personal Growth and Services, explained chapter members will do the same Christmas project for the two local nursing homes as last year.

Jane Brower, nominations, said her committee is working on getting new officers for next year.

Margaret Alice Myers, scholarship and world fellowship, said she has application forms for anyone who is working on a master's degree or doctorate. March is the deadline. The Christmas auction will help fund these scholarships.

Drawing tickets sold benefited the education excellence committee, formerly history/research, chaired by Rose Seck. Winners were: first, Judy Serdar; second, Gina Judy; and third, Mary Lou Custer.

A thank-you note was received from Mary Ann Sunyoger, speaker at the last meeting. Donna Iachini introduced the October speaker, Tamla Cole, from the State Teachers Retirement System who explained changes and their impact on new and older retirees.

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