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Library Hotspots

providing internet service

STEUBENVILLE – Get wirelessly connected to the Internet fast and free with mobile hotspots available now for checkout at the Steubenville and Jefferson County Public Library.

“Jefferson County residents without internet service can get unlimited digital access to jobs, homework help, and health information from home through library hotspots,” explains Mike Gray, director of the library.

Hotspots make it easy for library cardholders who don’t have the Internet to connect from almost anywhere, use a Wi-Fi-enabled device like a tablet, smartphone, or computer, and to connect to the global web.

The library’s mobile hotspots operate on a fast 5G network and can connect 30 devices at once. Each access point kit comes with a charger, charging cord and instruction sheet.

Hotspots are available to Jefferson County residents to take home and borrow for up to seven days. They are available at each branch of the library and must be borrowed by an adult. Hotspots can be reserved in advance by contacting the library.

Find out how to connect and borrow a hotspot by visiting a branch of the Steubenville and Jefferson County Public Library.

Hancock Human Foundation

organize a garage sale on Saturday

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Humane Foundation will hold a garage sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 241 Ohio River Blvd., New Cumberland.

All proceeds will benefit the rescue and care of homeless animals.

Toronto church welcomes

a community blood drive

TORONTO — Crossroads North River Church will hold a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Sept. 27 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the sanctuary at 207 North River Avenue in Toronto.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call (800) RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit and enter: North to make an appointment.

Evangelist Randy Peters at Port Homer revival services

TORONTO — Evangelist Randy Peters will be the guest speaker at revival services to be held September 26-October 2 at Port Homer Church, located on County Road 68 in Toronto.

The 7 p.m. services will include special carols by Davis and Marie Barnhouse.

Last call for roses, Wellsburg Kiwanis Club apple pies

WELLSBURG — The Wellsburg Kiwanis Club is selling rose bouquets and apple pies with today the last day for orders.

The cost is $7 for four small apple pies in a box, $18 for a dozen roses, and $25 for two. To order, call (304) 737-1579, (304) 737-2255 or any Kiwanis Club member.

Orders can be picked up from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Chambers Funeral Home parking lot at 1030 Main St., Wellsburg.

Groups wanted for trunk or treatment Oct. 22 at WVNCC

WEIRTON – The Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network is seeking businesses and groups to run stations during a combined scavenger or scavenger hunt to be held from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Weirton West campus. Virginia Northern Community College.

Interested persons should call (304) 748-7850.

Sterilization clinic

appointment for the 1st and 2nd of oct.

STEUBENVILLE — The Brooke County Animal Welfare League will host a low-cost stray animal spaying clinic at Steubenville American Legion Post 33 at 805 N. Fifth St. October 1-2.

All interested pet owners can schedule an appointment by calling (304) 374-4443. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Appointments are not limited to Brooke County residents.

Brooke Hills Playhouse Deals

acting classes for young people

WELLSBURG – Brooke County Arts Council Chair Julia Barnhart announced that Brooke Hills Playhouse will host acting classes for elementary, middle and high school students, especially those interested in participating in the annual play for children of the theater house.

The eight-week course will help children gain confidence in their performing skills focusing on acting and stage terminology, emotions and body language, voice delivery and projection, movement which includes dance and singing, how to learn the lines, how to become the character, costumes and performances.

The one-hour classes will run from October 1 to November 19 and will be held at 10:00 a.m. for children in kindergarten through grade 4 and 11:30 a.m. for students in grades 5 through 9 at Wellsburg Christian Church.

The cost is $100, which can be made in two or three monthly installments. Families with more than one child will receive a $10 discount for each additional child.

“We had such a big turnout last year when we offered this course. Most of our actors had roles in “Alice in Wonderland”, our children’s show last season. They all did a terrific job. We look forward to seeing their skills improve as they get older,” said Barthart.

National Excellence Scholarship Program semi-finalists named

EVANSTON, Ill. — Officials at National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced the names of more than 16,000 semi-finalists for the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship program.

These academically talented high school graduates have the opportunity to continue to compete for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million to be offered next spring.

To be considered for an Excellence Scholarship, semi-finalists must meet several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.

Approximately 95% of semi-finalists are expected to achieve finalist status, and approximately half of finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning them the title of Merit Scholars.

Area students named semi-finalists are Jillian Cottrill or Weirton Madonna High School and Shane Thoma of Brooke High School

NMSC, a non-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship program.

The scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 340 business organizations and institutions of higher education who share NMSC’s goals of honoring the country’s academic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

Association of SHS graduates

Tuesday meeting times

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville High School Alumni Association will meet at the Scaffidi Restaurant and Tavern in Steubenville on Tuesday.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m.

Toronto Seniors

announce the winners

TORONTO — Judy Bickler opened the September 15 meeting of the Toronto Senior Citizens, expressing her appreciation for the help of members Janet Boyuk, Peggy Ziarko, Mary Ann McGee, Jean Cline and Cheryl Adams.

Joyce Zimmerman gave the blessing and conducted the Pledge of Allegiance.

Joyce Dobbs won the draw 50-50.

The fall wreath donated by Mary Ann McGee won by Rosemary Bonafine.

The big basket was won by Dolly Robinson

The bingo winners were Emma Spicer, JoAnn Lewellyn, Pat Pfabe and Marilyn Izzi.

Reports were given by Treasurer Rosemary Bonafine and Social Secretary Paula Kensavage, who announced birthdays and reported on other correspondence.

Members are reminded that the October working committee includes Rosemarie Cieslak, Jean Cline, Dan Ciotti, Iris Craig, Crissy Cunningham, Virginia Dafoe, Mary Scott, Glenda Matheson and George Uselton.

A reminder has been issued to bring sweets for the basket drawing.

Soup and sandwiches theme

for Brooke Recipe Club

WELLSBURG — The Cook by the Book Recipe Club at the Brooke County Public Library will meet at noon on Sept. 29.

Each month, the club works on a theme. Participants choose a recipe, prepare it and bring it to the library with a copy of the recipe. Club members then share the finished product, swap recipes, and engage in camaraderie.

This month’s theme is soup and sandwiches. Registration is not compulsory. For more information, call (304) 737-1551.

Evening story time features “Pete the Cat” program

WELLSBURG – Kim Harless will lead an evening story hour, featuring “Pete the Cat Checks the Library” at 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Brooke County Public Library.

There will be a craft and snacks. To register for the free program, call (304) 737-1551 or visit

“Cool Kids Passport to Fun”

Saturday at Starvaggi Park

WEIRTON—First Choice America Credit Union’s “Cool Kids Passport to Fun” will be offering a free day of fun on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Starvaggi Park in Weirton.

The event is open to all children who must be accompanied by an adult.

There will be prizes, inflatables, games, refreshments and special guests.

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