Camera club announces
January competition winners
WINTERSVILLE — The Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club has announced the January competition winners to the theme “Shadows.”
The theme category winners were: First place, John Hanish; second place, Diane Banister; and third place, Deb Snider. The open category winners were: First place, Diane Bannister; second place (tie), Michelle Stevens and John Hanish; and third place, Tami Hosterman. The special effects category winners were: First place, Barb Momyer; second place, Michelle Stevens; and third place (tie), Diane Bannister and Karen Felix.
The Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club welcomes anyone who has an interest in photography. The next meeting will be held at 6:30 pm on Tuesday at Two Ridges Presbyterian Church, 1085 Canton Road, Wintersville.
For information about the camera club, including the monthly contests, visit the website www.uovcc.org. The winning images are displayed at the camera club’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/upperohiovalleycameraclub.
Bridge Design and Build
Contest open to students
CHARLESTON — Students in grades six through 12 are invited to participate in the West Virginia Bridge Design and Build Contest, with entries due Feb. 27.
Everything a student needs to compete, including a free download of bridge design software and a tutorial by Secretary of Transportation Jimmy Wriston, is available at the contest’s website at https://wvbridgedesignandbuildcontest.com.
The contest is sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Highways, BridgeWalk and West Virginia Department of Education and challenges students to design the best bridge using standardized design software.
The goal is the build a safe, well-engineered bridge for the least cost.
Finalists will be notified no later than March 4 and compete on March 26.
Low-cost spay and neuter
clinic taking appointment
STEUBENVILLE — The Brooke County Animal Welfare League will hold its next low-cost spa and neuter clinic/RASCAL (Roaming Animal Sterilization Clinic at Low Cost) on April 9 and 10 at the Steubenville American Legion Post, located at 808 N. Fifth St.
“Interested pet owners must call (304) 374-4443 immediately as appointments are limited and required. and there are no walk-ins,” a spokesman explained. Appointments are not limited to Brooke County residents. “Please be a responsible pet owner — spay and neuter,” the spokesperson added.
Energy Express program
seeks AmeriCorps members
NEW CUMBERLAND — The Energy Express Summer Reading Program is in need of AmeriCorps members to serve as mentors or community coordinators.
Energy Express is an eight-week program promoting the school success of West Virginia children in reading. AmeriCorps members must be available to continuously serve from June 9 to July 29 and be at least 18 years of age by June 9. Mentors must also be a college-bound high school senior, a current college student or a recent college graduate with no full -time employment.
“Mentors make learning fun for small groups of school-age children by creating a safe, enriching environment focused on reading, writing, art and drama,” a spokesperson explained. Community coordinators connect parents and community members to the Energy Express site by recruiting, training and supervising community and teen volunteers who help with various site activities.
In return for their 300 hours of service, Energy Express AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $2,350 and an educational award of $1,374.60 valid for up to seven years to pay for college tuition or loans. Applications are available online at extension.wvu.edu/energy-express. The initial deadline to apply is March 25.
“We are hiring for two sites in Hancock County, which are Weirton Elementary School in Weirton and Allison Elementary School in Chester,” the spokesperson added. Applicants do not have to be residents of West Virginia.
Questions can be directed to the WVU Extension Office of Hancock County at (304) 564-3805.
Edison concert to highlight Black History, Women’s Months
RICHMOND — The Edison High School Vocal Music Department is highlighting Black History and Women’s Months for February during an upcoming performance.
“Spirit of Love: A Tribute to Black and Female Composers” will be performed on Feb. 24 at 7 pm in the school auditorium, and free-will donations will be accepted to support the vocal music department. Director Greg Hofmeister said junior high and high school students will be participating, and the evening will include poetry, historical essays and quotations throughout the concert.
“The vocal music department’s ‘Spirit of Love’ tribute is both education and advocacy for Black History and Women’s Month,” Hofmeister said. “Music, like society, has a diverse network of sounds, emotions and cultures. The repertoire focuses on the traditional African-American spirituals, introduces new rhythms and reinforces vocal harmonies for ensemble singing,” he added.
“The women composers and arrangers outline women throughout history and provide a sense of potential and encouragement for the generations to come. From day one, students have been told to ‘find their voice and use their voice.’ The Edison vocal music students have discussed the importance of these topics and look forward to providing a concert that not only entertains but inspires.”
Among the music on the playlist are tunes by Elaine Hagenberg, Audrey Snyder, Sara Bareilles and Rachel Platten as well as traditional African-American spirituals.
Hofmeister said he chose to hold the concert and discussed the idea with students as a way to give back to the community through service. Masks may be recommended if attendance is high.
Scholarship opportunities for Appalachian Ohio students
NELSONVILLE — Students throughout Appalachian Ohio are getting ready to take the next step in their education by attending post-secondary colleges, universities or career centers, and scholarships are vital to ensuring every student has the resources to pursue their dreams.
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is offering applications for scholarship funds. It awards a variety of scholarships intended for students from different counties and with various interests and areas of study.
Students can identify one or multiple scholarships suited to their educational plans.
“These awards were made possible by the people and friends of Appalachian Ohio, who know that setting students up for success is one of the most beneficial things they can do for the region’s young people and their communities,” a spokesperson explained.
“That’s why many FAO donors have together created more than 280 scholarship funds focused on encouraging the pursuit of post-secondary education,” the spokesperson added.
All information on individual scholarship opportunities, including guidelines, eligibility and how to apply, can be found on FAO’s website at www.AppalachianOhio.org/ScholarshipApplications.
Completed applications and all accompanying materials must be e-mailed to Scholarships@ffao.org by March 15 or mailed with a postmark on or before March 15 to the foundation’s office at FAO, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764.
Each year, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio offers scholarships to students across the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. In 2021, 276 Appalachian Ohio students were awarded more than $555,000 in scholarships from donor-established scholarship funds at the FAO.
For information about how to grow scholarship resources for the region’s students, visit www.AppalachianOhio.org or call (740) 753.1111.