Community Briefs

Mary H. Weir Library to host

gingerbread house event

WEIRTON – The Mary H. Weir Public Library will host a gingerbread house construction from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the library’s activity room.

The program is open to children of all ages and is free.

Elks Lodge holding Christmas party

WEIRTON – The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 House Committee will hold the Christmas party Dec. 24 with food and half-price drinks until 5 p.m., when the lodge will close in observation of Christmas.

The lodge will be closed Dec. 25 and will close at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and be closed Jan. 1.

Church holding candlelight service

TORONTO, Ohio – New Beginning Baptist will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. Dec. 24 at the church located at 1202 Lincoln Ave.

The public is invited to attend.

The church also will hold a Christmas Cantata, “2,000 Decembers Ago” at 11 a.m. Dec. 22. The public is invited to attend.

For information, call (304) 374-2875.

Santa letters, books available

WELLSBURG – The Friends of the Brooke County Public Library will again be assisting Santa Claus in sending letters to local children.

With the group’s help, Santa will send letters personally addressed to each child and reminding each to keep being nice.

The cost is $1.75, which helps St. Nick to defray postage costs.

The group also is selling personalized children’s books, which feature the recipient as a character and can include the giver, names of the child’s friends and where the child lives. The books, which include Christmas stories and many other themes, are $14 each and normally can be ready in a week.

Stop by the Brooke County Library or Follansbee Branch Library to learn more.

Volleyball team has openings

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – The Tri-State Tigers Volleyball Club is looking for advanced 13- to 16-year-old players to fill three competitive volleyball teams.

For individual try-outs, contact Jon Stokes at (330) 843-3589.

Information on Caniff sought

ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Mass., is updating the Vietnam Wall Memorial Wall of Faces website with information about those who were killed in Operation Attleboro Sept. 14-Nov. 24, 1966.

Among the 155 American soldiers killed was Army Specialist-4 John Robert Caniff of Steubenville. Caniff was born Feb. 4, 1941.

He began his Vietnam tour March 17, 1966 and was killed Nov. 5, 1966 in Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam.

Simmons is looking for a photograph of Caniff to include on the website.

Those who may have a photograph of Caniff are asked to contact Simmons at 6 Cumberland Ave., Attleboro, MA 02703 or