Community invited to Lenten services

Members of the Beverly-Waterford and surrounding communities are invited to weekly Lenten services sponsored by the Beverly-Waterford Ministerial Association. Each weeks’ services are held at a different church in the two communities and a minister from each of the participating churches shares the weekly message. The schedule for the services with the featured minister is: March 19, Father Bob Kawa speaking at Beverly Presbyterian Church; March 26 – Rev. Russell White speaking at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church; April 2 – Rev. Matthew Weaver speaking at Smith’s Chapel; April 9 – Rev. John Harra speaking at Waterford Nazarene Church; and Good Friday, April 18 – Rev. Tom O’Connor speaking at Beverly United Methodist Church. All community members are welcome to attend. Services begin at 7:30 p.m.

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LIBRARY EVENTS

The Beverly Library will be holding a cheetah/leopard story time for children ages 2-6 on

Wednesday, March 19, from 11 a.m. to noon. Children attending must be accompanied by an adult who will remain with them throughout the program. Story time includes books, crafts, movies, and a snack.

Thursday, March 20 is a “Day of the Puppy” program for school-aged children, scheduled for 3:30 -4:30 p.m. Crafts, games, and a snack will be provided.

For more information about any programs offered at the library, contact the library at 984-4060.

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Almost everyone knows the story of St. Patrick and how he drove all the snakes out of Ireland. But, do you know about some of the things associated with the holiday? “Erin Go Braugh,” often heard on St. Patrick’s Day, is used to express allegiance to Ireland and simply means “Ireland Forever.” Leprechauns, the little men dressed in green, are aloof and unfriendly and live alone, passing the time making shoes. Legend says they possess a hidden pot of gold. Treasure hunters try to track down the Leprechauns by listening for the sound of the shoemaker’s hammer. If a Leprechaun is caught, under threat of bodily harm, they can be made to reveal the location of the pot of gold. But, the treasure hunter must keep his eye on the little man at all times. If the gaze is diverted even for a second, the leprechaun will escape, and any hope of finding the treasure is lost. The Blarney Stone is really a stone, set in the wall of the Blarney Castle tower in the Irish village of Blarney. Kissing the stone is supposed to bring the kisser the gift of ‘persuasive eloquence’ or -as it’s often called- ‘the gift of gab.’

The castle, built in 1446 by Cormac Laidhiv McCarthy has walls 18 feet thick. The thickness was necessary the thwart attacks by Cromwellians and the troops of William III. Thousands of tourists visit the castle each year.

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Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.