Brava Golf Outing slated for July 28

The fourth annual Brava Golf Outing is scheduled for Saturday, July 28 at Lakeside Golf Course, located on Route 60 just outside Beverly, OH. Check-in is at 7 a.m. and the scramble begins at 8 a.m.

Teams are limited to the first 36 teams registered and paid in full. Check or credit card payments are accepted. To register a four-person team, contact Megan Lockhart at 740-350-6355 and please leave a message or send an email to Cost is $250 for a four-person team, skins game included. A catered lunch is also planned and included in the event price. As a reminder to participants, no outside alcoholic beverages are allowed.

The group is also seeking hole sponsors at a cost of $100 per hole. To sponsor a hole, contact Traci Nichols at 740-350-5586 and leave a message or email Traci at Monetary donations are also gladly accepted.

Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Additional skill prizes and a 50/50 drawing are also planned.

To date, BrAva has donated more than $120,000 to CureSearch as well as local families affected by childhood cancer. Sign your team up to help BrAva find a cure while having fun on the course!




The Beverly Public Library has numerous activities planned for the to keep kids reading during the summer months. According to information from the National After School Association shared by Beverly-Center Title 1 reading teacher Mrs. Beth Hanes, “Some kids will read willingly at school, but will do anything under the sun to avoid it otherwise. Keeping kids reading during the summer months is a must! When kids don’t read over the summer, their reading level is almost always lower when school starts back up in the fall. We al know how fast the school year picks up once it starts, and there’s not much time then to make up for lost reading time.”

The group then made suggestions on ways to make summer reading fun and enjoyable for everyone. Summer is already half over, but it’s not too late to work on these goals, and many of them can be met by participating in the library’s summer reading program!

1. Provide a variety of reading materials, as the latest books, comics, and magazines are more likely to engage youth interest.

2. Make reading fun by finding fun places for children to read, such as a tent outside, a fort, on the playground swings, or at a nearby park.

3. Help kids get their own library cards as libraries are wonderful resources for summer.

4. Set aside time every day for reading since consistency is key, especially for those kids who are reluctant readers. Try a short 20 minutes after lunch every day to encourage reading.

5. If you’re traveling, signs, literature about the destination, billboards, and fun reading travel games like ABC word hunts keep kids engaged. Words are everywhere – billboards, signs, vehicles – if you just look for them!

6. Set up or join a book club, since reading with friends is more fun.

7. Try buddy reading. Have older kids you may know read to the younger ones.

8. Read with your children by choosing a chapter book suitable for your child and read together every day.

9. Another nontypical reading activity is MadLibs, where tons of free online activities can be found. Kids will enjoy filling them out and then reading them aloud.

10. Encourage kids to keep a summer journal which will not only help reading but writing skills as well.

11. A summer pen pal program can be fun as kids love getting mail and e-mail. Reading letters is fun for kids.

12. Many books become movies. Encourage kids to read the books before they hit the theater. Happy reading!


Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.