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Pipeline seeding and safety

class to be held at Puskarich

Public Library on Jan. 11

CADIZ — Ohio State University Extension, together with the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency, will host a pipeline seeding and safety event on Jan. 11 at the Puskarich Public Library in Cadiz.

The session will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will cover management practices for landowners who have recently had or expect to have pipeline construction on their property.

“Driven by advances in new technologies and market demand for domestic production of energy, Eastern Ohio saw a sharp rise in the number of oil and natural gas wells installed in recent years,” notes Erika Lyon, OSU Extension educator, “and this trend is projected to continue in 2018. This is because Ohio, together with Pennsylvania and West Virginia, are located directly over the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, which up until recently were inaccessible for extraction. With more wells installed in recent years, pipeline construction also has been on the rise to transport shale products to markets across the United States and Canada.”

The two-hour class will cover topics with the most current science-based information specifically on soil health, seeding recommendations and what to do in the event of a pipeline rupture.

“In 2017, we received many questions from landowners regarding what seeding mixtures are preferred for grazing and improving soil quality,” Lyon said. “The answer to this question varies from site to site. This session will provide information on how to determine which seed types and seeding rates will work best for individual properties as well as other considerations for pipeline construction specifications pertaining to soil health. Pipeline safety practices also will be discussed.”

Cost of the event is $5, and pre-registration is required. Register by contacting the OSU Extension office by phone at (740) 264-2212 or send an e-mail to Questions about oil and natural gas development can be directed to Lyon at (740) 264-2212, extension 203.

OSU Extension will provide accommodations to handicapped persons needing assistance to participate in Extension programs. For those who require accommodations to attend programs or access information, contact the Harrison County Extension Office at (740) 942-8823.

For information on Harrison and Jefferson Extension programs, visit or Sign up for the Agriculture and Natural Resources Newsletter to receive information and updates on shale energy and other agricultural interests/issues by contacting OSU Extension in Cadiz or Steubenville.

Weirton Steel Management Club

cancels Monday meeting

WEIRTON — The Weirton Steel Management Club has canceled its regular meeting, which falls on Monday, Christmas Day.

The next get-together meal and social time will be held Jan. 22 at Giovanni’s Restaurant.

Country Friends to finish 2017

Friday with Light Touch band

COLLIERS — Country Friends will finish out 2017 events with a performance by the Light Touch band on Friday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

The doors open at 6 p.m., the program starts at 7 p.m., and the hall closes at 10 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge per person on dance nights.

The next dance will be held Jan. 5.

“Our Christmas party was a great success, and I wish to thank all who contributed in any way,” said Oren Little of Country Friends Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity.

“The hall was packed, the covered-dish meals were delicious, the band kept the dance floor filled, and Christian friendship and brotherly love were present throughout the evening,” Little noted. For information on Country Friends, call (304) 479-1270, (304) 748-2816 or (304) 797-0122. For a monthly schedule e-mail