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Recertification classes for

fertilizer and private pesticide applicators scheduled in area

Those needing to recertify for their private pesticide applicators license or fertilizer certification will have several opportunities in 2018 to attend classes in Jefferson, Harrison and Carroll counties.

This is the first year of recertification for fertilizer applicators. Those who do not have a pesticide license but took the fertilizer certification class in 2014 are up for a one-hour renewal course this year. For those with a pesticide license, they can recertify when their pesticide applicator license is up for renewal.

The schedule for recertification opportunities in the tri-county area are as follows:

¯ Jan. 22, Harrison County Fairgrounds Commercial Building: The fertilizer recertification only lunch and learn begins at noon. The cost is $10 which includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Register by contacting the Jefferson Extension office at (740) 264-2212 by Jan. 17.

¯ Feb. 15, FFA Camp Muskingum, Carrollton: Fertilizer and private pesticide recertification credits are offered. The all-day event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $35, which includes a hot lunch. Pre-registration is required. Register by contacting the Carroll Extension office at (330) 627-4310, extension 4, by Feb. 8.

¯ Feb. 27, former Bantam Ridge School, Wintersville: Fertilizer and private pesticide recertification credits will be offered. The evening event with fertilizer recertification begins the program from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a 30-minute break followed by the private pesticide recertification from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for fertilizer only or $35 for both sessions, which includes a pizza dinner if both sessions are attended. Pre-registration is required. Register by contacting the Jefferson Extension office at (740) 264-2212 by Feb. 20.

To locate other recertification opportunities across Ohio, visit Costs for recertification classes are to cover OSU Extension program costs and do not include the $30 fee to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which is mailed separately.

Questions about getting a pesticide license or fertilizer applicator certification can be directed to Erika Lyon at (740) 264-2212, extension 203.

OSU Extension will provide accommodations to handicapped persons needing assistance to participate in Extension programs. Those who require accommodations to attend programs or to access information may contact the Jefferson County Extension Office at (740) 264-2212.

For information on Jefferson and Harrison Extension programs, visit or Sign up for the agriculture and natural resources newsletter to receive information and updates on a variety of agricultural topics by contacting OSU Extension in Wintersville.

Steubenville City Schools retirees

gather for Christmas luncheon

STEUBENVILLE — Twenty-nine retirees of Steubenville City Schools met Dec. 14 for a Christmas luncheon held at JC Wine Cellars in East Springfield.

A final collection was taken for the group’s Christmas charity for needy adults. Information about the recipients will be announced at the next get-together.

The Christmas event also included a gift exchange where recipients were called to pick a gift by the name of the first school they taught in.

A gift of a wall hanging of Candy Cane, the group’s nutcracker at the Steubenville Nutcracker Village and Advent was presented to Linda Holub in appreciation of her efforts in arranging the retiree lunches for the past 17 years.

The next lunch will be held Jan. 11 at The Ville Restaurant.

PERI Chapter 5 installs officers

at December meeting

WINTERSVILLE — Eighteen members and guests of the Public Employee Retirees Inc. Chapter 5, District 9, met Dec. 13 at Murray’s Restaurant in Wintersville.

President Doris Starr opened the meeting; Joyce Summers led the opening prayer; and John McDevitt led the Pledge of Allegiance.

After the business meeting was conducted, Jerry Krupinski installed the new officers with Harold Ray as the new president. Terry Kaminski continues as secretary. Maxine DiPalma, legislative officer, stated that she would like to relinquish that office, to which Krupinski was appointed to replace her. DiPalma will continue as the phone committee.

On behalf of the membership, Krupinski commended Starr for the job she did as president, pointing out that she took over the duties held by her husband, Terry Starr, before his death. Krupinski said she was “a highly effective president” for the group.

Starr thanked members, officers and Krupinski for their support during her tenure.

Ray thanked members for electing him president, noting he is open to suggestions for chapter improvement.

There was no speaker for the meeting, but Christmas-themed inspirational and humorous readings were presented by Starr, Summers and Sharon Wozniak.

Krupinski announced that he and Ray will meet with the chapter’s PERI representative concerning H.B. 413, dealing with the threat to the COLA.

John McDevitt won the 50/50 drawing and Kaminski, the door prize.

The next meeting will be held Jan. 10.

Steubenville Saddle Club to hold awards banquet on Jan. 20

EAST SPRINGFIELD — The Steubenville Saddle Club will hold its 2017 awards banquet on Jan. 20 at the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department located on county Road 39.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with the dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Attendees are to bring a covered dish and a dessert and a small gift.

Those planning to attend should RSVP by Jan. 15 by calling Debbie Grimes, (740) 765-5044; Marty Ternasky, (740) 543-8277; or Robin Wedlake, (740) 424-7606.

Weir High Class of 1970 alumni

meeting tonight at Mario’s

WEIRTON — Members of the Weir High Class of 1970 will hold their new year’s meeting at 6 p.m. today at Mario’s Restaurant at 3806 Main St.

All classmates and spouses are welcome to attend.

Operation Valentine is Monday at Brooke County Senior Center

FOLLANSBEE — Senior citizens and others will gather at the Brooke County Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday to make Valentines for active duty servicemen and women.

Known as Operation Valentine, the activity is the center’s Martin Luther King Day of Service project. For information, call (304) 527-3410.

Brooke County Public Library

to show animated film Jan. 11

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library will show the PG rated animated film, “The Lego Ninjago Movie” at 5 p.m. Jan. 11.

Popcorn and water will be provided by the library. Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat for the free screening.