Community news from around the area

Hancock County Federation of

Democratic Women to meet

WEIRTON — The Hancock County Federation Of Democratic Women held their monthly meeting Nov. 23 at Giovanni’s Family Restaurant with President Kathy Link presiding.

Reports were given by Secretary Teresa McCombs and Treasurer Debbie Caine.

Members are needed for 2018, it was noted, as well as the $5 annual dues.

The 2018 scholarship essay question will be discussed at the January meeting, and Link encouraged members to consider ideas for the essay question pertaining to the political arena.

Items discussed included the change of venue. Candidate for House of Delegates Diana Magnone advised that she will donate the cleaning supplies for the new venue, which is the Hancock County Democratic Headquarters, Main Street, Weirton. Magnone also will check on the Democratic headquarters located in Chester.

In order to promote membership, it was suggested that a personal network be used for posting on Facebook and that politicians be called by telephone and have their wives join as members, as well as themselves as associate members.

W.Va. State Chairman Belinda Biofore advised that, beginning in January, the voter ID law will go in effect. In order to vote in the May election, voters will need to show their driver’s license or some other type of identification with their name on it, such as a voter ID card, a bill with their name on it, a birth certificate or a passport, for example.

Link distributed the schedule of the 2018 meetings. She also asked for nominations from the floor for officers but there being none, the slate of officers will stand as follows: president-elect, Kathy Link; vice president-elect, Dina Carnes; secretary-elect, Teresa McCombs; and treasurer-elect, Debbie Caine, who she introduced to the group.

Biofore introduced the officers, using a fruit theme to correlate with their positions. Caine and McCombs received a pear; Carnes, an apple; and Link, a banana.

Janet Lalich was appointed membership chairman.

The next meeting will be held Monday at Giovanni’s Family Restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue with dinner at 5 p.m., if interested, and the business meeting getting under way at 6 p.m.

The federation welcomes new members. All Democratic women residing in Hancock County are invited to attend and join. Dues are $5 per person for the year. For information contact Lalich at (304) 374-6388.

Library announces variety

of programs and activities

STEUBENVILLE — The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County has announced the following programs and activities being held at its various locations.

Adena Branch, (740) 546-3782

Adults: Book club will meet for discussion on Monday at 5:30 p.m. Call to join.

Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch, (740) 769-2090

Children: Babygarten, for parents with children birth to 2, will be held Thursday at 11:15 a.m. This is an opportunity to introduce children to the library at this lap-sit program that shares books, songs and early literacy tips, according to Jennifer Cesta, the library system’s public relations coordinator. Registration is not required.

Make a craft on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required.

Adults: Book Club will meet for discussion at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Call to join.

Make a craft on Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. Registration is required.

Schiappa Branch, (740) 264-6166

Adults: Tech help is available on Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn about library apps and how to download eBooks, music and more. Call to make a 15-minute appointment.

A web searching class is scheduled for Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m. The instructor will show participants a wide variety of search engines and how to use specific search terms to their advantage. Registration is required.

Children: Play and Learn the Alphabet, for parents with children ages 2-6, will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday. This is a one-hour play session with letter-learning toys. Registration is not needed.

Tiltonsville Branch, (740) 859-5163

Children: Spend time with family to watch a movie at the library, beginning at noon on Jan. 20, then browse the shelves to take home books.

Adults: Color pages designed for adults on Monday, beginning at 6 p.m.

Remember to fill out the

2017 Census of Agriculture

WINTERSVILLE — Sometime during the holiday season, agricultural producers should have received a gift in the mail, according to Erika Lyon, Ohio State University Extension, Jefferson and Harrison counties.

The “gift” is a 24-page survey for the 2017 U.S.D.A. Census of Agriculture.

“You may be wondering why this survey is so important,” Lyon notes. “It provides valuable information for educators, researchers, community planners, legislators, agribusiness and local producers. It is comprehensive since all producers in the United States provide the data, and it is one of the most impartial datasets on farm number and size, commodities produced and economic value,” she continued.

Information provided by the census helps shape agricultural programs and services and to identify community needs. “This information also can help producers plan for the future. If you produce fruit, vegetables, agronomic crops, livestock, Christmas trees, etc., you will need to submit the survey by Feb. 5. The value of the data outweighs the time it takes to fill it out,” Lyon said.

The Census of Agriculture is conducted once every five years, the last year being 2012. Jefferson County’s results can be accessed by visiting

The 2012 survey reveals that during that year, 38 percent of Jefferson County was dedicated to crop production and 25 percent for pasture. “This equates to 63 percent of land in Jefferson County used for agricultural purposes in 2012. This kind of information helps prioritize policy, products and services on county and state levels,” Lyon explained.

The survey also is available online this year and can be accessed on both desktop and mobile devices. “You will need to have the 17-digit survey code listed on the mailing label to submit surveys online,” she noted. Visit and click on the blue “Respond Now” icon on the center of the webpage. Data and products of the previous survey also can be viewed by visiting the website.

“The Census of Agriculture is one of the most robust and valuable agricultural datasets available,” Lyon noted.

A survey or survey code can be requested by calling (888) 424-7828.

TIMET retirees to gather for

luncheon meeting on Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE — Retirees of TIMET in Toronto will have occasion to chat, reminisce and stay connected at the next get-together luncheon scheduled for Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at CJ’s Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville.

It’s open to all TIMET retirees. For information, contact Bob Olexia at (740) 535-0937.

Follansbee Branch Library to show

‘My Little Pony’ Tuesday

FOLLANSBEE — The Follansbee Branch Library will show the animated film “My Little Pony: The Movie” at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Call (304) 527-0860 to reserve a seat and popcorn for the free screening.