Community news from around the area

Garden club hears program

on Mittleider method

TORONTO — The Rivers Edge Garden Club met Feb. 8 at the home of Gail Saner with 10 members attending.

Brian Saner, son of the meeting host, presented a program on the Mittleider gardening course, noting he had used the Mittleider method in his own garden last year. He shared pictures from the garden’s beginning, which included the construction of his raised garden beds, his own do-it-yourself watering system and final pictures of the project.

Mary Bilchak, president, presided at the brief business meeting where Gail Saner gave devotions on 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Karen Thompson was thanked for her work in compiling pictures of past meetings and projects into albums.

After the meeting, refreshments were served by Gail Saner. Members were asked to bring a homemade fertilizer recipe to the next meeting, which will be held March 8 at the home of Debbie Artman.

WMC Auxiliary is holding

‘Books are Fun’ sale next week

WEIRTON — Weirton Medical Center Auxiliary will hold a “Books are Fun” sale on from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 8 and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 9. The sale will be held in the Medical Center Atrium located on Colliers Way.

Forest walk, fungal foray

March 24 at Fernwood

WINTERSVILLE — A forest walk and fungal foray is being offered by the Ohio State University Extension for those who are interested in forest ecology, timber management and mushroom hunting.

The walk is planned for March 24, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Fernwood State Forest’s Hidden Hollow Campground in Bloomingdale.

“Late March into early May is usually the time when one expects to see the prized morel emerge as temperatures gradually warm and rainfall becomes more frequent,” noted Erika Lyon, Extension educator, ag and natural resources, OSU Extension, Jefferson and Harrison counties. “While the morel is the primary mushroom of focus at this time of year, there are a wide variety of other fungi and plants emerging that are fun to discover, if you have an idea of where to look,” Lyon added.

The walk will cover winter and early spring tree identification, forestry management and fungal ecology, including that of morels. Because it will include an outdoor hike, participants should use “a good pair of hiking shoes.” Trails may be muddy or covered in snow. The event will be canceled in the event of heavy rain or heavy snow.

There is no cost to participate, but pre-registration is required. The deadline is March 16.

For information or to register, contact the Ohio State University Extension, Jefferson County at (740) 264-2212 or send an e-mail to

Various programs, activities

being offered through library

STEUBENVILLE — The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County has announced the following programs and activities scheduled at its various locations, including:

Adena Branch, (740) 546-3782

Children: Children will play with letter-learning toys during Play and Learn the Alphabet, which is for caregivers with children ages 2-6. It will be held at 11:15 a.m. on March 5.

Brilliant Branch, (740) 598-4028

Children: Story Time, for children ages 5-10, will be held on March 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Register in advance by calling the library.

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

Children: Play and Learn the Alphabet will be held at 11:15 a.m. on March 6.

Adults: Meet, eat and discuss recipes at the Cookbook Club on March 8 at 5 p.m. Register to participate.

Schiappa Branch, (740) 264-6166

Adults and Teens: A beginners’ Internet class will be held March 7, beginning at 6 p.m. “From buying the computer that is right for you to getting connected and seeing what the Internet has to offer, our instructor will show you the basics of getting online,” a library spokesperson said. “Learn how to open files, point and click a mouse and use popular search engines to find the websites you’re looking for.” Register in advance by calling the library.

Children: “Kids’ Gaming” will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 7. Stop in anytime to play games on Wii, Playstation and XBOX360.

Babygarten, for birth to 2, is March 8, beginning at 10:30 a.m. This is a lap-sit program that will help babies with language development and early literacy skills.

Tiltonsville Branch, (740) 859-5163

Children: Story Time, for ages 5-10, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on March 5 at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required.

Adults: “Coffee, Doughnuts and a Movie” is at 10 a.m. on March 8.