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September 16, 2013
The Herald-Star

Food preservation

workshop set

The Jefferson County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a food preservation workshop from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the bureau's office at 587 Bantam Ridge Road, Wintersville, the old Bantam Ridge School.

All skill levels of canners are welcome. The cost is $15 for Farm Bureau members and $25 for nonmembers.

Each participant will receive a Ball Blue Book, "The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing" and a 100th anniversary Ball canning jar and will be entered into a drawing for other door prizes.

Kate Shumaker of Holmes County Ohio State University Extension will share her food preservation expertise. This is for the beginner to the intermediate level and will teach participants how to preserve their harvest for use throughout the year.

Veterans staff to attend schooling

The Jefferson County Veterans Service Office will be closed Sept. 24 at noon through Sept. 27 because of staff educational requirements. All staff personnel must attend school to obtain continuing educational credits.

The educational requirements are established by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services and coordinate with the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office.

The mandatory education is provided to keep all personnel informed of Veterans Administration changes, updates in law changes and all facets of filing claims with the VA.

All veterans who use the DAV Transportation Network through the Veterans Service Office are encouraged to call in all appointments early to insure seat availability.

All constituents who receive assistance through the Veterans Service Office will be notified of procedures that will be followed during the closure.

Questions can be directed to the Veterans Service Office at (740) 283-8571.

Adena Lions Club

planning projects

Lloyd Hutchison presided at the Adena Lions Club meeting, announcing the rose and flower sale that would be coming up, along with the Halloween cake walk and the Christmas cantata.

A change in bylaws was reviewed by Phil Wallace, past district governor; R.J. Konkoleski, past district governor; and Nancy Ann Walker, club secretary.

John Parkinson and Bill Walker will be awarded a life membership for their 50 years of perfect attendance, it was noted.

Martin McKim announced that the club is collecting good clothing until Oct. 1 for an organization to distribute. They can be left at the Lions club house, Peoples Bank or the Adena United Methodist Church.

A thank-you was received from the Lions Camp Echoing Hills.

The club donated to the Adena Heritage Days and Buckeye Local cross country team and gave approval for the Jefferson County Board of Elections to use the club room for the November election.

A picnic was held at Bedway Park with approval given for a Sept. 21 golf tournament. Esther McCoy was presented a plaque by Darrin Young, past president, for publicity.

Randy and Shirley Bednarski were the winners in a water balloon toss contest.

Woodland Garden

Club meets

Members of the Woodland Garden Club met Sept. 5 at the Shorac Family Center in Wintersville.

Hostess duties were shared by Jeannie Barker and Anne Sage featuring decorations of harvest apples.

Verna Smolinsky, president, offered an inspirational message. Roll call was answered by members naming something they recycle.

Smolinsky led the business meeting. Plans to host the Oct. 19 regional meeting and the December Christmas dinner party were discussed.

New business included the reception of new members Bobbi Jo Finney and Lisa Belozzi. Installation of officers will be conducted during the October meeting.

A garden tip was offered by Eleanor Drazich, who suggested that rather than digging up dahlia tubers each year, leave them in place and cover them with cardboard, soil and leaves.

Smolinsky reviewed highlights of the OAGC annual convention that she attended in August at Maumee State Park.

Joyce Griffen demonstrated an artistic floral design featuring a vertical arrangement.

Bobbi Martin shared information regarding the new Pittsburgh Botanical Gardens located at Settlers Ridge. The project, scheduled to open to the public next summer, involves the transformation of 460 acres of abandoned mining land into a world-class botanic garden.

Nifty Needles

members meet

The Nifty Needles Neighborhood Sewing Group of the American Sewing Guild met recently at the First Christian Church in Weirton.

Leaders Nancy Sanders welcomed returning member Carolyn Freeman. Seven members were in attendance. Sanders reviewed the Monroeville Sewing Expo she attended in August.

Nancy Linn spoke about her recent trip to Paris and the fabric available there.

Members presented show-and-tell items, including: Middy Freese, doll clothes; Kay Nixon, iron tote and faux fur scarf; Dale Negle, coin purse, quilt squares and cell phone case; Linn, christening gown; and Carol Village, fabric for scarves.

Sanders presented a program on floral pins made with jumbo rickrack. All members received a kit and completed them at the meeting. Freeman received the door prize. The next meeting is Oct. 1.

For information, call Sanders at (304) 527-1405.

'Dine to Make

a Difference'

Hounds' Haven Inc. seeks the public's participation with a community fundraiser called "Dine to Make a Difference," an event sponsored by Bob Evans Restaurants to help with operations at the shelter for homeless pets.

Here's how it works: Pick up a Hounds' Haven community fundraiser flyer at any of the following locations: Crestview Veterinary Hospital; Pet Supplies Plus, Steubenville; Jefferson Landmark Store locations in Bloomingdale, Dillonvale and Cadiz.

A fundraiser flyer also can be printed out from Hounds' Haven's Facebook page - "Fans of Hounds Haven."

Visit the Bob Evans Restaurant at 1997 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, any time from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. between Sept. 24 and Sept. 28, presenting the flyer upon checkout. Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of a customer's ticket to Hounds' Haven. All proceeds will directly benefit the hundreds of dogs and cats that call the shelter their home, a shelter spokesman said, noting contributions are tax deductible.

Hounds' Haven is a private, nonprofit, "quality-of-life" shelter for homeless pets from around the Ohio Valley. "Your support enables compassionate care for those animals, as well as an active adoption program, operation of low-cost spay-neuter programs for residents in need, and humane education programs for area youth," the spokesman said.

Annual Riverfest

slated Sept. 28-29

The fifth-annual New Cumberland Riverfest will be held Sept. 28-29 on River Avenue, New Cumberland.

The Hancock County Arts Council will hold its local artists show, and all local artists are invited to participate. Those wanting to participate are asked to bring their artwork to the Old City Building on Jefferson Street between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 28.

The Physically Active Lifestyle Committee will sponsor a 5K walk/run Sept. 28. Registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The cost is $15.

The opening ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 28.

John Edwards will perform at noon; Kyler Kuzio at 1 p.m.; Michelle's Dance Studio at 2 p.m.; Kent Cox at 3 p.m.; the Lazy River Band at 4 p.m.; and the Silver Eagle Band at 6:30 p.m. A fireworks display will be held at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 28.

A church service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 29, followed by Brad Peck performing at 12:30 p.m. The Little Miss New Cumberland pageant will be held at 2 p.m., followed by the Buffington Brothers.

The festival also will feature craft and food vendors.

Let's Fight

Together Sept. 29

TJ Anderson's "Let's Fight Together" fund is organizing a benefit fundraiser on Sept. 29 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Amsterdam VFW.

The event will include party-style food, a 50-50 drawing, a Chinese auction, an auction of autographed sports memorabilia, and entertainment, dancing and music with disc jockey Chelsea Matta.

Admission is by donation.

The "Let's Fight Together" fund was established by Anderson, a Bloomingdale resident, to "help people who are sick that have no families and anybody that feels like they're fighting alone, whether it be kids or adults.

"We want to help them," Anderson said. "One hundred percent of the money goes to area causes. We also want to provide the dialysis units with blankets," said Anderson, who started the fund after his kidney transplant rejection in January, which put him back on dialysis and back on the transplant list.

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