Community news from around the area

Irondale UMC to host

fish dinner on Friday

IRONDALE — Irondale United Methodist Church, located on Grant Street, will be hosting a cod fish dinner from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The menu features a fish sandwich or fish dinner with potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, hush puppies, dessert and drink, all for a donation.

Carryout is available. To place an order or for information, call (330) 532-3790 the day of the dinner.

Easter egg hunt, lunch

Saturday in Mingo Junction

MINGO JUNCTION — The John “Wiz” Fabian Memorial Easter egg hunt, sponsored by Scott Fabian and the Mingo Knights of Columbus Council 4361, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Aracoma Park.

After the Egg hunt, lunch will follow, and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance.

Those planning to attend should contact Fabian at (740) 275-6550.

Special services tonight,

Good Friday at St. Stephen’s

STEUBENVILLE — St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 284 Lovers Lane, will hold a Maundy Thursday service tonight, beginning at 7 p.m.

A Good Friday service will be held there at noon on Friday.

‘A Night With Poetry’ set

for Tuesday at Weirton library

WEIRTON — In honor of April being Poetry Month, the Mary H. Weir Public Library, 3442 Main St., will host “A Night With Poetry” from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The free event will be held in the library’s activity room and is being sponsored by the John Hancock Pen Club and the library, an agency of the Weirton United Way.

The John Hancock Pen Club is an organization of local writers from the Tri-State Area who have been meeting since the mid-1970s. New members of all ages are always welcome to join.

Those who plan attend are invited to bring their original poems to read or a favorite poem to share. The library’s activity room on the lower level can be accessed through the glass doors on Walnut Street. The library is accessible to the handicapped.

Light refreshments will be served. For information, contact the library at (304) 797-8510 or Pamela Makricosta at (304) 670-8489.

Let’s Fight Together Softball

Benefit scheduled May 5

STEUBENVILLE — The fourth-annual Let’s Fight Together Softball Benefit will be held May 5 at Belleview Park in Steubenville.

Play begins at 11 a.m. in the co-ed blind draw softball tournament with a $10 donation per person including a drawing ticket. Balls will be provided, and all teams will play at least three games.

April 28 is the signup and payment deadline. Drawings will be conducted at 3 p.m. For tickets or softball registration, call Chuck Spencer at (740) 317-2874.

All proceeds go toward medical expenses for local dialysis patients; for Raquel Bednar, who is battling internal malignant metastatic melanoma; and others in the area battling kidney disease.

Last year’s event involved more than 80 players of all skill levels.

If weather conditions are too severe, there will not be a makeup date, according to T.J. Anderson, founder of Let’s Fight Together Ministries.

Beef Quality Assurance

training programs detailed

STEUBENVILLE — With consumers concerned for animal welfare and sustainable food production, Beef Quality Assurance is now required by business giants such as Tyson Foods and Wendy’s, owners of a major share of the U.S. beef market, to meet public demand.

BQA is a national program that builds consumer confidence in the best management within all areas of the beef industry, from the farm to the grocery store. “If you sell cattle, including cull cows, at the Muskingum Livestock Auction or Sugarcreek Livestock Auction, it is highly recommended that you get BQA certified,” noted Erika Lyon, OSU Extension agriculture and natural resources educator.

“Not every market requires BQA, but many are switching to this requirement beginning in 2019,” she added.

The BQA training programs include topics on good record keeping and maintaining herd health. By building trust with the consumer, consumers will be more confident in the meat that they purchase, increasing product demand, she said.

Lyon will be conducting in-person BQA trainings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on May 1 at the Jefferson County Joint vocational School in Bloomingdale and from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on June 27 at the Puskarich Public Library, 200 E. Market St., Cadiz.

The Ohio BQA program can be used to meet the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association BQA guidelines and to give producers a competitive base for marketing cattle in Ohio.

There is no cost for the Bloomingdale BQA training, but pre-registration is required. Contact OSU Extension, Jefferson County, at (740) 264-2212 or e-mail lyon.194@osu.edu to register the day prior to each session.

More in-person BQA training sessions can be found at http://u.osu.edu/beefteam/events-programs/. For those who can’t make the in-person BQA training, online certification is available. Visit bqa.org to get BQA certified online. Online training consists of a series of lessons and quizzes to become certified and will take about two hours to complete.

More markets also will be requiring BQA transportation certification, according to Lyon. BQAT training covers the proper handling and transport of cattle to improve meat quality and animal health.

For those who are cattle transporters looking into becoming certified in BQAT, visit https://www.bqa.org/programs/bqa-transportation for information.

Country Friends announces

weekend entertainment

COLLIERS — Country Friends will host Light Touch on Friday and the Neon Knights on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

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

Open mic is Monday with an Easter party. The doors open at 4 p.m., the covered-dish meal is served at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge on Mondays, but donations are appreciated.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity.

For information, call (304) 479-1270, (304) 748-2816 or (304) 797-0122. For a monthly schedule e-mail owlcinder@yahoo.com.

Harrison Career Center FFA

show scheduled for May 5

CADIZ — The fourth-annual Harrison Career Center Future Farmers of America tractor, truck, engine and car show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5 at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, located at 550 Grant St., Cadiz.

The event will include food, music, family fun with admission by donation. Proceeds benefit the Harrison Career Center FFA.

Registration begins at approximately 9:30 a.m. For information, call (330) 440-5578 or e-mail HCCFFA@yahoo.com or visit the Facebook page.

Hancock County Museum

Commission to meet May 2

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Museum Commission met April 4 with President Vivian Weigel presiding.

The group heard the minutes and treasurer’s report.

Under old business, it was noted that the website account is paid three years in advance.

Under new business, announcement was made of a gift received from the Pittsburgh Foundation through the Maynard and Natalie P. Smith endowment.

The commission received an invoice for membership in the West Virginia Association of Museums but took no action.

A new display of several recently received donations was arranged and set up.

The next regular meeting will be held on May 2 at the museum, beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone interested in sharing the history of Hancock County is welcomed.