Community news from throughout the area

Humane society: Saturday is

National Clear the Shelter Day

WINTERSVILLE — Saturday is National Clear the Shelter Day, and that’s being observed by the Jefferson County Humane Society and Jefferson County Animal Shelter located at 200 Airpark Drive, Wintersville.

“This event is designed to help the harder-to-adopt-out residents find great new homes,” noted Brandi DeNoon Damewood, community outreach manager.

Low-cost adoptions will be available, and some pets have sponsored adoption fees, meaning someone already has paid the adoption fee.

“We are hoping to have an empty shelter on Saturday, but rest assured, the pets not adopted will still be given the best care in our shelter,” she added. “We do not euthanize for space, so it is important to keep adoptions flowing, which then allows us to reach more pets in need.”

For individuals who want to help but are unable to adopt at this time, there is the option to do a partial or full sponsorship through the Facebook page or by calling the shelter atv(740) 314-5583.

Other events on the calendar include an open house to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 8.

Some activities are free, and some will require a a small cost, according to Damewood. A promotional flier lists activities as a blessing of the pets, dog training sessions, a small class dog training, food, drawings, rent a walking pal, a photo booth, “Stuff the Doghouse and face painting. Some activities require pre-registration.

The humane society’s fall fundraiser will be a “Barks, Beer and Barbecue” to be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Dungeon Hollow Brewing, located at 572 county Road 22A, Bloomingdale.

Tickets are $25 per person and include a pulled pork dinner with sides and dessert. There will be a cash bar, a 50-50 drawing and a Chinese auction. There will be a bonfire and music.

“Friendly, leashed pets” are welcome to attend, according to Damewood, who noted, “I love this one because there aren’t many places around our area that allow pets to come with their owners. So this will be an awesome event … but any event with pets is awesome.”

Jefferson County Farm Bureau

announces annual meeting

WINTERSVILLE — The Jefferson County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting will be held Sept. 5 at Meadowbrook Church of God in Rayland, beginning at 7 p.m.

The county Farm Bureau will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the creation of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Volunteer leaders and award winners will be recognized.

Board members and state annual meeting delegates will be elected and “most importantly,” according to Michele Specht, organization director for the Jefferson County Farm Bureau, policy will be discussed and voted on.

The program speaker will be Ty Higgins, director of media relations for Ohio Farm Bureau. He is the organization’s primary point of contact for journalists reporting on farm, food, environmental and public policy issues.

Previously, Higgins’ 23-year career includes network director for Ohio AgNet and Ohio’s Country Journal and farm broadcasting at WRFD radio and the Agri Broadcasting Network and as an on-air personality for WHOK radio in Columbus.

For reservations, contact the county Farm Bureau office by phone at (844) 207-9900 or by e-mail to jefferson@ofbf.org. by Aug. 22.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities, according to Specht.

Toronto Sunrise Seniors

hear reports, trip updates

TORONTO — The Toronto Sunrise Seniors were welcomed by President Barbara Pritts to the Aug. 9 meeting held at the Roosevelt Center.

Chaplain Mary Edwards offered the opening prayer. Following the covered-dish meal, Pritts thanked the kitchen committee and members recited the pledge of allegiance.

Reports were given by Secretary Laura Sheets and Treasurer Judy Sabol. Social Secretary Donna Spry announced the names of members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries during the first half of August.

Pritts issued a reminder about today’s bus trip to Hartville. Members were encouraged to sign up for trips to Midland to see “Frozen” on Nov. 17, and “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 15. A trip to the Ohio Star Theater in Sugarcreek to see “The Christmas Ship” is planned for Dec. 4.

Marlene Garrett was recognized as member of the month and presented with a small gift.

Following announcements and the benediction, members played bingo and cards. Bingo winners included Gloria Howard, Judy Sabol, Barbara Pritts, Debbie Luvisi, Susan Kulstad, Bonnie Wilson, Helen Bayne, Mary Lou Hawkins, Bill Black, Rex Mossor, Peg Nordenger and Marion Wilson. Thanks were extended to John Lash and Paul Sherwood for conducting the bingo games. The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 23 at the Roosevelt Center. Potential members are always welcome.