Community news from around the area
Extension offices in Ohio
implement teleworking options
STEUBENVILLE — Extension offices throughout Ohio will implement teleworking options for staff amid current coronavirus disease precautions.
Gov. Mike DeWine recently issued a state of emergency for Ohio, and along with the Ohio Department of Health has implemented a variety of strategies to reduce the spread of coronavirus, according to a news release from the Extension office.
A teleworking plan effective immediately has been put into place, and all OSU Extension offices will be closed to the public until further notice.
While physical offices will be closed, employees are prepared to telework and are ready to serve local clients and communities.
“In recent years, OSU Extension has invested in the technology needed to facilitate effective teleworking for our organization, and we will utilize our resources during this challenging situation to remain engaged with Ohioans, the release notes.
Clients, stakeholders, and other community members should continue to connect with any OSU Extension staff member via phone or e-mail as usual.
Reopening of any county office facilities will depend on decisions from the governor and the state of Ohio as well as Ohio State University.
The exact date when normal operations are expected resume in county Extension offices is unknown at this time. Until then, OSU Extension office staff will be working remotely and will remain accessible and available via email and phone. The health and well-being of our stakeholders, event participants, and employees is of utmost importance.
Each OSU Extension office has developed a business continuity plan that outlines how Extension staff will operate during situations such as the coronavirus outbreak. All staff will continue to work and serve local clientele through normal office hours — as previously determined by each county — and they will remain accountable for program management needs.
Most Extension planned activities from now through April 20 have been postponed, scheduled to be held virtually or canceled.
“If you have not already been contacted about an event or activity in which you were scheduled to participate and you have a question, please check with your local contact for that event,” the release continues.
Questions can be directed to the local OSU Extension office at (740) 264-2212. “You also can visit extension.osu.edu/lao for office phone numbers and a direct link to each office’s website and staff directory. If you reach voice mail, please leave a message with your name and contact information, and you will be contacted as soon as possible,” the release notes.
Post 33 trying something
new with Friday fish fry
STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville American Legion Post 33, located at 808 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, is continuing to hold Friday fish frys through Lent with some changes.
The food sale will run from noon to 6 p.m. on Fridays on a trial basis, according to an auxiliary representative, who explained patrons are asked to call ahead to place an order, then call again once they are in the parking lot so orders can be brought to their car.
The phone number is (740) 282-9851. The menu includes fish dinners, fish sandwich dinners and shrimp dinners for $10. The dinners include french fries and cole slaw.
Mingo Knights of Columbus
MINGO JUNCTION — All Mingo Knights of Columbus Council 4361 meetings and business meetings and house committee meetings are canceled until further notice. The Mingo Easter egg hunt also is canceled.
East Springfield Community
Center’s April dinner canceled
EAST SPRINGFIELD — The East Springfield Community Center has announced the cancellation of its fundraiser dinner that would have been held on April 2.
The cancellation is due to precautions implemented because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Northern Panhandle Shriners
canceling Saturday breakfast
WEIRTON — The Northern Panhandle Shrine Club pancake breakfast scheduled for Saturday in Weirton has been canceled.
Zion United Church of Christ
canceling Sunday services
STEUBENVILLE — Zion United Church of Christ, located at 139 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, has canceled worships services for March 22 and March 29.
An e-mail from a church spokesperson notes that “we will reassess and update April as we get closer.”