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Contributed DONATION MADE — Toronto Fire Chief Bill Scheel recently accepted a donation of 40 smoke alarms from Toni Moreland on behalf of Star Farm Insurance.

State Farm agent donates 40 smoke alarms to Toronto Fire Department

TORONTO — Every day, seven people die in home fires, most often in homes without working smoke alarms.

That’s why State Farm agents across Ohio are handing out free smoke alarms to help communities prepare for the unexpected in the event of a home fire, according to a company news release.

This month, 65 agents in Ohio delivered more than 2,800 smoke alarms to their local fire departments to help more neighbors.

That included 40 alarms that local State Farm agent Toni Moreland presented to the Toronto Fire Department to give to community members who might need one. They recently were accepted by Bill Scheel, fire chief.

Moreland noted that State Farm encourages homeowners to make fire prevention an important part of their overall home safety plan.

According to the National Fire Safety Association, three out of five home fire deaths result in fires where there are either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Some steps homeowners can take to reduce the chances of house fires include:

* Installing a smoke alarm and regularly checking the batteries can go a long ways toward saving lives;

* Exercising caution when lighting candles and operating fireplaces. It is a good idea to never leave an open flame unattended.

* Keeping flammable products in a cool, dark place;

* Never leave the kitchen while cooking; and

* Consulting with your local fire department on an appropriate fire extinguisher for your home can help protect your family in the event of a fire.

Daughters of American Revolution chapter meets

STEUBENVILLE — The Daughter of the American Revolution Fort Steuben Chapter held a meeting through Zoom on Feb. 13.

Regent Vickie Joseph called the meeting to order. Chaplain Nancy Courtney gave the invocation, and JoAnn Morrison led the Pledge of Allegiance. Mary Ann Jesse led the American’s Creed, and Nancy Valles led the national anthem.

Joseph reminded members to wear name tags to every meeting.

Registrar Susan Welch introduced prospective members Stephanie Wendell and Griselda Taylor.

President General Denise Doring VanBuren presented a message virtually along with a mini-program, “A Visit to NSDAR Headquarters, Renovations in Progress.”

During the business meeting, Secretary Janet Rymer read the minutes of the last full meeting in October. Treasurer Patti D’Aurora gave the treasurer’s report.

Under committee reports, Janet Rymer, Junior American Citizens chair, thanked Courtney for the participation from the Jefferson County Christian School in this year’s contest. All 10 winners on the local level won first place in Ohio State JAC competition, and all participants placed first or second in district competion. Nine will advance to national competition.

The 100th anniversary committee noted the banquet is postponed until June 2022.

Ryner, commemmorative bench co-chairperson, reported the dedication of the bench at Historic Fort Steuben will proceed as planned on May 8.

Under old busines, members were reminded to send program ideas for 2021-22 to Francine Hauldren.

D’Aurora and Valles reported on Wreaths Across America participation

Karen Blanc reported on a Day of Service decoration donation to Weirton Geriatric.

Hauldren reported on the “Adopt a Female Service Member.”

Under new business, Joseph reported on the virtual board meeting.

March 1 is the last day to register for the virtual OSDAR State Conference that will be held March 18-21. The cost is $!0.

A member is needed to chair the JAC program next year, it was announced.

Additional volunteers also are needed to adopt a prospective member. Desiree Lanzino and Tammy Kotyk were thanked for volunteering.

Details will be announced regarding the Americanism photography contest.

Days to fly the flag were listed.

The next meeting, which is March 13, will involve a program by Susan Guy.

Courtney gave the benediction.

‘What’s It Worth?’ questions answered in library program

STEUBENVILLE — Find out for free what your treasured antique and collectible items are worth without leaving the comfort of your home.

Mike Ivankovich is an antiques and home-downsizing expert, author, columnist and host of the “What’s It Worth? Ask Mike the Appraiser” radio show who conducts nearly 100 appraisal events each year, according to Jennifer Cesta, public relations coordinator for the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

The library is hosting an online program, Cesta noted. “Participants may have one to two items for Mike to appraise. It takes 2 to 3 minutes for each individual appraisal. The program will take place using Zoom. You will need to send the library system your e-mail address to link to the program on Feb. 27,” Cesta explained.

Spacing for the online event is limited. A program agenda will be e-mailed in advance to those who register. Registration is required by calling the Main Library at (740) 282-9782.

Cesta estimated the event could accommodate 15 people if they have two items for appraisal or 20 people if they have one item for appraisal.

“The information for the online program was e-mailed to the library,” Cesta said in explaining how the library got involved.

“Presenters who typically would not be able to visit the library because of traveling restrictions are now able to connect virtually,” she said. “The library is looking forward to hosting the virtual event. Those who register can stay to watch the appraisals of each other’s items. This is fun and safe way to learn.”

Church holding fish frys

WEIRTON — St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Three Springs Drive is planning to have takeout-only fish frys each Friday during Lent.

The hours will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The menu is a fish dinner, $10, which includes fish (baked or fried), fries and a choice of cole slaw or applesauce; a fish sandwich, $6; side dishes of either french fries or haluski, $3, or cole slaw or applesauce, $1. Beverages available will be water or pop for $1.

To place an order, call (304) 723-4120 and leave a name and phone number. Callers are asked not to leave their order on the answering machine because they will be called back for it.

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