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Extension offering virtual course on forages for horses

STEUBENVILLE — Between January and March, Ohio State University Extension will be offering “Forages for Horses” as a virtual course, beginning Thursday.

One live webinar will be offered per month along with “work-at-your-own-pace” materials that accompany each webinar. The “Forages for Horses” program is a collaboration among Ohio State University Extension, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council.

Each webinar will be offered live on Zoom at 7 p.m. and feature presentations in a 90-minute span. Attendees will be able to interact with the speakers and ask questions in real time. Once registered, attendees will be granted access to the full online course, including the webinars and complementary resources. Participants who attend all three webinars will have the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion. Registered participants will receive a USB drive of the full course manual (digital version) by mail.

The webinar schedule and topics are as follows.

— Thursday, 7 p.m.: “Hay Analysis and Feeding Different Classes of Horses.”

— Feb. 17, 7 p.m.: “Nutrition and Parasites.”

— March 17, 7 p.m.: “Pasture and Weed Management, Soil Fertility and Species Selection.”

The “Forages for Horses” course utilizes Scarlet Canvas. For best performance, Canvas should be used on the current or first previous major release of Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari. Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android or any other device with a modern web browser.

Cost of the course is $75. Registration includes access to all online content through Dec. 31, live webinar access, webinar recordings, the course manual, virtual social hours and a voucher for free attendance to one of nine planned pasture walks to be offered from spring to fall this year at various locations across the state. Current and new members of the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council are eligible for a $15 discount on registration. Register for the course by visiting https://go.osu.edu/foragesforhorsesregistration.

Questions about the course or the OFGC member discount code can be directed to Christine Gelley of Noble County OSU Extension at gelley.2@osu.edu.

Tri-State Marine Corps Club selects 2022 adopted veteran

WEIRTON — The Tri-State Marine Corps Club Auxiliary met Jan. 10 with President Shirley Brecht calling the meeting to order.

Chaplain Mary Ann Smith gave the prayer which was followed by the prayer list by Marcy Spano, secretary, who sent get-well and sympathy cards members’ family. The group joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Spano read the minutes from the December meeting, which were approved as read. The treasurer report was given by Brecht, which was approved as read and will be audited in April.

Brecht thanked Spano for delivering the Christmas stockings to the Weirton Geriatric Center.

It was announced that the adopted veteran for 2022 is Tabatha Herchuck. The auxiliary will provide a gift card twice a year.

Barb Glessner won the 50-50 drawing. January birthdays were acknowledged.

Next month the meeting will feature refreshments of cream of broccoli soup and cherry fluff for Valentine’s Day. The next meeting is Feb. 14, beginning at 6 p.m. at the VFW hall in Weirton.

East Springfield VFD Auxiliary having soup dinner fundraiser

EAST SPRINGFIELD — The East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be hosting a soup dinner fundraiser.

It will be held on Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire hall, which is located at 9854 county Road 39, Bloomingdale, OH 43910 for GPS purposes. It is next to the East Springfield Community Center.

The dinner features the choice of stuffed pepper soup or broccoli cheddar soup, cornbread or a grilled cheese sandwich, dessert and a drink. The cost is $8, and patrons can dine in or get takeout. To place an order for a delivery, call (740) 543-3563.


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