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Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation dinner to include special elections

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, as part of its 75th anniversary dinner, will hold special elections for supervisors.

The annual meeting and banquet will be held at Le Chateau Pier in Smithfield on Sept. 23 with the special election of supervisors starting at 5:45 p.m. Attendees will be served a menu that will showcase food raised or grown locally while being treated to live dinner music provided by Ron Retzer. Dinner will be followed by a presentation of the 75 years of service.

DeNoon Lumber, DiGregory’s Greenhouse and Garden Center, Jefferson Landmark, M&M Hardware and Water Transport have partnered to be the program sponsors for the meeting and banquet.

The JSWCD invites people to participate in the special election. Votes can be cast at the district’s office now through 3 p.m. Sept. 23. Voting will recommence at 5:45 p.m. at the annual meeting. Residents or landowners, firms and corporation that own land or occupy land in Jefferson County and are 18 years of age or older may vote. Absentee votes may be cast by requesting the proper absentee request form from the JSWCD office in the mezzanine level of the Towers, 500 Market St.

There are three candidates for two open positions on the JSWCD Board of Supervisors.

Dave Hyde, Ken Perkins and Mark Nelson are the candidates.

Hyde attended the Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute and is a retiree of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 246 after 34 years of service. He and his wife of 39 years, Brenda, are residents of Unionport, where they run an Angus cow/calf operation on their 300 acre farm located in Wayne Township.

Hyde has previously been awarded the JSWCD Conservation Farmer of the year, served as an associate supervisor of JSWCD board, sat on the Ohio State Extension Advisory Committee and is a member of the Buckeye Quality Beef Association and R-Calf USA.

Perkins is completing his second term as a JSWCD board supervisor where he has served as public relations chair, board secretary and is currently serving as the JSWCD board vice chair.

Perkins resides in Steubenville Township with his wife, Becky, and stepdaughter, Kayla. Perkins has been a Jefferson County resident since 1991 and is president of Tri-State Financial Services.

Perkins is a life member of the National Rifle Association and ABATE of Ohio Inc., Jefferson County Trails and Greenways Task Force, Steubenville Revitalization Group, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Steubenville Rifle and Pistol Club, Ohio Valley Harley Owners Group No. 3881, Polish Athletic Club, Jefferson County Farm Bureau and the Steubenville Kiwanis Club. He participates as a buyer at the Jefferson County Junior Fair Livestock Sale and is a contributor to the Jefferson County 4-H program, Steubenville Nutcracker Village, Harmonium Group, and the Eastern Gateway Community College Foundation Scholarship Program. Perkins is a 32nd degree Mason with the Valley of Steubenville where he has received awards at the national and local level for community involvement.

Nelson is completing his second term as a JSWCD board supervisor where he has served as board secretary, public relations chair and was elected by his peers to serve as the JSWCD board chair.

Nelson and his wife, Gretchen, and family live in Cross Creek Township. He is the owner of Nelson Fine Art and Gifts where he and his family offer a full spectrum of in-house services and custom manufacturing as well as Leonardo’s Coffee Shop, Steubenville Popcorn Co. and Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker Shoppe.

In 2015, Nelson undertook the creation of the Steubenville Nutcracker Village. Nelson is the Steubenville Revitalization Group president, and serves on the board of the Grand Theater Restoration Project.

For information regarding the JSWCD’s 75th anniversary annual meeting and banquet, contact the office at (740) 264-9790 or stop at the office.

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