Bethesda work session June 25, budget hearing June 28

The Village of Bethesda will be having a work session on June 25 at 6:30 p.m. to work on the property maintenance ordinance.

Also, the Village of Bethesda will be having a budget hearing on June 28 at 7 p.m., prior to the council meeting to review the 2013 budget.

Bethesda Park Board meeting July 12

The July Bethesda Park Board meeting will be Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m. in the village building.

Alzheimers Association Caregiver Support Group meets July 24

The Alzheimers Association Caregiver Support Group will meet Tuesday, July 24, 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St., Martins Ferry. For more information, call the Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimers Association at (330) 650-0552 or 1-800-272-3900.

Wiley Family Reunion June 23

Descendants and family of Joseph and Ethel Wiley will hold a reunion Saturday, June 23 at Sam Ackermans Guest House, beginning at 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish, lawn chair and beverage of choice. Burgers, hot dogs and chicken will be provided.

Board of Education Meeting

Notice is hereby given that there will be a regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Barnesville Exempted Village School District on Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be located at the Barnesville Exempted Village Schools Middle School Cafetorium to discuss all matters deemed necessary by the Board and the Superintendent. Preceding the meeting will be a Public Records Commission Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Conference Room.

Movie Under the Stars June 22

Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an outdoor Movie Under the Stars on Friday, June 22 at the Barnesville Park Amphitheater. The movie, Smurfs is free to the public and begins at 9 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by the Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library, Hunter Jefferis of Shamrock Entertainment and the Barnesville Police Department. Donations to support this event are appreciated.

Class of 1959 meets June 22

The class of 1959 will be holding its monthly meeting on June 22, 10 a.m. at Annie Ks.

Barkcamp State Park Astrolab June 22

Barkcamp State Park welcomes the Wheeling Area Near Earth Object Foundation to the Antique Barn. Join us on Friday, June 22 at 9 p.m. for an informative and enjoyable night under the stars. The group of amateur astronomers will be on hand to show us around the galaxy and beyond. Using telescopes, we will search the sky for stars, galaxies and satellites. The summer constellations will also be observed.

BAMA Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School sponsored by BAMA will be held at Barnesville Park Youth Center for ages pre-kindergarten through sixth grade (just completed). This year it will be held on five Wednesdays, June 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25 before the weekly free swim time. It will begin at 9:30 each Wednesday and will be over after their eats at 12:30. Kids will learn to depend on the promises of Jesus - promises each of us can cling to. They will discover the true treasure described in Philippians 4:19, My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. These are the lessons they will learn each week. True Peace - Jesus calms our storms and gives peace: True Riches - Jesus knows what we need and will provide whats best; True Power - Jesus shows how to depend on the power of Gods Word when we are tempted to sin; True Love - Jesus, the Good Shepherd, loved us so much He died and rose again so that we could become members of Gods family; True Hope - Even though we cant see Jesus He is with us and has a good plan for us.

See you in VBS at Barnesville Park Youth Center! Come and bring a friend!

Bethesda Library Summer Reading Program

Children will be seeing stars at the Bethesda Public Library, a branch of the Martins Ferry Public Library this summer during the summer reading program Dream Big - Read! Sign up began June 4 and the programs run to July 30. Children two years of age through fifth grade are eligible to participate.

The program consists of reading (or being read) books from the librarys collection. The amount of books read is determined by the reader and parents. If so desired, interested readers may also attend the weekly program. Several exciting programs have been scheduled, and they are: June 15 - Medieval Knight J.L. Lash, June 22 - Good Zoo from Oglebay, July 13 - Pirate Captain Greybeard (will he share his booty?) Dream Big: Learn Good Manners with Penny Whoolery, July 27 - ending program will be a Game Day with our 4th Annual Night Crawler Eating Contest and A Minute to Win It. All programs are on Friday mornings at 11 a.m.

Incentive prizes will be given out to encourage children to read. Each child signing up will receive a sign-up book bag with giveaways inside.

For further information, call 484-4532 during library hours, which are Monday and Wednesday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The summer reading program is a free service of the library and its sponsor.

VBS Somerton Church of Christ

Vacation Bible School will be held at the Somerton Church of Christ from June 17 to June 21, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A closing picnic will be held on June 22 at 6 p.m. at Somerton Park. Classes are for ages three to adult. Come and bring a friend.

Village of Belmont

The Village of Belmont has a vacant Council seat. Any resident of Belmont interested in filling the council seat should attend the Tuesday, July 3, council meeting at 7 p.m. at the town hall. Any questions please call Paula at (740) 484-1989.

Miller Reunion

The Miller Reunion will be held on Sunday, June 24 at the Somerton Community Park at 12 p.m. Each family is asked to bring a covered dish and a five dollar gift for the white elephant sale.

Sons of the American Legion Post 168 19th annual fishing tournament

The Sons of the American Legion, Post 168 Barnesville will hold their 19th annual fishing tournament at the Barnesville Park Lake on Saturday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Age groups are under 6, 6 to 8, 9 to 11 and 12 to 15. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. that morning and the entry fee is $1. Please bring your own bait. Prizes will be awarded in all age groups. Hot Dogs and refreshments will be provided to all participants.

Beekeepers Association meets June 26

The Mid Ohio Valley Beekeepers Association will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 7 p.m. at the Washington County Career Center, SR 676, Marietta. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit our web hive at

Summer Crisis Program

The Community Action Commission of Belmont County, Inc will start assisting income eligible households with Summer Crisis Program on June 1. Provide assistance, not to exceed a total balance due of $250. An income eligible applicant/household must meet the 2012 Poverty Income Guidelines and one of the following criteria:

a) A member who has an illness that would benefit from assistance, verified by physician documentation or,

b) A member who is sixty (60) years of age or older or,

c) A household that has a disconnection notice.

Eligible applicant/household may qualify for one or a combination of the following, not to exceed the total benefit of $250: one air conditioner provided that the household has not received an air conditioner in 2009, 2010, or 2011, and/or one payment on the electric bill. Annual amounts and household size used to determine eligibility are as follows: (1) $22,340, (2) $30,260, (3) $38,180, (4) $46,100, (5) $54,020, (6) $61,940, (7) $69,860, (8) $77,480. For family units with more than eight members add $7,920 for each additional member. Applicants must apply in person at the Heap Office at 155 W. Main St. in St. Clairsville. The following documentation must be presented at the time of application: Proof of all household income for the previous three months, social security cards for all household members, birth certificate for primary applicant, current electric bill and current gas bill if applicable. For more information please call the Heap Office at (740) 695-2405.

Vet Center Representative in Barnesville

Attention area military veterans: R. Jeremy Harrison, MSW, LICSW, Social Worker at the Wheeling Vet Center and Iraq War veteran, will be in Barnesville every Thursday from 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. at the Veteran Service Commission Office, located at 113 W. Main St. Services include individual, and group counseling for PTSD, substance abuse, depression, and various other readjustment issues endured by combat veterans. Jeremy also provides marital/family therapy, bereavement therapy, hospital referrals and enrollment, benefit questions, among other services. Jeremy can be reached at his Wheeling office at (304) 232-0587, Monday through Friday or at the VSO on Thursdays at (740) 619-0326. Walk-ins welcome. Individuals with appointments will be given preference.

Class of 1962 Announces Reunion Plans

Thursday, July 12 - 6:30 p.m. Reunion week-end Kick-off at the Fairyland

Friday, July 13 - 6:30 p.m. Bar-b-cue at VFW Pavilion - 8 p.m. Music by DJ Charlie Morrison with an open invitation for all BHS Alumni to attend.

Saturday, July 14 - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Open house at Bill and Kay Neelys home in Tacoma; 5:30 p.m. - Alumni Banquet at High School with reception to follow at Annie Ks Restaurant

Sunday, July 15 - 9:30 a.m. - Farewell breakfast at Annie Ks Restaurant.

Everyone is encouraged to view the class window at Turks for a walk down memory lane.

The next planning meeting will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16 at Annie Ks Restaurant. Everyone is urged to attend.

Reservations for either the barbecue or the Alumni Banquet need to be sent to Polly Sawvel, 658 Louise Lane, Barnesville, Ohio 43713 as soon as possible. Also, your class information sheet for the memory book needs to be submitted to Polly by June 15. If you have any questions regarding the reunion plans, please call Rick Shepherd at (740) 425-1777.

Continue the Music July 7

Continue the Music will be held on July 7 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.), at Midway Community Center, seven miles north of Fly, Ohio on State Route 800 (10 miles south of Woodsfield, Ohio). Bands scheduled for July 7 are: Country Friends, Tom and Carol Watson, and Wills Creek. Admission is free and food and drinks will be available at the concession stand. 50/50 drawing and door prize drawings. For information or bands interested in scheduling for Future Events call Jacie Binegar at (740) 213-3285.

ASSE seeking host families for foreign exchange students

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, in cooperation with the local high school, is seeking local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries around the world.

Students come with an enthusiasm to practice their English and experience American culture - food, sports, shopping and more. They will also share their own culture with host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving both the students and families a rich cultural experience.

In addition, students have pocket money for personal expenses; and full health, accident and liability insurance. Students are academically selected onto program, and host families choose their students from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

To become a host family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call our Midwestern Regional Office at 1-800-736-1760 or go to to begin your host family application. There are many students to choose from, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter into your family today!

Support group meeting June 26

The Alzheimers Association Caregiver Support Group will meet Tuesday, June 26 at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St., Martins Ferry. For more information, call the Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimers Association at (330) 650-0552 or 1-800-272-3900.

Barnesville Alumni Banquet July 14

The Barnesville Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, July 14 at the Barnesville High School Cafeteria. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. Several classes will be attending as part of their Five Year Class Reunion week-end.

Barnesville area class members have held meetings to plan the events for their class mates. Class Members have or will be receiving letters, e-mails or phone calls with all the information. Reservations are due by July 5. Any other person who was a student at Barnesville High School is welcome to attend the Banquet. Send your check payable to the Barnesville Alumni to Evelyn Sampson, 62238 Hillcrest Rd., Barnesville, Ohio.

WIC walk-in clinics offered

The Belmont County WIC Program will sponsor walk-in clinics on the first Tuesday of each month in St. Clairsville and every Wednesday in Bellaire. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. New clients need to bring proof of address, proof of income, proof of pregnancy and identification for themselves and newborns. Client who need recertified will need proof if income and their WIC folders. The WIC folders are needed for coupon pick-up also. Belmont County WIC is having open enrollment the months of June and July. WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that encourages breast feeding and provides nutrition education to its clients. Women who are pregnant, breast feeding and provides nutrition education to its clients. Women who are pregnant, breast feeding, infants, and children up to age of five years old qualify. Working families are encouraged to apply. Also, WIC is pleased to announce that coupon pick-up is now available in the Barnesville office every month by appointment only. The St. Clairsville WIC office has been relocated to the Belmont County Health Department. For information call 695-0222 or 676-2232.

Congressman Johnsons staff holding open door sessions at Barnesville Library

Congressman Bill Johnsons staff holds open door sessions every month at Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library on the second Tuesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.. This is a change from the 2011 schedule. The open door sessions allow constituents to learn more about how Congressman Johnson can be an advocate for them to federal agencies.