Spring Fling April 19

St. Mary's in Fulda will be having their anual Spring Fling which is Sunday, April 19. There will be chicken dinners with mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade noodles, green beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, beverage and dessert. Serving time is 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be bingo from 1 to 3 p.m., raffle, 50/50 drawing, baked goods, homemade noodles and crafts. The public is cordially invited. St. Mary's is located seven miles east of Caldwell, Ohio. Take SR 78 to SR 564 to Fulda Road (County Road 15).

Bluegrass show April 17

The Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview, Ohio will have a bluegrass show on Friday, April 17 featuring Chris Jones & the Night Drivers. Opening the show will be Cabin Fever. The kitchen will open at 5 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show are $12 for adults and, children under 12 are free. The Pennyroyal Opera House is located off I-70 at exit 198. For more information, call Rich and Carol Smith at 740-695-6291 or visit www.pennyroyaloperahouse.com

Pancake breakfast April 25

There will be a pancake breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Batesville, Ohio on Saturday, April 25 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is by donation and all proceeds go to Heifer Project International.

Texas Hold'em Tournament April 25

Masonic Motorcycle Club Chapter 16 will be holding a Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament on April 25 at the American Legion Post 168 in Barnesville. Sign up will begin at 3 p.m. and the tournament will run from 4 to 8 p.m. There is a $50 buy-in fee. Food and drinks will be available. All proceeds will benefit Domestic Violence and Battered Women's shelters in Belmont, Harrison and Guernsey Counties.

The class of 1954 reunion today

There will be a meeting for their 55th reunion on Wednesday, April 15 at noon at Annie K's restaurant.

Willis Creek

Willis Creek Bluegrass Band will perform at Annie K's Lounge on Saturday, April 18, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Ray Ferrebee, banjo; Don Britton, guitar; Cathy Frasher Gadd, guitar and vocal; Rhonda Strahler, bass and vocal; Gina Fehr, fiddle (Sam Brookover will play); Larry Mader, mandolin and vocal; Frank Gadd, guitar and vocal.

Sponsored by the Bicentennial Committee. Come early and have a nice meal before the entertainment. There is no cover charge. Donations accepted. For information, call "Doc" Householder (740) 695-4359 or (740) 425-2408.

Craft Advisory Committees

The Belmont Career Center will host its craft advisory committee members on Monday, April 20. Dinner is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. with individual program meetings to follow at 6:15 p.m.

A craft advisory committee is made up of volunteers who agree to serve as advisors to one or more career-technical programs. Members may include former students, parents of current students, and representative of business, industry, labor and community agencies. Because of their working knowledge of the competency requirements of specific occupations, they can provide valuable advice, guidance and assistance to instructors to better prepare students for current employment trends.

The craft advisory committee has several major goals:

-Provide information which will update, modify, expand and improve the quality of career-technical programs,

-support and strengthen the relationship between business, industry, the community and education,

-make recommendations that will strengthen and expand the career-technical curriculum and provide assistance in implementing these recommendations,

-assist in identifying needs, determining priorities and reviewing and evaluating programs and

-articulate long-term goals and objectives of the career-technical program to parents, employers and the community.

Day With Herbs

Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Oglebay Park, will hold its Annual "Day With Herbs" on Friday, May 8, at 11 a.m.

An herbal luncheon, sale of herb plants and a guest speaker, will make our 25th Annual Herb Day one of the best. Our luncheon will include fresh vegetables and crackers with dips, lasagna, salad, dessert, and herbal teas. There will be door prizes.

There are still a few seats available. The cost of the day is $15 per person and is by paid reservation only. Call (304) 242-0665 to make your reservation. Paid reservations must be received by Friday, May 1, but call early because space is limited.

Kiwanis spaghetti dinner April 17

Kiwanis spaghetti dinner April 17 at Catholic Church from 4-7 p.m. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

Monroe County Chapter OGS meets

The Monroe County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m. at the Monroe County District Library at Route 78 and Home Avenue in Woodsfield.

Member J. Brent Gamble will speak about "The History of Navigation Aids Along the Ohio River." Gamble is a past Division Commander and the current Division Officer for Aids to Navigation for Division 3 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Division 3 covers southeastern Ohio and the northern mid Ohio Valley.

Gamble is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. He is a resident of New Martinsville and a pharmacist in Sistersville. He is also President of the Wetzel-Tyler County Board of Health.

Gamble is a Founding Member and Past President of the chapter and is currently a Trustee.

All meetings are open to the public.

Homeopathy Study Group meets

At 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, there will be another in an ongoing series of "third Tuesday" open meetings of the Homeopathy Study Group, facilitated by homeopath David Board. These informal discussions are intended as a way for people to become more familiar with the theory, purposes and methods of this complementary holistic health practice. To pre-register and for more information contact Sharon Welsch at 304-845-1443.

Band Boosters Pancake and Sausage Breakfast April 25

The Barnesville Band Boosters will be holding a pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, April 25 at the First Christian Church in Barnesville from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Cost is $6. Take-out will be available. Proceeds will benefit the Barnesville High School Band and Chorus.

Rails-to-Trails 5K Run/Walk and Tunnel Fun Run May 9

The Rails-to-Trails 5k Run/Walk and Tunnel Fun Run will be held on Saturday, May 9 at 8:15 a.m. (Fun Run begins at approximately 10:30 a.m.) which benefits the Rails to Trails project and the Track Parents boosters.

This is a flat, fast course beginning/ending near the Train Depot. Unique, high-quality trophies in 13 different age/weight categories. Registration $16 until April 26 ($20 after). The first 200 registered are guaranteed a mesh shirt. All finishers receive a race towel courtesy of Emerald Pointe Health & Rehabilitation. There will be over 100 door prizes valued over $2,000 and plenty of Dominoes Pizza, cookies, drinks, and refreshments. DJ Mr. Twister and Spike the Nailer's mascot will also be on hand.

Parents, bring the kids! All children 12 & under receive a back pack jammed full of coupons, certificates, passes, and toys ($3 pre-registration, $5 race day) and a winner's medal.

For more info or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Carl Kondrach, director (740)310-2117 or carlkondrach@yahoo.com

For race application visit, www.ovrunnersandwalkers.org

Flushing Garden Club open meeting April 20

The Flushing Garden Club will hold it's annual Open Meeting on April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Flushing Methodist Church in Flushing Ohio. The club officers will be the hostesses for the evening. Karen Large will read the devotions. Roll Call will be to name the Club you represent. All OAGC Region 12 Clubs are invited to attend. The program for the evening will be given by Heaather Tokas titled "Butterflies by Heather." Donna Turley of the Flushing Club will make the exhibit titled" Butterflies in Flight". There will be refreshments served. Also a sales table with garden related items for your purchasing pleasure. Quote: spring is God thinking in Gold, Laughing in Blue and speaking in Green. -Frank Johnson

Ohio Valley Emmaus to meet in Shadyside

The Ohio Valley Emmaus Community will hold their monthly gathering this Friday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church located at 3838 Lincoln Avenue in Shadyside, OH. The community begins the evening with a covered dish dinner followed by a time of worship and sharing. For more information visit www.OhioValleyEmmaus.com Ohio Valley Emmaus is part of Emmaus International. Emmaus Communities all over the world host three day spiritual retreat weekends to strengthen the local church. You can find one somewhere in the world nearly every weekend of the year. Ohio Valley Emmaus hosts two every Spring and Fall at Epworth Center in Bethesda, Ohio. The governing board invites the public to make plans to attend the April gathering this Friday in Shadyside.

Longaberger Basket Bingo

The Swiss Hills Arts & Crafts Association along with the Monroe County Fair board will be sponsoring a basket bingo on Saturday April 18, 2009 at 5-8 p.m. The games are $20. Donation/20 games; Extra packets $5. Special Games $ 1. per sheet/ 1 sheet per game. There will also be a County Store. And hot food, desserts, and beverages will be available. This years Raffle Basket is a Beverage Tub Basket w/ Wrought Iron Beverage Tub Holder (Value $ 212.). Doors will be opened at 4 p.m.. This event will be held at the Henri Coulson Building at the Monroe County Fairground in Woodsfield, Ohio. All proceeds will go toward the handicap-accessible shelter at the fairgrounds. For more info contact Joyce at 1-740-926-1747 or Stella at 1-740- 458-1647or e-mail us at: jafetty78@yahoo.com.

Flushing Garden Club meeting April 20

The Flushing Garden club will hold their annual Open Meeting on April 20 at the Methodist church in Flushing, Ohio at 6:30 p.m. All area Region 12 Clubs are invited to attend. The Club Officers will serve as Hostesses for the evening. The program will be given by Heather Tokas, titled "Butterflies by Heather". Karen Large will read the devotions. The roll call will be to name the club you represent. Donna Turley will make the exhibit titled "Butterflies in Flight". There will be a sales table where you can purchase garden related items. Light refreshments will be served. Please come and enjoy our evening. Quote: Spring is God thinking in Gold, Laughing in Blue, and speaking in Green.- Frank Johnson

Public Defender Commission vacancy

The Belmont County Board of Commissioners would like to inform the citizens of Belmont County that there is currently a vacancy on the Public Defender Commission. Any resident interested in serving on this Commission may submit an application for consideration up until April 10.

Applications are available by contacting the office at (740) 699-2155.

Painting in Watercolors workshop

Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Oglebay Park, will present a Workshop on Painting in Watercolors with local artist Bev Beatty. The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m.

Bev will conduct a beginners workshop on painting with watercolors. The cost is $45 and will include all materials - paints, brushes, and paper. The workshop will last several hours, so bring a sack lunch. Class size is limited and paid reservations must be received by April 9. Mail reservations to Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Oglebay Park, Wheeling, WV 26003. Or telephone (304) 242-0665 for more information.

WIC walk-in appointments

The Belmont County WIC program will sponsor walk-in clinics on Tuesdays in St. Clairsville and on Wednesdays in Bellaire. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Barnesville hours are the second Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ohio Hills Health Services, 110 E. Main St.

New clients need proof of address, proof of income and identification such as a drivers license or a social security card. Crib cards will be accepted for newborns. Clients who need recertified will need proof of income and their WIC folders. Also, a written authorization from a parent/guardian to have a child receive WIC services is needed if a parent/guardian is not with a child at the time of recertification. Belmont County WIC is having open enrollment the months of March and April. WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that encourages breastfeeding and provides education to its clients. Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, infants and children up to the age of five qualify. Working families are encouraged to apply. For more information call 695-0222 or 676-2232.

Tuscora Stamp Club

The Tuscora Stamp Club is sponsoring a stamp show and bourse on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be held at the Tuscora Park Pavilion in Tuscora Park at New Philadelphia, Ohio.

There will be a stamp exhibition, USPS postal window, and dealers to serve the needs of all collectors.

Admission is free.

Starting at 3 p.m., there will be an auction of stamp, supplies, and philatelic material.

Adult and Basic Literacy Classes

The ABLE program offers free GED test preparation classes for adult learners who wish to obtain a high school diploma equivalency. Basic instruction is also provided to anyone who may wish to improve basic academic skills. Classes are individualized and self-paced. Classes are available at the following locations: Barnesville, Cadiz, Martins Ferry, and St. Clairsville.

For additional information or to register, please call: (740) 695-9130 Ext. 165.

HEAP office re--located

The HEAP Office has moved to a new location. 155 W. Main Street, St. Clairsville. This building is located across the street from Huntington Bank. Free two hour parking is available along Main and Market Street.

The Community Action Commission of Belmont County, Inc. will begin assisting income eligible households with winter heating needs Thursday, Nov.1, 2007. The Winter Crisis Program provides assistance once per heating season to eligible low-income households as follows: eligible households with less than a ten day supply may receive a one time delivery of fuel or propane up to $450. Customer heating with wood or coal would receive a one time delivery up to $250. Utility customers may receive assistance up to $175 to prevent disconnection of service, restore service or establish service. Utility customers may also sign up for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) which is a payment plan based on monthly income. Income eligibility guidelines based on annual income and household sizes are as follows: (1) $18,200 (2) $24,500 (3) $30,800 (4) $37,100 (5) $43,400 (6) $49,700 (7) $50,000 (8) $62,300. For family units with more than eight members add $6,300 for each additional member. Staff is also available to electronically file State HEAP Applications. The following information is needed at the time of application: income verification for the last three months for all household members, social security card for each household member and both gas and electric bill with a disconnect notice on one or both, or less than 10 day supply of bulk fuel. The agency will make appointments, please contact the HEAP Office at (740) 695-2405 or (740) 695-9296 for additional information.

Nursing Moms Group meets

The recently formed Western Belmont Nursing Moms Group will meet the second Saturday of each month at the home of Akiko Brownstein on the Olney Friends School campus in the Hutton house at 10:30 a.m. feeding their child. For more information call Brownstein at 425-3620.

BBM Rotary meets

The Bethesda-Belmont-Morristown Rotary Club Dinner Meeting is every Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. in the Bethesda Senior Center. The meeting is now being catered by Mark Glass from the Bethesda Market.

Depression and Bipolar Support Group meets

The Depression and Bipolar Support Group meets each month on the second and fourth Mondays at Steubenville. The meeting begin at 7 p.m. at Trinity East Hospital, Lawson Avenue in the board room.

For additional information call: 304-242-1830 or e-mail: dbsaohiovalley@comcast.net

The Depression and Bipolar Support Group (Wheeling) meets each month on the first, third, and fifth Wednesdays at Wheeling Jesuit University, Whelan Hall.

For additional information call: 304-242-1830 or e-mail: dbsaohiovalley@comcast.net.

Columbia Gas of Ohio energy assistance program

Columbia Gas of Ohio has announced a new energy assistance program which will provide assistance to customers whose incomes fall between 175 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Income eligibility guidelines based on annual income and household sizes are as follows: (1) $20,800 (2) $28,000 (3) $35,200 (4) $42,400 (5) $49,600 (6) $56,800 (7) $64,000 (8) $71,200. For family units with more than eight members add $7,200 for each additional member. Eligibility should be determined according to the following criteria:

(1) Income must be between 175 percent and 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

(2) A termination notice is not required.

(3) One-time benefit up to $250 for Columbia Gas customers only.

(4) The program will last until the funds are depleted.

The agency will make appointments, please contact the HEAP office at (740) 695-2405 for additional information.

Electric Bill Help

Belmont County families served by AEP will be eligible for help in paying their electric bills. The following changes have been made to the AEP fuel program in an effort to assist more clients.

(1) Eligibility has been expanded to households between 0 percent and 200 percent of poverty.

(2) A termination notice is not required.

(3) Funds will be available until May 31, unless otherwise depleted

(4) One-time benefit up to maximum of $175 for AEP customers only.

The agency will make appointments, please contact the HEAP office at (740) 695-2405 for additional information.

Alzheimer's support group meets

The Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group will meet Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St. , Martins Ferry. A presentation will be given by the Area Agency on Aging Region 9 titled, "Reaching Persons with Dementia: A Look into 36-Hour Day." All attendees will receive a free copy of The 36-Hour Day book; compliments of the Area Agency on Aging. Open to all caregivers, family members, and friends with a loved one with memory problems. Free of charge. For more information, call the Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimer's Association at (330) 533-3300 or 1-800-272-3900.

Union Local Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment applications for Union Local School District for the 2009-2010 school year will be accepted with the following schedule:

A) Current Open Enrollment students should apply April 6 - 17. Those students are to complete an application and return application to the Superintendent's Office. If you have not received an application, you must pick one up at the Superintendent's Office in Morristown.

B) New applicants must apply April 20 - May 1. You must obtain an application at the Superintendent's Office in Morristown. New applicants will be accepted on the basis of the criteria established by the Board of Education's Policies and Administrative guidelines, including, but not limited to, established enrollment limits. All applicants will be considered on a first come basis.

Parents are reminded that transportation will be the responsibility of the parent.

Anyone with questions of concerns may call the Superintendent's Office at 782-1978 or 695-5776 ext. 21.