Single/divorced mothers' support group meets

The single/divorced mother's support group will be having their first meeting at the Bethesda United Methodist Church, 33 N. Main St, Bethesda on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m.

Anyone from the immediate area is welcome. For more information, call 484-4712 or 484-0237.

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.

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.

Longaberger/Ham Bingo May 13

A Longaberger/ Ham Bingo will be held Wednesday, May 13, at the Carnes Center, Roscoe Road in St. Clairsville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost of the event is $20. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds to benefit the Belmont County Fairgrounds. Tickets may be purchased from the Belmont County Fair Directors. For more information contact, Debi Ault 484-0138.

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

For race application visit,

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:

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:

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.