Public Employee Retirees, Inc. meeting

The Belmont County Chapter 79 of the Public Employee Retirees, Inc. meet on the third Wednesday of every other month at the J.B Martin Recreation Center located at the Belmont County Fairgrounds, St. Clairsville, Ohio. This month's speaker will be Tess Morando of Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home. The topic will be pre-need.

BHS Class of 1957 meets

The BHS Class of 1957 will meet for breakfast Saturday morning Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. at Annie K's.

Pumpkin Porch Crafts and Gifts

As in many past years Pumpkin Porch will be open again this year in the historical Boswell Monument Building on S. Chestnut St. just north of the Cattlemen Association Steaks.

A variety of unique and one of a kind items will be offered. These will include: wall hangings, quilt, pillows, benches, stools, chairs, milk, cream and water cans, stars, Santas, Snowmen, Ohio State and Shamrocks. Also many other crafts and gifts.

Come early for the best selection and enjoy the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival.

The festival hours for Pumpkin Porch will be Wednesday, Sept 23 - 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 24 - 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 25 - 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 26 - 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 27 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Decorated Pumpkin Contest To Be Held

Decorated pumpkins like the ones shown above will be on display at the Decorated Pumpkin Contest at the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival on Thursday, Sept. 24. Various pumpkin creations will be accepted at the registration table on West Main Street from noon until 8 p.m. that day. A cash prize of $25 will be awarded to the entry judged Best of Show. Cash prizes of $20, $15, and $10 will be awarded in the following categories: Best decorated pumpkin/squash using natural materials; best decorated pumpkin/squash using paint or artificial decoration; best decorated vegetables; best decorated pumpkin/squash by a group or organization.

Winners are announced Friday morning, Sept. 25. Several of the winning entries will be displayed at tables in the King Pumpkin area during the festival.

Barnesville Football Moms Monthly Meeting

The Barnesville Football Moms will be holding the monthly membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Bunting Shelter House in the Barnesville Park. Please contact Anne Smith at 425-9002 or Kimberly Wehr at 484-1807 with questions. All members are urged to attend.

Belmont Grange

Belmont Grange #889 will meet in the basement of the Barnesville Senior Center on Friday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring an interesting or entertaining item to share as part of the program. Refreshments will be served by Bob and Loisanne Rockwell.

Grandparents Supports Children's Kids Rights

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be told you could never see your grandchildren again? How would you feel? What would they think? It can happen! That's why we need laws to protect the rights of grandparents and even great grandparents. Grandchildren, most often are the ones cheated. Since they are denied the extra love and affection in a world where love and personal attention are in short supply.

Please join us in fighting this cause! We will be having a DUCK Launch on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the River Front Park in Moundsville, W.Va. starting at 2 p.m. The duck launch will be at 4 p.m. The country band, "Rising of the Fallen" will be playing from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., and other entertainment. Other activities will include: free games and prizes, temporary tattoo station, duck pond, tug of war, sack races, and a lollipop tree, ring toss, and parachute game. The Moundsville Fire Department will be on hand as will the Bikers for Santa. Various foods will be for sale including: sloppy joe's. hot dogs, pizza, nacho's and cheese, macaroni salad, cole slaw, scalloped potatoes, along with pop and water.

Please come join us, bring your families, friends and your lawn chairs!

For additional information contact Mary at (304) 280-5221.

Flushing Garden Club trip

Members of the Flushing Garden Club will travel to Columbus on Sept. 18, 2009 to attend the Country Living Fair. Members wanting to go should meet at the Methodist Church parking lot by 7a.m.

OGS Monroe County Chapter meets

The Monroe County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Monroe County District Library at Route 78 and Home Avenue in Woodsfield. The chapter's annual Awards Presentations will be made. New members will be inducted into First Families of Monroe County. Two Catharine Fedorchak Awards will also be given to 4-H Club winners for their genealogy projects. Members will also be inducted into the recently formed Klein/Cline Lineage Society.

Chapter member and family historian, Harley Dakin of Newcomerstown , Ohio , will discuss the Klein/Cline family. Many Clines in the Ohio Valley can trace their ancestry to George and Sussanah Cline of Monroe and Washington Counties in Ohio . Persons who trace to this family can then trace further generations back to 16th century Pieter Klein, a German who lived in the Alsace region of what today is France.

Light refreshments will be served. All meetings are open to the public.

46th Barnesville High School Class Reunion

The Barnesville High School Class of 1963 will meet at the First Baptist Church , 94 Shady Lane, Barnesville on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Ellen Brown (740) 425-1509; E-mail: or Linda Lucas: (740) 425-1336.

Children's Clothing Giveaway Sept. 19

The Gabriel Project Children's Clothing Giveaway will be held Saturday, Sept. 19 at the First Christian Church New Life Center at 219 W. Church St. from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

BHS Class of 1957 meets

The BHS Class of 1957 will meet for breakfast on the regular second Saturday of Sept. and also the Saturday morning of Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. at Annie K's.

50/50 raffle tickets being sold

50/50 raffle tickets are being sold to benefit the James M. O'Grady Memorial Scholarship Fund. Jim taught math and was a guidance counselor at Union Local High School, and he also taught Driver's Education to countless people over the years. The scholarship is awarded to a Union Local High School senior who is attending Ohio University and majoring in education or a math related field. Last year's recipient was Sarah Minnich. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held on Friday, Nov. 20. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can call Michele at 425-2057 or Kelly at 425-4293, or you can catch us at the Pumpkin Festival.

Apple Festival Queen and Princess Pageant

The 2009 Apple Festival Queen and Princess Pageant will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Moose Lodge in Wellsburg, West Virginia at 11:30 a.m. Special event this year will be the high-point overall winner.

The events are open to all area boys 0-6 years of age and girls 0-18 years of age. Winners will be presented at the Wellsburg Apple Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3.

For more information, phone Shirlie Rogers, Pageant Director for brochures at (304) 737-2482.

Adult Class offered at BCC

The Belmont-Harrison Vocational School District is offering an adult class in small engine repair at the Belmont Career Center.

The basic small engine repair class will meet on Tuesday evenings for ten weeks beginning Sept. 22, from 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. The class will be held in the school's small engine technology lab. Class size is limited to 15. The cost of the class is $99, $89 for senior citizens age 60 and over.

Those attending the class will receive instruction on various types of small engine driven machinery. Participants may bring their own lawn mower, tractor, weed cutter, snow blower or other machinery to be serviced. No book required. Instructor is Charlie Galownia.

To register for the adult class, call the district office at (740) 695-9130, ext. 166. Payment can be made at the first class session.

Flushing Garden Club meets

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, the Flushing Garden Club will have their installation dinner and meeting at the Farm Restaurant near Mt. Pleasant, Ohio. Hostesses for the evening will be the officers. Gina Marinucci will read the devotions for the evening. Roll call will be to name the fertilizer that you usually use for your gardens. Barb Cencula will present The program titled "Down on the Farm" best natural fertilizer . The three minute Flower of the month titled "Joe-Pye Weed" will be read by Martha Debold. Gina Marinucci and Beth Rushton will be planting the pots of mums. The tour to Creekside Gardens has been canceled. Members who will be going should meet at the Flushing Methodist Church at 5 p.m. and then caravan to the restaurant.

Texas Hold'Em Tournament Oct. 17

A Texas Hold'Em Tournament will be sponsored by the Barnesville Football Moms Organization on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Barnesville American Legion Hall. Entry fee is $50 and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Barnesville Football Moms Organization. For more information, please contact any Barnesville Football Mom Officer.

BHS Class of 1957

The BHS Class of 1957 will meet for breakfast on the regular second Saturday of September and also the Saturday morning of Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. at Annie K's.

Hospital uniform sale Sept. 18

The Barnesville Hospital Auxiliary will be sponsoring a Uniform Sale on Friday, Sept. 18 from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Classroom.

WIC walk-in clinics

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 May and June. 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.

BBM Rotary meets

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

Alzheimer's Support Group meets

The Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group will meet Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St., Martins Ferry. For more information, call the Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimer's Association at (330) 533-3300 or 1-800-272-3900. 1)

Depression and Bipolar Support Group (Wheeling) meets every month on the first, third, and fifth Wednesdays of each month.

September Meetings: Wednesdays, Sept 16 and 30 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Wheeling Jesuit University, Whelan Hall.

Depression and Bipolar Support Group ( Steubenville ) meets every month on the second and fourth Mondays.

September Meetings: Monday, Sept. 24, 7-9 p.m. Trinity East Hospital , Lawson Avenue , Board Room.

For additional info - call: 304-242-1830 or e-mail: