VFW Auxiliary helping local families

For more than 100 years, the VFW Auxiliary has been fulfilling its original objectives by supporting the Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving veterans, active-duty service members and their families, and spreading patriotism nationwide. We have more than 475,000 members nationwide who volunteer millions of hours and fundraise millions of dollars for charitable projects. Through our National Programs, we assist the VFW pass or block legislation that impacts veterans and their families, provide nearly a million volunteer hours in the VA medical system, conduct patriotic programs with thousands of students and offer hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships for our nation's youth. There are nearly 3,900 Auxiliaries nationwide working to improve the lives of our nation's veterans. Learn how you can get involved at http://www.vfwauxiliary.org and visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VFWAuxiliary or contact a post in your area. Barnesville VFW Post 740-425-9141.

Benefit set for 5-year old with cancer

FREEPORT — Stetson Patterson is a 5-year old who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and will be starting chemotherapy to shrink the tumor to have it removed safely. Stetson is a very strong, smart young man who has a rough road ahead. A benefit is planned for Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Freeport Fire House, 119 E. Main St., Freeport. Baked chicken, rigatoni, cheesy potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls and drink will be served starting at 10:30 a.m. until they run out. There will be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, raffles running throughout the day. Starting at 3 p.m., they will be starting the live auction running they they are out. There will also be things for kids. Please share and save the date to come out and help make a little boys fight a little easier. For information or anyone wanting to make donations, contact 740-630-7467, 330-340-8226, or visit the Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/460000571191843.

Mittens and food collection under way

The Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library is once again sponsoring "A Mitten Tree" and the collection non-perishable foods for the Blessings in a Backpack and The Haven. The scarves, hats and mittens will adorn the libraries tree. The purpose is to help others stay warm, which is greatly appreciated. It is a great time of the year to help others in need. Type of food donations that we are accepting are: Fruit, pudding and apple sauce cups; instant lunch noodle soups; beef stew in a cup; easy macaroni and cheese; chef Boyardee Pasta soups; chicken and tuna salad with crackers; Slim Jim and cheese packs; cheese/peanut butter crackers, bag of chips; instant oatmeal, variety cereal boxes, small box of raisins, and granola bars. Items will be collected until Dec. 15. If you have any questions, call the library at 740-425-1651.

Belmont SWCD board meetings set

Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District announces the following board meeting dates for 2018: Dec. 10. Meetings will be held at 101 Market St., St. Clairsville, at 6 p.m. The meetings are open to the public.