Union Local FFA Square Dance

The Union Local FFA will sponser a Square Dance on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Smith Township Community Center. Music by Deep Down Country.

Manufactured Home Tax

Belmont County Treasurer, Joseph A. Gaudio, announced that First-Half 2009 Manufactured Home (Trailer Tax) bills were mailed out Feb. 9.

Final date for payment without penalty is March 4. Manufactured Home Tax is payable by mail or at the Belmont County Treasurer's Office.

If you have not received a tax bill, please contact the Treasurer's office at (740) 699-2145.

Class of '59 meets

The class of 1959 will hold its monthly meeting Saturday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. at Annie K's

For the Birds workshop Feb. 26

Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Oglebay Park, will present a workshop entitled For the Birds (making decorative mosaic birdhouses) on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 10:30 a.m.

Have fun and be creative with decorative mosaic birdhouses. We will use small tiles and marbles to create designs on wooden birdhouses. The cost of each completed birdhouse is $12. This will include all materials needed. There will also be an additional $3 charge for non-members of the Center. Please call the Garden Center for more information. Sign up early, wear old clothes, and bring your imagination. Reservations are required because this class is limited to 14 people.

Telephone (304) 242-0665 for more information or to make your reservations.

Barnesville Pumpkin Festival Seed Raffle

Brooks Bosworth is holding a seed raffle for the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival, to view seeds and buy raffle tickets go to http://www.geocities.com/bosworthbrooks@sbcglobal.net/seedraffle.html. There will be over 100 top genetic seeds from several World Class growers to be won. The drawing will be held on Feb. 17. Tickets are 1 for $5, 3 for $10, and 7 for $20. Make checks or money orders out to the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival and mail to Todd Skinner, 396 Dewey Ave. Barnesville, OH 43713. Any questions feel free to call Todd Skinner (740) 425-3743 or Brooks Bosworth (740) 827-1714.

AARP TaxAide

The AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service will be preparing free Federal and State Tax Returns with free Electronic Filing at five locations in Belmont County, Ohio.

Bellaire Senior Center, Carnes Building Wednesdays from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. For appointments call 676-9473

Colerain Senior Center, Tuesday's 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For appointments call 633-6823.

Martins Ferry Public Library, Monday's 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Make appointments at the desk.

Shadyside Community Room, Thursday's 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For appointments call 676-5972.

Ohio Valley Mall, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Appointment made by walk in.

Please bring a copy of last year's Tax Returns and all W-2's, 1099's and a copy of Real Estate Taxes paid for 2008, plus information on the Stimulus Rebate that you received last year.

Be sure you have all needed papers before you file.

AAA9 Board Meetings for 2009

The meeting sites and dates of the monthly Board of Trustees meetings for the Area Agency on Aging Region 9, has been set for the remainder of 2009. Board meetings are normally held on the fourth Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. in the AAA9 Board Room, 60788 Southgate Road Byesville, Ohio and are open to the public. Visitors are urged to call ahead so that seating accommodations can be made.

Since AAA9 provides services to older adults in a nine county area, the Board of Trustees will occasionally hold their meeting away from the AAA9 facility. This allows the Board Members to visit senior facilities in other counties and allows the general public greater access to meetings. The following tentative schedule will be observed in 2009:

Feb. 26. March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25, July 23, Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.

For more information about the Area Agency on Aging-Region 9, Inc. and the programs offered, call toll-free (800) 945-4250 or visit their Web site at http://www.aaa9.org.

Real Estate Taxes have been mailed

Belmont County Treasurer, Joseph A. Gaudio, announced that First-half 2008 Real Estate Tax Bills have been mailed. Property owners not receiving their first-half bills by Feb. 6, should contact the Treasurer's office at (740) 699-2145.

The due date for payment is Wednesday, Feb. 25. A five-percent penalty will be added to any current year payments made within the first ten days after the due date. Thereafter, all unpaid bills will have a ten-percent penalty added to the current year unpaid balance.

Payments may be made in the following manner:

(1) By mail, utilizing the self-addressed return envelope.

(2) In person at the Treasurer's office

(3) In person at most financial institutions located within the county (only through the due date), and

(4) at a drop-box located on the ground floor of the courthouse.

The tax stub apparent on the top half of all tax bills should accompany any of the payment methods selected. Also, taxpayer's are asked not to use the drop-box or mail service for any payments made with cash.

Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support

The Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group will meet Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St., Martins Ferry. 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.

Evening Advocate Training

The Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center, a United Way Agency, will be holding a 30-hour training class for new volunteer advocates. Volunteer advocates help to cover the 24-hour victim hotline as well as give support to a victim in medical, legal and court settings. If you are over 18, have access to a car and a phone, and have 12 hours a month to give to help those who have been affected by sexual violence, please call Brenda or George at (304) 234-1783 for an application and more information.

Belmont County Coat Closet

The Coat Closet of Belmont County is open Monday and Friday from 3-5 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Bellaire Christian Church on 3665 Belmont Street in Bellaire. Coats are free for those in need. One new coat is provided each year and sizes range from infant to adult. Donations are accepted and can include monetary, gently worn or new coats. For more information contact Margaret Paolucci at (740) 695-8470.

Bethesda - Belmont - Morristown Rotary

The Bethesda-Belmont-Morristown Rotary Club Dinner Meeting is every Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. in the Bethesda Senior Center. The Wednesday, Feb. 11 meeting will be the annual Valentine Dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. After the dinner, club members will be presenting money to various local groups including area volunteer fire departments and Project Manna.

ABLE and BTC Classes

Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) and Belmont Technical College are pleased to announce a new partnership to encourage success - free ABLE classes that will meet every Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Classes will provide assistance in reading, writing and math skills that a necessary for job, career or college success. For more information, contact Karen Taylor at (740) 695-9500 ext. 1026.

ABLE GED Test Preparation

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 wishes to improve basic academic skills. Classes are individualized and self-paced. Classes are available at the following locations: Barnesville, Bellaire, Cadiz, Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville.

For additional information or to register, please call (740) 695-9130, ext. 165 or 800-350-1242.

WIC walk-in appointments

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