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Dog warden selling dog tags at shelter

Washington County Dog Warden Kelly McGilton will be selling dog tags at the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, 90 Mt. Tom Road Marietta, from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday. The tags are $16. After Friday, the cost for dog tags is $32.

Benefit at Cutler Center rescheduled

A benefit to raise money for Jim and Ruth Blair, who host the musicians at the Third Sunday Dinners, has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cutler Community Center, 4450 Two Mile Run Road. There will be a pot luck dinner, auction, raffles and singers. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish and/or dessert. Donation of items for the auction or raffles is appreciated. Proceeds will help the Blairs with medical expenses.

For information: Bruce Kelbaugh, 989-2706.

Beverly committee meetings scheduled

The Village of Beverly committee meetings for February will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The regular council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 12. The Board of Public Affairs meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 19 followed by the annual meeting with Tri-County Rural Water and Sewer district and Waterford Water and Sewer Association.

All meetings are at the village office, 919 Mitchell Ave.

New Matamoras library programs

Registration is now under way at the New Matamoras Library for the winter/spring story hour programs. Story Hour is an interactive program for 2-to- 5-year-olds and their parent/caregiver featuring stories, crafts, creative play and music. Programs will begin Feb. 12 and will meet every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Registration is required by calling 865-3386.

Kids programs

at Beverly library

The Beverly branch of the Washington County Public Library, 300 McIntosh St., will hold a program about ballet appreciation and history for school-aged children at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. There will be crafts, games, stories and a snack.

For information: 984-4060 or www.wcplib.info

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Valentine’s Tea

at country club

The O’Neill Center and Marietta Country Club will hold a Ladies Valentine’s Tea at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at the country club. The event will include high tea refreshments, door prizes and favors at every seat. The cost is $10, payable the day of the event. To attend, register by Feb. 7 by calling the O’Neill Center at 373-3914.

Lawrence Twp. financial report

The Lawrence Township financial report for 2013 has been filed with the State of Ohio Auditor. A copy is available for review by contacting Jerrilyn Kirkbride, fiscal officer, at 473-2289.

The Lawrence Township Trustees will hold their regular February meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Little Muskingum Volunteer Fire Department. Meetings will continue to be held on the first Thursday of each month for the year.

Container gardening discussion Sunday

Lowell Master Gardener Donis Yoder will present Creative Container Gardening at the Marietta Community Gardening Class at 1 p.m. Sunday in the First Unitarian Universalist Church.

On Feb. 9 Little Hocking gardener Jody Rauch will talk about “Eatable Landscapes.”

On Feb. 16 the focus will be cold frame and garden table making at Jubilee Gardens in the former Kardex facility on Greene Street.

For information: Roger G. Kalter, 373-1784 or rogerkalter1@yahoo.com

Friends of the NRA Banquet Feb. 27

The seventh annual Mid-Ohio Valley Friends of NRA Banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Holy Smoke Event Center in Whipple. A $40 dinner ticket entitles the holder to a steak dinner and door prize drawing. The $125 raffle package ticket entitles the holder to dinner, door prize drawing and 40 raffle tickets. The door prize drawing is for a S&W Bodyguard .38 Special Revolver. The evening includes raffles, games and a live auction.

For tickets and information: Lisa Fought, 423-6026.

Rain Crows concert Saturday at WSCC

The Rain Crows concert and the opening reception of the spring semester art exhibit at Washington State Community College have been rescheduled for this Saturday.

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Soup luncheon in Beverly Sunday

The Beverly Masonic Lodge will hold a soup luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9. The meal is all you can eat, with four kinds of soup, sandwiches and dessert. Donations will be accepted. Carryout and delivery is available by calling 984-2826.

Free lunch Feb. 8

at Baptist church

The Singles and Doubles Class of First Baptist Church will be offering its Caring and Sharing Free Community Lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the church at 301 Fourth St. All are invited to participate in this lunch. There’s also a monthly free lunch served by the Acacia Class of First Baptist Church on the fourth Saturday of each month at the same time and location.

Harmar Hill Crime Watch meets Mon.

The Harmar Hill Neighborhood Crime Watch group is holding its February meeting at the Lookout Park Community Building at 7 p.m. Monday. Anyone who lives on Harmar Hill is welcome to come. Guest speaker is Kelly McGilton, county dog warden.

Used book sale

at Barlow library

There will be a used book sale at the Barlow branch of the Washington County Public Library from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 7 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8. As a Valentine’s special, romances will be 10 cents.

For information: 678-0103.

Breast, cervical

cancer screenings

Breast and cervical cancer screenings and education will be provided by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Community Health Programs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the program’s mobile health van at the old M&M school lot on Jefferson Street between Kennebec and 7th streets in McConnelsville. There will be free Pap tests, pelvic and breast examinations, breast health education and appointments for mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 1-800-844-2654.

Pancake breakfast

at St. John’s

The Churchtown CWC will serve a pancake/sausage breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at St. John Central Grade School in Churchtown. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children, or $20 per family.

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Benefit on Feb. 9

for 2-year-old

A benefit will be held Feb. 9 at Lazy H Farm in Fleming for Caleb Wall, a local 2-year-old in serious condition at Children’s Hospital in Columbus after contracting the flu. Doors will open at 1 p.m. Bingo with chances to win Longaberger, Thirty-One, Pink Zebra and more will start at 3 p.m. The cost is 20 games for $20. A silent auction and bake sale will take place and food will available throughout the event. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time or donations can be made to a Pay Pal account at www.lazyhfarm.net/caleb.html.

For information: Audrianna Wellspring, 516-3670, Connie Waggoner, 525-9249, or Karen Henthorn, 516-4964.

MHS?Class of ’68 meets Saturday

The Marietta High School Class of 1968 will meet for dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn in Marietta. All classmates, spouses and friends are invited. For reservations call Karen at 525-1121.

Soup beans dinner at DAV Hall

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary in Whipple will hold a soup beans and cornbread supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the DAV Hall, 835 DAV Road. The cost of the meal is a donation and the money raised goes to assist veterans and veterans families.

Rain Crows concert rescheduled for Sat.

The Rain Crows concert and the opening reception of the spring semester art exhibit at Washington State Community College have been rescheduled for this Saturday.

The opening art reception featuring the work of Beth Cox and Anthony Wilson will open at 6:30 p.m. and The Rain Crows concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Those who called in for seat pass reservations for last Saturday need not call again. Others can reserve a seat by contacting Tanya Wilder at 374-8716, Ext. 2107 or twilder@wscc.edu.

Liberty Twp. trustees to meet Monday

The Liberty Township Trustees meeting scheduled for Feb. 10 has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Monday.

Beverly Eagles plan steak fry on Feb. 15

The Beverly Eagles will hold a steak fry at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15. The cost is $11. For carryout call 984-4733.

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Choir department will hold yard sale

The Warren High School Choir Department will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 15 in the high school cafeteria.

Breast and cervical cancer screenings in mobile health van

Breast and cervical cancer screenings and education will be provided by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Community Health Programs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 4 in the program’s mobile health van at the old M&M school lot on Jefferson Street between Kennebec and 7th streets in McConnelsville. There will be free Pap tests, pelvic and breast examinations, breast health education and appointments for mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women. Appointments are required:1-800-844-2654.

Democratic women will meet Thursday

The Washington County Democratic Women will meet on Thursday at the VFW on Pike Street in Marietta. Lunch can be ordered at 11:30 a.m., with the meeting beginning at noon. All Democratic women in Washington County are invited to attend.

Story Time will be every other Friday

The Williamstown Public Library, 201 W. Fifth St., invites all children to “Story Time With Miss Edie” at 10:30 a.m. every other Friday. The winter/spring schedule and themes are:

Friday – Birds

Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day

Feb. 28 – Dogs

March 14 – Farm Animals

April 11 – Easter

April 25 – Sea Life

May 9 – Mother’s Day

For information: (304) 375-6052.

Author, illustrator will talk about book

The Friends of the Beverly Library will present local author Cathy Mower and illustrator Emily Hendershot as they talk about their book “Young Thomas Ewing and the Coonskin.” The program will be held at noon Feb. 8.

For information: 984-4060.

Church offers free lunch to community

First Presbyterian Church of Marietta is offering a free lunch for the community from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. The church is on the corner of Wooster and Fourth streets with the entrance off Wooster Street.

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Used book sale at Barlow library

There will be a used book sale at the Barlow branch of the Washington County Public Library from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 7 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8. As a Valentine’s special, romances will be 10 cents.

For information: 678-0103.

Breast, cervical

cancer screenings

Breast and cervical cancer screenings and education will be provided by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Community Health Programs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 4 in the program’s mobile health van at the old M&M school lot on Jefferson Street between Kennebec and 7th streets in McConnelsville. There will be free Pap tests, pelvic and breast examinations, breast health education and appointments for mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 1-800-844-2654.

WSCC trustees

to meet Monday

The Washington State Community College Board of Trustees will hold its January meeting at 4 p.m. Monday in the Community Room in the main building.

Beef Cattle School in the county

Washington County will be a host site for the 2014 Ohio Beef Cattle School, to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday and again Feb. 18 and March 11 at the OSU Extension Office, 202 Davis Ave., Marietta. Topics will be “Improving Breeding Herd Efficiencies,” “Producing More High Quality Calves in a Shorter Amount of Time,” and “Storing Forages Economically and Improving Grazing Efficiencies.” Those who want to become certified for the program will pay a $20 fee to complete the process. Each session will be broadcast locally via an Internet link at the OSU office. To reserve a spot, contact Levi Morrow at morrow.169@osu.edu or 376-7431. The cost is $10 to cover the connection fee, handouts and snacks.

Benefit potluck

at Cutler Center

A benefit to raise money for Jim and Ruth Blair, who host the musicians at the Third Sunday Dinners, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cutler Community Center, 4450 Two Mile Run Road. There will be a pot- luck dinner, auction, raffles and singers. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish and/or dessert. Proceeds will help the Blairs with medical expenses.

For information: Bruce Kelbaugh, 989-2706.

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Fort Frye board meets Monday

There will be a special meeting of the Fort Frye Local Board of Education at 6 p.m. Monday at Beverly-Center Elementary School to conduct business related to collective bargaining matters.

Ludlow Twp.

report ready

The annual financial report for Ludlow Township has been completed and is on file at the township office.

Frontier school board meets Monday

The Frontier Local Board of Education will have its regular January meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Frontier High School library.

Trillium Piano Trio concert Sunday

The Winter Salon Series Trillium Piano Trio Concert “Gypsy Journey” will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at The Castle in Marietta. For reservations call 373-4180. Individual tickets for one concert are $15 for adults, $12.50 for members and $10 for students. Conversations about the composers and their music as well as refreshments are included.

Story sessions set

at Beverly library

Spring story time sessions at the Beverly library will include the following dates and themes: Feb. 5 (Valentine’s Day); Feb. 19 (Chimpanzees); March 5 (Rhinoceros); March 19 (Cheetahs/Leopards); April 9 (Spring) and April 23 (Hyenas). The read-to-me story times are at 11 a.m. and open to children ages 2 to 6. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Story times also include crafts, and snacks.

For information: 984-4060.

Soil district tree sale lasts until Feb. 28

The Washington Soil and Water Conservation District annual tree sale is being held through Feb. 28. Customers can purchase deciduous trees, coniferous trees and seed packets. Some of the plants in this year’s sale include native wildflower and grass seed, wildlife food plot mix, American chestnut, Black Walnut, Black Cherry, Bald Cypress, and Canadian hemlock. For more information contact the SWCD office at 373-4857 or stop by the office at 21330 State Route 676 Suite E Marietta.

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Free screening and education for cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes will be available to the community from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Rinky Dink Flea Market, 404 Fort Harmar Drive, Marietta.

Total cholesterol and glucose can be non-fasting tests. Lipid panel (cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL & LDL) require fasting for nine to 12 hours. There is no charge for the screenings. Screenings and health information will be provided by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Community Health Programs. Registration is not required.

For information: 740-597-1212 or 1-800- 844-2654.

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Democratic Women to meet Jan. 30

The Washington County Democratic Women will meet on Jan. 30 at the VFW on Pike Street in Marietta. Lunch can be ordered at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at noon. All Democratic women in Washington County are invited to attend.

Putnam Water’s annual meeting

Putnam Community Water Corporation will hold its annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office of the water department located at 920 River Road next to the Devola swimming pool. Election of officers will be held. Members are invited attend.

For information: 373-0975.

Winter dance benefit at VFW Post 5108

A winter dance benefit will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday at the VFW Post 5108 on Pike Street in Marietta. The cost is $7 per person or $12 per couple, with children 5 and under free. All proceeds will go towards end of life costs for Vietnam veteran Charles Worsham. There will be dancing, food and a silent auction with photos available. Donations are being accepted for the auction.

For information: Jennifer Worsham, 434-7745 or Fantac Green, 350-3779.

2014 dog tags on sale around county

2014 dog tags will be sold at the following locations. The cost is $16 if purchased before Jan. 31 and $32 if purchased after Jan. 31.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today – New Matamoras Savings Bank

Noon to 3 p.m. Thursday- Belpre City Hall

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday – New Matamoras Savings Bank

1 to 3 p.m. Monday – Bartlett Bank

Noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday – Beverly Village Hall

Noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 29 – Barlow Bank

5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 30 – Belpre City Hall

11 a.m. to noon Jan. 31 – Lower Salem Savings Bank

Tags can also be purchased in the Washington County auditor’s office or at The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, 90 Mt. Tom Road, Marietta.

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Gardening series continues Sunday

The third in the Marietta Community Gardening Classes series at the First Universalist Church, 232 Third St., Marietta will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Marietta in Bloom volunteers will talk about the new organization, its work this fall and plans for the spring. All gardeners or potential gardeners are welcome.

For information: Roger G. Kalter, 373-1784 or rogerkalter1@yahoo.com

Piano trio concert Sunday at Castle

The Winter Salon Series Trillium Piano Trio Concert “Gypsy Journey” will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at The Castle in Marietta. For reservations call 373-4180. Individual tickets for one concert are $15 for adults, $12.50 for members, and $10 for students. Conversations about the composers and their music as well as refreshments are included.

Beekeepers’ group to meet on Jan. 28

The Mid-Ohio Valley Beekeepers’ Association will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Washington County Career Center on Ohio 676 in Marietta. January’s topic of discussion will be on Mite Treatments by Sam Hammett. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For information: www.angelfire.com/nb/movba

Congressman to honor area veterans

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, will present a flag in honor of Belpre area veterans, and then participate in a “Sit Down with Seniors” event from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Belpre Senior Center, 1614 Washington Blvd., Belpre.

Johnson will provide a legislative update focused on seniors, Social Security and Medicare, and then take questions from those in attendance. Following the program, a member of Johnson’s staff will be available to meet with any seniors with questions and/or those that need assistance with a federal agency.

Story time dates at Williamstown library

The Williamstown Public Library, 201 W. Fifth St., invites all children to “Story Time With Miss Edie” at 10:30 a.m. every other Friday. The winter/spring schedule and themes are:

Jan. 31 – Birds

Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day

Feb. 28 – Dogs

March 14 – Farm Animals

April 11 – Easter

April 25 – Sea Life

May 9 – Mother’s Day

For information: (304) 375-6052.

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Electric interruption in Leith Run area

An interruption in electric service will occur Tuesday in the Leith Run area, affecting Washington Electric Cooperative members served by the circuit that crosses County Road 138 to Leith Run. The outage, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last about one hour, will allow crews to repair a broken cross arm that caused the unplanned outage on Jan. 13. Those affected by that outage will likely be affected by this brief interruption. If weather prevents this work, the rain date is Wednesday, also at 9:30 a.m.

The Rain Crows will perform Saturday

The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series of Washington State Community College will present the local group, The Rain Crows, in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Graham Auditorium on campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Advance seat pass reservations can be made by contacting Tanya Wilder at 374-8716 or by email at twilder@wscc.edu.

Putnam Water will elect officers Jan. 28

The Putnam Community Water Corporation will hold its annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the office of the water department located at 920 River Road next to the Devola swimming pool. Election of officers will be held. Members are invited attend.

– For information: 373-0975.

Author, illustrator will discuss book

The Friends of the Beverly Library will present local author Cathy Mower and illustrator Emily Hendershot as they talk about their book “Young Thomas Ewing and the Coonskin.” The program will be held at noon Feb. 8.

– For information: 984-4060.

Church offers free lunch for community

First Presbyterian Church of Marietta is offering a free lunch for the community from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28. The church is located on the corner of Wooster and Fourth streets with the entrance off Wooster Street.

Finance committee will meet Tuesday

The finance committee of Washington County will meet in regular session at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Assembly Room at 223 Putnam St. in Marietta. The purpose of this public meeting is to review the financial condition of the county at and through Dec. 31.

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Concert at WSCC

by The Rain Crows

The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series of Washington State Community College will present the local group, The Rain Crows, in concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Graham Auditorium on campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Advance seat pass reservations can be made by contacting Tanya Wilder at 374-8716 or by email at twilder@wscc.edu.

Putnam Water’s annual meeting

The Putnam Community Water Corporation will hold its annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the office of the water department located at 920 River Road next to the Devola swimming pool. Election of officers will be held. Members are invited attend.

For information: 373-0975.

Program on cross contamination

Cindy Styer, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program assistant with The Ohio State University, will present a free program on preventing cross contamination between foods at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Beverly branch of the Washington County Public Library.

For information: 376-7431.

Port authority

committee to meet

The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority Executive Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Port Authority Office.

The Board of Directors for the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority will have its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 28 in the Center for Business and Technology Building, Room 105, at Washington State Community College.

For information: 568-1958.

Family craft night

at Beverly library

There will be a family craft night at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Beverly branch of the Washington County Public Library, 300 McIntosh St. The focus will be on Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day.

For information 984-4060.

Genealogical Society meets Saturday

The Washington County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Washington County Public Library downstairs meeting room, 615 Fifth St., Marietta. Ernie Thode will lead the discussion on “Tell Us About Your Grandparents.” Visitors are always welcome.

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Ballet appreciation program Feb. 6

The Beverly branch of the Washington County Public Library, 300 McIntosh St., will hold a program about ballet appreciation and history for school-aged children at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6.

For information: 984-4060 or www.wcplib.info

Free tax prep

available at Barlow

AARP Tax-Aide Free Tax Preparation will be available at the Barlow branch of the Washington County Public Library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 5 through April 9. No appointment is needed. The assistance is for all ages. Those filing taxes should bring a Social Security card for themselves and all dependents, all W-2s and 1099s and the previous year’s return.

Program on owls

at wildlife refuge

Mike Williams will lead the hands-on program “Looking into Owl Pellets” at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at 3982 Waverly Road, Williamstown. The program will explore what an owl eats and the contents of an owl pellet and is for all ages.

For information: (304) 375-2923, Ext. 117.

Story time at Williamstown library

The Williamstown Public Library, 201 W. Fifth St., invites all children to “Story Time With Miss Edie” at 10:30 a.m. every other Friday. The winter/spring schedule and themes are:

Friday – Winter

Jan. 31 – Birds

Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day

Feb. 28 – Dogs

March 14 – Farm Animals

April 11 – Easter

April 25 – Sea Life

May 9 – Mother’s Day

For information: (304) 375-6052.

Free community lunch at Beverly

The Beverly United Methodist Church will sponsor a free community lunch on the last Saturday of each month. The first meal is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 25. The menu is soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage. The church at 700 Park St. is handicapped accessible. All are welcome. No reservations required.

For information: 984-2100.

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Genealogical Society

meets Saturday

The Washington County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Washington County Public Library downstairs meeting room, 615 Fifth St., Marietta. Ernie Thode will lead the discussion on “Tell Us About Your Grandparents.” Visitors are always welcome.

Benefit event Jan. 25 at Cutler Center

A benefit to raise money for Jim and Ruth Blair, who host the musicians at the Third Sunday Dinners, will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Cutler Community Center, 4450 Two Mile Run Road. There will be a pot luck dinner, auction, raffles and singers. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish and/or dessert. Donation of items for the auction or raffles is appreciated. Proceeds will help the Blairs with medical expenses.

For information: Bruce Kelbaugh, 989-2706.

Winter dance benefit Jan. 26 at VFW post

A winter dance benefit will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Jan. 26 at the VFW Post 5108 on Pike Street in Marietta. The cost is $7 per person or $12 per couple, with children 5 and under free. All proceeds will go towards end of life costs for Vietnam veteran Charles Worsham. There will be dancing, food and a silent auction with photos available. Donations are being accepted for the auction.

For information: Jennifer Worsham, 434-7745 or Fantac Green, 350-3779.

Business workshop Tuesday at WSCC

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Marietta and the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce offer free, two-hour “Basis of a Successful Start” workshops that will answer questions about how to start a business. The January workshop will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the library on the Washington State Community College campus. The workshops are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Registration is accepted until noon the day before the event by calling 373-5150 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or emailing sbdc@wscc.edu.

Knife-making

presentation Thurs.

Fred Rowe, master knife craftsman and proprietor of Bethel Ridge Forge near Bartlett, will give a presentation on knife-making emphasizing Damascus knife crafting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cutler Community Center, 4550 Two Mile Run Road.

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Switzerland BOE planning session

The Switzerland of Ohio Local Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Traditions restaurants, 113 South Main St., Woodsfield. The purpose of the meeting is to consider long-range planning for the district. There will be no public participation.

Smorgasbord

at Chesterhill

The Chesterhill Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its monthly smorgasbord dinner on Sunday. Dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the fire station on Ohio 555 in Chesterhill. The menu will consist of fried chicken, meat loaf, noodles, mashed potatoes, a vegetable, other side dishes, dessert and a beverage. The cost is $8.50 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Carryout meals for the local area will be available by calling 554-6801 the day of the dinner.

MHS Class of ’52 meets Jan. 29

The Marietta High School Class of 1952 will meet at Prime Steak and Seafood at the Comfort Inn in Marietta at 11 a.m. Jan. 29. Classmates and friends are welcome.

Board of elections closed Monday

The Washington County Board of Elections will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

MOVP fundraiser

at Pizza Place

A “Raise Some Dough” fundraiser will be held at The Original Pizza Place, 231 Second St., Marietta on Jan. 21. The Mid-Ohio Valley Players will host the fundraiser between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Those who drop their receipts in their container after paying for their order will have 15 percent of the receipt benefit MOVP. Customers can also call in their order at 374-4333 and mention MOVP.

Strip steak, chicken dinner at Post 750

Lowell American Legion Post 750 will have a strip steak or chicken breast fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $10 for a steak meal, $7 for a chicken meal and $5 for a no-meat meal. All meals are eat-in or carryout and come with salad, baked potato, a choice of coffees or water. Dessert will also be sold.

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Planned water

outage in Oak Grove

A Warren Community Water and Sewer Association planned water outage beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday for line repairs in the Oak Grove area will affect homes and businesses on Waterford Road, Ash Road, Pineview Circle, Oak Grove Road and Oakview Lane. A boil advisory will be in effect.

Benefit for Jim, Ruth Blair at Cutler Center

A benefit to raise money for Jim and Ruth Blair, who host the musicians at the Third Sunday Dinners, will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Cutler Community Center, 4450 Two Mile Run Road.

There will be a pot luck dinner, auction, raffles and singers. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish and/or dessert. Donation of items for the auction or raffles is appreciated. Proceeds will help the Blairs with medical expenses.

Free legal advice clinic Wednesday

The Washington County Bar Association and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services will hold a free advice clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Second St., Marietta.

Walk-ins are welcome. The clinic, held the third Wednesday of each month, is for Washington County residents unable to afford legal representation (less than 187 percent of the poverty guideline).

For information: (740) 594-3558 or (800) 686-3669.

SWCD’s annual

tree sale Feb. 28

The Washington Soil and Water Conservation District annual tree sale is being held through Feb. 28.

Customers can purchase deciduous trees, coniferous trees and seed packets. Some of the plants in this year’s sale include native wildflower and grass seed, wildlife food plot mix, American chestnut, Black Walnut, Black Cherry, Bald Cypress, and Canadian hemlock. For more information contact the SWCD office at 373-4857 or stop by the office at 21330 State Route 676 Suite E Marietta.

Christmas tree drop offs until Jan. 20

Marietta residents can drop off Christmas trees until Jan. 20 at the following locations:

Indian Acres Park.

Lookout Park.

Buckeye Park.

Greenleaf on Ohio 821 (stop at the Muskingum Drive retail store for a dump ticket).

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Gardening classes begin Sunday

The sixth year of free community gardening classes in Marietta will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday in the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 232 Third St. The topics Sunday will be healthy soil, plant disease and pest control without herbicides and pesticides. The classes will continue for five more sessions, ending on Feb. 16, when the class will move to the Jubilee Gardens in the former Kardex facility on Greene Street.

For information: Roger Kalter, 373-1784 or “mailto:rogerkalter1@yahoo.com”>rogerkalter1@yahoo.com

Free legal advice clinic Wednesday

The Washington County Bar Association and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services will hold a free advice clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Second St., Marietta. Walk-ins are welcome. The clinic, held the third Wednesday of each month, is for Washington County residents unable to afford legal representation (less than 187 percent of the poverty guideline).

For information: (740) 594-3558 or (800) 686-3669.

MOVP fundraiser

at Pizza Place

A “Raise Some Dough” fundraiser will be held at The Original Pizza Place, 231 Second St., Marietta on Jan. 21. The Mid-Ohio Valley Players will host the fundraiser between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Those who drop their receipts in their container after paying for their order will have 15 percent of the receipt benefit MOVP. Customers can also call in their order at 374-4333 and mention MOVP.

Starting a business workshop Jan. 21

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Marietta and the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce offer free, two-hour “Basis of a Successful Start” workshops that will answer questions about how to start a business. The January workshop will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21 in the library on the Washington State Community College campus. The workshops are free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling 373-5150 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or emailing sbdc@wscc.edu.

Beverly Eagles

steak fry Saturday

The Beverly Eagles will hold a steak fry at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $11. For carryout, call 984-4733.

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Winter dance benefit at VFW Jan. 26

A winter dance benefit will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Jan. 26 at the VFW Post 5108 on Pike Street in Marietta. The cost is $7 per person or $12 per couple, with children 5 and under free. All proceeds will go toward end-of-life costs for Vietnam veteran Charles Worsham. There will be dancing, food and a silent auction with photos available. Donations are being accepted for the auction.

For information: Jennifer Worsham, 434-7745 or Fantac Green, 350-3779.

Conservation district tree sale ongoing

The Washington Soil and Water Conservation District annual tree sale is being held through Feb. 28. Customers can purchase deciduous trees, coniferous trees and seed packets. Some of the plants in this year’s sale include native wildflower and grass seed, wildlife food plot mix, American chestnut, Black Walnut, Black Cherry, Bald Cypress, and Canadian hemlock. For more information contact the SWCD office at 373-4857 or stop by the office at 21330 State Route 676 Suite E Marietta.

Men’s Prayer

Breakfast Jan. 21

The Men’s Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the Marietta First Church of the Nazarene will be held at 7 a.m. Jan. 21 at Shoney’s in Marietta.

For information: 373-5406 or mfcofnaz@sbcglobal.net

Christmas tree drop offs OK until Jan. 20

Marietta residents can drop off Christmas trees until Jan. 20 at the following locations:

Indian Acres Park.

Lookout Park.

Buckeye Park.

Greenleaf on Ohio 821 (stop at the Muskingum Drive retail store for a dump ticket).

Knife-making

seminar Jan. 16

Fred Rowe, master knife craftsman and proprietor of Bethel Ridge Forge near Bartlett, will give a presentation on knife-making emphasizing Damascus knife crafting at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Cutler Community Center, 4550 Two Mile Run Road. Food will be available at the community building.

Elections staff to attend meeting

The Washington County Board of Elections will close at noon Jan. 15 and will remain closed through Jan. 17 so the staff may attend the OAEO Winter Conference.

The Board of Elections will also be closed on Jan. 20 in observance of Martin L. King Day.

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Christmas tree drop off until Jan. 20

Marietta residents can drop off Christmas trees until Jan. 20 at the following locations:

Indian Acres Park.

Lookout Park.

Buckeye Park.

Greenleaf on Ohio 821 (stop at the Muskingum Drive retail store for a dump ticket).

‘Successful Start’ business seminar

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Marietta and the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce offer free, two-hour “Basis of a Successful Start” workshops that will answer questions about how to start a business. The January workshop will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21 in the library on the Washington State Community College campus. The workshops are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Registration is accepted until noon the day before the event by calling 373-5150 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or emailing sbdc@wscc.edu.

Free meal Thursday at Tunnel church

A free community meal will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Tunnel United Methodist Church, Ohio 550 and Coffman Road.

Dog tags on sale around the county

2014 dog tags will be sold at the following locations. The cost is $16 if purchased before Jan. 31 and $32 if purchased after Jan. 31.

Noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 16 – Little Hocking Bank

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 17 – Newport Peoples Savings Bank

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 22 – New Matamoras Savings Bank

Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 23- Belpre City Hall

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 24 – New Matamoras Savings Bank

1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 27 – Bartlett Bank

Noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 28 – Beverly Village Hall

Noon to 2 pm. Jan. 29 – Barlow Bank

5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 30 – Belpre City Hall

11 a.m. to noon Jan. 31 – Lower Salem Savings Bank

Tags can also be purchased in the Washington County auditor’s office or at The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, 90 Mt. Tom Road, Marietta.

Spaghetti dinner, square dance

A spaghetti dinner and square dance fundraiser to benefit the St. John Central Grade School will be at the Knights of Columbus hall in Churchtown Jan. 18. The dinner will be from 6 to 7 p.m. with the square dance from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be drawings to win cash, including a grand prize of $2,500, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Children 12 and under are free with an adult ticket purchase. Student admission for those ages 13 to 18 is $5 at the door. To purchase a ticket for the event, call 896-2697.

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Indian organization will present movie

“How to Trace Your Native American Heritage” will be presented by The Federal Creek Indian Organization of Ohio along with RIEOSO Saturday at the Cutler Community Center, 4550 Two Mile Run Road. The 40-minute movie begins at 11:30 a.m. and teaches how to obtain tribal membership, how to research the Dawes Rolls, Internet sites to assist in the search and more. There will be a discussion afterward. Food will be available for purchase from the kitchen from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Ballroom dance class at Betsey Mills

A new “brand new beginner” ballroom dance class, taught by instructor Bill Held, will begin at 5:45 p.m. Friday at the Betsey Mills Club in Marietta. The cost is $100 per couple for the 10-week session. Classes are one hour and are open to all ages, from high school students to adults. Partners are required. Basic steps in waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha, and swing will be taught. To pre-register for the January class email Sue Montera at suemontera@suddenlink.net or call 376-0775.

Warren BOE will meet Wednesday

The organizational meeting of the Board of Education of the Warren Local school district will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the administration building in Vincent. The board’s January regular meeting will follow immediately thereafter.

Free community meal Tuesday at St. Luke’s

A free community meal will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Second St., Marietta.

Public forum focus on intersection safety

The Marietta Township Board of Trustees will hold a public forum concerning safety issues at the intersection of Browns Road and Forshey Road in Reno at their meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Marietta Township Recreation Center.

Fair board special meeting today

The Washington County Fair Board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the fair board office. The Thursday meeting has been canceled and rescheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the fair board office.

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Auditions for MOVP production next week

Auditions for the Mid-Ohio Valley Players production of “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the MOVP annex building, 227 Putnam St., Marietta.

Tri-County water and sewer meet Jan. 20

Tri-County Rural Water & Sewer District will hold its annual meeting at 5 p.m. Jan. 20 at its office at 20 Anderson Lane, Waterford. The regular monthly meeting will immediately follow.

Workforce Area #15 meeting in Caldwell

The Boards of County Commissioners from Monroe, Morgan, Noble, and Washington counties have scheduled a Workforce Investment Area #15 Council of Governments Meeting to be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 10 at Lori’s Restaurant, 17020 State Route 78, Caldwell.

Merry-Etta Christmas meeting Jan. 15

A Merry-Etta Christmas meeting will be held at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Marietta Main Street office, 132 Putnam St. Anyone interested in downtown Marietta Christmas decorations, events, etc. is invited to come and share your vision. Refreshments will be served.

Free screenings, health information

Free screening and education for cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes will be available to the community from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Rinky Dink Flea Market, 404 Fort Harmar Drive, Marietta.

Total cholesterol and glucose can be non-fasting tests. Lipid panel (cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL & LDL) require fasting for nine to 12 hours. There is no charge for the screenings. Screenings and health information will be provided by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Community Health Programs. Registration is not required.

– For information: 740-597-1212 or 1-800- 844-2654.

Aqua Zumba classes offered at local club

Aqua Zumba classes will be held at The Betsey Mills Club at 6 p.m. Monday, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, 6 p.m. Wednesday and 10:45 a.m. Jan. 11. The instructors will be Shauna Cornwell and Antonia Swisher. To reserve a spot, call 373-4981.

Deadline to apply for Marietta Fire Dept. entrance exam

Marietta Fire Department will be holding an entrance exam on Jan. 18. Deadline for applications is Jan. 10, and applications can be picked up and turned in at 301 Putnam Street (City Building) in the Mayor’s office. Physical agility information can be found at www.mariettaoh.net under fire department tab.

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