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Irish Gathering March 9 in Marietta

The 33rd annual Irish gathering sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians will be held at 11:30 a.m. March 9 at the Lafayette Hotel. There will be a buffet, raffle, traditional Irish music by the Boys of the Hock and special performance by the Athens Irish Dancers. The cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children. Reservations are required by calling 373-5522, 374-2362, 593-7405 or 304-295-4673.

Forestry clinic

at Career Center

The Washington SWCD/OSU Extension forestry clinic will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 10 at the Washington County Career Center. It will cover topics such as marketing timber, reasons to cut trees, timber harvest planning, contract development and where to get help.

For information: Washington SWCD, 373-4857.

Shrove Tuesday free meal in Marietta

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will sponsor its Shrove Tuesday/Community Free Meal from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. There is no charge for this meal. This event combines the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancakes and Sausage supper, with the monthly Free Community Meal held by St. Luke’s. All are welcome to attend.

Dining with Diabetes programs in March

Dining With Diabetes programs will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 10, 17 and 24 at the Ohio State University Extension Office, 202 Davis Ave., Marietta. Participants will learn strategies to manage their diabetes through menu planning, carbohydrate counting, portion control, label reading and taste testing healthy recipes. The cost is $30 per person and the registration deadline is March 7. Call 376-7431 to register.

Wild game dinner

at River of Life

A wild game dinner will be held at 5 p.m. today at the River of Life Assembly of God, 200 Franklin St., Marietta. The menu will include elk, deer, rabbit, squirrel, trout and more. The meal is free and open to the community.

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Irish Gathering March 9 in Marietta

The 33rd annual Irish gathering sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians will be held at 11:30 a.m. March 9 at the Lafayette Hotel. There will be a buffet, raffle, traditional Irish music by the Boys of the Hock and special performance by the Athens Irish Dancers. The cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children. Reservations are required by calling 373-5522, 374-2362, 593-7405 or 304-295-4673.

Friends of the Lower Muskingum meeting

The February program of Friends of Lower Muskingum River will feature Kelly Capuzzi of the Ohio EPA, who has been involved in testing the Muskingum River for the past couple of years. She will give the results of the TMDL testing but can also answer general questions about water quality and fish in the river. The program will begin at 7 p.m. today in Room 150 of Selby Hall at Marietta College. The public is invited.

Forestry clinic planned March 10

The Washington SWCD/OSU Extension forestry clinic will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 10 at the Washington County Career Center. It will cover topics such as marketing timber, reasons to cut trees, timber harvest planning, contract development and where to get help.

For information: Washington SWCD, 373-4857.

Shrove Tuesday free meal at St. Luke’s

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will sponsor its Shrove Tuesday/Community Free Meal from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. There is no charge for this meal. This event combines the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancakes and Sausage supper, with the monthly Free Community Meal held by St. Luke’s. All are welcome to attend.

Diabetes, dining

program March 10

Dining With Diabetes programs will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 10, 17 and 24 at the Ohio State University Extension Office, 202 Davis Ave., Marietta. Participants will learn strategies to manage their diabetes through menu planning, carbohydrate counting, portion control, label reading and taste testing healthy recipes. The cost is $30 per person and the registration deadline is March 7. Call 376-7431 to register.

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Chili dinner Friday

at Sand Hill church

There will be a chili dinner at Sand Hill United Methodist Church, 725 Sandhill Road, Reno from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. A freewill donation will be accepted. Proceeds will to go toward future outreach events.

For information: 373 8712.

MHS?changes for graduation testing

Marietta High School will administer the Ohio Graduation test to sophomores during the week of March 10-14. A free breakfast will be offered to students from 7:15 to 7:35 a.m. each day in the cafeteria. Testing will be from 7:45 until lunch, served from 10:15 to 10:55 a.m.. After lunch all students will follow have an eight-period day with abbreviated class times. All students who are not taking part in testing but must use school transportation should arrive at the regular start time of 7:40 a.m. Those students will have a study hall until testing is over. All students not participating in testing who can provide their own transportation should not report to school until 10:55 a.m.

For information: 374-6540.

Work session for Switzerland schools

The Switzerland of Ohio Local Board of Education will hold a work session at 2 p.m. March 6 at 304 Mill St., Woodsfield. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the executive closeout of core team meetings in regard to the Ohio School Facilities Commission. There will be no public participation.

Community Action offers free tax help

Washington-Morgan Community Action is offering free assistance with filing of tax returns through the Ohio Benefit Bank. The income limits for free tax assistance through the Ohio Benefit Bank have increased to $95,000 for those using married filing jointly tax filing status and $65,000 for all other tax filers.

To make an appointment or for information call Diane Jett at Washington-Morgan Community Action at 373-3745.

Board of elections office closed Friday

The Washington County Board of Elections will be closed on Friday so the staff may attend a district meeting.

For information: 374-6828.

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Barlow VFD holds pancake breakfast

The Barlow Volunteer Fire Department will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the firehouse, 549 Warrior Drive. Pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy and beverages will be served.

Bingo to benefit Williamstown band

Bingo for the Williamstown High School band will be held March 8 in the high school cafeteria. Doors open at 4 p.m. and bingo begins at 5. There will be Longaberger baskets and Pampered Chef items, a 50/50, country store, early bird prize and more.

For information: (304) 210-4166 or (304) 375-4649.

Warren yard sale

to help singers

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

Warren students doing Simon show

The Warren High School Drama Department will present its spring production “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” written by Neil Simon, at 7 p.m. March 7 and 3 p.m. March 9 in the Warren High School Auditorium. Tickets are $7 per person and can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Angie Erb-Gentile at 678-2393, Ext. 1405 or any Warren High School Drama Department member.

Fearing Twp. VFD serves chicken, ham

The Fearing Township Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Chicken and Ham Dinner on March 15. Serving starts at 4 p.m. at the fire station at 1975 Stanleyville Road, Whipple. There will be a serving choice of chicken or ham with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, choice of pie or cake.

Nominees sought for Warren Hall of Honor

Warren Local Hall of Honor nominees are being sought. Nominations should be a school or community connected individuals who, through their performance and achievements, reflect well on the district.

Nomination forms and criteria can be found at www.warrenlocal.org. Follow the links: Warren Local School District, Our Schools, Warrior Hall of Honor. Nomination forms can be picked up at the Warren High School office or printed from the website. All nominations are due by April 1.

For information: Warren High School Principal Ben Cunningham, 678-2393.

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Free tax help offered for those who qualify

Washington-Morgan Community Action is offering free assistance with filing of tax returns through the Ohio Benefit Bank. The income limits for free tax assistance through the Ohio Benefit Bank have increased to $95,000 for those using married filing jointly tax filing status and $65,000 for all other tax filers.

To make an appointment or for information call Diane Jett at Washington-Morgan Community Action at 373-3745.

Planning Commission to meet Monday

The Washington County Planning Commission will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday in the Assembly Room at 223 Putnam St. in Marietta. At the meeting the commission will consider any action brought before it.

Chili dinner benefits church programs

There will be a chili dinner at Sand Hill United Methodist Church, 725 Sandhill Road, Reno from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. A freewill donation will be accepted. Proceeds will to go toward future outreach events.

For information: 373 8712.

Pasta dinner fundraiser at Betsey

The MOV’n Dragons will hold a pasta dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. March 15 at the Betsey Mills Club in Marietta. There will be a live auction at 6:30 and a silent auction. Tickets are $8 or $4 for children under 5.

Lincoln Dinner planned for March 15

The Washington County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Dinner will be held March 15 at the Marietta Shine Club. The featured speaker for the event will be former Secretary of State and author Hon. J. Kenneth Blackwell. Tickets are $35 per person and include an hors d’oeuvres reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 3-course dinner at 6:30. Call 236-0052 or 236-3280 for tickets. There will be pre-event ticket sales only.

Program on wetland wildlife & creatures

Presenter Brad Bond will speak about the many insects that live at the Kroger Wetland in Marietta. at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at 3982 Waverly Road, Williamstown. Topics include life cycles, diets, mimicry and time of sightings. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ohio River Islands NWR.

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

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‘Legally Blonde: The Musical!’ at MHS

“Legally Blonde: The Musical!” will be presented at Marietta High School at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2 p.m. March 2. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $12 and $15 for reserved seats. Tickets go on sale Monday and will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in the MHS auditorium lobby.

For information: 374-2450.

Training begins for master gardeners

The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program will offer training for the program beginning Thursday. Applicants will attend all training sessions and complete 50 volunteer hours the first year as a volunteer. The fee for those accepted into the training will be $99, due at the first class. The fee includes the Ohio Master Gardener Training Manual, lunches and a Master Gardener polo shirt. Call 376-7431 to request an application.

Retired educator

to talk about history

Retired Washington County educator Hugh Coffman will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cutler Community Center, 4550 Two Mile Run Road. Topics will include correspondence between Pug Gould of Bartlett (who taught music to individual students in Washington County) and Coffman’s sister (one of his students) over the years plus information related to the history of Warren Local school district. Food will be available at the community center snack bar.

Karaoke for a Cure at Beverly Eagles

Karaoke for a Cure will be held Friday at the Beverly Eagles starting at 5 p.m. There will be food served by donation along with a 50/50 raffle and another raffle for prizes. There will be music by Extreme Karaoke starting at 6:30. All money raised will go to Susan G. Komen 3-Day participant walker Staci Spung, who will walk 60 miles in Philadelphia in September and 60 miles in Atlanta in October in the fight to end cancer.

For information: Staci, 336-0327 or Brenda, 336-1143.

Beverly Masonic Lodge hosts meal

An Italian dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Beverly Masonic Lodge on Ohio 60. The dinner is sponsored by the Washington County Interstate Exchange 4-H Club. Donations are appreciated to assist members in travel to Kansas in June 2014.

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Council to discuss oil, gas lease

A special public meeting of Marietta City Council’s lands, buildings and parks committee to discuss the potential lease of city property to oil and gas interests is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Graham Auditorium at Washington State Community College.

Fort Frye finance commitee meeting

There will be a Fort Frye Local Schools finance committee meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in the superintendent’s office located at Beverly-Center Elementary School, 510 Fifth St., Beverly.

Marietta Twp. trustees to meet

The Marietta Township trustees will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Marietta Township Recreation Center, 260 Sandhill Road, Reno, for the purpose of insurance renewal. All meetings are open to the public.

Marietta garden class series finale

The last free Marietta Community Garden Class of the season will be held from to 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Jubilee Gardens, 980 Greene St. (formerly Kardex). The class will build cold frames, accessible garden tables and other items. All materials being used are recycled from area barns, Marietta College, Marietta and Devola homes and other sources collected during the past year. Jubilee Gardens can be entered through double doors across Greene Street from the Norwood Tavern or through loading docks nearest Vine Street.

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

Waterford FFA hog roast Thursday

The Waterford FFA will hold its annual hog roast from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Waterford High School Ed Barnett Vocational Agricultural Building. The menu will include roast pork, baked beans, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, rolls, dessert and drinks.

Free legal clinic Wed. in Marietta

The Washington County Bar Association and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services will offer its next free legal clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Second St., Marietta. Walk-ins are welcome.

For information: (740) 594-3558.

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County GOP plans annual Lincoln Dinner

The Washington County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Dinner will be held March 15 at the Marietta Shine Club. The featured speaker for the event will be former Secretary of State and author Hon. J. Kenneth Blackwell. Tickets are $35 per person and include an hors d’oeuvres reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by a three-course dinner at 6:30. Call 236-0052 or 236-3280 for tickets. There will be pre-event ticket sales only.

Free HIV, Hepatitis C testing will be offered

There will be free HIV and Hepatitis C testing performed at the Marietta City Health Department, 304 Putnam St., from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday. The testing is free and confidential, but appointments are necessary. The test results take approximately 20 minutes. Call 373-0611, Ext. 186 for an appointment.

Square dance in church hall Saturday

A square dance will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Mercy Church Hall in Lowell. The dance, hosted by the youth group, will have music by Steve and Bev Pottmeyer, food, a country store and cake walks. Admission is $3 per person, $5 per couple or $10 per family. All proceeds go to the youth group ministry.

Cadets Relay team will hold spaghetti dinner, movie night

The Fort Frye Cadets For A Cause Relay For Life team will hold a spaghetti dinner and movie night fundraiser from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Fort Frye High School. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students. The movie, Despicable Me 2, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium, and the cost is by donation.

For information: Ryan Henry, 984-2376 or ff_rhenry@seovec.org

Legion Post 64 will meet Wednesday

There will be a meeting of the American Legion Post 64 at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Members are encouraged to attend to make decisions concerning the future of the post home. Also available will be information regarding will, contracts and veterans benefits.

For information: 374-9484.

Free Soup Saturday at Veto Presbyterian

Veto Presbyterian Church will hold a Free Soup Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the church fellowship hall. This free meal is open to anyone in the community.

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Free testing for HIV, Hepatitis C Tuesday

There will be free HIV and Hepatitis C testing performed at the Marietta City Health Department, 304 Putnam St., from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday. The testing is free and confidential, but appointments are necessary. The test results take approximately 20 minutes. Call 373-0611, Ext. 186 for an appointment.

Garden class moved to 980 Greene St.

The free Marietta Community Garden Class planned for Sunday has been moved to 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Jubilee Gardens, 980 Greene St. (formerly Kardex). The class will build cold frames, accessible garden tables and other items. All materials being used are recycled from area barns, Marietta College, Marietta and Devola homes and other sources collected during the past year. Jubilee Gardens can be entered through double doors across Greene Street from the Norwood Tavern or through loading docks nearest Vine Street.

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

Relay For Life spaghetti fundraiser

The Fort Frye Cadets For A Cause Relay For Life team will hold a spaghetti dinner and movie night fundraiser from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Fort Frye High. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students. “Despicable Me 2,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium, and the cost is by donation.

For information: Ryan Henry, 984-2376 or ff_rhenry@seovec.org

Board of elections meeting Tuesday

The Washington County Board of Elections will hold a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday to certify petitions, review and pay bills, review the ballot quotes for the May 6 election, and discuss and review the following; the quote for the Q & I Software from Triad, the Academy CLE, “OH Election Law 2014” session, delivery of election equipment, the SOS ADA Seminar, and potential closure of the Board office on Feb. 28 so the staff may attend the district meeting.

Square dance

at Lowell church

A square dance will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Our Lady of Mercy Church Hall in Lowell. The dance, hosted by the youth group, will have music by Steve and Bev Pottmeyer, food, a country store and cake walks. Admission is $3 per person, $5 per couple or $10 per family. All proceeds go to the youth group ministry.

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Post 64 members meeting Wednesday

There will be a meeting of the American Legion Post 64 at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Members are encouraged to attend to make decisions concerning the future of the post home. Also available will be information regarding will, contracts and veterans benefits.

For information: 374-9484.

Historical society Valentine’s party

The Western Washington County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Barlow Library for its annual Valentine’s Day party. Donna Meek Cunningham of Parkersburg will share photos she acquired from the Mindling Funeral Home auction in Beverly and there will be a tribute to the Barlow Rural High School class of 1935. Members are asked to bring a sweet treat to share. Visitors are always welcome.

Pizza sales to help MHS baseball

Little Caesars Pizza of Marietta will donate a portion of the price of every pizza sold on Tuesday to the Marietta Tigers baseball team. Call 374-8151 to order.

Sweetheart Dance

at country club

All area high school students are invited to a “Sweetheart Dance” from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Marietta Country Club. The cost is $5 or $4 for students who bring their student IDs. The dance was made possible by The Right Path for Washington County, who is partnering with the Marietta Country Club and Little Caesars Pizza.

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 in Marietta, in the lower level meeting room. The speaker will be Dr. David Lowe, of Beverly, and his topic will be “One Room Schools.” Visitors are welcome.

Pancake breakfast

at Little Hocking

The Little Hocking United Methodist Men will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Feb. 22. All-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage will be served. Donations will be used for community service projects and to send boxes to soldiers overseas. The church is located on the corner of Federal Road and Ohio 124.

For information: Joe, 989-2429.

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Habitat’s dinner, auction Friday

Washington County Habitat for Humanity will hold its 14th annual Paul L. Callihan Dinner and Auction Friday at the Marietta Shrine Club. The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., with entertainment at 6, dinner catered by Cowboy Concessions at 6:45 and a live auction with McLeish Auction Services at 8. Tickets are $30 per person, $50 per couple or $200 for a table of eight. To donate auction items or purchase tickets, call 373-9764 or email director@wchfh.com.

Pancake, sausage dinner at St. John’s

The Churchtown CWC will serve a pancake/sausage breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at St. John Central Grade School in Churchtown. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children, or $20 per family. There will be a bake sale by the local 4-H club at the breakfast.

Basket bingo

at Barlow library

The Scenic Hills Lions Club will hold Basket Bingo Feb. 22 in the lower level of the Barlow library. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bingo starts at noon. All baskets are filled and wrapped. Call Susie at 236-3502 to register.

Warren High choir yard sale Saturday

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

Mini trade show March 6 in Marietta

A mini trade show hosted by the Marietta-Washington County and Greater Parkersburg convention and visitors bureaus will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. March 6 in the Lafayette Hotel Ballroom. Members will be able to display products to as many as 20 group tour operators. The cost is $50 to give a 10-minute Power Point presentation and $25 to set up a table to display a product. RSVP to Shannon Beacham by Feb. 24 at 373-5178 or Shannon@mariettaohio.org

Free legal clinic

Feb. 19 in Marietta

The Washington County Bar Association and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services will offer its next free legal clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Second St., Marietta. Walk-ins are welcome. The clinic is for Washington County residents unable to afford legal representation (less than 187% of poverty guide.).

For information: (740) 594-3558.

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Free meal Feb. 22

at Beverly church

Beverly United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a free community lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. The church is located at 700 Park St, Beverly. It is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. No reservations required. For more info call 984-2100. The menu for Feb. 22 is ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, dessert and beverage.

Italian dinner Feb. 22 at Beverly Lodge

An Italian dinner is Feb. 23 at the Beverly Masonic Lodge on Ohio 60. Dinner will be served from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Washington County Interstate Exchange 4-H Club, donations appreciated to assist members in travel to Kansas in June 2014.

Chicken pot pie served at The Betsey

Chicken Pot Pie at The Betsey Mills Club, Friday, Feb. 21 11a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; takeout only. On Saturday, Feb. 22 Dine-in 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and takeout 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under

Tickets are on sale now at The Betsey Mills Club.

For more information, please call (740) 373-4981 or go to www.betseymills.org.

Library offers indoor snowman program

Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to make indoor snowmen during a program at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Washington County Public Library in Marietta. Following the program, a snack will be served. Registration is required. To sign-up call 373-1057, Ext. 219 or stop by the Youth Service Department.

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Fundraiser for sick toddler rescheduled

The fundraiser planned for Caleb Wall, a 2-year-old sick with Influenza A at Children’s Hospital in Columbus, has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 16, at Lazy H Farm in Fleming. Doors will open at 1 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased ahead of time or donation can be made to a Pay-Pal account made for Caleb through Lazy H Farm at www.lazyhfarm.net/caleb.html. For more information: Audrianna Wellspring (740) 516-3670, Connie Waggoner at (740) 525-9249, or Karen Henthorn at (740) 516-4964.

MOV Beekeepers’ will meet Feb. 25

The Mid-Ohio Valley Beekeepers’ Association will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Washington County Career Center on Ohio 676 Marietta. Agenda includes; nomination of officers, 2014 membership dues, and a presentation on mite treatments by Sam Hammett. Visitors are welcome at meetings. For information: www.angelfire.com/nb/-movba

Special story hour planned at library

A special story hour for children ages 3 to 6 will be held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Washington County Public Library in Marietta. There will be stories, a movie and a craft. Refreshments will be served. Register by calling 373-1057, ext. 219, or stopping by the Youth Services Department.

MHS parent/teacher conferences planned

Marietta High School parent/teacher conferences will be held between 4 and 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 20 and Feb. 25. Parents can contact the guidance office at 374-6540, ext. 20.

Soup, sandwiches at free community meal

A free community meal of soup and sandwiches will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Tunnel United Methodist Church, located at Ohio 550 and Coffman Road. For delivery within a five-mile radius, leave a message at 374-5634.

Steak/chicken breast fry at Lowell Legion

American Legion Post 750 in Lowell will have a steak/chicken breast fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. All meals come with salad, bread and a drink. The cost for a steak meal cooked to order is $10.The cost for a chicken dinner is $7 and the cost for a no-meat meal is $5. Students will be selling dessert.

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Water donations sought for W.Va.

Twisted Sisters Boutique, 197 Front St., Marietta is asking residents to drop of gallons of water that will be taken to areas of West Virginia still in need of clean water. Gallon containers of drinking or distilled water brought to the store will be taken to the Charleston area on Friday.

For information: 374-7330.

Lowell public affairs board to meet

The Village of Lowell Board of Public Affairs meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 18.

The Village of Lowell Council meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 19.

Marietta FFA square dance Saturday

The Marietta FFA is holding a square dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Washington County Junior Fair Building. The cost is $5 per person and $8 per couple. Concessions will be available and the Buckeye Travelers will perform.

Garrison campaign office opening

A Jennifer Garrison for Congress campaign office opening and open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at 250 Front St., Marietta. Light refreshments will be served.

For information: Charlie Hale, 434-5899 or charlie@jennifergarrison.com

Story hour at New Matamoras library

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.

Free lunch Saturday 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. Saturday at the church located at 301 Fourth St. All are invited to participate in this lunch.

The class also reminds community members of a second 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.

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Rumpke service delayed a day

Rumpke trash service in Washington County will be delayed by one day this week, as service was canceled Monday due to the weather.

Benefit at Cutler Center reset for Sat.

A benefit to raise money for Jim and Ruth Blair 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, singers and donations accepted. Proceeds will assist the Blairs with their medical expenses. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish and/or dessert.

For information: 989-2706.

Ladies Valentine’s Tea on Feb. 13

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 Friday by calling the O’Neill Center at 373-3914.

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.

Soup luncheon

Sunday at Beverly

The Beverly Masonic Lodge will hold a soup luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. 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.

Steak/chicken breast fry at Lowell Legion

American Legion Post 750 in Lowell will have a steak/chicken breast fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15. All meals come with salad, bread and a drink. The cost for a steak meal cooked to order is $. The cost for a chicken dinner is $7 and the cost for a no-meat meal is $5. Students will be selling dessert.

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Annual Cabin Fever run/walk Feb. 23

The 10th annual Cabin Fever 2 Mile Run/Walk, which supports the Marietta City Schools’ Cross Country program, will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Broughton Nature Preserve off Ohio 821 near Marietta. The start and finish is at the picnic shelter. Individuals or teams can race. Registration for individuals is $12 by Feb. 14 and $15 after. Registration for teams is $36 by Feb. 14 and $45 after. For an application, go to www.mariettaxc.com/images/10th_Annual_Cabin_Fever_2_Mile_Run.pdf.

For information: Andrea Adkins, 350-4669; or Kelly Haught, 374-0494.

Steak/chicken breast fry at Lowell Legion

American Legion Post 750 in Lowell will have a steak/chicken breast fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15. All meals come with salad, bread and a drink. The cost for a steak meal cooked to order is $10.The cost for a chicken dinner is $7 and the cost for a no-meat meal is $5. Students will be selling dessert.

Soup lunch Sunday at Masonic Lodge

The Beverly Masonic Lodge will hold a soup luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. 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.

Benefit in Fleming for local 2-year-old

A benefit will be held Sunday at Lazy H Farm in Fleming for Caleb Wall, a local 2-year-old 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.

Soup beans and cornbread supper at DAV Hall Saturday

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary in Whipple will hold a soup beans and cornbread supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday 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.

From local reports