Poll worker sessions at five area libraries
Anyone interested in becoming a poll worker or learning more about the job can attend one of the following Board of Elections information sessions:
10 a.m. Tuesday at the Washington County Public Library in Marietta.
2 p.m. Wednesday at the Barlow Library.
10 a.m. Thursday at the Belpre Library.
2 p.m. Thursday at the New Matamoras library.
10 a.m. May 31 at the Beverly library.
Meeting planned for anyone affected by pulmonary condition
The Mid-Ohio Pulmonary Hypertension Association Support Group will meet from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The meeting will be held in the basement meeting room of the Washington County Library in Marietta. Acreedo Pharmaceuticals will provide lunch and a speaker. This meeting is open to any person who has been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, their caregiver, support person or medical professional.
Luncheon planned at Masonic Temple
A luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on the second floor of the Marietta Masonic Temple, 306 Front St. The luncheon is sponsored by Chapter 59, Order of the Eastern Star. Everyone is welcome.
Basket bingo to be held at St. Ambrose
The Barlow area Christmas in the Village basket bingo will be held June 9 at St. Amrose Hall. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and bingo will begin at noon. There will also be a country store. Those who buy tickets by May 31 will receive six country store tickets. Those who bring a canned food item for the Western Washington County Food Pantry will also receive six tickets.
June 1 deadline for Safetytown program
The 35th Annual Samuel R. Cook Safetytown program will be held from June 18-28 at Harmar Elementary School. The comprehensive nine-day safety training program is available free of charge to all area children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1. Lessons include automobile and bicycle safety; water, electrical and chemical hazards; fire safety, pet safety and more. Children may attend either the morning session from 9 a.m. to noon or the afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m. Applications are available at each local elementary school or by contacting Cheryl Cook at 374-6510. The application deadline is June 1.
No arrests in OVI checkpoint Saturday
The Ohio State Highway Patrol issued one citation for a driver operating a vehicle while his license was suspended during an OVI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated) checkpoint along Ohio 7 north of Marietta Saturday night.
No OVI arrests were made, according to Sgt. Jeff Welch with the patrol's Marietta post
The checkpoint, funded by federal grants, is intended to deter and intercept impaired drivers, according to a news release from Lt. Mary Pfeifer, commander of the Marietta post.
"Based on provisional data, there were 380 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 411 people were killed last year in Ohio," she said. "State troopers made 23,749 OVI arrests last year in combating these dangerous drivers."
Saturday's checkpoint was operated from 8 to 10 p.m. near the 25 mile marker on Ohio 7 north in Washington County.
Around 80 help plant 10,000 sunflowers
About 80 volunteers gathered Saturday morning to plant 10,000 sunflowers along Ohio 550 on Dr. Roger Anderson's farm. The goal is to make the site sunflower field a future tourist attraction.
The age range for volunteers was 2 to 97, according to 10,000 Sunflower organizer Roger G. Kalter of Marietta.
Fleming resident Chris Cavalier appreciated the four-acre planting near her home on Barnett Road because she spends much of her time voluntarily planting flowers around trees on the River Trail in Marietta.
Anderson said he loves the fact that sunflowers follow the sun with their heads turning through the day.
Still to come, mid-season harvesting and perhaps a sunflower maze in the fall, Kalter said.
From local reports