Community news from around the area

Prospective Master Gardener

class is the largest in recent

Hancock County history

NEW CUMBERLAND — In their quest to become certified West Virginia Extension Master Gardeners, 11 new class members met March 5 in Hancock County for their first class.

Shelly Anderson, Deborah Black, Carmina and Richard Blankenship, Patricia Burgess, Rebecca Hanka, Larry Lamb, Linda Petras, Shawn Sargent, and Doug and Krista Velegol constitute the largest class of prospective Master Gardeners in recent Hancock County history.

The Master Gardener candidates will receive 40 hours of instruction on subjects such as botany, plant propagation, entomology, pesticides and pest management, plant disease, soil and fertilizers, turfgrass management, vegetable gardening, gardening equipment, tree fruits, small fruit, pruning, landscape design, woody ornamentals, indoor plants, herbaceous plants and garden animals.

Once participants complete the classes and pass a comprehensive final exam, they have one year to complete 40 hours of volunteer service before being certified as a WVEMG. After that initial commitment, 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education are required each year to maintain certification.

New Master Gardeners will have the opportunity to join the Tri-State Area Master Gardeners Association. Although membership in TAMGA is not required, most Master Gardeners enjoy the opportunity to work with others who share their passion for things that grow, a spokesperson said.

Volunteer service can be obtained in a number of ways, either individually or in groups. Some of the projects TAMGA members participate in are:

¯ Providing plants for the annual plant sale, held each year in May.

¯ Writing articles for, printing, assembling and distributing a garden calendar.

¯ Teaching “Meet the Plants” to third-grade pupils in local schools.

¯ Helping to build, establish and maintain community or educational gardens in their communities and schools. Current projects include the Magic Tree garden in New Cumberland, a community garden in Weirton, a memorial garden at the Hancock County Senior Center on Gas Valley Road and gardens at New Manchester Elementary School. Projects also are being developed at Oak Glen Middle School and at Franklin Primary School in Wellsburg.

Volunteer hours also can be provided by:

¯ Providing gardening assistance or advice to friends and neighbors

¯ Creating or maintaining plantings in a local town, school or park.

¯ Attending TAMGA meetings.

¯ Working in a booth at the Hancock County Oldtime Fair to answer garden questions from the public.

For information about the Master Gardener program, call (304) 564-3805.

Former actress to present

concert at Wintersville church

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Valley Youth Network is sponsoring a gospel concert appearance and performance by former actress Julie Elias, who appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI:NY” and worked in films with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.

The free concert open to the public will be held Thursday at Crossroads Christian Church, 110 Springdale Ave., Wintersville, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Elias also will be a presenter that day to students at Steubenville High School, Hardin Middle School, Indian Creek High School and Indian Creek Middle School, according to Bobbyjon Bauman, president of the OVYN.

Questions can be directed to Bauman by text or phone to (608) 556-3068.

Elias will share her testimony and calling as a worship leader, speaker and songwriter and her launching of a new series of teen topic-driven gospel concerts that she presents to youth groups across the country.

“All of the topics I cover — real beauty, rejection, etc., — all are from personal experience. Nowhere do you learn about rejection faster than trying to be an actress in Hollywood,” Elias is quoted in promotional material.

Her concerts include skits based on the topics, a brief message, a free 16-page book on the topic, authored by Elias, and music.

Irish festival, parades program

for Ohio Beta Alpha Chapter

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Beta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Sorority held its monthly meeting March 6 at Malara Hall in Steubenville.

President Jane Brower welcomed members.

Sorority member Maureen Taggart presented the St. Patrick’s Day program on “Favorite Irish Festivals and Parades.” She told about attending Irish festivals and parades in Dublin, Cleveland and Cuyahoga in Ohio and also in Pittsburgh. All were occasions, she explained, for step dancing, Irish music and instruments, story tellers, Irish clothing and jewelry and a variety of Irish beverages and foods. She hopes to one day attend the Irish festival in Chicago, an observance that includes the annual dyeing of the Chicago River.

Members participated in a St. Patrick’s Day trivia quiz.

Brower conducted the business meeting that included communications and committee reports. Linda Lenzi led the members in a fraternity education activity called “Who Am I?” It describes the different memberships an ADK sister can attain. A slate of officers will be voted on at the April meeting. Clara Joyce and her committee will select the recipient of the ADK scholarship on April 10.

Money was collected for the Ohio Valley Health Center.

Hostesses for the evening were Debbie Danley and Dorie Mallas.

The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 3 at Malara Hall. A representative of the Ohio Department of Wildlife will present an Earth Day program.

Trip updates given to

Toronto Senior Citizens

TORONTO — Doris Matyas presided at the March 8 meeting of the Toronto Senior Citizens where Nancy Stanak gave the blessing for the covered-dish dinner.

Beverly Solomon of Toronto Pharmacy invited members for a discussion on medications and falls. It will be held April 6 at the Roosevelt Building. For information on the time, contact the pharmacy at (740) 537-2600.

Ken Woodward led members in opening exercises. Fran Sheets read the minutes and roll call. Reports were given by Joyce Dobbs and Rosemary Bonofine.

Terry Mamula won the 50/50 drawing. Door prize winners were Joyce Dobbs, David Krause, John Corrigan, Mary Scott and Fran Sheets.

Stanak reported on trips. March 22 is the last day to sign up to see the play “Jesus” in Lancaster, Pa., on May 15-16. Other trips are the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds game on June 16; Sugarcreek dinner-theater on July 18; Hartville on Aug. 16; and Wildwood-Cape May on Sept. 17-21. For details call (740) 537-2895 or (740) 537-3064.

Bingo winners were David Krause, Laura Mamula, Matyas and Mary Scott.

The next meeting will be held March 22 at the Roosevelt Building.