WEIRTON - The Tri-State Area Master Gardeners held their annual harvest banquet Aug. 26 at the Weirton Marina, where five new certified master gardeners were recognized, including Gene Summers, Josh Rhome, Mike Hagwood, Lanny Stewart and Carl Thompson.
Doris Musselman was voted Master Gardener of the Year, and she is currently serving as the group's vice president and has given more than 100 hours of educational and volunteer work.
The master gardeners have completed more than 700 hours of continuing education and more than 1,900 service hours by holding workshops and sharing information with the public throughout the year. The group's main project is the calendar, with more than 2,000 calendars with information on gardening, flowers and planting scheduled, distributed. Another project is "Don's Garden, " in memory of Don Keeder and provided by his wife Mildred. More than 46 pounds of tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh herbs were donated to the Table of Hope soup kitchen through "Don's Garden." The group also attended the Hancock County Oldtime Fair Sept. 14-16 at Tomlinson Run State Park, giving gardening classes.
The group held a members-only plant share Oct. 8. November's meeting will be the annual club potluck dinner. For information, call the West Virginia Hancock County Extension Service at (304) 564-3805.