Community news from around the area

Free picnic Saturday to

celebrate military personnel

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Veterans Association, supported by AMVETS Post 275, are inviting all military veterans and active members and their families to their free annual picnic celebrating America’s military service personnel.

It will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Friendship Park in Smithfield in pavilions 1, 2 and 3. The theme will be “Honoring 100 Years of the American Legion.”

The event will include the camaraderie of fellow veterans in a summer meal setting featuring picnic favorites such as chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, watermelon, pop and water. There will be a 50-50 drawing.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Tri-State Community Band.

Grandparent volunteers

needed in local schools

STEUBENVILLE — Are you 55 or older and looking for a volunteer opportunity?

Kirk Guisti, coordinator of the COAD Area I Senior Programs Office, would like to hear from individuals in that category.

“We need someone like you to place into educational facilities in your local area,” Guisti said of the opportunity. “You would have to meet our program’s income guideline and agree to serve a minimum of 15 hours per week. No experience is needed — just your patience and willingness to help children,” he noted.

“Once we complete your background checks and the orientation process, you will receive a stipend and mileage reimbursement for your time serving in local educational facilities. This cannot be counted as income and will not affect any pensions or program assistance you are eligible for. You also earn paid time off while serving,” Guisti said. For information and the application, contact Guisti by phone at (330) 987-7232 or by e-mail at kguisti@coadinc.org

Library website has new look

and is more user friendly

STEUBENVILLE — The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County’s website has a new look, but customers still have access to the same reliable information, according to Jennifer Cesta, public relations coordinator.

The library recently revamped its website to include “a fresh look” and to be mobile friendly. “Library customers will find the calendar of events more convenient to view,” Cesta said, adding, “Now there is a full-month calendar of library events that makes personal planning easier.”

The electronic databases are featured in one area, at the “e-resources” tab. “Before revamping the website, these reliable sources of information had two locations,” she noted. “Library customers weren’t always aware of the variety and multitude of free databases available.”

Additionally, library customers will find the new website user friendly. Special features include a carousel of book images for popular titles. “One click on an image of the carousel, and it will take users to the online catalog for availability and to place a hold at their library branch. And for readers who prefer a genre or particular author, there is an image to click on for quick access,” Cesta said.

“One of the popular services that didn’t change is live chat with a reference librarian,” she noted. “Library users seeking answers to questions can ask anytime online and receive a reply during regular operating hours.”

The library’s website is www.steubenvillelibrary.org.

Wintersville church’s VBS

program starts Wednesday

WINTERSVILLE — Wintersville Church of the Nazarene, located at 388 Longvue Drive, will hold its annual Vacation Bible School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

It is open to children from age 4 through the sixth grade. The theme will be “Custom Garage: Loving God, Serving Others” and will include activities such as Bible stories, games, crafts, snacks and singing.