Community news from around the area

Jefferson SWCD is looking

for the county’s largest tree

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for Jefferson County’s largest tree.

Nominations for the big tree contest are being accepted through the entry deadline of Sept. 1.

“If you have any species of tree that you think could be the largest in the county or even the state, submit it for measurement,” notes the district’s recent newsletter.

Tree measurements and information would include:

– Tree species (red oak, sycamore, maple, etc.);

– Tree condition (healthy, broken top, dead top, etc.);

– Location of tree;

– Circumference, a measurement recorded in inches at 4 1/2 feet above the ground. The use of a diameter tape or regular tape measure around the tree at the measuring location is preferred;

– Total vertical height in feet (the height of a tree is measured from ground level to the highest point of the tree. Estimates can be made by comparing the tree to an object of known height such as a 5-foot tall person, a 25-foot building, etc.); and

– Average diameter of spread of crown in feet (this requires two measurements to be taken of the ground area below the tree’s spreading crown. Measurements should be taken in feet at the widest point of crown spread and one at the narrowest point. Add these two measurements together and divide by two to get the average crown spread.)

Photographs can be submitted with the information and sent to the Jefferson SWCD, 500 Market St., Mezzanine, STE 4, Steubenville OH 43952.

For information, call (740) 264-9790 or visit www.jeffersonswcd.org.

Entry in the competition gives the district and its agency representative the right to enter the property to measure the entered tree, the newsletter information notes.

All nominated trees are measured for diameter, total tree height and average crown spread. The measurements combined determine the tree’s total score. The top scored tree is considered the county’s largest tree.

The winner of the largest tree will be announced at the district’s annual meeting, which will be held Sept. 23 at Le Chateau Pier in Smithfield.

Church Women United to hold

summer luncheon Thursday

WEIRTON — Church Women United will hold their final summer luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday at Eat ‘n Park, located on Three Springs Drive, Weirton.

President Rebecca “Tish” Turner will preside.

Satellite veterans office

open Wednesday in Dillonvale

STEUBENVILLE — The satellite office of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the Dillonvale City Building, 135 School St., Dillonvale, to assist veterans, dependents of veterans and/or veterans’ widows with VA pensions, compensations, burials, schooling, medical assistance and other veterans benefits.

For information or assistance, call the veterans service office at (740) 283-8571 or visit the office located in suite 310, 500 Market St., Steubenville.

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. It is closed at noon on the second Wednesday of every month for a board meeting.

Wellsburg church to hold

yard sale on Saturday

WELLSBURG — The women’s department of Community of Christ Church, located at 84 26th St., Wellsburg, will host a yard sale outside the church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Items available will range from jewelry and luggage to stuffed animals and tulips, according to a news release. There also will be baked good available in the church kitchen along with hots dogs made to order.

Bergholz VFD having weekend

of fundraiser meals, drawings

BERGHOLZ — The Bergholz Volunteer Fire Department, 724 Monroe St., will be holding a fundraiser weekend of food and special drawings. It will be held Aug. 17 and 18.

A spaghetti dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 17. Dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs, bread, salad, a drink and dessert. It also will mark the start of the sale of tickets for gift basket drawings, which will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Aug. 18.

A breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Aug. 18. Breakfast will consist of pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, sausage patties, scrambled eggs, ham, coffee and orange juice.

Lunch will be served Aug. 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and feature chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, salad, spaghetti, bread and dessert.

Beverages will be provided at all meals. Delivery in a 5-mile radius is available by calling (740) 768-3003.

Meal costs are $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; and $5 for children under age 10.

Jewett VFD organizing

fundraiser dinner on Sunday

JEWETT — The Jewett Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a baked steak and baked chicken fundraiser dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The meal includes a salad bar, bread, dessert and beverage. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children.

Presentation on Medicare is Aug. 27 at Puskarich Library

CADIZ — The Puskarich Public Library will host a state-approved presentation about Medicare on Aug. 27, beginning at 6 p.m.

Sara Leonatti will explain how and when to enroll,supplemental coverage options, Rx drug costs and other topics. There is no cost to attend. Limited seating is available by calling (800) 800-1999 to register.