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Video fitness classes being

offered for senior citizens

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library is offering Geri-Fit, a 45-minute strength training class for older adults.

Participants start lifting light weights, usually while seated and can work at their own pace. They should bring a set of 2 or 3 pound dumbbells, a stretch band and water to drink.

The video fitness classes are held from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Follansbee Library, 844 Main St. and from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the Brooke County Library, 945 Main St. Advance registration is required by calling (304) 737-1551.

Beef quality assurance

training program on Jan. 29

STEUBENVILLE — With consumers concerned for animal welfare and sustainable food production, Beef Quality Assurance is now required by business giants like Tyson Foods and Wendy’s, owners of a major share of the US beef market, to meet public demand.

BQA is a national program that builds consumer confidence in the best management within all areas of the beef industry, from the farm to the grocery store. “If you sell cattle, including cull cows, at the Carrollton, Sugar Creek or Muskingum Livestock Auctions, it is highly recommended that you get BQA certified,” noted Erika Lyon, agriculture and natural resources educator, Ohio State University Extension Jefferson and Harrison counties.

Not every market requires BQA, but many have now switched to requesting BQA certification, according to Lyon.

The BQA training programs include topics on good record-keeping and maintaining herd health. By building trust with the consumer, consumers will be more confident in the meat that they purchase, increasing product demand.

Lyon will provide an in-person BQA training on Jan. 29 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Schiappa Branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County The Schiappa branch is located at 4141 Mall Drive. There is no cost for the Steubenville BQA training, but pre-registration is required. Contact OSU Extension, Jefferson County, at (740) 264-2212 or e-mail lyon.194@osu.edu to register the day prior to each session.

The Ohio BQA program can be used to meet the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association BQA guidelines and to give producers a competitive base for marketing cattle in Ohio. However, this training does not cover the BQA transportation certification. Beginning this year, more markets also will be requiring BQA transportation certification, which covers the proper handling and transport of cattle to improve meat quality and animal health. “If directly hauling cattle to a processor (not an auction barn), you may need BQA transportation for the farmer/rancher, and those using pot-belly semi-trailers are encouraged to get certified with the BQA transportation for professional drivers. Contact (740) 264-2212 for information on BQA transportation certification.

Community Relations Network

schedules Jan. 7 meeting

WEIRTON — The Community Relations Network will meet at noon on Jan. 7 at the Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network’s office at 1300 Potomac Ave.

Formed to address various local issues, the group will hear from a representative of Supportive Services for Veteran Families.

Those planning to have lunch are asked to call (304) 748-7850 in advance.

Steubenville Saddle Club to hold

awards banquet Jan. 18

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville Saddle Club will hold its 2019 awards banquet on Jan. 18 at the Four Season Community Center on state Route 213, Steubenville.

Doors open at 1 p.m. with the covered-dish meal to get under way at 2 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish and a dessert along with a small gift.

Those planning to attend should RSVP by Jan. 13 by calling Marty Ternasky at (740) 543-8277 or (740) 346-6960 or Robin Wedlake at (740) 424-7606.

The club has set 2020 show dates for May 17, June 14, July 12 and Sept. 13 at the club grounds on state Route 152 N.

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