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Hancock County residential 4-H camps canceled;

free summer programming to

offer unique experiences

NEW CUMBERLAND — WVU Extension Service has announced that all residential camps for July and August have been canceled, including county and state 4-H camps.

Youth throughout West Virginia will have an opportunity, however, to participate in camp programs through online and at-home activities, including programs that provide education in nature, outdoor recreation, STEM, leadership arts and crafts and other offerings.

“The safety and health of our campers, families, volunteers and staff are our first priority,” said Carole Scheerbaum, Extension agent. “We, along with our 4-H’ers, are disappointed. But, given the current state guidelines and the limited availability of sanitizing products, we had to make the difficult decision to cancel our residential camps. But, our faculty and staff have been busy working with our 4-H’ers, volunteers and teen leaders to bring programming to West Virginia’s youth in new and unique ways.”

The 2020 summer programming will be free to youth with registration to open in the weeks to come.

Hancock County 4-H is exploring opportunities to bring youth together later this summer, in small groups and in accordance with county and state guidelines, to provide additional outreach, social and educational opportunities, according to Scheerbaum.

West Virginia 4-H is a program of the West Virginia University Extension Service. For more than a century, 4-H has focused on agricultural science, electricity, mechanics, entrepreneurship and natural sciences. Today, 4-H out-of-school opportunities also exist in subjects such as rocketry, robotics, biofuels, renewable energy and computer science.

To learn about new opportunities in the 4-H program, visit extension.wvu.edu, or contact the local office of the WVU Extension Service at (304) 564-3805.

Curbside service opening of library system set for June 1

STEUBENVILLE — To maintain the safety of library staff and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County will reopen with curbside service June 1.

The library will provide curbside service by appointment to customers, who will be able to call the library to schedule an appointment to pick up books, DVDs, magazines and other materials, according to Jennifer Cesta, public relations coordinator

These library items will be bagged with the customer’s name on it and placed in a storage bin outside the library. Customers also may return items to the library in the storage bin.

In addition to picking up books, library customers also can make an appointment for curbside assistance for printing, notary service and tax forms.

Operating hours and contact information for curbside service for the public starting June 1 are:

Main Library, (740) 282-9782

Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adena Branch, (740) 546-3782

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Brilliant Branch, (740) 598-4028

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch, (740) 769-2090

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Schiappa Branch, (740) 264-6166

Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tiltonsville Branch, (740) 859-5163

Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Toronto Branch, (740) 537-1262

Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bookmobile, (740) 282-9782

Homebound deliveries will begin on June 1.

A date when library customers will be able to go inside the library for services has yet to be determined. Library staff will begin returning to work the weeks of May 18 and May 25 to prepare the library for cautiously reopening.

Operating hours and contact information will be made available on the library’s website, www.steubenvillelibrary.org, social media and signage on the front door of each library branch.

ODA launches free check-in

service for older citizens

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Aging announced a free, daily check-in by phone service for Ohio’s older residents to ensure their well-being amid the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency and beyond.

The program was announced recently during Gov. Mike DeWine’s daily news conference.

The “Staying Connected” service is open to Ohio residents age 60 or older who have a valid phone number. Those living alone in the community are encouraged to consider enrolling.

“During a time when physical distancing has become necessary, we must create ways to maintain social connectedness,” said ODA Director Ursel McElroy. “The impact of isolation has been linked to higher risks for serious physical and mental conditions, so I am pleased we can provide these check-ins at a critical time.”

“Especially during this very challenging time, we encourage older Ohioans to sign up for the Ohio Department of Aging’s Staying Connected phone program. This program will help reduce isolation and support the health and well-being of older adults in our state,” said Robert Cornwell, executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association.

The automated service, which is available 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, contacts participants each day within a one-hour window selected by them during sign-up. After confirming the caller is OK, it offers to connect the caller with the local Area Agency on Aging for information about services or assistance.

If a participant does not answer after three attempts, a call is placed to an alternate contact, if one is on file. After multiple failed attempts to reach the participant and the alternate contact, a call is placed to the nonemergency services line of the local sheriff’s office.

Eligible Ohio residents can learn more or sign up by visiting www.aging.ohio.gov/stayingconnected or calling 1 (833) ODA-CHAT — (833) 632-2428.

The Ohio Department of Aging serves and advocates for the needs of Ohioans age 60 and older, as well as their families, caregivers and communities. Programs include home and community-based long-term supports and services, as well as initiatives to promote health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.

Brooke-Hancock Salvation Army

is hosting food distributions

The Brooke-Hancock County Salvation Army, in conjunction with the Mountaineer Food Bank, will host a food distributions and has reopened its thrift stores in Weirton and Wellsburg.

A “Just in Time” food distribution will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 29 at the Wellsburg service center at 401 Commerce St.

A state identification card is needed to show proof of residency.

The Weirton thrift store on Penco Road is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and the thrift store at the Wellsburg service center is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

In keeping with state restrictions spurred by the pandemic, customers will be limited to nine at a time. Because the stores have been closed since the stay-at-home order, no donations are being accepted at this time.

Mystery bag auctions on

Mondays and Fridays in May

STEUBENVILLE — During May, the Salvation Army of Steubenville is hosting a mystery bag auction on its Facebook page every Monday and Friday.

The auctions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. The mystery bags are “filled with goodies for adults, children and your entire household,” notes the post on the Salvation Army’s Facebook page. All proceeds go toward food for those who need help during the pandemic. Here is how to play:

The first person to comment will put a $1 sign in their comment. Every person who comments after that will increase their donation by $1. The last person to comment before the auction closes at 7 p.m. will win and be contacted.

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