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won’t be held

WINTERSVILLE — The annual Valentine’s Craft Extravaganza for St. Vincent dePaul Ministry traditionally held in February at Blessed Sacrament Church’s social hall will not be held this year, according to Linda Freed, event vendor coordinator

“St. Vincent de Paul Ministry of the Wintersville Parishes regrets that, due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, we must cancel our 12th-annual Valentine’s Extravaganza,” Freed announced.

“Please join us in praying for all who are suffering from the effects of this virus and for an end to this global crisis,” Freed noted, “and hope that next year, 2022, we will continue with this event as we continue to help those in need.”

The event consists of local artisans with baked goods, candles and a variety of handcrafted items, in addition to a variety of homemade foods.

St. Vincent De Paul is a ministry of the Catholic parishes of Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Lourdes. The extravaganza, which started in 2010, is the only fundraiser held annually for the ministry which operates a food pantry and distributes free food to qualified households in the Wintersville and Bloomingdale areas. Elane Renzelli is the ministry director.

‘Farm Office Live’ returns


“Farm Office Live” returns virtually this winter as an opportunity for those interested to get the latest outlook and updates on ag law, farm management, ag economics, farm business analysis and other related issues from faculty and educators with the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University.

Each “Farm Office Live” will start off with presentations on select ag law and farm management topics from experts, then be opened up for questions from attendees on other topics of interest.

Viewers can attend “Farm Office Live” online each month on Wednesday evening or Friday morning or catch a recording of each program. The full slate of offerings for this winter follows:

– Wednesday: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

– Jan. 15: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

– Feb. 10: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

– Feb. 12: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

– March 10: 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m.

– March 12: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

– April 7: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

– April 9: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Topics to be addressed this winter include:

“Outlook on Crop Input Costs and Profit Margins;”

“Outlook on Cropland Values and Cash Rents;”

“Outlook on Interest Rates;”

“Tax Issues That May Impact Farm Businesses;”

“Legal Trends for 2021;”

“Legislative Updates;”

– Farm Business Management and Analysis Updates;” and

“Farm Succession and Estate Planning Updates.”

The Farm Office Team features OSU experts ready to help manage a farm office. They include Peggy Kirk Hall, agricultural law; Dianne Shoemaker, farm business analysis and dairy production; David Marrison, farm management; and Barry Ward, farm management and tax

Register at https://go.osu.edu/farmofficelive.

Live virtual story hours

being offered

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library will present live virtual story hours at noon Monday and Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. Monday and Jan. 20 and at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Kim Harless, the library’s director of educational programs, will read “Snowflake Bentley” and instruct viewers in making a craft through Zoom.

To obtain login information and arrange for pickup of craft materials, call (304) 737-1551 or (304) 527-0860 or visit wellsburg.lib.wv.us/newsletter2.htm.

The library and its Follansbee branch also are offering materials for other winter-themed crafts and coloring packets, which can be obtained the same way.

PERI cancels

meetings for now

STEUBENVILLE — The Public Employee Retirement Inc. Chapter 5, District 9, of Jefferson County has canceled its meetings indefinitely.


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