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Historical Walking Tour,

lecture scheduled for Saturday at Beatty Park

STEUBENVILLE — Beatty Park at 621 Lincoln Ave., Steubenville, will host its second-annual Historic Walking Tour on Saturday while providing an additional lecture for those who can’t go on the walking tour.

The event is free and open to the public with donation welcome.

“We will meet near the entrance of the park, and volunteers will be present to assist with parking for both events,” explained Flora VerStraten-Merrin, founder of the Friends of Beatty Park group.

The walking tour begins at 10 a.m. near the entrance of the park and is a 90-minute hike to 14 areas of the park where the historical feature is or was located. Some areas include staircases and sloping short inclines.

Yard sign photos will be located at each stop and a brief historical description of each location will be given by tour guides and local historians — VerStraten-Merrin and Linda Hilty, members of group that organized in November of 2019 to revitalize Beatty Park.

The presentation and light refreshments run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with John Boilegh, an archeologist, botanist and naturalist who works for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, setting up in the second shelter house. He will have a display, offer a brief presentation and answer any questions.

The historical lecture from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. will be presented by VerStraten-Merrin in the second shelterhouse past the restroom where there is plenty of parking available at this location.

Historical photos will be reviewed and each of the 14 historical features/structures and history of the park will be discussed.

This event and all events are planned and sponsored by a small group of volunteers who work with the Friends of Beatty Park group. To learn about the group, the park and how to get involved, visit the Facebook page at Friends of Beatty Park.

All donations and proceeds for this event will go directly to the park for revitalization efforts, according to VerStraten-Merrin.

Other events on the 2021 park calendar include:

≤ Oct. 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tricking or Treating in the park

≤ Dec. 4, noon to 5 p.m., Christmas in Historical Beatty Park, with hayrides, trolley rides, community Christmas choirs, a live nativity, Santa Claus, crafts/workshop, brief historical lectures about local historical figures, a holiday hike, food and family fun for all ages.

Hancock Museum continues speaker series on Sunday

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Museum, Ridge Avenue, New Cumberland, will continue its speaker series Sunday, welcoming guest presenter Paul Zuros, executive director of Historic Fort Steuben in Steubenville.

The program begins at 2 p.m. His topic will be “History of Fort Steuben, New Discoveries of Old History.” Since 1986, Historic Fort Steuben has been a center in the area for history and culture. Zuros will discuss the history of Fort Steuben and its significance in local and national history.

There will be light refreshments. For information, call (304) 387-0354.

Library announces variety of programs, activities planned

STEUBENVILLE — The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County announces the following programs and activities are planned at its various locations:

Main Library, (740) 282-9782

Adults: Book Club will meet to discuss “Tapestry of Fortunes” by Elizabeth Berg on Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. Call to join.

Children: Story Hour will be offered on Wednesdays, Oct. 6, 20 and 27 at 11 a.m. Children ages 2-6 will enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. Registration is required.

Brilliant Branch, (740) 598-4028

Children: Grab-and-Go Story Time is available on Monday. Stop in anytime to take one home.

Adults: Book Club will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. for discussion. Call to join.

Tiltonsville Branch, (740) 859-5163

Adults: Thriller Book Club will meet for discussion on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Call to join.

Children: Grab-and-Go Story Time is available on Monday. Stop in anytime to take one home.

Toronto Branch, (740) 537-1262

Children: Stop in on Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. for a make-and-take craft.

Adults: “Social Media for Beginners” will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 5. Learn how to use platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, Pinterest and Twitter. Registration is required.

Brooke Library Recipe Club to share suggestions for picnics

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library’s Recipe Club will be sharing recipes well suited for picnics during a program at noon on Sept. 28.

Adults interested in taking part in the free group should call (304) 737-1551.

‘News of the World’ to be shown

FOLLANSBEE — The Follansbee Branch of the Brooke County Library will show the PG-13 rated historical film “News of the World,” starring Tom Hanks, at noon Sept. 24.


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