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Feb. 21, 2013 @ 06:45 AM

Planning commission to meet Thursday

CHESAPEAKE -- The Lawrence County Regional Planning Commission will have its regular monthly meeting at noon Thursday, Feb. 21, at Giovanni's in Chesapeake.

A speaker has been invited to talk about new home septic treatment rules, specifically how they relate to subdivisions.

Anyone with questions can call Carrie Yaniko, urban education specialist at the Lawrence Soil and Water District at 740-867-4737.

Chesapeake church to host rummage sale

CHESAPEAKE -- Chesapeake United Methodist Church Mothers of Preschoolers group is hosting a Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the church.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the church's chapter of Mother's of Preschoolers (MOPS). Donations are being accepted for the sale, and may be dropped off at the church at 501 2nd Ave. in Chesapeake. For drop off times please call 740-867-3848.

MOPS is a national ministry that provides moms a place to make friends, learn, and take a break from the everyday work of raising kids. Childcare is provided. The Chesapeake chapter meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at the church, located at 501 2nd Ave. in Chesapeake. For more information, call director Christine Case at 740-867-4621.

Veteran-focused job fair offered for Thursday

PORTSMOUTH -- A veterans-focused job fair is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at American Legion 471, 950 Gallia St., Portsmouth, according to State Sen. Joe Uecker, R-Miami Township.

Veterans, military spouses, and guard and reserve members can participate.

More information about the job fair is available at www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes/portsmouth-oh.

Current and former soldiers also can check job opportunities at www.OhioMeansVeteranJobs.com/InfoCenter for assistance in preparing for the job fair and other employment opportunities, according to a news release.

Wendy's to raise funds for mom toddler group

CHESAPEAKE -- Chesapeake United Methodist Church is partnering with the South Point Wendy's Restaurant to raise funds for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS).

Wendy's will host the "Burger Bash" between 5 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. During the event, 15 percent of all sales will benefit the Chesapeake United Methodist chapter of Mother's of Preschoolers for their ongoing outreach to moms in the community.

MOPS meets at 9:30 a.m. every first and third Wednesday during the school year at the church, located at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 5th Street in Chesapeake. The group invites new moms to join them. Christine Case is the director and can be contacted at 740-867-4621.

Everyone is invited to participate in the Burger Bash. The restaurant is located just off of U.S. 52 at Wal-Mart Way.

Softball team to conduct rummage sale March 2

WILLOW WOOD -- The Symmes Valley Lady Vikings Softball Team will host its 6th Annual Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, in the high school gym.

Anyone who wants to donate items for the sale may drop them off at the school from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1.

If you wish to have items picked up, call Odie Estep at 740-643-2371 or 740-643-2021.

Center to help explain government contracting

PIKETON, Ohio -- The Southern Ohio Procurement Outreach Center presents a workshop on government contracting: "Government Marketing 101: An Introduction to Government Procurement," from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the OSU Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio. The workshop is free.

This workshop is designed to give business owners an overview of the government procurement process, including various ways to help your business to expand its market to include local, state, and federal buyers. All small businesses considering expansion into the government-contracting arena on the federal, state, or local levels are encouraged to attend. Topics will include necessary registrations, small business designations, contracting resources, and details of the contracting process, finding opportunities, the bid process, subcontracting, and working with specific agencies. This is a perfect event for business owners and/or sales people looking for a refresher and for those businesses just getting into government contracting.

To register, go to http://sopoc.ecenterdirect.com or call the Southern Ohio Procurement Outreach Center: 740-377-4550.

IRONTON -- Briggs Lawrence County Public Library offers free programs for preschool children and their caregivers at all five Briggs Library branches.

Briggsy, the Briggs Library canine mascot says, "Join us for Storytime! We'll read funny picture books, learn some rhymes, sing silly songs and more! Then we'll make some really cool stuff at craft time. Storytime is recommended for kids who are ages 3 to 5. Come on! Join the fun!"

The Briggs Library Storytime schedule is:

11 a.m. Mondays at the Ironton library, 321 S. 4th St.

4:30 p.m. Mondays at the Symmes Valley School library, 14860 Ohio 141

11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Proctorville library, 410 Elizabeth St.

11 a.m. Wednesdays at the South Point library, 317 Solida Road

11 a.m. Thursdays at the Chesapeake library, 11054 County Road 1

Very young children, up to age 3, and their caregivers are invited for Toddler Time at the Ironton library at 11 a.m. Tuesdays for books, crafts and more.

For information contact your local Briggs Library branch.

The Lawrence Soil and Water Conservation District's Annual Tree Sale is now underway. The District is taking orders through Tuesday, March 5.

Tree species, wildlife packets, and other items for sale include: Northern Red Oak, Black Walnut, Sugar Maple, Black Cherry, Scotch Pine, Eastern White Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Canadian Hemlock, Douglas Fir, Bald Cypress, American Chestnut, Norway Spruce, Austrian Pine, Nut Tree Packet, Grimes Golden Apple, Santa Rosa Plum, Shiitake Mushrooms, English Ivy, Pachysandra, Crownvetch, Erosion Control Seed Mix, Wildflower & Grass Mix, Bird & Butterfly Seed Mix, Wildlife Food Plot Seed Mix, Bat Houses, Eastern Bluebird Boxes, Tree marking flags, Plantskydd-ready to use spray and Plantskydd-soluble powder.

Contact the Soil and Water Office at 740-867-4737 or visit www.lawrenceswcd.org/technical.htm for pricing information and for any other questions about the tree sale.

PROCTORVILLE -- The Rome Township 2012 Annual Financial Report is complete and available for public inspection at the home office of Cheyrl Jenkins, Rome Township Fiscal Officer, 506 County Road 411, Proctorville.

The Rome Township Board of Trustees 2013 Regular Monthly meetings will be held at the Township Maintenance Building, 9644 County Road 107. Meetings will be on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except the December meeting, which will be held on the third Tuesday. The Public is invited to attend the Township Meetings.

Cheyrl Jenkins, Fiscal Officer, 740-886-7497.

IRONTON -- Ironton Preferred Fitness is now holding Bootcamp Classes for Women. Personal trainers Viviane Vallance and Theresa Smith will instruct the course.

Classes will include cardio, plyometrics, weight training, and some unique fitness exercises that appeal to the needs of all women. Classes will begin at 8 a.m. Saturdays and will last one hour.

For more information, e-mail trainwithviv@gmail.com.

LUCASVILLE, Ohio -- An effort is under way to honor our country's fallen heroes from World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. The Southern Ohio War Memorial will be going up two miles north of Lucasville, Ohio, on the east side of U.S. 23.

The monument will include the names of all local soldiers who have died in combat from the eight counties of Adams, Fayette, Highland, Lawrence, Jackson, Pike, Ross, and Scioto. The memorial will include an airplane, tank, boat, and helicopter, along with a large monument and all the required flags.

The fundraising effort for this project is under way and donations are being accepted. Checks may be mailed to the Southern Ohio War Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 874, Lucasville, Ohio 45648.

IRONTON -- Area residents are invited to help bring Wreaths Across America to Lawrence County by donating a remembrance wreath to be placed on the headstones of service members laid to rest in the military section of Woodland Cemetery.

The Wreaths Across America project began in 1992 when Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath company, made arrangements for remembrance wreaths to be placed in Arlington National Cemetery to honor the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Volunteers are needed to purchase wreaths, place them on the headstones located in the military section of Woodland Cemetery and remove the wreaths after the honor period conclusion. Additional information will be forthcoming later in the year.

Individual wreaths cost $15 each. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Wreaths Across America c/o Ohio River Bank, 221 Railroad St., Ironton, Ohio 45638.

PROCTORVILLE -- VFW Post 6878 of Proctorville, Ohio, has nearly completed construction of its memorial to veterans.

The next step is to lay engraved memorial paving bricks along the walk surrounding the memorial.

A brick may be purchased for $50. Every memory brick will hold the name, rank, and branch or service of the person that you wish to remember or honor. If that individual died as a result of combat, that brick will be placed around the memorial. If you are honoring an individual, the brick will line the memorial walkway. The brick will be red in color, 4-by-8 inches in size and able to hold up to three 18 letter/space characters per line.

If you would like to see a loved one's brick become a part of this memorial, call Peggy or Albert Baker at 740-886-8121.

IRONTON -- The Ironton Artists Association has a club exhibit of member's art work on display at the Lawrence County Transit Center and the Transit Café located on the corner of 2nd Street and Vernon Street, in Ironton.

The paintings are for sale and a percentage will go to the Transit Center.

The club plans to rotate the art work often and display paintings of Lawrence County today and in the past.

Freedom Farms offering Lil' Riders class

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio -- Freedom Farms is offering a Lil' Riders program to teach children about horses.

Classes are one hour weekly and include lessons on saddles, biology of horses, safety, types of horses, grooming, and types of disciplines. Age groups are 3-6; 7-10; and 11-14.

The class is designed for beginners, but advanced Lil' Rider classes are available for those who have already taken the course.

The seven-week session is $49. Class size is limited.

Freedom Farms is located at 645 Township Road 156 in Chesapeake. For information, call 740-894-5720.

IRONTON -- The Lawrence County Health Department offers Immunization Clinics on the first Tuesday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. for walk-ins and additional times by appointment, and the first Thursday of each month at the Chesapeake WIC center from 1 to 3 p.m.

Prenatal Clinic: Tuesday mornings by appointment.

Family Planning clinics: day and evening appointments are available on Wednesday and Friday for Pap smears, referrals for mammograms, contraception, emergency contraception, STD testing and free HIV testing by appointment.

TB Skin Testing: daily, except Thursday, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

Pregnancy testing: 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and 1 to 3 p.m. Friday.

Child Lead Testing: by appointment.

Physicals: for sports and work from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Fridays and by appointment.

OUS Community Band seeking new members

IRONTON -- The Ohio University Southern Community Band is looking for new members.

Good players on all wind, brass, and percussion instruments are needed. Percussion instruments are provided.

Rehearsals are 5:30-7:15 p.m. Mondays in the Ohio University Southern Community Building on the corner of 9th Street and Bob Lutz Way. Those interested should contact Dr. Pat McCoy, director, at 740-533-4541 or mccoy@ohio.edu.

Shawnee State offering GED courses year-round

PORTSMOUTH -- Shawnee State University, in cooperation with Scioto County Adult Basic Literacy Education, is offering courses year round to anyone in the community who is interested in obtaining their GED.

Two orientations are scheduled every Monday and Tuesday at SSU. The program is a preparation course and is completely free. The GED test itself is $40.

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