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February 17, 2014
The Herald-Star

Spay, neuter clinic

for cats in March

Hosted by SpayNeuterOhio, a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for cats only will be held March 29-30 at the Toronto Fire Department located at 601 S. Fourth St., Toronto.

With veterinary service provided by RASCAL Mobile Surgical Unit, this clinic, by appointment only, is open to all area cat owners.

For residents living within Toronto city limits, funds are being raised to help with the costs of spaying and neutering stray cats. Toronto residents caring for neighborhood strays are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to help prevent the births of more homeless kittens, according to event organizer Cindy Miller.

Monies available for this purpose will be based on the amount of funding raised and on a first-come, first-served basis. Distribution of donated funds will be administered by Miller and are not under the auspices of SpayNeuterOhio.

To schedule an appointment, for information about the clinic, to donate or sponsor this event to help a stray cat, call (740) 457-9809 or e-mail

Appointments also can be made at

Library details

various programs

The following programs have been announced by the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County:

The cooking club at the Schiappa branch will be held today at 6 p.m. Watch a cooking demonstration and eat samples. It is $10 to participate. Register by calling the library at (740) 264-6166.

Gaming for teens will be at the Schiappa branch on Wednesday any time from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tot Time (caregiver and children ages 2-3) will be at the Tiltonsville branch today at 6 p.m. Register by calling the library at (740) 859-5163. It also will be offered at the Brilliant branch on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Register at the Brilliant branch by calling (740) 598-4028.

Coffee, doughnuts and a movie will be offered at the Brilliant branch on Friday at 10 a.m.

Lego mania (ages 8-12) will be at the Tiltonsville branch on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Cookbook club will meet on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Tiltonsville branch. Participants contribute by making a dish from books chosen by the library, then eat and discuss. Join by calling the library at (740) 859-5163.

Story Hour (ages 2-6) will be held at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Register by calling the library at (740) 769-2090.

Babygarten (caregiver and children ages birth to 2) will be held on Thursday at 11:15 a.m. at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch.

Play and Learn the Alphabet (caregiver and children ages 2-6) will be at the Schiappa branch on Thursday and Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m.

Learn about numerology with Carol Borkoski at the Toronto branch on Thursday at 6 p.m. Register to attend by calling the library at (740) 537-1262.

Join the book club for adults at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Call the library at (740) 769-2090 to join.

Caregiver support

groups to meet

The Alzheimer's Association will be holding its monthly caregiver support groups on the following dates:

Free of charge, the gatherings are open to all caregivers, family members and friends with a loved one living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

For information, call the Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimer's Association at (330) 650-0552 or (800) 272-3900.

Theater hosting

vendor show

Striplight Theatre will host a spring craft and vendor show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 at the Millsop Community Center located at 3420 Main St., Weirton.

Approximately 20 vendors will be on hand, including Styro Art, 31, Origami Owl, Tupperware, Pink Zebra, Susani Gifts, Sugar and Spice Hairbows, Dove Chocolates, Mary Kay, It Works, In a Pikle, Perfectly Posh, Scarlet Scarves, Wreaths by Mary and Trunk of Tricks.

The event also will include a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing, "Gypsy" cast meet and greet, ticket giveaways and children's costumed characters.

Children's book

topic for group

Members of the Promotion and Education Committee of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau learned about the new children's book promoted by the American Farm Bureau - "The Beeman" by Laurie Krebs and Valeria Cis - at the dinner meeting held at Zalenski's Family Eatery.

Mary Ellen Grafton, chairman, presented the book, which will be delivered to the Stanton and John Gregg elementary schools as a community project. It will be sold to the public as well for $12.

The books presented to schools are purchased through the collection of coins at the monthly meetings.

The book has a recipe using honey, a bee product, called Grandma's Apple and Honey Muffins included.

Grafton began the meeting by reading "The Heart is a Garden," explaining "to plant loving seed thoughts and loving thoughts will grow."

The four-county woman's event will be held Oct. 4 with the theme to be "Straight from the Heart." The retreat will be held at the Carlisle Inn in Sugar Creek. Those attending will have the option of coming for the day or reserving a room at the Carlisle Inn, as the play "The Tattered Quilt" will not be over until 10 p.m.

This is for participants who wish to stay for this as well as the sessions that include a yoga class, a WOW program where health issues will be addressed, talks on investments and estate planning, heart healthy foods and other sessions.

Agriculture Week will be observed the week of March 17, with members to bring a baby gift to the 9:30 a.m. breakfast meeting on March 11 a Zalenski's.

The gifts will be presented to the qualifying ag baby born at the Trinity Birthing Center.

The spring soiree was discussed with final plans to be made at the March meeting. It is a buffet dinner, with entertainment and door prizes.

The annual youth cupcake war will be held at the Jefferson County Fair on Aug. 15. This will be for youth from fifth through 12th grade, in teams of three or less, with one participant having parents who are Farm Bureau members. The maximum will be six teams in competition.

The theme will be centered around a sport, and the cake recipe should include a type of fruit.

Virginia Young shared details about the dinner and show fundraiser at the Jefferson County Christian School on March 1. The spaghetti dinner will be at the next-door Wintersville United Methodist Church from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the talent show will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the school.

Joyce Wetherell was the winner of the door prize.

Sisters of Garibaldi

to meet Tuesday

The Sisters of Garibaldi will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Garibaldi Lodge.

All members are encouraged to attend. Yearly dues will be taken at the meeting.

The January meeting was not held because of inclement weather.

Hall of Fame

nominees sought

The Ohio Department of Aging is accepting nominations for outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2014 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

Individuals and organizations interested in nominating a neighbor, colleague, family member or friend can visit for information, to submit a nomination or download the nomination form.

"So many of our older Ohioans - our Golden Buckeyes - are defined not by their age, but by the good work they have done and continue to do," said Bonnie K. Burman, director of the department.

"The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors the vital roles our elders play in their communities, across the state and nationwide, while it promotes the benefits of active, productive and purposeful living at all points in our lives," she said.

Nominees for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame must be age 60 or older and be native-born Ohioans or residents of the state for at least 10 years. Posthumous nominations will be accepted. The nominee (or a representative of the nominee if he or she is unable) must consent to the nomination.

Nominees will be evaluated on the impact of their current contributions, or a continuation of contributions begun before age 60, in areas of endeavor including, but not limited to:

-- Arts/literature;

-- Business/technology;

-- Education;

-- Health/fitness;

-- Community activism and;

-- Science/medicine.

Induction is held each May. Those selected will join more than 350 older Ohioans inducted into the hall since its inception in 1978.

"The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that our elders are respected as vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive and contribute," a news release notes. "We collaborate with state agencies and community partners, including area agencies on aging, to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice," it continues.

Programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, caregiver support, the long-term care ombudsman program and the Golden Buckeye Card.

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