STEUBENVILLE — Visitors to Historic Fort Steuben this October will have the opportunity to have a unique experience at the fort akin to what the soldiers and settlers experienced during the dark nights on the frontier.

In the fall of 1786 at historic Fort Steuben, there was nothing beyond the stockade but dark wilderness,” explained Paul Zuros, director of operations at Historic Fort Steuben and the Steubenville Visitors Center. “The soldiers and surveyors had only the light of their fires and lanterns in which to keep watch,” he noted.

On Oct. 8 and Oct. 15 starting at 7:30 p.m., a guided after-hours tour will be offered to visitors by lanternlight of the fort. Participants will learn about the fort, its role in the settling and surveying of the Northwest Territory and what life was like on the Ohio frontier in the late 18th century.

The tour will last about an hour and conclude with cookies and hot cider over the fire. Space is limited to 15 guests per evening. RSVPs are required. Cost for the lantern tour is $10 per person and $5 for those 12 and under. The tour is not recommended for guests under 6.

Call the visitor center at (740) 283-1787 to reserve a spot or for information from Zuros.

Foundation’s fall fundraiser happening Oct. 11 in Hopedale

HOPEDALE — The second-annual Eric Watt True Heart Foundation Fall Festival fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Watts Ware, 412 Mill St., Hopedale.

A car cruise-in will be held from noon to 3 p.m. with Tom “Spikeman” Spiker providing music. There is a $5 entry fee.

There will be food and product vendors, silent and Chinese auctions and 50-50 drawings. Tickets will be $5 for a drawing for an Alan Jackson autographed guitar package.

The fundraiser is an outdoor event with health and safety guidelines to be followed.

All proceeds will benefit the Eric Watt True Heart Foundation, a nonprofit foundation to help local residents and organizations in need.

For information or to register as a vendor, contact Katina Watt by phone at (330) 340-3997 or by e-mail to [email protected].

Extension, WVCEOS partner to offer variety of virtual classes

NEW CUMBERLAND — The West Virginia University Extension Service, in partnership with the West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service, is offering a series of virtual classes in October that are open to all as a part of the “A Patchwork of Proud People” conference.

“We have planned an excellent lineup of classes that you will definitely enjoy,” commented Margaret Miltenberger, WVU Mineral County Extension Agent. “This year the classes will be free and open to the community, which is exciting.”

Classes begin Oct. 6 and run through Oct. 22 with programs to suit morning or afternoon scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Participants simply choose classes that interest them and fit their schedule.

Class topics include: “W.Va. Heritage Foods;”, “W.Va. Rivers;” “History of the Star-Spangled Banner;” “Enjoying Outdoors with Children;” “Becoming Active in Historic Preservation;” “Tai Chi;” “Adventures and Aging;” “Home Preparedness;” “Mental Health and Today’s Youth;” “Trip to Ireland;” “Avoiding Scams;” “Mindful Breathing;” and “Indoor Herb Gardening.”

Food demonstrations offered will include air fryer, Instant Pot, microwaves, crockpots and dehydrating/freezing.

Craft classes include pom pom wreath and making holiday cards.

Register by Wednesday by using the online link. Go to the WVU Extension CEOS conference registration page to access the following link

The classes are through Zoom and easily accessed through a computer, tablet or smartphone. For those new to Zoom, practice sessions will be offered on Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For information and a detailed schedule of class dates and times, contact the WVU Hancock County Extension Office at (304) 265-3303 or John Murray at john.m[email protected]. WVU Extension programs are open to everyone.

‘Life: A Time of…” theme of annual fall gospel meeting

WEIRTON — “Life: A Time of….” will be the theme of the annual fall gospel meeting of Weirton Heights Church of Christ, located at 3169 Pennsylvania Ave.

It will be held Oct. 11-16 and feature Evangelist John Board from Elizabethtown, Ky. Lessons will be held Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Weeknights, worship begins at 7 p.m.

“You can also live stream with us on the Weirton Heights Church of Christ Youtube channel,” a news release notes. The topics are:

Oct. 11: 9:30 a.m., “Life: A Time to be Guided;” 10:30 a.m., “Life: A Time of Decision;” and 6:30 p.m., “Life: A Time of Brevity.”

Oct. 12: 7 p.m., “Life: A Time of Learning.”

Oct. 13: 7 p.m., “Life: A Time of Preparation.”

Oct. 14: 7 p.m., “Life: A Time of Serving and Working.”

Oct. 15: 7 p.m., “Life: A Time of Anticipation.”

Oct. 16: 7 p.m., “Life: A Time of Ending.”

For information, call (304) 723-1160.

New STEM scholarship program seeking to recognize students

COLUMBUS — The Believe in Ohio program has announced the launch of a new statewide scholarship program that seeks to recognize Ohio high school students for their contributions to innovation and entrepreneurship in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The program also introduces applicants to Choose Ohio First, an Ohio Department of Higher Education scholarship program for students in STEM fields. The Believe in Ohio program was collaboratively developed by the Ohio Academy of Science and Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio. It is funded by the state of Ohio through ODHE.

Believe in Ohio seeks to create a “culture of innovation” in Ohio high schools and to encourage students to continue their education and career in Ohio by providing scholarships to Ohio colleges and universities, a news release notes.

Ohio high school students who are juniors or seniors during the 2020-21 school year and who meet the qualifications noted on the scholarship application, are invited to apply for a $1,000 Believe in Ohio STEM Scholarship. To ensure that students from all parts of Ohio receive recognition, at least one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded in each of Ohio’s 99 House of Representative districts and 33 Ohio Senate districts.

“What makes this scholarship possible is the Ohio Academy of Science’s extensive statewide network of dedicated members who will help evaluate the many scholarship applications that are expected to be received,” said Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio Executive Director and Believe in Ohio Co-Director John Klipfell.

“In these challenging times, it is more important than ever to support Ohio’s high school students and introduce them to scholarship opportunities that can help them continue their education in Ohio and develop into the innovators that Ohio will need in the future to maintain our state’s prosperity,” said Ohio Academy of Science Executive Director and Believe in Ohio Co-Director Michael Woytek.

“We are pleased to have the support of Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio General Assembly, without which this important program would not exist.”

ODHE’s Choose Ohio First program aims to graduate more Ohio students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.More than 45 public and private Ohio colleges and universities award Choose Ohio First scholarships in more than 110 program areas.

“The state recognizes the critical importance of having a workforce trained in these areas, which is essential for strengthening Ohio’s economy and fostering continued success for Ohio businesses,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner.

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Alpha Tau Chapter to

celebrate Founder’s Day

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Alpha Tau chapter (WV) of Alpha Delta Kappa, International Honorary Organization for Women Educators welcomed back members at the September meeting which was held through Zoom. President Diane Bowers called the meeting to order.

Roll call was taken by Velda Icard. Treasurer Fran Jones gave the financial report and announced the budget will be presented at the next meeting. Committee chairmen were asked to continue in their positions. A scholarship fundraiser idea and Alpha Delta Kappa month were discussed. An initiation ceremony will be held at the October meeting for new members.

The group voted to have in-person meetings. The next meeting, which will celebrating Founder’s Day, will be held Oct. 13 at Trinity Methodist Church in New Cumberland.

Humane society having

takeout dinner fundraiser

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Humane Society will hold a curbside chicken dinner fundraiser from noon to 2 p.m. on Oct. 10 or until the food is gone.

It will be held at the corner of Hauser’s Furniture, 3905 Sunset Blvd., and Sunset Boulevard.

One dinner is $12 with two available for $20. Takeout orders include one-half a smoked chicken, two sides and a dinner roll.

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