JAMBOREE In The Hills gets underway this week in Morristown. The Super Bowl of Country Music begins Thursday and continues through Sunday. We welcome everyone to the big event and we hope your stay in our area will be an enjoyable one. Have fun, be safe and don't drink and drive. It is best to have a designated driver close by.
At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, there will be a Jambo Kick Off Party featuring Joe Zelek and David Lee Murphy. You are advised to bring your chairs, coolers and be in a Jambo Party Mode.
Opening ceremonies for the big event will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. On Friday, opening ceremonies will take place at 4 pm. Saturday's opening ceremonies takes place at 10 a.m. and on Sunday, at 10:35 a.m.
IF YOU LIKE delicious Polish food and enjoy entertaining Polka music, then Barton is the place to be on Sunday, Aug. 3.
The Barton Volunteer Fire Department will host its 20th Annual Barton Polkafest on that day. Gates will open at noon and there will be non-stop music from 2-8 p.m. with two of the nations top Polka bands, "The Beat" from New Jersey and the "Polka County Musicians" from Connecticut.
There will be barbequed chicken and ribs and many homemade polish dishes and dessert. There will be raffles, door prizes, and a cash bar.
Jimmy K's record concessions will be selling polka tapes and cds at the fest. Admission is $6 and children 18 and under are admitted free. No BYOB's or coolers are permitted on the grounds. The event will be held rain or shine at Firemen's Field, 52176 Center St., Barton.
Emcee's will be Larry and Diana Walk from the "Happy Polkaland" radio show from Youngstown.
Everyone is invited to enjoy a day of delicious food, entertaining music and good friends, all sponsored by the Barton VFD. For more information, call Jeff S. Gazdik a (740) 695-3029.
BELMONT COUNTY property owners are reminded that Friday July 25, is the due date for the payment of the second half 2013 real estate taxes. If you miss the deadline, a five percent penalty will be added to any current year payments made within the first 10 days after the due date. Thereafter, all unpaid bills will have a 10 percent penalty added to the current year unpaid balance.
Treasurer Katherine J. Kelich announced that the Second Half Manufactured Home (Trailer Tax) bills have been mailed. If owners have not received their bills, they should call the treasurer's office at (740) 699-2145. The due date for payment is Aug. 8.
NOTHING tastes better than home-grown vegetables and fruits, and they are in plentiful supply in area farm markets. Ebbert's Market on National Road, east of St. Clairsville, plans to be open on Tuesday, July 15. Jerry Ebbert said the corn and tomatoes are looking good and the supply is plentiful. The market will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, and on Sunday from 11 a.m. 5 p.m.
Markets in Barnesville, Bellaire and Morristown have been in operation for several weeks. The Barnesville market is open on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon. Hours at the Morristown market are Thursday from 3-6 p.m. and the Bellaire market is open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at 32nd Street. We encourage local residents to patronize them. Nutritionists tell us that fruits and vegetable are necessary for good health.
ON Tuesday, July 15, Arabian Night /Pyrotechnika Performance will be the featured attraction at the St. Clairsville Recreation Department's Music on the Lawn Summer Concert Series. Admission is free but donations are accepted. The shows are held at the Central Park Amphitheater at 102 Fair Ave. Everyone is advised to bring their own seating, and no alcohol beverages are permitted. For information on becoming a "Music on the Lawn" sponsor, call Kevin Barr at (740) 695-2037.
THE Wolfhurst Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual chicken BBQ on Sunday July 27 from 11 a.m. until they are sold out., The event will be held at the fire station at 55485 Brand Ave. A whole chicken cost $6.50. The dinner which includes a half chicken, baked potato green beans, roll and salad is $7. There is delivery for orders of five or more dinners. There will also be a 50-50 raffle.
AN Invitation is extended to everyone to enter the Belmont Soil and Water Conservation's Third Annual Captina Creek Photo contest. This year's theme is "What Captina Creek Means to Me.," Entries can be photographed anywhere in the Captina watershed, and they will be judged by content, quality and creativity. There is a limit of three entries per person. First and second place winners will be announced at the Belmont SWCD 's Annual dinner in October. Entries are being accepted from now through Sept 1. All entries must be accompanied by an entry form which is available at www.belmontswcd.org or it can be picked up at the SWCD office at 101 N. Market St., St. Clairsville. For information, call Kimberly Brewster, Captina Creek Watershed coordinator, at (740) 526-0027,
MARK your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 20, for the Captina Creek 5K and Family Day Run/Walk which will be held at Barkcamp State Park. The race starts at 9 a.m. and Family Day from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration for the race begins at 8 a.m. and at 8:45 a.m. runners/walkers must be present. At 10:30 a.m. winners will be announced and prizes awarded. Race T-shirt, runner packet, and light refreshments will be provided for all runners and walkers. Registration cost is $15 pre-registration before Sept. 5, and $20 after Sept. 6 and on race day.
ON Tuesday, July 29th St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a VIP Concert at the St. Clairsville Amphitheater, 102 Fair Ave. Featured will be the music of Beetlemania Magic. The event will run from 5:30- 9 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. The concert is free and is open to the public. Access to the VIP tent, cost of admittance, is $25 per person. Included in the price of the ticket is food, access to a cash bar, door prizes and more. One bar drink ticket is also included. Individuals must be 21 years of age or older to register. Tickets are sold in advance only.
THE St. Colerain Senior Center will hold its annual anniversary picnic on Friday, July 18 at the center. The day will begin with bingo from 10-11:30 a.m. and then there will be picnic foods including hot dog and hamburgers. Following the luncheon, there will be various activities in the afternoon.
THE Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will crown the Queen of Queens at the All Star Charity Football game on Sunday, July 27 at Wheeling Island Stadium. Girls representing 25 area high schools are competing for the 2014 crown. The talent show takes place on Friday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at WebBanco Arena. Tickets are available at the door and the cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
Kick off for the grid contest on Sunday is set for 7:15 p.m.