Stumptown?Steam Threshers nearing

THE 43rd ANNUAL Stumptown Steam Threshers will get under way Sept.10 and 11, featuring the usual array of activities including demonstrations of farming activities from days gone by.

Held on the Stumptown Steam Threshers grounds just outside of New Athens on Ohio 519, the event is always a beehive of activity from morning to dark.

In addition to the demonstrations organizers also have arranged for a slow engine race, banjo and fiddle contests, food stands, a flea market, wagon rides, a car show, saw milling, parade and activities for children along with the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the late summer weather with some friends.

Show admission is $3 per day for adults. Children under 12 are admitted free with an adult.

Club memberships are available for $6 per person. A commemorative badge is included with each membership. A membership is valid for admission to both days of the show.

For more details contact Ralph Toland Jr. at 740-968-3475.

There is always ample parking for the event and you may also want to stop by the Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park grounds which is just a stone’s throw away from the Threshers grounds.

The park will be open both Saturday and Sunday and is operated in conjunction with The Ohio Valley Chapter of the Historical Construction Equipment Association.

Antique trucks, construction, and surface mining will be on static display and… in operation throughout the weekend. A Marion 111-M dragline, Insley L dragline, Lorain 80 shovel, and Northwest 41 located on the grounds will be in operation. Equipment owned by the Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park (HCRHP), members of the HCRHP, members of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Historical Construction Equipment Association, and other organizations will be displayed or in operation such as draglines, shovels, trucks, crawlers, dozers, and more. Show runs Saturday from 9 a.m to dark and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Equipment will be in operation around 10 a.m through the evening on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Silver Spade operators cab and bucket are located on the grounds.

Exhibitor camping available on site.

All antique trucks, construction, crawler, and mining (surface or underground) equipment are welcome. Machinery, volunteers, and equipment operators have came from Western Pennsylvania, Columbus Ohio area, Northeast and Southeast Ohio over the past years.

Admission $2 per person

For information, contact the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Historical Construction Equipment Association at 330-618-8032, 740-312-5385, e-mail:

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THE HARRISON Hills City School District has named Paul Coffland of Cadiz as its newest member.

Coffland, a resident of Cadiz, was appointed during a recent gathering of the board to fill the vacated seat of Kinney Thompson who resigned.

A longtime community leader, Coffland will attend his first board meeting as a member on Aug. 25.

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A BACK To School Rally and Fair will be held to welcome kids back after their summer vacation in the Harrison Hills City School District on Aug. 23 from 1-3 p.m. at the Memorial Gym behind Harrison North Elementary School in Scio.

Organizers have made the time switch in the annual event to permit families to attend other school functions.

Also during the day, open house events will be held in all three district school with Harrison Central Jr. and Sr. High School and Harrison East Elementary set from 9-11 a.m. and Harrison North from 9 a.m. to noon.

Officials organizing the rally said students will received school supplies, food, prizes, games and informational packets during the event.

Sponsored by the Harrison County Family and Children First Council, the school district and local businesses, the rally, fair will include inflatable rides, games and prizes.

Fifteen booths are expected to be on hand to feature information from Harrison Community Hospital, the Harrison County OSU Extension, Society for Equal Access, WIC, United Health Care, Molina, Southeast Legal Services, the county’s juvenile court, Board of Developmental Disabilities and Department of Job and Family Services.

Teachers and other school personnel will be on hand along with Help Me Grow officials.

Pizza will be provided by Gables Care Center and Sunnyslope Nursing Rehabilitation Center.

For more information, call 740-942-6282 or 740-942-7800.

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THE TENTH Annual Tappan Lake Volunteer Fire Department Hog Roast will be held Aug. 27 at 33300 Tappan-Dennison Rd., Scio, directly across the road from Tappan Marina on U.S. 250.

The fundraiser will feature pulled pork sandwiches, homemade potato salad, tossed salad, dessert and beverages at a price of $10 for an adult meal and $5 for kid’s meals. Children three and under eat for free!

Meals will be served from 4-7 p.m.

A 50/50 raffle will also be held with the drawing set for the conclusion of the event.

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A VERY special event is planned and local residents will have the opportunity to participate in a unique activity … Quilts for Heros!

The brainchild of some local individuals, including Hopedale resident Dirk Harkins, a 5K race will be held on Sept. 17

The Quilts For Heroes is a special project where the quilts featuring t-shirts from various races will be given to wounded soldiers after Harkins himself was wounded in 2007 while serving the country in Iraq. When he reached Germany to recuperate from his injuries, he was given a quilt made of blue jeans with each five-inch square signed by individuals thanking him for his service.

Harkins is now participating in numerous 5K races and came up with the idea to have quilts made featuring t-shirts.

Two women have already volunteered to create quilts for the project.

The group is now accepting signed racing t-shirts for the project. In addition, they welcome all high school, junior high school and college sports teams to send t-shirts for the project … and not only cross-country or track but football, basketball, wrestling, etc!

The 5K run will begin at the Purple Heart Palace Fitness Center/Grappling House Gym on 412 Mill Street, Hopedale at 9 a.m. on Sept. 17. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and concludes 45 minutes later.

For more information on the run or quilt project email or call (740) 491-1593 or (740) 937-2531.

Shirts may be sent to Quilts For Heroes c/o Dirk Harkins 303 Village St., Hopedale, Ohio 43976.