County construction season in full swing

THE 2014 construction season is in full swing in Belmont County, according to Engineer Fred F. Bennett. He said that Ohio-West Virginia Excavating Co., set nine precast, prestressed concrete box beams on the new bridge on Sand Hill Road at Neffs. They are 96 feet long, five feet wide and weigh about 47 tons each. They soon will pour a six inch concrete wearing surface on the bridge which should be opened sometime soon.

Bennett said that sometime in July, Ohio Public Works Commission funds will be available for two other projects to be bid later this summer. The first is for two new bridge replacements on Pipe Creek and one on O.K. Road. The second is for the resurfacing of Belmont 26 between Ohio 147 in Bethesda to US 40 in Morristown.

The bridge crew recently replaced two small bridges with new concrete box culverts. The first was on Scales Road and he Second on County Highway 26 south. They are now replacing a large corrugated steel culvert with a new concrete box culvert.

The road crews are preparing for the road oil, patching potholes, installing culverts, mowing weeds and repairing berms on some of the county roads.

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THE Citizens Bank and Riesbeck’s will co-sponsor the 18th Annual Plaza West Fest on Wednesday, July 9 beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Riesbeck’s in St. Clairsville.

With a donation, those attending can receive hot dogs, chips, Pepsi and ice cream. Donation buckets will be placed throughout the lot, and those attending will be encouraged to make generous donations. All proceeds will benefit the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.

A 7 p.m. you can rock to the sounds of EasyStreet, and at dusk enjoy the spectacular fireworks display from Pyrotechnics by Presutti. Washable tattoos and stickers will be provided for children. Glow necklace will be available for $1 with proceeds going to the United Way.

Support is provided by United Dairy, Our Family Brands, The Health Plan, Nickles Bakery and NAPA Auto Parts. Rain date for the fest is Thursday, July 10.

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THE Barnesville Alumni Association will hold its annual banquet on Saturday, July 12, with social hour being held at 5:30 p.m and dinner at 6:30 p.m. It will be held in the Barnesville High School cafeteria and the cost is $15 per person.

The alumni association is also selling/taking orders for the new Barnesville Alumni T-shirts. They will be available in gray or white and will be trimmed in red and green. Sizes are medium, large and extra large and the cost is $10 and $12 for the 2X.

Mail banquet reservations to Rita Hall, 121 Pine Lane, Barnesville, Ohio, 43713 or contact her at (740) 425-3671 or (614) 286-8527.

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THE Epworth Park Cottage Owners Association announces that the 2014 Chautauqua Homecoming Days will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13. H ours on Saturday are 8 a.m to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, 11:30 a.m to 4 p.m.

On Saturday, at 2 p.m. an afternoon concert by guitarist Roger Hoard will be held. An evening concert featuring Almost Famous will take place at 7 p.m.

Sunday, there will be a concert by the Vince Villanova Big Band at 2 p.m. “Abraham Lincoln” will be walking the main avenue on Saturday and every one is invited to come and meet him up close and personal. The homecoming will feature 30 crafts, contests, assorted amusements, games and delicious food.

The events will be held in historic Epworth Park, 215 N Main St., Bethesda.

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THE Chautauqua Days 5K run/walk honoring the late Chief Tim Zdanski, and raising funds for the SPII Task Force he started to make the Internet a safer place for kids, will be held on Saturday at 8 a.m. . You are invited to come and walk or run through the streets of Bethesda and then stay and enjoy the festival.

The Masonic Lodge will sponsor a fishing tournament at the park lake. There will be a BBQ lunch by Rollins Smoke and cookies by Hollies Cookie Hut and massages by Matt Bashline.

For information visit or call (7,40) 359-7533 or (7,40) 391-1236. Race day registration is from 6:30-7:45 a.m. Proceeds from the walk/race will benefit the Sexual Predator Internet Initiative (SPII).

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THE Bethesda-Belmont-Morristown Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Chautauqua Homecoming Days and Bethesda Festival is sponsoring a Classic and Vintage Auto Show on Sunday, July 13. at Epworth Park. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and show time is from noon to 4 p.m. Registration fee is $7.

Dash plaques will be presented to the first 50 registrants. Awards will also be presented.

Music from the 50’s and 60’s will be provided by DJ Frank Prebec. There will be a 50-50 raffle, gas card raffle, door prizes and food and soft drinks will be available. For the youth, there will be inflatable games and Slip and Slide water games. The Village of Bethesda will have chicken and rib dinners.d chicken offer chicken and rib dinners. You can also hop aboard the “Spirit of America” train and visit The Chautauqua Days Festival in The Park. For information call (740) 484-4521.

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THE Somerton United Melodist Church continues its fund raising events for the rebuilding of their church,. The church is having a Gift Card/Certificate Raffle fundraiser and are selling raffle tickets at $5 each or five for $20. Two tickets will be drawn with each winner receiving a basket filled with over $600 worth of The winning tickets will be drawn at the Barnesville Enterprise by one of their employees on Nov. 14. Winner need not be present.

Tickets are available at Angie’s Just for All Haircare, Chel’s, Kathy’s Hairloom, Peg’s Parlor, Schlepp’s, Stumptown Pallets or from a church member.

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THE Geeze Cats (50s and 60s music) will be featured on Tuesday at the St. Clairsville Recreation Department’s Music on the Lawn Summer Concert Series at the Central Park Amphitheater, 102 Fair Avenue. All performances are held from 7-9 p.m. and no alcoholic beverage are permitted. The concerts are free but donations are appreciated. You are advised to bring your own seating.

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IF you are looking for some excellent bargains, then the yard sale at the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church in Blaine is the place to be on Saturday. The sale begins at 9 a.m. and there are many items available.

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St. Mary Church in Shadyside invites everyone to come to its annual festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday there will be a fish fry from noon to 6 pm. On Saturday,there will be Italian sausage from 5:30-10 p.m and on Sunday, the chicken Bar-B-Q from noon to 7 pm. There will be food, refreshment, game, raffles live music and dancing. There is free admission and free parking on the church grounds, located at 350 E. 40th St., Shadyside.

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THE St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Second Annual Forks & Corks Wine Tasting event on Thursday, July 10, at the Park Health Center’s out door garden and gazebo in St. Clairsville. It will run from 5:30-8 pm. and will feature wines from Casa- di-Vino. Heavy appetizers will be served and the cost is $20 for chamber members and guests. Sponsors are OV CrossFit, Huntington National Bank and OVMC/EORH.