Annual Captina Creek photo contest theme released

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District invites you to enter its 7th annual Captina Creek Photo Contest! The theme for this year’s contest is "Hidden Treasures." What secret gems has Captina Creek revealed to you? A cabin deep in the hollow? The perfect spot that reveals a brilliant view of the world underneath the water? Entries can be photographed anywhere in the Captina Creek Watershed, and will be judged by content, quality and creativity. Limit three (3) entries per person. First prize will be $50 cash. Second prize is $25 cash. Third prize is $15 cash. All winners will receive one ticket to the Soil and Water annual banquet, featuring Freshwater Farm to Chef catering. Entries will be accepted through Sept. 7. All photos must be accompanied by an entry form. Entry forms are available at or can be picked up at the Belmont SWCD office located at 130 W. Main St., St. Clairsville, OH 43950.

Annual river sweep a sweeping success

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District and JB Green Team joined forces again to clean up Belmont County’s coast in conjunction with the 2018 Ohio River Sweep. JB Green Team hosted sites in Yorkville, at the Pike Island Lock and Dam, and along Wegee Creek in Shadyside. Belmont Soil and Water hosted sites at the Powhatan Point Marina and the Shadyside Marina. The morning started off calm and cool. Volunteers milled around the various sites eating donated breakfast and snacks. Once the waivers were signed, a brief safety meeting commenced. Once the sites were explained, the volunteers spread out to collect trash and recycling. Nearly 20 volunteers scoured the marina and shores of the mouth of Captina at Powhatan Point. Once it was deemed clean, volunteers migrated north to do a sweep of the coast at the Shadyside Marina. JB Green Team had over 60 volunteers helping at the Yorkville and Wegee Creek sites. A total of 1540 pounds of trash was removed from the four sites, along with 11 tires. Thank you to all the volunteers: from the individuals, Bridgeport Rotary, the Rotary Club of St. Clairsville, St. Clairsville Sunrise Rotary, boyscouts, volunteer-hour-seeking-highschoolers, and other socialites. The six states participating in the 2018 River Sweep hosted 151 sites in 66 counties. 500 tons of trash was collected along 3000 miles of shoreline. Interested in helping next year? Information for the next River Sweep will be released around April 2019. Ohio River Sweep is an event organized by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, (ORSANCO) an interstate water pollution agency for the Ohio River Valley, along with environmental protection and natural resource agencies from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

August Genealogy Society meeting set

The Belmont County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will have its monthly meeting and picnic on Sunday, Aug. 12, social hour at 2 p.m., eat at 3 p.m. at Stillwater Friends Meeting House, 61830 Sandy Ridge Road, intersection of Roosevelt Road and Sandy Ridge Road, Barnesville. Reservation for picnic in by Aug. 5. Meat will be furnished, bring your cover dishes to share along with drinks and chairs. They have invited other Genealogical Society groups to join them. Come share in the fellowship and learn about these active organizations. The program will be Marie Bundy talking about Quaker history and the book she has written about area's family around here. Meeting is free and open to the public; you do not have to be a member. Come join in the excitement of finding information about your family’s history. Go to our website on Facebook to see pictures and event of Belmont County Chapter, Ohio Genealogy Society's or E-mail: Belmont County Chapter–OGS; Website: Any question or comments: email Belmont County Chapter–OGS; Sandy Saffield 740-425-1760, email; Ellen Brown 740-425-1509, email; Marie Bundy 740-425-2623, email

Barkcamp activities planned

The following activities are planned at Barkcamp State Park in Belmont:

On Saturday, Aug. 4 at 3 p.m. — Learn about casting, knot tying, rigging and proper fish handling. Bring your own pole or use one of ours. Meet at the fishing area across from the boat ramp. Children under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license. Then that night, become a Naturalist, 6 p.m. Nature programs of various topics offered to all ages at the Antique Barn. Movie Night will begin at 9 p.m. Join them at the Amphitheater for this family favorite.

On Sunday, Aug. 5 Boating at Barkcamp will take place at 10 a.m. Take of tour of beautiful Belmont Lake. Meet at the office to get fitted for gear. Call or come in to the office or general store to sign up. Seating is limited. Then, visit the Antique Barn from Noon to 2 p.m. The barn stands as a museum of yesteryear. Stroll through the barn to learn its history and some of Belmont County’s colorful past.

To learn more, call 740-484-4064 or visit

Belmont SWCD board meetings set

Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District announces the following board meeting dates for 2018: Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10. Meetings will be held at 101 Market St., St. Clairsville, at 6 p.m. The meetings areopen to the public.