Washington Township is the first community to be given the award by the Ohio Department of Forestry and Firewise Communities USA.
Every year, Scioto County ranks among the highest in the state for number of wildfires and acres burned. The fire department is being awarded for the steps it takes to reduce the number of wildfires and for its education programs.
To celebrate the award, the fire department is having an open house for the public on Saturday at the fire hall from noon until 3 p.m. Hot dogs and refreshments will be available and Smokey Bear will make an appearance. Firefighters will be giving away Smokey memorabilia and fire safety items to kids.
Morgan Township closes Slate Run Road
The Morgan Township Board of Trustees will be closing Slate Run Road, one-fourth mile from Ohio 104, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, weather permitting. The road will be closed to replace a culvert.
Workshop set for Greenbo Lake
There will be a 2006 Homeland Security Grant Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon March 22 at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Conference Center near Greenup, Ky. The 2006 Homeland Security grant application may be found at www.homelandsecurity.ky.gov. The application must arrive back to the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security no later than May 1. Grant award notices will be issued no later than Aug. 1.
State and local officials with questions concerning the grant workshops or the grant application process may contact the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Grant Department by calling (502) 564-2081.
East alumni to meet Thursday
East High School Alumni will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 13A at the school, 224 Marshall Ave., Sciotoville, to finalize plans for this year's alumni banquet which will be June 17 at Shawnee
Shawnee State hosts Goodman's exhibit
The Shawnee State University Appleton Gallery, located in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts, is featuring Lynn Goodman's exhibit titled, “The Art of the Mask,” on display until Friday.
Goodman said the masks start with a life cast of a person's face which is then cast into a mold, built up with clay into the desired form, and cast again so the Neoprene can be poured. After two hours, the Neoprene forms a skin inside it, which drains and dries in about 12 hours. The mask is later removed from the mold and allowed to dry completely before being painted or finished.
For more information, contact Djwana Spradlin at (740) 351-3118.