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Agencies find new home at former Bantam Ridge school

December 17, 2012
By ESTHER MCCOY - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - The halls of the former Bantam Ridge Elementary School were full of smiling faces again as an open house for the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio State University Extension and Jefferson County Farm Bureau was held Friday.

"Welcome to our new home," were the words on the lips of the staff of the three organizations represented.

State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, was on hand to present the Jefferson County Farm Bureau with a certificate for its many significant contributions to the area received at the 94th-annual Ohio Farm Bureau Federation convention. The organization received a gold award in the public policy category, silver in the organizational category and recognition for recycling and property rights project.

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Esther McCoy
NEW HOME — An open house to mark recent office moves of the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, Jefferson County Farm Bureau and Ohio State University Extension was held Friday at their new headquarters in the former Bantam Ridge Elementary School. Among those taking part in the event were, from left, Maggie Corder, Jefferson County watershed coordinator; Owen Lenkner, Natural Resource Service district conservationist; and Wendee Zadanski, natural resources specialist. Tote bags, information on all three groups, pens, a snack table and door prizes were part of the event that had the halls crowded at times.

"Agriculture is the backbone of our country and all those associated with the Jefferson County Farm Bureau are to be applauded for their work representing a lasting investment in the community," he said.

The certificate was presented to Dave Boring, president of the bureau. Janene Smith is administrative secretary at the newly located office.

Owen Lenkner, Natural Resources Service district conservationist, was one of the many visitors to see the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation office in its new location. Welcoming guests were Irene Ann Moore, district administrator. and her staff.

The three organizations had been located in different locations until earlier this fall, when they made a move that officials hope will make it easier to coordinate services.

Maggie Corder, watershed coordinator; Wendee Zadanski, natural resource specialist; and Brandon Andresen, water quality coordinator, were greeting those arriving to see the new headquarter.

The Ohio State University Extension office had information on 4-H. Janine Yeske, 4-H youth development; Katrina Belininger, program assistant; and Sarah Cross, agriculture and natural resources educator were welcoming guests to their office.

Members of 4-H attended the open house and 4-H brochures were out on a table, inviting other youth in the county to join the organization.

Santa Claus paid a visit to the open house to the delight of the youngsters.

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