All U.S. military veterans and their families are invited to attend a special worship service in their honor on Sunday, Nov. 9, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4850 Haughn Road.

All U.S. military veterans and their families are invited to attend a special worship service in their honor on Sunday, Nov. 9, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4850 Haughn Road.

The service is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

"Trinity members hope that a very large group of veterans will attend this service, so please encourage veterans you know to attend," a spokeswoman urged.

Following the service, light refreshments will be provided.

Those who have questions may call the church office at 875-7298.

Rocky Black, executive director of Grove City Tomorrow, recently joined the staff of the Ohio Soybean Council as director of bioproduct utilization and outreach.

Black, who had been senior director of policy and political affairs for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, "will be responsible for the promotion and utilization of soy bio-based products in a continued effort to position Ohio as a world leader in soybean based bio-product technology," according to the council's announcement.

"He will also work closely with the Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center and other industry and economic development partners to educate and communicate the opportunities for soy-based businesses to locate in Ohio," the announcement added.

Black is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He studied briefly at Yale Divinity School and resides in Grove City with his family.

The Ohio Soybean Council is governed by a 17-member volunteer farmer board, which directs the Soybean Promotion and Research Program.

The program's primary goal is to improve soybean profitability by targeting research and development projects through the investment of farmer-contributed funds.

The Connells Maple Lee Flower and Gifts effort, "Bouquets for Books," which last year collected more than 300 children's books for area libraries, will return Nov. 10-15.

The florist will collect new children's books for Bexley Public Library, Pickerington Public Library, Southwest Public Libraries and Worthington Libraries.

In turn, customers will receive a free bouquet for each book they bring to any of the company's four Columbus-area stores, including the one at 2033 Stringtown Road.

Bouquets are limited to three per family per visit, while supplies last.

Used books will not be accepted.

The 14th annual Ohio Pen Show is scheduled for Nov. 8-9 in the ballroom of the Crown Plaza Hotel in Dublin.

The event, which is open Nov. 6 and 7 to weekend registrants, will feature more than 100 exhibitors from throughout the United States, Europe and the Pacific Rim buying and selling new and vintage fountain pens as well as ink, inkwells, lighters and watches.

Hours for the public show will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 9.

Admission is $5. For $20, those interested may get in at 8 a.m. on Saturday and come back at no charge the following day.

Sponsors include Columbus' Bexley Pens, Sailor, Pen World Magazine, Pendemonium.com, Nibs.com, Penopoly.com, Private Reserve Ink and Stylus Magazine.

Pens of all types and varieties will be on display and for sale.