The Union County Chamber of Commerce will host an "Introduction to Commercial Wine Grape Growing" seminar May 10 for anyone interested in taking a backyard hobby to the next level.

The Union County Chamber of Commerce will host an "Introduction to Commercial Wine Grape Growing" seminar May 10 for anyone interested in taking a backyard hobby to the next level.

Jointly presented by the chamber, Plain City-based Eldchrist Winery, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and the Ohio State University Extension, the seminar will address topics such as market demand for quality wine grapes, vineyard site selection and soils, wine grape cultivar selection and training systems, selection of spray vineyard equipment and common diseases of wine grapes, and common insects of wine grapes in Ohio.

Presenters will include Eldchrist Winery owner Chris Eldredge, OARDC viticulture outreach specialist David Scurlock, OSU small fruit specialist and associate professor Gary Gao, OARDC plant pathologist and professor Mike Ellis and OARDC research entomologist and professor Roger Williams.

The seminar will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. May 10 at the Union County Community Services Building main conference room, 940 London Ave., Marysville. The cost is $10 per person or per couple.

The deadline for registrations is May 9 and they may be made by sending a check payable to OSU South Centers: OSU South Centers, Attn. Dr. Gary Gao, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio 45661.

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis due to space limitations.


The Union County Safety Council was recently honored for its leadership in increasing safety awareness in the workplace.

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) administrator Stephen Buehrer presented the award to the council on April 13.

"For the second year in a row, the Union County Safety Council has received accolades through BWC's Safety Council of the Year awards, demonstrating the commitment of its members to creating a safe workplace," Buehrer said to council members during their annual banquet. "Your dedication and active involvement in promoting safety to prevent workplace injuries is the reason for your success, and the reason BWC is once again recognizing the Union County Safety Council as among the best in the state."

At the end of each calendar year, the BWC evaluates the performance of each safety council it sponsors, and the participation of the councils' memberships, recognizing the four highest performers in the state, according to BWC spokesperson Melissa Vince. In 2010, the Union County Safety Council exceeded requirements for consideration, conducting 11 meetings, averaging 82-percent meeting attendance and reaching 95 percent of members submitting semi-annual reports. This exceeded the required 75 percent, according to Vince.

- Lin Rice

The Marysville Public Library has several new aids available for patrons who are visually impaired.

The library was able to purchase several devices through a grant from Union County Senior Services, according to marketing and program coordinator Denise Birkhoff.

The visual aids include three different Eschenbach hand-held LED-illuminated magnifiers, along with a Carson DR-200 electronic reading aid. The latter is placed directly over a piece of reading material and displays the image in full color on a television screen.

The library also purchased a Bierley Shoppa portable electronic magnifier, as well as the iZoom screen magnifier/reader, which is used to easily magnify images on a computer screen via a USB port.

Through the grant, the library also was able to purchase walkers equipped with seats and baskets for patrons at the Marysville and Raymond branches, Birkhoff said.

The visual aids may be checked out for up to a week or used at the library.

For information on the library's services for impaired patrons, call (937) 642-1876, ext. 32.

- Lin Rice