At the suggestion of Columbiana County Commissioner Sean Logan, the commissioners have been starting each meeting with a prayer offered by an area clergy member.
After the prayer preceding a recent meeting concluded, Commissioner Jim Hoppel quipped that it would be nice if the prayer included the reporters who typically cover each session.
That prompted Logan to joke that the prayer could ask for guidance in what reporters write.
"Amen, brother," cracked Commissioner Dave Cranmer.
Later in the same meeting, Cranmer noted that commissioners had been invited to attend a seminar on manure management.
Hoppel jokingly nominated Logan, a former state legislator, to attend the manure symposium.
"I don't know anybody who has had more experience in spreading this," Hoppel said.
Educational series: The District 11 Area Agency on Aging and East Palestine Memorial Public Library will present an educational series designed to provide answers to financial questions of concern to senior citizens.
The programs will begin Sept. 13 and continue on consecutive Thursdays at 1 p.m. Seating is limited at the library, so reservations are required by calling the library at (330) 426-3778. The library is located at 309 N. Market St.
Programs include conservative investment strategies, Sept. 13; preplanning for funeral expenses, Sept. 20; how to protect against scams, Sept. 27; planning for long-term care, Oct. 4; estate planning, Oct. 11; and seniors and the new tax law, Oct. 18.
XContributors: Norman Leigh and Nancy Tullis of The Vindicator Salem Bureau.