Bellville area news, church briefs

Speakers named for Sunday service at All Souls

BELLVILLE — Elaine Tanner, of Friends for Environmental Justice, will be the guest speaker at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 25 Church St. For more information, visit

She will talk about “NIMBY” Not in My Back-Yard. When a fracking operation sets foot in your community it is often too late. When it is in your backyard your family may already be at risk. Spend some time getting to know what we are dealing with and what you can do about it. Learn how to get your “Safety First” plan in place.

K.E. McCartney St. Patrick’s Day luncheon set

MANSFIELD — The 25th annual “K.E. McCartney St. Patrick’s Day Memorial Luncheon” is Saturday, March 9. Doors open at 11 a.m., with lunch served at noon. The program starts at 1 p.m.

The luncheon is at the Kenneth E. McCartney Memorial Building in downtown Mansfield, 16 S. Park St. This year’s keynote speaker is Harry “Butch” Reynolds, a former Ohio State University track and field athlete, world record holder, Olympic gold medalist, world champion, and has been inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Tickets are $40 and may be purchased at the door, the day of the event. Please contact Amy Essick via e-mail at if you have any questions.

Scholarships available through foundation

BELLVILLE — The Clear Fork Valley Foundation offers 20 different scholarships to graduating Clear Fork High Schools seniors who plan to pursue further education. Applications are now available on the Foundation’s website at The deadline for all applications is March 17. Scholarships will be awarded at the CFVF awards dinner on Monday, May 13 at Der Dutchman. Scholarships have been endowed over the years by generous community members and each has particular criteria which are explained on the website.

Apply now for Helen Martin Memorial scholarship

BELLVILLE — Applications for the Helen Martin Memorial Scholarship are available on the Clear Fork school district website. The scholarships will award $1,000 to one girl and to one boy. The first criterion is for a student planning to teach math. Second is for a student planning to teach anything else. If no applicants plan to teach, the third criterion is for a student planning a career which uses math