Galion area news briefs

New pastor at Southview Baptist

GALION — Cliff Hartley has accepted an offer to serve Southview Baptist as interim pastor starting Feb 23. Pastor Hartley has pastored other churches in Ohio and is now serving as Missions Director for the Crawford Erie Area. He is a graduate of Liberty Baptist University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He and his wife Jeanie reside in Millersburg, Ohio. Southview is looking forward to his ministry. The church is located at 6904 Crawford Morrow County Line Road.

Knights of Columbus fish dinners set

GALION — The Knights of Columbus in Galion have set the dates for their their Lenten fish dinners. There will be three of them: March 6, March 20 and April 3. The fish dinners are at the Galion St. Joseph Activity Center, 115 N. Liberty St., from 5 – 7 p.m. Dine-inside or get carryout. These fish dinners are open to the public.

Freese Grant advisory board to meet

GALION — The Freese Grant advisory board will meet Friday, Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. in the Galion City Building, 301 Harding Way East. The board will elect a chair for 2020, discuss the status of recent/ongoing projects, and review new project applications.

HEAP deadline is March 31

ONTARIO — Do you need help paying for Winter Heating bills? HEAP may be able to help you. Fill out the application — available by calling the Area Agency at 419-524-4144 or 800-860-5799, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Anyone age 18 and older may apply for this assistance. Those 60 and older can get assistance with filling out the application. All heating types are eligible for energy assistance programs: electric, wood, coal, natural gas, propane and kerosene. For more information call today. The heating assistance deadline is March 31.

Application deadline is March 20 for EQIP

COLUMBUS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Friday, March 20, 2020, as the deadline to submit applications for Ohio’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program which helps producers make conservation work for them. Together, NRCS and producers invest in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations.

Through EQIP, NRCS provides agricultural producers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls conservation practices. Using these practices can lead to cleaner water and air, healthier soil and better wildlife habitat, all while improving agricultural operations. Through EQIP, you can voluntarily implement conservation practices, and NRCS co-invests in these practices with you.

Financial assistance is now available in a variety of agricultural categories such as cropland, forestry, pasture operations, and organic. Several special projects are also available which address water quality, forestry management, improving pollinator populations and wildlife habitat, pasture improvements and many more. All available agricultural categories are listed on the Ohio NRCS website under “EQIP Application Deadlines.”

To participate in USDA conservation programs, applicants should be farmers or farm or forest landowners and must meet eligibility criteria. Applications signed and submitted to NRCS by the March 20 deadline will be evaluated for fiscal year 2020 funding. To learn more about EQIP or other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit Get Started with NRCS or visit your local USDA Service Center