FARSE — The Fayette Association of Retired School Employees (FARSE) meets each fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Whitewater Bar and Grill in Quality Inn, Fayetteville. Meeting dates are: March 22, April 26, and May 17 (changes are made only when the date interferes with a holiday weekend). All retired school employees are invited to join the group, and those who are relatives or friends of a retired school employee are welcomed as associate members. For more information, call Mary Alice Casebolt at 304-877-3488 or Sylvia Allen at 304-469-6250.
Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will convene as follows: regular meeting — Monday, Dec. 2, BOE office, 6 p.m.; proposed meeting for the proposed closure of Gatewood Elementary School — Thursday, Dec. 12, Fayetteville High School auditorium, 5 p.m. (alternate date — Monday, Dec. 16, Fayetteville High School auditorium, 5 p.m.).
Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6; Wednesday, Dec. 18; Friday, Jan. 3; Friday, Jan. 17; and Friday, Jan. 31 in the Fayette County Commission chambers of the Fayette County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public.
Oak Hill Lions Club — The Oak Hill Lions Club meets each Thursday at 6 p.m. at Dory’s Grille, Holiday Lodge, Oak Hill. For more information, call 304-574-2836.
Oak Hill Rotary — The Oak Hill Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the LifeBridge Fellowship Hall in East End Oak Hill. Call 304-640-1497 for more information. The first Tuesday of each month is Business Meeting day, and each following Tuesday has a member program scheduled, with guests invited to visit.
Southern Cross Chapter, UDC — The Southern Cross Chapter #2001 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets the third Saturday of each month at noon for luncheon and meeting, alternating between Oak Hill and Beckley. For information and location of the meeting, call Earldine Robinson at 304-575-0905 or Joan Dickerson at 304-574-0692.
Brain Injury Support Group — The Brain Injury Support Group of Raleigh County/Southern West Virginia meets on the third Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 203 Grey Flats Road, Beckley. The meeting will be held on the second floor of the ResCare Beckley Agency (behind the Raleigh County Armory/Civic Center and beside the DMV). For more information, contact Shannon Hughart at 304-222-1132 or Teresa Harvey at 304-575-5995. Brain injury survivors and/or caretakers from all areas are welcome. Anyone with a brain injury, including head trauma, stroke, aneurysm, tumor, etc., is encouraged to attend.
Multiple Sclerosis Support Group — A Multiple Sclerosis support group meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at The Place on Temple View Drive, Beckley, behind the United Methodist Temple. For more information, call Jane Trail at 304-573-0346.
Cancer Support Group — The Fayette County Cancer Support Group meets the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays, then meetings are held the second Monday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Summit at Hidden Valley, 438 23rd Street, Oak Hill (next to Hidden Valley Nursing Home). Call Ann Perry at 304-465-1224.
Vandalia Garden Club — Vandalia Garden Club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from March through November at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 12:30 p.m. Prospective members are welcome.
Nar-Anon Support Meeting — Nar-Anon support meetings are held each Friday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Oak Hill. For more info, call Vicki at 304-222-0284.
Quota Club — Quota Club International of Plateau Area meets the third Thursday of each month for a business luncheon at Holiday Inn, Oak Hill, at 12 noon. Quota Club welcomes new members. For membership information, call 304-469-3618.
West Virginians for Life — The Fayette County Chapter of West Virginians for Life meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Mount Hope United Methodist Church. For more, visit the chapter’s Web site at www.savingthebabies.com.
Nimble Thimbles — Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Tuesday every month at the American Legion in Fayetteville. Bring something to work on or show off.
Bridge Day Commission — The Bridge Day Commission meets the third Wednesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. in the county commission room at the Fayette County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Cindy at 304-465-5617.
Al-Anon — Al-Anon meets every Monday night at 8 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 345 Kelly Avenue, Oak Hill. For more information, call 465-1523.
Fayetteville Junior Women — The Fayetteville Junior Women’s Club meets on the first Tuesday of every month.
AIM — Ansted Improvement Motivators Inc. meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ansted Methodist Church. Teenagers to golden-agers are invited to join. Do you have a couple of hours to donate to help your town? Join the hard-working people who are putting Ansted on the map as a wonderful place to live, play and visit. This can only be done with your help.
American Legion — LaFayette Post 149 of the American Legion meets each third Monday at 7:30 p.m. and hosts Bingo every Tuesday and Saturday at 5 p.m.
PAN — Plateau Action Network (PAN) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Gregg Studio, 104 Fayette Ave., Fayetteville (left side of the Public Defenders building). Call ahead at 304-574-4PAN (4726) if you would like to be on the agenda. Visit www.plateauactionnetwork.org to learn more about the local watershed group, which is working for responsible economic development and sustainable environmental management for the community. Everyone is welcome.
MH Housing Authority Board — The regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Mount Hope Housing Authority is scheduled the third Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. in the community room, Midtown Terrace, Mount Hope. Business discussed will include approval of minutes, approval of disbursements, and whatever business comes before the board.
Fayette County Chamber — The Fayette County Chamber board of directors meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. For meeting locations, call 304-465-5617.
Scouts — The Oak Hill Boy Scout Troop 1335 meets each Monday at 7 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. New members are being accepted. For more information, contact Scoutmaster Randy Dolin at 304-465-5087.
Humane Society — The New River Humane Society holds its regular meetings the second Tuesday of each month at Los Vaqueros Restaurante, 2027 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, at 6:30 p.m. NRHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and welfare of animals. The public is welcome. Come support your local humane society and animal shelter. For more information, call 304-465-5062.
Oak Hill Christmas Parade — The Oak Hill Christmas parade will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. The theme this year is “Fairytales of Christmas.” Anyone who would like to participate may request an application by calling City Hall at 304-469-9541 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Applications will also be available to print from the city website at cityofoakhill.homestead.com. Parade line-up will begin at 5 p.m. at the High Lawn Memorial Park. Line-up will be in order that you arrive. Please return applications by Dec. 9 to Oak Hill City Hall, PO Box 1245, Oak Hill, WV 25901, or hand deliver to 100 Kelly Avenue, Oak Hill, or you can fax to 304-469-2801.
MTA — The Mountain Transit Authority will be closed Nov. 28-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular operations will resume on Monday, Dec. 2. For schedule information, call 304-872-5872.
Volunteers Needed — Volunteers and donations are needed to help provide the free annual Thanksgiving meal to residents of Fayette County. Individuals, church groups, civic organizations, students and businesses are encouraged to participate with food preparations, meal packaging, meal delivery, dining room service and cleanup. Food preparation will begin at the Lewis Center on Central Avenue in Oak Hill at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 25 and continue through Wednesday, Nov. 27. Volunteers are requested to bring a sharp knife and cutting board. The free Thanksgiving meal was first started by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and has now grown to include hundreds of volunteers from multiple churches, businesses, schools and civic organizations. The meal is served and delivered on Thanksgiving day and volunteers are welcome to take part in that as well. Donations may be sent to: Community Thanksgiving Meal Project, 345 Kelly Avenue, Oak Hill, WV 25901. A receipt will be mailed to you upon request. For more information regarding the project, contact Darlene Newell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GED Exam Dates — Ceresa Petitt, Fayette County GED administrator, announces the 2002 version of the GED is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2014. The final dates for this version in Fayette County are Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Thursday, Dec. 5. Testing begins promptly at 4 p.m. each day for those registered and present a valid ID. To be eligible to take the exam, applicants must complete the Official Practice Test (with sufficient scores) and participate in a mandatory orientation/registration. A valid photo ID or current driver’s license is required during registration and the exam. Also, keep in mind, space is limited and registration must be completed one week before testing dates. Future testing dates and 2014 testing information will be announced as information becomes available. If you need to achieve your GED for job placement or entrance into post-secondary college/technical training programs, or you need to successfully complete a previous exam, you should immediately contact Mary Flint, Fayette County Adult Basic Education coordinator, at Fayette Institute of Technology at 304-469-2911, ext. 1 to begin registration process.GED Classes — Fayette County Adult Basic Education announces the fall semester schedule for ABE/GED classes in Fayette County. Classes are offered to all adults, ages 17 and above not enrolled in public high school, who are interested in preparing for post-secondary education, job placement, and/or the GED. Classes are held at Fayette Institute of Technology in Oak Hill Monday and Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Students in the Valley area of Fayette County may attend classes in Montgomery at Bridgemont Community and Technical College, Davis Hall, Room 408. Open study lab is available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For one-on-one or small group instruction, please call 304-734-6620 for hours that an ABE-certified instructor is on duty. Adult Basic Education curriculum areas include: English, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, mathematics, and keyboarding/computer literacy skills. Adult students preparing for the ACT, ASVAB, Accuplacer, or ACT WorkKeys exams are welcome to attend the classes. In addition, students who are interested in obtaining a GED (General Education Development) diploma can prepare for the GED test, as the ABE teachers are trained to determine learning levels, prescribe appropriate textbooks materials, and teach test-taking skills. The Official Practice Test is available at both sites and is free of charge. The ABE Centers also encourage area adults to use the centers as a resource for college and career information, for independent study, or to prepare for future employment. Students who are enrolled in the ABE program may request a professionally prepared resume. For further information, please call Mary Flint at the Oak Hill Center at 304-469-2911, ext. 1, or Georgie Ferrell at Bridgemont 304-734-6620.
The Lewis House — The Lewis House on Main Street in Oak Hill is open Mondays and Fridays from 2 to 8 p.m. Tours of the home are available and banquet room bookings are accepted.
Good Luck (Fox-Wood) Cemetery — Anyone wishing to help with the upkeep of the Good Luck Cemetery, also known as Fox-Wood Cemetery, located on Chestnutburg Road in Victor, is asked to please send donations to: Becky Shuff, 1278 Chestnutburg Road, Victor, WV 25938. For more info, please call 304-640-5304 or e-mail BeckyShuff@frontier.com. Any amount will be greatly appreciated. Shuff also would be interested in knowing the names of your family members who are buried in any of the unmarked graves.
Adult Family Care — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR) is currently in need of Adult Family Care homes that can provide a loving, caring environment for aged and disabled adults. The Adult Family Care (AFC) program provides for adults who need and desire the support, protection and security of family living. This offers them the opportunity to live within a family unit where they can function individually. An Adult Family Care provider must be a responsible person at least 21 years of age, who is financially independent prior to entering the program. The provider may receive payment for providing supervision and care for no more than three adults. DHHR provides all training, at no cost, to interested applicants. The provider’s home must also receive approval for safety standards from DHHR before adults can be placed in their care. For more information about becoming an Adult Family Care Provider, please contact your local DHHR or Adult Family Care Homefinding Specialist: Tishie Ratliff, Fayette County, 304-465-9613, ext. 195.
Places to Go/Things to Do
5th annual Turkey Trot — Active Fitness Center’s 5th annual Turkey Trot 5K Run or 2-mile Walk will be held Thanksgiving Day in Oak Hill. Before you enjoy your family feast, run or walk to stock the food pantry and help those in need in our community. The event is set for Thursday, Nov. 28 at 8 a.m. Registration opens at 7 a.m. The fun begins and ends at Active Fitness Center. Join a CrossFit workout immediately after the Run/Walk. Entry fee is 10 items of non-perishable food or $20 (adults) and $10 (children). For more information, call 304-465-0700 or e-mail email@example.com. All proceeds will benefit the Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association Food Pantry. The event is sponsored by AFC CrossFit, Active Recovery Physical Therapy, CrossFit Beckley, LA East Fitness, Hewitt & Salvatore, New River Mountain Guides, Pies & Pints, Gorge-ous Hair Design, Travis Wills Complete Health Dentistry, Adventures on the Gorge, Fayette Foot & Ankle Clinic, Jan Care, and State Electric. Food donations will be accepted at Active Fitness locations in Hico and Oak Hill or you may drop off donations at Oak Hill Cheernastics. T-shirts will be guaranteed to those applicants who pre-register by Nov. 20. A registration form is included in this edition. For more information, call 304-465-0700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miracle on 34th Street — Miracle on 34th Street is a classic story that creates a world free of the blatant commercialism that surrounds the Christmas season. The Historic Fayette Theater will present this timeless play on Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 6-7 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and children under 12. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made at the theater on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. or by calling the 24/7 ticket line at 1-800-838-3006. Reservations can also be made online with a credit card at www.brownpapertickets.com. Matinee performances on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 will have a special time for the kids to visit with Santa after the show.
Free Thanksgiving Meal — The free annual Thanksgiving meal will be held at the Lewis Christian Community Center on Central Avenue in Oak Hill on Thanksgiving day. Carry-out meals are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. without reservations, but you may call ahead to reserve meals and pick-up times. Dining room hours are from noon to 2 p.m., with no reservations needed. Individuals needing meal deliveries should call Oak Hill Baptist Church at 304-469-3455, Oak Hill United Methodist Church at 304-469-4126 or St. Andrews Episcopal Church at 304-469-3223, with your name, phone number, number of meals requested, address and directions to your home. Deadline for requesting meal delivery is Monday, Nov. 25. Donations may be sent to: Community Thanksgiving Meal Project, 345 Kelly Avenue, Oak Hill, WV 25901. A receipt will be mailed to you upon request. For more, contact Darlene Newell at email@example.com.
Arts and Crafts Show — The 30th annual Arts and Crafts Show at Nicholas County High School, Summersville, will be held Friday, Dec. 6 with midnight madness from 9 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation. There will be over 100 booths. Door prizes will be presented hourly with the grand prize of $100 to be presented Saturday at 3 p.m. (must be present to win grand prize).