Board of Health — The Fayette County Board of Health will meet on Thursday, June 27 at 4 p.m. at the Fayette County Health Department.
Ansted Town Council — The Town of Ansted has rescheduled its July council meeting from July 4 to July 11 due to the holiday. All meetings are held at the Ansted VFW beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet June 28 — regular meeting, 9 a.m, in the Fayette County Commission chambers of the Fayette County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public.
Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: regular meeting — Monday, July 1, BOE office, 6 p.m.
4-H Camp — A few spaces remain in the Fayette County Summer 4-H Camp which is open to the public. Applications are available online at http://fayette.ext.wvu.edu/4h/camp, or at the Fayette County Extension Office in Fayetteville. The camp is July 8-12 at Fayette County Park, Beckwith. Age requirement is 9 years old by Sept. 30, 2012, with third grade completion, through age 18. Young adults ages 19-21 can apply to attend camp as counselors-in-training. Call 304-574-4253 with any questions.
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.
Free Golf Lessons — Free golf lessons once again will be offered this summer at Hawks Nest Golf Course in Gauley Bridge. Lessons for those ages 7 to 12 will be offered on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., while those ages 13 to 17 may take lessons on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Lessons begin on June 4 and June 6. Golf equipment and balls will be provided at no cost. Lessons will be taught by Chuck Goosman. To sign up, call 304-632-1361.
Found Objects Needed — The Energy Express program is in need of a number of Items which will be used for projects for its Summer Reading Program. Any of the following items may be dropped off at the Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS) in Beards Fork, or at the Fayette County office of the WVU Extension Service at 104 East Wiseman Ave., Fayetteville. Needed are: feathers, yarn, fabric, string, old greeting cards, socks, poly stuffing, egg cartons, styrofoam trays, cardboard cylinders, buttons, paper bags (all sizes), large appliance boxes, wallpaper sample books, packing materials, newspaper containers, beads, wrapping paper, freezer paper, butcher paper, end rolls of newsprint, paper towels and toilet paper tubes, empty thread spools, used file folders, sand, thread, and cotton balls. For more information, call the Extension office at 304-574-4253.
Animal Shelter in Need — The Fayette County Animal Shelter/New River Humane Society is in need of kitty litter, dog food, canned dog food and canned puppy food. Donations may be dropped of at Betty Craft’s house, Hounds Good, Oak Hill Kominsky Chiropractic, Delfino’s, and also at the shelter. Volunteers also will pick up donations. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. Monetary donations are gladly accepted; please mail to New River Humane Society, PO Box 955, Fayetteville, WV 25840 (please designate for dog food, kitty litter). And remember: Adopt, spay, neuter.
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.
YouthBuild Project — Are you between the ages of 17 and 24 and do not have your GED? Then you may be interested in the YouthBuild Academy in Fayette County. The project needs 20 serious-minded youths who want to obtain their GEDs and be paid while learning building construction skills by building homes. If you fit the description and want to earn while you learn, please call Kathryn South at 304-779-2772 or 304-779-2280 at the Southern Appalachian Labor School or write SALS, PO Box 127, Kincaid, WV 25119. The project, an equal opportunity employer, will begin soon.
Become ARC Volunteer — The American Red Cross is more than meets the eye: offering 24-hour emergency messaging for our military men and women, disaster services and education, preparedness education, health and safety education (including CPR, First Aid, Swimming, Life Guarding), blood services, youth involvement education, and more. If you would like more information or would like to become a volunteer, call the American Red Cross Fayette Nicholas Chapter at 304-469-4636.
West Virginia Birth to Three — All children grow and learn at their own pace. But some children may have delays in their development or trouble learning certain skills. Do you know of a child, age birth to three, whose development is just not on track? If so, the WV Birth to Three system of early intervention services wants to help. There are no income guidelines and anyone, including a concerned parent, can make a referral to this state-wide system. Please call WV Birth to Three toll-free at 866-321-4728 for more information.
Quitline — Are you ready to escape cigarettes or chew? Reasons to quit: Tobacco use is the #1 cause of preventable death in America. Smoking kills more Americans than homicides, suicides, car wrecks, drunk driving accidents, fires, alcohol, drugs, and AIDS combined. Spit tobacco contains 28 chemicals known to cause cancer like arsenic (found in rat poison), lead (a nerve poison), polonium (found in nuclear waste) … the list continues. You can quit! Call the West Virginia Quitline today at 1-877-966-8784.
Terry Cemetery Fund — A non-profit fund has been established for the upkeep and maintenance during the summer months of the Terry Cemetery. The fund has been established at United Bank in Ansted as The Terry Cemetery Fund and donations are needed for the summer’s cleaning and mowing. Anyone who has family or friends buried in the Terry Cemetery is asked to please help support the fund. Any donation would be appreciated. The cemetery has several Civil War soldiers buried in it, along with many members of the first families that settled in the area. Donations may be made directly to the United Bank in Ansted, to the Terry Cemetery Fund, by mailing to: United Bank, PO Box 1208 Main St., Ansted, WV 25812; or you may mail your donation to Rebecca Fox Shuff, 1278 Chestnutburg Rd., Victor, WV 25938. For more information, call 304-658-5718.
Spay/Neutering Program — New River Humane Society would like to announce to the public that it is now offering assistance in spay and neutering of companion dogs and cats. Please call the Fayette County Animal Control Center at 304-574-2105 and leave a message to receive an application. Fill out the application and send it in even if you feel you may not qualify. Don’t deal with an unwanted litter every year.
Genealogical Society Web Site — The Fayette-Raleigh Genealogical Society has added to its membership benefits by creating a “members only” Web site at MyFamily.com. The site, hosted by the Society, is maintained by Tammy Lockard with the assistance of Becky Shuff and Betty LeMasters. Anyone who joins the Society, at a low cost of $10 per year, is automatically sent an invitation to the password-protected private site where they will find news of the Society, history of the counties, family histories, photographs of people and places of the counties, as well as the opportunity to post information, photographs and queries. The Society provides a means to connect to people nationwide and overseas, purchase publications to assist in the quest for family history and meet new friends. For information on membership or publications, call Becky Shuff at 304-658-5718, e-mail Shuff@kvinet.com or, write to: Genealogical Society: Fayette & Raleigh Counties, PO Box 68, Oak Hill, WV 25901-0068.
Places to Go/Things to Do
Fayette County Farmers Market — The Fayette County Farmers Market is open each Saturday in Fayetteville from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. The market is located in the parking lot of the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at the entrance to Fayetteville. The market will be held every Saturday at that location through November. Customers can expect to find fresh, early season produce including strawberries, lettuce, onions, spinach, peas, and radishes. There will be farm fresh eggs, home baked breads, jams, apple butter, and sweets as well as perennial plants, trees, berry plants and vegetable starts. The Farmers Market will continue to accept Senior Coupons, WIC vouchers and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits (SNAP) in return for fresh produce. Look for promotional programs and events featuring fresh, healthy food and local farms hosted by the Fayette County Farmer's Market throughout the season.
Friends of Coal Auto Fair — Tickets are now on sale for the 10th annual Friends of Coal Auto Fair concert that will feature Travis Tritt and the Davisson Brother Band. Tickets for the July 20 event are available at www.friendsofcoalautofair.com. Front row tickets are $37 purchased in advance and $45 the day of the show. All other reserved seating tickets are $27 purchased in advance and $35 the day of the show. General admission tickets are $12 purchased in advance and $18 the day of the show. Children 6 and under will be granted general admission free of charge. The show begins at 7 p.m. For more information on the 10th annual Friends of Coal Auto Fair, visit www.friendsofcoalautofair.com.
Gospel Sing — The Brighterside Quartet of Belva will sing at the Lovers Leap Baptist Church in Ansted n Sunday, June 30 at 6 p.m. A love offering will be received. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Jerry Skaggs Sr. at 304-658-4457.
Sunday Services — The First Baptist Church, Harlem Heights, will have Sunday morning services on the first and third Sundays of each month at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to come out and worship with the congregation.
Bible Club — The Christian Family Book Shoppe in Smithers will host a five-day Bible Club Monday through Friday, June 24-28, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Child Evangelism Fellowship will present Friendship County Fair, a combination of Bible lessons, mission story, songs, puppets, games, snacks and more. The Bible Club will be held in the meeting room of the Christian Family Book Shoppe for those ages 7 to 12. For more information, call 304-442-2142.
Vacation Bible School — Gentry Baptist Church, located two miles down Pea Ridge Road, will have Vacation Bible School July 8 through July 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come follow Jesus on a life-changing adventure in the rainforest. Pre-registration is greatly appreciated. Call 304-575-1481.
Come On Home Reunion — The 26th annual Fayetteville High School “Come on Home” Reunion will be held on July 6 beginning at 10 a.m. The reunion is for anyone who attended Fayetteville High School and will be held at the American Legion Building in Fayetteville. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. If you wish to attend the reunion and eat lunch, you may send your check in the amount of $20 per person to: Charles Jones, 106 Phillips Street, Fayetteville, WV 25840. Please make your check payable to “Come on Home Reunion.” If you have any questions or need more information, please call 304-574-0522. If you do not plan to eat, you may still pay $5 at the door and just visit with former classmates.
Nugen Reunion — The Nugen Reunion will be held Saturday, June 29 at the historic Nugen Farm, Fayetteville. The farm is 0.8 miles up Shelter Road past Fayette County Park on the right at Jim Nugen Drive. The new shelter will be dedicated to Katherine Nugen at 11:30 a.m. Shelter builders will be honored. Lunch is at noon. Bring a dish and auction item. All descendants of John and Malissa Mooney Nugen, as well as descendants of David and Priscilla Jenkins Nugen, are welcome. Contact Joyce at 301-972-7390 for information.
FHS Class of 1973 — The Fayetteville High School Class of 1973 is looking for classmates interested in attending a 40-year reunion in the fall of 2013. Please contact one of the following if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org; Beverley Legg — Beverleylegg@yahoo.com; Becky Dickerson — Dickerson1928@gmail.com; Myrna Pilato — email@example.com or phone 304-574-3578.
Holcomb Family — It’s time once again for the Holcomb Family Reunion. The reunion will be held Saturday, June 29, beginning at 12 noon at the top of Holcomb Hill at Bickmore. Everyone is welcome.
GBHS Class of 1973 — The Gauley Bridge High School Class of ‘73 is planning a 40-year class reunion the weekend of Aug. 2 in Charleston. Activities will include Friday night Power baseball game, Saturday lunch cruise on the Spirit of West Virginia on the Kanawha River, and Saturday evening dinner at Paterno’s. A block of rooms has been reserved at Fairfield Inn located near the Clay Center. For more information, call or text Paulette Justice at 304-546-2178 or Julie Riddle at 304-719-0181. You can also check out ALL GBHS Facebook page for further updates.