- SCD Board — The Southern Conservation District board will hold its monthly board meeting on June 13 at the SCD Building, 463 Ragland Road, Beckley, at 9:45 a.m. Normal business will be conducted. The agenda will be posted at the SCD office. For any further information, please call 304-253-0261.
- Public Hearing — A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 4, at Oak Hill High School at 6 p.m. for concerned citizens regarding the proposed renewal of permits for injection wells located in Lochgelly.
- Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet June 14 — regular meeting, 9 a.m.; and 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: special meeting (school facilities) — Tuesday, June 4, Oak Hill High School, 6 p.m.; and regular meeting — Monday, June 17, BOE office, 6 p.m.
- 4-H Camp — Fayette County Summer 4-H Camp registration is now 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.
- Learn to Can and Freeze Food — Learn proper and safe canning techniques for hot water bath and pressure canning at an event June 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fayette Institute of Technology, 300 West Oyler Avenue, Oak Hill. Also, learn freezing techniques to get the best quality out of your foods. After this course you will be able to can or freeze nearly all foods. The session is open to the public and free to the first 20 to register ($5 for anyone after that). Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Call 304-574-4253.
- Celebration of Hope — If you are a cancer survivor, please accept the special invitation to join a Celebration of Hope for all cancer survivors at the Relay for Life of Fayette County. The Celebration of Hope is a portion of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event honoring the courage and strength of cancer survivors. The survivors will be recognized during the final ceremonial lap and with other activities throughout the event. The Relay for Life is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society to help fund research, education, advocacy and patient services. The Celebration of Life events are held during the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Event at Oak Hill High School on June 14, beginning at 6 p.m.
- 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.
- Used Book Sale — The Southern Appalachian Labor School will have a used book sale during its annual Cultural and Solidarity Festival on June 15 at the SALS Historic Oak Hill School. The proceeds will help support programs such as child nutrition, literacy, job training, senior assistance, food pantry and the rehabilitation of homes. People interested in donating books can drop them off at United Bank in Montgomery, Montgomery City Hall, SALS Historic Oak Hill School at 140 School Street in Oak Hill, or the SALS Community Center in Beards Fork. People can also call Barb Painter at 304-673-6370 in Oak Hill, 304-779-2772 in Beards Fork, Ruth Lanham at 304-442-3156 in Montgomery or Gary Zuckett at 304-346-5891 in Charleston for other drop off sites and directions. Pick up can be arranged if necessary.
- 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.
- Golf Tournament — The Oak Hill Rotary Club will hold its annual Charity Golf Tournament at the White Oak Country Club on June 8. Teams and hole sponsors are needed. Please call Mike Henning at 304-685-1926 for more information.
- 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.
Places to Go/Things to Do
- Praise Fest — Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville will host Praise Fest on June 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free to the event which will include great live music, a pig roast, bouncy houses, face painting, worship, food, fun and fellowship. Performing will be The Corey Brooks Band, Destination Heaven and Heartcry. Bring your own chairs or a blanket and “let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.”
- 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.
- AHS Class of 1947 — The 1947 graduation class of Ansted High School will hold its 66-year class reunion on June 15 at Hawks Nest Lodge Restaurant at 4 p.m. For more information, contact June Haga Houchins at 304-658-5764.
- 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.
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