Board of Health — The Fayette County Board of Health will meet Thursday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at the Fayette County Health Center.
MTA Board — The Mountain Transit Authority board of directors will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. at the MTA garage/office facility on Broad Street in Summersville. The public is invited to attend.
Caregiver Support Group — The Caregiver Support Group will meet Monday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Fayette Senior Center in Oak Hill. The topic is “Be Wise, Immunize,” and those in attendance will receive informative information on available adult vaccinations (flu, pneumonia, shingles and whooping cough). The group also will meet Monday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. when the topic will be “Hearing Loss.” This program will teach you how to communicate effectively with someone who has hearing loss.
SCD Board — The Southern Conservation District Board will hold its monthly board meeting on Oct. 11 at the Southern Conservation District Building, 463 Ragland Road, Beckley, at 9:45 a.m. The agenda will be posted at the SCD office. For any questions concerning the above mentioned meeting, please call 304-253-0261.
Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will convene as follows: regular meeting — Monday, Oct. 15, BOE office, 6 p.m.; and special meeting — LSIC Oak Hill Area Schools (including Mount Hope Elementary), Monday, Oct. 22, Oak Hill High School, 6 p.m.
Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet Friday, Oct. 12 (regular); Friday, Oct. 19 (special, early voting test); Friday, Oct. 26 (regular); Tuesday, Oct. 30 (special, voting test for election); Friday, Nov. 2 (regular); Tuesday, Nov. 6 (General Election); Tuesday, Nov. 13 (special, canvass, General Election); Friday, Nov. 16 (regular); Friday, Nov. 30 (regular); Friday, Dec. 7 (regular); Friday, Dec. 14 (regular, Courthouse Christmas dinner) at 9 a.m. in the Fayette County Commission chambers of the Fayette County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public.
Fayette Association of Retired School Employees — FARSE meets the fourth Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Quality Inn, Fayetteville. Current meetings are scheduled for Oct. 27; Nov. 17; March 23, 2013; April 27; and May 18. Changes are made only when the date interferes with a holiday weekend. Please contact Mary Alice Casebolt, president, at 304-877-3488; Darlene Allen, vice president, at 304-469-4859; or Angelita Berry, secretary, at 304-438-5578, if you have questions. Please keep this in a convenient place and refer to it as needed to plan to attend all six of the meetings. The last week in September has been proclaimed as FARSE Week.
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.
Lincoln Day Dinner — The Fayette County Republican Party will hold its annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Lewis Christian Community Center on Central Avenue in Oak Hill. A tape-delayed showing of the entire dinner will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. on Local Government station Channel 4 Suddenlink in this area and Channel 17 Suddenlink in the Valley district of the county.
Venison 101 Workshop — Fayette County Extension Service is sponsoring a Venison 101 workshop Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church. The workshop is free to the first 10 participants with a $5 charge to each afterward. Representatives from the DNR, meat processing, and the WVU Extension Families and Health services will provide hands-on activities such as identifying, processing and packaging cuts. There will also be education about healthy, tasty ways to prepare venison. DNR will go over new hunting regulations. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Call 304-574-4253.
Flu Shots — The Fayette County Health Department will hold flu vaccination clinics from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30 and Nov. 13 while supplies last.
Christmas Festival and Craft Show — The 19th annual American Red Cross Christmas Festival and Craft Show is set for Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lewis Community Center, 469 Central Ave, Oak Hill. Those from clubs, churches, schools, civic groups and organizations, as well as individuals, are invited to sell your crafts, promote products, and demonstrate products. Cost for a booth is $35 without electricity and $40 with electricity. Vendors will have 10-foot spaces with two chairs, but must supply a table. The Fayette-Nicholas Chapter will collect the vendor fees, but all vendors’ sales will belong to the vendor. The ARC also will arrange entertainment, a food concession and the presence of Santa Claus, and will promote the event. Vendors also are invited to decorate a small tree at your booth; a prize goes to the most original (no electric lights or candles please). Admission will be by donation and those proceeds also will go to the American Red Cross Fayette-Nicholas Chapter. A Christmas tree will be located in the Center from Nov. 5 through Dec. 31 in honor of all servicemen and servicewomen. If you have someone in the service or someone who has ever served in any branch of the military, please put their name on an ornament; stop anytime and place the ornament on the tree. Ornaments also will be available at the Christmas Festival.
MTA — The Mountain Transit Authority will be closed Monday, Oct. 8, for driver training. Regular operations will resume on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Schedule information can be obtained by calling 304-872-5872.
Horse and Burro Adoption — The wild horse and burro adoption sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, is coming to Good Evening Ranch, 1458 Groves Road, Canvas, Oct. 19-20. The Friday preview is set for 2 to 7 p.m. and Saturday adoption is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adoption is first-come, first-served, and the maximum adoption fee is $125. Directions: At Groves Road, take left at sign, follow Good Evening Ranch signs. For more information, call 866-468-7826 of visit www.blm.gov.
Places to Go/Things to Do
Candlelight Vigil — You are cordially invited to attend the 22nd annual Women’s Resource Center candlelight vigil Oct. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at United Methodist Temple’s The Place on Templeview Drive Beckley. Enjoy a meet and greet, as well as refreshments, local entertainers, moving stories, the presentation of the 2012 Incite Hope Awards and the lighting of the candles honoring the victims who have lost their lives to domestic violence in our state this year. For more information, call 304-255-2559 or 304-673-6037.
Tour of Champion Trees — Join the New River Master Gardeners (representing Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Summers counties) on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park on Route 129 off Route 19 near Summersville, for a day of fun and education visiting the magnificent champion, old growth and rare trees. Carl Gower, WVU forestry graduate, will show us how to measure and score champion trees. Park Ranger Sam Cowell will tell us what life was like when the trees were saplings. The New River Master Gardeners will make the ancient life-saving tea from the leaves of the champion arborvitae trees. Questions, call 304-846-2754.
Women’s Ministry Service — Faith Tabernacle Church Missionary Outreach for Christ, 135 South Court Street, Fayetteville, will host its 3rd annual Women’s Ministry Service on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. The theme of the event is “Desperate Housewives.” A series of “desperate housewives” will be addressed by various local ministers. Following is the list of topics and their presenters: Ruth: The Woman Who Got Her Man — Evangelist Virginia Jefferson of Faith Builders Worship Center, Beckley; Esther: Crowned in a Crisis — Evangelist Sandi Milam of Heart of God Ministries, Beckley; Tamar: The Sex Scandal — Minister Wyetha Prevost of Spirit and Truth Ministries, Oak Hill; and Abigail: The Woman Who Married the Wrong Man — Minister Michelle Jenkins of House of Miracles, Beckley. Sancerria Carroll is pastor and supporter is First Lady Gloria Brown of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Carlisle. For more information, call Evangelist Virginia Brown at 304-465-1446 or 304-640-8458.
Christmas Bazaar — The Fayetteville United Methodist Church’s annual Christmas bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 beginning at 10 a.m. at the church. There will be a number of homemade arts and crafts for sale, as well as delicious food such as the group’s famous peanut brittle, soup mix, breads, cakes and cookies. There also will be a hot dog sale, and slices of homemade pie will be available as well.
Hinton High ‘50s Reunion — Hinton will be the site for Hinton High School’s all 50s reunion during Railroad Days, the weekend of Oct. 19-21. Over 300 people are expected to attend the festivities, which will conclude with a banquet at Pipestem State Park the evening of Oct. 20. If you or someone you know graduated from 1950 through 1959 and would like to attend, please call 304-466-2190 or 304-466-1783 by Oct. 5.
All-MHS Reunion — An all-Montgomery High School class reunion will be held Oct. 13 at Valley High School in Smithers, from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight. Students, teachers and guests are welcome. Cost is $5 per person.
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