While the ramps won't look like this, anyone in the area is invited to try a mess of them at Saturday's ramp dinner sponsored by the Ansted VFW from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the VFW building. The dinner will include pinto beans, cornbread, cole slaw, fried potatoes (with or without ramps), drink, and dessert. There is no fee, but donations will be accepted.


Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: special meeting for budget hearing — Tuesday, May 7, 5:30 p.m., BOE office; regular meeting — Tuesday, May 14, 6 p.m., BOE office; and regular meeting — Tuesday, May 28, 6 p.m., BOE office.

Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission meets at 9 a.m. in the county commission room in the Fayette County Courthouse, Fayetteville on the following dates: April 30, May 10, May 24, June 7, June 21, July 12, July 26, Aug. 9, Aug. 23, Sept. 11, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20. Following is the agenda for the April 30 meeting: 9 a.m. — exonerations (Eddie Young), approve vouchers and invoices, approve prior meeting minutes, approve estate settlements (Debbie Berry, county administrator); 9:30 a.m. — Hotel Motel Tax penalty discussion; 10 a.m. — annual report presentation on New River Gorge CVB (Sharon Cruikshank, director); 10:30 a.m. — part-time program administrator position hiring decision (Kelly Jo Drey, resource coordinator; 11 a.m. — purchasing procedures (elected officials and department heads; 11:30 a.m. — polling site accessibility (Alicia Treadway, voters’ registration).

Fayette Association of Retired School Employees — The Fayette Association of Retired School Employees (FARSE) regularly meets the fourth Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the conference room in the Quality Inn Whitewater Bar and Grille, Fayetteville (changes of meeting dates are made when the date interferes with a holiday weekend). The group will meet May 18 (holiday change). For more information, please contact Joel Davis, president, at 304-222-6984 or Martha Aliff, treasurer, at 304-573-1224.

New River Humane Society — The New River Humane Society meeting will be held at Elliott’s Whitewater Bar and Grill on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Oak Hill High/Collins High Alumni Association — The Oak Hill High/Collins High Alumni Association meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Fayette Institute of Technology. All alumni and friends are invited to attend.


Meet the Candidates — The Canyon Rim Rotary Club has scheduled Meet the Candidates events next month in both Fayetteville and Oak Hill in advance of the municipal elections on Tuesday, June 11. The Fayetteville event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 at 6 p.m. at the Historic Fayette Theater and the Oak Hill forum is slated for Thursday, May 23 at the Lewis Community Foundation. All candidates have been invited to address the local citizens in the non-partisan forums. In Fayetteville, councilwoman Sharon Cruikshank has filed to challenge current mayor Dennis Hanson for the town’s top post. Incumbent recorder Zenda Vance is unopposed for her seat. Current council members Lori Tabit, Okey Skidmore, and Stanley Boyd have filed to seek re-election to 4-year terms. Also seeking seats on council are Debbie Richardson, Rob Long, Gabe Pena, Mariah Ritterbush, Brian Good, Janette Woodrum and Olivia Tygrett. Five individuals are going after Oak Hill’s mayoral position, including the current mayor, a former mayor and a former county official. Mayor Fred Dickinson has filed for re-election. He is opposed by Saundra Smith, former mayor Barbara Hickman, former Fayette County circuit clerk Daniel E. Wright, and Mark Hurt. Tom Oxley, current councilman-at-large, is being challenged by Quartney Settle. Three council members will be elected from the city’s two wards. Seeking election from Ward 1 are Diana Janney, Don Williams, Christa Hodges, Missy Kidd Wilshire, Michelle Holly, Wes McDonald and Curtis G. Taylor. Janney and Wilshire are incumbents. Vying for seats from Ward 2 are Charles Smallwood, Colby Lopez, Timothy Moses, Tim Buskus, Paul Baker, Jeffrey D. Atha, Steve Hayslette, Danielle Dearing-Harris, Erin Ellis-Reid and Vicky Pizzino. Atha, Baker and Hayslette are current members of council. Terms July 1 and run through June 30, 2023.

Sobriety Checkpoint — On Friday, May 3, the West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on WV State Route 41, Broad Street, near the Pizza Hut in Summersville from 6 p.m. Friday, May 3 until 12 a.m. Saturday, May 4. The purpose of the checkpoint is to deter impaired drivers, as well as to educate the public about the dangers of driving an automobile while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. The motoring public is urged to assist the State Police in efforts to stop driving under the influence incidents by reporting impaired drivers.

White Oak Rail Trail Expo — The Rail Trail Expo now is accepting applications for the June 1 event. If you’re interested in setting up as a vendor, send a message to the White Oak Rail Trail Facebook page with your email address for an application or visit the New River Gorge Convention & Visitors Bureau on Oyler Avenue, Oak Hill, to pick one up. Vendor spots are only $20.

Harm Reduction & Recovery Program — The Fayette County Health Department hosts a harm reduction and recovery program every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at 202 Church Street, Fayetteville. Many services are offered, including STD testing, needle exchange and supplies, immunizations, wound assessment and treatment, Naloxone training, etc. If you would like to volunteer, please call 304-574-1617.

Strawberry Festival Horse and Carriage Parade — The clip-clop of hooves will echo on the streets of Buckhannon on May 11 as horse equestrian teams, carts, carriages and individual riders proceed along the 2.5-mile route for the West Virginia Strawberry Festival Horse and Carriage Parade. Set for Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m., this year’s parade expects entries from across the Mountain State as well as several out-of-state entries. To date, verbal commitments have been received from 32 carriage, wagon or cart owners. At this time, 16 West Virginia counties will be represented with carriages, wagons and carts as well as teams from Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and North Carolina. Dozens of individual horse riders will also be participating. Cash prizes totaling $3,000 will be awarded to winners in various categories along with plaques. All participants will be offered a “down-home” meal of cornbread, beans, ham, fried potatoes, applesauce and shortcake, sponsored and provided by B&L Friendly Kitchen. At noon, visitors can see a trick riding and drill show by Shadow Montag of Ohio and the Mid America Cowgirls Drill Team. The show will take place in downtown Buckhannon. Live entertainment and additional activities will take place throughout the day. For additional information on parade applications, contact Susie Sheets at 304-613-0103 or email to wildwood0103@gmail.com. Applications are also available at www.wvstrawberryfestival.com

Places to Go/Things to Do

Trout Derby — The 2nd annual Trout Derby, free for ages 3 to 14, will be held Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fayette County Park. Bring your own fishing pole and bait. Registration is open from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants are asked to register 30 minutes before the fishing time applicable for their age group: 9 to 9:45 a.m. — fishing for ages 3 to 5; 10 to 11:15 a.m. — fishing for ages 6 to 10; and 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. — fishing for ages 11 to 14. For more information, please call 304-574-1111.

Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil — There will be a Memorial Day candlelight vigil on Sunday, May 26 at 8 p.m. at Huse Memorial Park and Mausoleum, 124 Park Drive, Fayetteville. Everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair and join in the vigil.


Ramp Dinner — The Ansted VFW will host a ramp dinner on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the VFW building. The dinner will include pinto beans, cornbread, cole slaw, fried potatoes (with or without ramps), drink, and dessert. Donations will be accepted.


Health Science Summer Academy — BridgeValley CTC and Montgomery General Hospital are hosting a Health Science Summer Academy June 11-13. The academy will be held at both the Montgomery and South Charleston campuses and at Montgomery General Hospital. Students in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to apply. Students interested in health care such as becoming a lab tech, registered nurse, medical assistant or EMT will benefit from attending the academy. Learn how to apply splints, casts, wraps and bandages; put in and remove sutures and staples; set up and maintain a sterile field; use medical lab equipment; and use sonography equipment. Tuesday and Wednesday activities will take place on the Montgomery campus with some activities at Montgomery General Hospital. The Thursday events will take place on the BridgeValley South Charleston campus where students will visit the nursing simulation lab, medical laboratory technician (MLT) lab, sonography lab and EMT lab and participate in fun activities. Deadline to apply is May 3 and space is limited to 15 students. For more information, call or text Krista Wiseman at 304-421-2634 or email krista.wiseman@bridgevalley.edu.

Graduation Ceremonies — Graduation ceremonies for Fayette County Public Schools are scheduled on the following dates: Friday, May 10 — Fayetteville High, Midland Trail High and Oak Hill High; and Saturday, May 11 — Meadow Bridge High and Valley High. Times and locations will be announced.


GloryWay Quartet — The GloryWay Quartet will appear in concert Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at Lovers Leap Baptist Church, Ansted. For more information, please call 304-658-4992.

Missions Conference — A missions conference, “The World Cannot Unite the Nations; The Gospel Can,” will be held at Lookout Baptist Church Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28 with services at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Guest speaker will be Steve Leston from To Every Tribe (ToEveryTribe.org).

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