Board of Health — The Fayette County Board of Health will meet Thursday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. in the conference room of the new FCHD headquarters at 5495 Maple Lane, Fayetteville. All those interested are invited to attend.
Oak Hill City Council — The Oak Hill City Council will meet Monday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The story map link is https://arcg.is/1LDL1u. Following is the meeting’s agenda: oath of office (Christa Hodges, council member from Ward 1; administration of oath by The Honorable Senator Stephen Baldwin, D-10th District); proclamation (Steven “Butch” Whitmore); call to order; roll call (Mayor Daniel E. Wright, Tom Oxley, Diana Janney, David Perry, Christa Hodges, Steve Hayslette, Charles Smallwood Jr., Benitez Jackson); invocation led by Pastor Michael Meadows of the First Brethren Church of Oak Hill; Pledge of Allegiance led by Councilman-at-Large Tom Oxley; reading and approval of minutes; treasurer’s report; correspondence; citizens’ comments; department reports and council comments (possible action); mayoral comments; A Minute from the Minutes; unfinished business — first reading of ordinance approving submission of City of Oak Hill’s Home Rule Plan Amendment, Structural Inspection Board (SIB) recommendation (to demolish the structure located at 137 Broadway Avenue, Map 7, Parcel 116, owned by Erin Runyon), SIB recommendation (to demolish the structure located at 312 Main Street, Map 32, Parcel 499, owned by Joy Lynn Farrish), consideration to adopt a resolution for the city to demolish a structure (located at 219 Highland Avenue, Map 38, Parcel 5, owned by Damon McDowell and Deanna Lawson), consideration to adopt a resolution to lay assessment lien (on the property located at 46 Beaver Road, Map 59E, Parcel 28, owned by Joseph B. and Sharon Kelly, deceased, c/o Joseph A. Kelly Jr.), examination of demolition report (for Old Minden Road, Map 33, Parcel 127, owned by Frederick Riggins and King Moses Riggins), bid opening for demolition of residential structure (located at 1016 Summerlee Avenue, Map 16, Parcel 50, owned by Arthur J. Adkins), second reading of Planning Commission recommendation (to approve land classification from R-2 Medium Density Residential District to B-R Recreational Business District to allow RV park at 4343 Lochgelly Road), second reading of recommendation from Sanitary Board to establish maximum distance for required connection to a main sewer line, appointments (Building Commission, council vacancy on Rail Trail Committee, council vacancy on Amphitheater Committee, Beautification Committee), Crown Act Ordinance, coordinator of economic development, Veterans Memorial, vendors policy, fowl ordinance; new business — SIB recommendation to demolish structure (located at 526 Gatewood Road, Map 13, Parcel 139, owned by Property Traders), SIB recommendation to demolish structures (40 Cherry Lane, Map 7, Parcel 121, owned by Candida Kincaid Fruit; and 101 Church Street, Map 32, Parcel 416, owned by Graymill Holdings), future agenda items; next council meeting will be held Nov. 8; and adjournment.
Fayette County Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows this month: regular meeting – Tuesday, Oct. 12, 7:15 p.m., Valley PK-8, Smithers; LSIC meeting for Oak Hill Middle and Oak Hill High — Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7:15 p.m., Oak Hill High School; and regular meeting — Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m., BOE office.
Fayette County Democratic Executive Committee — The Fayette County Democratic Executive Committee meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.
CHS/OHHS Alumni Association — The Collins High School/Oak Hill High School Alumni Association holds its meetings every third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Alumni House at 103 Kelly Avenue across from city hall. Everyone is welcome to attend and join the alumni association.
WRC Fayette County Vigil — The Women’s Resource Center will host its Fayette County Vigil paying tribute to those lost over the past year to domestic violence on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 12 p.m. at the Fayette County Memorial Building.
Pumpkin Carving Contest — Oak Hill’s annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, sponsored by the Lively Family Amphitheater, registration and drop off will be Thursday, Oct. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Pumpkin House (The Lewis House) on Main Street. Winners will be announced at The Pumpkin House on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. when prizes and trophies may be picked up. Unlimited pumpkin submissions will be accepted and there is no registration fee. Please keep the top of pumpkin intact. Cut a hole in the bottom to remove the pumpkin guts so that the pumpkins may hold a light. Prizes are as follows: adult (15 and older) carved pumpkins — $100 and a trophy for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place; child (14 and younger) carved pumpkins — $25 and a trophy for first place, $15 for second place and $10 for third place; and child (8 and younger) painted pumpkins — $25 and a trophy for first place, $15 for second place and $10 for third place. For more on the event, visit https://fb.me/e/1fQWXF5kg
Shining Hope Christmas Decorating Contest — Harmony for Hope is pleased to announce its 2nd annual Shining Hope Christmas Decorating Contest for those living within Mount Hope City, annexed. The event is free to enter and you may do son online at https://harmonyforhope.org/christmaslights/. New this year will be a special award for Most Festive Street in the Annexed City of Mount Hope. This year’s prizes include: first place – $100; second place – $50; and third place – $25. Gift cards will be awarded to the houses which come in as runners-up based on the judging criteria listed at https://harmonyforhope.org/christmaslights/.
Food Pantry — The Plateau Ministerial Association’s monthly food pantry will be held Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Lewis Christian Community Center, 469 Central Avenue, Oak Hill. If you are a first-time recipient, bring with you a photo ID and written verification of income. Masks are required. The food pantry is held the fourth Wednesday of each month, except November and December when it is held the third Wednesday.
Fall Clean-up — Huse Memorial Park in Fayetteville will host its Fall Clean-up on Oct. 15. Be sure to come by prior to this date to get any decorations you have placed on a grave that you wish to save. New decorations may be placed Nov. 1. Items that are prohibited include glass, devotional lights, shepherd’s hooks, standup decorations, coping, curbing, decorative rocks, fencing, hedging, grave mounds, borders or enclosures. No decorations of any type are permitted in trees or cemetery plantings. Flags may be placed on graves on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Flag Day and Veterans Day. Flags should be kept to 12 inches by 18 inches in size or smaller. Flags are subject to removal by Huse Memorial Park Commission and the Town of Fayetteville 10 days after the holiday.
Beckley VAMC Needs Volunteers — Looking for purpose or a way to give back to your community? The Beckley VA Medical Center needs you. The Beckley VAMC needs additional volunteers to help in various roles, including helping veteran patients who are in wheelchairs get to appointments in the Medical Center and becoming Disabled American Veterans (DAV) volunteer drivers. Due to Covid-19 concerns, many of our dedicated volunteers are unable to come to the Medical Center. Volunteers push more than 120 veterans – on a light day – to appointments through the Medical Center. They average between 14,000 and 24,000 steps a day! Because of visitation restrictions, these volunteers are needed more than ever. They fill a vital role in our everyday operations, ensuring veterans arrive to the right place at the right time. They put veterans at ease and make them comfortable. More than 1,300 southern West Virginia veterans rely the DAV Drive Network program. That is more than 10 percent of Beckley VAMC’s enrolled population of veterans. More than 20,000 miles are driven a month with an average of 500 veterans, many who are rural and without other transportation, riding along. If you are interested in stepping up to be a volunteer, please contact the Voluntary Service Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-255-2121 ext. 4556. Beckley VAMC thanks the current volunteers, and hopes to welcome you soon.
Proper Disposal of Used U.S. Flags — The West Virginia Challenge Academy-South has agreed to accept damaged flags from the community and will dispose of them properly. This is a wonderful way for the cadets to serve the community and to teach proper flag protocol. There are two disposal locations. Please bring any old U.S. flags to Montgomery City Hall, 321 4th Avenue, Montgomery, or to Smithers City Hall at the Smithers Gateway Center, #2 Greyhound Lane, Smithers. Each location has a depository bin to accept tattered and damage flags, and they will be delivered to the academy for proper disposal. Mayor Greg Ingram of Montgomery and Mayor Anne Cavalier extend their joint appreciation to the WV Challenge Academy-South for this valuable and needed service to the community.
Places to Go/Things to Do
Paint and Sip — There will be a paint and sip, Spooky Starry Night, under the pavilion at The Freefolk Brewery in Fayetteville on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. Spooky Starry Night will be presented by Wild and Wonderful Paint Parties. Flatbread pizzas and craft beer will be available for purchase. All materials, including a 16x20 inch canvas and step-by-step instruction, will be provided for $35 per person. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-and-sip-at-freefolk-tickets-189351755197.
Waste Tire Collection — The Fayette County Solid Waste Authority, in conjunction with the state Department of Environmental Protection and its REAP program, will host a waste tire collection on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the old K-mart in Oak Hill. Only tires from state residents will be accepted; have your state ID ready when you sign in. A 10-tire limit per person will be enforced. Tires (only car or light truck tires accepted) must be off the rim. For more information, call 304-640-0749.
The Great Gorge Community Yard Sale — The Gaines Estate, 225 West Maple Avenue in Fayetteville, will host the Great Gorge Community Yard Sale on Saturday. Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Bridge Day weekend. Community members are invited to set up a booth for $10 on one day or $15 on both days. There will also be live music and food trucks on site. To become a vendor, email email@example.com
Pumpkin Pedal 2021 5K Fun Run — The Fayette Trail Coalition will host Wolf Creek Park’s Pumpkin Pedal 2021 5K Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Lace up your trail running shoes and join the trail group for a fun trail run to kick off the Pumpkin Pedal event. The course will be the 3.3-mile beginner-friendly Marauder Trail. Registration will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and the run will begin at 10 a.m. Cost is a $30 donation to Fayette Trail Coalition (FTC) and you will receive a water bottle and event T-shirt. Costumes are not mandatory but encouraged. Please wear a costume that allows you to move easily and see clearly. Tips: Please park at the T intersection trailhead. Please practice social distancing. Please respect other runners and trail etiquette while on the trail. After the run either stick around or come back later in the day for an adventure bike ride, trick or treat event, tacos, and a beverage. Polecat Tacos will be on site at Bridge Brew Works, longtime supporters of trail development at Wolf Creek Park, selling tacos from 1 to 8 p.m. There will be an opportunity to donate to the Fayette Trail Coalition on Oct. 30 with cash or card. Donations will go towards future trail development in Fayette County. Covid-19 statement: Please remember to practice social distancing and bring a mask. If you are feeling unwell or know you have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, the group kindly asks that you do not attend the event.
Talon Fall Foliage Celebration — Cruise across Gauley Mountain and The Talon Saturday, Oct. 16 and see the New River Gorge ablaze with fall colors. The Backroads WV merchandise trailer will be set up on the side of U.S. Route 60 right on the New River in Gauley Bridge. The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and all are welcome. Visit Talon Fall Foliage celebration event page on Facebook for more.
Pumpkin Pedal 2021 Adventure Ride — The Fayette Trail Coalition will host Wolf Creek Park’s Pumpkin Pedal 2021 Adventure Ride on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come join the trail group for a scavenger hunt type bike ride. Details: Registration will be at the checkered tent at the T. This is a team event, you must participate as a team of two riders. Team categories are men’s, women’s and co-ed. Registration opens at 11 a.m. and the ride will kick off at noon. A $5 donation is required to enter; a $10 donation for entry and a water bottle; and a $30 donation for entry, water bottle and event tee. At the start line you and a partner will be given a booklet and a map with five checkpoint locations. The fastest team in each category to punch their map at all five points and returns will earn a prize. Tips: This event will utilize all the trails at Wolf Creek Park which range from beginner to advanced mountain bike trails. Costumes are not mandatory but encouraged. Please wear a costume that allows you to move easily and see clearly. Please park at the T intersection trailhead. Please practice social distancing. Please respect other riders and trail etiquette while on the trail. After the ride. please stick around for some delicious tacos by Polecat Taco at Bridge Brew Works, longtime supporters of trail development at Wolf Creek Park, and the chance to win some fantastic raffle prizes. There also will be an opportunity to donate to the Fayette Trail Coalition on Oct. 30 with cash or card. Donations will go towards future trail development in Fayette County. Covid-19 statement: Please remember to practice social distancing and bring a mask. If you are feeling unwell or know you have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, the group kindly asks that you do not attend the event.
Pumpkin Pedal 2021 — The Fayette Trail Coalition will host Wolf Creek Park’s Pumpkin Pedal 2021 Trick or Treat Ride on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Bring the kids and join the trail group for a trick or treat bike ride. There will be trick or treating stops along the 3.3-mile beginner-friendly Marauder Trail. Costumes are not mandatory, but encouraged. Be sure to bring something to carry your candy in, but that still allows you to ride unhindered. Backpacks and fanny packs are great for this. Wear a costume that allows you to move easily and see clearly. Please park at the T intersection trailheads. Please practice social distancing and respect other riders and trail etiquette while on the trail. Donations to the trail efforts for participation are not required, but very much appreciated. There will be an opportunity to donate to the Fayette Trail Coalition with cash or card. Donations will go towards future trail development in Fayette County. Polecat Tacos will be at Bridge Brew Works, longtime supporters of trail efforts at Wolf Creek Park, selling tacos, so stop by if you aren’t full from all the candy. Please remember to practice social distancing and bring a mask. If you are feeling unwell or know you have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, you are kindly requested not to attend the event.
Paint & Sip at Fat Eddie’s — Come paint the New River Gorge Bridge at Fat Eddie’s by the Summersville Dam on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is offered by Fat Eddie’s and Wild & Wonderful Paint Parties. All participants will receive 15 percent off their food and drink order. The class will run about 2 hours and all materials and step-by-step instruction is provided. The class will be outside, so dress for the weather. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-sip-the-new-river-gorge-bridge-at-fat-eddies-tickets-178401653147
Fayette County Public Library — The Fayette County Public Library has released its branches’ schedule of events for October. All branches will have grab and go craft bags for the kids. Also, all branches will be closed for Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 11 and for training on Thursday, Oct. 14. Scheduled events are listed alphabetically by designation. Patrons are asked to call to register for all programs or to make an appointment and for times. Ansted (FA, 102 Oak Street, Ansted, 304-658-5472) — Knex/Lego (Saturdays, Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10 a.m.), monster movie (Tuesdays, Oct. 12, 19 and 26, 6 p.m.) and storytime (Thursdays, Oct. 7, 21 and 29, 3:30 p.m.). Meadow Bridge (FB, 53 Montrado Street, Meadow Bridge, 304-484-7942) — Halloween crafting (Monday, Oct. 18 and Wednesday, Oct. 13, all day), adult coloring (Thursday, Oct. 7, all day), tell scary stories in the dark (Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.), Girl Scouts (Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.), Halloween tie dyeing (bring your own shirt, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m.), Halloween Bingo (Thursday, Oct. 21, all day), pumpkin painting (registration required, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 4 p.m.) and wear your costume (Thursday, Oct. 21, all day). Fayetteville (FF, 200 West Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, 304-574-0070) — storytime (Wednesdays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, 10:30 a.m.), Lego Club (Saturday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m.), family game time (Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.), Kitchen Witchery (Monday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m.), pumpkin painting (Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.) and Halloween craft (Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.). Mount Hope (FH, 500 Main Street, Mount Hope, 304-877-3260) — Little Learners storytime (Fridays, Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10 a.m.), Power of Play for ages 1-5 (Fridays, Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 1 p.m.), family movie (Fridays, Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2 p.m.), Dollar Decorations (Mondays, Oct. 18 and 25, 11 a.m.), craft afternoons (Tuesdays, Oct. 12, 19 and 26, 1 p.m.), Bullet Journaling (Tuesday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.), wreath making (Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m.), Libratory-Teens (Thursdays, Oct. 7 and 21, 4 p.m.), Lego/Knex (Thursdays, Oct. 7, 21 and 28, all day), adult book club (Tuesday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.), adult canvas painting (Monday, Oct. 18, 2 p.m.), pumpkin painting (Wednesday, Oct. 27, 12 p.m.) and family game time (Thursday, Oct. 28, 4 p.m.). Montgomery (FM, 507 Ferry Street, Montgomery, 304-442-5665) — adult coloring club (Fridays, Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 3 p.m.), storytime (Wednesdays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, 5 p.m.), adult book club (Thursday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m.), Lego/Knex (Thursdays, Oct. 7, 21 and 28, all day), Lollipop Ghosts (Friday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m.), pumpkin painting (Friday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m.) and movie night (Ghostbusters, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 5 p.m.). Oak Hill (FO, 611 Main Street, Oak Hill, 304-469-9890) — scavenger hunt (all month), storytime (Thursdays, Oct. 7, 21 and 28, 11 a.m.), lapsit (Tuesdays, Oct. 12 and 26, 11 a.m.), Medicare counselor (Tuesday, Oct. 12), Mixed Minds Book Club (Tuesday, Oct. 12, 5 p.m.), NYMBC/YARG (Thursday, Oct. 21, 5 p.m.) and Halloween Party Movie (1-7, registration required, Thursday, Oct. 28). Bookmobile (FP, 531 Summit Street, Oak Hill, 304-465-5664) — Week 1 (Oct. 1, Oct. 12 to Oct. 15 and Oct. 25 to Oct. 30) and Week 2 (Oct. 4 to 8 and Oct. 18 to Oct. 22).
WVU Extension Service Book Club — The West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service (WVCEOS) holds a virtual book club discussion on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. To join the Zoom discussion, visit https://wvu.zoom.us/j/97316133152?fbclid=IwAR19x7Nvm0XVIh8ai6N-QwVVVZv2dAi6daQyAUcdsQuWIHt_Vw309tQT9Vg#success, dial in by cell phone at 1-646-558-8656 or dial in by landline toll-free in the U.S. at 877-853-5257. The meeting ID is 973 1613 3152. Following is the remainder of the year’s scheduled book topics: Oct. 12 — The Refuge by Ann Gabhart; Oct. 26 — The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede; Nov. 9 — Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore; and Nov. 23 — Where Hope Begins by Catherine West.
Bingo! — The Ansted Hometown Heritage Festival will host a night of Bingo! on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Midland Trail Community Center. All proceeds will go toward the Midland Trail Community Center and the Ansted Hometown Festival. There will be lots of fun, games and prizes.
Judgement Day Drama — The Daystar Worship Center in Mount Hope will host “Heaven’s Gate or Hell’s Flames,” a Judgement Day drama, on Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. each evening. Pastor Larry Humphrey and the congregation invite everyone to attend. The church is located at 511 Kilsyth Road, Mount Hope.
Mountain View Anniversary — The Mountain View Church of God at 2 Mountain View Road, Oak Hill, will celebrate 40 years of ministry in its current location on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Those in attendance will enjoy the ministry of Fields of Grace, as well as a dinner during which memories will be relived and give-aways will be conducted.