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 has released its schedule of meetings for 2019. All meetings are held at 9 a.m. in the county commission room in the Fayette County Courthouse, Fayetteville. The commission will meet April 26, 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.
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 on April 27 (only if needed for back-up date) and 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.
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.
Community Cleanup — A community cleanup will be held Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the Fayette County Memorial Building parking lot. Items accepted include washers, dryers, dishwashers, water heaters, heat pumps, furnaces, all metal items, lawn mowers, old play equipment, furniture, conventional and microwave ovens, ranges and stoves, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators and freezers (freon removed). Items that will not be accepted include paints, tires, household chemicals, used oils or electronics. For more information, contact Bill Lanham, Fayetteville superintendent, at 304-574-0101.
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 email@example.com. Applications are also available at www.wvstrawberryfestival.com
Places to Go/Things to Do
Oak Hill Earth Day — Destination: Downtown Oak Hill will sponsor Oak Hill Earth Day 2019: A Make it Shine citywide cleanup on Saturday, April 20. Litter sweeps will run from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., with kids activities from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Scavenger hunt forms can be turned in from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and cleanup winners will be decided at noon. Come to the White Oak Depot on the rail trail to get started. Volunteers also are welcome to take part in a trail building event with the New River Gorge Trail Alliance at Needleseye Park.
Jerill Vance Fine Woodworks Gallery Show — BridgeValley The GRID is hosting a show featuring the fine woodworks of Jerill Vance, the owner/producer of the Appalachian Heritage Woodshop which airs on WVPBS, through April 24. Several of the pieces in the show are from Season 1 of the show and a few pieces will be part of Season 2, airing in the fall. Vance enjoys creating furniture in the American Country or Colonial styles along with researching the history of these pieces. He works with native hardwoods, cherry, maple, walnut, poplar, oak and ash. Vance earned his Associate Degree in Fine Woodworking at New River Community College. He a member of Mountaineer Wood Turners and the Valley Woodworkers of WV. The show runs through April 24, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment by calling 304-734-6700 or 304-734-6710.
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.
Needleseye Park Earth Day Trail Work — The New River Gorge Trail Alliance and Destination: Downtown Oak Hill will host an Earth Day trail work session at Needleseye Park in Oak Hill on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Work will consist of brushing/clearing trails, tread work, bench work, and rock work. Come out for Earth Day and donate some of your time to give back to your community. Come and go as you please. Take a break and go for a ride, hike or bring your bouldering pads and shoes and experience what Needleseye Park has to offer. Please bring water and snacks for yourself. Wear appropriate footwear (closed toe shoes) and dress appropriately for the weather.
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.
Hot Dog Sale — The Oak Leaf Festival Committee will host a hot dog fundraiser on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fayetteville Walmart.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Savior Who Wouldn’t Quit — Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville invites everyone to take part in Easter Sunday services. A sunrise service is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. followed by breakfast. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. with classes for all ages, following by morning worship at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jim Mitchell.
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).