Meetings

Fayette County Board of Health — The Fayette County Board of Health will meet Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. at the FCHD, 202 Church Street, Fayetteville. All interested persons are urged to attend.

Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. in the county commission room in the Fayette County Courthouse, Fayetteville on the following dates: Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.

Fayette County Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 8 a.m. in the BOE office at Fayetteville for a regular meeting; Friday, Sept. 27, BOE office, 8:30 a.m., special meeting for work session; and regular meetings on Tuesdays, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. each evening at the BOE office.

Montgomery City Council — The Montgomery City Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in council chambers at city hall.

Montgomery Historical Committee — The Montgomery Historical Committee meets the second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at Upper Kanawha Valley Technology Community Building, 326 Third Avenue, Montgomery. The public is invited to attend.

Montgomery Area Lions Club — The Montgomery Area Lions Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Upper Kanawha Valley Technology Community Building, 326 Third Avenue, Montgomery, beginning at 6 p.m. Prior to the meeting, members are invited to gather at Gino’s at 5:15 p.m. for dinner. New members are always welcome.

Kanawha Valley Coin Club — The Kanawha Valley Coin Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at the South Charleston Library, 312 4th Avenue, South Charleston, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend the meetings. For more information about the upcoming coin show or club meetings, you can call 304-727-4062 or visit the website at http://www.kvcc.eznetway.com/charleston/php

Gauley River PSD — The Gauley River Public Service District meets the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the office at 29 S. Swiss Road, Swiss.

Morris Creek Watershed Association — The Morris Creek Watershed Association’s monthly meeting is the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the watershed office located at 328 Morris Drive, Montgomery.

Announcements

Vendors Wanted — There will be a Halloween Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 4 p.m. until midnight at Hawks Nest State Park. Vendor spaces are 8x10 and vendors should bring their own canopy, tables, chairs, etc. They are requested to decorate their spaces with a Halloween them and may also pass out candy if desired. For more information, or to register as a vendor, contact Kid Quest at 304-640-6776.

34th Pratt Fall Festival — The 34th annual Pratt Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The festival parade begins at 10 a.m. There will be live entertainment and vendor booths, as well as lots of great food, crafts, activities for kids (some free), and family fun. Openings are available for vendors and for participation in the parade. For vendor information, please call 304-444-2487. For parade participation, please call 304-444-2487. You also may email Prattfallfest@gmail.com

Waste Tire Collection — The Fayette County Solid Waste Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection’s REAP program sponsor a waste tire collection the third Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Walmart off Route 19 at Fayetteville. Collection dates (as weather permits) through the end of the year are Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. Only tires from state residents will be accepted, so please have your West Virginia ID ready at sign in. A 10-tire limit per person will be enforced. Tires (only car or light truck tires, 16 inches or less) must be off the rim. For more information, call 304-574-4339.

VA in Need of Volunteer Drivers — The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance is looking for individuals to volunteer one day a month to transport veterans to medical appointments for the Veteran Transportation Network. This program is designed to ensure that veterans without transportation have access to the health care they need. It is free to the veterans. Anyone wishing to volunteer to become a driver of veterans should contact the Voluntary Service Office at the Beckley VA Medical Center: 304-255-2121 ext. 4162 or 4556.

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.

Food Pantry — The North Fayette Food Pantry is operating a food pantry on the third Wednesday of each month for two hours, from 10 a.m. to noon, providing free USDA commodities to those who qualify, located at 5407 Midland Trail, Falls View, in accordance with federal and USDA policy. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

East Bank High School Alumni Association — The East Bank High School Alumni Association annually presents the Dana and Ethel Ervin Scholarships to deserving graduates of Riverside High School. For more information, or to support the fund, please contact President Bill James at 304-389-7251, Hope Stanley at 304-949-2931 or Nancy Pat Maloney at 304-595-1040.

Places to Go/Things to Do

Izzy’s Memorial Walk — Izzy’s Memorial Walk, 5K Run and Softball Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Fayetteville Town Park. Entry fees are $25 for the walk, $30 for the run and $125 for a co-ed softball team. Shirts will also be available for purchase for $20. All money collected will go to benefit two local families who have children suffering from life-threatening diseases. For more information, visit the Izzy’s Walk and 5K Run Facebook page.

Terri’s Tribute Blood Drive — Terri’s Tribute has announced the 2019 memorial blood drive will be Nov. 9 at the Lewis Center in Oak Hill. Please make plans to join the group and give blood so others may live. Terri’s Tribute is an organization dedicated to help those struggling with cancer and to raise funds for scholarships of local children who have lost a parent to cancer. The group originally was organized in support of the late Terri Massey. October 29 will mark 10 years since Massey’s passing and the blood drives have allowed her friends and supporters to help many many patients in her honor.

Fall Youth Festival — The annual free fall youth festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 29 from 4 p.m. until dark at the Fayetteville Town Park. Among the activities planned are the following: inflatables, a petting zoo, children’s games, teen games, face painting, an obstacle course, laser tag, a hay ride and a dunking booth. Music will be provided by WQTZ 106.9 Spirit Radio and a fire truck and the West Virginia State Police Command Center will be on hand. There will be guest speakers, free food, door prizes (a bicycle and an Xbox), free T-shirts and fireworks at the end of the evening.

Senior Luncheons — The Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA hosts senior luncheons the second Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. All senior citizens are invited to attend. Please bring a covered dish.

Montgomery Fall Festival — The annual Montgomery Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. There will be a car show, children’s activities and live music. For more information, call 304-442-5181.

Paint Creek Bike Ride — The 5th annual Paint Creek Bike Ride will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 beginning at 10 a.m. The ride is held in conjunction with the Town of Pratt’s annual Fall Festival. Riders may choose between trips from Pratt to Mahan and back (30 miles) or to Pax and back (60 miles). Entry fee is $30 in advance (includes a commorative T-shirt) or $40 the day of the event. For more bike ride info, call 304-419-1891, email dyannivey@gmail.com or visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2903527439871946/.

Square Dance — The Montgomery Hoedown Square Dance, featuring live music and a caller, will be held Sunday, Oct. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. For more, see https://www.montgomery-herald.com/news/watershed-group-to-host-square-dance/article_a251feb8-ca80-11e9-96c9-f351d5ae3a11.html

Oktoberfest Flower Show — All are welcome to visit a Horticulture Specialty Flower Show entitled “Oktoberfest” presented by the Woodland Oaks Gardeners on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the Historic Lewis House, 214 Main Street, Oak Hill. Admission is free. If you’re interested in gardening please join the group. The monthly meeting will be held Oct. 2 from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at the Lewis House during the Horticulture Specialty Flower Show. All are welcomed.

Deer Hunting/Trapping Seminar — There will be a free deer hunting/trapping seminar Saturday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Ansted Baptist Church. Guest speaker will be Bob Friend of Bass and Buck Shop in Summersville. Everyone is welcome.

Shamrock Shindig Fall Ride — The Shamrock Shindig Fall Ride will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 beginning at The Tractor Bar in Mount Nebo. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the ride starts at 10 a.m. The ride through scenic Nicholas County has an entry fee of $20 which includes a poker hand, the ride fee and lunch at the end of the ride. All proceeds will benefit the Mount Nebo St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Inc. Other activities include T-shirt sales, a 50/50 and raffle. All riders must pay the ride fee regardless of age and riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet according to West Virginia State Law. For more information, please contact Mike Sales at 304-619-9644 or Jon Ceslovnik at 304-610-2195.

Psyched on Bikes Series — Throughout September, Active Southern West Virginia is hosting the Psyched on Bikes Series in the area. Following are the scheduled events: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m., Stone Cliff Trail; and Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m., Cunard Trail TBD. For more, visit www.activeswv.com.

Free Community Luncheon — The UKVSAC and the Booker T. Washington Community Center host a free community luncheon the third Tuesday of each month (no luncheon in November) at the community center, 24 Wyatt Street, London. Everyone is invited for free food and drinks. For more information, please call 304-389-0934.

Chair Yoga — There will be a chair yoga class each Monday and Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m. at the Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA in Montgomery. The class is free for YMCA members.

Gauley Bridge Walking Group — People of all ages, abilities, and residences are welcome to join Community Captain Darla Keenan for a free walking group each weekday morning at 7 a.m. at the Ruby Winebrenner Community Center (former Gauley Bridge High School). For more about Active SWV programs, visit https://activeswv.org/ and click on the Events Calendar.

UKV Walking Group — Join the UKV Walking Group every Monday at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. at the YMCA in Montgomery to walk a mile with the group. Community captains Jo Harris and Joyce Surbaugh will lead this weekly walking group to help provide a free opportunity in their community to be active. This is a beginner-friendly weekly walking group sponsored by Active Southern West Virginia that everyone is welcome to join. For more about Active SWV programs, visit https://activeswv.org/ and click on the Events Calendar.

Fundraisers

Hot Dog Sales — The Sims Memorial United Methodist Church will host hot dog sales beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 21 and 28 at the church in Swiss. The menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers, homemade BBQ, pinto beans, cornbread, Mexican cornbread, potato salad, macaroni salad, pop, water and desserts. For a price list, see the church’s Facebook page.

Apple Butter — Members of the Swiss Missionary Baptist Church will make and sell apple butter on Saturday, Sept. 28. The church is located 10 miles east of Gauley Bridge on W.Va. 39. All proceeds will go toward the church’s building project.

MTHS Scoreboard Fundraiser — The Town of Ansted is raffling off a gift certificate to Adventures on the Gorge as a fundraiser to help Midland Trail High School replace its football scoreboard. The gift certificate is valid for the winner’s choice of one of the following adventures for two people: the Lower New River whitewater trip, Tree Tops Zip Line Canopy Tour, or Timbertrek Adventure Park. Tickets are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5 and are available for purchase at Town Hall. The drawing will be held Sept. 30 at 3:30 p.m. via Facebook Live.

Church

Gospel Sing — There will be a gospel sing Saturday, Sept. 28 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Christian Revival Center, Robson. Featured will be 10 or more singers and/or groups from Fayette County.

Reunions

GBHS Class of 1989 — The Gauley Bridge High School Class of 1989 will hold its 30-year reunion Saturday, Oct. 5 in the Riverview Dining Hall at the Historic Glen Ferris Inn from 5 to 10 p.m. The menu will include prime rib, salmon, chicken buffet with dessert. Cost is $47.88 per person (tax and gratuity included). There will be a cash bar with beer and wine only.

Montgomery High School All Class Reunion — The MHS All Class reunion will be held Sept. 21 at Valley PK-8 School in Smithers from 6 until 11 p.m. The cost is still only $5 per person and all classmates, teachers and guests are welcome. This will be the 16th reunion and all classmates are encouraged to try to attend. It’s a great night for friends, memories and old gold music, and just seeing one another and having great memories together. Hope to see you and Go Greyhounds.

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