Meetings

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 Nov. 17 (changed because of holiday), March 23, 2019, 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.

Fayette County Commission — Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet at follows for 2018: Sept. 28; Oct. 12 and 19; Nov. 13 (canvass) and 30; and Dec. 7 and 21.

KFPSD — The regular board meeting of the Kanawha Falls Public Service District is the second Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. at the office in Gauley Bridge. The public is invited to attend.

Gauley Bridge — The Gauley Bridge Town Council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. Council meets on the second Tuesday at Town Hall and on the fourth Tuesday at the Community Center (old GBHS). The town committee meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Community Center. For more information, call 304-993-1914.

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/

New River Humane Society — The New River Humane Society meeting will be held at Los Vaqueros on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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

Blood Drive — There will be a blood drive conducted by the American Red Cross on Sept. 26 in the Davis Hall lobby of BridgeValley CTC. The drive will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Davis Hall is located at 619 Second Avenue, Montgomery.  To schedule an appointment, please contact the Red Cross at redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED CROSS or contact Jeanne Smith, drive coordinator, at jeanne.smith@bridgegvalley.edu or 304-734-6617.

Supreme Court Candidate Forums — The West Virginia Bar Association will host two Supreme Court candidate forums next month at the Culture Center in Charleston. The first forum, set Monday, Oct. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature candidates for Division 1. Candidates confirmed to appear are Harry C. “Bo” Bruner Jr. of Kanawha County, Hiram “Buck” Lewis IV of Clay County, Joanna I. Tabit of Kanawha County, Chris Wilkes of Berkeley County and Jeff C. Woods of Kanawha County. The second forum will be Thursday, Oct. 18. Confirmed Division 2 candidates are Jim Douglas of Kanawha County, Robert J. Frank of Greenbrier County, Jeffrey Kessler of Marshall County, Brenden D. Long of Putnam County, William Schwartz of Kanawha County, Marty “Redshoes” Sheehan of Ohio County, Dennise Renee Smith of Kanawha County and William Stewart Thompson of Boone County. The candidate forum will run from 6 to 8 p.m. with a networking reception following from 8 to 9 p.m. Tickets include access to the event plus adult beverages and hors d’oeuvres at the reception. To register for the Division 1 session, visit the event site at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efosswsf7fd45263&llr=5rzfel6ab. For registration for the Division 2 session, visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efpakhjq1ce3d092&llr=5rzfel6ab. For more information, contact Tessa White at the Bar Association, 304-545-6180 or director@wvbarassociation.org.

Legal Aid Hotline — Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) has created a designated hotline for West Virginia residents on public benefits whose benefits may be reduced or eliminated because of the water settlement payments from the 2014 chemical spill at 1-877-331-4259. Settlement checks were mailed out on Friday, Sept. 14 to individuals who filed “simple residential claims” and should arrive in the next few days. Some individuals who received settlement payments also get public benefits from the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) or get SSI. Examples of benefits are SNAP (also called food stamps), WV WORKS (also called TANF), Medicaid, CHIP, and Supplemental Security Income (also called SSI). Legal Aid of West Virginia has created information on how to avoid benefits penalties, which can be found at www.lawv.net/WaterSettlementBenefits. Those who have additional benefits questions or have problems reporting the payment should call 1-877-331-4259 to speak with LAWV staff.

Volunteers Needed — Fayette County’s chapter of Read Aloud West Virginia, a program with a goal to make reading fun, is currently seeking reading volunteers. According to Read Aloud officials, the goal is to place a volunteer reader in each one of the elementary schools throughout the county weekly. To that end, and for those interested in becoming a reading volunteer, an orientation will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, at Sunday Road Baptist Church, located at 216 Sunday Road in Hico. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at approximately 1 p.m. Those who plan to attend the orientation should contact the Read Aloud office at 304-345-5212 or email mhoyer@readaloudwestvirginia.org.

33rd Annual Pratt Fall Festival — The 33rd annual Pratt Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The parade will start at 10 a.m. There will be live entertainment and vendor booths, lots of great food, crafts and activities for kids, including some that are free, and family fun! Openings are now available for vendors. Please call 304-444-2487. For parade participation, please call 304-444-2487 or email Prattfallfest@gmail.com.

Need Medicare Help? — Ernestine Post, SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) counselor from Braxton County Senior Citizens Center, will be at the Senior Nutrition Site in Oak Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 9; Thursday, Oct. 18 and Thursday, Oct. 25 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. If you have any questions about your Medicare benefits, to sign up for Medicare or to see if you qualify for extra help with your prescription drugs, please stop by to see her or call 304-765-4091 to schedule an appointment. Open enrollment begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 5. Please let her help you see if your drug plan will raise or if all of your medications will be covered for 2019.

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

Veterans Day Memorial Service — In honor of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the Shrewsbury Community Church will host a Veterans Day Memorial Service on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. All local veterans, and those who wish to honor them, are invited to attend. On hand for the service will be Major General (Retired) Allen Tackett, the West Virginia Army National Guard Honor Guard and rifle team and chaplain LTC Michael Allen.

Montgomery Fall Festival — The Montgomery Fall Festival will unfold on Sept. 29. The festival will feature a car and truck show, children's activities, live entertainment and food vendors and crafts. It will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A schedule is as follows: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Classic car and truck show; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Inflatables and kids games; 11:30 to 1 p.m. — Cameron Boggs; 12:30 to 2 p.m. — Colton Pack; 2:30 to 4 p.m. — 4/40 - Rock and roll; 4:30 to 6 p.m. — Willie D & No Regrets; 6:30 to 8 p.m. — Joanna Young Band; and 8 p.m. — Theater of St. Albans will perform "Romeo and Juliet" at the Park at 5th and Lee Street. As a fundraiser for the Montgomery Beautification Committee, a basketball autographed by WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins will be raffled in conjunction with the festival. Tickets are on sale now at Montgomery City Hall. They are $2 each or three for $5. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. during the festival. You need not be present to win. For more information on any of the festival events, contact city hall at 304-442-5181.

Gauley Bridge Town Celebration — The Town of Gauley Bridge's 40th annual celebration will be staged Friday to Sunday, Sept. 28-30. Slated activities include the following. Friday, Sept. 28: 4 to 7 p.m. — Corn hole. Boards will be set up for anyone who wants to play; 5 to 8 p.m. — Bingo. Must be 18 to play; 8 p.m. — Movie night. Movie will start at 8 p.m. on New River Campground stage. Saturday, Sept. 29: 9 a.m. — Walk/run at visitor center; 12 to 3 p.m. — Bingo. You must be 18 to play; 1 to 8 p.m. — Vendors. Arts and crafts, specialty foods and shopping; 1 to 6 p.m. — Kids games, Dunk a Cop, Plinko and more; 3 to 7 p.m. — Car show; 3 to 6 p.m. — Music with Keith Butcher and Kalob Byers; 6 p.m. — Kayak raffle; 6 to 8 p.m. — Music with Lu Lu; 9 p.m. — Fireworks begin. If fireworks are postponed by rain, they will be set off at 9 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday, Sept. 30: 10 to 10:30 a.m. — Kayak race registration; 11 a.m. — Kayak race; 2 to 6 p.m. — Gospel sing; 3 p.m. — Kayak float trip from Belva to Gauley Bridge. Start location is across the tracks from Brown's Service Station. Vendors will include: Paul Washington (sno-cones), Perry's Peak Honey (fresh produce/honey), Kettle Corn, Pampering Products, Cute and Cuddley Creations, Bag Carte, Sixth Sense, Dem Brothers (BBQ), Appalachian Coffee, Jessie Hill, Charlie Black (concessions), NAPA, Soccer Team, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Gauley Bridge Baptist Church, RMLA Creations, Jan-Care, Tupperware, 31, Cindy McGraw, Ashley Lane (Thrive), Daniel's Vineyard, Buffalo Creek and Gauley Railroad, Elliott Pritt, Susie Jenkins-Worley and WV Black Knights Youth Sports Club. Call town hall at 304-632-2505 for more details.

Trump Train Dinner — The Fayette County Republican Party will host the county Trump Train Dinner at the Lewis Community Center in Oak Hill on Thursday, Sept. 27. A meet and greet is set for 5 p.m., with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Guest speaker will be Gov. Jim Justice. Federal, state and local candidates will be on hand. Tickets are $25 each and will be available at the door. To purchase a ticket in advance, please call Austin Haynes at 304-640-5080.

4th Annual Paint Creek Bike Ride — The 4th annual Paint Creek Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 in conjunction with the 33rd annual Pratt Fall Festival. Ride from Pratt to Mahan and back (30 miles) or to Pax and back (60 miles). The fee is $30 in advance, $40 on the day of the ride and includes a commemorative shirt. For bike ride info, call 304-419-1891 or email dyannivey@gmail.com.

Fall Youth Festival — The annual fall youth festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 30 from 4 p.m. until dark at the Fayetteville Town Park. The day is packed with games, events, displays, performances and more and there is no charge. There will be free food, door prizes (including an X-Box), inflatables, a petting zoo, music from WQTZ 106.9 Spirit Radio, children’s games, teen games, face painting, drama team, a hay ride, guest speakers, laser tag and more. On display will be a fire truck, police cruiser, a helicopter and the West Virginia State Police Mobile Command Center. At dark, there will be a fireworks display. The event is sponsored by the Fayetteville Ministerial Association, its churches, and other churches and Christian organizations in Fayette County, along with several local businesses. Everyone is invited to attend this fun, free family gathering.

Fundraisers

Jewelry Sale — There will be an inDesign $6 fashion jewelry fundraising sale on Monday, Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Montgomery General Hospital in the main lobby. There will be jewelry, gifts, apparel and handbags for sale. The event is sponsored by the MGH Auxiliary. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.

Homemade Apple Butter — Homemade apple butter, along with hot food, will be made and sold on Saturday, Oct. 13 beginning at 12 noon at the Swiss Missionary Baptist Church on Route 39 in Swiss.

Church

Music Convention — The Paint Creek #1 Music Convention will meet at the First Baptist Church in London on the fifth Sunday, Sept. 30. The convention will be joining with the Mount Olivet Convention of Charleston. Guest singers invited include the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus, the Brown Singers, the Chesapeake Baptist Church Choir, the Wings of Mercy from the First Baptist Church of Kimberly, the Walker Brother and various groups from Charleston. Dinner will be served around 1:30 p.m.

Special Service — The Alta First Church of God will hold a special service Sunday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. There will be singing by Living For Him and preaching by Brother Charles Hardy. Pastor Paul E. Young and the congregation invite everyone to attend.

Ordination Service — Swiss Missionary Baptist Church will hold a deacon ordination ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. All local churches are invited to send representatives to join in the dedication.

Fifth Sunday Gospel Sing — The Evans Family Trio from Tad will sing at the Swiss Missionary Baptist Church in Swiss on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.

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