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: Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20. Following is the agenda for the Oct. 11 meeting: 9 a.m. — Pledge of Allegiance (Sheriff Mike Fridley), exonerations (Assessor Eddie Young), approve vouchers and invoices, approve first half payroll, approve prior meeting minutes, approve estate settlements (Debbie Berry, county administrator); 9:15 a.m. — Brian Sparks, WVU Extension, introduces new employees Noelle Mitchell and Jeff Davis; 9:30 a.m. — Sen. Stephen Baldwin, county outreach; 10 a.m. — Matt Ford, proposal for Meadow River Rail Trail; 10:20 a.m. — break; 10:30 a.m. — Jeff Proctor re: invoice for URA Broadband Project; 11 a.m. — Brad Wolfe, re: Wolf Creek Park issues and FOIA request; 11:30 a.m. — Greg Puckett and Diane Callison, FRN, re: teen court; 12 p.m.: decision of date for levy election; 12:20 p.m. — break; 12:30 p.m. — Hannah Saunders and Renee Harper re: Workforce WV form clarification; 12:45 p.m. — Renee Harper re: Fayette County Park credit card processing through FCNB; 1 p.m. — John Stump re: Oak Hill TIF District Resolution: “To consider and act upon a Resolution regarding the setting of a public hearing date with respect to the proposed creation of a Tax Increment Financing District in Fayette County to be designated “The County Commission of Fayette County Development District No. 2” (the “TIF District”) within the City of Oak Hill, the adoption of “The City of Oak Hill Project” project plan, and approving the form of public hearing notice to be published in connection with the same and matters relating thereto.”
Fayette County Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. 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.
Trunk or Treat — The Town of Gauley Bridge will host Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. on Main Street in front of Fashionaire. There will be costume judging, games, music and prizes.
Trick or Treat — Gauley Bridge and the community of Jodie will hold Halloween trick or treat hours from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 for those aged 13 and under.
Christmas Market Vendors Wanted — The City of Smithers and Fish Insurance Group will host the annual Christmas market again this year. The market is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Valley PK-8 (former Valley High School). Vendors and food vendors interested in participating should send a message to the event host from the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/454648791808600/. There will be shopping, food and drinks, entertainment, prize drawings and Santa will be on hand with a gift for kids. Table rental is $20 with an additional $5 charge if power is needed. All proceeds will benefit the Fayette Starting Points Resource Pantry.
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 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
Booker T. Washington Community Center — The Booker T. Washington Community Center will have its annual harvest festival on Oct. 12 beginning at 9 a.m. and running until 3 p.m. There will be food, music and crafts available. Table rentals are $15 each. For more information, call 304-356-7004 or visit www.ukvsac-btwcc.org. The monthly third Tuesday free community luncheon will be held in London on Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The center's annual haunted house will be conducted on Oct. 18 and 19 and again on Oct. 25 and 26 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 304-356-7004.
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.
Group Hike — Active Southern West Virginia will host a group hike along the Cliffside Trail at Hawks Nest State Park on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4:30 p.m.
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.
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 email@example.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
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.
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.
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.
Spaghetti Dinner — There will be a spaghetti dinner Sunday, Oct. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Catholic Church Ed Building in Montgomery. Menu is spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, drink and dessert for $11. Carry out and eat in.
BBQ Sale — The Fraternal Order of Eagles Montgomery #1040 Auxiliary will have another BBQ sale at the Eagles Building, 408 Ferry Street, Montgomery, on Friday, Oct. 11 starting at 11 am. until sold out. BBQs are $4 each. Desserts will also be available. The auxiliary’s charity for October is Make a Wish. To place an order, call 304-442-8151.
Revival — The Jodie Missionary Baptist Church will hold a revival Oct. 14 to 18 at 7 p.m. each evening. Preaching will be Brother Mike Long. There will be special singing nightly. Pastor is Brother Daniel Sears. Everyone is welcome to attend.