Bridge Day Commission — The Bridge Day Commission will meet Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m. You can join the meeting at Fayetteville Town Hall or you can join via Zoom. The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84681876989?pwd=UlJqSE9adXVBRUwzUFVvZVpKUFAzQT09. The meeting ID is 846 8187 6989 and the passcode is 216005. Masks are required if you attend in person. Meetings also are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 and Oct. 13. Following is the meeting’s agenda: call to order, minutes from Sept. 12, Chamber office update, BASE, rappel, vendors, revisit discussion and vote on Bridge Day 2021, round the room, adjourn.
Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: regular meeting — Monday, Sept. 27, BOE office, 5:30 p.m. Attached is the BOE agenda.
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.
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.
Terri Massey Blood Drive — The Terri Massey Memorial Blood Drive will be held Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Lewis Center in Oak Hill. Blood supply is critically low right now; all types are needed. For an appointment between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., please text or call Dana Treadway at 304-663-2410.
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.
Bookmobile Available for Site Visits — The Fayette County Public Library is looking for businesses or groups that would be interested in having a visit from the Bookmobile. The Bookmobile can visit weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or whatever suits your group’s needs. The Bookmobile has a wide variety of items and if you need something in particular or an author you like officials can arrange for it to be onboard. Everyone is invited to visit the bookmobile to see what it has to offer. If you are interested in a visit from the Fayette County Bookmobile, please call 304-465-5664 to discuss scheduling.
Places to Go/Things to Do
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 yhr 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.
Spooky Ghost Acrylic Pour Painting — Brushes and Booze will host Spooky Ghost Acrylic Pour Painting on Friday, Oct. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Venue, 527 Jones Avenue, Oak Hill. Participants will paint a 16-inch wooden cutout of a ghost. There will be multiple colors from which to choose, although three to four colors are recommended for the pour. All painting supplies are provided, but you may wish to bring an apron. Bring your own snack and beverage to enjoy. Cost is $35 per person (cash or check payable to Kathleen Lively) or $37 (PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
Montgomery Fall Festival — The Montgomery Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 23 from 12 to 4 p.m. There will be live music, a cruise in, bounce houses, face painting, pumpkin painting and more. Vendors are welcome and can contact City Hall at 304-442-5181 for more information. The City of Montgomery will serve free chili to all who come out and join in the fun.
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. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10 a.m.), monster movie (Tuesdays, Oct. 5, 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 (Mondays, Oct. 3 and 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) — adult coloring (Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.), movie night (Monday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m.), storytime (Wednesdays, Oct. 6, 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. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10 a.m.), Power of Play for ages 1-5 (Fridays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 1 p.m.), family movie (Fridays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2 p.m.), Dollar Decorations (Mondays, Oct. 4, 18 and 25, 11 a.m.), craft afternoons (Tuesdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 1 p.m.), Bullet Journaling (Tuesdays, Oct. 5 and 19, 10 a.m.), wreath making (Wednesdays, Oct. 6 and 20, 1 p.m.), Science Stories for ages 3-6 (Wednesday, Oct. 6, 10 a.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. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 3 p.m.), Candy Corn Guess (Monday, Oct. 4), storytime (Wednesdays, Oct. 6, 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.
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.
2nd Infantry Division — The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and the 99th annual reunion in Kansas City, Missouri from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, visit the website at www.2ida.org or contact Bob Haynes at email@example.com and 224-225-1202.