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Applications for Energy Express at Pratt Elementary School are available for the summer program. Any child who was in kindergarten through fifth grade this year is eligible to attend. Energy Express starts on June 7 and runs through July 27 at Pratt. For more information, call 304-293-3855.

Meetings

Board of Health — The Fayette County Board of Health will meet Tuesday, May 28 at 4 p.m. at the FCHD, 202 Church Street, Fayetteville. All interested persons are invited to attend.

Montgomery City Council — The Montgomery City Council has changed the time of its regular council meetings to 7 p.m. Meetings still will be held on the second Tuesday of each month. Because of a scheduling conflict, however, the May meeting will be held Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

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 meets at 9 a.m. in the county commission room in the Fayette County Courthouse, Fayetteville. Meetings scheduled throughout the year are: 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Announcements

Energy Express — Applications for Energy Express at Pratt Elementary School are available for the summer program. Any child who was in kindergarten through fifth grade this year is eligible to attend. Energy Express starts on June 7 and runs through July 27 at Pratt. The reading and play program designed to prevent a “summer slide,” or loss of reading skills over the summer, is a great way for children to experience art, music, games and drama that help them with their reading, enjoy a monitored time of play, receive free books and get breakfast and lunch each day. For more information, call 304-293-3855.

Manchin Mobile Office — The mobile office of Sen. Joe Manchin will visit Fayetteville on Monday, May 13 from 12 to 2 p.m. Alison Mitchell, Sen. Manchin’s regional coordinator, will be on hand to hear constituents’ concerns and suggestions. The office will be located at the Fayetteville Public Library, 200 West Maple Avenue, Fayetteville.

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 Friday, May 10 and Monday, May 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 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 (the income guidelines have increased), please stop by to see her or call 304-765-4091 to schedule an appointment.

White Oak Rail Trail Expo — The White Oak Rail Trail Expo in Oak Hill 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.

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 wildwood0103@gmail.com. Applications are also available at www.wvstrawberryfestival.com

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

Coin Show — The Kanawha Valley Coin Club will host its annual coin show Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 at the Charleston Civic Center, in Parlor D, Charleston. The show will be held between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There is no admission fee. Dealers from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky will be in attendance to buy, sell and trade coins and coal mine scrip.

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 6 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

BBQ Sale — The Judson Baptist Church Youth Mission Team will host a sale of BBQs with homemade slaw on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Belle Fire Department. Baked goods also will be sold.

BBQ Sale — The Fraternal Order of Eagles Montgomery #1040 Auxiliary will hold a BBQ sale Friday, May 10 beginning at 11 a.m. and running until sold out at 408 Ferry Street, Montgomery. BBQs are $4 each and various baked goods also will be available. To place an order, please call 304-442-8151.

Schools

Spring Concert — The Pratt Elementary spring concert (grades K-5) will be Monday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. at East Bank Middle School.

RHS Majorette Tryouts — A majorette clinic will be held at Riverside High School in the gym on May 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tryouts will be May 13-15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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 krista.wiseman@bridgevalley.edu.

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.

Church

GloryWay Quartet — The GloryWay Quartet will appear in concert Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at Lovers Leap Baptist Church, Ansted. There is no admissions fee, but a love offering will be taken. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please call Jerry Skaggs Sr. at 304-658-4457.

Reunions

Second (Indianhead) 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 98th annual reunion in Tucson, Arizona from Sept. 18 to Sept. 22, contact Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net or call 224-225-1202.

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