Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: Tuesday, Dec. 8 — regular meeting, 6 p.m., BOE office; Tuesday, Dec. 15 — special meeting for work session (rescheduled from Dec. 1), 5:30 p.m., BOE office; and Tuesday, Dec. 22 — regular meeting, 6 p.m., BOE office. The special Dec. 5 work meeting originally set for Dec. 5 has been canceled. Following is the agenda for the Dec. 8 meeting: call to order — President Pat Gray; Pledge of Allegiance — Steve Slockett; public delegations and comments; recognitions and reports — none at the time of agenda preparation; minutes, agreements, contracts — approval of minutes (the superintendent recommends approval of the minutes for the Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 regular meetings and the Oct. 27 and Oct. 29 special meetings), auction of FIT House #25 (the superintendent recommends the auction of the Fayette Institute of Technology House #25; declaration that the FIT House #25 located at 245 Beech Avenue, Oak Hill, known as Map 18, Parcel 542 in Oak Hill District of Fayette County, is no longer necessary for school purposes; the BOE authorizes Superintendent Hough to begin arrangements for a public auction of the property); finance — accounts payable (the superintendent recommends approval of accounts payable beginning Nov. 16 and ending Nov. 30; total amount of accounts payable is $2,691,889.89; a list of bills is available upon request by calling 304-574-1176 ext. 2106); personnel — resignations, retirement professional (the superintendent recommends the following: Betsy Atwater, preK special needs, Valley PK-8, retirement with 44 years of service with Fayette County Schools, end of day Nov. 30; Barbara Breeden, substitute teacher, resignation, effective Nov. 12; Heather Cooper, speech language pathology assistant, resignation, end of day Jan. 1, 2021; Mildred Shelton, federal programs supervisor, retirement with 42.5 years of service with Fayette County Schools, end of day, Dec. 31); employment professional substitute (the superintendent recommends the following: Hunter Adkins, valid student teacher permit or restricted short term substitute permit, general sub PK-AD, effective date Dec. 9, funding source state aid; Valerie Angel, valid professional certificate, safety ed 7-12, health ed K-12, phys ed K-12, effective date Nov. 13, funding source state aid; Betsy Atwater, valid professional certificate, English 5-AD, LD/BD/MI K-AD, severe disabilities, autism K-AD, preK special needs PK-K, speech and hearing therapy OB-AD, effective date 2020-21, funding source state aid; Laura Ford, valid student teacher permit or restricted short term substitute permit, English 5-AD, effective date Dec. 14, funding source state aid; Amber Jaxon, valid student teacher permit or restricted short term substitute permit, elementary ed K-6, effective date Dec. 9, funding source state aid; Hannah Massie, valid student teacher permit or restricted short term substitute permit, preK education, PK-PK, effective date Dec. 21, funding source state aid; and Mildred Shelton, valid professional certificate, superintendent K-12, supervisor general instruction K-12, principal K-12, vocational administrator 5-AD, music K-12, effective date Jan. 4, 2020, funding source state aid), employment extracurricular/extra duty (the superintendent recommends the following: Natalie McClung, SSAC assistant middle girls basketball coach, Meadow Bridge High, employment for 2020-21 effective Nov. 19, valid authorization, funding source county general fund; Clifford Sullivan, head middle boys basketball coach, Fayetteville PK-8, employment for 2020-21 effective Nov. 19, valid teaching/administration credential, funding source county general fund; substitute teacher Stephanie Mooney, head middle softball coach, Midland Trail High, employment effective date March 1, 2021, valid teaching/administration credential, funding source county general fund), resignation extracurricular/extra duty (the superintendent recommends the following: Melissa Adkins, building level coordinator, Valley PK-8, effective date Aug. 8; Anthony Spadaro, head middle boys basketball coach, Midland Trail High, effective date Nov. 12); service request for higher pay grade for specialized health care administration for 2020-21 (the superintendent recommends the following: Donna Stevens, aide/ECCAT, New River Primary, effective date Sept. 8), employment extracurricular/extra duty service (the superintendent recommends the following: Terri Tincher, cafeteria manager, 21st Century Save the Children, 2:35 p.m. to 4:35 p.m., Monday through Thursday, SX029-21, New River Primary, employment effective date 2020-21, funding source Save the Children grant); points of personal privilege — board members may offer points of personal privilege; superintendent will offer a report to the board; legal — none at the time of agenda preparation; future meetings announced; adjournment.
Decorating Contest — The City of Montgomery’s Park Board will once again sponsor the house decorating contest for Christmas. This year, a business decorating contest also will be held. Judging will take place between Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. Please have your lights on between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. Prizes for the house decorating contest will be as follows: 1st place, $100; 2nd place, $75; and 3rd place, $50. There will also be three consolation prizes of $25 each. For the business decorating contest, certificates will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and help spread Christmas cheer. Merry Christmas!
Santa Claus is Coming to Town — On Saturday, Dec. 5, beginning at 7 p.m., Santa will be traveling through Montgomery. While hosting the normal parade is not possible this year due to Covid-19, Santa still wants to put in an appearance. Keep an eye out as he travels up and down the streets of town. After leaving Montgomery, he will then travel to Smithers to spread Christmas cheer there as well. Santa will be accompanied by various fire trucks and Mayor Greg Ingram and Mayor Anne Cavalier. Keep an eye out for flashing lights in your area. Merry Christmas!
Virtual Town Halls on Substance Abuse Program — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Office of Drug Control Policy, and the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment are hosting virtual town hall meetings to allow residents to review and provide comment on the 2021 West Virginia Substance Use Response Plan. Three virtual meetings have been held and others are set on the following dates. Each meeting will focus on a section of the plan: Section 4 (Treatment, Recovery and Research) — Tuesday, Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Section 5 (Court Systems and Justice-Involved Populations) — Wednesday, Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Section 6 (Law Enforcement) — Thursday, Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Section 7 (Public Education) — Tuesday, Dec. 15 — 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pre-registration at https://helpandhopewv.org/odcp is required. Public comments, which will be considered by DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy and the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment during the review process, may be submitted electronically during one of the seven public meetings. Comments should be received by Dec. 18 through the registration page. Attendees can download and review a summary of the plan prior to the meeting.
Places to Go/Things to Do
Eagles Christmas Party — The Fraternal Order of Eagles Montgomery Aerie #1040 will host its community Christmas party for children of the Montgomery and surrounding areas (babies through 12 years of age) on Sunday, Dec. 13. This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be a “drive-thru” party. Line-up begins at 1 p.m. in the Valley School parking lot in Smithers. Children must be in the car to receive presents which will be gender/age specific. Tickets for drawings of the bicycles will be given and will require a name and telephone number. Bicycle winners will be notified later by phone. Santa will be visiting. Watch for him. For more information, call the Eagles Aerie at 304-442-8151.
Fayette County Christmas Toy Fund — The annual Fayette County Christmas Toy Fund/Toys for Tots, sponsored by the Canyon Rim Rotary Club, will be a drive-thru event this year. Toy distribution is on Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Lewis Christian Community Center in Oak Hill. In addition to monetary donations for the party, the club is accepting volunteer help for the week of the event to fill bags and for the distribution day. Anyone interested in making a donation or volunteering is asked to contact Cassandra Ortiz at email@example.com.
Winter Wonderland Light Display — The Fayette County Park’s annual Winter Wonderland Light Display runs through Dec. 30. The drive-through tour of the light displays in the park at Beckwith will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. each night. While visitors remain in their vehicles to see the lights, they will also have the chance to “wave and blow kisses” to Santa Claus (instead of the normal up-close-and-personal visit with the jolly old Elf in the dining hall). Santa will be onsite at the park house on Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Other popular activities from the past, such as wagon rides, won't be held this winter, and there will be no inside activities at all. Snacks will be available for purchase at the pool office through a pick-up window Wednesday through Sunday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Those making purchases are urged to wear a mask and social distance. Parking is available at the pool area. Admission fee to the lights display is $5 per car. Visitors have the option of paying at the gate (exact change is encouraged), or they can purchase a ticket online at https://fcpark.recdesk.com/Community/Program to allow for a limited contact check-in. If buying a ticket online, individuals must do so 24 hours in advance of the date on which they wish to attend. A 15-cent credit card fee will be charged. Those taking the tour can also tune their radio to 93.5 and hear the park's Christmas music as they view the lights and enjoy new and old displays alike.
Wolf Creek Park Volunteer Trail Day — The Fayette Trail Coalition will host a Wolf Creek Park volunteer trail day on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at Bridge Brew Works and work will lbe starting at the “T” intersection. Please bring gloves or trail work tools if you have them. For more information, visit the Wolf Creek Park Volunteer Trail Day event page on Facebook.
Fayette County Public Library — Following is the schedule of programs planned at the county’s branch libraries for the remainder of the year. Ansted — storytime, 1 p.m., Dec. 11, 18; penny games, 12 p.m., Dec. 12; wrapping stations, all of December, call to register; closed for Christmas, Dec. 24-26; closed for New Year, Jan. 1. Administrative Office — adult book group, 6 p.m., Dec. 10; closed for Christmas, Dec. 24-26; closed for New Year, Jan. 1. Fayetteville — storytime, 10:30 a.m., Dec. 9, 16, 30; adult book group, 6 p.m., Dec. 28; STEAM, 3 p.m., Dec. 4; closed for Christmas, Dec. 24-26; closed for New Year, Jan. 1. Meadow Bridge — storytime, 3 p.m., Dec. 9, 16, 23, 30; Grinch Day, dress up and watch The Grinch (call for time); ornament making, all day, Dec. 8; stocking decorating, all day, Dec. 11; build a snowman, all day, Dec. 14; bring your sweater and make an ugly sweater, all day, Dec. 15; wrap presents, all day, Dec. 22; closed for Christmas, Dec. 24-26; closed for New Year, Jan. 1. Montgomery — storytime, 5 p.m., Dec. 9, 16, 23, 30; spot the Santas, Dec. 22; closed for Christmas, Dec. 24-26; closed for New Year, Jan. 1. Mount Hope — wreath making, 1 p.m., Dec. 15; storytime, 11 a.m., Dec. 11, 18; dollar decorating, 11 a.m., Dec. 7, 14, 21; ornament making, all day, Dec. 16; homemade holidays, 1 p.m., Dec. 8; cookie decorating, 11 a.m., Dec. 9; recycled book art, 1 p.m., Dec. 10; movie day, 12 p.m., Dec. 11; cookie exchange, 3 p.m., Dec. 17; wrap and yap, 11 a.m., Dec. 23; closed for Christmas, Dec. 24-26; closed for New Year, Jan. 1. Oak Hill — storytime, 10:30 a.m., Dec. 10, 17; livestream storytime, 11 a.m., Dec. 11, 18; livestream lapsit, 11 a.m., Dec. 8, Dec. 22; Harry Potter craft drop-in, 12 to 7 p.m., Dec. 8, 10; NYMBC juvenile book group book pick-up, Dec. 14; closed for Christmas, Dec. 24-26; closed for New Year, Jan. 1.
State Fair Drive-Thru Light Display — The State Fair of West Virginia will host Christmas at the Fair, its first-ever Christmas Light Drive-Thru experience. Set to take place on Thursdays through Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m., Christmas at the Fair will allow patrons to safely drive through the property while enjoying the sights and sounds of the holidays. “This has been an extremely difficult year for everyone and we hope this display is able to bring some joy as we enter the holiday season,” State Fair CEO Kelly Collins said. “We have worked really hard to make this event something special and we hope to make it a tradition that continues to grow every year.” Christmas at the Fair is available for donations only and will begin behind the livestock barns. Patrons are asked to enter Gate 5 on 219 North beside the horse barns. Free hot chocolate will be available on several sponsored evenings. For more information and a full calendar of events, please visit www.statefairofwv.com/christmas-at-the-fair.
Community Food Pantry Collection — The Fayette County Ministerial Association will host a collection for its food pantry on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Oak Hill Baptist Church parking lot. Monetary donations also are welcome. Checks can be made to Fayette County Ministerial Association with ‘Food Pantry’ in the memo.
Blanket Blitz for the Holidays — Rivermont Presbyterian Homes in Montgomery is once again planning holiday festivities for its residents. “While 2020 has been unlike any year we have seen, we will still try to keep a sense of normalcy for our elderly residents,” said Nikki Burrough, one of the hosts of the festivities. “In the past years, gifts were given by many of you ‘Secret Santas.’ This year, with Covid, we are planning to prepare a dinner for our elderly residents and deliver door to door. We are wanting to include a small blanket and candy as a gift.” Rivermont has 95 residents and organizers are requesting donations of blankets and any kind of packaged candy. If you are unable to purchase items, but would like to mail a gift card or monetary donation, staff members can purchase the items. Call Burrough at 304-442-9469 or 304-442-4767 with any questions. All donations are equated to be in by Dec. 14. If you wish to ship something from an online retailer, packages can be mailed to: Rivermont Presbyterian Homes, 60 Fourth Avenue, Montgomery, WV 25136 (attn: Nikki Burrough).