Meetings

-- Kanawha Falls PSD — The September meeting of the Kanawha Falls PSD board has been changed to Thursday, Sept. 5, at 5 p.m. in the Gauley Bridge office.

-- Caregiver Support Group — A caregiver support group meeting/training entitled “How to Communicate with Someone Who has Alzheimer’s Disease or Related Dementia” will be held on Monday, Aug. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Fayette Senior Center, 108 Lewis Street, Oak Hill. Contact either Janet Zamiela or Melinda Metz at 304-465-8484 if you have any questions.

-- MTA Board — The next scheduled meeting of the Mountain Transit Authority board of directors will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. at the MTA office/garage facility at 1096 Broad Street, Summersville. The public is invited to attend.

-- Board of Health — The Fayette County Board of Health will meet on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 4 p.m. at the Fayette County Health Department, Fayetteville.

-- Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet Friday, Aug. 23 — regular meeting, 9 a.m. in the Fayette County Commission chambers of the Fayette County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public.

-- Armstrong Deepwater PSD — The Armstrong Deepwater PSD meets the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the office at Kimberly.

-- 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.

-- Narcotics Anonymous — A Narcotics Anonymous drug abuse recovery meeting is held at 7:30 p.m. every Monday night at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 708 1st Ave., Montgomery.

-- Coin Club — The Kanawha Valley Coin Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at the South Charleston Library. The meetings start at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend. For more information about the upcoming coin show or club meetings, call 304-562-6917 or 304-727-4062. Visit the website at www.kvcc.eznetway.com.

-- Gauley Bridge Council — The Gauley Bridge town council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m.

-- Scouts — Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of Pratt meet at Old Kanawha Baptist Church once a month on Mondays until August. For more information, call Rose Perry at 304-395-0267.

-- Smithers Women’s Club — The Smithers Women’s Club meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Smithers Senior Center. New members are welcome. For more information, contact Nelda Logan at 304-442-4751.

-- Montgomery History Committee — Montgomery History Committee meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The public is invited to join.

-- Morris Creek Watershed — The Morris Creek Watershed’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.

-- West Virginians for Life — The Fayette County Chapter of West Virginians for Life meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Mount Hope United Methodist Church. For more, visit the chapter’s Web site at www.savingthebabies.com.

-- UKVEDC — The Upper Kanawha Valley Economic Development Corporation meets the third Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at 326 Third Avenue, Montgomery, in the third floor conference room.

-- Southern Cross Chapter, UDC — The Southern Cross Chapter #2001 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets the third Saturday of each month at noon for luncheon and meeting, alternating between Oak Hill and Beckley. For information and location of the meeting, call Earldine Robinson at 304-575-0905 or Joan Dickerson at 304-574-0692.

-- Cancer Support Group — The Fayette County Cancer Support Group meets the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays, following which the group will meet on the second Monday) at 6 p.m. at the Oak Hill Christian Church, Summerlee Road, Oak Hill. The church is located next to the Oak Hill Animal Hospital. For more information, please contact President Ann Perry at 465-1224.

-- Humane Society — The New River Humane Society holds its regular meetings the second Tuesday of each month at the Mexican restaurant, 2027 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, at 6:30 p.m. NRHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and welfare of animals. The public is welcome. Come support your local humane society and animal shelter. For more information, call 304-465-5062.

Announcements

-- Oktoberfest 2013 — Oktoberfest will be held in Montgomery on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. A classic car and truck show, children’s activities, and live entertainment will take place on Third Avenue. Crafters, artisans, or food vendors must register with the City Of Montgomery by Friday, Aug. 30. The registration fee is $20 and anyone who is interested in participating in Oktoberfest can do so by contacting Angie or Christy at 304-442-5181.

-- Montgomery Community Yard Sale — There will be a community yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Montgomery from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee will be $10 and must be paid by Friday, Aug. 30 in order to have your name and address placed on the map for the yard sale. Non-residents may reserve a 10x10 space and will be allowed access to the City National Bank parking lot if they are interested in purchasing a spot. Permits and maps will be given to each person who registers. For more information, contact Angie or Christy at 304-442-5181.

-- MTA Holiday Closing — MTA will not operate on Monday, Sept. 2 because of the Labor Day holiday. Regular routes will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Please call MTA at 304-872-5872 for schedule information.

-- Free Golf Lessons — Free golf lessons once again will be offered this summer at Hawks Nest Golf Course in Gauley Bridge. Lessons for those ages 7 to 12 will be offered on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., while those ages 13 to 17 may take lessons on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Lessons begin on June 4 and June 6. Golf equipment and balls will be provided at no cost. Lessons will be taught by Chuck Goosman. To sign up, call 304-632-1361.

-- Montgomery Farmers Market — The Montgomery Farmers Market will be open Wednesdays throughout the summer from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the corner of Adams and Fifth Avenue.

-- The Lewis House — The Lewis House on Main Street in Oak Hill is open Mondays and Fridays from 2 to 8 p.m. Tours of the home are available and banquet room bookings are accepted.

-- Community Garden Workday — Montgomery Community Garden, a WVU Certified Master Gardener project, will host an educational workday at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month through October at the Hospital Garden located at 407  Fifth Ave. Please call 304-206-7933 or text 304-228-1200 for more info.

-- Animal Shelter in Need — The Fayette County Animal Shelter/New River Humane Society is in need of kitty litter, dog food, canned dog food and canned puppy food. Donations may be dropped of at Betty Craft’s house, Hounds Good, Oak Hill Kominsky Chiropractic, Delfino’s, and also at the shelter. Volunteers also will pick up donations. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. Monetary donations are gladly accepted; please mail to New River Humane Society, PO Box 955, Fayetteville, WV 25840 (please designate for dog food, kitty litter). And remember: Adopt, spay, neuter.

-- Food and Clothing Pantry — Sharon Church of God, Cabin Creek Road, Dry Branch, is having a food and clothing pantry the last Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

-- 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.

-- Become ARC Volunteer — The American Red Cross is more than meets the eye: offering 24-hour emergency messaging for our military men and women, disaster services and education, preparedness education, health and safety education (including CPR, First Aid, Swimming, Life Guarding), blood services, youth involvement education, and more. If you would like more information or would like to become a volunteer, call the American Red Cross Fayette-Nicholas Chapter at 304-469-4636.

-- West Virginia Birth to Three — All children grow and learn at their own pace. But some children may have delays in their development or trouble learning certain skills. Do you know of a child, age birth to three, whose development is just not on track? If so, the WV Birth to Three system of early intervention services wants to help. There are no income guidelines and anyone, including a concerned parent, can make a referral to this state-wide system. Please call WV Birth to Three toll-free at 866-321-4728 for more information.

-- Quitline — Are you ready to escape cigarettes or chew? Reasons to quit: Tobacco use is the #1 cause of preventable death in America. Smoking kills more Americans than homicides, suicides, car wrecks, drunk driving accidents, fires, alcohol, drugs, and AIDS combined. Spit tobacco contains 28 chemicals known to cause cancer like arsenic (found in rat poison), lead (a nerve poison), polonium (found in nuclear waste) … the list continues. You can quit! Call the West Virginia Quitline today at 1-877-966-8784.

-- Free Meals — The Upper Kanawha Valley Community Center is operating a soup kitchen providing free meals in the old Kimberly School, in accordance with USDA civil rights policy which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or retaliation.

-- Spay/Neutering Program — New River Humane Society would like to announce to the public that they are now offering assistance in spay and neutering of companion dogs and cats. Please call the Fayette County Animal Control Center at 304-574-3682 and leave a message to receive an application. Please fill out the application and send it in even if you feel you may not qualify. Don’t deal with an unwanted litter every year.

-- Genealogical Society Web Site — The Fayette-Raleigh Genealogical Society has added to its membership benefits by creating a “members only” Web site at MyFamily.com. The site, hosted by the Society, is maintained by Tammy Lockard with the assistance of Becky Shuff and Betty LeMasters. Anyone who joins the Society, at a low cost of $10 per year, is automatically sent an invitation to the password-protected private site where they will find news of the Society, history of the counties, family histories, photographs of people and places of the counties, as well as the opportunity to post information, photographs and queries. The Society provides a means to connect to people nationwide and overseas, purchase publications to assist in the quest for family history and meet new friends. For information on membership or publications, call Becky Shuff at 658-5718, e-mail Shuff@kvinet.com or, write to: Genealogical Society: Fayette & Raleigh Counties, PO Box 68, Oak Hill, WV  25901-0068.

Places to Go

-- Street Dance — In conjunction with Oktoberfest, the City of Montgomery will host a street dance on Friday, Sept. 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. on Third Avenue with  Lu Shepherd as dee-jay.

Church

-- First Baptist Church of Montgomery — There will be a gospel concert Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. at the church. Featured singers will be Gospel Reunion, Men of Faith and Spiritual Harmonizers. New evening services will start Sept. 1. As schedule permits, there will be evening services at FBC on the first and third Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m. On Sept. 1 will be open mike preaching for an old fashion sermonette style service. Pastor Kenneth Thompson and Minister Paul Spillman will speak Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Powellton. Bishop Murray will be guest speaker for the church’s fall rally. At the morning service on Sept. 29 at 11 a.m., an evangelism service will feature Evangelist Gloria Thompson, Evangelist Judy Ross, Evangelist Gladys Simpson and Mother Ella Jones.

-- Heartcry — Heartcry will sing at the Sharon Church of God, Cabin Creek Road, Dry Branch, on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.

 

-- Homecoming — The annual Homecoming for the Bell Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church, Dixie, will be Sunday, Aug. 25 at noon. Dinner will be served after the service.

-- Anniversary/Homecoming — First Baptist Church of Kimberly will have its 108th anniversary and Homecoming Sept. 2, with Sunday school at 10 a.m. and morning service at 11 a.m. with pastor, Rev. Larry Smith. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Essie Ford Jr. and his choir and congregation from the First Baptist Church of Greentown. The afternoon service will begin at 3 p.m. Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

-- Gospel Sing — There will be a gospel sing on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Gauley Bridge Baptist Church. The church’s fifth Sunday sing has been moved to the fourth Sunday because of scheduling conflicts. All local singers and musicians are welcome. Special guests will be Tender Mercies of Beckley. Refreshments will be served following the sing.

-- TV/Radio Ministry — The Montgomery United Methodist Church sponsors a TV/radio broadcast of the Sunday morning worship services each Sunday at 4 p.m. The service can be seen on Fayette County Community Television in Oak Hill, Fayetteville, Mount Hope areas on channel 4; Gauley Bridge, Montgomery to Campbells Creek, cable channel 17; and Webster, Braxton, and part of Clay County, Shentel Cable channel 6, radio 98.5 FM Fayette, 101.5 FM Raleigh. For more information, call Pastor Wilma M. Dobbins at 304-442-5446, e-mail at dobbinswil@aol.com or write to 310 5th Avenue, Montgomery, WV 25136.

Schools

-- VHS Open House — Valley High School will host an open house Aug. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. The administration, faculty, and staff of Valley High School are opening the school’s doors for those from the surrounding communities, businesses, parents, students, and friends. Refreshments will be provided. There will be a dress code fashion show, door prizes, and tours of the educational and technology facilities.

-- Open House/Ice Cream Social — Valley Elementary will host a Back To School Open House and Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the school. The VES staff cordially invites all students and their families to attend this event. This is the perfect opportunity to meet your new teacher for the upcoming school year and to visit your new classroom. Everyone is also invited to join us for refreshments at the ice cream social in the gym. All students attending the open house will also be registered to win door prizes. Valley Elementary staff encourages all students to attend and join in the back to school celebration.

Fundraisers

-- Jewelry Sale and Bake Sale — The Montgomery General Hospital Auxiliary members are sponsoring a Cookie Lee jewelry sale on Aug. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the main lobby of the hospital. The auxiliary members will also have a bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Aug. 23 in the hospital main lobby.

-- Community Yard Sale — There will be a community yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 7, in Montgomery from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee will be $10 and must be paid by Friday, Aug. 30 in order to have your name and address placed on the map for the yard sale. Non-residents may reserve a 10x10 space and will be allowed access to the City National Bank parking lot if they are interested in purchasing a spot. Permits and maps will be given to each person who registers. For more information, call City Hall at 304-442-5181.

Reunions

-- MHS Class of 1948 — The Montgomery High School Class of 1948 will have its 65-year class reunion Sept. 13-15 at Hawks Nest State Park. Open house will be held on Friday evening, Sept. 13, with a dinner on Sept. 14. Reservations are required. Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Vera Halsey Craigo at 513-753-5494.

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