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HURRICANE IDA RELIEF Oneonta Fire & Rescue Service is collecting items for areas impacted by Hurricane Ida. Items can be dropped off today, Sept. 8, at 308 Second Street North. Needed items: bottled water, plastic and tarps, shovels, rakes, brooms, bleach and cleaning supplies, garbage bags, gloves, hand sanitizer, baby supplies, toiletries, flashlights, batteries.

COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC Snead State Community College is partnering with Boaz Discount Drugs tomorrow, Sept. 9, from 8:30 a.m. until noon and 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., in the lobby of the Plunkett Wallace Gymnasium located on West Mann Avenue of the Boaz campus. Vaccinations are available for students, employees, and the community. Those receiving the vaccine on this date are eligible for incentives while supplies last. Learn more at www.accs.edu/coronavirus/vaccine.

FOOD PANTRY GIVEAWAY Bellew’s Chapel Baptist Church will provide food Saturday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the church located on County Highway 12.

BLOUNTSVILLE HARVEST FESTIVAL will be Saturday, Sept. 25, on Main Street in Blountsville. There will be food trucks, vendors, inflatables, crafts, live music, a parade, and much more.

J.B. PENNINGTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION will have the 20th annual dinner Saturday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m., in the new Pennington High School cafeteria. Tickets are $50 each. There will be a steak dinner, door prizes, silent auction, and more. Phone 205-775-2050 or visit the high school office for tickets or information.

BLOUNT COUNTY VETERANS PARADE will be Saturday, Nov. 6. Anyone interested in participating in the parade is asked to contact Amy Rhudy, Blount County Memorial Museum curator, at 205-625-6905, Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or Lester Hallman at 205-283-4576.

BLOUNT COUNTY FARMERS MARKET is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7 a.m.until 1 p.m.(or until everyone sells out) at the Agribusiness Center, New Street, Oneonta.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Applications for the OBA VolunTeen Scholarship are being accepted from Oneonta High School Class of 2022 members and are due Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Membership Mingle will be Thursday, Sept. 30, at 5:30 p.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant.

The OBA annual awards celebration “BBQ Bravo” will be Saturday, Oct. 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Tin Town on First Avenue. Tickets are $40 each (table of 8 for $300) and are available via the website.

Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about these and other OBA events and activities.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Saturday, Sept. 11: Riverbank cleanups at five locations. Swann Covered

Bridge starts at 9 a.m. Details and registration on the website.

Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Art & Photo Contest award ceremony at King’s Bend Scenic Overlook Park.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.: Artist Ashley Armistead will lead “Color the River, Write the River.” Craft river poetry with poet Tina Mozelle Braziel. More info on the website.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. until 4 p .m.: See you at the Blountsville Harvest Festival.

Come plant seedlings and share plant knowledge at the Restoration Nursery in Royal on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Winning photos from the 2020 Art & Photo Contest are on display at Shape’n Up Fitness Center in Oneonta through Oct. 15.

Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at www.FLFR.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

SNEAD SENIOR CENTER is now open at 268 Richman Drive. Come join us for activities and lunch. Home delivered meals are available. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Phone 205-466-7628 for information.

ENCOMPASS HEALTH HOSPICE is seeking volunteers to provide companionship and support to patients. Volunteers run errands, walk and care for pets, and assist with light house cleaning. Volunteers are given choices as to how much and what types of things you want to do. For more information or to sign up, contact Terri Bailey, volunteer coordinator, at 205-762-0998 or Terri.Bailey@encompasshealth.com.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY has a display of china painted by Betty Alexander. Also on display are some of her wood carvings. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Masks are required for entry. Phone 205-429-3156, visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary.info, or follow the library on Facebook at Blountsville Public Library for information.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA, a non-profit organization, is taking applications for a part-time assistant case manager. Send resume to taylor@caaneal.org or phone 256-899-9180 with questions.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the library has returned to curbside pickup only. Reserve items through the catalog page of www.oneontapubliclibrary.org or by calling 205-274-7641. Library hours are: Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will not hold regular monthly meetings until further notice.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Free tours of the cabins are available during regular hours. The park is available for weddings, reunions, and meetings and is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phone 205-429-2468 or 205-410-4404 for reservations.

SAFE MEDICATION DISPOSAL Oneonta Fire Department has a safe medication disposal box outside the fire department on Second Street. Medications can be dropped off at any time.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at R&R BBQ, Hwy 411, Odenville. Meeting and meal at 6 p.m. All Purple Heart recipients and spouses are welcome to attend or join. Contact Chap. Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 205-844-1017.

ELECTRIC AND PROPANE ASSISTANCE Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama is offering assistance paying electric and propane bills. To apply, download the LITTLite mobile app or call 1-855-287-1730 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Program funding is provided by ADECA. Visit www.caaneal.org or follow us on Facebook for more information.

GROW MORE GIVE MORE is a project that teaches home gardeners new skills and encourages them to share their harvest with the community. We teach you to Grow More fruits and vegetables so you can Give More to those fighting hunger and food insecurity. Visit www.aces.edu/go/growmore for online resources, contact the Blount County Extension Office at 205-274-2129, or phone the Master Gardener Helpline at 877-252-4769.

You may drop off donated produce at the following sites:

• One Life Mission, 35 Salem Church Road, Blountsville, AL 35031, Angel Holmes, 205-493-3443

• 79 Thrift Store/Eagle’s Wings/ Teen Challenge, 23536 State Highway 79, Trafford, AL 35172, Phillip Jones or Rick Burleson, 205-966-2272

• Her Recovery/Redeemed, 130 Tuscaloosa Pike, Cleveland, AL 35049, Mary Beth Robertson, 205-446-7183

• The Recovery, 75 Cemetery Road, Altoona, AL 35952, Lisa or Chris Knight, 205-456-0212

• Locust Fork Thrift Store, 29984 State Highway 79, Locust Fork, AL 35097, 205-285-1688

ALABAMA APART TOGETHER is a crisis counseling program providing supportive services to Alabamians affected by COVID-19… all of us. Phone 1-888-442-1793 to access confidential and free services and information about available community resources.

TLC NURSING CENTER requests inspirational and encouraging letters from the community. They can be addressed to specific patients or just general words of encouragement for staff or patients. The activities and social work team will print letters and give them out or read them when appropriate. Send letters to loveletters@tlcnursingcenter.com.

SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER offers various types of assistance for senior citizens in Blount County. Phone 205-680-2068 or 800-596-4371 for information.

DOUGLAS SENIOR CENTER is now open. Those age 60 and older can enjoy fellowship, games, and a meal Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The center also offers exercise equipment, quilting facilities, a pool table, and a computer. The center is located at 335 Stadium Circle, Douglas (across from Douglas High School). Phone 256-840-1440 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM For genealogy appointments, phone Amy Rhudy during museum hours Tuesday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., at 205-625-6905.

BLOUNT COUNTY AND ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS CHILD FIND is an effort to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities from birth to age 21. Children with disabilities such as hearing or vision impairment, developmental, or other impairments will benefit from the program, which works to plan appropriate services and link families to services for students. Phone the Blount County Board of Education at 205-775-1950, the Oneonta Board of Education at 205- 543-1515, or 800-543-3098 for more information.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231 or email production@blountcountian.com. Deadline is Friday, noon, to begin publication the following Wednesday.