CALENDAR

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Native garden planting and maintenance at King’s Bend Scenic Overlook will be Saturday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m.until noon.

River cleanups will be Saturday, Sept. 12: Swann Covered Bridge, 9 a.m., Sam Howell; Horton Mill Covered Bridge, 10 a.m., Betty Osborne.Due to the high number of visitors to Mardis Mill Falls and Taylor Ford, cleanups are led weekly on Sundays, at 6 p.m., led by Alden Brindle and Ana Self respectively. Register and get more information at flfr.org.

The second eco-mural will be painted by Joan Babcock during September and October on Railroad Boulevard in Oneonta.

FLFR is looking for volunteers.If you can spare four hours a month, we have interesting and rewarding activities. Email ellen@flfral.com to join our team.

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

THE BLOUNT COUNTIAN Our office will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, for the Labor Day holiday. Deadline remains the same: Friday, noon.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursdays, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

ROYAL COMMUNITY PARK will have a yard sale Friday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 12, from 8 a.m.until noon.All proceeds benefit the park.

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.

AMERICAN LEGION POST #72 has food collection containers for needy veterans located at Priceless IGA supermarket in Oneonta. All donations of non-perishable food items are appreciated.

WEAVER/WOOD REUNION Descendants of Hezekiah C. Weaver or Freeman Newton Wood will have a reunion Saturday, Oct. 3, at Oak Grove Church, Highway 79, Blountsville. Contact Betty LeMarchand at wwrelatives@gmail.com for more information.

ONE WAY OUTREACH in Cleveland is accepting applications for its after school care and 4-year-old preschool program, Friends in Faith. Register Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Contact Paige Smith at 205-353-1226 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for information or photographs of the Graves Gap School once located near Hayden. They are also asking for information about or photographs of the Sibleyville community and Sibleyville Brick Company and information about why the Tidmore community was renamed Nectar in the early 1900s. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 205- 625-6905 Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Library hours are: Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Phone the library at 205-274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. until noon. Hours are subject to change with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Please follow the library on Facebook at Blountsville Public Library for the most current information.

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.

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.

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

BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY will not hold regular meetings until further notice. Phone chairman Larry Armstrong at 205-590-1467 for additional information.

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.

UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL ALABAMA is seeking volunteers to serve on the Visiting Allocations Team (VAT) during the 2020 Allocations Process. VAT volunteers review all partner agencies funded through UWCA’s annual campaign. Responsibilities include: committing to 10 to 12 hours during September and October; attending and actively participating in team meetings and agency site visits (all done virtually); reviewing agency programs and accomplishments; working with other volunteers to make program assessments and recommendations. Go to www.uwca.org, click on the Volunteer tab, then on the Visiting Allocations Team tab, or call Randy Betch at 205-458-2171.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Visit www.oneonta businessassociation.com for more information.

PALISADES PARK is open to the public. Reservations for events, fire tower, and rock climbing are allowed if required social distancing can be maintained. Some hiking trails are not accessible due to storm damage. Clean up is ongoing; stay clear of areas where workers are present. Phone 205-274-0017 or email blountcountypark@gmail.com for more information.

ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OFFICE Agents are at work in the office. Ring the doorbell or phone 205-274-2129 for assistance. Email Angie Batemon at aab0093@auburn.edu or Nancy Graves at foxwong@aces.edu for more information.

REPUBLIC SERVICES Residential garbage is at an all time high volume. Many trash cans are filled to the top and “coned” over. Republic Services asks that customers bag all garbage to prevent spillage. Trash cans blocked by cars parked on streets leave trucks no access to trash cans. Drivers are not allowed out of trucks at this time for their protection. Make sure trucks have access to reach cans; otherwise, they may be unable to service it. Phone 205- 923-1650 with questions.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231, email production@blountcountian.com, mail to P.O. Box 310, Oneonta, AL 35121, or drop off at 217 Third Street South during business hours. Deadline is Friday, noon, for publication the following Wednesday.