CALENDAR

ONEONTA CITY HALL has recently updated their telephone system. You will now reach an automated system when calling 205- 274-2150. The menu is listed by departments. Listen to the entire menu and then make your selection of an employee or department. For direct assistance, choose option 6.

QUILT SHOW The Blount County Quilters Guild will have the annual quilt show Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Quilters Cottage at Palisades Park. Admission is $5. Masks are required and social distancing will be maintained. All quilters are invited to enter. One quilt allowed per category and cannot be a quilt that has previously won in this show. Entries will be accepted today, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Phone 205-601-8623 or 205-274-8440 for more information.

TOWN OF SNEAD TRUNK-R-TREAT will be Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the town park. Groups and individuals are invited to pass out candy.

OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Blount County Veterans Day dinner and parade scheduled for Nov. 6 and 7 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

AMERICAN LEGION POST #72 FISH FRY fundraiser will be Saturday, Nov. 7, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant in Oneonta. Meals are $10 each and available for drive-thru pickup. Limited seating on site. Post #72 is also looking for veterans who need assistance with non-perishable food items. Contact Cmdr. Gary Clements at 205-274-0306 for more information.

FLAG FOOTBALL CAMP for all first through sixth grade boys and girls will be Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 8 a.m.until 3 p.m. (lunch provided), and Saturday, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Registration fee is $25 per child. Find more information and registration information on the Sports For Christ and Cleveland First Baptist Church Facebook pages or www.clevelandfirstbaptistchurch.com.

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

20TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Businesses, churches, civic groups, or families may register through Sunday, Nov. 15, to decorate a spot. Decorating will begin in November and the exhibit opens to the public Tuesday, Dec. 1. Prize money will be awarded. Phone the park at 205-274-0017 for information. Registration forms are available at the park office or at www.blountcountypark.com/activities/christmas.

SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER Help to find the best Medicare plan is available for seniors and disabled residents in North Alabama. Senior Resource Center, located in Locust Fork, is available to help during the annual open enrollment period (now through Dec. 7). Other assistance is also available through the agency. Phone 205-680-2068 or 800-596-4371 for information.

USDA NEWS An additional $14 billion has been made available for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronovirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) continues through Friday, Dec. 11. Producers can apply at Farm Service Agency county offices. There are three categories of commodities and there is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined. Information and application forms are available at farmers.gov/cfap. One-on-one support with the application process is available by phoning 877-508-8364.

Enrollment applications are being accepted for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program through Friday, Dec. 11. This is a voluntary risk management program that offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed price (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. For more information visit www.farmers. gov or your local USDA Service Center at 55545 U.S. Highway 231 N, Oneonta or phone 205-274-2361 x2.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Community Christmas Tree Lighting will be Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. The event will feature carriage rides, the Wallace State Singers, and Santa Claus.

The Flags of Honor project will pay tribute to active duty military and veterans of the armed forces with colorful personalized 18”-x-48” banners. A sponsorship of $250 includes: flag of honor banner, Christmas greetings banner, generic “shop local” banner, and a to-be-determined themed banner. This is not a fundraiser. Funds collected will pay for production of banners and hanging apparatus. They will be displayed along First Avenue. Email info@oneontabusinessassociation.com for more information.

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

SPAY AND NEUTER ASSISTANCE The Carl Coleman Spay/Neuter Trust Fund, held and invested by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, is specifically designated for pet owners in Blount County to receive reduced price spay and neuter services. Call Blount County Animal Adoption Center Tuesday through Friday at 205-625-6026 for approval or with questions. Approved participants will pay a $20 co-pay to Animal Hospital P.C. in Oneonta on the day of surgery.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for information on the Prisoner of War camp that was located in Oneonta during World War II. The camp housed both Italian and German prisoners of war. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 205-625-6905. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER The second eco-mural, “Let Nature be Your Teacher,” is being painted by Joan Babcock at 237 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.

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.

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

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Storytime with Mari Brindle is Monday, at 3:30 p.m. Parents must stay with their children and all attending should wear a mask.

There is currently a display featuring all past librarians.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Hours are subject to change. Please phone 205-429-3156 or follow the library on Facebook at Blountsville Public Library for the most current information.

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.

ONE WAY OUTREACH in Cleveland is accepting applications for its after school care 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.

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 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.

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.

Cottage Food Law Testing can now be administered by phone for those wishing to sell baked goods, jams, and jellies directly to the public. To schedule a test or for more information phone Christy Mendoza at 205-217-6495.

PALISADES PARK is now 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.

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, email production@blountcountian.com, or drop off at 217 Third Street South, Oneonta. Deadline is Friday at noon.