CALENDAR

BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19 and provide recovery and quarantine time to staff, the courthouse is closed to the public through Friday, Dec. 25. It will reopen Monday, Dec. 28. Services will be available by phone with the exception of Dec.24 and 25.

BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION will not have a work session tomorrow, Dec. 17. The planned meeting on Monday, Dec. 21, will be broadcast on Facebook Live since the courthouse will be closed to the public.

PINE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CENTER will provide hickory-smoked hams for Christmas. Cost is $50 for a 20-lb. fully cooked and ready to serve ham. Phone Charley Head at 205- 516-7656 or email charles. head@yahoo.com by today, Dec. 16, to order. Hams may be picked up at the Pine Mountain Community Center (4481 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap) through Saturday, Dec. 19.

DR. SAHAWNEH MEMORIAL Pinebrook and Cross Creek subdivisions in Oneonta (Scenic Trail, Twin Oaks Drive, and Deer Trace) will have a drive-thru white Christmas memorial celebration in memory of Dr.Tom Sahawneh Wednesday, Dec. 23, through Saturday, Dec.26.

NECTAR COMMUNITY PAVING PROJECT is selling Boston butts ($40) and tenderloins (two for $25) for New Year’s Day. Orders are due Sunday, Dec. 27. Pick up will be Wednesday, Dec. 30, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., at Nectar Community Center by Town Hall. To place orders phone: Belinda Rogers at 205-487-9506, JoAnne McCay at 205-438-0083, Dennis Brakefield at 205- 446-0147, Frida Horton at 205-616-0143, Marquetta Nix at 205-237-4225, Glynis Best at 205-353-9544, Shelia McAnnally at 205- 999-8121, or Sue Gaither at 205-559-7780.

20TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK is open through Thursday, Dec. 31 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day). The exhibit is free, but donations are appreciated. Phone the park at 205-274-0017 for information.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Winners of the Friends of the Locust Fork River 2020 Art & Photo contest will be on display during December.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Phone 205-429- 3156, visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary.info, or follow the library on Facebook at Blountsville Public Library for information.

BROOKSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE & RESCUE will have a fish fry Saturday, Jan. 16, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The $12 plate includes choice of fish, chicken, shrimp, or a combination and fries, slaw, hush puppies, pickle, onion, drink, and choice of homemade dessert.

BLOUNT COUNTY DHR foster parent classes begin Thursday, Jan. 21. Phone 205-274-5200 with questions or to register.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER The 2021 Friend of the River Scholarship will be awarded in May. Blount County high school seniors graduating in 2021 (private school, public high school, or homeschool) may apply by Friday, Jan. 29, to participate as a FLFR youth volunteer and qualify for the $1,000 scholarship. Email Ellen Luce at ellen@flfral.com if interested.

2020 Art & Photo contest winners will be on display at Blountsville Public Library through Thursday, Dec. 31. Also look for the FLFR display during the 20th Annual Christmas Lights at Palisades Park through Dec. 31.

The second eco-mural, “Let Nature be Your Teacher,” painted by Joan Babcock is finished at 237 Railroad Boulevard in Oneonta.

The FLFR Nursery is complete thanks to a CAWACO grant. Volunteers meet on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until noon. For more info email Mari at info@flfral.com.

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

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. Funding for this program is provided by ADECA. Visit www.caaneal.org or follow us on Facebook for more information.

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

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The Roddam family is the winner of the Griswold Goodwill Tour of Homes People’s Choice. Holiday decorating winners are: TLC Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (People’s Choice and Best of Show), Hammer’s Department Store (Clark Griswold Award), Amaryllis Club (Best Festival of Lights Theme), Provence Gifts (Most Creative), The Corner Pocket (Best Use of Merchandise), Grapes & Hops (Most Original), Oneonta Fire & Rescue Service (Most Oneonta). Tree decorating contest winners are: In Memory of Pam Morrison Moss (Most Traditional), OTELCO (Most Original), Sleep in Heavenly Peace – Oneonta (Most Creative), Clean Hearts Cleaning Service (Best Business Promotion), and Oneonta Fire & Rescue Service (Best in Show).

The Flags of Honor project pays 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 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.

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, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phone 205-429-2468 or 205-410-4404 for reservations.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY has returned to curbside service only. Library hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monthly book club discussions have been postponed until Thursday, Jan. 21. Phone the library at 205-274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for details or to arrange a pick up. Follow us on Facebook for updates.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.