NEWS BRIEFS



MEETINGS TOWN OF SUSAN MOORE will sponsor “Understanding Common Core in Alabama Schools” on Saturday, June 14, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Susan Moore Community Center. The presentation by Ann Eubanks is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet Thursday, June 19, at 10 a.m. at Catfish Cabin Restaurant in Albertville. Mary Cook, a Minnie Pearl impersonator, will be the entertainment.

BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICAN MEETING will be Thursday, June 26, at 7 p.m. at the Frank Green Building.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN SENIOR CITIZENS meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m. at Mountain Pointe Ministries. A meal is provided.

EVENTS PINE MOUNTAIN ANNUAL BBQ AND BLUEGRASS will be Saturday, June 28, at the Pine Mountain Community Center, 4481 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap. Bluegrass begins at 11 a.m. with groups performing through 7 p.m. Adult and child plates are $7.50 and $5.00; sandwich and drink is $4. Phone Charley Head at 681-0341 or Wanda Perrin at 681-9091 to pre-order smoked Boston butts through June 20. Prices are whole Boston butts @ $6/lb. and chopped pork @ $9/lb.

COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL of Blount County will sponsor Missoula Children’s Theater with two workshops and two performances this summer. Treasure Island will begin on Monday, June 23, at 11:30 a.m., with the performance Saturday, June 28. King Arthur’s Quest will begin Monday, July 21, at 11:30 a.m., with the performance Saturday, July 26. Cost is $50 per child entering grades 1-12. More information and registration forms are available at the Oneonta Public Library, Neely Arts Center, or e-mail rbrewer3172@gmail.com.

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SUMMIT FIRE AND RESCUE will have a fish fry Saturday, June 21, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The $10 plate includes a choice of fish, chicken, or combination, fries, slaw, hushpuppies, dessert, and drink. A child plate is $6. Proceeds benefit the department.

HAUNTED HOUSE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The first-ever haunted house, Phobia, will be held at the Blount County- Oneonta Agri-Business Center in October. The group is seeking to fill security, actor, and makeup artist positions. Visit www.fearcomestolife.com or e-mail Andy Alexander at aalexander@cityofoneonta.us.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER JAMS will meet the first and third Tuesdays of each month, 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Center. Those interested in playing or just listening are welcome. Phone 681-2262 with questions.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY invites readers from K-7th grades to participate in “Fizz, Boom, Read!”, the summer reading program. Each Friday in June at 10 a.m., there will be a guest storyteller and refreshments. The top reader will be announced at the June 27 pizza party and will win a season pass to Spring Valley Beach. Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Phone 429-3156 or visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary.info for more information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY invites readers of all ages to participate in the “Fizz, Boom, Read!” This year, new preloaded Nook E-readers are available for checkout. Weekly special activities, movies, crafts, prizes, and more will be included in the program. Phone 274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.com for more information.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK depicts life in the 1800s and is located two miles north of Blountsville on Ala 231. The park will open Saturdays and Sundays through the summer months from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and admission is free.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Phone 625-6905.

REUNIONS MORTON FAMILY REUNION will be Saturday, June 14, at Snead Baptist Church fellowship hall, at 10:30 a.m. Bring a covered dish and memories to share. A photographer will be present for pictures. Phone 466-3277 or e-mail dawgfanz77@gmail.com with questions.

BROOKS AND THOMPSON REUNION The 10th annual reunion of John Ollie Brooks and Lousanna Jane Painter and James Bascom Thompson and Mary Francis Brantley will be Saturday, June 21, at the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Bring your favorite dish and photos to share. Phone Don Brooks at 625-8127 or Tommy Thompson at 334-312-0973 with questions.

SERVICES DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY will begin in September and DivorceCare 4 Kids will also be offered for children (ages 5-12) affected by divorce or separation. Registration will be Sunday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. There is no cost for the meetings and they will be held at 309 4th Ave. E., Oneonta. Phone Dawn King at 283-3357, Pam Dean at 256-390-4633, e-mail divorcecareblount1@gmail.com, or visit DivorceCare.org for more information.

HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT Many students from foreign countries are awaiting word for the 2014-15 school year. Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a high school student. The student is fully insured, brings spending money and expects to be included in family activities and have household responsibilities. Phone World Heritage regional area coordinator Jodi Kiefer at 1-866-277-2799 or visit www.whHosts.com for more information.

IETF SUPPORT GROUP The International Essential Tremor Foundation announces a new support group for those affected by essential tremor. The first meeting will be June 14 at 10 a.m. at Gardendale Mount Vernon United Methodist Church. Phone Suzanne Frazier at 602-4332 or e-mail sfrazier1031@charter.net for information.

FILLING STATION 56 is a soup kitchen in Blountsville at 69042 Main Street (at the red light) that offers a free meal every Saturday at 5 p.m. The group is a nonprofit organization, health department approved, and accepts donations and volunteers to work. Phone 353-5955 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT To find out if you meet income and nutrition guidelines to qualify for WIC, phone 274-2120. WIC is an equal opportunity provider.

FREE NUTRITION CLASSES If you are on food stamps, WIC, or think you might qualify for food stamps, you are eligible for free classes sponsored by the Urban Nutrition Education Program. Phone Shonna Carranza at 274-2129 for more information.

DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center. The group enables people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Services include independent living skills training, employment assistance, and home modification. Questions? Phone 274-0174 to make an appointment or visit www.ilrgb.org.

NARCONON reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get help for loved ones at risk. Phone Narconon at 800-431-1754 for a free brochure, assessment, and/or referral, or visit www.drugabusesolution.com.

CRITTERS ‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to spay female dogs or cats. There are a limited number of free appointments for female dogs and cats and male pit bulls. If you do have the ability to pay, the fees are $40 for cats and $55 for dogs. A rabies vaccination, if needed, is an additional $16. Phone 559- 7007 for more information or to make an appointment.

DOG FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED Crossing Paths Animal Rescue finds homes for hundreds of Blount County dogs every year. Dogs can be saved if there are foster homes to house them for a short time. Contact Mary Ellen at 559- 7648 if you are interested in being foster parents to a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided while the dog is in foster care.

EDUCATION SUSAN MOORE ELEMENTARY LIBRARY The summer program “Be a Red Hot Reader” has begun. The library will be open June 11, 23, and 25, from 9 a.m. until noon. The Monday date will feature special activities at 10 a.m.

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION will be from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, July 25. A parent or legal guardian must bring the student and prrof of residency, which includes a utility bill receipt, an original birth certificate, a blue slip, and an original Social Security card.

AGRICULTURE SMALL SCALE FARMING WORKSHOPS will be held tomorrow, June 12, at the Agriplex Heritage Center in Cullman, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Topics will include rainwater collection for crop irrigation, sustainable small animal production practices, hoop houses for fruits and vegetables, and government programs available. Phone Mike Roden or Renona Siebert at 256-773-8495, Robert Spencer at 256- 766-6223, or e-mail rds0002@aces.edu.

TORNADO DAMAGE PROGRAM SIGN-UP will be through June 30 and is for farmers whose land sustained damage due to the tornadoes on April 28. The program can assist with debris removal, fence repairs, and other damages to pastureland, hayland, or cropland. Phone 274-2361 ext. 2 with questions.

USDA URGES GOOD RECORD KEEPING The USDA’s Farm Service Agency urges livestock producers affected by natural disasters to keep thorough records, such as livestock and feed losses incurred as a result of unexpected winter weather or other natural disasters. The 2014 Farm Bill can provide an avenue to help farmers and ranchers during difficult times. Visit www.fsa.usda.gov to learn more about these and other programs.