NEWS BRIEFS



NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. at Catfish Cabin Restaurant in Albertville. Marie Stephens with the Marshall County Health Department will be the guest speaker.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The second annual OBA Awards Dinner will be tomorrow, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m., at the Oneonta First Baptist Church fellowship hall. Tickets are $25 and include a meal, entertainment, and door prizes. Tickets can be purchased at Downtown Antiques 2 Junk or at the OBA website, www.oneontabusinessassociation.com.

FUN DAY AT THE PARK will be Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Susan Moore Park. Hosted by the town of Susan Moore and the Susan Moore Volunteer Fire Department, there will be free hot dogs and drinks, door prizes throughout the day, activities and inflatables for the kids, and more. Phone 466-7400 for more information.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT FISH FRY will be Saturday, Oct. 17, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the fire department. The $11 plate includes fish, shrimp, or chicken with dessert and all the fixings. Proceeds benefit the Brooksville Fire Department.

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be Saturday, Oct. 17, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Pennington High School lunchroom. The $6 allyou can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and drink. Proceeds benefit local club projects.

BLOUNTSVILLE FIRE AND RESCUE LADIES AUXILIARY will have a fundraising barbecue Saturday, Oct. 24, with pickup between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The tickets are $10 for a barbecue plate and two sides and $25 for 2.5 lbs. of barbecue meat with sauce. Purchase tickets from any Ladies Auxiliary or fire department member.

OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART VETERANS DINNER will be Saturday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. at the Oneonta Worship Center. Veterans may pick up free tickets at the Blount County Memorial Museum, Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP will be playing on the grounds at Palisades Park on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. as part of the Covered Bridge Festival activities. Players from Athens and Guntersville will perform with the local club.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Learn to make your own loom and weave a scarf at the class taught by Crystal Kitchens scheduled for Nov. 7. Class space is limited. Carolyn Vest will teach how to make Christmas door decorations on Dec. 5. Another pottery class will be scheduled. Phone 429-2468 for more information and reservations.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The OBA is sponsoring the third annual Holiday Decorating Contest this Christmas season. Entries must register by Nov. 20 and be decorated by Dec. 1 for judging. There will be prizes for first, second, third, people’s choice, and three honorable mentions. Winners will be announced Dec. 17. Entry forms are available at Miller’s Soda Shoppe or Downtown Antiques 2 Junk on First Avenue. Christmas Open House will be Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in downtown Oneonta. Santa will be available for photos and participating merchants will give away door prizes. Visit www.oneontabusinesassociation.com for entry forms, to purchase tickets, and information on other upcoming events.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Interested in decorating a spot for the 15th annual event? Groups may register at the park Monday through Friday through Nov. 9. Decorating will begin in November. There is no cost to register and prizes will be awarded. Phone 274-0017 with questions.

AMERICAN LEGION POST #72 is selling two pounds of pulled pork and sauce for $25 to be picked up Nov. 7. Tickets are available at the Blount County Memorial Museum during the hours of 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Money raised benefits Blount County veterans.

WEST BLOUNT FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DISTRICT dues are being accepted. The mandatory taxdeductible dues are $150 and may be sent to WBF&EMSD, P.O. Box 229, Hayden, AL 35079. Those under financial hardships may complete an application for reduced or monthly payments. Assistance with applications and notary service is available one hour before the board meeting, held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

‘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 including rabies vaccinations for female dogs and cats and male pit bulls. If you do have the ability to pay, the fees are $40 for cats, $55 for dogs, and rabies vaccinations 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.

WALLACE STATE GENEALOGY CLASSES The continuing education department at Wallace State Community College offers non-credit genealogy classes during the fall semester. Class titles include Introduction to Genealogy, Southern Genealogy, Genealogy and the Computer, Advanced Genealogy, and Civil War Era Geneaology. Registration is $25 per class and individuals can register at www.wallacestate.edu/ce or by calling 256-352- 8172.

LOCUST FORK CLASS OF 1982 will have a reunion Saturday, Oct. 17, at The Shack Restaurant in Trussville beginning at 4 p.m. Visit the Facebook page at Locust Fork High School – Class of ‘82, email lfclassof82@gmail.com, or text 283-5195 for more information or to RSVP. Anyone who was a part of the class from kindergarten through twelfth grade is invited.

ONEONTA CLASSES OF 1954-55 will have a reunion on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church fellowship hall. The 1954 class was the first to graduate from Oneonta High School. Phone Sonny Tolbert at 358-3781 with questions.

HYATT FAMILY REUNION will be Sunday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Arab Community Center, off Shoal Creek Trail NE, near the city park. Bring food and drinks for your family and to share. Phone Shirell Hyatt at 256-734- 1157 or Nancy Smalley at 256-586-4979 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 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 Upcoming free classes offered include: Citizenship classes, meeting Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; English classes meeting Tuesdays at 11 a.m.; Basic Computer classes meeting Thursdays at 11 a.m.; and Intermediate Computer (Excel) classes meeting Thursdays at 1 p.m. Phone 274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for information on all library programs.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM Horton Mill and Easley Covered Bridge Christmas ornaments are available for $15 each. Blount County school mascot car magnets are available for $3 each or two for $5.

Blount County, Alabama Marriages 1892-1910 book by Lottie Painter Hudson is $10.

The Blount County Historical Society is accepting submissions for a new edition of the Heritage of Blount County book.

Free genealogy classes will be offered on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Phone curator Amy Rhudy for more information on any activities or items for sale. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., phone 625-6905. ALACARE HOME HEALTH is offering a workshop for adults titled ‘Grief and Holidays’ on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m., which will include conversations and ideas on how to manage during the holiday season.

Breakfast Club is for adults experiencing the loss of a loved one and meets the second Friday of each month from 9 a.m until 10 a.m. Both groups meet at 1409 2nd Avenue East (across from Sonic). Phone 274-9188 to register or for more information.

ONEONTA FIRE HYDRANT TESTING will be conducted during October between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The procedure could produce a slight discoloration in the water but does not affect the safety or taste of the water. Phone the Oneonta Fire Department at 274-2752 with questions.

LITERACY COUNCIL READING TUTORS Know an adult who wants to learn to read? The Blount County Literacy Council has trained volunteer reading tutors and the service is free to Blount County residents. Phone Rebecca at 256-615-5614 for more information.

HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT Many students from foreign countries are awaiting word for the 2015-16 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 at 800-888-9040 or visit www.whhosts.com for more information.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY continues to meet on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at 300 3rd Avenue East, Oneonta. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. DivorceCare 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12, whose parents are separated or divorced, is also offered. Phone Dawn King at 283-3357, Pam Dean at 256-390-4633, email divorcecareblount1@gmail.com, or visit DivorceCare.org for more information.

NECTAR SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER needs monetary donations to continue operating the Meals on Wheels and other programs offered to residents of Nectar and the surrounding area. Donations are accepted from individuals, groups, churches, and businesses and may be mailed to Town of Nectar Senior Citizen Center, P.O. Box 235, Cleveland, AL 35049.

COPD SUPPORT GROUP Anyone interested in participating in a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease support group, contact Phyllis at 274-9184 after 1 p.m.

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER Hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., phone number 625-6026.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will meet Saturday, Oct. 31, at 9:30 a.m. in the Oneonta Public Library conference room. The public is invited.

PENNINGTON ALUMNI DINNER The 15th annual event will be Saturday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Blountsville Elementary lunchroom. The $100 ticket includes steak or chicken dinner for two and a chance to win $5,000. Tickets are available from any alumni board member or in the high school office. Wilda Kretzschmar and Danny Dorning are this year’s honorees.

PILOT CLUB OF CULLMAN RUMMAGE SALE The indoor yard sale will be Friday, Oct. 23, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 24, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Cullman County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. All proceeds will benefit local service organizations and projects.

THE BLOUNT COUNTY QUILTERS GUILD QUILT SHOW will be Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Palisades Park. Admission is $5 and vendors will be on site. Quilters are invited to enter quilts for the show at the Quilters Cottage at Palisades Park on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Enter the drawing to win a quilt to be given away. Phone 429- 1127 or visit blountcountyquiltersguild.com for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Resource Center in Cleveland. Phone Charlene Makofsky at 999-8948 or Hal Hendrix at 243-8424 for more information.

REMLAP COMMUNITY NEIGHBORS is forming to meet needs in the community and help residents. Bring a brown bag lunch to the first and thirdWednesday, 11 a.m. meetings, or bring your own coffee to the second Saturday meetings at 9 a.m. All meetings are held at Remlap Methodist Church on Remlap Drive.

PURE EARTH 4-H CLUB will meet the second Tuesday of each month at the Warrior Community Center. The special interest club is for ages 5-19 and is dedicated to teach young people how to be good stewards of the earth.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at The Smokin Grill, 85 Purple Heart Blvd., Springville, at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Chaplain Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790-1141 or email lonnie.wadsworth@windstream.net for more information.

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.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP meets the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the private dining room at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital and is sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Refreshments will be served.

SUMMIT VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE will host the Halloween Fest on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m. There will be free chili, hotdogs, candy, games, and a bonfire.