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SUSAN MOORE CLASS OF 1961 will have its reunion Saturday, Oct. 5, from 5 p.m. until ? at the Susan Moore High School home economics building. Bring a dish to share. Phone 466-7866 for more information.

SINGLETON-JONES REUNION Family and friends are invited to the annual reunion Sunday, Sept. 29, at the old homeplace of the late Henry and Dora Jones Singleton on Cold Branch Road, beginning at noon. Lunch and fellowship will be provided.

CLEVELAND CLASS OF 1963 is planning its 50th class reunion on Oct. 5, from noon until 3 p.m. at Capps Cove, on county road 27 in Blount County. Class members are asked to phone 625-4835 or 256-852-5320 to be included on the updated contact list.

J.B. PENNINGTON CLASS OF 1993 will have its 20th reunion Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon until 4 p.m. The family-friendly gathering is a free, potluck event. Phone the reunion committee at 470-4790 or 625-3703 for more information.

J.B. PENNINGTON CLASS OF 1963 is compiling a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers for its 50th reunion. Contact Janice Cox at janicecox1963@gmail.com or Pat at 256-586-6236 to provide information.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES will meet Friday, Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Attorney Connie Glass will discuss elder law and Rep. David Standridge will be special guest.

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION will host a program that will address the changes for the 2013-14 whitetailed deer hunting season. Deer hunters are encouraged to attend. The program will be Thursday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Phone the extension office at 274-2129 to reserve a spot.

BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICANS will meet Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Frank Green Building. Speaker will be John Merrill, candidate for Secretary of State.

CITIZENS FIREARM SAFETY CLASS will be Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 5, time TBA, at the Oneonta Police Department firing range. Interested? Contact the OPD at 625-4351 before Sept. 27 to register. Ages 18 and up.

EMBRACE BLOUNT COUNTY ADOPTION GALA A four-course autumn feast and live auction will be held Friday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m., at The Anchor at Highland Lake. Purchase tickets via Paypal: embraceblountcounty@gmail.com. Tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for children age 3-12, children under 3 are free. Proceeds will benefit the Craig and Christy Hill family of Highland Lake who are working with Agape Adoption, which helps

children orphaned at birth in Alabama. For more information, visit Embrace Blount County on Facebook or phone 527-2433.

GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER ONEONTA will have a Harvest Festival on Friday, Sept. 27, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. There will be cotton candy, shaved ice, hot dogs, face and pumpkin painting, and much more. Bring the children to this community event. Phone 274-2365 for more information.

SNEAD SENIOR CENTER FUNDRAISER Yard Sale in the Park, sponsored by the Snead Senior Center, will be Saturday, Sept. 28, 6 a.m. until… Spots are available for $10. Contact the center at 466-7628, Marjorie Sanders at 589-2976, or Jane Childers at 256-738-2894 for more information.

MISS COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL will be Sunday, Sept. 29, at Oneonta High School. Girls one month through high school senior can enter the event sponsored by the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce. All contestants will receive a crown and participate in a project to benefit the Hope House. Phone 559-4127 or e-mail coveredbridgeprel@yahoo.com.

HOLIDAY STOREFRONT DECORATING CONTEST is offered throught the Oneonta Business Association and is open to any individual, business, organization, church, or club to help a business decorate a storefront and share a prize of first place, $500; second place, $250; third place, $150; and people’s choice, $100. Deadline to register is Oct. 31, and storefronts should be decorated by Nov. 8. Winners will be announced at Christmas Fun Day on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m. For rules and more information, phone 446-0462 or visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com.

ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION MEMBERSHIP Join the Arbor Day Foundation in September and receive 10 free trees. The $10 yearly membership contribution includes The Tree Book and 10 trees selected to yield year-round benefits in Alabama. Join online at arborday.org/september. The Arbor Day Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Phone the park at 274-0017 from Oct. 1 through Nov. 11 to reserve a spot for the 13th annual event. Businesses, clubs, churches, and families are encouraged to decorate. There will be prizes awarded.

MURPHREE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT has received a new Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of 6/9. Residents in the Murphree Valley Fire Department coverage area are urged to contact their insurance providers to see if they qualify for lower insurance premiums. Questions? Phone chief Mel Wade at 559-1018.

TOWN OF ROSA The town of Rosa’s application to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been approved by FEMA. Residents will be able to purchase flood insurance up to the limits under

the regular phase of the program. Phone town clerk Julia K. Whisenant at 353-2630 for more information.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM and the Blount County Quilters Guild are selling tickets for a handmade quilt to ge given away at the annual Quilt Show at Palisades Park during the Blount County Covered Bridge Festival. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six. A quilt titled 1000 Pyramids by Ruby Nuss of Steele is on display at the museum through September. Books on sale at the museum include The Community of Village Springs, $7; Champion Mines, $15; and The Moore Family of Susan Moore, $15. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Phone 625-6905.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Visit the library, www.oneontapubliclibrary.com, phone 274-7641, or visit the library’s Facebook page to see what exciting programs are on the calendar.

ONE-ON-ONE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING The Jacksonville State University Small Business Development Center, the SBA, and the Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce will offer one-on-one counseling for prospective and existing small business owners at no charge on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. until noon at the chamber office. Phone 274-2153 to make the necessary appointment.

BLOUNT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT will hold a flu clinic on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. To receive the free vaccine, you must provide the red, white, and blue Medicare card or the Blue Advantage card. If you do not have Medicare, the cost of the vaccine is $5. Phone 274-2120 with questions.

SUMMIT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT is selling address signs to residents at a discount price of $10 for a 4-by-16 green aluminum sign with reflective address numbers. On sale through September, the signs help fire, rescue, and law enforcement easily find homes. Residents may opt to pay $5 for fire and rescue personnel to install signs. Installation is free for senior citizens. To order signs, phone Paula at 446-1078 or Misty at 363- 1313.

SALVATION ARMY in Blount County is accepting applications from families who request assistance. Phone Lisa at 625-4852 to make the necessary appointment. Thrift store hours are Monday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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