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FREE COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR SENIORS, 50 and older, will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Thursday, Nov. 5, at Cleveland Career Technical School with instructors from Wallace State Community College. Since seating for the computer and job skills program is limited, you should pre-register with Lynette at the AWARE office, 625- 5159. Seniors who need help finding full- or part-time jobs would benefit from this free 60-hour computer course, as most job descriptions now require some computer skills.

EMPLOYERS: ARE YOU LOOKING for skilled, dependable, qualified, loyal, pleasant employees? Look no more! Call the AWARE (Aging Workers Are Reliable Employees) program at 625-5159. This program has people to fit almost any job, and there is never a fee as this is a non-profit organization.

BLOUNT COUNTY SAV-A-LIFE invites the public to attend its annual awareness fundraising banquet Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Oneonta First Baptist Church, 300 3rd Avenue East. Dr. Beverly McMillin will be guest speaker. RSVP to 625-5416, 559-3680, or bcsal@otelco.net.

“SALUTE TO THE AMERICAN VETERAN” program will be sponsored Nov. 2 by Blountsville Eastern Star Chapter 389 at the group’s meeting place in the Masonic Building, one block off Main Street in Blountsville. The group will have its regular meeting at 7 p.m. with the veterans’ program at 7:30 p.m. There will be several speakers and an MIA/POW program. Refreshments will follow the program, which is open to the public.

FARMERS MARKET CLOSING Saturday, Oct. 31. It will be open Thursday and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Blount County-Oneonta Agribusiness Center. 274-8839.

TURKEY SHOOT will be sponsored by Susan Moore High School Nov. 7 beginning at 7 a.m. There will be turkeys, hams, and special prizes. Event located on Ala 75, 1 1/2 miles south of Snead Crossroads. 466-7663.

LANDOWNERS’ ASSISTANCE SIGNUP for the Alabama Agricultural and Conservation Development program continues through Friday, Oct. 30. For approved applications, landowners must conduct the approved practices according to detailed specifications supplied by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Landowners are responsible for hiring appropriate vendors to conduct the work, ensuring that practices are properly performed, and paying vendors. Cost documents may then be submitted for costsharing reimbursement based on the approved rate of costshare, not to exceed certain set maximums per practice. Applications will be taken at the Blount County Soil and Water Conservation district office in the Frank J. Green Building, 415 Fifth Avenue East, Oneonta. 274-2363, ext. 3.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY In order to honor veterans, on Nov. 7 the Blountsville Historical Society will sponsor “Called to Arms,” a time-lined U.S. military Living History event at Blountsville’s Historical Park on U.S. 231 north, representing war veterans from the Revolution ‘til now. A time-lined event features scenes or vignettes of different periods through time, and there will be re-enactors, actual veterans, and others representing the different eras of America’s military history. Since there will also be a morning parade in Oneonta to honor veterans, the public will have a full day in Blount County of appropriate no-admission-charged activities. Anyone wishing to participate with camp scenes, museum displays, music, or military vehicles and equipment may contact event coordinator, Joyce Thompson, 205-429-4232, or email raven28@ otelco.net.
On Dec. 6 from 2 p.m. till 4 p.m. there will be a Christmas open house with the buildings decked out in period decor. Visitors will be asked for input on continuing these free events.

SPECIAL VETERANS DISPLAY through Nov. 14 at Oneonta Public Library will highlight books about places where military personnel serve and about how to deal with issues with veterans and their families. Included will be a world map to be marked with pins by those who have loved ones in service overseas and a book for them to sign with their family members’ names and places of service. A table will be available for one to obtain a name and address of a local National Guardsman to write; paper and envelopes will be available.

VETERANS DAY PARADE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to assist in planning and organizing the 2009 parade as a part of Operation Grateful Heart, which says, “This year don’t forget the men and women who have served and are serving in the military.” Contact the Blount County Memorial Museum at 625-6905 or the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce at 274-2153.

AGIGAUE CHARITY AUCTION to be Nov. 5 at Twin Oaks at Heritage Golf. From proceeds, club gives academic scholarships, supports Special Olympics, pays fees for Boy’s and Girl’s State representatives, and contributes to other causes. The $20 tickets entitle purchasers to participate in live and silent auction and include two drinks and dinner and live band entertainment.

OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART now receiving packages for mailing to Blount County soldiers overseas. Items must be packaged in flat-rate boxes from the post office, according to Robert Venable, commander of American Legion Post 72 in Oneonta, who adds that the boxes are free. Drop off packages Tuesdays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at museum for mailing within two working days after receipt. Robert Venable 540-7479 or Amy Rhudy 625-6905.

PARENTS OF BLOUNT SCHOOL STUDENTS are invited to a come-and-go open house/orientation at the Blount County Schools’ Resource Center to celebrate National Parent Involvement Day between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 19. The center is located at 62561 U.S. 231, Cleveland. RSVP requested but not required. 625-4103 or rshew@blountboe.net.

ONEONTA BOARD OF EDUCATION will have a working meeting Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. in the boardroom on the search for Oneonta City Schools superintendent. The group’s regular meeting will be Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.