MEETINGS BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY will meet Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Frank Green Building in Oneonta. Mark Bodenhausen, chair of the Alabama Libertarian Party, will speak on his party’s 2008 platform. Democrats welcome those interested in learning more of Libertarian ideas and how they compare and contrast with those of the Democratic party.

CHRONIC OBSTRUCTED PULMONARY DISEASE COPD Suppport Group will not meet Sept. 7 but will hold a meeting Saturday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. at The Church of Oneonta. There will be live entertainment, a meal, and wonderful fellowship. Members should bring covered dishes. Meat and drinks will be furnished. A special announcement will be made at the meeting. For more information, call 274-9184.

BLOUNTSVILLE COUNCIL meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. due to the Labor Day holiday. Blountsville council meetings are held the first and third Mondays of each month at 6 p.m.

HAYDEN COUNCIL will meet at the Community Center beginning Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. to accommodate Hayden’s growing population. Hayden council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

‘CRITTERS’ ANIMAL SHELTER ESSAY CONTEST Blount County Animal Shelter Inc. announces the start of its annual essay contest for Blount County students. To qualify, students must submit a one-page essay that answers the question “Why my pet is my best friend.” Students in kindergarten through fourth-grade may submit a work of art instead of an essay. Prizes will be awarded in grade divisions K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Entries must be received by Sept. 10 and may be mailed to P.O. Box 310, Locust Fork, AL 35097; dropped off at the Animal Adoption Center, county road 1, Cleveland; or taken to the Carl Coleman Center, 4141 Cty Hwy 13, Locust Fork. Winning entries will be posted at the BCASI fair booth. Winners will receive ribbons and a gift bag. First-place winners also receive $50 savings bonds; second-place winners $20 Walmart gift cards; and third-place winners $10 McDonald’s gift cards. For more information, call 647-8340 or 647-0422.

ALABAMA SPAY NEUTER CLINIC VAN will pick up pets Sept. 8 in Remlap and Sept. 22 in Oneonta. The clinic provides low-cost, high-quality spay and neuter services and does not require proof of previous medical care or any vaccinations other than rabies, which is required by the State of Alabama. Transportation to the clinic is free. Prices are $70 female dog; $60 male dog; $55 female cat; $40 male cat; $12 rabies. Anyone who is on any type of state or federal financial assistance is allowed a $25 discount. This includes Medicaid, food stamps, low income, disability, unemployment, and All Kids. For reservations, call the clinic at 956-0012. REUNIONS COMPANY B 131 TANK BATTALION will have its 60thyear reunion Saturday, Sept. 11, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Sarah’s Cafe on U.S. 278 at Walnut Grove.

HENRY I. COX FAMILY will have a reunion Sunday, Sept. 26, between 12 noon and 3 p.m. at the Amilea Porter Center at Palisades Park.

CAHELA, CLABURN, CLEM REUNION The sixth annual Cahela, Claburn, Clem reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, between 9 am. and 3 p.m. at the Amilea Porter Center at Palisades Park. Family and friends are invited.

HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI will have a reunion Saturday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. at the high school library. All former students are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Call June Reid at 647-3338.

CLEVELAND CLASS OF 2000 will have a reunion Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at Top O’ The River. RSVP to 237-0515.

THIS AND THAT ORGANIST JOHN McCALL will present a free concert Sunday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Avenue North, Birmingham. The event is sponsored by the Alabama Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society.

ANNUAL HALTER HORSE SHOW will be held Friday, Sept. 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m.. during the 2010 fair at the Blount County-Oneonta Agribusiness Center in Oneonta. Registration is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. with no admission or registration fee for participants. Prize money and ribbons will be awarded. For more information, call 274-8839 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or see website

DISCUSSION GROUPS Energy descent, climate change, and economic constrictions? Are you hearing or reading about Peak Oil, changing climate patterns, localizing economies, food access, nurturing community, transition towns, and other related topics? Want to discuss these with like-minded folks? For more information, call or e-mail Sara Rose in Royal at 429-3088 or

THE TOWN OF LOCUST FORK will celebrate Founders Day Saturday, Sept. 18, when an historic marker will be dedicated at Town Hall. Vendors, entertainment, and food can be found at the Community Park. Local vendors may still enter as registration deadline is Sept. 10. Call 681-4581 for more information. See the website at

COME TO THE FAIR! The Blount County 2010 fair is set for Sept. 14 through Sept. 18 at the Agribusiness Center in Oneonta. Booths will feature commercial, community service, church, school, youth, and other organizational exhibits, and the midway will have fun rides for all ages. Entertainment will be offered each night with livestock shows on Thursday and Friday nights and special events throughout the week. The fair will be open Tuesday through Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. Visit
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BLOUNTSVILLE HARVEST FESTIVAL Plans are underway now for the Oct. 9 homecoming and harvest festival in Blountsville, which is participating in Alabama’s Great Homecoming emphasizing small towns and downtowns. Blountsville will unveil a new monument at the old town square during the event, and as usual, there will be entertainment, food, vendors’ goods, information and civic booths, car show, tractor show, parade, children’s activities, business decoration contest, politicians, and the opportunity to become reacquainted with old friends. Request vendor or booth applications from Diane Neely, 429-2406 ext. 2. Request parade applications from Jeff Thompson, 429-4232.

AARP DRIVER’S SAFETY CLASS, designed for those 50 and older, will be hosted by St. Vincent’s Blount on Sept. 22 and Sept. 23 between 9 am. and 1 p.m. A participant must attend both sessions for certification. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Call Cathy Lee at 647-8933 for more information or to register.

NOMINATE FAVORITE ATHLETES Nominations are being taken until Oct. 1 for the Blount County Sports Hall of Fame. Those who attended last year’s event know what fun it is. Athletes and others associated with sports in Blount County will be honored, and money raised will go toward the Oneonta Rotary Club’s scholarship fund. Nomination forms are available at all Superior Bank branches in Blount County.

PALISADES PARK MINI-CONFERENCE “Fall Planting Makes Cents” Sept. 23. Investing in plants during the fall can bring a big reward next year. An outstanding line-up of plant experts will help you get ready for the fall planting season. Subjects include preparing the soil for fall planting, hydrangeas, Japanese maples, and fall plants for our area. A $20 fee will cover the sessions, snacks, and a sack lunch. Sponsored by Blount County Master Gardeners, this event is open to everyone. Be sure to register early; there are only 75 slots. Following the conference, Jason Powell (Petals of the Past) will have plants for sale. For registration information call Sherilyn Osborne 681-9896 or go by the Extension office in the Frank Green Building, 415 Fifth Avenue East, U.S. 231, Oneonta.

CAN’T FIND; CAN’T HELP Straight Mountain and Murphree Valley volunteer fire departments are selling reflective address markers for $15 (you install) or $20 (fire department installs) to help volunteers more easily find homes in emergencies. The 16”x18”markers have 3” white numbers and are highly visible day or night as they are painted a fade-resistant blue, made of reflective material on both sides, and have pre-drilled holes for attachment to mailbox posts. Order by calling Straight Mountain’s Larry at 274-4321 or 274-8509 or Murphree Valley’s Pennie at 274-8588. If the firemen can’t find you, they can’t help you.