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ALLGOOD CLEANUP every Wednesday, weather permitting, for roadside cleanup. Residents are urged to join the mayor in picking up trash along the roadsides in the Allgood town limits. All supplies (trash bags, gloves, pickup sticks, etc.) will be provided. Even if unable to pick up trash, all residents of Allgood and adjoining areas can participate by not throwing out any trash and by getting tag numbers of those throwing trash from vehicles. Mayor Gene Armstrong thanks those who have already been picking up trash and invites others to join in making Allgood a cleaner town in which to live.

BULL RIDING AT AGRIBUSINESS Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9 and 10, with performances beginning at 8 p.m. at the center’s indoor arena. Professional cowboys from across the country will compete in the event, sponsored by H-Bar-H Rodeo Company in cooperation with Blount County-Oneonta Agribusiness Center. Friday is Family Night when the first 200 kids 10 and under receive free trick ropes and have free pony rides and a calf scramble with prize money of $100. Admission is $10 each for 2-year-olds and older on Friday and $15 for adults and $10 for children two to 10 on Saturday. For more information, call 274-8839 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. BLOUNT COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB will host its annual “Freezefest” tailgate and swapmeet Jan. 3 beginning at 8 a.m. All active or inactive ham radio operators and families plus anyone interested in amateur (ham) radio are invited. Location is the old rock school on U.S. 231 just north of Rainbow Crossing in Summit. A testing session will be offered to anyone desiring to obtain or upgrade their amateur radio license. Visit the club’s webpage at www.W4BLT.org.

HELP FOR ADDICTIONS to alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, buying, etc. Addictions can seem baffling and overwhelming, and yet with insight and understanding, recovery can be a reality. Hope House holds two weekly SMART Recovery meetings on Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the old hospital, 1000 Lincoln Avenue, in Oneonta. SMART Recovery program helps individuals gain independence from addictive behavior. The program offers specific tools and techniques for each of the program points: #1: Enhancing and maintaining motivation to abstain; #2: Coping with urges; #3: Managing thoughts, feelings, and behavior (problem solving); and #4: Balancing momentary and enduring satisfactions (lifestyle balance). For more information, phone 625- 4673, ext. 301.

CONTACT LENS WEARERS can reduce eye redness and eye irritation by removing lenses or reducing lens-wear time when they feel colds or flu coming on. Those who wear extended-wear lenses should opt for daily contact lenses for the same reasons. Cold or flu infections can temporarily change outer-eye fluids, often making the tear film thinner and the eye’s surface drier, and antihistamines taken for relief can further dehydrate eyes and lead to scratchiness or lens irritation. Lens-wearers should pay attention to their eyes during seasonal changes. They should know to start taking lenses out earlier in the evening, leaving them out all day when a cold or flu strikes, and keeping a spare pair of glasses handy to avoid being totally dependent on contacts when eyes are red and irritated.

ANNUAL PET CAT SHOW Birmingham Feline Fanciers sponsors its 37th allbreed and household pet cat show Jan. 24-25 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, South Exhibition Hall. Breeds from around the country compete for titles, regional and national points, and household pet cats compete for ribbons and trophies. There will be booths for sale items, kitties available for adoption from humane and rescue organizations, and a cat art show for students whose art will be judged by local artists and members of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors 60 and up, and $3 children under 12. For more information, call 205- 616-1651 or go to www.Birminghamfeline fanciers.com.

THE TURN AROUND HOUSE meets at The Church of Oneonta across Ala 75 from Walmart. The Turn Around House describes itself as a Christ-centered source of hope, love, and refuge. It charges no fee. Its personnel say they listen, counsel, trust, and respect. They strive to turn lives in the right direction as they seek rehabilitation of alcohol and drug addicts. They invite those needing help to check with their referral officers to confirm The Turn Around House’s recognition by state, municipal, and civil courts. They say religion and denominations are not discussed. Tobacco products are not used on the premises. Clients are expected to have open minds and want to learn strategies to defeat their problems. Questions and input are requested but not required. Its personnel say The Turn Around House is not competing with any other organizations in the area. Phone 205-353-2006 for more information.

BUSINESS OWNERS COUNSELING Jacksonville State University Small Business Development Center, the SBA, and Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce will offer one-on-one counseling for prospective and existing small business owners at no charge Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the chamber office. It is necessary for you to make an appointment. For more information, call 274-2153.