News in brief
Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department gets grant
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $70,082 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, according to a press release from U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller.
The grant money is earmarked for equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary to protect local communities.
Buffalo is one of three departments to receive grants in West Virginia, according to the release.
"Day after day the dedicated volunteers at our local fire departments help protect our local communities in West Virginia," Manchin said in the release. "As a former volunteer for the Marion County volunteer rescue squad, I appreciate and understand their hard work and dedication first-hand."
"It is essential that our firefighters have the resources they need while working to protect our communities during emergency situations," Rockefeller said. "I am so pleased the Buffalo, Sherrard, and Walton Volunteer Fire Departments are receiving critical funds that will help support the life-saving public services they provide."
AARP Defensive plans Driving Course
HURRICANE -- An AARP Defensive Driving Course will be offered at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church in Hurricane from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sept. 13.
The course will be in the Fellowship Hall and will be taught by James Persinger.
The class is open to all who want to attend. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.
Upon completion of the course, your auto insurance carrier may give you a discount on your auto insurance premiums.
Space is limited,; call Jerry Wolfe at 304-562-7325 to enroll.
Woman's Club invites new members
CROSS LANES, W.Va. -- The Woman's Club of Cross Lanes extends an invitation to ladies to become a part of their organization. The invitation is not limited to Cross Lanes residents, but is extended to all surrounding areas, to women of all ages, including juniors.
If you enjoy reaching out to help others, please consider becoming a part of the organization, and attend a meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2.
If you should have any questions, please call Peggy Thompson (304) 755-3450.
Winfield Little League board to meet Sept. 9
WINFIELD -- Winfield Little League will have its annual board meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Winfield Fire Department.
Call 304-389-6578 for more information.
Bridge to Ridge Bike Tour set for Sept. 13
WINFIELD -- The Putnam County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Winfield Lions Club, Putnam County Parks and Recreation and the Winfield McDonalds are sponsoring a challenging, 30-, 40-50-, and 62-mile scenic bicycle ride on the ridges of Putnam County on Saturday, Sept. 13, starting at 8 a.m. at the Putnam County Courthouse.
The cost is $30. Proceeds will benefit the Winfield Lions Club Community Projects.
For more information, contact Chris Gress at 304-586-9017 or the Putnam County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 304-562-0727, ext. 102.
Single and Parenting Support Group offered
SCOTT DEPOT -- Those facing the challenges that come with being a single parent are invited to attend a support group at Teays Valley Church of God from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday nights beginning Sept. 2. The group will meet weekly for 13 weeks.
The group will feature video sessions to help parents develop effective strategies on being a single parent. Each group topic is self-contained, so participants may start at any time. Childcare is available upon request. Call 304-757-9222 to register.
The class is free, but there is a $15 fee for the workbook. Scholarships are available for anyone needing assistance with the workbook fee.
Teays Valley Church of God is located at 6979 Teays Valley Rd. in Scott Depot just east of exit 40 off I-64.
Newcomers meeting set in Teays Valley
HURRICANE -- The season's first meeting of the Teays Valley Newcomers and Neighbors Club will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club.
The speaker will be Marie Beaver, executive director of Rea of Hope.
A lunch consisting of fruit salad, chicken casserole, mixed vegetable and cake will be served at a cost of $15. Make reservations for the meal before the preceding Friday, or just drop in at the meeting and skip the lunch. All attendees are requested to bring at least one non-perishable item for the Community Cupboard.
Those new to this area or established residents wishing to join a social group are welcome to join the Teays Valley Newcomers and Neighbors Club. Activities throughout the year include day trips, bowling, daytime and evening Euchre and Bunco, book discussions, movie day, gardening and more.
Al-Anon meetings offered at St. John's
SCOTT DEPOT -- If you need someone to talk toor just to listen, you are invited to Al-Anon meetings at 8 p.m. Fridays at St. John's Methodist Church, 4013 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot. Meetings are in the lower part of the building.
"Don't hesitate to attend because you feel you're a stranger; don't wait. You will find understanding, support and warmhearted people. Help is in Al-Anon," the group said in a statement.
Parks and Recreation offers photo classes
HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting beginners and intermediate photography classes instructed by Laura Moul.
Beginners classes will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 16, 23 and 30. The intermediate class will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 7, 14 and 21.
Classes will be in the Community Center at Waves of Fun in Valley Park. Class size is limited to 10.
For more information, call Moul at 304-743-8281 or visit her site, www.moulphotography.com.
To register, call the park office at 304-562-0518, ext. 10.
Oma Chapel to host fundraiser for Jack family on Aug. 30
BUFFALO -- Oma Chapel is hosting a Community Day to benefit the Jack family beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 30.
There will be hot dogs and homemade ice cream, a bounce house and water slide from 1-3 p.m. and a cornhole tournament at 4 p.m.
Oma Chapel is located on Arbuckle Creek, between Buffalo and Leon.
Celebrate Recovery meets at church
HURRICANE -- Celebrate Recovery meetings are offered at 7 p.m. Fridays at River Ridge Church, 1 Saturn Way, Hurricane.
For information, contact Shelley Coleman at 304-397-6173.
Cancer support group forms in Scott Depot
SCOTT DEPOT -- Teays Valley Church of God is the site for a new cancer support group which begins on Mondays in August from 6:30-8 p.m.
The group is open to anyone who is fighting cancer or family, friends, and caregivers of those with cancer. Come each week for encouragement, support, prayer and hope. Group sessions are free.
For more information or to register call 304-757-9222. Teays Valley Church of God is located at 6979 Teays Valley Rd. in Scott Depot just east of exit 40 off I-64.
Parks and Rec offers ballroom dance lessons
HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks is hosting ballroom dance lessons in The Commons located at Valley Park.
This is a four-week class, from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Cost is $50 per person or $80 a couple. Instructor is Steve Prowse.
Call the park office to register at 304-562-0518, ext. 10.
St. Francis invites prospective students to visit
St. ALBANS, W.Va. -- St. Francis of Assisi School in St. Albans, West Virginia, invites prospective families to schedule a tour and visit the school.
"St. Francis of Assisi School in St. Albans has over 60 years of educational success," according to a news release from the school. "High test scores, state-of-the-art technology, and a fully equipped gym might seem the most important reasons to send your child to such a private school, and St. Francis has all of that to offer. Reading is reinforced with online programs such as Achieve3000 and Accelerated Reader, and Math enrichment is offered through the nationally renowned program, Think Through Math. After School and Summer Programs provide a loving environment, rich in educational experiences so parents can rest assured their children are receiving quality care. St. Francis School give parents a real opportunity to provide their child with an excellent academic education in a loving Christian environment."
For more information or to schedule a tour, call 304-727-5690 or visit www.sfswv.com.
Grief support group meets in Scott Depot
SCOTT DEPOT -- Teays Valley Church of God is the location of a new "GriefShare" weekly support group from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays.
GriefShare is a special support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. The group is sponsored by people who understand what grief feels like and is designed to offer comfort and encouragement to those who are grieving.
The class is free, but participants must purchase a workbook for $15. Call 304-757-9222 to register. Teays Valley Church of God is located at 6979 Teays Valley Rd. in Scott Depot just east of exit 40 off I-64.
Church offers 'Parents Night Out'
SCOTT DEPOT -- Winfield Community Church, 144 Rocky Step Road, Scott Depot, would like to serve the community with a "Parents Night Out" event for children ages 3 and older, allowing parents free time apart from their children. The church says its mission is "to provide a safe, fun and loving environment where the love of Christ is shared."
The cost is free, but donations are accepted to help cover the cost of supplies and snacks.
Parents Night Out is set for 6-9 p.m. on the following dates:
Sept. 12 and 26
Oct. 10 and 24
Nov. 7 and 21
Dec. 5 and 19
For more information, call 304-757-4604.
WINFIELD -- Winfield United Methodist Preschool is currently enrolling for the 2014/15 school year.
"We offer a loving, educational environment with spiritual growth," according to a news release from the preschool.
Classes for 3- and 4-year-olds are available.
Call 304-586-3795 or 304-543-1660.
HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Parks & Recreation is hosting Zumba aerobic dance classes at the Commons at Valley Park.
Classes are 7-8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and 4-5 p.m. Sundays. Cost is $5 per class.
Sign up by calling the park office at 304-562-0518, ext.10.
SCOTT DEPOT -- Teays Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. every Friday at St. John's United Methodist Church, Scott Depot (across from Fruth Pharmacy). Use church's rear entrance.
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.
HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is looking for instructors to teach classes.
If anyone has a trade -- whether it is cooking, sewing, exercise, dance, welding or any other skill -- and would like to teach a class, please contact the park office at 304-562-0518.
HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is taking reservations for rental of the Hurricane Valley Community Center, located at Valley Park, Hurricane.
The center is available seven days a week, offering an opportunity for individuals or organizations to host receptions, birthday parties, showers, club dinners and luncheons, meetings, reunions, workshops and more.
For additional information or to make reservations, call 304-562-0518, ext.10.
HURRICANE -- Isshinryu Karate classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 5 to adult at the Hurricane Valley Community Center.
Cost is $35 per month.
Call 304-562-0518, ext. 10, for more information.
HURRICANE -- EnAct is now accepting donations for three new programs for 2014: Clothing Closet, Hygiene Pantry and Baby Pantry. For more information contact Barbie Spade at 304-562-6037.
HURRICANE -- The Putnam Adult Learning Center is open for enrollment.
Looking to improve your skills to obtain the new high school equivalency diploma for West Virginia? We can help. Call today to start working toward your future, 304-586-2411.
HURRICANE -- A Writers' Group is meeting from 5-6:45 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Putnam County Library, 4219 W.Va. 34, Hurricane.
The group is led by a published writer. Writers of all levels -- whether previously published or aspiring to become published -- are invited to this free group. Bring samples of your work for voluntary reading and group critique.
Boy Scout Troop invites area youth to meetings
HURRICANE -- Boy Scout Troop 36, based in Hurricane, invites area youth to come to a meeting and learn more about scouting.
The troop stays active with campouts, summer camp, games, food drives, community service projects and more.
The troop meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 2438 U.S. 60, Hurricane.
For more information, call David Miller at 304-562-9271, ext. 6115, or Steve Caldwell at 304-562-9233.
St. ALBANS -- Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that can help addicts overcome their hurts, habits and hang-ups. By applying the biblical principles of conviction, conversion, surrender, confession, restitution, prayer, quiet time, witnessing, and helping one another, the goal is that each person will find both a deep peace and a lasting freedom in Jesus Christ as they walk their own road to recovery.
A Celebrate Recovery group meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at King's River Worship Center, 777 Mallory Lane, St. Albans. This group is open to anyone who is either suffering from an addiction, living with domestic violence or any other hurts in your past or present.
"We believe that regardless of your past or current situation, there is hope for a brighter future. If your desire for your life is peace and freedom from bondage, come join us on this Road to Recovery," a news release from the group stated.
For more information, call the church at 304-727-4907 or visit www.kingsriver.org.
WINFIELD -- Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County is now training adults who would like to help other adults learn to read, or who would like to teach English to a non-English speaker. No experience is required and free training is provided.
Call 304-757-1550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music lessons offered at Hurricane studio
HURRICANE -- Music lessons are now being offered at the Main Street Music Studio in Hurricane. Private lessons are offered for guitar, bass, drums, piano and mandolin.
The studio has moved next door to its previous location, and is now at 2729 Main St.
Contact instructors directly for information: Loren Amsbary (guitar, bass, mandolin, drums), 304-208-7508; Bob Brown (banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin) 304-380-2853; Roger Copen (drums), 304-389-4853; and Valerie Betterton (piano), 304-757-1592.
HURRICANE -- Those new to this area or established residents just wishing to join a social group are welcome to join Teays Valley Newcomers and Neighbors Club. Activities throughout the year include: day trips, bowling, day and evening card games (Euchre), movie day, lunch bunch and shopping, book discussions, day and evening bunco, quilting, coffee bunch, library landscaping and more.
The group is taking a break for the rest of the summer, but plans will be announced for a September meeting.
Meetings are at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the basement of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 2150 Mount Vernon Road. The ladies of the church will prepare a light lunch and would appreciate a $10-$15 donation per person, proceeds going to mission work. Please make reservations for the meal the Thursday prior to meeting. All attending are also requested to bring a non-perishable item for the Community Cupboard.
HURRICANE -- VFW Post 9097 Hurricane has Bingo and grill open every Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. Also there is Karaoke with Dynomite every Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Saturday afternoons feature free food at the bar.
HURRICANE -- Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County is accepting new students. Literacy Volunteers offers free, private reading tutoring to adults, ages 16 and older. All reading levels and abilities are accepted.
Call 304-757-1550 or email email@example.com for more information.
HURRICANE -- Zumba classes are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7-8 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the Commons located at the Valley (Wave Pool) Park. Cost is $5 per class.
For more information, call 304-562-0518, ext. 10.
SCOTT DEPOT -- The Scott/Teays Lions Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Lions Clubs throughout the world -- totaling 1.3 million -- accepted the challenge issued by Helen Keller to be Knights of the Blind.
The Lions motto is "We Serve." All monies raised by the club are used to benefit the community.
If you would like to learn more, call Bill Hensley at 304-757-8599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOMETOWN -- A support group for caregivers of those with Alzhiemers Disease meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Wednesday every month at the Hometown Senior Center, 100 1st Ave. N.
Discussions are confidential. For information, call 304-586-2745.
HURRICANE -- Bob Ingargiola (7th Dan) will teach Isshinryu Karate classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 5 to adult at the Hurricane Valley Community Center.
Cost is $40 per month.
Call 304-757-3442 for more information.
HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Parks & Recreation is having Zumba aerobic dance classes from 7-8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
Classes will be at the Commons located at the Valley (Wave Pool) Park. Cost is $5 per class.
Call 304-562-0518, ext.10 for information.
CHARLESTON -- Free Zumba workout classes are offered to the public at 5:30 p.m. every Monday at the Union building conference room at West Virginia State University.
Advanced registration is not required.
Fitness studio offers new classes
HURRICANE -- Isla Bonita Fitness Studio, 3544 Teays Valley Road, across from Hurricane City Park, behind Ace Hardware, is offering a few new classes.
Belly Dance Basic Course, 6:30 p.m. Fridays. Email Edith Bourne at email@example.com or call 304-881-7564.
New Zumba classes (Zumba Gold and Zumba). Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-881-7564 for times and days.
Yoga classes. Email email@example.com or call 304-881-7564 for times and days.
Program offers help to problem gamblers
TEAYS VALLEY -- The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia, the program that operates the statewide 1-800-GAMBLER help-line for problem gamblers and their loved ones, is offering a support group in Teays Valley to help individuals struggling with a gambling addiction.
The agency, in conjunction with Fred Clark, offers therapy group sessions for one and a half hours a week for the duration of three months. Clark, a longtime mental health therapist and Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor, will facilitate the group.
Through the 11 years of operating the 1-800-Gambler helpline, the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia has received nearly 10,000 calls from problem gamblers and their loved ones. One of the main reasons Teays Valley was chosen as a site for this type of treatment is the helpline receives many calls from the Cabell, Kanawha, and Putnam county areas. Kathleen O'Neil, coordinator of this project for the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia said, "Teays Valley is in close proximity of where we receive calls from this three-county area."
Anyone who thinks they or a loved one may have a gambling problem is urged to call 1-800-GAMBLER to find out more.
Huntington's Disease support group formed
CHARLESTON -- A peer-led Huntington's Disease support group meets in Charleston for patients, families, caregivers and those at risk. The meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Saint Francis Hospital.
For more information, call 304-549-3266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hometown Senior Center offers activities
HOMETOWN, W.Va. -- The Hometown Senior Center, 100 1st Ave., Hometown, has several new announcements to share.
The Center is looking for quilters, singers for the senior choir and volunteers for various help. The Center is also offering a free scrapbooking class at 10 a.m. every Monday and Thursday.
A number of other activities are also available.
Transportation is available for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. The service can also include stops at the grocery store, post office or pharmacy after lunch.
For more information, call the Center at 304-586-2745.
Swim classes available
SCOTT DEPOT -- The Tri-County YMCA continues to conduct SwimAmerica School at the Toyota Aquatic Center.
SwimAmerica holds classes for children ages 5 and older Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Pre-School SwimAmerica classes for children ages 3 and 4 are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Cost is $55 for members and $75 for non-members. For more information regarding SwimAmerica or for information regarding infant and parent and adult swimming instruction, call the Tri-County YMCA at 304-757-0016 or visit the website at www.wildwaves.org.
Boys invited to Cub Scout meetings
ELEANOR -- Cub Scouts Pack 586 invites boys to come check out their meetings and learn more about scouting.
Pack 586 holds weekly meetings on Tuesdays at Eleanor First Baptist Church. Activities include games, character building activities and more.
For more information, call Cub Master Glen Armstrong at 304-586-1157.
Boy Scout Troop 164 invites youth to meetings
ELEANOR -- Boy Scout Troop 164, based in Eleanor, invites area youth to come to a meeting and learn more about scouting.
The small troop stays active, with campouts, merit badge work, summer camps, games, lock-ins, food drives and more.
The troop is led by Scoutmaster John Snedegar, with assistant Scoutmasters Marty Fertig, Markel Fertig and Jake Fertig. The troop meets at 7 p.m. every Monday at the Presbyterian Church on Roosevelt Boulevard in Eleanor.
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