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Apr. 19, 2013 @ 11:22 AM

PSD offers $1,000 for info on hydrant damage

SCOTT DEPOT -- The Putnam PSD Board of Commissioners is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for damage to a fire hydrant near Scott/Teays Elementary in Scott Depot.

The hydrant was apparently struck in a hit-and-run on April 4.

The damage resulted in substantial unplanned repair costs for the District, damage to at least one residence, and an extended period of time during which several customers had no water service.

If anyone has any pertinent information, we urge them to call the Putnam County Sheriff's Dept at 304-586-0256.

Teays Valley VFD gets $60,000 grant

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito has announced a grant in the amount of $60,800 to the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department in Putnam County.

Assistance to Firefighters Grants help firefighters and first responders obtain critically needed equipment like protective gear and emergency vehicles.

"Our firefighters risk their lives every day to keep our communities safe in West Virginia," Capito said in a news release. "That is why I am proud to announce this generous grant for Putman County. Assistance to Firefighters Grants play a key role in ensuring our firefighters and first responders have the critical equipment they need to stay safe and protect the public from fire and related hazards."

Rotary scholarships available for students

Putnam County Rotary Club will award $2,000 scholarships to deserving high school students in the county. Students must be able to show financial need for a scholarship, must be enrolled in a Putnam County High School and have been accepted into a vocational school, West Virginia college or university, among other criteria.

Students must also submit a 200-word essay.

The deadline for application is May 15.

Complete criteria and guidelines, and a downloadable application, can be found at http://putnamrotary.com/minutes/13ScholarshipInfo.pdf.

High tunnels to be discussed April 25

BUFFALO -- Margo White, Master Gardener and Putnam Farmers' Market producer, will discuss High Tunnel Management at 6 p.m. on Thursday April 25, at Buffalo High School.

White is the owner of Margo's Garden, a niche market produce farm near Buffalo. She will relate her experience with raising produce in high tunnels with emphasis on environmental control for optimum growth and plant health. Season extension infrastructure like high tunnels can typically allow producers to plant and harvest four to five weeks earlier or later for the average WV growing season. Also on the agenda, there will be representatives of insurance companies to explain the importance of product liability and how premiums are determined.

This workshop is a dinner fund-raiser for the Buffalo FFA Chapter.

Life care seminar set for YMCA on April 22

SCOTT DEPOT -- JeffersonWhitney, a Hurricane based insurance, investment and financial planning firm that places an increased focus on those with special needs, is joining Campbell Woods, PLLC and Gibbons & Kawash, A.C. to bring an educational seminar regarding the fundamentals of Life Care Planning and the need for a Special Needs Trust.

This event will be held at the Tri-County YMCA in Scott Depot from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 22. The seminar will discuss life care planning for individuals with disabilities, as well as the basics of wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, including tax issues and deductible expenses, with an emphasis on families with special needs

JeffersonWhitney is located at 3466 Teays Valley Road and serves clients throughout the Tri-State area. For more information, please visit www.jeffersonwhitney.com.

Campbell Woods, PLLC is located at 1002 Third Ave. in Huntington, with two other locations in West Virginia and Kentucky. Gibbons & Kawash is located at 300 Chase Tower, 707 Virginia St., East in Charleston. For more information, please visit www.campbellwoods.com or www.gandkcpas.com .

Business After Hours to take place April 23

HURRICANE -- The next Business After Hours sponsored by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce will take place at Midway Ford from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. Business After Hours provides a social, but professional venue for business people to make new contacts and expand their presence in the business community.

Participation is open to all Chamber members and their guests. The cost to attend is $15 per person, RSVPs are required and pre-payment is appreciated. There will be a cash drawing sponsored by BB&T valued at $400, but you must be present to win. The Chamber will continue to draw until there is a winner present. Food and refreshments will also be included in a relaxed social setting. Additionally, the Chamber identifies future Business of the Month winners from the calling cards of those in attendance.

RSVPs are required by Monday, April 22. To obtain membership information or to make reservations, call the Chamber at 304-757-6510 or chamber@putnamcounty.org. You can also visit the website at www.putnamchamber.org.

Performer to open new studio in Scott Depot

SCOTT DEPOT -- Huntington native Judith Cavendish has returned to West Virginia after spending the last 15 years performing and teaching in Baltimore and Columbia, Md. She has music degrees from Marshall University and did her doctoral studies at WVU's Creative Arts Center.

She is opening a private studio in voice/piano/keyboard at her home in Scott Depot on Monday, April 22. The address is 203 Summit Drive, her phone number is 304-757-5201, and her email is jlcav777@aol.com.

Chamber golf tourney June 24 at Sleepy Hollow

HURRICANE -- Plans are being made for the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce annual golf tournament, taking place on Monday, June 24, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club.

Major sponsors of the 2013 tournament are AEP John Amos and Baker Bonhert.

The Chamber is now accepting teams, hole sponsorships and door prize donations. Team sponsorships will be $650 for members, $725 for non-members. Confirmation numbers will be assigned for all registering teams and will be required the day of the tournament.

Hole sponsors are $175 for members, $200 for non-members. Businesses that sponsor golf holes or donate door prizes will be listed in the official tournament program. Door prize gifts provide an excellent means for businesses to showcase their products and services.

For more information, email gwhite@putnamcounty.org or call 304-757-6510.

Biblical program for addicts offered

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.

'Woman Up' set for May 8 in Hurricane

HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the Putnam County Chamber NOW (Network of Women) will host the 3rd annual Women's Conference and Business Showcase, titled "Woman Up," from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at the Valley Park Community Center in Hurricane.

This conference is designed to provide women with the tools they need to continue to climb the ladder of success, according to a news release from the Chamber.

The schedule of events includes: an all-day Business Showcase; a panel discussion, keynote address and two additional presentations. Lunch catered by the FireSide Grille will be provided. Admission is $40 for Chamber members and $60 for non-members.

There are sponsorship and business showcase opportunities available. To become a sponsor, business showcase participant or to purchase tickets, contact the Chamber office for details at 304-757-6510 or a.alford@putnamcounty.org. You can also visit www.PutnamChamber.org for more information.

Volunteers needed to walk dogs at shelter

WINFIELD -- Volunteers are needed to walk dogs at the Putnam Animal Relief Center, 1 Sabre Road, Winfield.

Walkers are needed from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter is closed on Sundays.

Call 304-586- 0249 or Email: putnamanimalshelter@frontier.com .

Little league celebrates 40th Anniversary

HURRICANE -- Hurricane Little League will celebrate its 40th Anniversary May 4 and 5.

Plans include cookout on Saturday, Alumni Game on Sunday. Past and present players are welcome to attend.

For more information contact Lee Price at 304-395-3883 or go to Facebook and request to join Hurricane Little League Group. Requests will be accepted immediately.

Free princess party planned for April 27

HURRICANE -- The much-anticipated Once Upon a Time Princess Party has been planned for 10 a.m. until noon on April 27 at Valley Park, Hurricane.

This free event is open to girls ages 1 through 12. They are invited to come dressed as their favorite princess and have their pictures taken with Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Ariel, Snow White, Jasmine, Tiana, the Frog Prince, Tinkerbell and the Fairy Godmother. There will be princess-theme activities and refreshments.

No reservations are required.

For more information call Karen Haynes at 304-757-7584 or Putnam County Parks at 304-562-0518, ext. 10.

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.

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 putnamliteracy@yahoo.com.

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.

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.

For reservations, contact Ginny Ochsner at ochsner@suddenlink.net or 843-247-6803, or Vyvyanne Gilliland at avonvyvy@yahoo.com.

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 putnamliteracy@yahoo.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.

HURRICANE -- Isshinryu Karate classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 5 to adult at the Valley Park Community Center located at the Valley (Wave Pool) Park.

Cost is $40 per month. Call 304-757-3442 for information.

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 e-mail billybh@suddenlink.com.

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.

HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is looking for instructors to teach classes. If anyone has a trade and would like to teach a class, please contact the park office at 304-562-0518, ext. 10.

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 edithalva5@hotmail.com or call 304-881-7564.

New Zumba classes (Zumba Gold and Zumba). Email edithalva5@hotmail.com or call 304-881-7564 for times and days.

Yoga classes. Email edithalva5@hotmail.com or call 304-881-7564 for times and days.

Boy Scout Troop seeks members

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 camp outs, summer camp, games, food drives, community service projects and more.

The troop meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the First Baptist Church of Hurricane, 2635 Main St., Hurricane.

For more information, call David Miller, 304-562-9271, ext. 6115, or Steve Caldwell, 304-562-9233.

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 debarm@suddenlink.net.

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.