News in brief
Civil Wark Weekend event set for March 27
HURRICANE -- Mark your calendar now for the annual Civil War Weekend, March 27-30 at Valley Park in Hurricane.
Storytelling, Night firing, Parade Drills, Ladies Tea, Historical Play, a Military Ball, Sutlers and Re-enactors who will commemorate the skirmish of Hurricane Bridge and the Battle of Scary Creek are just a few of the activities going on.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
For more information call Putnam County Parks at 304-562-0518, ext. 10 or the Visitors Bureau at 304-562-0727, ext. 102.
Ladies Tea event planned for March 29
HURRICANE -- In conjunction with Civil War Weekend, the annual Ladies Tea is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in the Valley Park Community Center at Valley Park, Hurricane.
All ladies 8 and older are welcome to attend. You may bring your favorite tea cup.
Purchase your $5 ticket at the park office by calling 304-562-0518, ext. 10. Only 50 tickets available.
Indoor garage sale takes place March 8
CROSS LANES -- The Cross Lanes United Methodist Church will have its Indoor Garage Sale-A-Rama & Bake Sale from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8.
Forty-six vendors have signed up to participate, selling both old and new items. The bake sale will feature Alma Page's Cinnamon Rolls and Breads, sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
Concessions will be provided by CLUMC Youth.
St. John United Methodist book club hosts meeting March 18
SCOTT DEPOT -- The St John United Methodist Church Book Club of Scott Depot will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the church library.
The book for discussion is "I'd Like To Apologize To Every Teacher I Ever Had," by Tony Danza, who starred in such classic TV series as "Taxi" and "Who's the Boss?" Danza's absorbing account of a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High-Philadelphia's largest high school with 3,600 students. Entering the school's crowded halls, Tony found his way to a classroom filled with 26 students who were determined not to cut him any slack. This book is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, but is mostly filled with hard-won and feel-good tears.
The April 15 book will be "Hidden Power" by Kate Marton, a look into the lives of 12 president wives from Wilson to Bush, and the power they had while their husbands were in office.
Everyone is welcome. For information call Peggy Kuhl, 304-757-9035 or the church office 304-757-6343.
Today is last day to receive orders for trees
WINFIELD -- The Putnam County Master Gardeners are conducting a Fruit Tree Fundraiser during the month of February.
The public is invited to place their order for trees from Adams County Nursery, Inc., in Pennsylvania, with a bulk order placed by the local Master Gardener program. Pending the total number of trees that the group orders, typical savings per tree (when ordering 100 trees or more) are $18/tree for apple and pear varieties and approximately $17/tree for peach, plum and cherry trees. Last year the Master Gardeners ordered 150 trees and trees averaged $12 -$15 per tree.
Orders and payments must be received by today, Friday, Feb. 28.
Price breaks, premium charges, disease resistant varieties, rootstocks and pollination considerations are located at the company's website (http://www.acnursery.com/acn_trees.php). A limited number of catalogues are available at the WVU Putnam County Extension Office. A donation to the Putnam County Master Gardeners of $1 to $3 per tree, depending on the number of trees ordered, will be collected for each tree order.
To place an order or for further questions, call the Putnam County Extension Office at 304-586-0217.
Kickoff event for Juvenile Diabetes set for March 1
HURRICANE -- A kickoff event is planned for the Blast Off For A Cure 2014 Walk for juvenile diabetes from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at First Baptist Church of Hurricane, 2635 Main St., Hurricane.
The kick off event will include a chance to meet Billy Hart, an Iron Man who has type 1 diabetes; network with other families facing juvenile diabetes; healthy snack activity for kids; Zumba lesson; research update, and meet family teams and exchange fundraising ideas.
For more information, contact Debbie Wertz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-562-5866.
HURRICANE -- The next monthly meeting of the Teays Valley Newcomers and Neighbors Club will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club.
The program will be provided by Lisa from "Oodles," a unique store in downtown Hurricane. She will be giving us tips and ideas on how to "perk up" our homes and ourselves to get us over the winter doldrums.
A lunch consisting of salad, stuffed meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and apple pie 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, lunch bunch, quilting, gardening and more.
ELKVIEW, W.Va. -- The WV Desk & Derrick Club will celebrate "Desk and Derrick Awareness Month" with a dinner meeting at 5 p.m. on March 18 at the Ponderosa Steak House in Elkview.
Featured speaker will be past President Kathy Tawney highlighting the Association Desk & Derrick Club. Those who work in the oil and gas or related industries are invited to learn about the benefits and opportunities our association has to offer. The cost of the meal will be $30. Anyone wishing to attend RSVP to email@example.com.
SCOTT DEPOT -- Christine Boone, a busy step-mother of three who has been couponing for several years, will lead a free "how-to" seminar at Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18.
Boone stockpiles coupons for herself and also is a couponer for various charities, family and friends. The seminar will cover basic couponing, websites to frequent, rules regarding areas of the grocery store and how to combine coupons with sales.
The seminar is free, however a donation of non-perishables for the Community Cupboard is encouraged. Participants who bring in four or more non-perishables will be entered into a drawing for a prize.
Participants may register by calling 304-757-9222. Teays Valley Church of God is located at 6979 Teays Valley Rd., (formerly 4430) just east of exit 40 on I-64. Call 304-757-9222 or visit www.tvcog.org for more information.
HURRICANE -- Putnam Chamber NOW (Network of Women) is sponsoring a Blood Drive from 1 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, at the City of Hurricane Municipal Building.
Did you know that every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion? Or that to meet total demand for blood and blood products, more than 38,000 donors are needed daily? And that there is a 97 percent chance that you or someone you know will need a blood transfusion in your lifetime?
Basic donor guidelines:
You must be at least 17 years of age
You must weigh at least 110 pounds
You must be in generally good health
Provide photo ID, or two other forms of ID
If you're unable to donate blood, you can donate your time by volunteering at this special community service event.
You can register to be a donor or a volunteer -- just go to www.redcrossblood.org or call the Chamber office at 304-757-6510.
HURRICANE -- The Bishop Hodges (Knights of Columbus) Council #9483 based in Hurricane, is having its 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Dinner and Charity Auction on March 1, starting at 6 p.m. at the Catholic Church of the Ascension in Hurricane
Tickets are currently on sale for $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door. This cost covers the dinner and $10 of play-gaming monies.
All proceeds of this event go toward the cost of Holiday Meats for 2014. More than $2,500 was raised last year and paid for all of the 2013 Thanksgiving Turkeys at the Community Cupboard.
Call Gary Bonnett at 304-757-3039 or Daniel Bonnett at 304-400-3595.
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 -- All petite princesses are invited to a very special party in April.
That's when the always-anticipated annual Princess Party will turn Valley Park into a royal courtyard.
The party is planned for 10 a.m. until noon on April 26 at Valley Park, Hurricane. Girls ages 1 to 12 are invited to come dressed as their favorite princesses.
There will be activities, refreshments, pictures with princesses and more.
The event is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information call 304-562-0518, ext. 10.
CROSS LANES -- Cross Lanes United Methodist Church is issuing a call for vendors for its Indoor Garage Sale-A-Rama and Bake Sale, planned for 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, in the church's Family Life Center.
Space rental is $20; a space with a table is $25.
Call Betty Darby at 304-760-8333 or Peggy Thompson at 304-755-3450.
HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks & Recreation is hosting a Fly Fishing Class on May 5, 8, 12 and 15, and a Fly Tying class on May 19, 22, 27 and 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Commons located at Valley Park in Hurricane.
Class focuses on the basics of fly fishing, fly selection, stream entomology, fishing knots, hands on casting, choosing a fly rod, and the basic techniques in casting a fly rod for all pan fish.
Participants must be at least 14 years old. Cost is $30 and must be pre-paid. Call 304-562-0518 ext. 10 to register.
HURRICANE -- The Putnam Adult Learning Center is open for enrollment for the new year.
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 -- Valley Park's outdoor ice skating rink is now open.
Hours are 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays.
January skating is by appointment only.
Cost is $5 per person.
Call 304-562-0518, ext. 11, for more information.
HURRICANE -- EnAct, Inc., located at 2727 Main St., Hurricane, is offering free coats to men, women and children in Putnam County.
The coat giveaway is sponsored by Hurricane Fire Department Auxiliary and EnAct of Putnam County.
EnAct is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 304-562-6037.
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.
SCOTT DEPOT -- Cavendish Music Studio's fall classes in voice, piano and keyboard are now in session, 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes long. Winter and Spring recitals included, although participation is optional.
Call Judy Cavendish at 304-757-5201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and appointments. Located at 203 Summit Drive, Leslie Place, Scott Depot.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-881-7564.
New Zumba classes (Zumba Gold and Zumba). Email email@example.com or call 304-881-7564 for times and days.
Yoga classes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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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