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Nov. 01, 2013 @ 03:10 PM

Valley Health Systems offers enrollment help

HUNTINGTON -- Valley Health Systems, Inc. is offering the services of specially trained members of its staff to assist patients and members of the community in enrolling in Health Insurance Marketplace products.

"We understand that many people may be confused about the new health insurance program or eligibility for the expanded Medicaid program in West Virginia," Valley Health Executive Director and CEO, Steve Shattls, said in a news release. "With neighborhood locations throughout the region, our Enrollment Assisters are now conveniently located and accessible to walk individuals through the process, whether they are currently a Valley Health patient or not. We welcome all interested parties and see this as an opportunity to further support our mission of delivering quality healthcare in our region."

There are multiple channels through which interested individuals can get help from Valley Health Enrollment Assisters. Assisters are available by phoning 855-984-6797, via email at assisters@valleyhealth.org, or by stopping in or making an appointment at Valley Health's business office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 2585 3rd Ave. in Huntington.

Valley Health Assisters are also available on a walk-in basis or by appointment during business hours at Valley Health Putnam County locations including Valley Health - Hurricane and Putnam WIC.

To get specific contact information for a Valley Health location, visit www.valleyhealth.org.

Craft tables reserved for craft day, bake sale

CROSS LANES -- More than 50 crafts tables have been reserved for Cross Lanes Methodist Church's Craft Day and Bake Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The event also includes the Annual Health Fair, sponsored by the Woman's Club of Cross Lanes.

For more information, call the church office at 304-776-3081, or 304-776-1362.

Little Drummer Boy Toy sale set for Dec. 7

HURRICANE -- Glad Tidings Assembly of God, 121 Mill Road, Hurricane will have its annual Little Drummer Boy Toy Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Toys and children's books will be offered for $1 each to low-income families who may not otherwise be able to afford a Christmas gift for their child.

For more information or to donate new or gently-used toys or children's books, contact the church office at 304-562-3074 or gtagwv@gmail.com.

Caregivers support group to meet Nov. 19

SCOTT DEPOT -- The Support Group for Caregivers and Friends of Special Needs People will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Teays Valley Church of God, 4430 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot. For more information, please call 304-755-3976.

This group ministers to the caregivers and friends of people with special needs, regardless of the need or age. For example, you could have an autistic child, or grandchild or even a child of a close friend. Or you could be caring for an elderly spouse or parent. What binds these people together is their common and often times lonely devotion to providing care for someone else.

The group's mission is to help the caregiver so that they may be in a better position to help their child or adult in need. This group provides a monthly opportunity to share ideas, lend emotional support and provide useful information not only from professionals, but also from other caregivers who have "been there and done that."

Annual charity auction to be held Nov. 13

HURRICANE -- The Teays Valley Newcomers and Neighbors Club will hold their annual Charity Auction on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club.

Meet and greet will begin at 9 a.m. A buffet brunch of scrambled eggs, bacon/sausage, home fries, pancakes/French toast, biscuits and gravy, and fruit will be available at 10 a.m. at a cost of $15. Reservations for the meal must be made before Nov. 8.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. and will include donations from community businesses as well as food and craft items made by Newcomers members. Auction attendees are also asked 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.

For reservations contact Ginny Ochsner at ochsner@suddenlink.net or 843-247-6803.

Holiday Craft Workshop to be hosted Nov. 11

ELEANOR -- The Putnam County 4-H Leaders Association will host the 2013 Holiday Craft Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in the upstairs room of the Eleanor Fire House.

There will be make-and-take crafts for all ages. Cost is $4 for the kid corner, grades kindergarten through five; $6 for adults and youth grade six and older. There will also be a cookie exchange. Bring a batch of cookies to share and to take home. Also, please include your recipe and note if cookies contain nuts.

To pre-register, call the Putnam County Extension Office at 304-586-0217, by 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8.

Fall festival arts, crafts event to be held Nov. 2

HURRICANE -- The United Methodist Women of Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane, are sponsoring the Fall Festival annual Arts, Crafts and Book event from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the church.

Crafters and vendors will sell a wide variety of merchandise, including dolls, jewelry, wood items, hand crafted bags, unique fabric gifts and much more.

There will also be baked goods and candies, hot dogs and drinks for sale. Come visit with friends and look for gifts and decorations for the holidays.

This is the 43rd anniversary of the Annual Fall Festival of Arts and Crafts at Forrest Burdette.

For directions to the church, check out the web site, www.forrestburdette.com.

SOUTH CHARLESTON -- JeffersonWhitney, a Hurricane based insurance, investment and financial planning firm that places an increased focus on those with special needs, is hosting an educational seminar on insurance coverage for autism.

This event will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Marshall Grad Center Room 319 in South Charleston.

The seminar will be conducted by presenters from Mountaineer Autism Project and Training and Resources for Autism Insurance Navigation in WV (TRAINWV), and will discuss the options for obtaining insurance coverage, and how to go about getting it. The speakers are willing to answer any questions, so be prepared to participate. The seminar is sponsored in part by the WV Autism Training Center at Marshall University.

RSVP preferred, but not required, to Stacie Thomas at 304-397-6517 or staciethomas@financialguide.com.

JeffersonWhitney is located at 3466 Teays Valley Rd. and serves clients throughout the tri-state area.

HURRICANE -- West Teays Elementary School in Hurricane is looking for crafters/vendors for its 13th Annual PTO Craft Fair.

The event is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, and admission is free to the public. The vendor registration fee is $35 for a 10-by-8-foot (or equivalent) space.

For more information, please contact craftfairwte@yahoo.com or Kellie Cook at 304-562-2665.

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.

ELEANOR -- The GED will end on Dec. 31. The new high school assessment will begin in January 2014.

The Putnam Adult Learning Center in Eleanor wants to help interested individuals earn their GED before the format changes.

Call 304-586-2411 to register.

HURRICANE -- EnAct Putnam County has partnered with Hurricane Fire Department Auxiliary for a Winter Coat Drive.

New and gently used coats of all sizes for men, women and children will be collected through Nov. 15, then distributed to Putnam County families in need this season.

Drop-off locations are:

EnAct, Inc. 2727 Main St., Hurricane, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 304-562-6037.

Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department, 2716 Main St., Hurricane, anytime

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.

HURRICANE -- Arts in Action, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that teaches artistic expression with a Christian influence, is registering now for group classes in dance, theater, art, percussion, cheerleading, music and martial arts.

Programs are located in Hurricane, St. Albans, Poca, and Charleston.

Call 304-419-4HIM (4446).

ELEANOR -- The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC or NSCC) is a congressionally chartered, U.S. Navy-based organization that serves to teach individuals 13 to 17 years old about the sea-going military services, U.S. Naval operations and training, community service, citizenship, and an understanding of discipline and teamwork. Another version of the NSCC, the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC), exists for youth between the ages of 11 and 13.

The unit in Eleanor, W.Va., is currently forming and seeking adults with Navy experience to lead and children interested in joining. All interested should contact Chief Petty Officer McNeely or LCDR Totoro at 304-586-0326. Visit www.seacadets.org/public/ for more information.

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 jlcav777@aol.com 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 -- 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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