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Oct. 12, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Putnam Democratic women to meet Oct. 20

HURRICANE -- The Putnam County Chapter of the West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women will have its October Luncheon Meeting at noon on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club. Cost is $10 per person.

The program is "Help Our Nominees Win." Bring a door prize and a friend. All Democrats are welcome.

For more information and to RSVP call President Dot Turley at 304-562-9886.

Hurricane Harvest Fest set for Oct. 13

HURRICANE -- The Hurricane Harvest Festival is planned for 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at City Park.

It will include a hay ride, fireworks, vendors, carnival games, Jupiter Jump, Super Slide, face painting, petting zoo, fire trucks, pony rides, buggy rides, and even a chili cookoff.

There will also be a chili contest. The judging will begin at 4:30 p.m., and then the event will open up to the public for the People's Choice tasting from 5-5:30 p.m. The chili will be judged on aroma, consistency, taste and color. First place earns $300; second is $200, third is $100, and People's Choice is $100. Winners will be announced at 6 p.m.

For more information about the chili cookoff, contact Melissa Runyon at 304-562-5896.

For other information, contact Brenda Campbell at 304-562-5896.

Putnam to have Oct. 25 Business After Hours

BUFFALO -- The next Business After Hours sponsored by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce will take place at Toyota Motor Manufacturing WV, Inc., from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25.

The Chamber asked that guests arrive at least 15 minutes early.

Business After Hours provides a social, but professional venue for business people to make new contacts and expand their presence in the business community. Toyota is located at 1 Sugar Maple Lane in Buffalo, W.Va.

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 $1,000, but you must be present to win. 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 Oct. 23. To obtain membership information or to make reservations, please contact the Chamber at 304-757-6510 or chamber@putnamcounty.org.

Waves of Fun discount passes now available

HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks and Recreation is offering discounted passes for the Waves of Fun Wave Pool in Hurricane and the Putnam County Pool in Eleanor.

The 25 percent discount on 2013 season passes is valid Oct. 15 through Dec. 21.

To purchase passes, call 304-562-0518, ext. 10.

S. Charleston Lions Club to host rock, gem show

SOUTH CHARLESTON -- The South Charleston Lions Club is sponsoring a Rock and Gem Show at the South Charleston Community Center.

The show will run Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, according to Chairman Jim Herd. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $2. Proceeds will be used for sight projects and scholarships.

For more information, contact the club at 304-552-5615.

Halloween Party planned for Oct. 19

HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks and Recreation is hosting a Halloween Party/Dance for adults 21 and older, from 7-11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, in the Valley Park Community Center.

Costumes are optional. Prizes will be awarded for the best male, female and couple costumes.

For more information, call 304-562-0518, ext. 11.

Caregiver support group to meet Oct. 16

SCOTT DEPOT -- The Caregivers and Friends of Special Needs People Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Teays Valley Church of God. Open to anyone with a special needs child, friend or family member who could use some knowing support and helpful information.

Call 304-755-3976.

'Thriller' dance show planned in Hurricane

HURRICANE -- Main Street Hurricane will be home to a "Thriller" dance performance, costume judging, and a party complete with music, dancing and plenty of candy on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Anyone who wishes to learn the "Thriller" dance before participating may stop in at Dancing Unlimited between noon and 5 p.m. on the day of the dance.

The dance is sponsored by the Hurricane Middle School Dance Team, Red Hot Show Choir and the Hurricane High School Dance Team. A $10 donation is requested, with all proceeds benefiting the fight against breast cancer. For more information about the Thriller dance, call Campbell at the City of Hurricane.

Pumpkin carving Oct. 28 at Hurricane City Park

HURRICANE -- Hurricane's annual Citywide Pumpkin Carving is planned for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, at City Park.

Participants are asked to bring canned food items for donation to the Community Cupboard. Pumpkins and carving tools will be available. Call 304-526-5896.

Putnam NOW to present seminar Oct. 16

HURRICANE -- The Putnam Chamber NOW (Network of Women) and West Virginia American Water present the seminar, "Advance directives: Your Life on Your Terms," from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Broadmore Senior Living.

It is open to the public and free of charge, but RSVPs are requested by emailing chamber@putnamcounty.org.

Haunting Halloween set at Wave Pool

HURRICANE -- Putnam County Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a haunting Halloween held at the Wave Pool in Hurricane.

"Waves of Terror" will be open from 7 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 12-13; 19-20; and 26-27.

For more information, please call the parks office at 304-562-0518, ext. 11.

Putnam developmental screenings planned

TEAYS VALLEY -- Putnam County Schools Developmental Screenings will be administered on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, Teays Valley Road.

Children ages 21/2 to 4 can be screened in the areas of speech/language, hearing, vision, motor skills, social skills, self-help and cognition.

Call 304-586-0500, ext. 1154, to schedule an appointment.

Mt. Salem church to have a flea market

HURRICANE -- Mt. Salem United Methodist Church, located 41/2 miles east of Hurricane across from the covered bridge, is hosting a flea market, hot dog and bake sale from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.

There will be flea market items, baked goods, hard rock candy and hot dogs selling at $1 each or two for $1.50. Eat in or carry out.

Kanawha DAR to meet at noon on Oct. 13

CHARLESTON -- The Kanawha Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at noon on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Little Creek Golf Club.

Randy Marcum from the WV Archives and History will present a program on the Hatfields and McCoys after lunch.

Reservations are required. Members are reminded to bring Campbell product labels and Box Tops for Education for the DAR support Mountain School. Plans will be discussed for the KVDAR third annual Christmas Party for the residents of the WV Veterans Home in Barboursville; the chapter participation in the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 10; the Backpacks for Homeless Veterans; and donations for the Veterans Helping Veterans Program. Members who are willing to help with these projects will asked to sign up at the meeting or contact Veteran Services Chairman Carolyn Rabelais by email: RabalaisCarolyn@aol.com or phone 304-984-3325.

Hostesses for the meeting are Donna Walker and Connie Bowling.

Fall Bazaar at Winfield United Methodist Church

WINFIELD -- The Winfield United Methodist Women (WUMW) are sponsoring their Annual Fall Bazaar at Winfield United Methodist Church (behind Winfield McDonald's) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13.

Browse the vendor section for a variety of crafts and other items for purchase and then enjoy a wide selection of concessions (including homemade soups). A Health Fair will also take place Friday. Proceeds from the Bazaar help the WUMW sponsor several community projects throughout the year.

Vendor spaces are available for rent.

For more information, call 304-586-3795 or winfieldumc@frontier.com.

Literacy volunteers accepting new students

HURRICANE -- Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County is accepting new students this fall. 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.

Church to have fall festival on Nov. 3

HURRICANE -- The Annual Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts and Book Sale at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave., in Hurricane, will take place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Hot dogs, drinks, chips, baked goodies, homemade candy and "books galore" will be available, along with merchandise from 36 crafters and entrepreneurs. For more information or an application, call Jan at 304-562-2053. For directions to the event check out www.forrestburdette.com.

Players championship planned for Oct. 20

HURRICANE -- The PCTCA Players Championship, sponsored by Shady Vale Business Forms, will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Valley Park Wave Pool, Hurricane.

This is the group's only singles croquet tournament of the year (with a team component). If you've been interested in playing, but have not been able to find teammates for team tournaments, this is your chance.

Equipment will be provided if needed. If you have played recently, or have not played in years, come out and enjoy the age-old game of croquet.

Players must pre-register by Friday, Oct. 19. To register, contact teamcroquet@gmail.com or call 304-755-0303. For more information, visit pcteamcroquet@wordpress.com.

Turkey dinner set for Nov. 10 in Hurricane

HURRICANE -- The annual community turkey dinner with all "the trimmings" will be served 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane, on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Carry-out dinners will be available. Tickets can be purchased at the church office before Nov. 3. Adults, $9; Children under 12, $5; under 3, free.

For more information, call the church office at 304-562-5903 or Jan Rowsey, 304-562-2053. There will be limited tickets at the door. For directions, check out www.forrestburdette.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.

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 is at 2731 Main St.

Contact instructors directly for information: Loren Amsbary (guitar, bass, mandolin, drums), 304-208-7508; Bob Brown (guitar, bass, mandolin) 304-380-2853; Roger Copen (drums), 304-389-4853; and Valerie Betterton (piano), 304-757-1592.

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.