Vista Gatherings – February 12, 2013

AARP Safe driving driving course offered

If you live near Cumberland County An AARP Safe Drivers Course is scheduled 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. on Thursday Feb. 28th March 1, at the Crossville First United Methodist Church Annex, 96 Needham Street across the street from the Crossville Ford Agency on North Main Street.

It is an 8 hour course that will update your driving skills, while learning about new Tennessee driving laws, and keeping you a safe driver as you age are some of the reasons for taking the course. You may qualify for a discount on your automotive insurance. Please check with your agent for discount details.

The cost of the course for AARP members is $12 and for non-members $14. A work handbook is provided for student retention.

If interested please call Len Stark at (931) 456-1994 as pre-registration is required.


Reminder provided

Just a reminder to all you ladies out there who have not made your reservations for this month’s Neighbors and Newcomers meeting.

It will be held at the Fairfield Glade Lutheran Church 481 Snead Drive on Feb. 28. Doors open at 11A.M.

The entertainment will be columnist and humorist Sam Vennable, meal will be catered by Scarlett’s and will be apple stuffed roast pork loin with the trimmings. Reservations must be made or canceled prior to Saturday Feb. 23.


Free Medicare Help

SHIP representatives from the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging & Disability will be at the Fairfield Glade Resident Services building located at 7014 Peavine Road on March 11 and 25 from 9 A.M. to noon to help counsel on any Medicare questions, abuseor concerns.

Please contact SHIP at 1-877-801-0044 for an appointment or questions.  SHIP/SMPcovers all 14 Upper Cumberland Counties.


CCRP meets Feb. 19

The Cumberland County Republican Party will hold a very important meeting  February 19 at 6 P.M. at the Fairgrounds Community  Complex.

Their featured speaker is Michael Detwiler who is our new Congressman Diane Black’s Field Representative for our area.

Their new By-Laws will be presented and the changes we have made. The most important change will deal with the Mass Meeting on March 25 and the election of Executive Committee members.

The new by-law states that in order to vote at this meeting you must become a sustaining member who pays $25 per year as well as previous requirements of a bona fided Republican.

Therefore those folks who have NOT paid the sustaining membership fee will not be able to vote. You may pay your fee at the February meeting or at the door on March 25.

The complete set of by-laws can be found on our website: business. If you have any questions, please contact us at 456-4414.


Entrepreneurs meeting

The next meeting for “Enduring Entrepreneurs MeetUp” will be Tuesday, Feb.19 at Ryan’s Restaurant. Networking with other business owners begins at 11:30 A.M. and the meeting begins at noon.

Lois ,with “Cookie Lee Jewelry” will present a Business Education piece on “How to lift a 500 lb. phone.”.  Visitors are welcome to attend.  More information can be found on the website: or contact the Organizer, Connie Price 931-287-0123.


Luncheon scheduled

One Step Beyond Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, February 21, 2013 at Beef and Barrel restaurant at Noon. Our group meet every other month for lunch. All Singles, widows and widowers are welcome.  For all reservations outside of those that are pre-paid, call Bobbye Bitto 931-707-8607 or Jane Webb 931-210-8841.  For prepaid reservations make checks payable to One Step Beyond and mail to Lillie Fondell,134 Lakeside Drive, FFG, Tn 38558.


PPCUG meets Feb. 18 

The Plateau PC Users Group will meet Monday Feb 18, at the 127 South Senior Centerat the winter meeting time of 3 P.M.

The program topic is “Performing Computer Maintenance”, a Skype webinar presentation.

Mr. Jere Minich, of the Lake-Sumter Computer Society of Leesburg, Florida will be demonstrating computer maintenance via a Skype hookup from his home base to theirs.

Minich served in the Navy as a computer operator for Submarine Weapons Systems, Missiles and Torpedoes. After retirement from the Navy, he was employed by the Dept. of the Navy at the Naval Surface Weapons Center as a Computer System Analyst.

His presentation will NOT cover Windows 8. Topics to be discussed include: Why do I need to perform maintenance; What to do about a spill on my PC; Windows maintenance tasks; Programs that tidy up your computer; How to disable programs that slow your PC; Updating applications and security tools; How to run disk cleanup. The presentation is scheduled for 4 pm, our usual presentation time, and will last about 1hour.

The Plateau PC Users Group meets the third Monday of the month at the 127 South Senior Center.

Visitors are always welcome at our meetings and there is no charge for attendance.  For more information and to read the latest version of their newsletter, the Gazette, visit our web site at www. or call Steve Rosenberg, president, at 931-742-0151 (9 AM-9 PM, only please).


Porsche Enthusiasts of the Glade(PEG) meet

The PEG group will meet for breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the R&B Café on Peavine Road at 9 A.M.

As part of this meeting, the group will discuss ideas for some upcoming activities and start thinking about better weather into Spring and Summer.

They hope to do a small drive into the countryside in late March (probably the last Saturday of the month) followed by dinner somewhere in the local area.

Porsche owner or Porschephile – doesn’t matter! If you love Porsches and are interested in getting together with others just like you, they am trying to form a simple local group who loves the brand. Not a club, no dues; just get together to talk about Porsches, maybe do a road trip to the lovely Cumberland countryside, meet for breakfast, lunch or dinner on occasion or just enjoy each other’s company.

If interested – contact Keith Kurz at [email protected] or by mail at 116 Sugarbush Circle, Fairfield Glade or call 931-456-8322.


“Fix” your cat for $5

To help reduce the number of unwanted kittens that will otherwise be born this spring, Wags and Whiskers has a special offer to spay female cats for only $5 for a limited time.

This also includes a rabies vaccination and a 25% off coupon for pet items at the Feed Store.

Call 931-788-2201 to apply for this special offer. Visit their website for more information.


Elks Breakfast Feast set

The Elks Lodge will host its Breakfast Feast on Feb. 17 from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.

They will offer a  hearty all-you-can-eat  breakfast. There is a tasty breakfast bar with, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, country gravy, potatoes, chipped creamed beef and biscuits. Plus made-to-order omelets with all the fixings.

Swedish pancakes for the asking with several sweet toppings to choose from. And on our refreshment table we offer, orange juice, fruit, coffee or tea. This all-inclusive breakfast is just $10 per adult including sales tax and $5 for children 8 years and under.

Please call 931-484-0150 if you would like additional information. The Lodge is open from 12 noon until 9 P.M. Monday through Saturday.


Elks Lodge is hosting Valentine dinner Feb. 16

The Elks will hold a Valentines Dinner on Feb. 16 on Feb. 16, for $10 per person.

The dinner will take place from 5 to 6 P.M. and music in the Lounge will follow from 6 to 9 P.M.

Menu: Bistro Filet, roasted red potatoes, vegetable medley and dessert

Reservation are requested

Put on your RED and  bring your sweetie to the Lodge for a delicious dinner and afterwards dance to the music of Dennis Long in the Lounge.

Taking reservations now! So call today at 931-484-0150 and put your name on the list.

we offer, orange juice, fruit, coffee or tea. This all-inclusive breakfast is just $10 per adult including sales tax and $5 for children 8 years and under.

The Elks Lodge is open to its members and their guests and is located at 1145 Genesis Road. This is about a mile south of I-40. Parking is limited so please car pool if you can.


Elk’s Tacos and More

The Elks Lodge “Tacos and More” Night is  Feb. 15 from 5 to 7 P.M.

You can enjoy 2 tacos made special by “Taco Bill” and his crew for $3.50.  Yes you can order more than two!  You can even call for take outs, just call ahead to give us time to get them ready.

Call the Lodge for more details at 931-484-0150.

Please keep in mind we have limited parking so if you can car pool that would be greatly appreciated. We are located at 1145 Genesis Rd. which is about 1/2 mile south of I-40.


WWII Veterans Luncheon

scheduled for Feb. 22

Four luncheons were held in Crossville in 2012 to honor local World War II veterans, and all were well attended.

The first luncheon of the new year will be held Friday, Feb. 22 at 11:30 A.M. at Shoney’s Restaurant and all veterans and spouses are invited and encouraged to attend.

Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess will be the special guest and speaker at this event.

Interested veterans are requested to call hosts Bill and Nancy Oehlecker at 788-6222 or Ed Lewis at 456-8879 to register.  As with previous luncheons, space is limited, so please call as soon as possible.


Parkinson Support Group to meet Feb. 14

The Parkinson Support Group will not be having their February Meeting at 2:30 P.M. on the first Tuesday of February at Christ Lutheran Chruch in Fairfield Glade as originally scheduled.

They will be having their meeting in the Conference Room at the Cumberland County Medical Center on Feb. 14, Valentine Day, at 2:30 P.M.

If you are interested in attending we will need you to contact Sally Jo and Gary Dixner at 931-484-0193 by Feb. 11.

They have enough room for 60 guests, so if you are interested please give them a call. They will be discussing the signs and symptoms of Parkinsons and all the suggestions for dealing with the disease.

David Mainstar, the Director of Physical Therapy at CMC will also be there with helpful suggestions for Parkinson’s patients. If you have parkinson’s disease, or are a caregiver for someone with Parkinson’s disease, or a family member, please plan to be there.


Quilt Guild meeting set

The Fantastic Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, Feb. 15 from 9 to 11:30 A.M. in the Fellowship Hall at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church.

The meeting will follow the usual format opening with the business meeting followed by the announcement and explanation of upcoming activities by the Education Director and her committee chairs.

Fat Quarter Chairs, Pattie Arnold and Carol Breeding will introduce the featured seasonal block based on February’s colors of the month, green, magenta and violet.  Completed blocks are due at the March 15th meeting.

Becky Johnson, scheduled to teach the Pineapple Quilt class slated for Friday afternoon Feb. 22nd, will show samples of the quilt and provide class registrants with a supply list as well as answer members’ questions on the use of the special ruler designed by Gyleen Fitzgerald.

Vice-President Judi Gerth continues to collect annual $15 dues from renewing current and new members. Show and Tell and the Fat Quarter drawing will conclude the meeting.

The purpose of the Fantastic Quilt Guild is to further the art of quilting through education, sharing, service, preservation, and social camaraderie.  Guests are always welcomed. For more information on the Fantastic Quilt Guild, or the monthly meetings, please contact Guild President Sharon O’Shea at 931-484-3165.


Playhouse actors entertain at N&N

Neighbors and Newcomers began the new year surrounded by snowflakes and penguins, fun and camaraderie at the Art Circle Library with an attendance of 139 members and guests.

This month’s guest list included several “half-backs”as those Michigan and Ohio people have learned the place to live is Crossville, Tennessee. A welcome prize was awarded to one of these lovely ladies and hopefully, they will all become members.

Lunch was catered by Forte’s and while enjoying our lunch, they were treated to several songs from our local Playhouse actors.

Each performer sang songs from upcoming shows or a favorites of theirs. Michael Ruff stole the show with his rendition of “Your Feets’ Too Big” from Ain’t Misbehavin.’

The group’s own local travel planner extraordinaire, Shirley Butka, described several upcoming trips she has planned. Contact Shirley at 931-484-9611 for more information.

The next meeting will be held at the Fairfield Glade Lutheran Church, 481 Snead Drive. The speaker for this meeting will be Sam Venable, columnist and humorist for the Knoxville News Sentinel.

To reserve your place, please email:[email protected] or, if you  prefer, call Robbie Corbin 931-456-2790 or Barb Ferency 931-707-8121.


Korean vets set meeting

While a few of the “Snowbirds” are away for February, Commandeer Bob requests a good attendance at the February meeting to be held Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 1 P.M. call to order, at the Fairfield Glade Community & Conference Center on Stonehenge.

Questions and/or driving directions may be directed to Commander Bob Johnston at 931-484-8798.


Washington birthday celebration scheduled

Did you know that when Washington became President, France had a King, Russia had a Tsarina, China had an Emperor, and Japan had a Shogun and that the office of President is the only one that has survived until today?

Did you know that George Washington is credited with introducing the mule to America?

This year will be the 281st birthday for George Washington. To celebrate The Crab Orchard Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the First National Bank will hold an open house on Feb. 22, from  to 4 P.M. at the First National Bank on Peavine Road in Fairfield Glade.

Come by for a piece of Cherry Pie and a cup of coffee.


Upper Cumberland Civil War Roundtable

The Union riflemen who turned back the disastrous Confederate charge at Franklin, Tennessee, in late 1864 will be the topic of discussion today at the monthly meeting of the Upper Cumberland Civil War Roundtable.

The Franklin attack launched by Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood was larger and cost more Confederate casualties than the more famous charge by Maj. Gen. George Pickett at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Franklin toll was 6,200 men in five hours, including a dozen Confederate generals, compared to a Federal total of 2,300.

The Roundtable’s speaker for the evening is author Eric A. Jacobson of Spring Hill, Tennessee, whose book Baptism of Fire focuses on three pivotal Union regiments in the battle.

The UCCWR meets on the second Tuesday of each month (except for a June-July hiatus) at 6:30 P.M. at First Presbyterian Church, 20 N. Dixie Ave. in Cookeville. Visitors are welcome.


Free Model Railroad Classes Sceduled

The Upper Cumberland Railroad Society (UCRS) has scheduled a series of classes to teach current and aspiring model railroaders how to build and operate their own model railroad.

The classes are offered on Saturdays in the newly built UCRS education center at the rear of the model railroad display in the Crossville Outlet Mall.  Classes will be taught by experienced model railroaders from the Crossville Model Railroad Society. Though the focus will be on HO scale, most of the information will also be of use to those wishing to model in in O, G or N.

Classes will be held at 8 A.M. on Saturdays and are as scheduled:

February 23 — Basic Digital Control; March 2 – Railroad Operations; March 9 – Kit Building; March 16 – Weathering.

The classes are free and no experience is needed. Attendees must pre-register and class size is limited to 12.

Those wishing to participate may register at the model railroad display at the mall open Friday: 12-4, Saturday: 10 – 5 and Sunday: 12 – 3.

Registration is also available by e-mail at [email protected]


Film Festival

A Film Festival on ISRAEL/ PALESTINE/ GAZA will take place

in Room 4 of Pleasant Hill Community Church/UCC, Main Street and Church Drive in Pleasant Hill on Sunday, February 17, 2013

The films start at 1:30 P.M. with OCCUPATION 101

It voices the views of the silent Majority. It won nine film festival awards on the Israel-Palestine conflict and US government involvement. (90 minutes)

At  3:10 P.M. TEARS OF GAZA will be shown.

How explains how Israel spends our taxes. The true racist face of Israel that is intent on wiping Palestine and her children from the map and from history is verified. (81 minutes)

At 4:40 P.M. the film  ISRAEL VS ISRAEL will be shown.

It deals with Jewish peace activists who face skepticism and criticism from fellow citizens on a mission to achieve peace in the Middle East and end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. (59 minutes)

At 5:50 P.M. we will view ONWARD CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS.

It exposes a belief system that implies that Jews led by the state of Israel are pre-destined by biblical prophecy to tale over Jerusalem, wiping out all other religions and then ultimately being destroyed themselves in a nuclear Armageddon. (29 minutes)

Refreshments will be served throughout.

All are welcome to come when they can & stay as long as they wish.

For further information contact Don Clark at 931-277-5467

Sponsored by Ecojustice Class PHCC/UCC and the

Cumberland County Chapter of SOCM (Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment)