Vista Gatherings – January 26, 2016

Free Medicare Help

SHIP representatives from the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging & Disability will be at the Fairfield Glade Resident Services located at 4929 Peavine Road (near Food City) on February 8, 2016 from 10 A.M. to 12 noon to help counsel on any Medicare questions, abuse or concerns.

They will also be screening for Extra Help with prescription drug plans.

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

Kinseekers sets agenda 

The Kinseekers of FFG met Thursday, Jan. 7 for a casual Chat ‘N Chew session.  While nibbling on delicious snacks, they welcomed several new folks, and shared what some had individually achieved in their genealogy research in 2015.

They discussed what we’d like to see Kinseekers accomplish in 2016, including bringing in a couple professional guest speakers.

They meet the first Thursday each month.  Here is the schedule of programs for the first half  of 2016:

February 4th…Writing a Family Narrative by Joyce Rorabaugh, Cumberland County Archives and Family History Center, Archivist.

March 3rd…Getting the Most out of Online Genealogy Resources by Trent Hanner, TN State Library and Archives.

April 7th…Genealogy Research and Estate Records by Loreda Davis from the Cumberland County Archives and Family History  Center.

May 5…Using the Supreme Court Records for Genealogy Research by Darla Brock, from the TN State Library and Archives.

June 2…DNA Research by Edie Williams.  (You won’t want to miss this one, it’s a fascinating  subject.)

As you can see, the subjects are varied and just what local researchers need, whether you are a newbie, a casual, once-in-a-while dabbler or a serious genealogist.  You might want to cut this schedule out and keep it for reference, or mark it on your calendar.

Please plan to attend our next Kinseekers meeting.  If you’ve never joined us before, or, if you haven’t been to a meeting in some time, plan to come as our guest.

They meet the first Thursday each month from 1 to 3:00, in the Fellowship Hall of the Fairfield Glade Community Church, 521 Snead Drive.

A reminder to our regulars: it’s yearly dues renewal time. and the cost is still just $10 for the year.  If you have any questions, call 931-456-4714 or email [email protected]

Wags & Whiskers Fundraiser is Back

The Wags and Whiskers “Spay-Ghetti” Dinner fundraiser runs throughout February (Lunch or Dinner) at the Genesis Italian Grille on Interstate Drive in Crossville.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the restaurant and include Genesis’ great spaghetti, meatballs, bread, salad and a drink.

Proceeds will benefit the Wags and Whiskers’ low-cost spay/neuter program, a community service that has “fixed” over 10,100 cats and dogs.

Tickets are available by calling 931-788-2201 or visiting Happy Hound Realty, Bed and Biscuit Kennel, Cat’s Meow Resale Store or the Duplicate Store.

Check for ticket locations and maps.

JOB FAIR for Home Based Businesses

There will be a Job Fair held on Jan. 30 at 1 P.M. in the Event Center of the Crossville Outlet Mall

Come check out how you could be making money from home.

Several opportunities will be showcased.

Win door prizes, receive samples, enjoy some snacks and walk out with valuable information on how to make money from home.

Open to everyone!  For more information contact Kathy Coons 931-456-1531.

Free tax return service offered from AARP

Through the AARP TaxAide program, IRS certified tax counselors will be available in 5 area locations to assist taxpayers to review all of their tax documents, prepare and then e-file their return and this help is FREE.

These AARP foundation volunteers look forward to working with low- and moderate-income taxpayers of any age.

This will be the second year that the Affordable Care Act will impact tax returns.  Our volunteers are trained to review your health care and tax information and prepare your return so that you receive the exemptions and credits that are due you.

Call to make your appointment or for other information.  Gather together all tax documents received including healthcare coverage information and let AARP Tax-Aide help you.  It is required that you provide social security cards for all individuals listed on the tax return. The taxpayer (and spouse) must also have a photo ID.

Crossville, Art Circle Library, Thurs. and Friday 9:00-3:00, app’t preferred, call First National Bank for appointment, 931-707-3314.

Fairfield Glade Community Ctr, Tues and Sat, 8:00-1:00, app’t required, 931-484-3722.

Volunteer Coin Club to meet February 9

The Volunteer Coin Club of Crossville will hold their regular  meeting on  Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 pm.  The meetings are held at the 127 Senior Center located at 1460 South Main Street (Highway 127 South).  Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month.  Visitors and guests are welcome.  Contact Mike Puhl (456-0397) or Franc Conner (337-1247) for information.

CPR class scheduled

There will be a Healthcare Provider CPR class on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 9 A.M. at Small Biz Staffing (downtown Crossville behind Long John Silvers & across from Regions Bank).

Cost will be $25 per person.  Please call Dee Dee Kuenzer at 931-200-4915 to register for the class or if you have any questions.

There must be a minimum of 5 registered & paid class participants for the class to make.  Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested in taking the class.

Maker Space at the CBI

There is a Maker Space in Cumberland County.  It provides members with access to a full woodworking shop, laser engraver, 3D printer, embroidery and sewing machines, vinyl cutter, heat press, electronics bench and a ceramic kiln.

New equipment and tools are being added all the time.  Safety and basic use workshops are provided for members to learn how to use the equipment and complete a project.

The Maker Space is located inside the Cumberland Business Incubator at 2569 Cook Road.  Call the CBI for more information or to schedule a tour 931-456-4910.

Local Democratic Party to host county delegate Convention 

Cumberland County Democratic Party will host its Democratic Party County Delegate Convention on Saturday, March 5, at Good Samaritans, 281 Tenth St., Crossville,, to select the delegates from each county to the District Convention.

The doors open at 11 A.M. and the event is open to all registered voters in the county, supporters of the Democratic Party, and those who agree to support the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential election.  The party welcomes all who wish to participate in selecting Tennessee’s delegates to the Democratic Presidential Convention to attend.

Tennessee Democrats wishing to become 2016 Convention delegates must be registered to vote in Tennessee before February 1, file a Declaration of Candidacy and Presidential Pledge of Support by February 19, and vote in the March 1 Presidential Primary.  Forms are available at

Information about becoming a DNC delegate and rules governing the DNC Delegate Selection Process may be obtained from, or from the Tennessee Democratic Party, 1900 Church St., Ste 203, Nashville, TN, 37203, 615-327-9779

Local cat rescue group needs volunteers

A local rescue group, Wild About Cats, is seeking volunteers to help feed or foster homeless cats and do maintenance on small outdoor shelters.

Volunteers interested in feeding are asked to visit various locations one day a week to put out fresh food and water for feral and stray cats which have formed into colonies. When possible, cats are captured to be neutered and given a basic set of inoculations.

Fostering entails caring for cats recuperating from surgery and if socialized, caring for them until adopted.

Maintenance on the shelters is a seasonal job requiring basic carpentry skills and tools. Upcoming winter weather makes the need for volunteers even more pressing.

If interested in helping please call Nancy at 850-906-9837 or email the group at [email protected] Donations are gratefully accepted as well.

Reading Club slated

The 2nd Annual Adult Winter Reading Club is scheduled for Jan. thru March 31 of 2016.

For every book, e-book, or audio book you completely enjoy, your name will be entered into a weekly prize drawing!

Register at the Adult Services Desk or call (931) 484-6790 ext. 235.

All titles will be kept on file and entered into a final drawing for theGRAND PRIZE at the end of the program.

The more you read, the more entries you will have towards the prize drawings!

Program leader is Margo Brown, Adult Services Librarian.

Contributions for the prizes are being made possible by Gernt Insurance  Progressive Savings Bank & Friends of the Library

Glade Dog Park is in need of donations

The Fairfield Glade Dog Park seeks donations for the annual Upcoming Trash & Treasure Sale slated for Saturday, March 19 at the Fairfield Glade Community Center.

This event is their main fundraiser for the dog  park.

They will be collecting items for this sale on the first Saturday in December, January and then expand to every Saturday in February from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M..

You may drop off your donated items at the  Glade Store-N-Lock located on Peavine Road behind Manny & Isabella’s  Restaurant.

The dog park sign will be visible from Peavine Road.

and board members will be there to help at Unit #197.

Please note we will not be accepting clothing or or electronic devices but small appliances are fine.  We thank you for your support!

Neighbors/Newcomers to meet Jan. 28

Start the New Year out by joining Neighbor’s and Newcomer’s of Cumberland County on January 28th.  We will be meeting at the Fairgrounds Community Center, 1391 Livingston St. in Crossville.

Lunch will be catered by Forte’s:  Chicken on the Square, Vegetable medley, Rolls, Dessert, Tea and Water. (Heart Smart meals may be requested with your reservation).  You may also order Cream Puffs for $2.50 each at the time of your reservation.

Their program will consist of Cumberland Playhouse Entertainers.

They will be accepting donations for the Imagination Library.

Doors open at 11:00 and the meeting starts at 11:30.

Price of the Luncheon is $14.00, paid by check please.

Reservations may be made by calling Genie G. at 931-484-2369 or through [email protected]    If you find you are unable to attend then you must cancel no later than January 23rd   or you will be responsible for payment of your Luncheon.

Bible Study – Winter 2016 Class Begins

Register now for the upcoming winter Bible Study Tech class, “The Best Yes-Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands” with teacher, Lysa TerKeurst.  The study begins on Monday, January 25, from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m., and continues through Monday, March 7.  Bible Study Tech classes are held in the Fellowship Hall of Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church at 231 Westchester Drive.

If you are interested in learning more about the Bible and interacting with a lot of very fun and interesting ladies, you might like to join us.   Please contact Cathy Muldoon, 456-9282, [email protected] to register or send your registration to Bible Study Tech, 108 Beechwood Dr., Fairfield Glade, TN 38558.   Registration is recommended so that materials will be available.