Vista Gatherings – November 27, 2012

Get-together planned

Members of the NAMI of Cumberland Plateau will meet at Ryan’s Restaurant at 11 A.M. on Saturday, Dec. 8.

There will not be a Support Group meeting at the Crossville Art Circle Public Library.

President Wanda Hepburn welcomes members and friends to this Christmas outing.


Final meeting scheduled

The last membership meeting of the year for the Upper Cumberland Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will be on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Cumberland Mountain State Park Restaurant.

Social hour begins at 5 P.M. with buffet dinner to follow at 5:45 PM.

The price is $13 per person and reservations can be made with the Sec-Treasurer at 931-707-0928 or [email protected] Please make reservations NLT Nov. 28.

In anticipation of the holiday season, the White Elephant gift exchange, a chapter tradition, will again be featured.

All members and their spouses, as well as members of the community who are interested in the activities of the chapter, are most welcome.


Volunteer Coin Club to meet on Dec. 11

The Volunteer Coin Club of Crossville will hold their regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 P.M.

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 (931-456-0397) or Franc Conner (931-337-1247) for information.


Hospice Auxiliary meets

The December meeting of the Fairfield Glade Hospice Auxiliary will be held on Monday, Dec. 10, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 3 P.M.

Due to conflicts with the scheduling, there will be no social period before the meeting.

All members are encouraged to attend; members of the community who are interested in the activities of the Auxiliary are also welcome.

This will be the last meeting of the auxiliary until March 2013.

The Fairfield Glade Auxiliary conducts fund-raising events throughout the year to support Hospice of Cumberland County, the only not-for-profit hospice in the community.


Kinseekers meet Dec. 6

The Kinseekers of Fairfield Glade will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday December 6, 1 P.M. at the Fairfield Glade Community Church, 521 Snead Drive.

At the next meeting, they will have “a chat and chew.”  Bring in your “brick walls” or “great finds” that you have in your family search.

Bring something to drink and a snack to share. All visitors are welcome to attend this meeting and all Kinseekers meetings. They meet the first Thursday of every month.

Any questions feel free to call Erin at 931-456-8367.


Chicken dinner at Elks

How about taking a break with Holiday planning and stop at the  Elks Lodge  on Nov. 30 for a great chicken dinner?

They will be serving an all-you-can-eat  fried chicken dinner with all the fix-ins, mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy, bread and dessert  from 5-7 P.M. on Nov. 30 for only $10 per person.

The Elks Lodge is located at 1145 Genesis Rd. about 1/2 mile south of I-40. Lodge hours are 12-9 P.M., Monday through Saturday.

If you would like additional information about the Elks Lodge, call the Lodge for more details at 931-484-0150.

Please keep in mind they have limited parking so if you can car pool that would be greatly appreciated.


Chili Cook-off planned

The Crossville Breakfast Rotary Club will host its 27th Annual Chili Cook-off on Dec. 8, from 11 A.M. to 12:30 P. at the Crossville Depot on Main St. in Crossville.

If you have a secret unbeatable chili recipe or you just enjoy eating a great bowl of chili, this is a day for you!  All you can eat for $5, drinks are $1. Bring in this ad and your drink is free!

To enter the chili cook-off, rules are as follows:

– Chili must be an original recipe.

– All entries must contain at least one gallon of chili.

– All contestants should arrive at the Depot by 11 A.M.. to serve their chili to the public.

First prize will win bragging rights and $300, with $200 for second, $100 for third, and $50 for honorable mention.

Following the chili cook-off, please plan to stay for the Annual Christmas parade.  Make a day of it, and support the Crossville Breakfast Rotary Club and its service projects.

Also note:

– Judging begins at 12:30 P.M.. and winners will be announced around 1 P.M..

– Rotarians will be available to help you set up.

– Electric outlets will be available.

– Bowls, spoons, crackers, and drinks will be available.

For more information about the event, please contact: Norm Westerbuhr at 931-456-6255 or Bill Gentit at 931-707-9039.


Fairfield Glade Garden Club’s Christmas Spirit

The Fairfield Glade Garden Club will be raffling off a 6-1/2’ decorated Christmas tree exhibited at the Village Gren Mall in conjunction with their Poinsettia Plant sale.

The plant sale will begin this coming Wednesday, Nov. 30.

The intent of the raffle is to have a winner, if unable to use it for themselves, pass it on to a needy family living either in the Glade area or the community of Crossville.

If someone in the Garden Club is the winner, the Christmas tree will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity in the name of the winner and then passed on to those in need.

It is their wish to make some family have a festive and joyful holiday when there might not have been. That’s the spirit of the Garden Club members, giving to those less fortunate.

Please remember, the receipts of the Poinsettias sale will be applied to the Garden Club’s Scholarship Fund for the students continuing their college education in a related agricultural or horticultural field. Support them with your purchases.


Special fund raiser Fish Fry at the Elks Lodge

The Cumberland County Elks Lodge 2751 is hosting on December 7, a benefit fish fry for Elks member and U.S. Army Veteran Jim Eroh of Crossville.  Mr. Eroh was tragically injured in an accident at home this summer that left him a quadriplegic. Extensive modifications to the Eroh residence must be made in order for Mr. Eroh to return home from the veterans hospital in Augusta Ga.

The cost of this meal, which will be served from 4 to 7 P.M. will be only $10 and includes the traditional Elks fish fry that provides all-you-can-eat catfish as well as a choice of baked potato or French fries, coleslaw, bread, desert.  For the non-fish lover, we also offer a single serving of a half baked chicken which includes all side dishes, children 8 years and younger half price.

The Elks Lodge is open to its members and guests and all male and females aged 21 and over, who are American citizens and believe in God.  If you would like additional information about the Elks Lodge, 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. Lodge hours are 12-9 P.M. Monday through Saturday.


Write Touch Inspirational Volunteers needed for AARP Tax Aide program

Each year the April 15th deadline for filing tax returns involves thousands of AARP Tax-Aide volunteers.

Nationally, AARP TaxAide personnel have been providing free tax assistance services since 1968 and locally, in Cumberland County, for over 15 years.

These volunteers, trained and certified with the cooperation of the Internal Revenue Service, work at locations in Pleasant Hill, Tansi, Jamestown, Fairfield Glade and Crossville.

This past year, these sites helped more than 2,000 taxpayers

New volunteers are always needed.  Previous experience in tax return preparation is not necessary; training classes are held in January for both the tax laws and the computer software used to prepare the returns.

If you would like to be involved but aren’t sure if you want to prepare returns, volunteers are also needed to help with greeting clients and organizing the paperwork.

For more information about the program or to become part of the team that provides this valuable service, call 456-4212.


Deadline approaching

Deadline for the December citrus fruit orders for the Inez Wrenn Adventist fruit scholarship program for the December fruit delivery is November 29.

Fruit that can be ordered are Florida Navel oranges, Ruby Red grapefruit, Tangerines, and the variety pack of all three fruits.

Oranges and grapefruit come in 2/5 & 4/5 bushel boxes and the Tangerines and variety pack come in only 2/5 bushel boxes.

Those desiring the Honeybell/Tangelos will be able to order next month for arrival in January, the only month they receive the Honeybells/tanglos.

For ordering the citrus fruit, call Joy at 931-456-1935, Millie at 931-456-1580, Lee at 931-484-8624 or Penny/Kelly at 931-456-9905.

Please call, if possible, the same person each month to order your fruit, so a relationship is built up on the phone for easy ordering, as the ladies have call lists they are responsible for, although the ladies will accept orders from anyone.

For other information call Forrest Draper, Program coordinator at 931-788-1375. Order deadline is Nov.. 26, 2012. Thank you for your orders and support of our student scholarship program.


One Step Beyond to host Christmas Dinner

“One Step Beyond” will have their 13th annual Christmas dinner at Forte’s on the Square in Crossville, on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 3 P.M.

The menu is beef tips on noodles, vegetable, salad, roll and dessert for $13.50 which includes tax and gratuity.

Forte’s, with delicious food and gracious service, has been our Christmas mainstay for many years.

Pre-paid reservations are required and must be received no later than Monday, November 26. Make your check payable to One Step Beyond and mail it to Mary Greenwood, 2698 Dunbar Road, Crossville, 38572.

The Christmas luncheon has been the highlight event in past years with good food and fun people. This year’s holiday dinner will be no exception.

For information on our group, please call Carolyn Oshry – 931-788-1155.


Free Medicare Part D help

SHIP Representatives from the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging & Disability will be at Fairfield Glade Resident Services located at 7014 Peavine Road on November 28 to help compare and counsel on Medicare Part D plans for 2013.

Please contact SHIP at 1-877-801-0044 for an appointment or for more information.  Annual Enrollment Period for 2013 is from October 15th until December 7th.


NARFE sets meetings

The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will be holding their annual Christmas party at the Cumberland State Park on December 11 at noon. Installation of 2013 officers will be on the agenda. Wyonne Morningstar (931-707-5636) and Mary Scudder (931-484-9196) are in charge of plans for the Christmas party.

Call Wyonne or Mary for more information on the party.

If you would like more information on NARFE Chapter 1719, please call President, Chester Bush (931-484-0331) or Secretary, Laurie Stoffel (931-456-9101)


H.O.P.E. to meet Dec. 20 

Hope for Oncology patients and Encouragement, will be having its monthly meeting Thursday, Dec. 20 at 3 P.M. at Fairfield Glade Community Church on Snead Dr.

They are so honored to have Jordan Johnson, the director of the Regional Cancer Center at Cumberland Medical Center, to speak to them.

Contact people are Bob Vickers 931-456-6995, Gretchen Harvell 931-484-4464, and Roberta Wascher 931-484-6633.

Christmas and Life Celebration on Dec. 7

Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab Alumni, Inc. is pleased to announce their annual meeting and Christmas Celebration on December 7.

This event will be held at the Art Circle Library at 5 P.M. in downtown Crossville.

It will be a spectacular evening celebrating heart and lung survivors with a catered dinner, Christmas entertainment featuring DJ & Donna, a Christmas raffle/auction and of course caroling to celebrate the season.

Reservations are required. The cost is $5 per person. Send checks to: C/PR Alumni, Inc. POB 14, Crossville, TN 38557-0014.

For additional information call Bill Halsey at 707-5505 or Tom Ackerly at 456-0391.