Vista Gatherings – November 3, 2015

Glade Garden Club holds Poinsettia sale

The Fairfield Glade Garden Club’s annual Poinsettia Sale is slated for Tuesday, Dec 2 through Friday, Dec. 4, at the Village Green Mall in Fairfield Glade. Sales begin at 9 A.M. and close at 2 P.M. each day.

An extensive range of reds, white, and salmon colored poinsettias are available to decorate homes, churches, and businesses for the holiday season. The plants are grown by CCHS horticulture students under the direction of agriculture teacher Danny Wilson and sold by the Garden Club on their behalf.

Garden Club members will also be selling a special collection of delicious holiday baked goods.  Members of the public are invited to dress their homes with the colorful plants and celebrate the season with yummy cookies, breads, cakes, and other seasonal specialties.

Proceeds from the sales benefit the CCHS horticulture program and the FFG Garden Club’s scholarship fund. Scholarships are available annually for students interested in careers in agriculture, animal science, and environmental fields.

Food Drive conducted

The First National Bank located at 5011 Peavine Road, and in front of Food City, is conducting a food drive for the Second Harvest, award-winning Crab Orchard Care Center from November 2nd through November 20th.

A display highlighting the many and varied activities of the Crab Orchard Care Center has been set-up in the bank foyer and a container for food collection is located adjacent to the display.

Canned food items in demand include tuna, beans, soup, stew, vegetables, fruit and peanut butter.  Rice and pasta are also welcome and all contributions help the care center feed twice weekly.

If you or anyone you know needs assistance, the food pantry is open to the public every Wednesday and Saturday from 1-2 O’clock.  The care center is located at 87 Commerce Street, Crab Orchard, TN 37723 in the old Senior Citizens Building.  Families are required to register and fill out a simple eligibility form.

For more information call care director Mary Nelson at (931) 707-5616.

Matching funds for gold

Its time to clean out that unwanted gold or silver in your jewelry box (yes, those 1⁄2 pair of earrings, too).  Your unwanted gold and silver can help Wags and Whiskers reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs in our area.

We have an opportunity to get matching funds for donations resulting from your sale of gold or silver at U.S. Standard Gold Buyers in the Crossings Center in Crossville (931-787-1455).

This can be jewelry, coins, sterling service or flatware or yellow dental gold.  If you sell this to them in the week of November 16-21, we will get referral funds from them that will be matched by a donor.  We also ask you to also consider donating all or a part of your sale to us, and this can be any time in November to qualify for the matching funds. Check our website ( ) for more details about this opportunity to help or call us at 831-788-2201 for more information.  Wags and Whiskers has fixed over 9,700 cats and dogs so far and needs your help to continue this important program.

Glade Republicans to hold meeting Friday

The newly reorganized Fairfield Glade Republican Club will hold its next meeting at the Fairfield Glade Library on Friday, November 6 at 2:30 P.M.

At this meeting, we will be discussing a number of state and local issues and have in attendance speakers who will inform us about items which are of current concern.

They will also review plans of activities our club will be undertaking during the 2016 elections.

Membership in the club is open to residents of Fairfield Glade who are of legal voting age.

Current and prospective members are invited to attend. New residents and like minded neighbors are also welcome.

Tea Party set to meeet

The Cumberland County Tea Party will meet at the Community Complex (Fair Grounds), 1398 Livingston Rd., Crossville TN 38571, on Tuesday, November 10, at 6 P.M.

The doors open to the public at 5:30 P.M. All concerned citizens who believe in limited government are invited to attend.

Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox will speak on current crime trends and give an update on the sheriff’s  office.

For more information on the Tea Party, log on to:

OBM has moved

Open Bible Ministries has moved its offices to 4166 Peavine Road.  Their first service was October 18t.

Please visit, call them at 931-707-2728 or email at OpenBibleMinistries[email protected]  Catch them on the radio and the web. They  are here, there, across the country and around the world,  “Reaching Out”  to others with the Gospel message.

Neighborhood Watch Coalition to meet soon

The third quarterly meeting of the Fairfield Glade Neighborhood Watch Coalition will be held on Friday, November 13,  at the FG Community Conference Center from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M.  The theme for this meeting is Crime Prevention and the focus will be on Scams.

Speakers will be present from Fairfield Glade Public Safety, Cumberland County Sheriff and Tennessee Senior Medicare Patrol.  In addition, the keynote speaker will be from the Federal Trade Commission.

The event is open to all and is free of charge.

Old Photographs to be discussed at meeting

At the next meeting of the Plateau Photography Club, one of the members, Lowell Griffith, will lead a discussion of old photographs from about 1860 to about 1910.  The “Carte de Visite” or CDV and “Cabinet Cards” will be featured.

Lowell will look at processes used, clothing and other tips to get an approximate date of the photos.  Dig into your closets and old albums to come up with some old photographs and bring them to the meeting.

The Plateau Photography Club is a Special Interest Group of the Plateau PC Users Group.  Guests are always welcome and for a $3 fee can attend all Club meetings for the month.

This monthly meeting will be at the Fairfield Glade Library Building, Room C, at  P.M. on Thursday, Nov. 19.  For questions, contact Jim Mansfield at 484-6920.

Kinseekers to ‘Snack ‘N Share’ on Nov. 5

Kinseekers of Fairfield Glade will meet on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 1 to 3 P.M. (CDT), for our ‘Snack ‘N Share’ meeting, in the Fellowship Hall of the FFG Community Church, 521 Snead Drive.

Use either the office entrance or the back side entrance.

At the Thursday, October 1st meeting, we discussed Ways to Organize and Unclutter our Genealogy Notes, Files and Photos.  Chris Sikorski provided several pages of suggestions and simple, easy ideas that work, whether you have a designated room or just a corner or cubbyhole of work space. Great ideas … now to find the time to actually implement them (can anyone relate?)

The tentative speaker will be Gene Stone, who will share his sometimes frustrating (we can all relate), sometimes just plain lucky (again we can relate) and ultimately, very rewarding (ditto), journey of tracing one elusive ancestor back as far as…well, you’ll have to attend to find out.

Also, Holly Clark will have the suggested schedule of subjects and speakers for next year, so, be sure to attend; we value your input.

The group’s yearly dues are $10, but, please, come as our guest on your first visit.

Other genealogy related sources in this area are: The Celtic Circle which meets at 6 pm, the first Tuesday each month at the Christian Church of the Cumberlands, 1312 First Street, Crossville.  You can email [email protected] for more info.

The Cumberland County Archives and Family Center, 95 First Street, Crossville.  They are open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.  Their phone number is 931-456-2006, and the Cumberland County Genealogy Society, which meets at 6 P.M., the first and third Monday each month at the Art Circle Library, 3 East Street, Crossville.  Call 931-484-6790.

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays seminar 

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays is a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. Please join us on Nov. 15 or Dec. 6 at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church, 231 Westchester Drive, Fairfield Glade.

The seminar features video interviews with counselors, grief experts, and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death and who offer practical suggestions and reassurance. These people share honestly about:

• Being prepared for surprising emotions that may hit over the holidays

• What to do about traditions and other coming changes

• How to handle holiday parties and invitations

• How to survive potentially awkward moments with other people

• Where to find comfort, strength, and hope in a seemingly hopeless time

Those who attend will receive a Survival Guide filled with practical tips, encouraging words, journaling ideas, and exercises for daily help through the holiday season.

For more information, email Jane Swanson at [email protected]

Community Chorus concert dates set

The Cumberland County Community Chorus directed by Marty Gibson has set concert date information for the upcoming Fall season.

The much anticipated Veterans Benefit Concert will be presented Nov. 5 at 7 P.M. in the Auditorium at Stone Memorial High School.

The Chorus will be joined by the Cumberland County Community Band under the direction of Glen Belcher, in musical tribute to Veterans and their families. There is no fee to attend the concert. Donations are accepted, with all proceeds going to the Cumberland County DAV Post 32.

The Cumberland County Community Chorus will perform Christmas concerts on December 5th at 3:00 PM in the Fairfield Glade Community Church and Dec. 6 and 7 at 6 P.M. at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church.

If you are unable to attend these performances but would like to share your support for the scholarship fund and the Chorus’s concerts, you can make a check payable to: “Cumberland County Community Chorus” and mail to Gloria Lusk, Treasurer, 10 Berkley Square, Crossville, TN 38558.

United Fund campaign now under way

The Cumberland United Fund Door-to-Door Campaign is reaching the midway mark.

Sara Drake campaign chairperson would like to remind everyone the varied ways you can invest in our community through giving to the United Fund.

You can make a donation using the clip out form at First National Bank of Tennessee, Cumberland County Bank or Highland Federal Savings and Loan  during regular bank hours or at Progressive Savings Bank on  Friday’s from 9 to 11 A.M. through Nov. 14.

You  can give securely online at, or   You can also mail a donation to 348 Taylor St Suite 101, Crossville TN 38555.

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 October, November, and December 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 and Isabella’s Restaurant and next to the Dollar Store.

The dog park sign will be visible from Peavine Road and board members will be there to help at Unit 80, go left thru the gate. It will be open more often after the first of the year.  Please note we will not be accepting clothing or electronic devices but small appliances are fine.

Volunteers needed

The dog days of summer are here and memories and evidence of last winter’s ice storm are no longer as prominent.

Next year’s tax season seems a long way off, but planning has begun for the AARP Tax-Aide volunteer counselors.

The recent Supreme Court decision keeps the Affordable Healthcare Act in place and therefore, there could be tax consequences for some of our residents for the 2015 tax year.  Tax-Aide services are not limited to seniors; rather all individuals.

On-line self-study modules are also available from November through April.  New volunteers have experienced counselors as training partners and begin their tax preparation work doing basic returns.  You will never have to work alone – as part of the program, every tax return is quality reviewed before it is printed for the client.

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 Ginny at 456-4212.

Free Classes offered

Classes are being offered for family and friends of individuals with a major mental illness on eight consecutive Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8:30 P.M. beginning on September 16, and ending on November 4.

The With Hope in Mind is a FREE eight-session course provided by NAMI .

To register call John and Denise Ranger at (931) 707-0283.

Donation site scheduled

The Cumberland Good Samaritans trailer will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 114 Stonehenge Drive, Fairfield Glade from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. every Friday until Nov. 20 to receive donations for their thrift store.

Donations of clothing, small household goods, books, toys, holiday items, small furniture and small appliances will be accepted. If you have any questions, call Cumberland Good Samaritans at 484-3225.

Garrison to perform

Shades of the jungle!  It’s D.J. Garrison.  A perennial local favorite is this fabulous entertainer and you can see him on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Palace Theatre.

To make your reservation. call the Palace Theatre at 931-484-6133.  You may also order on line at [email protected] specifying your preferred seating.  Tickets are $15 advance and $18 date if performance (if any tickets remain).

Scholarships available

Students can now sign up to host winter Red Cross blood drives and become eligible for scholarships.

Youth blood drive coordinators needed Dec. 15 through Jan. 15

This winter high school and college students can help save lives and be eligible to win a scholarship of up to $2,500 by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive. Registration is now open through Nov. 15 to host drives between Dec. 15, 2015, and Jan. 15, 2016.

Students who host a drive can be eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 for higher education and earn a gift card. A total of six scholarships will be awarded to students who host a blood drive collecting 25 blood donations or more. All students who collect at least 25 pints at their blood drive will receive a gift card to

For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit

Bible Study – Part 2 of Fall Class Begins

Register now for the upcoming part 2 of the fall Bible Study Tech class, “Breath-The Life of God in Us” with teacher, Beth Moore.  The study begins on Monday, Nov. 9, from 1:30 to 4 P.M., and continues through Monday, December 14.

Bible Study Tech classes are held at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church at 231 Westchester Drive.

Teacher and speaker, Beth Moore, founded Living Proof Ministries in 1994 with the purpose of teaching women how to love and live on God’s Word.

Bible Study Tech, or as it is also known, Bible Tech, is a women’s inter-denominational and independent Bible study.

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] or DeBe Wantzloeben, 456-8160, [email protected] to register.  Registration is recommended so that materials will be available. Information is also available at the website:

Free Model Railroad Mini-Meet in Crossville

The Crossville Model Railroad Club and Southeast Region National Model Railroad Association will be holding a Model Railroad Mini-Meet at Roan State community College in Crossville on Friday and Saturday November 6th & 7th.

Theme of the event is “Model Railroading In The Digital Age” and will have a number of classes and seminars on subjects such as Speed Matching Engines, 3D Printing, Soldering, Engine Maintenance,  Scenery and many others.

Classes will use facilities of the Roan State hi-tech Business Incubator facility and all sessions will be led by highly experienced model railroaders.  There will also be non-rail fan classes and local tours.

Attendees are invited to an open house and reception at the Crossville Model Railroad Club display of 4,500 square feet of operating layouts at the Crossville Outlet Center Friday evening.  The Outlet Center will also have a large railroad art exhibit the weekend of the min-meet.

This event is for all levels of model railroaders and will encompass all scales.  Lunch will be available at the college at a moderate cost.

Both the College and Outlet Center are about an hour from Knoxville and less than two hours from Nashville at exit 320 on I-40.

The Mini-Meet is free and open to anyone interested in model railroading whether or not they are NMRA members.  More detailed information and a registration form are available on the CMRC web site at Places are limited so early registration is recommended.