Ramage Elementary Energy Express

Spots Open for Applicants and Volunteers at Ramage Elementary Energy Express.

Ramage Elementary Energy Express is still accepting applications for this summer’s program. Energy Express, an award-winning program through AmeriCorps that focuses on reading and nutrition, is up and running in Boone County this summer. Energy Express is a summer reading program that works with school-aged children between kindergarten and sixth grade with trained mentors and volunteers from other AmeriCorps programs, 4-H, Volunteer WV, and members of the community.

Energy Express offers fun art activities, take home books, recreational time, and helpful reading opportunities in groups and one-on-one situations. Energy Express offers each child two free, nutritious meals a day, as well as a weekly take-home book.

A normal day at Energy Express includes greeting the children as they get off the bus, eating breakfast with them in a family-style fashion, then it’s off to the print-rich classroom. During the three-and-a-half hours that the children are with us at the site, we focus on group reading with a mentor, reading comprehension through the use of word walls and graphic organizers, one-on-one reading with volunteers from the community, art projects that are accompanied by writing lessons, personal and guided writing time, recreation time that includes fun, non-competitive games, and the day ends with a nutritious lunch before the bus ride home.

The goal of this program is to improve and maintain reading levels during the summer, since the summer months can often be a time that lacks opportunities for reading. At the end of each week, the children take home a copy of the book of the week so that they can start their own library at home and always have options to read whenever they want.

Energy Express is also heavily community-oriented. Members of the community are eagerly encouraged to come to a site and donate their time and talents. Anyone over the age of 12 is welcome to come help read to children, help with office duties, art projects, and many other responsibilities.

The volunteers keep the program going, and we are grateful for any amount of help that we receive. Volunteering is a great way for parents of the attending children to be involved in their children’s learning. Another way that Energy Express becomes involved in the community is weekly snack bags.

At the end of every week, the mentors, community coordinators, and site supervisors pack a snack bag for each child to take home and enjoy during the weekend. These snacks are often provided by local organizations, such as churches and businesses.

On a larger scale, the sites pick a community service project to carry out during the five weeks of service. Ramage Elementary still has slots open for children to attend, so if your child is interested, please contact the school at 304-369-0763, WVU Extension Service at 304-369-5869.

Notice of Meeting

The Boone County Public Service District will hold its regular monthly Water and Wastewater meeü.ng on Monday, July 13, 2015 at the Board omce.

If you wish to be on the agenda please call the Board office at 304-369-2622.

The Water Board meefing will open at 6 p.m., prevailing time, followed by the Wastewater meeting at its Board office in room 101 of the Danville Community Center, 731 Hopkins Avenue, Danville, for the following purposes: Water Agenda: Approval of Invoices Line Extensions and Wastewater Agenda: Approval of Invoices and District Operations

Sober living home fundraiser

A community yard sale and carnival at the Madison Civic Center Saturday, July 11, 3 to 8 p.m., and we need to know if anyone wants to rent a spot. The cost is $10 plus 10 percent of sales and we need to know by the end of May if they want to participate.

The proceeds are fundraising for a planned Sober Living Home in Boone County. Any questions, call 304-369-7081.

Food Handlers Classes

The Food Handlers Classes will be held at the Public Health Building located near Danville, just off the Lick Creek Road.

Dates and times are as follows: Monday, July 13, 2015, at 2 and 6 p.m.

Please note that under State Law any person (s) that is involved in the preparation or service of food for public consumption is required to attend a certified food service training course. The course will be conducted by Sandra Giles, Boone County Sanitarian .

Foster Neighborhood Crime Watch

Foster Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting will be Thursday, July 16, 2015, at 7 p.m.

Speaker for this meeting is Kris Mitchell, Director of Boone County Community and Economic Development. Come find out what her job is and what she is doing for the county.

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting.

Boone WVU Alumni & Friends Pig Roast and Golf Outing

The 28th annual Boone County WVU Alumni & Friends Pig Roast and Golf Outing is scheduled for July 18 at Riverveiw Country Club.

Come for an afternoon of fun. Enjoy good food, good company, fantastic golf, great music from Bent River, and general merriment all in the pleasant surroundings of

Riverview Country Club (have you seen the new upgrades there?). We will have all this fun; and at the same time it is for great cause too. It is all geared toward providing scholarships to at least 37 Boone County students attending WVU or its associated schools.

It is the 28th edition of the Boone County WVU Alumni & Friends Pig Roast & Golf Outing being held on July 18, 2015.

Golf begins at 10 a.m. and the pig should be well prepared by 3 p.m. in time to feed famished golfers and provide for a fantastic picnic.

Join Boone County native, Tony Gibson, who is WVU’s Football Defensive Coordinator as he brings his own special secrets to roasting pig and fixing those amazing hot bologna sandwiches. He will be joined by the President of WVU, Dr. E. Gordon Gee, and many other fantastic educators perhaps including Coach Huggins, if Huggs can bend his recruiting schedule. Get your own 2015 version Pig Roast t-shirt that touts Coach Gibson’s own innovative defense.

Coach Paul Carden will bring his famous wit and auctioneering skills to bear to auction off many collectables and useful items. This is one time that a war is a good thing (bidding war), and fun to boot.

Most of all this it is for our own kids and their future. Many will come back to Boone County and build on the great community and history that their forebears turn over to them. Come and lend your support and have fun doing it.

Boone County Fair

It is that time of year for the 82nd Boone County Fair on August 6, 7 and 8 at Lick Creek Field in Danville.

Also, August 2, there will be a car show from 1 to 4 p.m., along with wrestling starting at 2 p.m., which will be held at Lick Creek Field.

The fair is still accepting vendor applications, which must be turned in by July 24. If you would like to sell crafts, food, jewelry, or informational booth.

You can also pre-register for the Lip Sync Battle by contacting Gini Nelson 304-837-3894 for additional information for both.

There will be entertainment nightly, food vendors set up by the gates and vendors selling their goods on the field. In the craft building there will be beautiful quilts, photography, paintings and more to be judged, see and have fun.

Line up for upcoming fair:

• August 6th

8:30 p.m. Rick K & the Allnighters

• August 7th

6-8 p.m. Lip Sync Battle

8:15 p.m. Dewayne Hill magician

9:15 p.m. Bent River

• August 8th

4-6 p.m. Gospel music

7 p.m. Corey Hager

9:15 p.m. Davisson Brothers Band

10:45 p.m. Fireworks

For additional information, visit the fair’s online Facebook page at

Kirk reunion

The Kirk reunion is scheduled for Aug. 8, 2015 at Dartmont Park, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For questions or additional information, call Gloria Kirk at 304-766-8418.

Library board meeting

The next meeting of the Boone Madison Public Library Board of Directors is Aug. 18, at 4:30 p.m.

The public is welcome to attend. For more information please call 304-369-7842.

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