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Jack & Jill softball tournament

If you are interested in playing in a Jack & Jill softball tournament, this Saturday April 26, please call 304-338-2087


Darden Mill Grand Opening

C-Hope presents: Darden Mill Grand Opening – Friday, April 25 from 5pm – 8pm, corner of Railroad Avenue & First Street in Elkins.  Featuring: Innovation & Impact: Railroads in the Mountain State.  A new exhibit brought to you by the West Virginia Railroad Museum, plus Discovering the Appalachian Forest brought to you by Appalachian Forest Heritage Area.  Live music by Gerry Milnes, Delicious Homemade appetizers, event is free, all ages welcome.


Electronics Recycling

In partnership with the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority, Green Works, Sustainability Studies, Environmental Science students and Center for Sustainability studies staff will be collecting electronics, Saturday, April 26, 9am-4pm at the Elkins industrial park next to Elkins Builder’s Supply and across from Elkins Recycling. Please bring your items for recycling at this time, earlier is better as the collection will end when the 53’ trailer is full (have filled it every year for 5 years!). The collection is free of charge but donations to the Green Works group in any amount will be accepted in support of future student projects (planned for this month is an LED outdoor security lighting install on campus, next fall they plan additional solar panels in partnership with Student Assembly.  Hope to see you there! Volunteers are welcome!


Ramps and Rails Festival

Ramps and Rails Festival on April 26th Elkins Town Square from 10a-5p.  Food and craft vendors, family activities, and live music throughout the day.  Vote for your favorite ramp dish.  The Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad will be running two, one hour train rides at 12:30 and 3:00.  Tickets are $10, reservations highly recommended, call 1-877-686-7245.  For more information, call the Elkins Depot WelcomeCenter at 304-635-7803 or email elkinswelcomecenter@gmail.com

Spaghetti Dinner & Auction

The Mill Creek Ruritan in Purgitsville, is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner & auction on Saturday, April 26 for Michael Terry, a 10 year old with cancer.   The spaghetti dinner will be from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The auction will begin at 1:00 pm.  To donate a new or excellent used item, gift certificate, services or baked goods to the auction please contact Terry McGee at 304-289-3803. 

Chicken BBQ

Chicken BBQ  Sat., April 26 11:30 am between Go-Mart & Holiday Inn Express - Dinner includes: Half chicken, baked potato, roll, dessert & drink for a $7.00 donation. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society


Relay for Life Thirty-One Bingo

The Huttonsville Correctional Center Employee Association Relay for Life will have a Thirty-One Bingo fundraiser on Sunday April 27th.  Doors open at 1pm, bingo starts at 2pm.  Advanced tickets for $15 until April 18th for 20 games.  Cost of tickets after April 18th will be $20 for 20 games.  To purchase tickets, call 304-335-2291

Meet Your Candidates Upshur County

Meet Your Candidates for Upshur County Board of Education, Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00pm in the Music / Art room at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School (enter from the parking lo t on Smithfield St.)  Get you questions answered.

Yard Waste Collection Schedule

The City of Elkins curb-side Yard Waste Collection is underway; monthly collection will be held on the FIRST Tuesday of each month on the following dates this year:  May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, and September 2.  Yard waste will be collected as quickly as possible but it varies from month-to-month as to how much time it takes in each ward – due to this fact, residents of all wards are being asked to have their yard waste out by the curb by 5:30 a.m. on the above-stated collection dates; if we don’t get it that day, we will get it in the next day or two - depending on how much time the current collection is taking. 

Acceptable items include:  grass, tree, & shrub trimmings; vegetative landscaping materials; leaves & hay; plant debris; branches & brush up to 2” in diameter and 8’ in length tied with a string or twine in manageable bundles (no wires or plastic ties).

Unacceptable items include:  plastics; treated wood; construction/demolition debris; household trash; animal waste; non-organic material; yard waste containing concrete, rocks, sod, or dirt; anything over 50 pounds.

Residents may also take Yard Waste to the Waste Water Collection & Transmission Department (located at 31 Jones Drive / 304-636-2058) Mondays – Fridays from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Ticketing for Street Sweeper Parking Violations will begin Thursday May 1st in the City of Elkins. 

Thirty-One Bingo for Relay for Life

Thirty-One Bingo for Team Duckworth Relay for Life, 2pm on May 3rd at the Beverly Fire Hall.  Doors open at 1pm, $20 for 20 games. 50/50 drawing and Chinese auction. Refreshments, t'shirts and bracelets will be sold.  Early Bird tickets for $15 now through April 18th,                 call 304-614-9975.

Democratic Executive Committee Political Forums

The Randolph County Democratic Executive Committee will be holding two more forums. April 30 at the Elkins American Legion at 7pm and one on May 7 at Harman Fire Department at 7pm. Candidates wishing to speak should report by 6:30pm for registration.  Questions may be addressed to Randolph County Democratic Executive Committee Chairwoman Julia Stevenson by calling 304-636-6466.


Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Tyler Pifer

Pancake Breakfast at CJ Maggies on Saturday May 10th.  $5 per person includes pancakes, sausage, orange juice or coffee.  Fundraiser for Tyler Pifer, Elkins High School student who has been chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent West Virginia in the Down Under Sports Tournament Football hosted in Austrailia.  If you would like to make a donation to Tyler, call 304-591-4320 

Coalton VFD Gun Bash

Coalton VFD Gun Bash on Saturday May 10th at 11:30.  Purchase tickets now for $25, by calling 304-614-0650, 304-704-7349 or 304-704-8986.  You do not have to be present to win.  Food and drinks provided.

Mount Liberty Ramp Dinner

Mount Liberty Ramp Dinner May 10 in Philippi 12:00 to 5:00 pm  Adults $10.00 - Children $8.00


Children's Free Reading Hour

The Elkins Randolph County Library reading hour for 3 and 4 year olds and caregivers continues until Memorial Day 2014 (except for holidays).  The free reading hour is from 10:30a-11:30a in the downstairs reading room.  Including reading, coloring or other activities and a snack.  Children must be accompanied by legal caregivers.

GFWC Junior Woman's Club Raffle

The GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Elkins has 4 all access passes to the Greenbrier Classic which includes the two concerts of Maroon 5 on July 4th and Jimmy Buffett on July 5th. We are going to raffle all 4 tickets off in one package and the raffle tickets will be $10 each and we will be drawing the winner on Saturday, May 24th. If you would like raffle tickets, you can contact us either by emailing us at gfwcelkinsjuniors@yahoo.com, by Face book on the event page called Raffle for Greenbrier Classic Golf and Maroon 5 & Jimmy Buffett Concert Passes or by calling Kathie Staten at (304)621-0379. You can also do mail orders for your tickets, all you have to do is let us know how many raffle tickets you want and your address and phone number and send us your check for the amount owed. You can mail your check to GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Elkins c/o The Greenbrier Classic Raffle Drawing PO Box 505 Elkins, WV 26241 and make your checks payable to GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Elkins.  A spokesperson for the Greenbrier Classic said these concerts would be a sell out.  The proceeds from this raffle will help the GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Elkins to provide a college scholarship to one Randolph County female senior, sponsor an EHS Junior to Girls State, provide an apprenticeship scholarship to the Old Brick Playhouse, support our Relay for Life team, and also help provide funding for the Hugh OBrien Youth Scholarship.

Rock 'n' Run

Rock 'n' Run on May 31st at Jawbone Park. Registration on race day is $25 and opens at 7am. Early bird registration $15 until May 1st, pre registration $20 until May 25th.  Early bird registration includes t'shirt.  Register online at Event Cow or on Facebook.

Elkins YMCA Pool Fundraiser

The Elkins YMCA is raising money to renovate and re-open the pool.  The facility has been closed since April 2013 due to significant roof damage. We have $300,000 left to raise and you can help by purchasing a Booster t-shirt.  Stop by the Y and help us get to our goal! Stopss..... 

Educational Services for Veterans

West Virginia Veterans Upward Bound is one hundred percent federally funded to help veterans enter and succeed in college.  Educational options plus refresher classes to prepare for college courses.  Call 1-800-624-3157 and ask for Veterans Upward Bound.