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Reminder - Set your clocks back one hour this Sunday. Daylight Saving Time will end the first Sunday in November.  In the U.S. 2 a.m. was originally chosen as the changeover time because it was practical and minimized disruptions in schedules. Also it prevents the day from switching to yesterday, which would be confusing. It is early enough that the entire continental U.S. switches by daybreak, and the changeover occurs before most early shift workers and early churchgoers are affected. Fire departments encourage people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks because Daylight Saving Time provides a convenient reminder.

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Anderson County Meals on Wheels plans to provide each of their recipients a small gift bag along with an individual size cake for their birthday. Items needed include lotion, soap, note pads, pens, word find puzzles, crossword puzzles, tissue, puzzles, hand sanitizer, chapstick, individual packs of baby wipes, stationery, box of greeting cards/note cards, no-slip socks, handkerchiefs. For more information contact Crystal at 864-222-6624.

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The Internal Revenue Service is looking for taxpayers who are missing more than 279,000 economic stimulus checks totaling about $163 million and more than 104,000 regular refund checks totaling about $103 million that were returned by the U.S. Postal Service due to mailing address errors. It is crucial that taxpayers who may be due a stimulus check update their addresses with the IRS by Nov. 28, 2008. For more information see story inside P????

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The Town of Pelzer and West Pelzer will sponsor a Fall Festival this Friday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Pelzer Ball Park. Activities will include moon bounce, trackless train, candy trail, music, costume contest. Admission is free and there will be free food and beverages.

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The Town of Pelzer is sponsoring a benefit for the Haley Taylor family on November 1 at the Pelzer ball fields. All proceeds will benefit the family as they continue to pay mounting medical bills, organizers said. The event will include a sponsored bike (motorcycle)  ride, entertainment, auction and raffle, barbecue plates and a children’s entertainment area. There will be an auction of donated items which will begin at 11 a.m. on Nov. 1.

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The Little Miss Spring Water Festival Beauty pageant will be held in the Williamston Municipal Center auditorium on Sunday, November 16 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The pageant will be for ages newborn to 12 years old and divided into age groups, organizers said. For more information contact Dianne Lollis at 864-847-5743 or Ellen Harvell at 847-5588.

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Motorcycle riders in the area are encouraged to participate in a benefit ride to help the family of Haley Taylor who was killed in a golf cart accident in January. The Haley Taylor Benefit Ride will take place November 1 at the Pelzer ballfields with the first bike out at 9 a.m. and the last bike out at 11 a.m. organizers said. The event will include a sponsored bike (motorcycle)  ride, entertainment, auction of donated items and raffle, barbecue plates and a children’s entertainment area. For more information call 947-6532 or go to the website at wwwlourangelhaley.com

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Anderson County Meals on Wheels (ACMOW) is in need of route drivers throughout Anderson County. ACMOW delivers nutritious meals to 620 elderly and disabled neighbors and friends each weekday for those who would otherwise go hungry. Drivers are needed for one hour once a day, once a week, or even once a month to help deliver a warm meal, organizers said. For more information call 225-6800.

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Concerned citizens for the incorporation of the Town of Pelzer are seeking signatures on petitions designed to start the incorporation process. Organizers are looking for at least two people from each street in the unincorporated area to help obtain the signatures. Anyone interested in helping is asked to call 947-1295.

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The Pelzer Town Council meets on the second Friday of each month at 12 noon at the Pelzer Town Hall on 103 Courtney Street in Pelzer.

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The SC Fibromyalgia Support Group meets on the 3rd floor of the Bernadine Center at St. Francis Hospital on the third Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m.  Call 864/243-0481 or E-mail fibro@charter.net for more information.

Anderson-Oconee Behavioral Services is sponsoring services which include but are not limited to intensive outpatient services, group counseling, community based outreach services, parenting classes, smoking cessation classes, enrollment /assessment for ADSAP relicensing (for DUI offenders).  No one is denied services due to inability to pay. For more info contact April at 260-4168 or 882-7563 and ask for community outreach.

The Alzheimer’s Association, Upstate S.C. Chapter has funding to assist full time caregivers by providing respite care. Respite (a break from caregiving) through sitters from a home care agency, adult day care, or short-term facility care is available. For more information call 1-800-273-2555.

The American Cancer Society’s Best Chance Network provides FREE pap tests, breast exams, and mammograms for women who are ages 47-64, meet income guidelines, have no insurance or have insurance that only pays for hospital care. The income guidelines are: for 1 person earning $18, 620 or less, for 2 people $24,980, for each additional person add $6,360. To check if you qualify, call Jean Putnam at 338-8812.

Home with a Heart Thrift Store is open Thursday-Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The store is located at 220 James Mattison Rd. in Liberty. They will pick up any unwanted items for the thrift store. For more information call 843-3058 or www.homewithaheart.com.

Blue Star Mothers meet the third Sunday each month at 2:30 p.m. at the VFW Post #9273 Donaldson Center, 112 Sterling Grove Rd. (off Hwy 25) in Piedmont. For more information call 250-1900 or email bluestarmom.jane@gmail.com. This organization provides support for active military personnel and assistance for service members families.

Play and Learn “Reach and Teach” program first and third Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Lunch on the 2nd and 4th Wed. from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Learning fun activities for parents (or caregiver) and children. Includes reading and free book to children and a meal. Shady Grove Baptist Church and the Family Caregiver Support Program in Southern Greenville county for caregivers offering support and care for a relative or close friend. Different speakers each month. Meetings 4th Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at Shady Grove Church, 140 Shady Grove Road, Pelzer. Call 243-2522 for info.

Williamston Lions Club meets 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at MVPizza.

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The Town of Williamston residential garbage collection schedule is as follows: Ward 1, Mondays; Ward 2, Tuesdays; Ward 3, Wednesdays and Ward 4, Thursdays. Residents are asked to place garbage for pickup by 7 a.m. The town has also eliminated curbside recycling and an alternative plan is being considered. For additional information call David Roberts at 847-7473.

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The West Pelzer Fire Department Board of Directors will hold their regular monthly meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The meeting is open to the public and members of the community are invited to attend. Requests to be placed on the agenda must be received by 3 pm on the Thursday preceding the Tuesday Board meeting, officials said.

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The Williamston Police Department has an illegal activity hotline in which citizens can anonymously report illegal activity in or around the Williamston Community. The number is 1-866-973-8477 or 1-866-WPD-TIPS. The number is toll free.

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Williamston EMS is offering reflective address signs designed to help emergency responders find a particular address quicker during an emergency.  The signs have reflective material on both sides and can be mounted so that both sides can be seen. They can be mounted on a house, mailbox or post and provide high visibility day or night. They are easy to install and have pre-drilled holes according to Marty Evans, business manager for Williamston EMS. For more information or to purchase a sign, call Williamston EMS at 847-9584 or go by the office at 902 Anderson Dr. in Williamston.

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Williamston Town Council meets on the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. Council is also meeting every other week until June for work sessions. Time and dates for work session meeting times are announced at each regular meeting and are subject to change.

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Piedmont Public Service District Board of Commissioners meets on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Piedmont Fire Department headquarters, Hwy. 86, in Piedmont. The public is invited to attend.

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West Pelzer Town Council meets on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

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Pelzer Town Council meets on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m..

 

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