Holiday events featured prominently at Ronceverte Council meeting

By Peggy Mackenzie

At the Ronceverte City Council meeting on Monday, City Manager Reba Mohler presented a laundry list of upcoming holiday event announcements, as follows:

  • Trinity United Methodist Church will hold its annual Autumn Harvest Turkey Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Carry-outs will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu consists of turkey, gravy, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry salad, green beans, rolls, cake and a beverage. Cost for adults and children age 12 and older is $12. Children age 5 through 11 will eat for $5, and there is no charge for meals for children under the age of 5. The church is located at 373 Pocahontas Avenue, Ronceverte.
  • On Thanksgiving Day, Mike Sheridan and Kellen Leef (owners of When Pigs Fly) will host their annual Turkey Dinner event at the State Fairgrounds in the Poultry Building from 12 noon – 4 p.m. Donations of food and funding will be accepted.
  • The Ronceverte Christmas Parade will be held Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., with the lineup to begin at 5:30 p.m. at Island Park.
  • The Ronceverte Merchants Open House event will be held downtown on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5 – 8 p.m. Edgar Avenue will be closed to through traffic during that time.
  • The Ronceverte Public Library will hold its annual Fundraising Dinner on Dec. 6 at the Edgarton Inn Bed & Breakfast. This year the meal will feature a Caribbean theme. Reservations are required. Stop by the library to purchase tickets.
  • The Community Christmas Dinner will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church.

In other news: CVB Executive Director Kara Dense, with Delilah Dixon and Valerie Pritt, presented the Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau annual report to the city council as they have been making the rounds to all the municipalities in the county. She noted that Mayor David Smith is on the CVB board, replacing Doug Hylton in that position. Hylton passed away early this year. Ronceverte has a single inn within the city limits, which provides hotel/motel taxes to the CVB. Dense said Air B&B companies in the area are subject to the H/M tax but many of them are not paying their portion.

Bob Hazelwood with C.I. Thornburg Engineering said three bids for leak detection were received in a recent bid request. C.I. Thornburg came in the lowest with $20,995, followed by Match PT at $29,495 and topped by Core & Main, whose bid ran to $45,750. Council member Kathy King asked why the last bid was doubled. Hazelwood said the cost difference was due to different product lines. The low bid complied with the products as specified in the bid description.

Mayor Smith stated that Rusty Arnold, chairman of the board of the American Music Hall, recently passed away, leaving a will stipulating that the hall be left to the City and that American Music Hall events continue to be promoted. The property the hall is situated on already belongs to the City, Smith said. The American Music Hall is a 501(3)c nonprofit and  will continue as such under the City’s oversight. A vote to approve the acceptance of the structure was unanimous.