CARPENDALE – The leprechauns are hard at work in Carpendale this week for the town's St. Patrick's Day celebration.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
CARPENDALE – The leprechauns are hard at work in Carpendale this week for the town’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
“Carpendale should be fun in the next month. The leprechauns will be busy,” said Jodi Miller of the activities committee.
Seventeen painted rocks are being hidden for children in the community to find and the one who finds the special rock will receive a prize.
For adults, there is a trivia sheet available at the town hall. The answers must be returned to be included in a drawing for a prize at the April 2 meeting of the mayor and council.
“We need volunteers to help with the activities,” said Vickie Hamilton, noting that both physical help and fundraising is needed to provide for the special events in town.
An upcoming raffle for a Yeti cooler filled with hunting supplies is being planned to benefit the second Knobley Tunnel Day planned for July 27.
This year’s event will feature a car show and several new exhibits including information on the Chesapeake Bay and the West Virginia Save Our Streams program.
“We really need some help to bring in some money,” said Miller as the committee announced upcoming events including an Easter celebration and the National Day of Prayer.
A hymn sing is planned for April 7 at the Old Furnace Church of the Brethren featuring Servant’s Heart to benefit Batten Disease.
June 8 is the second annual Applebee’s benefit for Batten Disease and the town will observe International Batten Awareness Day with Delaney Day June 9 in memory of Delaney Mickey, who recently lost her battle with the disease. A walk-a-thon and other events are being planned.
“It takes a lot of time to see that these things get done. It’s a good attraction for the town,” said mayor Casey Lambert, praising local events for Veteran’s Day, Christmas and Valentine’s Day for the community.
Lambert also reported that the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce is busy with activities aimed at the county’s youths. Upcoming presentations will address bullying and drugs.