John E. LePage Jr.CorrespondentCUMBERLAND -- Work is already underway on Route 83 between Cumberland and Claysville. Work is supposed to begin this week on Route 146 inside the Village of Cumberland. It was also heard on the grapevine that paving is scheduled to take place soon on Route 821 between Byesville and the Noble County line. There is repair and maintenance work taking place on interstates in the area. Local townships and counties are doing mowing and patching of roads. Everyone is trying to get as much as they can done before the snow flies. In short, it means that if you're out and about; allow extra time for your trips. You never know when you may have to wait on or detour around road construction or destruction as the case may be.Fall busting out all overMany area residents are putting up their fall and Halloween decorations. It seems like almost everyone is welcoming the time of year when nature puts forth its best colors. The rest from all that hot summer weather is also deeply appreciated. One of the displays that will light up a dark autumn evening can be seen at the Gant residence which sits at the intersection of N. Cambridge and Maple streets in the village. Even Main Street in Cumberland is sporting some spiffy autumn-themed banners.Here's hoping you're all enjoying this season of harvest and reward. Don't forget to get some pumpkin rolls or doughnuts along with a jug of cider to celebrate the season in style.Area events and remindersOct. 11 -- Guernsey County Homemakers' Council leadership training on photography will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Crossroads Library located on Byesville Road in Cambridge. The council meeting will take place following the training session at approximately 10:30 a.m.Oct. 12 -- GCHC Cultural Arts will take place at the Christ United Methodist Church in Cambridge. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with classes starting at 9:30 a.m. The event should be over by noon. There is a $3 fee payable at the door. The theme will center on recycled crafts. The event is open to the public.Oct. 12 -- Ark Angels, 9:30 a.m., Ark Spring Baptist Church. Those attending should bring a sack lunch and scissors.Oct. 14 -- Cumberland-Spencer Homemakers, 10:30 a.m., Moorhead residence on Lestock Road. Hostesses will be Barbara Crawford and Nellie Moorhead. Those attending should bring a covered dish, table service, and a fact/story to share about the state of Virginia.Oct. 18 -- Spencer Township trustees, 7 p.m., Township Building. Bills should be given to the Fiscal Officer (Nate Wutrick) by Oct. 13.Oct. 22 -- Public auction to benefit the Samaritan Center, Inc., at 6 p.m., at 323 Steubenville Ave., Cambridge, (the Harper Hutchison Building). Tax deductible donations of glass ware, appliances, furniture, antiques or any other new or used item except clothing and stuffed toys would be greatly appreciated. Contact one of the following, if a donation pick up is needed: J. D. Jones, (740) 584-2022; Bob Werner, 439-1413; or Stevie Fairchild 439-3558, ext. 239. All proceeds will go toward renovation and operating expenses for the Samaritan Center, Inc. (P.O. Box 893, Cambridge, OH 43725). The Samaritan Center, Inc., is a transitional housing facility located in Cambridge for the benefit of local individuals and families. The mission is "to strive through, faith based and community agency cooperation, to provide shelter for individuals and families in crisis, and to support those same people in their efforts to gain stability and permanent housing."Oct. 26-31 -- Recycling trailer is scheduled to be parked at the Spencer Township building on Mill Street.Ten years agoHere is what was going on in the Cumberland area ten years ago in October 2000. The Cumberland Village Council heard from Byesville Net about the possibility of placing wireless Internet towers on village property. (Nothing ever came from this discussion.) In October 2000, it was also announced that the Buffalo Fork of Wills Creek would be cleaned from Route 340 to Perry's Den Road with a grant from the Guernsey County Soil and Water Commission.In October 2000, the Cumberland Presbyterian Women were the hosts for the Fall Workshop for Area Three of the Presbyterian Women of the Muskingum Valley Presbytery.In October 2000, the Cumberland-Spencer Homemakers were working on items to display at Cultural Art, while the Claysville Homemakers listened to a health report on rabies and heard a lesson on diabetes.Special guest performers at the 2000 Cumberland United Methodist Friendship Night were Silver Threads and the Green Valley Pickers.In October 2000, the Spencer Township trustees were trying to find ways to collect money for damage done to township roads by oil trucks and loggers.October 2000 ended with another successful trick or treat night with a wiener roast at Gracie's Grocery. The Cumberland Activity Group served as co-hosts.