The Times West Virginian

Local News

July 11, 2014

MCPARC program kids learn how to grow their own food: VIDEO AND PHOTOS

FAIRMONT — Local kids got their hands dirty and learned how to grow their own food Thursday.

Kids participating in the Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission (MCPARC) summer programs learned how to plant seeds at the Fairmont Community Garden.

The kids were escorted by MCPARC supervisors and counselors from the Fifth Street Park to the community garden located off Oliver Street. There, kids met with employees with the City of Fairmont Planning and Development Department.

Kathy Wyrosdick, Fairmont’s director of planning and development, said the kids helped them Thursday by filling bins with dirt and getting all the plants planted. She said this gives the kids an opportunity to grow their own vegetables.

Because it is a community garden, the kids will be able to come back to the garden when they please to see how their plants are doing. Wyrosdick said some of the plants the kids helped with will go toward local food banks when they are fully grown.

Wyrosdick said that by planting and moving dirt around, the kids learned that they can grow their own food.

“There’s a huge learning opportunity here,” she said. “They’re going to learn that when you grow food, the taste is a lot better, you’re prouder of what you’re providing yourself, and also giving back to the community is a big part of what we’re doing.”

Two of the kids helping plant Thursday were Kandace Ledsome and Sophia Schnore. Schnore said she enjoyed planting in the community garden.

“We like growing plants,” Schnore said.

Ledsome said she, too, enjoyed planting at the garden Thursday and knows that it helps give back to the community. She said it also helps the environment.

“I like helping the environment and planting these plants for the food pantries,” Ledsome said.

MCPARC supervisor Jackie Fitch said having the kids help with the garden is more than planting.

“It will be an education for them,” she said.

The kids helped plant vegetables, herbs and seeds for other foods. Fitch said it’s all about showing the kids the process of a plant growing.

This is the first year for the Fairmont Community Garden, and Wyrosdick said she hopes the kids will continue to come back.

Email Emily Gallagher at or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.


Text Only
Local News
  • Purple Heart Memorial fundraising continues

     Despite three years of fundraising, a memorial remains unfinished.
    The Purple Heart Memorial was planned three years ago. It is part of the Vietnam Memorial at the Wave Tec Park and was planned to honor all of those who were wounded or killed in action in any war.
    Danny Greene has been working to complete the memorial since the project began. He is a member of the local Purple Heart Chapter.

    July 28, 2014

  • End of Fairview water project on tap

    Officials say the Fairview water line extension project is on track to meet the goal of making water available to all new customers by the end of this week.
    Fairview Mayor Arley Simmons said workers have recently been busy pulling samples and flushing the lines in order to get new customers hooked up for water service.
    “It should have been done a year ago,” he said of the project.
    However, the end of the endeavor is now nearing completion. The hope has been to have everybody on line before this month is over, Simmons said.

    July 28, 2014

  • Barbara Yanero.jpg Like a Springsteen song

     Barbara Yanero grew up in Monongah, on Shaver Street. The street has a long history. For quite some time, Polish and Italian immigrants lived on that street.
    Yanero’s family started living there with her great-grandparents, who moved there around 1927. Later, her great-grandfather made a house for her grandmother and grandfather out of a barn that was already on the property.
    “He was an amazing human being,” Yanero said. “And my mom and dad ended up living there as well, and now me.”
    In Monongah, the neighbors formed a tight-knit group.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local water project nearing completion

    Officials say the Fairview water line extension project is on track to meet the goal of making water available to all new customers by the end of this week.

    July 27, 2014

  • Fundraising continues for local military memorial

    Despite three years of fundraising, Marion County's Purple Heart Memorial remains unfinished.

    July 27, 2014

  • Therapy Riding 1 SS - CB.jpg Horses at On Eagles’ Wings help change lives for better: VIDEO AND PHOTOS

    Out at the end of a long gravel drive off Opekiska Ridge Road, nestled under the shade of the forest and the sun of the West Virginia hills, rests the green and gold pastures of On Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship Center.
    There are horses there — whinnying out of their stall windows, munching in the paddock and, most importantly, helping people with disabilities gain strength and independence in the riding ring.

    July 27, 2014 9 Photos

  • Capito maintains edge in fundraising

    Republican candidate Shelley Moore Capito still leads Democratic candidate Natalie Tennant in fundraising efforts for election to the U.S. Senate seat.
    Current U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s announced his intention to retire from the Senate in January 2013.
    Capito announced her intention to run for the seat in November 2012, giving her an early start in raising campaign funds. Tennant, currently West Virginia secretary of state, announced her campaign 10 months later, in September 2013.

    July 27, 2014

  • Completion of Korean War Memorial being pushed

    The Korean War Memorial will begin the process of reorganizing and begin to move towards completion faster.
    Marion County Development Office director Charlie Reese was asked by the Marion County Commission to provide a recommendation on how to complete the memorial. Last Wednesday, Reese presented his recommendation during the commission meeting.

    July 27, 2014

  • CRAFTS -TS.jpg Donors thanked at Christmas in July: PHOTOS

    Guests got into the Christmas spirit Saturday at the Marion County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
    The Rotary Club of South Fairmont and the Marion County CVB held a Christmas in July open house at the CVB location on the Gateway Connector to thank donors who have supported the upcoming Celebration of Lights and to sell more displays.

    July 27, 2014 6 Photos

  • Fire destroys old Rusty Spur

    A fire destroyed the old Rusty Spur in Monongah Friday night.
    The Monongah Volunteer Fire Department was among emergency units which responded to the call, which came at 9:08 p.m.

    July 27, 2014

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads