Can we all be in agreement that they should’ve just cut most of Route 250 and started over?

Geesh! If it wasn’t for the fact that a lot of old 250 on the way to Fairmont is falling in, I’d be obliged to take it into Fairmont on my way to work. Last week I included that new brick streets were installed in town back in 1919.

Well back on July 15, 1916 the headline read “Farmington Owns Worst Road in Co.” Now, take into consideration that the road up until that point was just cinder.

The streets in town and road (from Fairmont to Mannington) were repaired by leveling them up to the ditches, cutting down weeds and brush from the sides and waiting until the fall rains to worry about the ruts and holes throughout.

The county engineer at the time said that this maintenance ensured roads were passable for all kinds of traffic. (Imagine some of our big trucks coming through that dusty mess!) Town authorities had refused to repair the roads, leaving it to be dealt with upon paving under a then upcoming bond issue.

Four States Mine Reunion

Jim Davis is anxious to let everyone know that the annual Four States Mine Reunion is coming up next month.

He’s promised that everyone attending will get “a good plate of food and the kids can play in the creek.” I don’t doubt the food will be home cooked and delicious, but this girl likes to wade around in the creek herself so it might not just be for the kiddies.

The reunion is planned for Saturday Aug. 24. Drinks and meat will be provided; please bring a covered dish of your choice. Mark your calendars and plan to be at the Parish Run Park next to Teverbaugh Church (Up Four States Hollow on the right) at 1 p.m. Any one affiliated with mine is welcome and encouraged to attend. It should be a great family event, bring a lawn chair and stay for a visit, they’d love to see ya!

Extra Council Meeting

There will be an extra Town Council meeting on Monday. Same time, same place. Citizens of Farmington are welcome and encouraged to attend as we make a lot of changes going forward into the future of our town. Might be time to get a little interested in what’s going on. For information call the Town Hall at (304) 825-6442.

Class Ring

I had a nice time talking to Mr. Gene Humphrey in the office Tuesday morning. While we were discussing a little genealogy business, he told me about another little research project I’m hoping that the FHS Alumni can help us with. He has a class ring that the stone popped out of.

While he’s getting it repaired he was wondering if anyone could get a picture of what the original rings looked like. Remember, males and females had different styles so he would need a picture of the original. If you could help us out with this please send the picture to me via email scummons@timeswv.com and I’ll make sure he gets it.

Fruit Fly Feedback

So many of you called, wrote, or emailed me about the fruit flies! It’s always nice to hear from you and I was tickled pink to know that I’m getting readers from all over the county!

I also got a few suggestions of what works for other people. Helen Serafino in Mannington wrote to me and suggested a teetotal remedy that works for her.

Combine in a small jar or glass half cup water,half teaspoon sugar, half tablespoon white vinegar, couple drops liquid dish soap. Let it sit out and the flies will come.

Anna Lough from East Grafton Road mixes 1 pint of water, 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, with 2 drops of Dawn dish liquid. She didn’t cover with plastic wrap but said it works great for her. Thanks ladies! And if you have any other suggestions or things to share I’m all ears!

Pasta Dinner Benefit

Area communities are banding together to help one of our own. A pasta dinner is scheduled to benefit Joe Meluzio, who is dealing with multiple medical issues at this time.

Joe was raised in Grant Town, played sports and graduated from Fairview High School. The dinner will be held at the Grant Town Community Building on Saturday, July 27 from 3-6 p.m.

Dine-in or carry out meals will include pasta with meatballs, salad, rolls, and dessert for the cost of a donation. He was always active in the community and coached youth sports so now’s the time we show our appreciation. For more information, to donate, or to order meals, call (304) 203-8229 or (304) 290-9268. You’re in our thoughts Joe and the thoughts of so many others.

Injured

Sadness has touched a family here in Farmington once again. Earlier this month, Sam Aloi, his son Daniel and friend Brody were involved in a very serious car accident.

All three were sent to the hospital with injuries. Daniel has had a few surgeries but the updates given say that his progress is encouraging. I’m sure that they would appreciate your prayers and keeping them in your hearts.

School Time!

We are now a month away from the start of the 2019-2020 School Year. Can you believe it? The first day for 1st through 12th will be Wednesday, Aug. 21, while the first day for Kindergarten is Friday, Aug. 23. Pre K students will start the year first thing Monday morning of Aug. 26.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

There’s never a bad time to consider where you need to put your faith. Our local Catholic church can help you with that during their RCIA program. The program is for adults who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith or begin their journey to become a Catholic.

This faith journey is for any unbaptized person interested in learning about the Catholic faith, Catholics who are baptized but not catechized and/or did not complete their sacraments of initiation (Eucharist and Confirmation), or persons baptized in another Christian faith who seek to make a profession of faith in the Catholic tradition and be accepted into full communion of the Catholic Church. Those interested can call the Parish Office at (304) 986-2321.

Birthdays

A very happy birthday goes out to a few folks in the area this week. Betty Potoczny, Hannah Hayes, Brianna Espinoza, Angie Hager, Shane Livingston, Beth Cook, Betty Earl, John Billie, and (sharing my birthday on July 25th) Jan Wilson all blow out the candles this week.

Also a special birthday boy will be 87 years young tomorrow. Rudy Banick Sr. whose senior yearbook photo called him “the little guy that can really carry a football.” He may not be racking up the yardage on the football field these days but he’s certainly carrying the hearts of his family down here on Railroad St. and beyond.

Anniversaries

Four special couples celebrate anniversaries this week. Congratulations to Peter and Susie Alasky, Mark and Lora Gouzd, Jeff and Wendy Fluharty, and Dave and Darlene Michalec.

Parish Picnic

Picnic plans are in order for parishioners at St. Peter and St. Patrick Catholic churches on Sunday, Aug. 11 directly following Mass. The ladies group will be cooking up some hot dogs and chicken to go with all the fixin’s donated from covered dishes by the parishioners. Sounds like a great time!

Condolences

We got word of a few passings of Farmington High School Alumni this week. Our thoughts are with the families as we share in their loss. Thomas Arcure Sr. passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on July 3, 2019. He had been a longtime resident of the Franklin / Middletown, Ohio area, after leaving his hometown of Farmington. His obituary read that “Tom will be remembered for his smile and the last two forms of communication that he could express ... his salute and the sign of the cross.” He was laid to rest in Springboro Cemetery, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s memory St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Dick Shenal, 83, passed away on July 9, 2019. He was born just up the road in Rachel. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed deer hunting trips to the cabin in Franklin, W.Va. with his father-in-law and hometown friends. Surviving a Cessna 4-seater plane crash on a trip back from the cabin with a pilot friend at the wheel and 12-year old son Mike in tow, easily stands out as the death defying feat of his life. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church or St. Bernard Catholic School. Online Condolences may be made to the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com.

Contact Me

It’s been a wonderful week meeting and speaking with so many of the readers of my column. It truly makes it worthwhile! If you have anything you’d like to contribute please send it to me at the office PO Box 2530, Fairmont, WV 26554 or email to scummons@timeswv.com. You can also call me directly at (304) 367-2527 or stop by and have a chat during our office hours from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. here on Quincy St. in Fairmont.