Good Day Farmington

Scheduling a summer vacation, even if it’s a small road trip, is a lot easier for those trying to transition their stored up winter fat from “spring rolls” to summer beach ready if you plan to go mid-season.

Like many of you, I’ve been trying to get in better shape (mostly that the shape I’m in is a lot more circular than curvy). Eating healthier has been beneficial but when you spend most of your day at your desk the most exercise you get is from your fingers hitting the keys as you type. (Not to brag, but I have a really high word per minute count.)

Suffice to say when I see some recipes from early in the 20th Century, I think maybe there were other things keeping the ladies svelte aside from the laces of a corset. Popular recipes included reheating your leftover spinach, seasoning and chopping it fine before adding enough cream to make it smooth. Spread one half inch thick on toast and top with a poached egg.

Cabbage au gratin can be made by cutting a head of cabbage into eighths and soaking for one hour in cold water before boiling it in salted water. Chop into pieces and layer the salted and peppered cabbage while adding a sauce over each section.

The sauce is 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of flour and 1 cup of hot milk slowly poured in. Season this with salt and white pepper until smooth. The topping is buttered crumbs mixed with cheese to which you are instructed to brown.

Simple side dishes, made with items that came fresh from the farm without preservatives and other additions. While many of us are at the point that the beach, lake, or the pool is just going to get whatever body we give it, giving these recipes a try might just be more of an appreciation for the meals cooked without all the modern conveniences we have.

Fish Tales

George Masters and Joe Petrucci took a trip to the river bank and came home quite lucky. We all know that fisherman have that one story about “the one that got away” but George was rather fortunate. He and Joe stopped by to show Rudy and Meredith the most beautiful golden trout. While he did admit that it gave a little bit of a fight, he was victorious over goldie in the end. Well done!

New council and mayor

Congratulations to our new Mayor and Council. Serving our town for the next term will be Mayor Bill Glasscock and his team of council members including Meredith Banick, Danny Barker, Lurita Jenkins, Tom Menas II and Tom Sherry. A big thank you to everyone who came out and did their civic duty by voting and spreading the word on our town election.

Happy Birthday

So many birthday boys and girls to kick off summer! Please wish happiness for another year to Dave Michalec, Fillipo Buonamici, Vickie Starsick, Odessa Carpenter, Gary O’Dell, Stephanie (Snodgrass) Pethtel, Zach Gouzd, and Sharon Tassone.

Registration Deadline for Class of ‘69

Farmington High School Class of 1969’s reunion due date is almost here! RSVP donations should be received by July 1 (a mere nine days from now). Please send $50 per person to Diane Alasky Aloi at 3405 Husky Highway, Farmington, WV 26571. The Reunion is scheduled for Sept. 6-7 at Farmington’s Community Building and at Muriale’s.

Women’s Society

St. Peter’s Women’s Society will not have meetings in July and August. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.

VBS

St. Patrick’s Vacation Bible School will be held on Thursday, June 27-Saturday, June 29. Thursday and Friday will be from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday will be from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. with a pot luck from 12-2 p.m.

Everyone is welcome from children, teens, parishioners, neighbors and family. It’s also the beginning of VBS for local churches this week, including Haught’s Chapel in Fairview and Willow Tree Baptist in Farmington. Thursday and Friday’s program begins at 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Get more information by calling (304) 288-6732 if you’re interested. Willow Tree is located at 77 Dunkard Mill Rd. in Farmington.

4th of July Celebration Time

“Celebrate America” during the old fashioned Fairview 4th of July festivities! Parade entrants may still sign up by contacting Belinda Frausto at belindafrausto@gmail.com or calling (681) 404-2470. Many activities are planned in and around the town with lots of local clubs and organizations hosting fundraising food booths, there will be games for kids and adults alike, plus their nightly musical entertainment.

4th of July Craft Show

The Potter’s House in Fairview will be having their second annual craft show during the 4th of July celebration. The Potter’s House Art Center located at 131 Main St. in Fairview boasts a lot of local crafters and vendors who have joined them in bringing some special items to those celebrating our country’s independence day. Stop by and see the many activities that The Potter’s House hosts on a regular basis and see the beautiful artistry of Miss Diane.

Pool Party Reschedule

The Farmington Little League rescheduled their year end Pool Party due to weather. The live drawing for the Yeti cooler as well as the upcoming Board Member voting will take place this week. Stay tuned for details!

Class of 1964

Class of Class of 1964 has made plans for their 55th Reunion. Mark your calendar on Aug. 10 and join your friends and classmates at Colasessano’s in White Hall. Be there or be square for the party which starts at 5 p.m. Contact Eddie Harris (304) 278-5223 or Judy Wilson (304) 363-0369 for details and hope to see you there.

Lots to do!

There’s no shortage of events and activities leading up to the month of July. While some may say that summer is half over, it looks to me like it’s just getting on a roll! This morning starts off a busy day in Marion County.

Mannington Library will be having a Mosaic Moon Craft at 11 a.m. You can also stop by and check out their Friends of the Library Book Sale which starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m.

NMHS Band is out and about today for their Tag Day. Please stop by and make a donation to these hard working musicians.

Marion County Starts Smart Backpack Registration takes place at Windmill Park from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. More information can be found online.

June 25-29 is Paw Paw Fair week for our neighbors in Rivesville. Due to the closure of their main route, those wanting to go through Rivesville will need to travel through our towns for a short while. I’m sure you’ve seen the lovely orange detour signs throughout the area.

DIY Space Food (Teens to adult) at the Fairview Public Library on June 26. The activity starts at 3 p.m and more information can be obtained by calling the library.

Also on the 26 will be Colonial Kids’ Day at Prickett’s Fort from 10:30am-4pm. Teens Night Out at Palatine Park will be from 6-10 p.m. on June 27.

On this day in WV History

June 23, 1944 is the date a powerful tornado struck north central West Virginia. More than 100 people perished during that awful time.

In 1935 a AAA-sanctioned auto race was held at the 4H track near Dunbar.

Flash flooding in a six-county area of central West Virginia June 24-25 in 1950. Almost three dozen people were killed.

In Graftton, 1909 was a terrible time. June 26 is the anniversary of a riot in which several traveling horsemen, mistaken as B&O Railroad employees working during a strike of machinists against the company, were attacked.

Henry Jefferson Samuels, who served as the first adjutant general for the Reorganized Government of Virginia during the Civil War, died in Barboursville June 27, 1898.

Rounding out the week, Dr. Harriet B. Jones, women’s rights and political leader, and the first woman to be a licensed physician in West Virginia, died on June 28, 1943.

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