Good Day Farmington In a few short days I will be the mother of a teenager. Lots of you know my little Kyan is not so little any more.

Seems like only yesterday we were introducing him to everyone at Homecoming, a cuddly little newborn who caught the attention of everyone including my friend, the late Betty Riggs.

She always remembered his birthday and marveled each year at how big he had gotten as she deposited red lipstick kisses on his little cheeks. If only she could see him now.

When both my children were itty bitty I started my first go around as a columnist for the Farmington community. I began to include quirky stories about the goings on in our household with two little ones and all our adventures.

It certainly was a way for us to integrate our little family into the area that had watched me grow from an infant into a wife and mommy. My how 13 years have flown by.

Farmington News

August was a busy month of odd news over the years for the Farmington area. I have a bear story next week that will knock your socks off.

However, this week’s headlines read “Lost his Whiskey” and, of course, I had to take a gander at what this was all about. Turns out, in 1917, people were smuggling in the good stuff via the B&O Railway.

Now, usually you’d assume a shipment was sent in by boxcar or in some packaged way. Not back in the prohibition days. The station here collected a trunk that was waiting for a gentleman in Hutchinson.

Upon unloading it, the carriers dropped the trunk accidentally and noticed it began to leak rather heavily. The local constable was notified and officials brought in all the way from Fairmont.

On “examination” the trunk was found to contain three, gallon bottles of firewater, one of which had broken in the fall. While the agent wasn’t looking, someone made off with one of the bottles and they hoped to prosecute.

Of late, the story read that there had been considerable “booze brought in by this method.” Further down on the page was an advertisement for Dr. Peter Fahrney’s Teething Syrup.

As a mother of a baby who had digestion issues that were finally diagnosed as reflux disease for the first year of his life, this also caught my eye.

The ad states “Dr. Fahrney’s Teething Syrup Is the best remedy for teething. No bad results from the continued use of it. Contains nothing injurious to the youngest babe. A sure remedy for all ailments incident to babes from one day old to two or three years.”

Makes you wonder what this miracle cure contained. Upon further research the syrup was analyzed by the Bureau of Chemistry and found to contain 8.84% alcohol, along with chloroform and morphine. At a quarter a bottle, many concerned parents began dosing their infants to the point of overdosing and sadly there were deaths attributed to the product before it was finally discontinued.

Painting party

Feeling artistic? The Potter’s House Art Center has got you covered. The upcoming class will be taught on the painting “Blue Flowers and Fence.” A sample of the painting can be found on her Facebook page.

Classes start on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. She also has a variety of new products available at the art center. Stop in and see what’s available.

Youth Revival

Caleb Grimm will be joining the congregation at Noah’s Ark Assembly of God to present a Youth Revival. Join them Aug. 10-11 starting at 6 p.m. as they share their love of God with the young folks in our communities.

The content will be age appropriate for those in the youth group but all ages are welcome to attend. If you have questions contact the youth director, Shannon Barber, at either (304) 694-1793 or (304) 694-1173.

Grant Town Police

Academy Benefit Dinner

A benefit dinner will be sponsored at the Knights of Columbus on Saturday, Oct. 19 to benefit the Grant Town Police Department’s ongoing efforts to send a candidate to the police academy. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Raffles and more will be available to participate in during the event. Tickets are $20 for singles and $40 for couples.

Community Yard Sales

Monongah will be having its community wide yard sale Aug. 8-10 from 8 a.m.-3p.m. Piggy backing on a great day of deals just over the hill from us (or through the hollow if you like to take the backroads), Idamay will also have some sales popping up along Rt. 218 on your way through.

Up and Coming

With the start of the school year I’ll be on the lookout for schedules for upcoming sports events, school related functions and fundraisers, PTO news, etc. If you have a student, athlete, or if you are part of an organization that has something coming up in the future, please send it my way.

Always Sams

The rumor mill has been churning for a few weeks now with the news that Sams may be reopening. In an effort to get the building back up to standards, there will be a volunteer crew this weekend at the establishment on Mill Street. Repairs need to be made to parts of the floor, plumbing, reinstalling the fence area in the back of the building, weed eating, taking down, painting, reinstalling ceiling tiles and cleaning. Please bring tools if you can help.

Calendar of Events

Here are a few things going on in and around the area this week. Hard to believe we only have a few more weeks before school is in and Summer is officially on it’s way to an end.

Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held today at the Mannington Public Library starting at 9 a.m. Tomorrow, Aug. 4 is the F.A.M.I.L.Y. Husky Picnic at Wood Cutter’s Stadium (formerly Husky Field) beginning at 5 p.m.

Monday the Mannington Fair Parade will kick off a week of fun festivities during the Mannington District Fair. And ending the week on Aug. 7, the Sewing Basics for Kids class will be held at the Mannington Public Library starting at 1 p.m.

End of Summer Back 2 School Bash

The Barrackville PTO would like to announce its End of Summer Back 2 School Bash at WaveTek. This is a free event for Barrackville students and their families. This private pool party will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Aug. 15. There will be class rosters at the gate to verify students who attend.

Book Club

Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 4-5 p.m. the Fairview Library monthly book club returns to review “The Unquiet Grave”by Sharyn McCrumb. Based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history—the case of the Greenbrier Ghost- this book details a case so bizarre and unprecedented it will leave you haunted.

Happy Birthday

I was reminded during a birthday get together for his grandson, Xander, that my cousin Jack Jones will be having a birthday this week on Aug. 7. It’s good to see that Jack is up and about following a stroke this winter.

Birthday candles will be blown out this week by locals Mariah Cunninghan, Brittany Jahn, Amanda Smith, and Liz Opyoke Cruikshank. Happy Birthday.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Mrs. June Haught, teacher at Fairview Elementary School, who has accepted the Assistant Principal position at West Fairmont Middle School. Mrs. Haught has been a second grade teacher at Fairview Elementary for a few years now and an organizer of many events including the Veteran’s Day program. We wish her best of luck and welcome Ms. Costlow, who will take her place for the 2019-2020 school year. Welcome to the Indian family.

Heartfelt Sympathies

Condolences to the family of Martha Jones who passed recently. She was a Farmington High School alumnus and a very loved member of the community by all who knew her.

Anniversaries

Very happy wishes go out to my parents, Pam “Flo” and K.C. Jones who celebrate 37 years of marriage this week. Special wishes go out to Cecelia and Paul Donato.

Reunions

Class of ‘64 will be having their 55th Class reunion next Saturday. Dinner will be hosted at Colassesano’s in White Hall from 5-9 p.m. It’s a great venue to get acquainted with one another and the classmates organizing the reunion have put in a lot of hard work and planning.

North Marion Little Huskies

First practices will begin for the 2019 season on Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in coaching football, cheer or volunteering needs to fill out a form as soon as possible.

Weigh ins for Mighty Mite (football & cheer): Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Clarksburg Panthers. The time will be announced after July 27 coaches clinic. PeeWee (football & cheer): Saturday, Aug. 24 also at Clarksburg Panthers at 11:00 a.m. Midget (football & cheer): Sunday, Aug. 25 at Bridgeport at 2:30 p.m.

Weigh ins are mandatory as each child must be weighed to be rostered. Those not weighed will not be allowed to participate. Coaches clinic for Mighty Mite Football is July 27at 6 p.m. at The Village Square. Coaches clinic for all 3 Cheer and PW & Midget Football is Aug. 4 at the Best Western in Bridgeport at 3 p.m.

Mike McKinzie

Memorial Poker Run

Safe travels and good luck to the participants in today’s 1st Annual Mike McKinzie Memorial Poker Run. The organizers have done a fantastic job of putting together this benefit for the Ronald McDonald House of Morgantown and The Fallen Bikers Memorial Foundation in his memory. Kickstands up at Noon, cost is $15 per rider, $10 per passenger. The ride will start and end at Prunty’s Pub in Monongah.

Keep watch, there are motorcycles on the road.

Chicken & Ham Roast

This week is the week to get your roast chicken and ham. The roast is sponsored by the Joanne Sportsmans Club and will be located on Husky Highway Aug. 3-10 near North Marion High School. What a great way to help a local organization and have a delicious dinner (or lunch.) at the same time.

Contact me

I’m available from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday in the TWV office on Quincy St. You can always reach me by e-mail at scummons@timeswv.com, mail content to P.O. Box 2530 Fairmont, WV 26555, or by phone at (304)367-2527. You can always stop by and see me at the office on Quincy St.