Good Day Farmers!

I love a good, old movie. The time of year does not matter, I don’t discriminate between needing a late summer night flick or cozying up to a classic in the winter.

One of my favorites is the 1954 musical film “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” starring Jane Powell and Howard Keel (interesting fact it also featured the first Catwoman, Julie Newmar). A memorable song from the movie, “June Bride” contains the lyrics: “Oh, they say when you marry in June, You’re a bride all your life. And the bridegroom who marries in June, Gets a sweetheart for a wife.”

While June is what some would consider the height of wedding season, summer months tend to be the most popular time to “go to the chapel.” Yet, there seems to be something special about a June bride. One such lady, who certainly fits the bill as far as sweethearts go, was a beautiful bride back on June 14, 1950 when she walked down the aisle with her husband Paul. That lady is long time Farmington resident, Mrs. Alice Priester. She’s just as lovely today as she was 69 years ago when they said “I do.”

 Community Yard Sale

Don’t forget to come to Fairview for the annual Community Yard Sale today! Free setups will be in the Town Park and at homes all over the community. A town map showing home yard sales will be available at the Park Pavilion in the center of town across from the elementary school. While you’re grabbing your map make sure you stop by and see what the Wesley UMC is cooking up! Word has it they will have hot dogs, nachos, and baked goods for sale.

NMHS Cross Country

Summer conditioning will start this Tuesday, June 11 for those interested in participating in Cross Country at North Marion High. Conditioning is scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday from 3-5 p.m. The last day of conditioning will be June 27. Participants must have a physical dated May 1, 2019 or later. The Wellness Center at the Marion County Technical Center will do physicals on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Practices will start on Aug. 1 from 3-5 p.m. You can follow them on social media on Facebook at NMHS XC, Instagram: NMHSRunning and Twitter: @NMHSrun

Lil Huskies Sign Ups

Today is the last sign up for Lil Huskies football and cheer at the Farmington Fire Hall. Children ages 5-12 (as of Aug. 1) are welcome to participate from 10 a.m.-Noon by having a parent or guardian bring a copy of their birth certificate, sports physical and $40 registration fee. Forms can be e-mailed to be printed at home upon request to the Facebook page or by sending a message to Coaches and volunteer forms are also available. You can mail in registration to P.O. Box 234, Idamay, WV 26576 or send it to the paypal account associated with the e-mail address above.

 Playground Program

The MCPARC Playground Program will once again be held in Farmington. Our site at the community building and ballfield, as well as many others throughout the county, will begin this Monday June 10 and continue until July 18.

Site days are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. A variety of activities are provided for the children including arts and crafts, special guest and speakers, field trips and pool days, as well as a free lunch. The cost of the program is free. The program is for ages 6-12 but older children are encouraged to attend so that they can assist as Junior Counselors. More information can be obtained by calling the MCPARC offices at (304) 363-7037.

Deadline to Register for 100 Year 4-H Anniversary

Marion County 4-H is celebrating 100 years of camping at Mar-Mac. 4-Her’s old and new are invited to visit and reminisce on Saturday, July 6 at 437 4-H Camp Rd. in Farmington. Activities include photo displays, tours of the campground, reflections, tribal meetings, council circle, and more. Registration is from 9-10 a.m. Events will end at the conclusion of Council Circle. Spouses and children are welcome to attend (children must be supervised at all time). Lunch and dinner are included in the registration fee of $20 per person. For registration information contact the WVU Extension Marion County Office at (304) 367-2772 or find our event of Facebook under Camp Mar-Mac Association. The registration forms must be received by the WVU Extension Marion County Office by Friday, June 10 by 4:30 pm. Address: 314 Monroe St. Room 202, Fairmont, WV 26554.

On this day in W.Va. history….

A radically outspoken week in W.Va. history starts out with June 9, 1925, when a group of women picketed the Owings mine of Consolidation Coal Company after the company and miners reached an agreement independent of the UMWA. A little more recently on June 10, 1983, Don Cohen, founder of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, held a press conference in Charleston at which he criticized Gov. Jay Rockefeller and the Charleston Gazette for their failure to support the construction of the Hall in West Virginia. How many of you remember that?

And a tidbit of historical fact regarding the formation of our great state. Back on June 13, 1861, at the first session of the Second Wheeling Convention, John Carlile presented “A Declaration of the People of Virginia.” This document called for the reorganization of the government of Virginia on the grounds that due to Virginia’s decision to secede from the United States, all state government offices had been vacated.

End of Season Party

The Farmington Little League end of the year pool party will be Monday, June 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Shinnston pool. Congratulations on a great season little farmers!

The end of year also sees the nominations opening for annual new board members. Anyone can be nominated via any of the current board members or you can message the Facebook page.

Once a nomination has been made, the nominated party must accept the nomination and a board member will approach and discuss the nomination with them if they are nominated. Voting will take place at the end of the year pool party and anyone running will need to be in attendance.

Board positions are: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The winner of the yeti cooler raffle will also be chosen live. Tickets are $5 and in high demand so get them while you can!


Happy Birthday to Beth Alasky, Donna Serdich and Donny Aloi, Richard Waddell Jr., Randy Elliot, Lora Gouzd, Mary Powel, Jean Daniel, TJ Starsick, and Bob Root.

Father’s Day Breakfast

A special Father’s Day breakfast will be served in the Parish Hall of St. Patrick’s Church following Mass on Sunday, June 16. A sign up sheet is in the vestibule for those who wish to attend. (A headcount is necessary for preparations)


Voting for The Town of Farmington’s municipal election is open today from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The actual Election Day is Tuesday June 11. A sample ballot was published in the Times West Virginian previously and will be published again on Monday the 10th, the day before the election.

FHS Class of 1969 50th reunion details

Plans have been finalized for the Class of 1969 50th reunion. The celebration will begin on Friday evening, September 6th at the Farmington Community Building ball field starting at 5 p.m.

Saturday evening will be dinner at Muriale’s with social hour from 5-6 p.m. (cash bar) and dinner at 6 p.m. RSVP and payment for events can be sent by July 1st to Diane Aloi, 3405 Husky Highway, Farmington, WV 26571.

You can also reach her at 304-612-5169 or you can contact Dede Feltz with any questions at (304) 641-3883. The cost is $50 per person and they ask that you include your e-mail and phone number with correspondence. They also would like to remind you that there is a Facebook group devoted to their class under Farmington H.S. Class of 1969.

Contact Me

I’m available from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday in the TWV office on Quincy Street. You can always reach me by e-mail at, 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 Street.