Good day, Farmers

I’ve never traveled on the Fourth of July, mainly because we’ve always had other obligations which meant participating in festivities with clubs or marching in the band.

This year, we’ve decided to take an impromptu vacation that will take us out of the area. It’s exciting to think about how other states celebrate our nation’s independence, and I think I’m most excited to share this with my kids, who have traveled further outside of West Virginia than I had at their age.

What do fireworks look like over the skyline in a big city like New York, or crashing into the waves in the Carolinas? Even local celebrations have refreshed and reinvented themselves over the years.

Back in 1922, Farmington boasted quite the celebration for our area. A large parade led by the high school band fronted a line of all the Sunday schools, lodges, and the U.M.W.A., while various athletic endeavors — including greased pole, three-legged race, fat man’s race and fat woman’s race (I can’t imagine what that looked like!) followed by a lean man and lean woman’s race — were held.

There were also baseball games, potato races, sack races, 50- and 100-yard dashes, a K of P vs. I.O.O.F. baseball game, tug of war, a shoe mixing contest, a free-for-all boxing match, and the greased pig were also scheduled as entertainment.

In the evening there was a band concert and fireworks lit up the sky. The high school athletic field was the place to be.

Car wash deal

Ricky’s Car Wash has partnered up with Hometown Hot Dogs in Fairview to bring you a heck of a deal.

Stop by for an inside/out car wash at Ricky’s, and get two hot dogs and a drink across the street for free. The Fairview location is owned and operated by the same family as our Farmington location.

Also check out the interior cleaning special at $55. Ricky and his staff will scrub your panels, complete inside/out window washing, clean the console and dash, shampoo the carpets and seats, and vacuum. Located on Main Street, he’s just a stone’s throw away from us in neighboring Fairview.

Katy Church yard sale

The Katy Church of God of Prophecy will be hosting their annual yard sale in just a few weeks. Donations are now being accepted for the sale, which is scheduled to take place on July 12 and 13. If you have any items you’d like to part with and could donate to the sale, it would be very much appreciated.

You can contact Jessica Opyoke at 304-825-6127 for more information.

Route open

Many of you may have noticed that your paper wasn’t quite delivered as it normally had been lately. This was due largely to the fact that the carrier on that route had been ill. Sadly, we are looking for someone to take over the delivery duties.

If you know anyone who might be interested in the position, please call Gerald at (304) 367-2531. The route is around five and a half hours long with over 200 customers daily. A profit of $700 a week can be made if you’re up for the opportunity.

Pottery Classes

The Potter’s House Art Center of Fairview is now taking sign-ups for pottery classes. The classes begin July 15 and will be held every Monday night from 6-8 p.m. for five weeks. Participants will learn about clay prep, centering and throwing on the wheel, trimming, making handles, under glazing and glazing.

Most students complete six-to-seven pieces. The class fee is $100, and message Diane Heaney on FB or call the Potter’s House at (304) 612-0595 for more information.

Worship in the Park

Washington Street Church of Christ invites everyone to their Worship in the Park event.

Enjoy an hour of singing, prayer, and devotion to God on the eve of our Independence Day. Festivities begin at the town park located behind Town Hall in Fairview on July 3 starting at 7 p.m., and the event is open to everyone, no matter their faith.

Attendees are asked to please bring your own chair. For more information, call (304) 288-1576.

Class of ‘69 Deadline

The Farmington High School Class of 1969’s reunion RSVP donations should be received by Monday, July 1. 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.

10th Anniversary

Debbi Jones celebrated a beautiful anniversary this past month. It seems she has been serving the parishes of St. Patrick and St. Peter since June 1, 2009 as their secretary. A very happy 10th anniversary on your service to the communities and for all that you do.

Bear with us?

Don and Jean Dawson had a visitor come up their driveway the other day. He was furry, half grown, and looked a bit like our DNR friend, “Smokey.”

Could’ve been a hairy situation in Plum Run, but the visitor meandered on down the ridge.

Fourth of July celebration schedule

Fairview has released its Fourth of July lineup of festivities as the townspeople “Celebrate America.”

The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with the annual Ray Hedrick 5k Fun Run, which is open to all ages. Get there early for the Grand Parade at 10 a.m., and don’t forget to bring a chair.

Afterwards, the celebration moves to the Town Park where attendees can gather by the stage and enjoy entertainment until dusk. A performance by the Fairview Community Band will also start off the day at 11:30 a.m., with guest speaker Leisha Elliott at 1 p.m. and FSU Academy Students at 2 p.m.

There will be a brief pause in entertainment to participate in games and contests, which begin at 2 p.m. The Hometown Hotdog Contest and the cake walk are always a good time. Magician Steven Haberman will perform at 5 p.m., followed by a whole lineup of musical entertainment for the evening.

Tap your feet to the beat of the Foggy Meadow Band at 6 p.m., the Shortline Junction at 8 p.m. and The Allmost Brothers Band at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Ending the evening will be the ever-popular fireworks at 10 p.m. All information pertaining to the events can also be found at

Road Closure and Detour

Many of you probably noticed the lovely dotting of orange detour signs all along Rt. 250 and Rt. 218. However, these signs are extending throughout the county as we prepare to host more than our normal local traffic due to the road closure as the CSX Railroad performs upgrades in Rivesville.

Motorists will be accessing our roadways starting Monday, July 1 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. You may want to plan for additional time in your commute to and from work and also in your holiday plans as more traffic will be in the area.

Winner! Winner!

Congratulations to Brandi Search, the winner of the yeti cooler raffled off by the Farmington Little League. New school board members for the upcoming year were also announced, and congratulations go out to President Jason Daft, Vice-President Seth Brown, Treasurer Devin Spears, and Secretary Lori Daft.

Food Pantry

Assumption Food Pantry was open on July 18 to serve the people of the Littleton area.

Overall, 131 people and 47 families were served. The next pantry will be on July 16 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Anyone who would like to volunteer or donate funds and/or food to the pantry can do so by contacting Elsie Doshen at (304) 368-1365.


Grant Elliott, Frank Witt, Derek Meluzio, Suzie Filius, and Andrea Warnick.

There are also three special birthdays this week: we have the father and son duo of DJ and Domenick Cosco, who have back-to-back celebrations. Domenick comes in like a firecracker, turning two on Independence Day, and his dad takes over on July 5 when he turns slightly older.

My sister Samantha will also celebrate her birthday July 1. Many of the Barrackville crowd know her in and around the school as Mrs. Halpenny.


Very happy blessings go out to Donnie and Diane Aloi, Melissa and Kevin Kucish, David and Patty Miller, and Jack and Judi Starsick on their anniversaries.

On This Day in WV History

We start off the month with these tidbits of history:

— Prohibition took effect in West Virginia on July 1, 1914. What a sober Independence Day that must’ve been.

— The Ritchie County community of Mole Hill changed its name to Mountain on July 2, 1949. Gives new meaning to “making a Mountain out of a Mole Hill” (boo...I know, bad joke)

— In 1903, the first Father’s Day observance was held at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South in Fairmont on July 5.

Early deadline

As we take time to celebrate our independence it does mean earlier deadlines. Please send all news articles to me by Wednesday, July 3 at Noon or feel free to stop in and see me at our office at 300 Quincy St. You can contact me anytime via email at or by calling (304) 367-2527. Mail submissions can also be sent to P.O. Box 2530, Fairmont, WV 26555.