Good Day Farmers!

Is it any wonder that the first snow coincided with the craziness of the full moon? Granted, the snowfall had pretty much melted and wasn’t enough to provide a full and fluffy ground covering to reach its full glittery potential under the moonlight.

I still wait for what I’ll call the “first accumulation.” (Hopefully this occurs on a weekend so as not to interfere with the daily commute, no matter how much my children want a snow day.)

Perhaps some of you are familiar with the legend of the holy snowfall in which the Virgin Mary appeared in the dreams of two people at once. In 352 AD, Mary visited the dreams of both the pope and a wealthy Roman, instructing them to build a church of her wherever they found snow on the Esquiline Hill, one of the famous seven hills of Rome.

The two men found a snowfall in the exact shape of a basilica on a beautiful part of the hillside and built what became the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. The basilica is a Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome, Italy. It is often referred to as “Our Lady of the Snows.”

Final Countdown

In case you are keeping track, we have 34 days until winter. We are also officially 12 days until we give Thanks, 39 days before Christmas, and 46 days until we forget we need to write 2020 instead of 2019.

Faith, Hope and Charity

There are several ways you can give back this Christmas. Locally, the Catholic Churches are collecting donations, filled boxes, and food for those in need. Filled Operation Christmas Child boxes with postage attached are due back on Nov. 17 (tomorrow) to St. Patrick’s Parish Hall. The Operation Christmas Child program has delivered gift filled shoeboxes to over 168 million children in more than 100 countries since 1993.

If you’re looking to help our neighbors in West Virginia, please consider making a donation to the people of Littleton and the Assumption Food Pantry for Christmas. An average of 55-65 families are served by the pantry and so far St. Patrick Altar and Rosary Society has received $300 towards the purchase of hams for the people.

If you’ve been to the grocery store, you know that the price of food isn’t cheap and more funds are needed to help fill those tummies this Christmas. In addition, there’s also the opportunity to give to the “dress an angel” for the children of Littleton Food Pantry. The tree with envelopes for your donations will be in the vestibule of the church.

Put donations in the envelope and drop into the mailbox that will be under the tree. Money collected will be used to purchase the items for the children. Volunteers plan to shop for approximately 15-20 angels. All items will be given out at the Dec. 17 food distribution date.

Birthdays

Happy Birthdays to Maria Priester, Sophiona Hess, Julie Billie, Jeff Fluharty, Judy Duncan, Susan Bartholow, Casie Shaner, Jeremy Mathew, Lisa Knight, and Sara (Brown) Martinez.

Anniversaries

A happy couple in Farmington are celebrating years of marital bliss. Please wish Anthony and Sherry Petrucci a very happy anniversary if you see them out and about.

Thespian Honors

Congratulations to our Husky Theater group! At a recent festival they received accolades for their talent. Amelia McGinty and Megan Parker were named outstanding All Festival Actors, Alyssa Batson received one of the two Best Actor awards and the show got a Gold Level ranking overall. If you have the opportunity to attend a show produced by the Theater group, please jump at the chance.

Christmas Dinner

The Annual Altar and Rosary Society Christmas dinner will be Dec. 2. A meeting will be held at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 6:30 p.m. at Colasessano’s. (Middletown Mall location) The cost is $25 per person, sign up in church vestibule. Attendees are asked to bring a $10 valued gift exchange item.

Christmas Bake Sale

St. Patrick’s Altar and Rosary Society will having a Christmas Bake Sale/Cookie Tray Sale on December 13th. Cookie trays are $18 for four dozen cookies and fudge or $9 for two dozen cookies and fudge. Church members and A&R members are being asked to donate nine dozen cookies made of three different recipes. Nut rolls will be baked on Dec. 10 and will be sold for $8.

Playoffs

Good Luck to the Husky Football team as they travel to Poca today to take on the Dots in the first (and what we hope turns into many victories) round of playoffs. The game starts at 1:30 p.m. Go Dawgs! Pull the Sled!

Letters to Santa

I will be collecting Letters to Santa here at the Times West Virginian office starting the week of Thanksgiving. I’ll be asking teachers at all the Elementary Schools in the county to submit letters and drawings from the students in their classrooms once they return from Thanksgiving break.

If you have a little one who would like to send in their letter, I’ll be compiling them to be published in the Dec. 18 edition of the Times West Virginian. We really get a kick out of all the letters here in the office and I know it’s a popular section during the holidays for our readers.

As always, I promise that all letters will be sent directly to the North Pole.

Honors

What a great honor for the Husky family and Mr. Nelson Elliott who was named Class AA Region 1, Coach of the Year in Soccer. Mr. Elliott is the husband of Leisha Elliott and son in law of Farmington resident Carolyn Jones.

Congratulations also go out to Aeriss Efaw, who was named 1st Team All State in women’s soccer. She also racked up titles as the Class AA Region 1 player of the year and 1st Team all conference in the Big 10! Such accomplishments!

North Marion Foundation

Mark your calendar to attend the next meeting of the North Marion Alumni Foundation. Please join them at the high school on Nov. 21 at 8:30 a.m. New members welcome.

Parish Mission

Fr. Joseph Tuscan, a capuchin priest, will conduct three days of Parish Mission (Retreat) on Nov. 17-19 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter the Fisherman Church. Parishioners are asked to make these days free to attend the parish mission. All are welcome!

Meetings

The next Farmington Town Council meeting will be at 6:30 pm Mon., Nov. 18. Please contact the Town Hall at (304) 825-6442 for confirmation or to be placed on the agenda. The next FHI meeting is 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Farmington Community Building.

Farmington News

November was a hopping month for the Town of Farmington a 100 years ago. You’ll be happy to know the box supper held at Davis Ridge in 1916 was a great success.

The money taken in was spent on a Victrola. The greater part of the program was rendered by Miss Josephine Haggerty of Farmington and Misses Roxie and Sarah Downs of Davis Ridge. My great-great uncle, Oney Jones entertained the Alfa Glee club that year. It’s nice to know the musical gene runs deep.

In 1917, a new brick building, the ground floor of which will be occupied by John Vargo’s store, was rapidly nearing completion. “The erection of brick buildings is now ‘good form’ in Farmington, marking the progress of the town, which at one time looked upon a frame building as ‘good enough’.”

Farmington schools had been closed on account of the influenza epidemic in 1918. The health department had agreed to open schools in the upcoming week. Sadly, Miss Maud Underwood, age 14, would not be attending.

Having been one affected by influenza, she succumbed to a bout of pneumonia that followed and passed at the home of her mother Mrs. Virgil King.

A skating rink opened up in 1919 for the winter season. Large crowds attended. New skates were purchased and good music furnished. Jess Park had the foundation for his new barber shop completed. Mr. Park recently bought a lot of Mrs. Lou Fox of Fairmont. It was on Mill Street between I.O.O.F. and Robey buildings.

Mr. Minear sold his restaurant which was located in the M. Bock building on Main St. to Irving Hixenbaugh. Mr. Minear expects to go to the Oklahoma oil fields to locate. The quarantine was lifted from all of the homes infected with smallpox. Mr. Cole of Gypsy who purchased four acres of land of Mrs. Robert Downs near here was commencing the erection of a new house. Messrs. Willie Downs, Brooks Davis and Arlie Jones were doing the work.

Arlie Jones and Robert Downs are also part of my family in that they are my great grandfathers. We won’t go into how many times great they were.

End of Season Bonfire

An end of season bonfire celebration will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17 for the members of the Little Husky football team and cheerleaders. Starting at 4 p.m. and going until 7 p.m. all athletes and their families are encouraged to join together and give thanks for such a wonderful season. Anyone with wood or pallets they would like to donate for the bonfire can please contact any parent or board member so that they can make arrangements to get it to the field. Voting for officers for the next two years will be organized and carried out. This is also the final day to return uniforms and equipment.

Hunting We Will Go

West Virginia’s buck firearms season opens Monday, Nov. 25 for all you hunters out there. The season runs until Dec. 7. If you want to take an additional buck this year, don’t forget to buy your RG/RRG stamp. They’re available online at www.wvhunt.com or from your local license agent. Only one stamp can be purchased per year but will not be available after the season starts.

Did you know you can help feed families in need by hunting in West Virginia? The Hunters Helping the Hungry program allows hunters to drop off surplus deer at 18 designated meat-cutting facilities. In 2018, 685 deer were donated to produce just under 24,000 pounds of venison. Once the deer are processed and the venison is ground up and packaged in 2-pound plastic sleeves. Processing fees are paid through monetary donations to the program, primarily from the annual Governor’s One-Shot Deer Hunt.

Cardinals

Northern cardinals are monogamous and stay together year-round. Cardinals do not migrate and live off of a diet of mostly nuts and seeds. It’s often said that hearing a cardinal sing means your sadness will soon be lifted, and when a red bird shows up, you know that help is on the way. Remember, when you see a red bird in winter, you will prosper in spring.

4-H

The November meeting of the Fairview 4-H has been moved to Thursday, Nov. 21. The group meets in the cafeteria below the gymnasium of the Fairview Middle School. Please plan to attend!

Contact Me

Feel free to contact me with any submissions or feedback you’d like for my column. I’m available via e-mail at scummons@timeswv.com, mail at PO Box 2530, Fairmont, WV 26555 or pop in and chat with me at our office on Quincy Street here in Fairmont. You can also contact me by phone at (304) 367-2527. Thank you!

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