Good Day Farmington!

Quite a lot of you got a kick out of the road repairs as printed in the last column. It’s funny to think that our roadways have evolved from cinder to brick and the pavement we have today with our blacktopped roads.

I know a lot of you have gotten your water bills this week and perhaps noticed there were quite a few other items in the envelope. One of these bits was a note from former Mayor Toothman dated June 11 and referenced the need for donations to help with repairs to our roadways.

It reads “As you are aware the Town of Farmington’s roadways have become increasingly bad due to the winter weather and water erosion. The Town of Farmington is looking into purchasing several tons of asphalt in order to repair our roadways.”

Unfortunately, and as the new Mayor and Council have learned, the town budget isn’t looking too good these days and sadly the budget cannot handle the cost. The estimates as of the June date were around $4,000 to purchase 40 tons of asphalt and rent equipment needed to pave.

Now, having said this, if you do have questions please contact the Town Hall. The new clerk, Amanda Goodnight, will be happy to help you with your concerns and can also give you the date and time of the next council meeting in order to voice your opinions and get the resolutions you need. You can also get the information on how to make donations to this cause.

Crochet Classes

 The Potter’s House Art Center in Fairview is now offering beginner crochet classes. This four week class will begin on Monday, July 29. The class cost is $40 with a one time fee of $5 for the Crochet hook and yarn. Continuing on Monday nights from 6-8 p.m., it will be held in the upstairs of the Potter’s House Art Center on Main Street.

North Marion Little Huskies

The teams are starting to take shape but players are needed for the upcoming season of North Marion Little Huskies football!

The midget team, ages 10-11 (and 12 depending on grade and weight) as well as the PeeWee, ages 8 and 9, cheerleading squad are looking for a few more kids to participate. First practices will begin 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 Clarksburg Panthers. The time will be announced after July 27 coaches clinic.

PeeWee (football & cheer): Saturday Aug. 24 also at Clarksburg Panthers at 11 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 27 at 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

Several people in the area were left to mourn the loss of a father, husband, grandfather and friend when Mike McKinzie succumbed to his injuries sustained after an accident last July. In his memory, the first Mike McKinzie Memorial Poker Run will be held this coming Saturday, Aug. 3. All proceeds will be split between Ronald McDonald House of Morgantown and The Fallen Bikers Memorial Foundation. Kickstands up at Noon, cost is $15 per rider, $10 per passenger. The ride will start and end at Prunty’s Pub in Monongah.

Assumption Food Pantry

The Assumption Food Pantry was open this month on July 16. In total 119 people and 49 families were served. What good work these volunteers are doing in serving those in need in Littleton and surrounding communities.

Donations are always welcome and much appreciated by staff and patrons alike. The next is pantry date will be August 20th. Volunteers and donors should contact Elsie Doshen at (304) 368-1365 to see how they can help contribute to this worthy cause.

Sportsmans Club Membership

The New & Improved Joanne Sportsmans Club is accepting new membership. For only $60 a year, you can enjoy all the benefits from camping to fishing in this relaxing environment. It’s a great place for families. Interested persons may call Steve at (304) 534-1154, Melissa (304) 365-3820 or Russell at (304) 365-0074 for more information.

Chicken & Ham Roast

Chicken and Ham Roast will be held on Aug. 3-10. The roast is sponsored by the Joanne Sportsmans Club and will be located on Husky Highway 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!

Four States Mine Reunion

Spread the word to your friends and neighbors that the annual Four States Mine Reunion is coming up next month.The reunion is planned for Saturday Aug. 24. Drinks and meat will be provided, please bring a covered dish of your choice and BYOLC (Bring Your Own Lawn Chair). They’ll be setting up at the Parish Run Park next to Teverbaugh Church (Up Four States Hollow on the right) at 1 p.m. Any one affiliated with mine is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Pasta Dinner Benefit

Don’t forget to head on down to the Grant Town Community Building today from 3-6 p.m. for a pasta dinner to benefit Joe Meluzio. Dine-in or carry out meals will include pasta with meatballs, salad, rolls, and dessert for the cost of a donation. For more information, to donate, or to order meals, call (304) 203-8229 or (304) 290-9268.

Birthdays

Happy Birthday wishes to one of my best friends, Amy Cosco, currently residing in Monongah. Her boys bring in the birthday wishes at the beginning of July and she closes it. It’s a good way to get a sugar high all month from all that cake. We head on over to Barrackville for another birthday, coincidentally also the mother of my other best friend, Mrs. Martha Sweet. Also celebrating are CJ Rice, a childhood friend of mine Mr. Jamie Hamrick, Carolyn Cyphers, Ruthie Lemley, Chad Hager, Reese Morris, Claudia Masters, Carol Root and Jared Aloi.

Anniversaries

This lady turned 37 on Thursday and although I had already gotten a few Happy Birthday wishes, I got a call that morning at my desk from a certain next door neighbor of mine who knows a lot about the day I was born because it was also the day she became a Grandmother.

The phone call was extra nice, because Rudy gave me a very beautiful rendition of “Happy Birthday to You.” There’s no special anniversary song, so I really can’t call them up and sing to them, so the print version for our thousands upon thousands of subscribers will have to do.

Happy Anniversary Meredith and Rudy Banick! Special anniversary wishes also go out today to Jerry and Sheryl Southern.

Rabies Clinic

Our friends in the Rivesville area are hosting a Rabies Clinic at McCurdysville community building. From 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, Aug. 3, rabies vaccinations will be given for $7. Also available will be dewormer and other vaccines at reduced rates. To participate all dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers. James Henderson, DVM will administer the shots will proceeds benefiting the McCurdysville Community Building. For GPS, the location is 3414 Jakes Run Rd, Rivesville, WV. 26588. Questions – call (304) 278-5469 or (304) 278-5905.

Contact Me

It’s been a wonderful week meeting and speaking with so many of the readers of my column. It truly makes it worthwhile! If you have anything you’d like to contribute please send it to me at the office P.O. Box 2530, Fairmont, WV 26554 or email scummons@timeswv.com. You can also call me directly at (304) 367-2527 or stop by and have a chat during our office hours from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. here on Quincy St. in Fairmont.