November brings cold weather but also great opportunity to reflect and meditate. I love the imagery from this Cynthia Rylant poem, In November.
“In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still.”
It brings a chance to catch up on my reading; I love reading! Being a librarian in my last life, I saw firsthand the healing, respite and the enlightenment it brought to many people. Please, make sure to add a few books to your Christmas list when shopping for the children in your life.
If you inscribe each book with a loving thought, encouragement and praise, it will be a keepsake they will treasure.
Ann Neptune, long time Barrackville resident, expressed delight and appreciation for the return of the Barrackville News column. Unfortunately she can’t send cards for the holidays as has been her tradition, but Ann wanted to let all of her friends know that she often thinks fondly of each and every person.
She also wants to be the first to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Barrackville Town Council meeting- Nov. 5.
The town council met and covered an impressive agenda in a timely manner.
No. 1 on the agenda was WVU which agreed to assist with the formation of a Comprehensive Plan for zoning. There will be a work session scheduled with them before the next town council meeting.
Secondly, the police department reported 40 calls, 70 citations, 20 traffic stops and 2 arrests, the completion of a training course and a canine assist to another agency.
Thirty-five tons of cinders were purchased in preparation for the coming winter, discussion followed and a motion was carried for the purchase of a new tractor to assist with loading of the cinders.
There was a final reading for the ATV Ordinance No. 83 which was then passed with a slight majority vote.
A donation of $1,000 was made to “Christmas in Our Town.”
A new payment system was approved for the collection of bills.
Residents attending brought concerns to the board about chickens being destructive to personal property.
In response to a letter generated by the council, some attending residents expressed interest in having their road paved.
Thank you to the Barrackville Town Council for the many hours devoted to the improvement and protection of our town.
Community Building Rental
Barrackville Lions Club has limited rental dates available for the holiday season. Cost of the rental is $75, which includes use of the commercial kitchen. Call (304) 366-5558 for more details.
Christmas in Our Town meeting
Will be held at the Barrackville Community Building Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Volunteers are still needed for many positions, find out about final details and just come to get involved in the wonderful community institution.
Start a new tradition with your kids, dress up and walk in the parade or have a family event scheduled around the many activities happening in town!
Street Pole Decorating Contest
There are plenty of street poles still available for decorating. The following prizes will be awarded: 1st place, $100; 2nd place, $75; 3rd place, $50. There is no cost to enter the contest.
Contact Diana at Barrackville2019@gmail.com to claim your pole, must be decorated by Dec. 1.
Please show caution at the Route 250 entrance to Barrackville. The road repair that straightened out the rough entrance has left a slight recess where water pools and may freeze. The WVDOH has been alerted and it is investigating a way to repair the issue. But please be patient and be very cautious when navigating the sharp turn.
If you have any news to include in our column contact Diana Marple via email Barrackville2019@gmail.com or by phone (304) 376-1759 before 8 p.m. each Friday.