Armistice Day

Good Saturday Farmers!

November is such a month of honor. Do you agree?

We start the month off with All Saints and All Souls Day, then end with a holiday where we give thanks for so many blessings we are honored to have in our lives.

On this holiday weekend, we have the privilege to honor those who have served and are veterans of our armed forces. Renamed to Veterans Day in 1954, many of you probably remember when it was referred to as Armistice Day. (Do you recall the familiar “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918?”)

Initially it was to mark the end of major hostilities of World War I when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. From stories in the “West Virginian” and “Fairmont Times” it seems that in 1921, only a few short years after the end of the Great War, Farmington was among those who marked this day and honored those who had served.

While Fairmont held the parade and grand festivities, Farmington’s merchants closed all stores and businesses at Noon and the schools only held morning classes so that many could travel into town for the day. When we honor veterans we talk about their sacrifice, fighting so that we can keep our freedoms here at home, defending our country, and we do so when we say, “thank you for your service.”

I think something we all need to ponder in the times of political and moral strife we find ourselves in would be how we can best honor those brave women and men who took that burden of service upon themselves. Let us honor them by being grateful for those freedoms by holding fast to our own convictions because without them we wouldn’t have the right to do so. The Rev. Peter Marshall said, “May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right” Shouldn’t we all.


A great lady in our family passed away at the end of October. Many knew her as Betty Jones, but we called her “Betty Huck.” Formerly of Farmington, Betty had been living at St. Barbara’s Memorial Nursing Home in Monongah. She was employed by Fairmont Clinic where she was a lab technician for several years. S

he later relocated to Illinois where she was employed by Morton Chemical Company as a research chemist. She was also a veteran of the United States Navy having served as a nurse. She was musically inclined, knowing how to play several instruments, and loved to sing in barbershop quartets.

Betty is survived by our cousins, Linda Glendenning of Barrackville, James Robert of Farmington and (Randy) “Wedge” of St. Petersburg, Fla., and their children, Craig Glendenning, Christy Jones, and Richard Jones. Her husband, Louis “Max” and sons Larry Max and Richard Arlie passed before her.

No School

A reminder that there is no school on Monday in observance of Veterans Day. Marion County will also close classrooms from Nov. 25-29 for Thanksgiving break. Is it already that time? Wow!

Foundation Seeking Sponsors for Fundraiser

The North Marion High School Foundation is seeking sponsors for the May 2, 2020 Fundraiser Elimination Dinner. Last year’s sponsors included the Marion County Rescue Squad, Wolfe & Associates, Tanya Devine of HFS Realty, Mary Jo Thomas, Alasky’s Inc, Thrasher Engineering and First Exchange Bank.

Because of their support, the Foundation has been able to provide mini grants during the 2019-2020 school year to help teachers sustain and expand academic opportunities for North Marion and Technical Center students.

Donations are ranked in levels ranging from “Husky Pup” at $250 to “Top Dog” at $2,500 and come with tickets and perks for being donors. If you or your business is interested in being a donor please contact Tanya Devine (304) 657-1201, Jessica Hayes (304) 365-0523,

Fairview Elementary PTO Fundraiser

The PTO at Fairview Elementary will host a fundraiser spaghetti dinner to help with the cost of purchasing new playground equipment. The dinner will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Grant Town Community Building.

Dinners are $8 for adults and $6 for kids 10 and under. Free delivery is available to local areas of Fairview, Grant Town, Rivesville, Farmington, and Barrackville. Tickets can be purchased at the school at (304) 449-1752. All meals are eat in or take out. Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and dessert.

How about them dogs?

Excitement is at a high level out here in Husky Country! Who else is really excited for the North Marion Husky Football team on their achievements this season and to see what they do in the playoffs? Coming as an alumna from the era of multiple state championships, I hope the student body at North Marion enjoy celebrating these victories and proud to wear that black and silver!

At the time, it felt like not a week went by without Freddie Mercury belting out “We Are The Champions” over the sound system in the gym. A big congratulations to all the cross country qualifiers, golf team and even the Husky Band for bringing back 2nd Place all the way from the Band Competition in Southern Garrett, Maryland. Way to pull the sled!

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!

Food Pantry

As I’m sure you’re preparing for the holidays, so are the good people in our community who coordinate to make sure everyone has a good meal to be truly thankful for. On average, the Assumption Food Pantry in Littleton serves 55-65 families.

Monetary contributions will ensure that hams can be purchased to be distributed at the Dec. 17 pantry. Of course, all donations – monetary and otherwise – are in great need. Please plan to contribute by Dec. 1 so that provisions can be accumulated and divided accordingly. You can contact Elsie Doshen, Samra Cunningham or George Tippner to help out.

Dr. Bell’s Pine-Tar-Honey

Thumbing through the archives I once again found an advertisement that caught my eye. In bold letters from the 1920’s was an ad for Dr. Bell’s Pine-Tar-Honey. Curious?

It stated that for 30-cents a bottle you could get relief from irritation of your colds and cough, loosening hard packed phlegm, clearing up all air passages and aiding in the cure of everything from croup in babies to bronchitis. Not sure if this was yet another “snake oil” from a traveling “physician” whose diagnosis were comical things like having ghosts in ones blood, I did a little digging to see what the actual ingredients were in this miracle remedy.

Produced by the E. E. Sutherland Medicine Company of Paducah, Ky., “Dr. Bell’s” advertised itself as a safe, non-habit forming combination of pine tar, honey, glycerin, and various vegetable extracts. Not only pine tar but assorted alkaloids, ammonia, capsicum (the hot stuff in jalapenos), glycerin, sassafras, sugar, and miscellaneous chemical delights lurked in this liquid cure all. Dr. Bell, who wasn’t an actual doctor or even a person, promised the medicine would not “stupefy but helps you get a restful sleep.” Sounds like a recipe for heartburn to me!


A very Happy Birthday to Cindy Mays, Debby Meadows, Allie Shaner, Abby Llaneza Anderson, Diane Alasky Aloi, Brenda Stull Nutter, Barbara Cole, Susan Brocker, Phyllis Hearn, Noah Hess, Jerry Southern, Kathy Pitek and Kathy Pitman.


The next Farmington Town Council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. 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.

Food Drive

St. Peter’s parish will once again be providing food boxes at Thanksgiving to families in need in our area. The collection box is in the back of the church – please deposit non-perishables only. If anyone knows of a family in need, please contact Ruthie Lemley or Gloria Cunningham so that they can add them to the list of those to be served.

Operation Christmas Child

More details have come in about the Samaritan’s Purse International Relief drive shoe boxes for children. The age group runs from 2-14 and need to be filled and labeled. Boxes are available at the St. Patrick Parish Hall.

Filled boxes need to be brought to the Church Hall by Sunday, Nov. 17. Please include the $9 per box for shipping. Last year, the church donated 25 boxes and hopes to exceed that amount this year. If you have any questions please contact Linda at (304) 986-1318 or Darlene at (304) 986-2294.

Y-Teens to Host Christmas Bazaar

Mannington Middle School Y-teens will host their 1st Annual Small Business Saturday Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 30. The Bazaar will be inside the school cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where as many businesses in Farmington, Mannington and around the county will be offering celebratory sales, the Christmas Bazaar will host small independent sales reps, artisans, crafters, bakers, and more.

Remember to shop local to help not only those in the community and their businesses, but help yourself get a head start on your Christmas shopping. A dollar in means money invested in our towns!

If you, or anyone you know, would like to register for a space please contact Mellissa Toothman by emailing or calling (304) 365-1586 and a registration form will be forwarded to you. Registration and payment will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and must be received prior to a spot being assigned to you. The same applies to individuals representing companies such as Thirty-One, Miche, Signature HomeStyles, and other similar organizations.

Only one vendor for each company will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. All proceeds will help fund Y-teens and activities and projects throughout the year. The event will also include raffles, and concession stand. Donations of items, as well as filled baskets, for raffle are also being accepted. Tax donation letters will be written upon request.

Veterans Tribute

The Church of the Nazarene will host a Veterans Tribute tomorrow. Join them at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, Rt. 250 in Mannington just passed the Rachel intersection. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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 to be burned 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 held and carried out. This is also the final day to return uniforms and equipment.

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