Good morning Mannington!

The weather may have changed again, but at the moment it is cold. They are saying it will warm again for the next few days. I know some folks may take advantage of warmer weather to begin putting up decorations for Christmas. I think I can see some in the valley below our house. The Market Street area already has started to change to a Christmas theme. Have great week, stay safe.

Shop Small Saturday

Plan to support our area businesses on Saturday, Nov. 30 during Shop Small Saturday. Area businesses will have sales and discounts during the day. Then, as you make purchases, keep your sales slip and take it to Citizens Square and it will be placed in the drawing for a gift basket from area businesses who are members of Mannington Main Street. Each purchase of $20 or more will be one entry for the gift basket. This is a way to shop locally and support our small businesses in Mannington.

Make your calendars now.

Congratulations MMS Students

The following students were awarded Student of the Quarter honors for the first nine weeks at Mannington Middle School. 5th graders: riley Parker and Gage Fluharty, 6th graders: Carly Trowbridge and Landyn Stemple, 7th graders: Sammi Carpenter and Michel Poling and 8th graders: Gabby Conaway and Aiden Bolyard were presented with a framed certificate from one of the school’s partners in education – First Exchange Bank.

Congratulations to these fine youngsters, keep up the great work and to the other students, try just a little harder, you could be honored next time. We are always very proud of accomplishments of all of the students. Also, congratulations to all who made the honor roll for the 1st nine weeks.

Greenery Bazaar – Grave Blankets

The West Augusta Historical Society is planning the annual Greenery Bazaar which will be Dec. 6-8 at the Log Cabin by the Wilson School Museum. The group is taking orders for Grave Blankets now so that they will know how many to make and to have them ready.

The cost is $50 for the grave blanket and grave pillows will be $35. The deadline to place an order is Friday, Nov. 29. There are a limited number available, so please get your order in as soon as possible. To place your order please call (304) 986-3144.

The Society will also have many plain and decorated live pine wreaths, live pine baskets and arrangements and handmade ornaments for sale. So, plan to stop by to get something for yourself or a gift for another.

Order Cookie Trays

Help out one of town’s organizations and safe yourself some time. Yes, take advantage of cookies prepared by the West Augusta Historical Society. They are taking orders for the cookies until the Greenery Bazaar. They will have samples of the cookies that will be available during the Bazaar at the Log Cabin. The cost will be $25 for a large tray. They will need your name and money by the end of the Bazaar and the date for delivery will be announced. To place an order please contact Carol at (304) 657-6348 or (304) 986-7547.

Winter Raffle

The Mannington Woman’s Club has filled themed baskets and wreaths on display at the North Marion Senior Center. This is one of their fund raisers for the organization, and the proceeds are used to fund their community projects. Tickets for the raffle are on sale from members, Lora’s Shear Delight on Route 250 near Rainbow Plaza and the North Marion Senior Center.

The basket themes are Holiday Truck Basket, Candle Basket, Candy Cane basket, Toy Basket, Holiday Baking Basket, Crockpot – Fix It and Forget It Basket, Holiday Zen Relaxation Basket and Sugar Cookie, Cookie Jar. The theme for wreaths is Winter Wonderland, Mountaineer Wreath, Blue Poinsettia Wreath, Primitive Wreath, and Traditional Wreath.

Raffle tickets cost $5.00 each or 3 tickets for $10. You can then put your ticket in the container for your favorite.

Lunch with Santa

Just to let everyone know, Santa will be visiting the area very soon. He will come to town and have lunch at the North Marion Senior Center on Saturday, Dec. 7 from Noon to 2 p.m. The lunch menu consists of hot dogs and soup. The cost for those under 5 years of age is free, 5 to 12 years of age is $3 and children over 12 years of age and adults if $5, tickets are available at the door. Parents are urged to bring phone or camera to take pictures with Santa.

Trash Pick-Up

The Thanksgiving schedule for Mannington Refuse is as follows: Monday, Nov. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 26 will be picked up on Monday, the 25. Wednesday, November, Nov. 27 and Thursday, Nov. 28 will be picked up on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Friday, Nov. 29 will be picked-up on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Mannington Refuse will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29. Wishing all hunters, a successful and safe hunting season. Happy Thanksgiving to their customers and everyone.

MHS Alumni Meeting

Marjorie Talkington, president of the Mannington High School Alumni Reunion committee has announced that there will be a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. for the secretaries to pick up the Reunion letters. If you cannot come on that date, please call Marjorie at (304) 986-1546 to make arrangements to pick them up. The meeting will be held at the Blackshere Elementary School Library.

Pizza, Sandwich, Salad Sale

On Saturday, Nov. 16 the Fairview Volunteer Fire Department will hold a pizza, sandwich and salad sale from 3-6 p.m. You may eat in or carry out is available. There will be free coffee and cookie available while you wait for your order. The area is handicap accessible. All proceeds will benefit the fire department. If you wish to place an order for pick-up please call (304) 449-1904. This will be the last sale of 2019. The sale will return in January 2020. Thank you to all who have supported the Fire Department. Happy Holiday to all.

Breakfast Served

The Fairview Senior Center will host breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 from 9-11 a.m. The menu consists of sausage gravy and biscuits, sausage, home fries, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee, tea. Admission is by donation. Carry out and delivery is available for the Fairview area.

FYI

If you wish to e-mail information to me, please use the following email, johcar48@frontier.com. You may call me at (304) 986-2527 to see if I have received your e-mail or to give me information. I would like to receive the information by Wednesday before the column is printed in the Saturday edition of the paper.

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