Good Day Farmers!

By the time you read this, I will be sitting in the sand, delicious hushpuppies and seafood in my belly, watching my children try to out run the tide.

While I will miss the activities held back home and the fireworks shooting up over the hills, it’s good to take a breather and experience things outside of the great state of West by God Virginia every so often. Kids today (mine 100% included) are lucky to have the opportunity to travel. The first time I saw the ocean I was well into my teen years.

Vacations to us were weekend day trips to see the Pirates play in Pittsburgh or taking a drive around the state just letting the car tell us where to go. While I’ve only been to a handful of places outside of W.Va., I’m always thankful for the chance to share that exploration with my husband and children.

This year we’ll be experiencing 4th of July fireworks over the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, N.C. Nothing can compare to home but dipping in the cool coastal waters off the shores of Carolina Beach comes awfully close. And while wading into a cool creek is always nice, you just can’t beat the feel of the ocean moving around you and the saltwater tingling against your skin. I hope everyone here has a safe and happy day celebrating our nation’s independence!

100 Years at Mar-Mac

Today is the big celebration! 4-H alumni, current members and supporters will be arriving in Farmington and making their way to Camp Mar-Mac for the 100 year celebration. A fun filled day has been planned for those attending with tours, displays, tribal meetings and reflections at Vesper Knoll, and ending with the traditional council circle to round out the evening. Schedule of Events has been posted and is as follows:

9-10 a.m., Registration - Assembly Hall

10-10:15, Welcome & Housekeeping

10:15-10:35, Marion County 4-H Update

10:35-10:45, Fairy Downs Hall Dedication

10:45-Noon, Free Time (Tour Camp, Displays in Lodge)

12:00-1:30 p.m., Lunch & Clean Up

1:30-2:30, Tribal Duties & Tribal Meetings

2:30-3:30, Field Meet

3:30-4, Free Time (Tour Camp, Displays in Lodge, Camp Store)

4-5, Displays & Recognition - Moore Lodge

5-6:30, Dinner

6:30-7, Tribal Duties & Tribal Meetings

7:00-7:30, Reflections - Vesper Knoll

7:30-9, Council Circle

10, Drive Home Safely

Many memories have been made on the hallowed grounds of Camp Mar-Mac. Friendships that have lasted through the years and many that have grown into a close knit family bond for many whose lives have been touched by the 4 H’s.

Congratulations to Tina Cowger and the Marion County Extension Office for putting together such a wonderful event. For more information on 4-H and the many opportunities that it provides, please contact their office or join in on the fun by attending a meeting!

4th in Farmington

Last week I included information on the big plans for Farmington’s 4th of July in 1922. In case you were wondering how that turned out, practically 2,000 persons participated in the day’s program. It was truly something to see the large parade of Boy Scouts and Sunday school children marching in time to the band with the Mayor on horseback leading the procession.

The ball games ended with scores of Woodmen vs. Maccabees 10 to 1, K of P’s beat the Odd Fellows 16 to 1 and were again victorious in the championship game over the Woodmen 9 to 5. Looking at the lineup for all teams there were many familiar last names.

Represented were Conaway, Martin, Toothman, Hamilton, Richardson, McNeil, Hupp, Rice, Wilcox and even a Jones. In the boxing match Frank Caudell and Robert Richardson went three and a half rounds before Caudell had a blood vessel broken and his right hand injured.

The 18-piece Farmington Band concluded the events with a concert featuring selections such as “Pride of the Parade,” “America,” “Maryland, My Maryland,” “The Old Oaken Bucket,” “Marching Through Georgia,” “Lackawana Band March,” “Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here,” and “The Old Gray Mare.”

I’m sure some of you could hum a few bars of each of those tunes! Wouldn’t it be something to have an affair like that in our town today?

Little League End of the Year Awards

Big congrats to Farmington for a great season with all of their ball clubs. If anyone was unable to attend the end of year pool party and needs to pick up medals and/or pictures please reach out to the league. Arrangements can be made to meet so that your little player can get their accolades. The association would also like to say thanks to all the coaches, volunteers, parents, siblings, and players who made it another fun year! See you in the 2020 season!

Free Shred Day

A free shred day will be held at the BCBank Parking lot on July 17. It’s a little ways away but you can’t be too careful in collecting materials to be destroyed for your safety. Starting at 10 a.m. representatives from BC Bank and ND Paper will be on hand with refreshments as they securely shred all materials. Paper only documents are asked to be brought for shredding. The event will take place until 1 p.m., however they will only shred until the truck is filled.

Mannington District Fair Parade

Preparations are underway for the one and only Mannington District Fair. This year’s parade will be held on Monday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. with line-up at 4:30. All businesses and organizations are welcome to participate. Cash prizes will be given out to the float contest winners, 1st place $300, 2nd place $200, and 3rd place $100. Interested parties may contact Kristy Efaw Moore at (304) 612-0319 via call or text. You can also e-mail mdfparade@gmail.com.

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to lots of area folks this week! Let’s start off with a belated birthday to Andrea Warnick who celebrated yesterday. Happy Birthday Sis! Kicking off the second week of July are birthday babies Joseph Latocha, Marlene Lucas, Ashlynn McLain, Jacob Shaver, Avia Napalo, James Dixon, Isaac Roscoe, Tom Sherry, Micholas Shearer, Kurt Latocha, and Diana Kanosky.

On This Day in W.Va. History

Have you ever visited the “Madonna of the Trails” monument at Wheeling Park? It was the second of 12 nearly identical monuments erected across the United States by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. It honors women pioneers of the westward movement and was unveiled on July 7, 1928. Those were some tough and deserving ladies!

Twenty coal miners were killed during the explosion at Pursglove No. 2 mine in Monongalia County, July 9, 1942. Mildred Gillars who was known to most under the alias, “Axis Sally,” was released from prison on July 10, 1961. She served 11 years at the Federal Reformatory for Women in Alderson for treason. Apparently, she broadcasted Nazi propaganda during World War II. Almost every day can be associated with some event from the Civil War when you live in W.Va. I’m slowly finding this out each week when I look at my calendar.

Union troops had a victory under Brigadier General William S. Rosecrans at the Battle of Rich Mountain, July 11, 1861. Incidentally you can look at the original (photographed) logs of those drafted during the Civil War online. I recently checked on my three-times-great grandfather, Mr. Robert Tisdale Jones and saw his name under the draftees in October of 1863 for the Union. The penmanship on these original records are beautiful in and of themselves, but I found it interesting how they wrote “gone to dixie” by those who chose to fight for the Confederacy.

Contact Me

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