Good Day Farmers!

The travelers have returned. Vacation is a wonderful thing but as glad as I was for it to hurry up and get here, I’m also glad that we’re back home.

Our travels took us a little longer on the way back thanks to a downpour outside of Durham and a stop to the outlets where I was treated to a surprise early birthday present by the hubby. (Her name is Kate, she’s lilac, and she’s not a purse, she’s my new best friend.)

While this new addition was unexpected (but not unappreciated) one hitchhiker we picked up for our journey home was. Kyan had his mind set that he was bringing home a hermit crab. Two amazon packages later we now have a 10 gallon fully functional crabitat for “Crabby.”

While both Kyan and I had researched how to care for our little shelled friend in order to keep him alive, I don’t think we were prepared for the reality. Did you know that they can live for 13 years or longer? Looks like he’ll be going to college!

Despite the name they are rather social creatures, one that’s been hanging out in the gaming chair with Kyan watching Fortnite battles. He even likes the same snacks we do. While Kasey likes her carrots with ranch dip, Crabby likes his shaved thinly.

He also can eat things like saltine crackers, peanut butter, fruits and of all things, egg shells. Normally the kids lurk in the kitchen to raid the fridge, now they tell me to save the sweet potato peelings for the crab.

Through it all, I’m very happy that he found something new to learn about and interact with however long it may be with us. That being said, it wouldn’t hurt to please keep us and our gift shop crab in your prayers.

Fruit Fly Be Gone!

It seems like every summer the battle of those little fruit flies rages in the homes of several residents in Farmington. Despite washing fresh fruits when they come into the house, cleaning out drains with bleach and other chemicals, the nasty little buggers come anyways. I guess they must love the area as much as we do!

Last year after lots of trial and error I found an easy homemade trap recipe that I wanted to share. You’ll need a mason jar or class container, rubber band, plastic wrap, toothpick or other small hole making instrument. First fill up the jar with a cup of apple cider vinegar. Add 1-2 Tablespoons dish liquid and 1-2 Tablespoons of whiskey.

Place the plastic on the mouth of the jar and secure it tightly with a rubber band. Take the toothpick and make several tiny holes in the top. Your goal is to lure the little guys into the jar through the holes but once they’re in there they can’t fly back out. You can adjust the recipe if needed but placing them around the house where you notice problem will take care of it in a matter of a day or two.

Katy Church of God

The wait is over for the annual Katy Church of God of Prophecy yard sale.

Join them on Husky Highway in Katy for lots of great items priced to sell. Up for grabs is a variety of donated items from community members as well as the congregation.

While you’re there, stop in and browse the delicious treats in their bake sale and have a hot dog (or a dozen!). The sale will go on July 12-13 from 8 a.m. -3 p.m.

FHI

Farmington Homecoming Incorporated will meet Thursday, July 18, at 3 p.m. in the Farmington Community Building. Everyone is welcome to attend and not bound by being an alumnus of Farmington High School.

Anyone interested and willing to work toward planning and presenting the Homecomings at Farmington will gladly be accepted. Homecomings are now held only on the even years with our next evening scheduled for Summer 2020.

Shred Day

Don’t forget Shred Day will be this week at BC Bank’s parking lot on July 17. BC Bank and ND Paper employees will be there from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.( or until the truck is filled) Please bring only paper items. Refreshments will be provided for those attending.

Birthdays

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Stephanie Tomana, Miah Espinoza, Buddy Bradley, Kamryn McLain, and Knox Taylor. A little birdie told me to wish their special niece a happy birthday so if you see Betty Tippner out and about, wish her well!

Anniversary

Congratulations to Jason and April Powell on their anniversary. George and Betty Tippner have also added another year of marital bliss. (the same birdie also tattled about this special couple!)

Parish Picnic

St. Peter’s will be having their Parish Picnic on Sunday August 11 after Mass. This is open to both parishes in the area. More information will become available as it gets closer to the event.

Bookmobile

Don’t forget the Bookmobile is in town! On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month you can browse all the free materials exclusively for public library patrons right here in your hometown. The mobile will be parked across from the Fire Department. Available are free books, DVDs, Video Games, Audiobooks, and Magazine rentals. Contact the public library at (304) 366-1210 or go on www.mcpls.org

Clothing Giveaway

Pumpkin Center Church of Christ in Fairview will be having a clothing giveaway on July 20. Clothing for all ages will be provided from 9 a.m. - Noon. The church is located a half mile north of Fairview on Route 218 on Daybrook Road.

Concealed Carry Permit & Forearm Safety Training

Don’t be a victim, learn to defend yourself! A concealed carry permit and firearm safety training course will be offered in our community. Ron Southern, NRA certified instructor will be instructing the hands-on course to teach candidates how to handle a firearm safely, learn to shoot, and gain confidence in learning how to correctly use firearms.

All materials needed will be provided for the course and a certificate will be given after the completion of the course to obtain a concealed handgun permit. The class will begin at 9:30 a.m. sharp at the Katy Baptist Church on Saturday, July 20. Cost is $65 cash. More information can be obtained by calling (304) 612-4714.

Car Crafters Show

An Auto, Truck and Bike Show will be hosted by the Car Crafters of Mannington on July 20. Registration is from 10 a.m. - Noon for $10. Show starts at 12 p.m. and continues until 2 p.m. at the Oakhurst Church of Christ. Door prizes, trophies, and dash plaques will be presented. Contact Ron Jones at (304) 363-8365 or (304) 216-2534

On This Day…in Farmington!

I usually include fun W.Va. facts in this portion of the column, however I thought this week I would tailor it a bit more towards Farmington specific. Back in July 1919 we were eagerly awaiting the opening of a theater in Farmington.

A blurb in The West Virginian stated the new operating booth for the moving picture machine had arrived for the Lyric Theater which opened in late July. Ray Lacghlin was charged as the first person to operate the machine. Despite its 400 person capacity the opening night showed a crowd of about 700 people. The theater was housed in the Arcure building and at it’s opening showed both motion pictures and Vaudeville shows on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Three trains of soldiers came through town on their way West, detoured due to a malfunction in their original route. Brick had been laid on Main Street from Haggerty Street to the intersection of the No. 9 road. Concrete base had been poured on Mill Street and was awaiting brick.

One of the “worst rain, wind, and electrical” storms every known beat down a lot of gardens. The lightning struck trees all around town and winds blew out one of the plate glass windows in John A. Bock’s store.

Worst of all, sand to be used on the road bed in front of the Grade School (where Little Rascals Daycare is today) washed down in front of the Methodist church. The sand was used in laying the brick on Main St. The curb along Mill Street was taken out and at one place two sticks of dynamite was put under the curb. When this exploded it blew a hole in the M.V.T. Co. gas line nearby. Dangerous!

Contact Me

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