Happy (Early) West Virginia Day, Farmers

As many of you know, June 20 marks the 156th year since our great state was admitted into the Union. That’s 33 years before Farmington was incorporated.

Combing through the archives, I found that West Virginia Day was really a big deal in the early 1900s. Once you think about it, our state hadn’t even hit the 50th anniversary mark yet. In fact, many people who remembered when the state of Virginia seceded from the Union were only in their 50s or a little older.

The state seemed to almost shut down in celebration of what they called a renewal of the “love and allegiance of the people of this state for the home of freedom it is now theirs to enjoy.” What a rather poetic way of putting such an ugly time in our nation’s history.

The sentiments go on to claim praise for those of us who stood firmly for the Union and how we looked upon the birth of our state as a time full of patriotism, calling us people “a strong and sturdy class of citizens” and “recognized as a bulwark of liberty” (bulwark defined as a defensive wall). At least once a year, on this day, we should “think over these things and resolve as citizens to give our best endeavor to advancing the interests of our commonwealth.”

So how about it Farmers? Shouldn’t we on this day — and every day — count our blessings to have come from a class of people so patriotic they stood up for what they felt was right, who built our great town and our great state to stand for something so precious? Let this be our challenge as we go into one of the most patriotic of months, and let us celebrate our heritage and our independence with the same pride that our forefathers felt when they fought and gained for themselves and our futures.

Little League Pool Party/Raffle

Monday is the end of season pool party for our Fighting Farmers Little League team. Raffle tickets can still be purchased for the drawing of their Yeti cooler filled with goodies. Drawing will take place at the Shinnston Pool during the party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will be featured live on Facebook.

Good job on a great season, little Farmers.

Home of the Huskies

If you’re interested in listening to the play-by-play action of our own North Marion Husky football team this fall, tune into 94.3 FM and listen to the NEW voice of the Huskies: Sean McNamara.

In addition to bringing you the highs and lows under the Friday night lights, Sean will also be back during basketball season to bring you on court coverage of both the boys and the girls teams. Sponsorship spots are open for those businesses wanting to cheer on the Huskies.


The Land of the North is getting a taste of nostalgia with the addition of two new plagues from the MHS 1976 and 1977 teams to the NMHS football facilities. Farmington and Monongah memorabilia is wanted to represent all the schools that joined to form North Marion, and if you’re interested in donating, please contact the school or any of the coaching staff.

NMHS Cross Country

North Marion High School cross country conditioning has begun for the upcoming 2019 season. Interested runners meet at the North Marion shell building (near tennis courts) from 3-5 p.m. Although this is optional, it’s never too early to prepare.

Conditioning is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays while actual practice will begin the last week of July / first week of August.

Local Churches Kick off VBS

Farmington Main Street Methodist invites you to be rescued by Jesus during their Shipwrecked theme Vacation Bible School. From Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21, you can join all the fun from Noon to 4 p.m.

Noah’s Ark invites you to go on a safari, where life is wild and God is good. Also from June 17-21, their evening program will run from 6-8 p.m. Ages 3-12 are welcome. Contact the church to register or go online for the form. Prizes are awarded nightly.

Willow Tree Baptist rounds out the week with its Polar Blast VBS, taking place June 20-22. Thursday and Friday’s program go from 6-8:30 p.m. and also run on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information can be obtained by calling (304) 288-6732, if you’re interested. Willow Tree is located at 77 Dunkard Mill Rd. in Farmington.

Protect Your Identity

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 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, August 5 at 6 p.m. with line-up at 4:30 p.m. 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; 3rd place — $100. Interested parties may contact Kristy Efaw Moore at (304) 612-0319 via call or text. You can also email mdfparade@gmail.com.

Fairview Fourth of July Celebration

It’s almost time for the annual Fairview Fourth of July celebration.

Parade entrants may still sign up by contacting Belinda Frausto at belindafrausto@gmail.com or calling (681) 404-2470. This year’s entertainment will feature two sets by the Allmost Brothers Band taking the stage at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. for your entertainment.

Fireworks will end the evening starting at 10 p.m. Games, guest speakers, and the grand parade round out the day’s festivities along with good eats and entertainment.

This Week in West Virginia History

A little over a decade before my birth, Jimmy Stewart — a favorite actor of mine — came to West Virginia for the “Salute to Gov. Moore Dinner” at the Charleston Civic Center. More than two thousand people attended the soiree on June 16, 1971.

West Virginia became the 35th state in the Union on June 20, 1863. And in keeping with the theme of handsome men coming to the Mountain State, President John F. Kennedy spoke at the State Capitol as part of the West Virginia centennial celebration on June 20, 1963.


In our “PC” world it’s always interesting to see how things were worded in the daily newspaper that might not exactly go over well in this day and age.

While looking at an article about the death of my three times great-uncle, it was amazing that the lead off sentence included the phrase “dropped dead on the corner of Locust Ave.” Egads!

In the July 1, 1907 edition of the Fairmont West Virginian, a joke appeared that might be considered a bit anti-feminist today, but nevertheless could be considered cute:

Mrs. Hoyle asks “How often do you write your husband?” to which Mrs. Doyle says, “Every day.”

“I don’t see what you can find to say.” exclaims Mrs. Hoyle.

“One can always ask for money, you know.” replies Mrs. Doyle.


Normally, I go through the list of birthdays we celebrate during the week of my column, but this week I’m asking for some extra special birthday wishes for a certain someone.

Not only do we need to send a car or pick up the phone and wish Dana Harris, Nina McDonald, Cathy Toothman Oliverio, Dave Cunningham, Terri Gamble, Lindsey (Filius) Lapeer, Debbie Stahl, and Mike Hayes all a wonderful birthday, but an extra special birthday has also finally (almost) arrived.

Please welcome my grandmother, Meredith Banick, as she is now part of the Ladies of the 80’s club. Happy Birthday.

Contact Me

I am available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in our offices at 300 Quincy St, Fairmont, WV 26554.

You can contact me anytime via email at scummons@timeswv.com or by calling (304)-367-2527. Mail submission can be sent to P.O. Box 2530, Fairmont, WV 26555. Please make sure that you contact me before the Thursday in which you would like it to appear in my column. I appreciate your support, and thanks for reading.