The Parsons Volunteer Fire Department's annual Fireman's Homecoming Fair will open Wednesday and continue through May 12.
It will offer a variety of entertainment including the homecoming queen coronation; live music performed by Ryan Cain and The Ables, a rockabilly band from Clarksburg, and Johnny Cochran and The Trail Blazers, a well-known bluegrass band from Lost Creek; and a talent show, which will give participants a chance to win cash and prizes.
Parsons City Administrator and Treasurer Jason Myers said he is excited for the fair and he thinks it will be a great time.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joe Hoover
Linda Bonner, the local American Cancer Society Relay For Life representative, asks the Tucker County City Council to consider proclaiming June 11-16 Paint the Town Purple Days to promote cancer awareness. Council passed the proclamation unanimously.
"We're going to have some great music this year," he said. "Ryan Cain and The Ables are back by popular demand and, while I haven't seen Johnny Cochran and The Trail Blazers, I've listened to their music online and they are very good."
The fair is sponsored by Performance Motors, as well as the city of Parsons, Parsons ON TRAC Committee and Mountain State Expo Services.
Myers said Performance Motors contributed roughly half the budget for the event and if it was not for its support, it would have been extremely difficult to have the event.
Mayor Dorothy Judy also has proclaimed June 11-16 as Paint the Town Purple Days to support the American Cancer Society in promoting cancer awareness.
ACS Relay For Life representative Linda Bonner appeared before City Council Tuesday to request the proclamation, and it was passed unanimously.
Judy said she knows no one who has worked with cancer awareness like Bonner.
"Everyone here has been touched by cancer, and we deeply appreciate the work you have done," she said.
Also, Councilman Tim Auvil addressed several issues in his Municipal Water/Wastewater Systems Status Report.
He said the No. 1 pump in the Walnut Street Lift Station remains out of service, however repair efforts have been initiated.
"The city of Elkins lent us the safety equipment necessary to reinstall the pump and we are very grateful for that," Auvil said.
When the pump was reinstalled, however, additional damage was found. Auvil has contacted C.I. Thornburg and Service Pump for repair quotes.
Auvil also said the Arc Rake at the treatment plant was found completely covered in a tar-like substance on April 21.
"Approximately 60 pounds of this substance was removed from the rake basket," he said. "I contacted WV DEP to report this discharge into our collection system and borrowed some Tar Be Gone from WVDOH and removed the remaining substance from the rake."
Auvil added that it seems likely the substance was tar, which had been illegally dumped by someone.
He said the DEP is looking into the issue.
Myers also updated the council about ON TRAC's commemorative ornaments project. The annual project will offer a new Christmas ornament that memorializes a different site of historical significance in Parsons.
"We are trying to take a walk through history," he said.
This year's ornament, which Myers showed the council during the meeting, commemorates the courthouse in Parsons.
The ornaments will be sold for $10 each and will be available to the public. A limited number has been produced, so they are likely to sell quickly.
Myers also said the Quality Hill Intersection Improvements Project is slated to begin in July.
In other business, Parsons City Council took the following actions:
Approved payment of Cole Industries invoice for ON TRAC's commemorative ornaments in the amount of $1,414.77
Approved revision to budget
Approved payment of Newlons International Sales LLC invoice in the amount of $2,908.58
Approved payment of the Orange Construction Corp. invoice in the amount of $61,473.46
Approved payment of the Thrasher Engineering Inc. invoice in the amount of $5,667.51
Approved payment of city of Parsons (reimbursements) invoice $12,479.39
Approved payment of Nichols & Nichols invoice in the amount of $15,000
Approved John E. Lipscomb to attend backflow test recertification class June 30 in Martinsburg.