Happy birthday from Barbour County! Birthday? Yes! Round and About Barbour County is one year old. I must say that it has been an honor to write the Barbour County column. I enjoy hearing from each one of my readers. You make my job fun. Thank you.
Don't forget to set your clocks back this weekend for Daylight Savings Time. I hope to be able to enjoy an extra hour of sleep!
While you are changing the clocks, this is a great time to also change the batteries in your smoke detectors. If you don't have a smoke detector, contact your local fire department. If you need to, contact me. Smoke detectors save lives!
Our hearts go out to those involved in the deadly fire in Randolph County and also the tragic car accident in Barbour County. Next time that you see a fire fighter, or first responder, please be sure and tell them thank you. Sometimes, the things that they encounter, we would never imagine. Hats off to all responders! You are appreciated.
It's also been a year since Superstorm Sandy hit the area. This is a day that most of us will never forget. Hopefully, we are better prepared for next time. Thankfully, the weather this year is more "normal."
Good luck to PB Cross Country as they head to State Competition this weekend.
There is an ABU Homecoming Craft Sale today, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Philippi City gym. Proceeds go to Relay for Life of Barbour County.
Also today, at 11 a.m., the ABU Homecoming Parade will take place in Philippi. Good luck to the AB Battlers football team as they take on Malone University at 1:30 p.m.
Philippi Youth Basketball sign-ups will be today and Nov. 9 and 16. The time will be from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., and then again on Nov. 15 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. This will take place at the Philippi City Building. The cost is $35 and must paid at time of registration. Children, ages 5-17 are eligible. Newcomers will need to show a birth certificate.
Belington Public Library will have their genealogy club meeting on Nov. 9. The speaker will be William Rice, a historian from Elkins. He has published the third installment of his series, "Colonial Records of the Upper Potomac Volume Three, 1748-1750, Settlement Expansion." Amazon.com states, "It includes 171 plats of pre-French and Indian War surveys on 23 maps. The early histories of each of the platted surveys accompany the maps. Copies of 43 original documents are included in the chronology in Volume Three. Volume Three is the culmination of 44 years of historical research by the author."
The program begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public. The library's full genealogical resources will be available including Ancestry.com Library Edition and HeritageQuest.com. Call the library for details at 304-823-1026 or find them on Facebook.
There will be a Primitive Bingo on Nov. 10 at the Belington Fire Department. This is to benefit the Barbour County 4H Equestrian Team. Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20. Come out and support the kids.
The Barbour All County Sports Organization is hosting a talent show. First place winners will be chosen in three age groups: 10 and under ($25 prize), 11-18 ($50 prize), and 19 and over ($100 prize). Registration fee is $10 each. Admission to the show will be $5 for adults, $3 for ages 3-12, and free for 2 and under. This will take place at Philip Barbour High School on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Registration forms are available at Hometown Pizzeria, Mace's Pharmacy in Belington and Philippi, Belington Middle School, Philippi Middle School and Philip Barbour High School. Forms must be turned in by Nov. 5 to one of the above places.
Philippi Knit Whits will be meeting at the Philippi Public Library on Nov. 12, from 6-8 p.m. This is a time to just get together and bring your sewing, crocheting and knitting, or just visit. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month.
The Polar Express train is running again. This year, there are two new buildings at the North Pole. We now have a library and a fire house. Everything is decorated and looks very nice.
I have received a request from Santa this year. He is in need of some helpers at the North Pole. To be a Santa's helper, all you have to do is come to the North Pole and wave to the children, greeting them as the train arrives. The Polar Express runs every Thursday through Sunday (with the exception of Thanksgiving) from Nov. 7 - Dec. 15. If you would like to be a helper, just come to the North Pole (located in the City Park in Belington) at either 5:30 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. to assist with the very important job.
For more information on the train ride, visit the website at www.mountainrailwv.com and click on the Polar Express link.
Looking ahead, mark your calendars for the Belington Christmas parade. This will be Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Santa will make an appearance and there will be the annual tree lighting ceremony. I can't believe that I am announcing Christmas activities already! Where has the year gone?
If you have any Barbour County news that you would like to see in the Inter-Mountain, give me a call at (304) 823-2539, or contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love hearing from you!
Until next time ... Spend time with those you love. One of these days you will say either "I wish I had" or "I'm glad I did." - Zig Ziglar