113 Church Street | P.O. Box 459
Philippi, WV 26416
Phone: (304) 457-2222
Fax: (304) 457-2235
Blue & Gray Reunion To Be Held May 28-31
  The Blue and Gray Reunion Committee met on Monday, March 2, in Philippi City Council Chambers to update and hear reports from committees and to update the status of vendors, events, and other various items. The committee is currently meeting every two weeks as the newly reelected committee officers continue to learn everything that happens behind the scenes before the annual reunion can take place.
  Following the resignation of previous committee officers, the Blue and Gray Reunion Committee is now led by officers Ed Larry, chairman; Kenny Carder, vice chairman; Linda Proudfoot, treasurer; and Marija Ilic, secretary, as well as committee members and volunteers.
  The 2015 Blue and Gray Reunion will be held May 28-31 throughout Downtown Philippi. The reunion will begin on Thursday with the official opening performance of the Blue and Gray Choir. Kids’ Day will be Friday, May 29. Events will continue throughout the weekend, including a chili cook-off on Saturday morning and, of course, the most anticipated events—the reenactments, especially the First Land Battle of the Civil War, The Philippi Races, on Sunday.
  The Blue & Gray Reunion Committee will meet again on Wednesday, March 11, in Council Chambers at the Philippi City Building. The Blue & Gray Reunion Committee typically meets once a month on every third Wednesday. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to participate in reunion activities.

Seussapalooza Celebrated In Philippi
  “Oh, the places you’ll go” and the “thinks you can think” at “Seussapalooza!” Nearly 20 years after his death, the books of author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, are still among favorites of many children and adults. Public libraries and schools across the country join the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America Day campaign which celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday and the joys of reading.  
  The Philippi Public Library joins Philippi Main Street, Philippi Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, The Market Place, Broaddus Hospital, WVU Extension Service, Barbour County Health Department, Tygart Valley Growers Association and other contributors to host “Seussapalooza,” a celebration of all things Seuss, on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 9 a.m. to noon.   
  Seussapalooza will begin at 9 a.m. with a free Green Eggs and Ham breakfast at The Market Place at 106 South Main Street (formerly the IGA Building) in Philippi, West Virginia. Children will be treated to a visit from the Cat in the Hat, hear lots of Seuss stories, participate in a StoryWalk® in downtown Philippi, make fun crafts, sing some songs, and play fun games such as “Ring the Gack!” In addition, they will learn about making healthy choices regarding food, exercise and health. At the end of the StoryWalk®, participants will return to The Market Place for other fun activities and a snack.   
  The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Combining physical activity with literacy, the StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time for children—and adults!  As you stroll down the street, you're directed to the next page in the story. The story appropriately chosen for Seussapalooza is Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss. As an added benefit, the StoryWalk® will re-acquaint families with some of the local businesses in downtown Philippi that are participating.
  The Seussapalooza activities are free to children ages three to 12 and their parents. Because of limited seating, registration is required. The first 30 registered participants receive a free book.  To register or for more information, call the Philippi Public Library at (304) 457-3495. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone should wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for weather conditions. 
Belington Municipal Election Results In; Ryan To Lead City
  The City of Belington held a Municipal Election on Tuesday, March 3. Mayor candidate Matt Ryan won the majority of ballots cast and will lead the city as mayor.
  City Council candidates from each of four wards were elected. From Ward 1, Chuck Alth was elected to council. From Ward 2, Craig Bolton III; Ward 3, Suzanne Skidmore and Ward 4, Joey Bolyard.
  The candidates for Mayor included Bobby King and Matt Ryan. City Council Candidates included: Ward 1, Jerry Phillips and Chuck Alth; Ward 2, Craig Bolton III and Dylan Cota (write-in); Ward 3, Suzanne Skidmore, Dana Booth, Heather Hart Johnson, and Sonny Moore; and Ward 4, Joey Bolyard, Arley Stout, Pam Allen, and Kelli Kittle.
  The unoffical election results are:

MAYOR
??Matt Ryan    217
??Bobby King     55

COUNCIL
Ward I
??Chuck Alth    55
??Jerry Phillips    29

Ward II
??Craig Bolton III    35
??Dylan Cota    14

Ward III
??Suzanne Skidmore    25
      Heather Hart Johnson    16
??Dana Booth    13
??Sonny Moore     7

Ward IV
??Joey Bolyard    31
??Arley Stout    20
??Pam Allen    14
??Kelli Kittle    11
Barbour County CEOS Winter Fair To Be Held March 13-14
  Come on out to the 2015 Barbour County CEOS Winter Fair on March 13-14 at the Belington Fire Department. There will be fun and games for an old-fashion family day. There is a prize wheel, dime toss, and, on Kid’s Day, there will be projects for the children. There will be great homemade food, awesome entertainment, and great fellowship. There will also be 30 tables of vendors and crafters.  
  The menu includes: corn bread and beans, pork BBQ, sandwiches, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, nachos and cheese, vegetable soup, coffee, soft drinks, and desserts.              
  Friday, March 13, 2015                
8 a.m.–6 p.m. Kitchen, Crafters, and Vendors Open
8 a.m. Biscuits and Gravy
9 a.m. Stool and Chair Bottoms by John Loyd
12 noon Rich Spotloe and the Good Ole Boys
  Saturday, March 14, 2015
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Kitchen, Crafters and Vendors Open
8 a.m. Biscuits and Gravy
9 a.m. Stool and Chair Bottoms by John Loyd
11 a.m. Pressure Canner Testing
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Kid’s Day
12 noon Valli Jones Davis  
1 p.m. Lanessa Murphy
4:30 p.m. The Moatsville Boys

Volunteers Answer Two House Fires In Southern Part Of Barbour Last Week
  Two dwelling fires hit the southern end of Barbour County last week amid the foreboding weather. The wintry conditions made firefighting hard to near impossible. Last Tuesday evening, Feb. 24, the Junior Volunteer Fire Department was alerted around 9:30 p.m. to the home of Jessica Skidmore along Rt. 250 (Beech Ave.) in Junior. The fire was in the attic area and believed to have been electrical in nature. Fire damage was mostly contained to the attic and rear of the house. There were no injuries reported.
  Also responding to the alarm were the Belington VFD, Philippi VFD, Coalton VFD and Belington Emergency Squad.
Later in the week, the Dale Nelson residence on Dog Town Road (Hidden Hollow Rd.) was destroyed after a fire of undetermined origin caused the Belington Volunteer Fire Department to answer a 12:45 a.m. alarm Friday, Feb. 27.
  Unlike the Skidmore fire earlier in the week, which was in town and right by the main highway, the Nelson blaze was out in the county not easily accessible to the responding firefighters. Firefighters had to combat the winter conditions and house location terrain as they remained at the scene for most of the night.
  There were no injuries reported. The fire remains under investigation one fire official said this week.
  County units responding included the Belington Emergency Squad, Junior VFD and Philippi VFD. Responding from neighboring counties to the scene were Coalton VFD, Elkins VFD and Beverly VFD. Manning Belington Station No. 3 as backup was the Buckhannon VFD.
Philippi VFD Stats Released For February
  Philippi Volunteer Fire Department fire chief, David Utt, has released alarm call statistics for this past February.
  The local volunteers answered 30 calls for a total of 317.5 man-hours spent. There were five mutual aid to neighboring departments. The calls breakdown as follows: structure fire, one; rescue or wrecks, 16; car fire, one; brush fires, two; and service calls, five.

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