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Hello Manton!

Summer has come, summer has gone – do you or did you have the air conditioner on? Just another sign that spring and summer are really coming. Lawn mowing is in progress, trees, bushes and flowers are blooming. It seems that the trees get leaves overnight. I hope the next cold nights don’t freeze the Magnolia flowers. The canoe race, city-wide yard sale, Friends of the Library book sale, Farmer’s Market and the opening of museums in Mannington, events that say Mannington is more back to the normal. Watch for the dates of these events and support attendance and/or help.

Also, for those who mow their lawn near the street, do not blow the grass clippings onto the street. Grass clippings can clog drains and cause water to back up or stagnate in the street during heavy rains.

Several events are planned for this summer. Almost every month something happens. These organizations that organize these functions need your help. You don’t have to join them as a member, but you can volunteer. If you are interested and enjoy helping others, this might be something you can do for the organization and the community. Think about it, ask questions, find people who help you, and ask what you can do. Even checking with Mannington Main Street or calling the town hall, they will probably be able to give you some information.

I hope everyone is having a good week. Don’t forget to check on any neighbors who might need help. Take care of each other and stay safe.

Catchment meeting

The City of Mannington and the Monongahela Conservation District are hosting a watershed meeting at 10 a.m. April 30 at the Mannington Senior Center. There will be a presentation on the Hibbs Run and Upper Buffalo Creek watershed dam system and its role in reducing flooding in the Mannington area. Healthy watersheds provide many ecosystem services, including but not limited to corridors for wildlife movement, water storage, water filtration, flood control, food, wood and recreation, as well as reduced vulnerability to invasive species, the effects of climate change and other natural disasters. Come join us for lunch and a discussion on how you can support and help the watershed program.

Following the watershed meeting, the Town of Mannington and Monongahela Conservation District will be hosting “Soak Up the Rain,” a 1:00 p.m. workshop where guests have the opportunity to purchase and learn about the importance of barrels of rain and their good uses for the environment. Rain barrels capture water from a roof and hold it for later use, such as on lawns, gardens, or houseplants. Collecting roof runoff in rain barrels reduces the amount of water that runs off your property. It’s a great way to conserve water and it’s free water to use in your landscape. Rain barrels will be available for purchase at a discount along with the kit to attach them to your downspouts. At this event, rain barrels and kits will be $60, with purchase by check only.

Both programs are something you won’t want to miss. Mannington and surrounding areas are heavily impacted by watershed dam systems, come learn how you can support this important benefit to our environment.

Joel McCann Memorial Canoe Race

The annual Joel McCann Canoe Race takes place on May 7. The race starts in Hough Park, near the community building. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a $10 entrance fee. The first canoe will be launched at 9 a.m. The categories are Kayak (16 and over), Kayak (15 and under), Double Canoe (Adult/Adult), (Adult/Youth), (Youth/Youth). If anyone is interested in helping, volunteers are always welcome. The race will end in Farmington and prizes will be awarded and food will be available after the race at the Farmington Fire Department Hall. Remember that life jackets and whistles are mandatory before the start of the race. The flood date will be Saturday May 14th. Even if you are not participating in the race, come and encourage all the participants. No rush, would you still like to donate $10 to them? Firefighters always take care of us, so we have to help them too!

Garage sale across the city

It’s that time of year again, have you done your housework and do you have any items to get rid of? Well, start preparing everything. The city-wide garage sale, sponsored by Mannington Main Street, will take place on May 7. Contact Main Street with your address, so you can be listed on their site and these “garage sales” can find you. Several have already been listed.

The museums are open

Yes, after COVID the West Augusta Historical Society will be able to open the Mannington Museum on the Wilson School site and the Round Barn Museum again for tours. The first day of visits will take place on May 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. If you haven’t been or it’s been a while since you’ve been to museums, now plan to stop by. There are so many exhibits about Mannington’s history and all of them are very interesting. You can even display your family’s objects.

The Historical Society needs volunteers to organize tours of the Museum on East Main Street and at the Round Barn. The would be very grateful for 10, 12 or more people who would like to step in and say yes. There are short training sessions available and you would work in shifts of 2. That way you wouldn’t have to work every week and you could decide which days you could help out with visits. There is always a need for volunteers, so if you love history, love volunteering, this might be something you can do near you and help a local organization.

Historical Society Meeting

The first public meeting of the West Augusta Historical Society will be held May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Round Barn. All members are encouraged to attend and visitors are welcome. It would be a good time to attend and find out what will happen, how they need volunteers and give you some ideas if you want to join and help. Membership dues are $10 per year. If these two museums are to remain open and the artifacts and history they house are to be preserved, new people must step forward to help and learn. Consider participating and helping them preserve the artifacts that are part of Mannington.

Alumni meeting

The Mannington alumni reunion is scheduled for July 8-9 in Hough Park. The annual sausage roast will kick off on the weekend. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Classes will meet and visit during the day and there will be an evening session. There will be more details later.

If you do not receive a letter within the next two weeks, please contact your class secretary to let them know you plan to attend. The cost is $25 per person. If you have any questions, please contact Margie at 304-986-1546 or Patty at 304-986-3039.

They need volunteers and planners, so please help these folks with this event. Please keep in mind that the Mannington Pool will not yet be available due to ongoing renovations. For those who will be present for this event, would you consider making a small donation to the renovation project?

book sale

The Friends of the Library Book Sale is open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. They also accept donated books, but you might want to check if they are open to accepting more donations. Your purchase helps support library programs.

Sale of pizzas, sandwiches and salads

The Fairview Fire Department will be selling pizza, sandwiches and salad on Saturday, April 30 from 3-6 p.m. at the fire station. You can eat in and visit friends or take out is available. If you would like to place an order so it will be ready for pick up when you arrive, please call 304-4491904 or 304-449-1905. All profits are donated to volunteer firefighters. This will be the last sale before “Spring Break”. Thank you for your great support and I hope to see everyone at a later date.

Spring cleaning day

The City of Mannington will hold a spring cleaning day on May 14. Two large dumpsters will be placed at 406 High St., near where school buses park at the end of Virginia Avenue from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until the dumpsters are full. Residents have the option of disposing of unwanted household items that are not usually taken up in their regular garbage collection. However, Freon-based appliances and major household appliances, as well as tires, car batteries, computers, televisions, mattresses and household garbage will not be allowed. Dumpster use is restricted to Mannington residents who must show a water stub as proof of residency. Contractors are prohibited from using dumpsters. There will be a city employee with the dumpsters throughout the day to ensure these guidelines are followed.


Mannington Main Street will once again be sponsoring a BBQ Cookoff, the Forks of the Buffalo BBQ Throwdown. This event will take place May 20-22 at Hough Park and the Mannington District Fair Ground. There will be three days of food, fun and entertainment for the whole family. The family-oriented weekend will include a BBQ contest, tasting and people’s choice. Planned activities include contests for babies up to 21, children’s entertainment and activities, and food and craft vendors. So, mark your calendars for the dates.

think of others

Don’t forget to think about other people in the area or who you know might be sick. COVID numbers are dropping but there are so many other diseases. We may not even know the names, just that there are people who need prayers and are remembered. There are also those who have lost loved ones and again we don’t need names just that there are those who grieve the death of a loved one. Please remember these people, they must know some of us care. Don’t forget those people who have to leave their homes because of the war. It also divides families.


If you would like to email me information, please use the following email, [email protected] You can call me at 304-986-2527 to see if I received your email or to give me information. I would like to receive the information for Mannington News by Tuesday. Thanks for posting this so others in the area know what events are happening.

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