Gilmer County Farmers Market’s featured vendors

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Despite some chilly mornings, folks are antsy to start digging in the dirt.

Now is the time to get young plants in the ground, and the Gilmer County Farmers’ Market is the perfect place to pick up healthy, homegrown garden plants.

Walter and Price Rush have loads of tomatoes in all your favorite varieties.

Additional plant vendors this season will include the 4-H and FFA kids, Boy Scouts, Gilmer County Master Gardeners, and several other folks who have plenty of sprouts to share.

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association (GCEDA), which sponsors the Farmers Market, hopes you’ll support the local economy by purchasing garden plants from the market this month, and, later, homegrown veggies, fruits, and berries.

The GCFM will be able to accept SNAP this year.

Another familiar face is returning for the 2016 GCFM season via Violet Bush, aka “The Jelly Lady.” In addition to her famous jellies and jams, Violet will have her fresh, homemade fruit pies each week.

It’s well known, however, that if you want a pie, you need to hit the market early. Violet’s pies go fast.

And here’s something a little different: Violet has dried ramps this spring. This seasonal West Virginia specialty also comes and goes quickly in the springtime. Buying them dried allows for longer storage, so you can load up your pantry; use some now, and save some for later.

Before the market fills up with produce, the crafters make the market fun in springtime.

Dot Frey has handmade wooden items; Karen Pennebaker, silver jewelry; and stitched items, and Melissa Gish, back with her handicrafted gemstone jewelry.

The EDA welcomes all its vendors and invites everyone to visit the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., located at 720 North Lewis Street (next to the Senior Center).

Good luck, farmers!

Congratulations, GCHS grads in Class of 2016!

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Top Scholars, Huff and Frame, Recognized





At 7:30 on this Fri., May 27, Gilmer County High School’s Class of 2016 will take their next step into the journey to tomorrow as they receive their diplomas in the annual Commencement Ceremony.

The Commencement Ceremony will be held at Glenville State College’s Waco Center.

A reception honoring the Class of 2016 will be held following graduation.

The public is cordially invited to join the celebration to commemorate the achievement of this milestone in the lives of these students.

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Strawberry Festival Queen

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Dominique Collins to reign over Upshur event

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Dominique Collins

In February, Dominique Collins was chosen as the 2016 West Virginia Strawberry Festival Queen.

Ms. Collins will have the opportunity to reign over the 2016 WV Strawberry Festival “Diamond Jubilee” taking place now through Sunday in Buckhannon.

Miss Dom Collins is the daughter of David and Kelli Collins, who are both graduates of Calhoun County High School. She currently resides in Normantown and is attending Glenville State College.

I am so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful festival,” Miss Collins commented on one of the many posts on Facebook from folks wishing her well at the festival and congratulating her.

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Gilmer Girl Excels At ‘Cheering’

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Maggie Roberts and Teammates win at Nat’l Cheerleading competition

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There’s nothing like the feeling of being a part of a winning team, and Maggie Roberts, daughter of Jeff and Robin Roberts, knows this better than anyone.

Maggie started gymnastics at age 12. “Coaches used to travel to Sand Fork to work with the kids,” Robin Roberts explains, “and that’s how Maggie got her start.” Now 16 years old, Maggie Roberts is an integral part of a competitive Cheer Team that is instructed at the Champs Central Gym, 1040 N. Ohio Ave., in Clarksburg.

On Sunday, May 8, the team competed in the U.S. Finals Cheerleading Competition in Virginia Beach, VA, and won their division age group. Four countries and eighteen states were represented, but this day belonged to Maggie and her friends. “Everyone is so proud of the hard work that the team put into this,” Mrs. Roberts offers, “they had a great performance.”

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