Normantown/Stumptown News – Week of Thanksgiving

I have been asked by some folks affiliated with the Normantown Historical Community Center if I would report on our community’s news and events for the local media outlets, and I am more than happy to do so. I hope everyone in the 25267 region will feel free to send me their announcements, news, prayer requests, community questions, whatever to share. You can send your information to me via Facebook messenger, to my email at ‘hayesminney@gmail.com’, or leave a message on our machine at 304.354.9132.

I am reluctant to suggest calling, because our phone service was a bit wonky this past month. We were unable to receive incoming calls from long-distance phone numbers or cell phone numbers. When someone outside 354 tried to call, our phone would ring about half a normal ring, and then disconnect. If I was lucky and caught the phone right after the half-ring, I could catch the call before it disconnected. Since so many of our friends are 462 or 655 and all my family is long-distance, this was quite frustrating for me. Also, this is not the first time this has happened over the past several years. I was once told by a previous Frontier Communications repair man that the problem is at the hub at the end of Rosedale Road. I’m prone to believe him, since the last two times this issue was corrected, a repair man never came near our house.

Since trapping season started, a local fellow has caught five coyote and one red fox on property on the town side of Normantown Hill, and two coyote and one red fox in the Stumptown area. We have had trouble with coyotes here on the farm in the last few years, and I’ve come to believe we have a pair who mate and train their pups here. Two years ago, I was walking with Daisy (our beagle) and we came upon two full size coyotes and five young. That was the year I began making sure I was prepared for anything when Daisy and I go off for a walk.

Last week, during our walk, I heard a rushing of air over my head, and turned to see a bald eagle fly over. An adult bald eagle is 2½ feet in length and has a wingspan of 6½ -7 feet, and this one was beautiful, wings spread as he flew through the treetops on the hillside, rising and rising until he circled over the hay fields. After surveying the farm, he rode the wind even higher, and within minutes was out of sight towards Russett. I have heard folks say they have seen eagles around Cedar Creek State Park, and since that’s not too far from us “as the crow flies” and the eagle came from that direction, I assume there’s a relation somehow. This is not the first time I have spotted eagles here. This summer, I saw a pair in the treetop on the island in the lake here on the farm. The local heron was quite upset by their presence and raised a ruckus, and within a few minutes, they flew away.

It’s that time of year, and Log Cabin Crafts will be having their annual Christmas Open House Saturday, November 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is Deloris’ 30th year of business and she will be open this holiday season Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. unless appointments take her away for the day. Feel free to call ahead if traveling long distance: 304.462.8341.

In December, Zumba starts again at Normantown Historical Community Center! Mondays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., the suggested $5 donation per class goes directly to supporting the center. On December 03 from 6-8 p.m. NHCC is hosting a Winter Paint Party, where attendees can paint a lovely winter scene. The cost is $35 per person and includes art supplies and instruction. There must be 20 people minimum present to hold the event, but there is only room for 30 seats total. A large portion of the profits will support the center.

The Little Free Library at Fred’s Store was recently stocked with books. The mini library is nearly overflowing with adult fiction, young adult fiction, westerns, romances, and kid’s books. Many of the new additions are hard back books, and as of Friday of last week, two Bibles were available. All the books in the mini library are free for the taking, and you can add books as well!

Also, Michael Moore is offering a $500 cash reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who stole a 700 Artic Cat ATV (camo) from the Moore Camp at the head of Wolf Pen Run between September 01 and 20. If you have information for Mr. Moore, call 304.549.4025.

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful that I have been selected to write for our community. I assume most folks ‘round here know who I am, but if you need to know more, visit Lhayesminney.com. Again, please feel free to contact me with any news or announcements you would like to share.