The Parsons Advocate

See ffa page 4 See homesteading page 4 See ¢ oins page 2 Volume 125 No. 32 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 75 cents (tax incl.) See awards page 4 Shortage of ¢ oins Minimal in Tucker County By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate As if COVID-19 hasn’t been enough to put a damper on the year 2020, the news of an alleged coin shortage has also been in the news and causing con- cern. A variety of busi- nesses throughout Tucker County discussed if they were experiencing this event as well. Brenda Wolford, Branch Manager at Grant County Bank stated, “There is a coin shortage.” Notices were sent out to the banks stating there had been restrictions on how many coins could be ordered. Their bank has been reaching out to residents requesting they bring in their loose change in exchange for cash and an additional three percent bonus. Wolford stated a lot of individuals typically save their loose change for summer vacations, and due to the shutdown and travel restrictions, this year’s vacations weren’t as popu- lar. A notice was recently received that the order restrictions have been lifted and the incentive for bringing in change will be ceased. Vice President of Min- ers and Merchants Bank Shawn Nichols stated, “I’ve not experienced it at all, we’ve been lucky I guess.” He said that they have been able to order anything they needed from the Federal Reserve. Mountain Valley Bank also received notice that they were only allowed to order one box of coins from the Federal Reserve; however, Customer Ser- vice Manager Diana Sum- merfield said, “We never had to turn anyone away.” She stated that when the lobbies closed, coins were not cashed in as frequently, therefore were not being returned to the Federal Reserve for reuse. Now that business is resuming on a more normal schedule, Summerfield said, “I think it will catch back up.” Attempts were made to contact Citizens National Bank, but contact was not made at the time of publi- cation. Even though the news has been highlighting a coin shortage throughout the United States, most of Tucker County has not been negatively impacted. Modern Homesteading Becoming the New Normal By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Self sufficiency is becoming a priority for numerous people as the times are changing from the global pandemic of COVID-19. Homesteading is defined as a life - style of self-sufficiency charac - terized by subsistence agriculture (only producing enough to satisfy yourself and your family), home preservation of food, and may include small scale production of clothing or household items. Rapidly growing in popularity, the W.Va. Depart- ment of Agriculture launched a series of webinars beginning in June that they have named “The Homesteading Series” which have covered topics including backyard chickens, canning, pre- serving and freezing, small fruit production, goat herding, W.Va. dairy farming, farm tool use and maintenance, and forest farming. The past webinars have been recorded and can be viewed by going to and searching for WVDA. The webinars will continue covering topics including culi- nary and medical herbs, fresh cut flowers, pasture pork and pro - cessing, and consumer impact on W.Va. grown products. If you wish to participate in these live events, you can find the infor - mation on the WVDA website, or on the WVDA social media pages. Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said, “There’s a new generation that wants to get away from the big cities for a life more meaningful. They are leaving their urban jungles to reconnect with the land and open spaces.” He continued, “As the public becomes more aware of the food they eat, we will continue to see an increase in homesteading and sustainable agriculture. States like West Vir- ginia must take advantage of this homestead movement.” With a local increase in the desire to garden and become self-sufficient in 2020, local businesses such as B.F. Long and Co. and Southern States are finding it difficult to keep in stock and restock jars, lids, rings, and other canning needs. Carr and Simmons Receive State FFA Degree By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Two incoming Tucker County seniors, Ethan Carr and Sidney Sim- mons, were recently recognized by receiving the second highest honor within the Future Farmers of Amer- ica, the State Degree. Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor Delbert “Paul” Pennington stated, “There’s a lot of stuff they had to do.” In order to be considered, the mem- ber must have accomplished the fol- lowing: an active member for at least two years, complete at least two years of agriculture education at or above the ninth grade level, successfully completed supervised agricultural experience with proper expense and income reports, provide two years of records from ninth grade and beyond, a minimum of 25 hours of commu- nity service, and participation in at least five FFA activities above the chapter level. “They (Carr and Sim- mons) were the only two who even came close to getting in,” stated Pen- nington. Annual Chamber Award Recipients Named The Tucker County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the recipients for the 42nd Annual Chamber Awards. The Chamber has solicited nominations for six dif- ferent categories, the secret committee has met and the results are in! Since we are unable to hold a banquet this year, we invite all recipients to attend next year’s banquet. Educator of the Year: Melissa Tauscher Tucker County Gifted Students grades 3rd – 8th, Youth Teacher Mountain Hospice is the proud sponsor of this award. One colleague wrote, “As a teacher of gifted students, Ms. Tauscher must spend a considerable portion of her time writing individ- ual lesson plans for each of her 40 students; she often works late in the evenings and on weekends creat- ing plans that will enhance, chal- lenge and encourage their learning. When Covid-19 caused schools to close, Mc. Tauscher stepped up to the challenge of remote education by jumping into every Zoom class that she could, often several times a day. She continued to create plans for each of her students, contacted them several times during the week, and spent many hours completing required paperwork.” Another mentioned, “Ms. Tauscher spear-headed a fund- raiser to pay for her students to visit Washington, D.C., where they vis- ited museums, the Capitol and Sen- ator Joe Manchin’s office. She also raised funds to travel with some of her students to the Science Center in Pittsburgh.” Student of the Year: The Senior Class of 2020 Sirianni’s Café is the proud sponsor of this award. This was a unique nomination for this year’s Student of the Year. A nomination came in expressing how the whole Senior Class of 2020 was deserving of this award. “… because of Covid-19 and how the school year had to change, every- one did their best to adjust and achieve everything they could with no notice of how the school year would change and end. This year has been strange and difficult for so many, I cannot think of a better year to award this award to everyone!” The Secret Committee meet and couldn’t have agreed more. Employee of the Year: Amber Hinkle General Manager, Parsons’ McDonalds Blackwater Falls State Park is the proud sponsor of this award One fellow employee said, “She goes above and beyond to make our store run smoothly. If you have an emergency she works with you to cover your shift and she also works with us if we need days off. I’ve know her to work 80-85 hours a week because that is just what she does to make everything run smoothly.” Ethan Carr and Sidney Simmons, incoming seniors at TCHS, both received the second highest honor in FFA, the State Degree, at the 92 Annual FFA State Convention which was held virtually due to COVID-19