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Farmer’s Market Offers More Than Just Produce

May 31, 2008
By WAYNE SHEETS, Contributing Business Writer
From all indications, the Farmer’s Market is becoming more than just a place to buy and sell produce, baked and canned goods each Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon at the Town (Heritage) Square in Elkins.

“The single greatest achievement so far has been the change in the mindset of those that bring goods and produce to the market,” Jennifer Giovannitti, executive director of the Randolph County Development Authority, said. “Up until this year, those that participated would bring their produce in at 7 a.m. and when they had sold everything, they would go home. This year, people are staying longer and coming prepared with more goods, which brings more people to town to shop. I am pleased that the market is becoming a place to socialize and a place where the benefits of small-town living can be enjoyed.

“Children are coming to the market and playing in the square, shoppers are chatting with the vendors, a chef is giving demonstrations, and neighbors are running into one another and hanging out to visit for a few extra minutes,” she said. “The market on the Elkins Town Square has the potential to be the best market in the whole region. All it needs is to continue the variety and quality we’ve seen so far.”

Giovannitti also said that the market’s operating hours were planned to overlap with other activities taking place at the square and at the depot.

The market has a Web site, Additional information may also be obtained by calling Joel Wolpert at 823-2960.

Anne Beardslee, secretary of the Elkins Depot Welcome Center, announced on May 25 that the center is now open seven days a week and will operate until late fall.

“As tourism continues to increase due to the activities in the rail yard, we are delighted to be able to have the center open so that all guests can be assisted by a staff member,” Beardslee said. “Also, we hope to extend the hours on Friday and Saturday evenings until 7 p.m. beginning sometime in June.”

According to Beardslee, 18,000 people visited the center last year. She said she expects these numbers will increase with the addition of the three days and the extended hours. 

“Please feel free to drop off information regarding your business and special events taking place in the area,” she said. “Our mission is to supply our guests with as much information about the area as possible.”   


Here’s another scam warning issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and confirmed by Snopes involving “supposedly” jury duty no-shows. Some of you may have already seen it, but for those who haven’t, it goes like this:

The telephone rings during the leisure hours of the early evening. The caller claims to be a jury coordinator and tells you that you failed to show up for jury duty. You protest saying that you never received a summons. The scammer then asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Give out any of this information and, bingo, your identity has been stolen. So far, according to the FBI, the fraud has been reported in 11 states.

This swindle is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they are officers of the court system. The FBI and the Federal Court System have issued nationwide alerts on their Web sites warning consumers about the fraud.

For more information regarding this scam, log on to the Snopes Web site at The FBI also has information regarding this fraud at


Mike Cardinal, owner of Cardinal Creations on Henry Avenue, asked me to let everyone know that he has been asked by several customers to construct a class on how to make “gem trees.” Apparently, they make great gifts as well as being collector’s items for those who make them. He needs a class of about 20 people to make it worthwhile.

The class would last about two hours and cost $35. Cardinal said that each participant could make from one to three gem trees in that amount of time and for that price. For more information, call Cardinal Creations at 614-6338, or stop by the shop at 215 Henry Ave. in Elkins.


Information has been received that because of a lengthy article in the May 21 issue of The Washington Post, National Public Radio taped the American Mountain Theater’s show last week in preparation of airing it later. Watch the TV schedule for date and airtime. I can say that if you have not seen the show live, you are missing a great evening of entertainment.


In hopes of bringing a smile to your day, here’s what was observed written on a Proctologist’s door: “To expedite your visit, please back in.”  Have a great weekend. 


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