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The Spiker Gazette
Oxford, WVVolume  11Issue  5May 2017
In this Issue:What's the Forecast?


What's the Forecast?

Written by:  Bobbi Spiker-Conley

     My sister, Cathy, just informed me that rain - and possibly storms - are predicted for Doddridge County over the weekend.  Uggggh. But I reminded her we have been very lucky in recent years, so perhaps we're due. She agreed saying, "Yes, in my 63 years, we've had more good days than bad." I was SHOCKED. She didn't just say that, did she? Sure, I remember a few rainy weekends. I recall a couple years when we had to drive through water. And there was that one time when the flooding was so bad we couldn't even get to the farm. But a little water never stopped us. We simply moved our reunion to the church. So the shocking thing about her statement had nothing to do with her opinion of the weather. It was what she said about (lean closer so you can hear me) her a.g.e. When did THAT happen? 

     Okay, sure, the cousins have started sitting in "the chairs" that had previously been reserved for our elderly parents, aunts and uncles. But that's just for aesthetic reasons. I mean, the photo would look odd if everyone was standing. Right?

     Sadly...that's not entirely accurate. Take a look at the group photo from 1989, the year we held our reunion at the South Fork Baptist Church. Since then, the "chair sitters" have moved on and the next row has moved down. The babies along the front now have babies of their own. And honestly, that's how we should want it to be -- a growing and evolving legacy. That's the best kind of forecast. 


     As for the weather forecast, the outlook may not be as cheerful, but a little water won't stop us. Be aware. Be prepared. If any of our planned activities will need to be adjusted, Mike and Mark Spiker are the guys "in the know." Make certain you have their cell phone numbers so that you can reach out to them if needed.  OH...and here's one more thing you should know:
     Mike tells us "A number of people plan on being (at the farm) all day Saturday. Weather permitting, ATV rides, fishing, outdoor games, talking, TACO picnic for supper, campfire with marshmallows, etc. Whatever else we come up with. All are welcome. Please have anyone that is thinking of coming to email us so we can get a head count of sorts on dinner, etc. for the TACO picnic."



♦  Submitted by Bobbi Spiker-Conley -- Minard's Spaghetti Inn is celebrating their 80th birthday this month.

     Once upon a time, two sisters named Rose and Agnes Oliverio married two brothers, Michael and Samuel Minard. The couples shared a two-story duplex home in Clarksburg, WV.  In 1937 they opened their home to diners, serving the first plate of spaghetti in their personal dining room on the family table. Minard's Spaghetti Inn was born.

     As the restaurant evolved, the house was expanded and renovated. The now enclosed dining room used to be the porch. Former windows were transformed into stained glass, wall murals, and statuary alcoves. Yet some of the home's original features remain virtually unchanged, including the two built-in china cupboards that now protect the Oliverio/Minard wedding photos. Even the 1937 dining table -- affectionately known as the "Family Table" -- is still in use today.

     Agnes and Samuel's daughter, Tressa Minard, married Stanley Wolfe, our third cousin, and for about 40 years managed the restaurant together. They retired from ownership last year. We want to join with others in congratulating them, and their family, and their friends-like-family for reaching this milestone. Thank you for inviting us into your home. We look forward to many, many more visits.

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