REESES MILL - Mineral County 4-Hers stepped into a time warp for the first week of summer camp last week.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
REESES MILL - Mineral County 4-Hers stepped into a time warp for the first week of summer camp last week.
Themes for the week included the roaring ‘20s, nifty ‘50s, groovy ‘60s, super ‘70s and the laid back ‘80s.
Over 70 campers and leaders spent the week at Minco Park and enjoyed a day of swimming at the beach at Rocky Gap State Park.
Members of the Mineral County 4-H All Stars welcomed campers on Monday as they held the week’s first meditation service.
Throughout the week campers participated in chores with their tribe along with a variety of classes and recreation opportunities including archery, air rifle and rockets.
Late night refreshments including sock hop music and a drive-in movie and the annual Thursday night dance was a ‘70s disco.
At one point during the week, activities slowed down for a solemn occasion as members remembered late Minco Park caretaker Lewis “Buddy” Fallon, who passed away March 11 at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
A dedication service was held to dedicate boy’s Cabin 2 in his memory and the sign was placed by Tommy Nester, who often serves as the leader in the cabin.
“He really cared about this camp,” said Bob Harman, chairman of the Camp Minco Association. “This camp wouldn't be what is without Buddy Fallon.”
Fallon was a 1969 graduate of Keyser High School and recipient of the Ed Kelly Award.  He graduated from Potomac State College and earned a master’s degree from Fairmont State College.  He retired as an inspector for Anchor Glass and was a substitute teacher in Mineral County, before becoming caretaker at the park.
Harman noted that Fallon was a member of the Key Club, which he sponsored at Keyser High School.
“We shared a love of this camp,” he said, noting that Fallon took the position of caretaker at a pay of $100 a week back in 1998.
“He had a big heart,” Harman added, noting that there were a lot of people that Fallon worried about including the 4-Hers and leaders who came to camp.
“He cared about camp until the last minute,” said Harman, recalling a message Fallon left on his phone just hours before he died.
 Over 100 younger campers will descend on Minco Park as younger camp gets underway July 9-13.