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Mary Ellen Haney – Have you ever wondered what ‘In my cups’ means? |

Mary Ellen Haney – Have you ever wondered what ‘In my cups’ means?

Have you ever wondered what the expression “In his/her/one’s cups” means? The online “wictionary” says that, idiomatically, it means “drunk, or in the act of consuming alcohol liberally.” I’ve yet to discover the origins of the expression.

Whilst pondering that mystery and gingerly wedging yet another gift cup onto an upper cabinet shelf, I said aloud, “So many, many cups.” 20 on that shelf alone, not counting the six that match my everyday dishes and eight that match a partial set of Franciscan dinnerware.

I say partial because an anonymous someone once stumbled and fell against my hutch, sending much of my ivy-pattern Franciscan set to dinnerware heaven. But back to the cup dilemma: Surely, a single woman shouldn’t need so many cups. With that thought in mind, I began to inventory, with an eye to eliminating the space shortage in my upper cabinets.

Two large mugs removed from the back of the shelf immediately grabbed my attention. They commemorated Operation Iraqi Freedom and reminded me of my son Ryan’s two tours of duty in Iraq. No way those are leaving.

One small cup was adorned with a phone, pad, pencil and the statement, “Secretaries are loyal, efficient, dedicated and secretly run the world.” Since I know that to be true, and since it reminds me of the pastor friend who gave it to me, that cup must stay.

Three cups displayed Scripture verses that are as dear to me as the friends who gave them. A brown mug spells my name in the Hawaiian language, Malia, bringing back memories of a week spent on the beach at Waikiki. Two Cocker Spaniel mugs tugged at my emotions as I recalled 16 years with Max, the world’s sweetest and smartest blonde Cocker. The EFHS Class of 1965’s gift mug reminded me that, “We Shall Never Pass This Way Again.”

One of the oldest cups, a blue one, proclaims, “Electricity — The Powerful Choice” from my years at Monongahela Power. Two mugs celebrate the mighty Mountaineers. One crockery cup is inscribed “Hosanna,” a praise team I sang with in bygone years.

Suddenly, I realized that I’d discovered another meaning to the expression “in my cups.” Inside my cups live memories. Memories of people who love me and whom I love, places I’ve visited and things I’ve done. And sacrifices made in the name of freedom. They tell the story of my life.

So, what happened to all my cups? You guessed it — back on the shelf they went. Well, one didn’t fit, so I made myself a cup of coffee and found a comfy chair while I reflected on the blessings of a wonderful life.

East Fairmont Middle School

EFMS track teams finished their third meet in four days April 24 with first place team scores! The Hornet runners have accomplished a lot and gained experience and opportunities to compete with some of the best middle school runners in the state. Athletes continue to drop times, increase distances and work hard. Congrats to these athletes, and continued success to you!

EFMS administrators remind drivers not to park on Mason Street when picking up students. The grass is quickly turning to mud because drivers are pulling onto the grass. Neighbors and school personnel work hard to keep school property looking nice by mowing, sweeping and weeding, but “stay off the grass signs” are gone with the wind.

The school asks everyone to pitch in with pickup on Alta Vista, primarily for safety reasons, but also to show respect for the school’s campus and great neighbors.

Good Samaritans: A hotdog, water and chip sale at EFMS raised money to help the Hess family of Monongah, who recently lost their home to a fire. The school’s admins, wrestling coach and team helped with the sale, along with some wonderful grandparents and their friends from Monongah. Thanks to the volunteers and those who ordered lunch, EFMS presented a $683 check to the Hess family.

East Fairmont High School

Wrestling USA Magazine recently released their final senior rankings. Congratulations to Brock Whorton, No. 11, at 126 and Cole Laya, No. 20, at 120. Great work and good luck to the senior mat men as they advance to the next level.

May 11, 12 and 13 will mark the 12th annual East Fairmont “Shootout” basketball tourney for middle school to high school girls and boys basketball teams and travel teams. More than 60 teams participated in last year’s tournament.

Congratulations to the Busy Bee Band Concert Band for receiving a Superior rating (highest possible rating) at the Region 10 Band Festival in Bridgeport. The Busy Bee Band and Honeybees are fresh from another sellout presentation of Follies. Under the direction of T.J. Bean, the East Fairmont musicians continue to wow audiences and bring honor to their school.

Protect Your Pets

This Saturday, Maddie’s Angels and Middletown Animal Clinic will sponsor a Rabies and Shot clinic. Lyme Disease caused by ticks is a growing concern, so protect yourself and your pets with a vaccination. Microchips will also be offered. The clinic will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., no appointment necessary. For more information, call 304-612-7729 or email

Cinco de Mayo

at Palatine Park

Make your way to Palatine Park this Saturday and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some great iLatin music by SabroSon of Morgantown at 4 p.m. and Sabor Latino at 6 p.m. Cinco de Mayo is offered In conjunction with Leadership Marion’s annual Spring into Action Fair, which takes place in downtown Fairmont from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

That’s All, Folks!

Have a great week and remember to think positive, because ““A negative attitude drains; a positive attitude energizes” (Lindsey Rietzsch, the Happy Lady). I’d love to hear from you about new businesses, school and church activities and other “East Sider” news. Please submit date-sensitive news at least two weeks prior to the event. Contact me at or leave a message at 304-366-6289. We’re in touch, so you be in touch!

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