Variety of Special Events Scheduled for National Library Week

National Library Week begins today and continues through Saturday, with the Marshall County Public Libraries celebrating the event with several special activities.

The theme, established by the American Library Association, is “Libraries Lead.”

For starters, the entire week will be “Fine-Free Week.”

Library director Susan Reilly, said, “There will be no overdue fines on any materials returned to Marshall County Libraries in usable condition during NLW.” She added, “This is a great opportunity to find mislaid books and clear your library record, free-of-charge. Materials may be returned at the circulation desk or in the after-hours book return.”

Local tradition extends the fine-free period for an extra week (two weeks of amnesty) and this year will be no different. Thus, the fine-free period will last through April 22.

There will be special events through this week and next week at the Moundsville Public Library. They include:

∫ The film “Darkest Hour” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The historical bio-drama of the early World War II and the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler. The film was released in 2017.

∫ A local storyteller and author, Andy Franenkel, offers a dramatic retelling of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous work, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and other poems at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

∫ At 4 p.m. on Thursday, the film “Wonder” will be shown. It is based on the bestselling novel by R.J. Palacio. It is the story of “Auggie,” who, with facial differences, is attending mainstream elementary school for the first time. The film was released in 2017.

∫ Storyteller Judi Tarowsky will share some “Unheard of History” with this true account of a young Virginian organizing a training school for pilots as the United States enters World War I. She will be at the Moundsville Library at 6 p.m. on April 16.

∫ The Magic of Dave Powers will be performed at 11 a.m. on April 21.

∫ The Cameron Public Library will offer a pre-school storytime at 1 p.m. Monday; while from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday there will be an Adult/Teen Color Class.

∫ The Benwood-McMechen Library will host a Knitting Class at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. There will also be a special storytime at 11 a.m. on Friday.


The Marshall County Commission at this past Tuesday’s meeting agreed to send a letter to Gov. Jim Justice, with copies to H. Wood Thrasher, secretary of the state Department of Commerce, and Stephen S. McDaniel, director of the state Department of Natural Resources, pertaining to the stocking of trout in the Dunkard Fork Watershed.

The letter in part states, “We (the MCC) are very concerned that the DFW is not on the list of areas to be stocked with trout this stocking season. You can only imagine our surprise when we received the WV DNR email outlining the 20 new lakes to be stocked this year.

“Our office, through Howard Coffield, has been working with the Wheeling Creek Watershed officials and David Wellman, WVDNR Fisheries Biologist, to find a way to get Dunkard Fork put back on the list for this year. There have been many reasons given for not stocking Dunkard. We believe the main reason is a buildup of debris which has settled at the bottom of the boat launch ramp and handicap fishing area. These areas were cleaned out two times (regular maintenance) in 2017, costing about $45,000. It was also cleaned out after the flood in July 2017.

“The Wheeling Creek Watershed and the County Commission have agreed to clean out the area again in order to have it stocked this season. When asked what dates the area would be stocked, in order to make sure the areas were clear of debris, we were met with resistance. They would not even give us 1-day notice.

“The Wheeling Creek Watershed has had an agreement with WV DNR to stock Dunkard Fork for 20-plus years. Because of this partnership Dunkard is used by hundreds of Marshall County residents on an annual basis. We agree opening up new fishing areas is great, but believe but believe the current areas need to be focused on and every effort be made to keep them viable.

“The offer of partnering with DNR to get Dunkard Fork Watershed stocked still stands and we are requesting your assistance in making that happen”

The letter was signed by commission members Robert A. Miller, president; Scott G. Varner and John D. Gruzinskas.


The re-opening of the Marshall County Historical Museum has been delayed by water damage to the lower level of the building at 13th Street and Lockwood Avenue, Moundsville. The re-opening is usually on April 1.

Board member Gary Rider said Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration is finishing work on the carpet and flooring of the kitchen and bathroom, and that when that work is completed the museum staff will have to reset all of the downstairs displays and log in all the historical items donated this past winter.

Rider added, “We will let the public know when the museum will re-open.”

He also reminds that the MCHS will be sponsoring a Mystery Dinner Theater on April 28 at the First Presbyterian Church at Third Street and Baker Avenue, Moundsville. The theme for the dinner is, “Murder at the Kit Kat Club.”

Dianna’s Catering will prepare the meal.

Tickets for the dinner are available at the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale and at the Moundsville Public Library. Only 100 seats will be available.


The Moundsville Rotary Club will sponsor its second annual West Virginia Wine, Beer, and Song event from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday at the Grand Vue Park Banquet Hall. Music will be provided by Ezra John and Jon Banco. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Alexander’s on 7th. Also, there will be a basket raffle and a 50/50 raffle.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at Best Business Strategies, 1712 Wheeling Ave., Glen Dale; Main Street Bank, 112 N. Lafayette Ave.; Sleep Inn & Suites, 8 Wal-Mart Drive, both in Moundsville.

Anyone desiring additional information can call Joni Grubler at 304-639-3001.


“The Marshall County Derby,” a fundraiser for High School Scholarship/Small Business Saturday, will take May 12 place at St. Jude Park, Glen Dale. The event, sponsored by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, will include food, fun, prizes, a 50/50, beverages and having a horse in the “race.”

Those planning to purchase a “horse” and admission tickets can sign up through May 4.

Anyone desiring additional information can call the Chamber at 304-845-2773.


Simpson United Methodist Church will sponsor a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. next Sunday (April 15) at the church, Seventh Street & Morton Avenue, Moundsville. Takeout orders will be available.


Another upcoming spaghetti dinner will be held April 20 It is being sponsored by the Moundsville Lions Club. The dinner will be held from 4-7 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, Moundsville.

Tickets can be obtained from any Moundsville Lions Club member. Tickets will also be available at door.

Meals will be available for eat-in or takeout.


Bayer Heritage Family Credit Union will sponsor the first annual Steak Fry from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday at the Training Center within the walls of the old penitentiary in Moundsville (Eighth Street Wagon Gate).

Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

DJ John Campbell will provide music. There will be a 50/50 raffle, along with other raffles. Those attending must be 21 years of age and over.


The Moundsville Center at the former West Virginia Penitentiary will be the location for the annual “Ladies Night” event to take place from 5:30-8 p.m., on April 19, sponsored by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. A portion of the event will benefit the YWCA and CASA.

New this year will be a style show by Macy’s.

Those attending can shop from vendors including: LuLaRoe, Mary Kay, Thirty-One, SeneGence/Lipsense, Jar of Riches, Chalk Couture, Scentsy Candles, Pampered Chef, Premier Designs Jewelry, Simply Said at Julie’s, and more.

Among sponsors will be Sleep Inn & Suites, Frame & Fortunes, Grand Vue Park, Home Town Frontal, Ladies League, Lisa Zukoff, Mary Kay, Mike Ferro, Wilson, Kozicki & Gwynn, Main Street Bank, Grand Vue Park, Dr. Angela D. Petros and Dr. Garry L. Lewis.

A meal will be catered by Alexander’s on 7th.

Tickets are available at the Chamber Office at 609 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville.


The Marshall County Family Resource Network will host a meeting at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday at the Training Center at the former West Virginia Penitentiary for all teams interested in supporting their neighbors that are working to address food challenges in the community.

This year, the MCFRN has sponsored a “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation” Community Food Drive to support Marshall County food pantries, soup kitchens and any other organizations providing food related assistance.

Last year 18 organizations and groups took part in the event with more than 10,000 pounds of food gathered from the drive.


While everyone wants to see spring and summer arrive, the Appalachian Outreach Inc., is taking things into its own hands by naming a craft/vendor fair it is sponsoring as: “Spring into Summer.”

This third annual event will bake place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on April 21 at the former West Virginia Penitentiary. The public is invited.

There will be more than 70 vendors, a Chinese auction, a kids’ fun area, a bounce house, games, door prizes, paw patrol patrol characters, raffles, instant bingo, 50/50 drawings, Goode’s lifetime memories photo booth, and a number of food items.


The Ohio Valley Soap Box Derby Inc., will host a Kid’s Day event from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday in the Pool Clubhouse at Grand Vue Park. It is for any boy or girl between the ages of 8 and 16, along with their parents or mentors who are interested in building and driving a Soap Box Derby car in the June 16 race. There will be cars available for youngsters to take a trial run, and information about the race.

The SBD is a youth gravity racing program which was started in 1934.

Local races are held to qualify for a chance at the World Championship held in Akron, Ohio.

Among information which will be available is the race location, racing division, entry fees and car prices.

For more information contact Pastor Steve Jumper, race director, at 304-686-2416.


The annual dinner of Marshall County Democratic Executive Committee will take place at 6 p.m. on April 21 at St. Jude’s Hall, Glen Dale. The event will feature ribs and chicken prepared by Mason-Dixon Barbeque. Those attending are to bring their own place setting.


Good news: The dehumidifier for the Four Seasons Pool will be arriving on Tuesday.