Local Zipline Tour Will Be 2,400 Feet

Work is scheduled to begin Monday on the second phase of the Grand Vue Park tree-based canopy and zipline tour, which consists of the building the equipment. The initial phase was design of the project.

Workers will be housed in one of the park cabins and thus will be on site and be able to built equipment such as platforms without regards to weather over the next couple of months.

A tower will be one of the main undertakings for the project, and it will be built at the site of Shelter No. 1 which means that shelter will no longer be used for its original purpose. Shelter No. 1 was a part of the original park when opened on May 5, 1974.

According to park general manager Craig White, the shelter will not be torn down. Instead, it will become the staging area for the Zipline.

It is anticipated that the Zipline will be ready for use in four to five months.

The Zipline is a $562,000 expenditure which will not only generate revenue for the park, but attract additional patrons.

There will be different Zipline tours, the largest of which will be a 2,400-foot ride which will be the longest such ride in West Virginia. The line will be some 60-80 feet above the ground.

Some of the other rides will be in the 1,000-foot or less distance.

The Ziplines will have several features, including a low rope challenge course, which will primarily be used for team building exercises.

There will be stops along the way on the 2,400 feet and it is anticipated it will take two to three hours to complete the “tour.” There will be two guides for this adventure, one of whom will go ahead of a group of not more than 10, while the other guide will bring up the rear.

The zipline is being built by Experiential Resources Inc (ERi) based in Hawaii. The crew who will be doing work at GVP is based in Kentucky. According to White, this crew was originally to be a Myrtle Beach, S.C., but the start of that project was delayed until summer and the crew was reassigned to Grand Vue.

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The Moundsville Salvation Army will be receiving canned food received from participants and spectators of the third annual Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament to be held Feb. 19 at Grand Vue Park.

In addition, proceeds from the entrance fee will also go to the Salvation Army.

As to the tourney, it will begin at 9 a.m. and include both a single and doubles round on the Green Course.

For more information visit the Disc Golf Farm website at www.discgolffarm.com or call the Park Office at 304-845-9810 extension 402.

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There is at least one spaghetti dinner on the horizon.

The Moundsville Lions Club on Feb. 10 will be holding a spaghetti dinner, it will be from 5-8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.

Tickets can be obtained by contacting either president Doug Pettit or treasurer Fred Brunner. Tickets will be available at the door.

Meals will be prepared for eat-in or take-out.

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Former John Marshall High School Girls’ Basketball Coach Stan Blankenship will be honored Saturday in conjunction with the third annual JMHS Alumni Girls’ Basketball game to be held at the school’s gymnasium.

In addition to honoring Blankenship for his 32 years of coaching the Lady Monarchs, there will be three games, the first, an Alumni Game, at 11 a.m. The others will be a Junior Varsity contest pitting JMHS against Martins Ferry, and a Varsity game between the two schools.

Any former JM girls basketball players planning to play in the game are to join the Facebook page listed under 3rd annual Alumni Basketball Game, or email Mindy Yoho at Mindy72684@hotmail.com or call her at 304-231-6070 with their T-shirt size.

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Every so often I come across an old newspaper clipping or another piece of information dealing with area history, the latest being a yellowed sheet of paper with the minutes of the board of directors of the Moundsville Chamber of Commerce dated Jan. 25, 1977. The chamber at that time was called the Moundsville Area Chamber of Commerce.

It was interesting that since gas and pipelines are currently topics in the area, that the minutes of this meeting of 35 years ago would start out with the following: “A letter from Columbia Gas was read requesting support for the Alaska Gas Pipeline.” The matter was referred to the National Affairs committee of the Chamber.

A letter was read from Omelet Shoppe, requesting information on the city and saying the firm wished to locate here. Also, notice was received that the new Foodland store was about ready to open in the old Pennyfare location.

It was reported that the Christmas lights were still up because the weather had not cooperated.

A member of the board made a “stirring” talk and stated that the Chamber should settle for nothing less than a first-class town, adding that the lights were a disgrace and that a campaign should be undertaken to raise enough money to finance a full and complete program, and that the Chamber should also stress support of everything good going on in town. It was stated in the minutes that the talk was very well received by the board.

The board was presented with mimeograph sheets of committee appointments, and it was noted that Fay Bissett had been added to the Retail Council. Of course, that was the same Fay Bissett who at the end of this past December ended 55 years as a business person in Moundsville.

Also, there was a proposal from a director that a “Brag A Little” campaign be formed, and that he would look into the cost of badges.

By the way, it was announced that the “Business of the Year” award was made to the Strand Theatre.

The budget was presented by directors (Phil) Wallace and (Don) Haskins.