Local Teams Head To World Finals

John Marshall High School’s and Moundsville Middle School’s Odyssey of the Mind teams have earned the right to again compete at the World Finals.

JMHS placed first and MMS placed second in their respective divisions at the state tournaments, thus earning the opportunity to advance.

Actually, the two teams qualified twice, as a team can advance if is are awarded the Ranatra Fusca Award for outstanding creativity. This award is only presented to a team judged to have exceptionally creative ideas, receiving this special award.

This year’s World Finals will be held May 23-27 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and the teams will be working to earn money for this event by holding car washes, tag days, bake sales, spaghetti dinners and other fund raisers.

Donations toward this effort can be sent to either school, at John Marshall (Kim Clark) and at Moundsville Middle (Cheryl Tuba).

The two teams hope to raise $7,000 toward their trip.

The JMHS team is comprised of Emily Artimez, Christie Cain, Lindsey Cain, Karissa Duke, Jordan Ferris, Darius Lusk and Danny Thompson.

Members of MMS team are: Hunter Norris, Indya Leasure, Josee Robertson, Emily Stein and Daniel Yoho.

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Grand Vue Park is seeking volunteers to participate in two events this month.

On April 14, the park will be taking part in the Make it Shine Statewide Clean-up, which will include the clean-up throughout the park, and along the roadways leading to the park. The event will begin at the Barn at 1 p.m., and continue for two hours. Those interested in participating are to call the park office by April 12.

The celebration of Arbor Day, with a hike and a craft event, will take place from 6-8 p.m. on April 25. The observance will start at the Pool Clubroom. While there is a $5 charge per craft, you can hike free of charge.

To sign up for either or both events, call 304-845-9810, extension 402, or by email at www.grandvuepark. com

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A variety show showcasing local talent such as music, improvisation, and comedy will be held at 7 p.m. April 13 at the Strand Theatre, and among those taking part will be Glen Dale native Dale Sampson, who is currently living in New York where he is working on Broadway.

The Moundsville Rotary Club is sponsoring the event with proceeds to benefit the Strand Preservation Society’s efforts.

Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12, and senior ages 62 and older, may be purchased at Moundsville Pharmacy, Perkins Restaurant, the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, and online at showelix.com.

For more information contact Tiffany Turner at 304-845-3431 or visit the webite strandtheatrewv.com

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Although Grand Vue Park is not sponsoring an Easter egg hunt this year, the park is one of the monetary contributors toward such an event which will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at Riverfront Park.

The hunt for ages 1-10 will be one of several Easter Spring Fling activities to be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday in the uptown Business District (Jefferson Avenue) of Moundsville. Others include:

There will be an Easter Bonnet Parade at 11 a.m.; (sign up will be at 10 a.m.); games involving raw eggs for kids; face painting; and the showing of “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”) at the Strand Theatre. The first showing to be at 9 a.m., with showings every two hours. The events are being sponsored by the city of Moundsville Activities Committee. For more information call 304-221-2050 (Sheila).

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It’s that time of year – the start of the Major League Baseball season.

In preparation for the season I’ve been catching up on team information, mainly the rosters.

In reading publications from the two leagues, I have received a refresher course on any name changes of parks, along with such information on the outfield dimensions, the height of outfield walls, etc.

These publications have included a team’s previous stadiums, when they opened and the capacity. Even came across information pertained to a glossary of 50 medical terms.

Also, data dealing with statistical calculations for determining batting averages, slugging percentages, on-base percentages, fielding percentages, etc., is included.

This marks the 10th season of the Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel Baseball Club and Bill Bryson has lined up several, including a number of visits to Pittsburgh and others which will include first-time visits to San Francisco, Oakland and Denver, along with an Eastern swing to include New York and a first-time tour of Yankee Stadium and a Midwest trip to include Chicago and a first-time tour of Wrigley Field

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Glen Dale City Council has passed its 2012-13 budget, with the amount being $2,505,383 which is $270,808 more than the current budget.

The good news for city employees is that full-time personnel will be receiving a 50-cent per hour raise beginning July 1, while part time workers will be receiving a 25-cent per hour hike.

In addition to paying for the raises, additional money is projected to come from an increase in business and occupation tax revenue, county tax revenue, and federal/state grants, one of which is a COPS grant.

One of the major expenditures from the “new” money will be for the construction of a maintenance building to serve the water, street and sewer departments.

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An additional meeting of the Marshall County Swim Team will be held at 4 p.m. today in Room 240 at John Marshall High School, at which time registration forms can be filled out. Coaches and board members will be available to answer questions.

The practice season will begin on May 1 at the Four Seasons Pool in Moundsville. For additional information call 304-238-3534.

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This is the final week to view the Marshall County Art Show at the Delf Norona Museum in Moundsville. On display are works of middle and high school students.