Spring Concerts To Be Staged

Two free musical concerts will be taking place this week at the John Marshall High School Center for the Performing Arts.

A variety of music will be part of the fourth annual Marshall County Strings Concert, to be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, while the John Marshall High School Spring Band Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The Strings Concert will combine performances from students in grades 4-8 from Cameron, Center McMechen, Central, Glen Dale, Hilltop, Sand Hill and Washington Lands Elementary Schools, as well as Cameron, Moundsville and Sherrard Middle Schools. A light reception of cookies and baked goods will follow the performance.

Donations will be accepted at the door.

As to the JMHS Spring Band Concert, among those performing will be the John Marshall steel drum band, which will be joined by the Glen Dale Elementary School steel band in performing “Marianne.” Glen Dale Elementary implemented steel drums as a component of their curriculum in September. The JMHS also offers steel band as a curricular elective to band students.

Funding for the steel drums was obtained by an Arts Integration Grant by the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, and in addition to JMHS and Glen Dale Elementary, Center McMechen Elementary was also awarded funding for steel drums.

The program will conclude with the JMHS Concert Band, which recently received straight superior ratings at the Region I Band Festival, this marking eight consecutive years the band has earned the distinction.

Also in attendance at the JMHS Spring Band Concert will be Ghanaian master drummer Sowah Mensah, who beginning Monday will be spent a week-long residency in Marshall County. He will be hosted by students at Center McMechen, Glen Dale and John Marshall.

Sowah’s residency is being made possible by the generosity of the Niekamp Foundation and PPG Industries.

Donations will be accepted at the door for the latter event.

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Bishop Donahue High School from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Friday will be holding the 3-Angels Memorial Blood Drive in the school’s Father Raymond Jablinske Gymnasium.

The blood drive is in memory of Courtney and Danielle Block, and JoBeth Gross, who lost their lives in an airplane accidents.

Members of the community are invited to join the students in giving blood to help save lives.

Those planning to donate blood can call the school at 304-233-3850 for a time slot, or just walk-in on Friday.

Blood given at the this drive will be used to help patients throughout the region.

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Plans are continuing for the “Step By Step GAMES Walk-A-Thon,” which will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. on May 12 at the Sam Shaw Walking Track at Valley Fork Park.

Nearly five months ago, Games, 40, a teacher at Center McMechen had a brain stem stroke and was hospitalized until April 13 when he returned home. He goes to Morgantown four days a week for intensive therapy at a rehabilitation center.

Those sponsoring the walk, for which the cost is $10, also have secured several corporations and have available signs which will be erected along the track.

Anyone wishing additional information about signing up, purchasing a sign or becoming a corporate sponsor can contact Center McMechen School.

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McMechen City Council this week will be meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday rather than Thursday.

One of the reasons for the change is to enable the council to pass a proclamation declaring Thursday as National Day of Prayer in the city. Also, the city will be receiving a donation from Chesapeake Energy toward getting the swimming pool ready for this year.

In addition to McMechen, National Day of Prayer services will be held in Moundsville and Cameron on Thursday.

The event in Moundsville will be from noon until 1 p.m. The service will be held at the All-Wars Memorial on the lawn of the Marshall County Courthouse. There will be prayerss for families, community leaders, businesses, government leaders and others. Special music will be by Bob Wolfe and the Chrisagis Brothers.

The Blue & Gold Christian Center in Cameron will be hosting the National Day of Prayer service at noon at the city building parking lot. Several people from the Cameron coomunity will be offering prayers. The Cameron High Band will lead those attending in the National Anthem. The Cameron High School Chorus and the Cameron Elementary School Chorus will also be participating.

The theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer is “One Nation Under God,” based on Psalm 33:12 which reminds us that, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

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Beginning this week it may take motorists a little longer to make their way through Moundsville should they be traveling along W.Va. 2.

The West Virginia Division of Highways is advising that paving work will be performed between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, during which time various lane closures may be necessary. It is anticipated the project will take month to complete.