Cost of Freedom Continues Today

The Ohio Valley Cost of Freedom Tribute will be wrapping up today.

The event could not have made its way to the area without “numbers,” and speaking of numbers, a pamphlet distributed to those viewing the events included two pages of volunteer coordinators, headed up by project coordinator Philip Remke and co-coordinators “Butch” Inclan and Rich King. In addition to all the coordinators, there were hundreds of other individuals who worked behind the scenes.

King said, “This was a concerted effort of not only individuals, but city officials, businesses, the school system, churches, and others.”

While the United Mine Workers of America was the title sponsor, The Governor’s Community Partnership Program with support from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Sen. President Jeff Kessler, Sen. Larry Edgell and Delegates Scott Varner and Mike Ferro, was a contributor.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 14, the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local No. 83, Employees and Subcontractors of Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., (Natrium) and WTOV, all were Stars & Stripes Sponsors.

In-kind sponsors included the National Guard’s 154th Military Police Co., Abraham & Company, American Electric Power, Bridgeport Equipment, Cabela’s Comcast, Green Acres Power Sports, Green Tab Publishing, Hughes Xerographic Equipment, Lamar Advertising, Mercenary Media, Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority (OVRTA), Savage Construction and Wheeling CVB.

In addition, there were a number of Patriot sponsors.

Friday was a very busy day at “The Wall” as school children from throughout the Ohio Valley were transported to the see the exhibit.

Today’s honor event will be taking from 10 a.m. until noon at Monarch Stadium, and will include clergy and religious musical groups. The speaker will be Sgt. Major Lee D. Bonar. All military veterans are invited to a banquet from 12:30-2:30 p.m., at Xavier Hall catered by Undo’s. The final Wall event will be from 12:30-3 p.m.

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Grand Vue Park has begun fall hours for miniature golf and the swimming pool.

The new hours for miniature golf are 4-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon until 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The new swimming pool hours are 4-6 pm. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Family Night at the swimming pool is continuing from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesdays.

The swimming pool admissions have been reduced for all ages.

The pool will remain open through Labor Day.

Also, the main office will initiate new hours, which will be 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Sundays. These new hours will be effective as of Sept. 1.

Anyone wishing additional information pertaining to the park can call the office at 304-845-9810 or visit the website

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Two new events will be taking place at the 14th annual Eliizabethtown Festival Sept. 8-9 at the former West Virginia Penitentiary. It was previously announced that there would be a Little Miss Elizabethtown event for ages 2-3 and 4-5, and the most recent announcement was that of a Gospel Fair, which hopefully will attract many choirs, individuals, duos, trios, quartets and groups to provide gospel music on Sept. 8. Each group or individual will have the opportunity to sing two songs, and join as one unified choir to singing Amazing Grace as the last song.

This year’s festival chairperson is Tricia Goode, with members of her committee being Karen Baker, Linda Bixby, Hilda Blake, Terri Blake, Pat Kleinedler, Rita Lucas, Irene Okel, Rosalyn Rhodes, Pam Ryan, Venetta South and Debbie Zacherl.

For more information about the Elizabethtown Festival or to register for any of the events call the office of the Moundsville Economic Development Council at 304-845-6200.

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Hometown Florists supplied 5,000 Roses and 3,000 Carnations to individuals wanting to place flowers at the Vietnam Wall. Chuck Ryan and his wife, Barb, are co-owners of the flower shop. Chuck spent two years in the military during the Vietnam War.

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It was ironic that after visiting Moundsville’s newest museum, which includes memorabilia from amusement parks, carnivals and circuses, that on arriving home I turned on the television there was a program about the old days Pittsburgh’s Kennywood Park.

Many of the items collected by John and Sharon Yeater over the years came from Kennywood, including several children’s rides.

The museum is located on the second floor of the recently opened Johnny and Shar’s Big Dipper Ice Cream facility, in what was the former Marshall Dairy on Tenth Street.

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The date for making reservations for the John Marshall High School Wall of Fame event has been extended until Sept. 5, according to Wall chairman Joe Komorowski. The WOF induction will take place on Sept. 22 at the Moundsville Country Club.