Youths Helping Plan for the Future

Members of Moundsville City Council were very pleased last weekend when several John Marshall High School students choose to become involved with the West Virginia University Community Design Team (CDT) as part of the “Unifying Moundsville: Unlocking Our Future” project.

During several recent city council meetings, members have discussed ways for the youth to learn more about city government with this undertaking being one of those ways.

Among issues discussed at the planning session which involving the youth, were challenges and opportunities in Moundsville.

“The ideas addressed at sessions such as we had on Oct. 12-13 will become important in putting together a new Comprehensive Plan, and the youth need to be involved,” said Councilman David Wood, who is representing the city in this effort.

One of the other ways council members have discussed in which youth can learn about city government would be sponsoring a City Government Day.

I happen to have in my procession at 10th annual City Government Day booklet from April 1983. That particular event involved 28 Moundsville Junior High School ninth graders, some of whom shadowed city employees for one day, while others served as mayor and council members. The booklet also contacts the names of the youth who had been a part of CGD for the previous 10 years.

The cover of the booklet is a drawing of the Grave Creek Mound, with one of the stone structures which was utilized for many years.

By the way, the Mound is being used to promote the current theme in dealing with Moundsville’s future.

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The Strand Theatre in Moundsville will be transformed into an Entrapment Haunted House Thursday through Saturday. The event will be from 7-10 p.m. each evening.

According to officials from the Strand, Entrapment is not a standard haunt, and instead those in attendance will learn that Entrapment is unique with the theatre to be filled with items a person could never dream up in their head, according to Marshall County native Dale Sampson, who is now an actor in New York. He states that once a person enters the “haunt” they will learn of a shocking local legend seconds before being thrown into the center of it.

Groups will travel room-to-room witnessing and taking part in different scenes.

Sampson states, “What separates this haunt from others is the realism, the intense interactiveness, the focus on acting and artistic values.”

He said he has wanted to create a haunted house for many years. He points out that every set piece has a purpose, every prop having a use, and every character having a mission.

The creative team for Entrapment ranges in many types of specialties and professions. Sampson has collaborated with New York City and local actors, set designers, directors, technical theatre students, musicians, videographers, photographers and the general public to ensure a successfully terrifying and entertaining experience.

Some familiar local names being Anita Santilli (assistant creator), Isaac Jones (music production), and Kristin Laing’s Ruthylee Photography. Entrapment is not for children, the faint of heart, or the close-minded.

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The Salvation Army in Moundsville is once again asking community members to dress a Teddy Bear for the children in the area for Christmas.

Anyone who has done this in the past and has not been contacted this year, is asked to come to the Salvation Army Headquarters, 700 Jefferson Ave., and pick up a Bear to dress. The hours for pickup are 9 a.m. until noon and 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The dressed Bears are to be returned to the Salvation Army by Nov. 9.

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A blood drive will be held from noon until 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

It is being sponsored by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce and the Moundsville Economic Development Council.

Those donating blood will be entered in a raffle to win tickets to the Dungeon of Horrors Haunted House at the old prison.

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The first annual city of Cameron Jam Fest will be held from 12:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Cameron Recreation Park at Clouston.

The event will consist of musical entertainment with food available for purchase.

The performers will include Matt Mason, winner of a CMT Next Superstar award, and Cliff Cody a singer/songwriter from Nashville, while the local band Refinded also will appear.

The event is being sponsored by the Friends of Cameron Swimming Pool.

Tickets are available at the city building. The city clerk’s office phone number is 304-686-2366. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple will take part at the “Showcase of Musicianship” at John Marshall High School’s Center for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

This is the third year that Marshall County music educators have collaborated to plan such an event , the unique performance highlighting the gradual progression of musical skills throughout the elementary, middle and high school levels.

The concert is a celebration of appreciation of the citizens of Marshall County and the Niekamp Foundation for their dedicated support in providing diverse musical opportunities for the students in Marshall County.

The finale, “Country Roads,” will feature all of the performing ensembles from the program, and will be conducted by Marshall County Superintendent Fred Renzella.

Donations received at the door will go to the Ron Rose Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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Marshall County residents who have electronics, vehicle tires and white goods they wish to dispose of can take the items to the north Parking Lot at Monarch Stadium in Moundsville from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The recyling program is part of the Marshall County Fall Clean-Up effort, which is being sponsored by the Marshall County Commission and the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority.