Farmers’ Market Opens for Season

The 22nd annual Marshall County Farmers’ Market will open for the spring and summer months from 8-11 a.m. Saturday. The market is open Saturdays only.

The Market does business in the 40-foot by 100-foot Market Building at the fairgrounds in Moundsville. This market is one of several such entrepreneurial enterprises in the state promoted by the state Department of Agriculture.

Products being sold must be local, homegrown fruits and vegetables, hand-crafted items and/or homemade foods from local farmers and residents.

New vendors are welcome. For more information call either Esther Allen at 304-686-3497 or Patti Crow at 304-6862654.

Items were sold originally in the open-class beef barn at the fairgrounds, and after four years the Market Building became a reality in 1996. The building was constructed with state funds allocated to the Marshall County Farmers’ Market Association through the state Department of Agriculture, at the suggestion and assistance of the late state Sen. Larry Wiedebusch.

The USDA states, “Farmers’ Markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown farm fresh produce and enable local farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers, cultivating product information and consumer loyalty.”

The annual Marshall County Spring Clean-Up will officially get under way Saturday when free dumpsters will be at both the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department and Sherrard Middle School from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Throughout the spring dumpsters will be at 13 other locations: Dallas, Big Wheeling Creek and St. Joseph (May 11); Benwood and McMechen, (May 17-18); Moundsville and Glen Dale, (May 31-June 1); Washington, and Graysville (June 8); Rosby’s Rock and Roberts Ridge (June 15); and Clouston and Glen Easton, (June 22).

Also, there will a disposal site for electronics, tires and rims, and white goods in the north parking lot at Monarch Stadium, Moundsville.

The dumpsters are a part of Operation Pride, a cleanup effort which is in its 40th year.

The Marshall County Commission, the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority and the state REAP program, a division of the state Environmental Protection Agency, are involved in the cleanup.

Members of Boy Scout Troop No. 79, sponsored by Simpson United Methodist Church, Moundsville, will sponsor a spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. today at the church. Eat-in or takeouts will be available. Tickets will be available at the door. The proceeds will help pay the expenses of the troop members to summer camp.

The fifth annual Marshall County Strings Program will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday at the John Marshall High School Center for the Performing Arts.

The concert, of classical and popular music, will feature combined performances from students in grades 4-9 from Cameron, Center McMechen, Central, Glen Dale, Hilltop, Sand Hill and Washington Lands Elementary School, Cameron High/Middle, John Marshall High, Moundsville and Sherrard Middle schools.

Joan Palmer will serve as guest conductor for the select strings ensemble and accompaniment will be provided by Mary Hanley (piano) and Natalie Marsh (percussion). The concert will be under the direction of Shelby Clark and Justin Jones.

The annual Marshall County Relay for Life will be held June 14 in the north parking lot of John Marshall High School where “campsites'” will be set up.

The goal of the event is to raise money for research and patient support to assure there are more birthdays celebrated by victims of cancer, and to eliminate cancer.

This year’s theme is, “Celebrating 100 Years of Hope.” The American Cancer Society has been helping cancer victims for 100 years through research, patient support and prevention programs

Each Marshall County team (at last count there were 21) has received an assignment and is researching topics and designing campsites. Several teams will offer food for sale and other interesting and fun opportunities for visitors to contribute toward the overall goal of $90,000.

Co-chairman Randy Hewitt is asking individuals consider joining or organizing a team, or find a team to which contributions can be made. For information call Randy or Stefanie Hewitt at 304-849-0982.

Marshall County residents are invited to help kick off the Walking Out Hunger event at 8 a.m. on Tuesday on the front steps of the Marshall County Courthouse.

Tom Knopp will be there to explain his effort on behalf of hunger, which includes walking 25 miles in each of the 55 counties. His walk in Marshall County will take place following the kickoff.

On Monday at 7 p.m., Knopp will be speaking at Simpson United Methodist Church, telling his story of past efforts on behalf of combatting hunger, and his plans for the remainder of the Walking Out Hunger event.

New Martinsville will be the site of a John Marshall-Magnolia baseball game on Monday.

Of course, it pits the valley’s deans of baseball coaching, Bob Montgomery and Dave Cisar, both in their 40th years of coaching during which time they both have recorded more than 800 victories.

The two teams usually play a home-and-home series; however, this year there will be the only one game, as a game scheduled earlier was canceled due to the weather.

There will be two performances of “A Neil Diamond Tribute” at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Strand Theatre, Moundsville. The shows will feature Keith Allynn, who presents the same show at the Jim Stafford Theater in Branson, Mo. The show is being presented at Consol Energy and the Strand Theatre.

Tickets are available at the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, Moundsville Pharmacy or Perkins Restaurant in Moundsville.