Celebrating W.Va. Birthday

There will be at least two state of West Virginia birthday celebrations in Marshall County next month.

The Marshall County Historical Society, of which Jane Klug is president, will spearhead events at Riverfront Park and at the society’s nearby museum in Moundsville, while the Cockayne Preservation Society will have an observance in Glen Dale.

The Moundsville/Glen Dale celebrations will be held on June 22 so as not to interfere with events planned in Wheeling, the birthplace of West Virginia, which will take place on June 20.

The Riverfront Park/Museum events will be from noon until 4 p.m.

The Marshall County Commission has given the MCHS $1,000 for tent rentals and incidentals. The MCHS has funding in its fairs and festivals account to go toward hiring a re-enactor Joe Bundy from Bluefield, to impersonate two individuals, Martin Delaney and Osbourne Perry Anderson.

Money from the fairs and festivals account will also be used in the publishing of 1,000 copies of a new Marshall County coloring book, which students at Sherrard Middle School, under supervision of Rosetta Eposito, have put together.

The plans are to have actors, storytellers, choral groups, bluegrass/country music, children’s artwork and poster displays, Tony Ankrom’s World War II collection, and the Ohio Valley Mountain Men to fill the four-hour time period. There will be an opening program at noon, which will include the flag (American and West Virginia) pledges and the singing of the National Anthem.

At the society’s museum, free cake and ice cream will be served.

The MCHS will be holding another planning session at 4 p.m. this Wednesday in the Moundsville city council chambers, to which any persons wishing to be a part of the planning are invited to attend.

Capt. Janna Torgerson, who for the past four years has been the Corps Officer of the Salvation Army headquartered in Moundsville, will be leaving the area to “return home.”

Torgerson’s new assignment is Puyallup, Wash., which happens to be 30 miles from Seattle, where her family resides. She will be the Associate Corps Officer in Puyallup.

Torgerson, who has been a Salvation Army officer for 10 years, came to the area from Texas.

During her time in the area, in addition to the day-to-day operations of the Corps in Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties, she was responsible for obtaining a much larger building for the Thrift Store in New Martinsville, and also for a number of improvements at the 115-year-old Salvation Army Building in Moundsville. These included painting of the interior of the building, replacing the carpeting in the sanctuary and offices, new tile on the floors of two rooms, and renovation of the kitchen area. In addition, a new furnace was installed.

Although the contract for painting of the building’s exterior had been signed prior to her arrival, the actual work did not start until after she arrived.

Tickets are yet available for the Farewell Sunday for Torgerson, who is treasurer of the Moundsville Ministerial Association. The event will be on June 16, while the welcome for the new officer(s) will be on June 23.

Torgerson said, “I have loved my stay here. I love the hills, the greenery in the spring and summer. I will also remember the generously of the people in the area.”

The fifth annual Friends of Cameron Football/Mike Faulkiner Steak Fry will be held Saturday at the Chesapeake Building at the Marshall County Fairgrounds in Moundsville. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with food to be available beginning at 6 p.m.

The only change in the event is that instead of the serving of pork, it has become a steak fry.

The recipients of two scholarships, two seniors at CHS, a male and female, will be recognized at the event. The honorees this year will be Ronnie Trowbridge and Donnie Kennedy. They assumed numerous duties while serving as volunteers of the football program in years past.

Tickets for the event are available at Cameron High School, Hometown Hardware, the American Legion and the Moose Lodge, all in Cameron, and at No. 1 Sports Fan in Moundsville.

The locations of the Marshall County Clean-Up (Operation Pride) for this coming weekend will be at Dallas Volunteer Fire Department Headquarters, the former Big Wheeling Creek Firehouse and the St. Joseph’s Settlement Volunteer Fire Department. The free dumpsters will be at these three locations from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 11. There will be no provisions at any of these sites for tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials or household trash.

For individuals who have useable furniture, toys, bikes and other household items the Appalachian Outreach, Inc., will have individuals on site to accept these items which will go to families in need rather than to a landfill.

For you chocolate lovers, don’t forget Thursday’s Chocolate Jubilee to be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Grand Vue Park, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets will be available at the door.

The 17th annual Mock Prison Riot will be taking place today through Wednesday at the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

Held every spring since its inception in 1996, the Mock Prison Riot is a four-day law enforcement and corrections technology tradeshow and training event that draws tactical teams and practitioners from throughout the world.

It is a program of the West Virginia Corrections Training Foundation, a non-profit corporation, and the West Virginia Division of Corrections.

The MPR is comprised of several components: a Skills Competition, tactical training scenarios, a technology showcase, and workshops, many of which result in professional certifications at no cost to practitioners.