Homeland Heroes Tribute Returns

The Ohio Valley Cost of Freedom (OVCOF), a division of the Uptown Moundsville Activities Committee (UMAC), has arranged for an event honoring military personnel and first responders from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday, It is being called the “Homeland Heroes Tribute.”

The opening ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in the BB&T parking lot. It will include a motorcycle salute, dedication of the colors, along with POW/MIA and Four Chaplains remembrances.

On display throughout the day will be equipment used by different branches of the armed forces and first responders. Businesses along Jefferson Avenue (Second to Fifth Streets) will have military displays in their windows.

A motorcycle honor ride will leave Valley Harley-Davidson in Bethlehem at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday to attend the opening ceremony. The Patriot Guard Riders of West Virginia will lead the ride.

Also, there will be live music during the afternoon, with Joe Mastracci from noon until 2 p.m., the MSM Band from 3-5 p.m. and Matt Van Fossen from 6-9 p.m.

At 6 p.m. there will be a steak fry.

The closing ceremony will take place at 9 p.m., at BB&T parking lot with the retirement of the colors and a 21-gun salute.

There will be food vendors, face painting, exhibits and contests throughout the day.

Anyone wishing to obtain additional information can call 304-280-8974.

This event will mark the second year that a military/first responders event will have taken place in Moundsville; the one last year encompassing several days.

The Sam Shaw Walking and Bicycle Trail at Valley Fork Park in Moundsville has officially reopened after been closed for some six weeks due to flooding, which left debris in areas of the park.

There is still some debris, mainly trees and brush, piled up in areas of the park to be disposed of.

For the most part, it seems that most of debris was not from the park itself, but was left there when the water from Middle Grave Creek receded after overflowing its banks. There are a couple of small tributaries that apparently also caused problems at the park.

The former Marshall County Bank Building in Moundsville is undergoing a major facelift from roof to basement.

Over the years this three-story building has housed in addition to a banking facility, the switchboard operation for the then-C&P Telephone Co., a dentist office, and offices of several different law firms. The building’s current owner is Bordas Law Offices.

The current exterior work is that of removing plywood which has covered the third-floor windows for a number of years, along with the removal of the old third-floor windows and installing modern windows.

Overall, the building has 60 windows.

The building has been a part of the Seventh Street/Court Avenue area for more than a century, along with the Journal Building and the Marshall County Courthouse. The front and interior of the building were part of one of the scenes of the movie, “Fool’s Parade.”

The monthly Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be a tailgate party at Shelter No. 2 at Grand Vue Park.

The event will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, sponsored by the Marshall County Commission and Peggy’s Posies.

The theme will be “Sport Your Colors,” with those attending to wear items with the colors of their favorite sports team.

Advance reservations are to be phoned to the Chamber office at 304-845-2773, or emailed to chamber@marshallcountychamber.com.

Since this section of the newspaper includes a number of opinions of readers, I have decided to give my opinion on a baseball topic which surfaced this past week, that being the possibility of Major League Baseball expanding instant replay to enable managers to challenge umpire calls on a limited basis.

I believe it is a good move by MLB if indeed the team owners vote in November to enact this change.

Such a change should eliminate a part of baseball which has been around since its inception, that of managers arguing with the umpires – which usually ends up with the manager getting ejected from the game.

In some incidents the manager-umpire “talks” seem to be for show, as the managers know who will listen and those who will not tolerate their antics.