Legion Back on Track With Renovation

Marshall County Commission members on Tuesday were invited to visit a building being renovated by Cameron American Legion Post No. 18.

Commander Bill Harris was at the commission meeting to present an update on the status of the structure, which was formerly known as the NAPA building.

Harris said the project had received “traction” in the past few months after being “dead in the water for too long.” He stated that the turnaround was the result of the post’s Building Committee, with the point man being Lenny LeBlanc.

“Through his (LeBlanc) dedication, and knowledge of construction, along with those on the committee contributing their particular expertise, things got moving,” Harris said.

He noted that the post is fortunate in having labor volunteers and has received some financial donations.

Harris said, “We still have quite a way to completion, but with continued support we will achieve this dream,” which also includes the relocation of the post’s Memorial Park from the BB&T parking lot to the grassy area southeast of the old B&O Freight Station.

By the way, the site of the Annex Building is where the railroad passenger station was located for many years.

Once everything is in place, the American Legion/Community Annex Building will be used by both the post and the community. Harris said he is hopeful that the community section can be opened in six months. He said there will be some “hoops” to go through before meetings can be held at the new site.

The decision to move to a new location was made several years ago, and four years ago the post purchased the NAPA building. A couple of of the major decisions to move to a new location were that the current Post Home is on the second floor, and high maintenance costs for a building which is more than a century old.

Also Tuesday, the Commission presented a certificate to Ron Morris, who has served for the past 27 years on the Marshall County Sewerage Authority. He recently retired from the position.

MCSW chairman John L. Blair Jr., who, by the way, has served for 33 years on the Authority, said that Morris has been a great asset because of his occupation was as an environmentalist.

The third member of the Authority is Mark Robbins, who has served for nearly 20 years.

The Authority oversees a number of sewerage systems throughout the county. The Authority has received numerous grants which has enabled the takeover of homeowner systems.

The Marshall County Panthers will play host to Cameron today at Monarch Stadium in Moundsville in two tackle football games.

The first game, at noon, will pit the Panthers-Cameron in a Bantam game, followed by the Panthers-Cameron in a junior varsity game. The varsity game will have the Panthers hosting the Wheeling Bandits. The teams are members of the Ohio Valley Youth Football Conference.

The Uptown Moundsville Activities Committee (UPAC) will sponsor the third annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday on Jefferson Avenue from Second to Fifth Streets.

The event will include pony rides, rock climbing, a mechanical bull (11 a.m. until 4 p.m.), kids’ games, food vendors, face painting, crafters, Cabela’s Youth bow shooting and a BB gun range.

West Virginia University head basketball Coach Bob Huggins will be the speaker for the annual dinner of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, to be held Oct. 3 at the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

Huggins is a 1977 WVU graduate, and has been a head coach for 31 years. He is one of four active Division I coaches with more than 700 career victories.

The event will feature two major awards, one to be presented to a business and the other to an individual.

Tickets for the dinner can be obtained through Sept. 26 by calling the Chamber office at 304-845-2773.

Our Lady of Peace School is seeking new vendors for its “Christmas in October” event, to be held from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the school.

Local and home-based businesses wishing to sell their goods can contact the school as soon as possible to reserve a space. The deadline for signing up is Sept. 27. The school can be contacted by calling 304-242-1383 or via email at

Numerous events take place during the year at Grand Vue Park, with a new one being Irish Road Bowling on Oct. 5. Knights of Columbus Council No. 1907, Moundsville, is the sponsor.

The ball/bowl used in the competition is made of iron and steel, weights 28 ounces, and is about the size of a tennis ball.

Each player on a team takes a turn hurling the bowl down a country road to the finish line with the fewest number of “shots” to the finish line winning. There is one bowl per team and teams consist of three to five players, with an optimum number of four.

The Grand Vue Park course will begin near Shelter No. 2, and then go on to Grandview Road Road, and then on to Cabin Road, with the finish line at the end of Cabin Road. The course will be between 1.2 miles and 1.5 miles, depending on the actual location of the starting position.

Registration will be at 10 a.m. with bowling to begin between 11 a.m. and noon with participation limited. For early registration call 304-843-1662.

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic Charitable organization whose primary charity involves the developmentally disabled. Council No. 1907 has supported Marshall County Special Olympics and other charities for many years.

The 15th annual Elizabethtown Festival concludes today, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the former West Virginia Penitentiary (Eighth Street Wagon Gate Entrance).

There will be vendors, demonstrations, music, games, and food.

The music will get underway at 11 a.m. and will be provided by the West Virginia Mule Road Show. At 12:30 p.m., music will be provided by Tim Benson, who will also be featured at 3:30 p.m. There will be traditional dancing by the Heritage Dance Association at 1:30 p.m. and a Gospel Sing at 2 p.m. Also at 2 p.m., will be an Introduction to Genealogy by the Sons of the American Revolution.

There is no admission fee.