Christmas Tree Gala Planned in Glen Dale

Two weeks from today will be the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Tree Gala setup at the St. Jude Parish Hall in Glen Dale.

Light-Up Night will take place on Nov. 14, along with the Business After Hours event to be hosted by Reynolds Memorial Hospital.

The Tree Gala committee for the past several months has been involved in organizing the event, which will feature 25 trees.

This will mark the first year for the Tree Gala to be held at the St. Jude Parish Hall, this after 19 years of being held at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville

According to Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dave Knuth, the St. Jude location offers several advantages, two of which are ample parking and easy accessibility.

Knuth said this year’s 25 trees to be auctioned is a record number. The auction will be held Dec. 5. Also, that evening there will be a Chamber Business After Hours event, hosted by WesBanco.

Knuth stated that the students in Jonna Kuskey’s AP English classes at John Marshall High School will be working with the Chamber, the event sponsor, writing press releases and designing the program.

The committee is asking Chamber members to review their schedules in hopes of being able to offer some of their time to help with the setting up of the trees. It is noted that the decorators themselves will be taking care of their individual trees, but the committee would like some additional members to be at St. Jude to lend a hand, if necessary.

Also, businesses and organizations are being asked to provide any kind of decorative items such as wreaths or centerpieces for the auction, or gift cards/certificates for the raffle tree.

Sharing proceeds from the auction will be the Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen, which operates out of Simpson United Methodist Church.

In a related Christmas event, the Chamber is hoping to attract the rental of professionally built floats for the Christmas parade, which is also sponsored by the Chamber.

Knuth said that these floats will help enhance the appearance of the parade.

According to Knuth, the company has available 20 floats for rent at $500 each.

Last year, three professionally constructed floats were in the parade. By the way, this year’s parade will be held Nov. 23.

This month’s West Liberty University-Marshall County Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Moundsville.

Dr. Serkan Catma will be the speaker. He is a professor of Economics at the Gary E. West College of Business. Catma will be discussing his West Education Report.

Those planning to attend may RSVP by phoning 304-336-8301. It will be a Dutch treat event with walk-ins welcome. All alumni and friends of WLU are invited to attend.

The committee of the 5K Monster Redneck Run is making final plans for the Nov. 3 event, which will start and end at the Williams Grandstand at the Marshall County Fairgrounds.

The race will include numerous obstacles, including mud, sand, climbing and other “fun” activities.

Race participants will receive tee shirts, bandannas and pizza at the end of the event.

Businesses and individuals are invited to purchase marker signs that will be along the race route. These signs can have sayings, advertisements or names of participants or other information. The signs are $35 each. Larger donations will sponsor obstacles.

Chevron is a platinum sponsor of the run.

The race is being held to benefit the Valley Fork Park complex, which provides activities for ball players, soccer, walkers and runners. Entries and sign information can be sent to Monster Redneck Run in charge of Marshall Fair, P.O. Box 52, Moundsville, 26041.

For additional information call either 304-780-9006 or 304-830-0788.

Kids’ Halloween events will be taking place Monday and Tuesday at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

Those up to six years of age can participate Monday in an event treat from 6-8 p.m. at the Training Center within the walls of the prison. The youngsters are invited to come dressed in costumes for fun, games and treats. The youths will be charged $5 (adults are free). Proceeds will go the Shriners Hospital.

On Tuesday from 6-8 p.m., those ages 7-12 can take part in a scaled-down version of the Dungeon of Horrors Haunted House. This is a family event with a family of four participating for $10.

For tickets on either event or to obtain additional information, call either 304-845-6200 or 304-845-6529.

The Relay for Life of Marshall County will hold a kickoff event from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Bebee-Habig Room at Reynolds Memorial Hospital.

There will be exhibits by the county committees, and information will be provided about the Relay. Also, teams will be registered. Anyone wishing additional information about the Kickoff can call chairperson Karen Coffield at 304-845-8655.