Valley Fork Park Work Completed

Work was completed Thursday on a project at Valley Fork Park to help prevent flooding and erosion in the immediate area. It was funded with $45,000 by the city of Moundsville Sanitary Board/Stormwater Utility Board.

The work included the widening of an unnamed tributary near the middle of the park. The tributary begins on a hilltop outside the city of Moundsville and continues past the former Pink Door Pizza, under Fourth Street, and southward between the Triple A Mobile Home Home Park/and Maxwell Acres’ West Brentwood Avenue. The work was done in an area just inside the park and continues for some 540 feet and past the first of two pedestrian bridges within the park.

The project included widening the small tributary by cutting back both banks and removing the vegetation. Concrete matting was installed in the bed of the run and on a portion of each bank, while atop the banks straw matting was installed.

According to Larry Bonar, superintendent of the city’s sanitary board, grass was planted and fertilizer placed under the bank’s concrete matting. He said the grass will grow through the concrete matting, known as Flex-A-Mat. He said the concrete material of the Flex-A-Mat is recycled concrete.

He also noted that within the next month the remaining 600 foot of the tributary will be dredged to Middle Grave Creek.

Bonar said the sanitary board hopes to widen the tributary to the creek next year.

The Moundsville Salvation Army will be taking applications for Christmas assistance from Oct. 14-25, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until noon and 1-4 p.m. Those signing a family up will need to have a picture identification, proof of income, proof of all expenses, Social Security cards for all household members, a medical card or birth certificates for children ages newborn through 12 years of age.

No applications will be taken without this information.

Anyone having questions can call the office at 304-845-0510.

Also, the Salvation Army is accepting applications for bell ringers. These applications can be accepted at the office, 700 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville.

Of course, the agency would like to hear from organizations and others wishing to volunteer to be bell ringers.

Anyone with questions can call the office.

Saturday is the deadline for making reservations for the annual John Marshall High School Wall of Fame dinner at which six individuals will be inducted.

To make reservations, call chairman Joe Komorowski at 304-845-3403

Monday is the deadline for returning applications for Scarecrow Lane at the Cockayne Farmstead. Applications can be picked up at the Farmstead or printed from the Cockayne website,

The third annual Scarecrow Lane will begin Friday with scarecrows in the front lawn of the Farmstead through Nov. 2.

This event is being sponsored by the city of Glen Dale, the Glen Dale Volunteer Fire Department and the Marshall County Historical Society.

There is a $10 entry per scarecrow. For that fee each scarecrow will be assigned a six-foot by six- foot plot on which to display.

The sponsors are seeking scarecrows created by businesses, individuals, civic organizations, youths and schools. There will be prize money for the scarecrows selected as the top ones.

The Washington Lands Lions Club will be holding its annual Fall Fish Fries beginning Friday and continuing every Friday through Nov. 1, at the Washington Lands Community Building.

Lunch will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., and dinner 4-7 p.m. or until sold out.

The menu will include white fish from Coleman’s in Wheeling, shrimp, chicken strips, french fries, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, and a variety of desserts and beverages.

Items will be available for eat-in or take-out, and local delivery will include businesses and industries both north and south of Washington Lands.

Call 304-845-6644 or 304-312-5732 after 10 a.m. for lunch and after 3:30 p.m. for dinner.

Proceeds will be used to provide eyeglasses and hearing aids to the disadvantaged and other community service projects.

The Moundsville High School class of 1963 will hold a picnic Saturday at the camp of Mary Anne and Gary Lynch. Those attending are to bring a lawn chair and a covered dish.

Anyone needing a ride or directions is asked to meet at 10:15 a.m. at the Kroger Parking Lot in Moundsville.

Also, RSVP to either Lynch at 304-845-0113 or Judalene Collums at 304-845-7808.

The annual Graysville Community Association sponsored Coon Hunt will take place on Oct. 26 with all coon hunters welcome. There is an entry fee, with each entrant to receive a T-shirt or hat and free food.

Hunters must be signed up at the community building, the former Graysville School, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The hunters must return prior to the midnight deadline, as coons will not be scored after the deadline.

The event is not one where points nationally will be scored.

There will also be raffles and door prizes.

Anyone with questions can call either 304-843-5263 or 304-455-1342.