New Book on Local Veterans Ready

Volume IV of the Marshall County Patriots & Heroes series will be available from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, 700 Fifth St., Moundsville.

The release of this volume is a collection of military veterans’ stories and will coincide with Veterans Day 2013, which, of course, will be observed on Nov. 11.

Gary Rider, a retired John Marshall High School teacher who is now on the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library staff, has compiled 123 more profiles of men and women from Marshall County who have served in the U.S. military from the American Revolution to the present day. The number of profiles of the four volumes is more than 500, according to Rider.

On Thursday there will be a short program, followed by a question and answer period, and book signing by Rider

Copies of the book, both softcover and hardcover, will be available.

The public is invited to the book talk/signing.

For additional information call the library at 304-845-6911.

Of course, on Veterans Day men and women who have served and sacrificed in America’s armed services are honored.

Any Veterans Day program is meant to highlight America’s quest for world peace and our nation’s desire for justice and freedom throughout the world-our nation’s higher goals.

Veterans Day was actually known as Armistice Day, as on Nov. 11, 1918, America and her allies met with German leaders to sign a truce ending World War I. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson decided that our nation would remember with gratitude the end of that war and honor those who served in the military. He called the holiday, “Armistice Day.” In his proclamation, Wilson wrote that Armistice Day was an “opportunity .. .given to America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nation.”

The name Armistice Day was changed in 1954, when Congress vote to change the name to Veterans Day, honoring veterans of every era. President Dwight D. Eisenhower called on all citizens to observe the day, remembering the sacrifices of veterans and “the task of promoting an enduring peace.”

Speaking of Veterans Day, Vietnam-era veteran Steve Taylor will be the speaker for the annual banquet of Cameron American Legion Post No. 9 on Saturday.

The event will take place n the dining room of the post home with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., and the banquet at 6:30 p.m., to be served by members of post Auxiliary Unit 18 members.

Taylor, a partner in the Moundsville law firm of Berry, Kessler, Crutchfield, Taylor and Gordon, has been a member of Cameron Post No. 18, having served as adjutant for several years in the 1980s.

The banquet is open to the public with donations being accepted. Members of Legion families will be guests. Those planning to attend are asked to call the Post Home at 304-686-3161.

There will be a flag disposal for unserviceable American flags conducted by the Post Honor Guard. This service will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the BB&T parking area.

The Moundsville Baptist Church will hold its annual Harvest Festival from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The church outreach event will include crafts and displays and will be held in the church gymnasium. In addition, apple butter and bean soup will be made over an open fire on the church grounds.

A homemade apple pie contest will be held, with judging beginning at 11 a.m.

The Church Relay for Life team members will prepare, along with other members of the church, sandwiches, soups, desserts to be sold, proceeds of which will benefit the Marshall County American Cancer Society Relay for Life event in June 2014.

The apple butter will be sold on Saturday, with the finished product available by the end of the day.

The church members invite everyone to attend, and those in attendance will have an opportunity to win door prizes.

Today is the day for the 5K Monster Redneck Run to be held at the Marshall County Fairgrounds in Moundsville, and the adjoining Valley Fork Park.

As mentioned in previous articles, the event will include numerous obstacles, with one of the “attractions” being the contestants making their way through muddy terrain.

Eighty percent of the proceeds – from entrance fees and signs along the route – will go to the Marshall County Parks and Recreation Department for upgrading of Valley Fork Park/Sam Shaw Walking Trail, parts of which were flooded this past summer.

Jennifer Coyne, regional marketing manager for the office of state treasurer John D. Perdue, will be at the Marshall County Courthouse on Nov. 12 to help individuals find money or property which might have for one reason or the other ended up in the possession of state treasurer’s office.

The annual McMechen Women’s Club “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” shopping extravaganza will be held on Thursday at the McMechen Community Center on Marshall Street. Doors will open at 5:30p.m.

More than 25 vendors will have items to sell.

Some additional information on the professionally built floats which can be rented for the Moundsville Christmas Parade on Nov. 23:

Some floats can hold as many as 16 people. All the businesses or organizations renting the floats need to do is provide signs for both sides of the float as the float company takes care of pulling it in the parade. Some floats can be equipped with music and some with snow.

For more details, call the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce at 304-845-2773.

The Ohio Valley Youth Football Conference will be holding its championships today at the Union Local Football Field in Morristown.

There are three different divisions: Bantam (7-8 year olds), Junior Varsity and Varsity. Teams are Marshall County, Wheeling, Cameron, Belmont County, Dillonvale and Richland, formerly Barnesville.

The third game, the varsity contest, will pit the Wheeling Little Patriots against the Marshall County Panthers.

This year the conference, which is in its fourth year, will be presenting $3,500 to Trinity Health Systems in Steubenville for its cancer unit. Last year the league presented $2,500 to Wheeling Hospital.