Farm Expo Has Something for All

A second expo in four weeks will be held at the Training Center Building inside the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

Southern States-Marshall County Co-Op will be sponsoring a Beef Producer & Livestock Expo from 3-9 p.m. Thursday, to which everyone is invited.

Although the farmer-owned Marshall County Co-Op is probably best known for selling farm supplies, manager David S. Voithofer points out some 300 vendors also provide items used in homes and gardens.

“This event is not just for farmers, but everybody,” he said.

“I’ve been wanting to have such an event for some time, and recently decided the Training Center would be an ideal venue.” Everything will be inside except for goats, horses and cattle, which will be housed outside.”

The schedule is for a Farm Store Vendor Meet ‘N Greet at 3 p.m., followed at 4 p.m. by a Live Cattle Demonstration. There will be a barbeque with all the “fixens” at 5 p.m., with none of the items, the BBQ, dessert or beverages selling for more than $1 each.

Voithofer said the proceeds from the sale of food will benefit the Marshall County Animal Shelter.

There will be two featured speakers, the first to take the podium at 6:30 p.m. One of the speakers will be from the West Virginia University Agriculture Department, and other being Mike Peacock, a Southern States beef feed specialist.

Voithofer said those wishing to reserve a seat to hear the speakers at the event are to call the Co-Op at 304-845-2375 by noon Tuesday.

Received a couple of emails this past week, both dealing with the sport of lacrosse.

One was from John Marshall High School lacrosse coach Tom Salkovick, who is a physical education teacher at Sherrard Middle School, and the other from Jeff Dreisbach, head lacrosse coach at Preston High School and president of both the West Virginia Scholastic Lacrosse Association (WVSLA), and of the West Virginia Chapter, U.S. Lacrosse.

Salkovick said that John Marshall had the previous week ushered in a new era, that being the participation in a round-robin lacrosse event at Fairmont.

A year ago I had received a call from JMHS students pertaining to the possible start-up of lacrosse at the school, and through the efforts of many it has become a reality. The sport came about with the support of the school administration, the superintendent of schools, the board of education, and a Boosters’ Club of parents who have assisted the athletes in fundraisers.

Salkovick said team members are looking forward to April 1, when the team will participate in its first home match, to which the public is invited. There will be no admission charge.

“Like other spring sports, lacrosse has been battling snow days in getting ready to begin its seventh season,” Dreisbach said. “The WVSLA will have 19 boys’ teams and eight girls’ teams, and since JMHS was officially only approved for WVSLA membership a month ago, the school will have a D2 associate status.”

Salkovick, who is a physical education teacher at Sherrard Middle School, is pleased with the number of club team members. For those who are not aware, 10 players are on the field at one time, including a goalie.

Salkovick commended the coaches in the Wheeling area which have teams – Wheeling Park, Wheeling Central and Linsly – stating they have gone out of their way in assisting him and the players during this organizational process.

The Sanford Center in Moundsville will be participating in World Book Night, an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the joy of reading, person to person.

Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light readers and non-readers.

World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so, and is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways – through the sharing of stories.

The Sanford Center at 1600 Third St., will celebrate World Book Night USA by giving out free copies of the book “Hoot.” The books will be provided by World Book Night.

In addition, the Sanford Center will give away used books.

Anyone who would to donate books or have questions about the event is asked to call Sanford board member Mary Kovalcik at 304-845-3228.

A free program dealing with the Affordable Health Care Act will be presented at 6 p.m. Monday at the Moundsville-Marshall County PUblic Library. The session was to have been held previously, but was rescheduled due to the weather.

President Perry Bryant, the founder and executive director of the West Virginians for Affordable Health Care (WVAAHC), will provide an overview of the law and the Health Insurance Marketplace and what they mean to West Virginians.

Bryant will also offer assistance to anyone who has not yet enrolled to obtain health insurance coverage.

Bryant, who founded the WVAHC in 2005, has more than 25 years of experience in health care policy.

There will be ample time for questions and answers and individualized help with the enrollment process, open enrollment ending on March 31.

The program will provide information about selecting a health coverage plan, determining cost breaks that a person/family may be qualified to receive, ways to enroll, etc.

For more information call 304-845-6911.

The first Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event of 2014 will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Grand Vue Park’s Banquet Hall, sponsored by Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the Chamber office at 304-845-2773, or by email to chamber@marshallcounty

Also, Thursday evening Simpson United Methodist Church will be having its monthly baked pork chop dinner from 4-7 p.m. at the church.

For tickets, call the church at 304-845-5080, extension 27. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Boy Scout Troop No. 79, Moundsville, will sponsor a spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. today at Simpson United Methodist Church. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Proceeds from the event will go to help pay the expenses of troop members attending summer camp where they work to earn merit badges and advancement toward Eagle Scouts.