Glass Enthusiasts To Gather in June

Among events to be held in Moundsville in June will be two annual get-togethers, the Fostoria Glass Society of American Convention and the Boys of Summer outing.

The Fostoria Convention will be June 13-15 while the Boys of Summer event will be June 20-21.

The Fostoria Convention will be larger than ever, as three glass clubs, the National Imperial Glass Society, the Society of Moon and Star, and the Fostoria Glass Society of America will all be having their conventions on the same weekend and in close proximity to one another, thus allowing the organizations to combine their efforts into providing one larger show as there will be dealers selling glassware that are active in each one of these groups, and they will be selling glass from other companies as well.

The Fostoria Show & Sale will be held at the Moundsville Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

Free admission to the Show & Sale is good for all three days for all registered conventioneers in the three glass societies.

Otherwise there will be an admission charge for the June 13 Preview from 4-7 p.m.; the Glass Show from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on June 14, and the second Glass Show, scheduled later in the event.

The Fostoria Glass Society display and seminar will feature the No. 2412 Colony Pattern. Michael Murphy, FGSA member from Kentucky, will display his collection of Colony throughout the Show & Show dates in the Display Room at the Moundsville Center Facility. Additionally, he will lead a seminar program on the Colony Pattern at 2 p.m. on June 14.

A pre-convention event will be the Grand Reopening of the newly renovated museum on June 12. Also, the FGSA board of directors will meet at 6 p.m. at the Glass Museum for its quarterly meeting.

For early Fostoria Glass Society convention arrivals there will be a guided tour at the Island Mould & Weishar Enterprises Co., in Wheeling. The tour will be from 9-11 a.m. on June 13. There are a Moon & Star Museum and gift shop housed at the Island Mould & Weishar Co.

In the recent Facets of Fostoria, the official publication of the FGSA, a museum update is provided in which the recent interior work is outlined.

The company has made glass moulds for many glass houses over the years, including Fostoria.

Received a letter from Boys of Summer founder Jim Health outlining the events for the 7th annual reunion, which will take place June 20-22 at the Moundsville Country Club, East End Playground Complex and Grand Vue Park.

There will be a golf tournament at 10 a.m. on June 20 at the MCC. On June 21, the Boys of Summer will meet at 10 a.m. at the East End Playground Complex, and although Heath has a picture of Charlie Brown of cartoon fame on his letterhead with the words, “Another year…and still at the top of our game!” the BOS won’t be engaging in any competition, but instead they will watch area girls softball teams in action.

On June 22, at Grand Vue Park’ shelter No. 2, the Boys of Summer will convene at 11 a.m., and at 1 p.m. a catered lunch will be served.

Those taking part in the golf tournament and luncheon, or just one of these, need to RSVP to Heath at either 1-479-365-7122 (home), 1-479-981-0679 (cell) or 1-479-981-0673 (cell).

For the past four years the Boys of Summer have awarded scholarships to high school seniors, with eight presented to date. Heath said, “It is also time to ask for donations to the scholarship program, and those wishing to contribute are to send their check, made out to Moundsville Boys of Summer, to Don Yost at 19 Cherokee Drive, Moundsville, or to present the check at any of the Boys of Summer functions in June.”

He said the Moundsville High School class of 1960 will be having a “Just Because” get-together the same weekend, thus the Boys of Summer, several of whom are graduates of that class, will have lots to do that weekend.

American Legion Post No. 3, the Ladies Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion will hold a benefit steak fry from 5-8 p.m. on April 26 at the Post Home.

All proceeds will go to sponsor youths to both Boys and Girls State this summer.

Last year the post sponsored 16 current high school school seniors, 12 boys and four girls.

Those attending will be provided steak, baked potato, salad, roll and dessert. In addition, the post will supply plates and utensils. Those attending are to cook their own steaks.

A Happy Hour bar will be available.

There will also be tip boards and a 50/50 drawing.

A disc jockey will provide music from 8 p.m. until midnight.

Tickets are available at the Post Home, 800 First St., or may be purchased at the door. Those attending do not have to be Legion members.

Friday is the deadline for submitting an application for the John Marshall High School Scholarship Trust Fund.

For the past 20 years the fund has awarded and coordinated the awarding of more than 120 scholarships to JMHS graduates.

The scholarships are funded by the staff of John Marshall as well as by community members and organizations.

This year 11 students will be awarded scholarships.

Applications are available to download from the John Marshall website and also are available by e-mailing members of the committee or the John Marshall counselors. Paper copies are also available in the school’s counseling office and from members of the trust committee.

Anyone wishing to obtain additional information can contact Dave Gaudino at

Th dedication of the Benwood Mine Monument, scheduled for April, has been postponed until possibly June.

The monument on Boggs Run Road just east of W.Va. 2 is in memory of 119 coal miners who lost their lives in a 1924 explosion at the Benwood Mine that belonged to the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel.

The annual Marshall County Operation Pride/Clean Up will begin Saturday, with free dumpsters from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the former Cameron High School parking lot and in downtown Glen Easton.

There will be no provisions at either location to accept tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials, or household trash.

Appalachian Outreach Inc. representatives will be available to pick up serviceable used furniture, toys, bikes and other household items.

The Marshall County Commission and the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority are again sponsoring the clean up.

Howard Coffield can be contacted for those wishing information, he can be reached at, 304-780-9866 or fax at 304-843-1074.