Local Residents Are Commended

Fostoria Glass Society of America, Inc. president James D. Davis of Clarksville, Tenn., was very complimentary to a number of locals in the July-August issue of “Facets of Fostoria,” the newsletter of the FGSA.

Davis stated, “This year’s convention was one of the best we’ve had in a long while.” He added, “It was a Great Time in Moundsville.”

Davis said, “Our Museum looked beautiful for the grand reopening, also, I have never seen as many local people/community dignitaries in our Museum at one time, it was well received by all.”

“Thanks to Ralph and Cassie Clark, the curator and assistant curator/public relations, the FGSA Museum has become an important part of the Marshall County community,” Davis said.

He expressed thanks to two local convention chairmen, Charles Hill of Wheeling, who was in charge of getting the 28 show dealers set up, and John Icard, who was in charge of the auction. He noted that were assisted by other volunteers to whom thanks were expressed.

Davis is looking forward to next year’s convention, which will be held June 12-14 with the combined glass show, auction and seminar, all taking place again at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

By the way, Davis was reelected president for a two-year term and will be serving through 2016.

The FGSA currently has just over 350 members with 22 new members in 2014 to date.

The curtain will go up at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville for the first of four performances of “Chicago the Musical.” The other performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. next Sunday.

For those looking for a special night, after the show on Friday the Theatre will be transformed into a 1920s speakeasy. The fee to re-enter the theatre will be $5. This special event will consist of food, fun and drinks. The cast and other special guests will be putting on a second show. There will be cabaret-style music and dancing from 10 p.m. until midnight. If a person can’t make the Friday show he/or she can still attend the after-show event.

Director Jana Jarrett said the cast has been rehearsing for the past seven weeks, learning lines, finding costumes and building sets. She said, “This show is so close to opening we can taste it. The show has been a favorite to work on, the cast has so much talent – anything we throw at them they want to try and with each rehearsal the show gets stronger and stronger.” She added, “The Strand Theatre Preservation Society cannot wait to fill the 350 seats for each performance of this production.”

Advance tickets may be purchased at the Moundsville Pharmacy, the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce and Goin’ Postal. Those purchasing advance tickets will save $3 per ticket.

Moundsville Mayor Eugene Saunders Sr., in his recent newspaper column, states, “I hope everyone has noticed the progress being done at the former Fostoria site. Mr. (Tom) Brown is doing a great job. Hopefully, we’ll see something new in the future.”

He added, “We have two more vacant houses which were recently torn down, and I have been told that another such home on Olive Avenue is next.”

Sanders said, “The Home Rule committee will be presenting our presentation next month to the state Home Rule Board, and I hope we get accepted so the City can tear down more vacant houses.”

He added, “I would personally like to thank AEP for their donation toward the skate party, and Williams Energy for their donation of $18,000 for the shelter at Riverfront Park.”

Saunders appeared before the Marshall County Commission this past week, asking for a contribution of $9,000 to complete the skatepark project.

The city has recreated a Municipal Building Commission, which will enable the city to purchase property on Brown Street. Included in the parcel is a large building formerly utilized by Kittle’s Hauling.

Saunders said if the city is successful in purchasing the property, it will be used mainly by the sanitation and street departments. He noted that the state Department of Environmental Protection has ordered the street department to have a wash station for its sanitation trucks and that this property is ideal for a wash station and vehicle repairs.

The Marshall County Family Resource Network will sponsor two upcoming events at Grand Vue Park.

There will be a Family Day Pool Party from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, and a Grandparents and Grandchildren Day from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 6.

At both events there will be free swimming and fun for the community.

Pizza and refreshments will be served at 6 p.m., with swimming to start at 6:30 p.m.

People can RSVP by calling 304-810-4294.

John Marshall High School’s speech and journalism teacher and yearbook adviser was one of 34 high school teachers from throughout the country to attend the two-week University of Texas at the Austin School of Journalism which concluded Saturday.

The attendees learned innovative skills at the Reynolds High Journalism Institute. The institute is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and administered by the American Society of News Editors through its Youth Journalism Initiative. The Foundation grant covers all the travel, housing and instructional expenses for the teachers. Overall there are four such institutes.

The teachers participated in hands-on training in writing, reporting, mutilmedia, photo journalism and layout.

They also engaged in discussion about medic ethics, news literacy and First Amendment Rights. This program was started in 2001 and since that time more than 2,000 high school teachers have been through the program.

A reliable source reports that a Taco Bell will be returning to Moundsville, and will be located just north of Perkins Restaurant and Bakery on North Lafayette Avenue. Until a few years ago Taco Bell and KFC were in the same location in the same vicinity.

An “Interpretive Garden Program and Tour” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Grave Creek Mound Complex in Moundsville.

Visitors will be invited to learn how the garden is grown with the help of many volunteers and observe its progress this year. They also will be able take a tour of the Interpretive Garden.

This the fifth year for planting the garden with heirloom seeds using historic Native American gardening techniques.

Attendance at the Marshall County Fair was up over last year, through Thursday, and fair officials were hoping for no rain during the last two nights.

Fair Board President Beth Bertram said Friday morning, that while temperatures were in the 90s early in the week, there had been no rain, and especially no thunderstorms through Thursday, much to the delight of the fair board, fair goers and especially the animals, which do not like storms.

Family Fun Day will be held from noon until 6 p.m. today at the Glen Dale Pool and Park, with all city residents invited to attend the event being sponsored by Reynolds Memorial Hospital and the City.

There will be a free cookout, games, free swimming and music during the afternoon.