Volunteers Are Needed at Winter Freeze Shelter

Freeze Shelter Seeks Help

Youth Services System Inc.’s Winter Freeze Shelter opened Thursday and continues every night through March 15. Volunteers are needed for overnight duty throughout the season. Youth Services System helped over 2750 youths and homeless adults in our area last year in several capacities, including the Winter Freeze Shelter.

Science is Settled at WPHS

Teams from Wheeling Park High School recently claimed first and second place in the local competition of the 2017 National Science Bowl.

The RESA 6 Science Bowl was held Dec. 8 at the West Liberty University Highlands Center where Patriot students William Sellers, Paushaly Sau, Fiona Zhang, Mary Prather and George Maness were members of the winning teams. The teams are coached by physics teacher and science department chair Patrick Durkin, who said Wheeling Park has a tradition of success in science bowl events, and he commended Patriot students taking part in the competitions.

First, second and third-place teams advance to the West Virginia Science Bowl, which will be held Feb. 3 at the Mountainlair on the campus of West Virginia University.

Light Show

Glen Dale residents can give their home an opportunity to shine for a prize today. House judging for the annual holiday light contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. Categories will include best overall, most elegant and the Clark Griswold Award.

Holiday Parking

The city of Moundsville is now providing free parking at all meters on Jefferson Avenue for the month of December for the convenience of shoppers and visitors.

Church Offers a Little Warmth

The winter air dropped to single digits this week, encouraging everyone who’s able to stay inside. Not everyone has such a luxury, however, and for those who find themselves outside, some relief might be had at Martins Ferry’s Grace Presbyterian Church. Outside the church’s doors is a clothesline, populated with hats, scarves and gloves, and a sign imploring anyone stuck outside to take them and stay warm.

Creature Comforts

Aside from some small disturbances, police reports from Moundsville’s police station have been sparse this week. Not only have the usual 3 a.m. fights at the all-night restaurants quieted down, but this year in particular has seen few complaints of pets left out in the bitter cold, and those that have come in have been resolved before officers arrive.

Outside of the residential pets, animals at the Marshall County Animal Shelter also face those same hardships. The shelter has asked for donations of heated and unheated shelters to leave for the feral cats which frequently find themselves outside the shelter at night, to offer some measure of comfort to the least fortunate of the animals caught without a home.