Fostoria Convention, Relay for Life, Concert Set This Week

Three events will be taking place this week in Moundsville –the Fostoria Glass Society of America’s annual convention, the Relay for Life of Marshall County at Monarch Stadium, and a free concert at Riverfront Park.

The annual FGSA Convention will be a three-day event, Friday through Sunday. There will be two primary locations for the events, one being the Fostoria Glass Museum and the other the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

The theme of the Fostoria Convention this year is, “The Designs of George Sakier,” who was a consulting designer who worked with the Fostoria Glass Company for more than 50 years. According to FGSA convention chairperson Lynda Randolph, Sakier was an extraordinarily talented designer who created many of the most successful patterns of the Fostoria’s production from the late 1920s until the closing of the factory in the mid-1980s

The Glass Show and Sale, the Sakier Designs Exhibits, and the annual auction will all be located at the Moundsville Center.

The Friday seminar, first-time attendees briefing and membership meetings will be held at the Fostoria Glass Museum, which also will be open during the three-day event.

The Friday evening dinner presentation will feature an interview with Glen Dale resident and FGSA board member Jon Saffel, the final design director at Fostoria, who knew and worked inconjunction with Sakier for nearly 25 years.


The Relay for Life will take place over a 12-hour period Friday and Saturday at Monarch Stadium. It will begin at 6 p.m., Friday with the National Anthem, led by the musical group, “Belles of the Valley Valley,” to be followed by an opening ceremony which will include introduction of cancer survivors in attendance. The cancer survivors will be asked to walk a lap around the field, and then be accompanied by their care givers on the second lap.

At 6:20 p.m., Wesley Howsare will take the stage for a 40-minute musical performance, followed by seven other entertainers, all performing for 30 minutes. These acts include “Belles of Valley” at 7 p.m., Chuck and Amy Morrow at 7:30 p.m., the John Marshall High School String Quartet at 8 p.m., Beacon Road at 8:30 p.m., Rachel Beck at 9 p.m., the Pride of the Valley at 9:30 p.m., and Joe Mastracci at 10 p.m.

Activities will get under way at 7 p.m., the first event being called “Mr. and Mrs. Disney Characters for a CURE.” During this one-hour event participants of any age will be interviewed on stage and then walk the track collecting money. The person collecting the most money will be declared Mr. and/or Mrs. Relay.

Speaking of money, this year’s goal is $66,000, and as of Thursday $32,000 had been raised by the teams in the past year.

Getting back to the activities, at 9 p.m. there will be a tug of war with teams of five involved. There will be a scavenger hunt at 9:30 p.m. A dress-up time will take place at 10 p.m. It will involve five-person teams.

A luminaria ceremony is expected to take place in the 10 p.m. range, during which all other activities will stop.

At 11 p.m., there will be a water balloon toss with two-person teams participating.

The midnight event will be a “Road to Recovery Race,” with those taking part to bring a small homemade car to race.

From 2-3 a.m. there will be a Lazy Boy lap, with prize tickets to be awarded, and at 3:30 a.m. there will be a three-legged race.

With the the RFL winding down at 4 a.m., a luminaria bag cleanup will take place and those participating will receive prize tickets.

Also, throughout the night there will be games for youngsters to play. Also, all night there will be a bouncy obstacle course set up and for $5 a person will receive an all- night pass.


The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce sponsored Summer Concert series will kickoff on Saturday evening, with Ron Retzer presenting a variety of songs from 7-9 p.m. at the Sam Yanen Pavilion. The concession stand will open at 5:30 p.m.

There will be four more concerts this summer with all of those on Friday evenings.

The performers are as follows:

June 23 — “De’Ja’Vu” (classic sounds); July 14 — “Shades of Time” (classic oldies); July 28 — “Pocket Change” (easy listening rock); and Aug. 11 — “Easy Street” (rock favorites).


The Marshall County Summer Youth Reading Programs will be getting under way this week at the three public libraries in the county — Moundsville-Marshall County, Benwood-McMechen and Cameron libraries.

Those signing up will get a reading record and for every 10 books read, the youngsters will earn rewards.

Each individual is to bring his/her reading record card to their library after reading 10 books, and in turn they will receive coupons for free treats.

Those who aren’t yet independent readers can utilize their parents, grandparents, etc., by sharing picture books which they can have read to them.

In addition to the reading programs, there will be drop-in storytimes with crafts at 11 a.m. on most Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Moundsville-Marshall County Library if there is no special program on a particular day.

At 1 p.m. on Wednesdays there will be story and craft programs at the Cameron Public Library.


It’s that time again for the vaccination of dogs and cats. State law mandates requires those 6 months old or older be vaccinated against rabies.

This week the Marshall County Animal Control has arranged for four locations in the county for the vaccinations. They are:

Monday from 6-7 pm., at the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department; Tuesday from 6-7 p.m., on W.Va. 2 at the Fish Creek Boat Ramp; Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. at the former Cameron High School on Maple Avenue; Saturday from 2-3 p.m., at the Ohio Valley Animal Care, 901 Lockwood Ave., Moundsville.

All dogs have to be on leashes while cats must be in carriers.

At these locations a member of the assessor’s staff will be present to collect taxes on all dogs not already taxed, while Marshall County Animal Control Officers will be present to pick up unwanted animals or strays.


The Marshall County Clean-Up schedule (Operation Pride) for June 10 will be located at the Todd Kelly Trucking site at Washington Lands, and at the Graysville Community Center. The hours will be 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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 at the two locations to pickup used furniture, toys, bikes and other useable household items. Anyone wishing additional information can email Howard Coffield at HowardCof@comcast. net, 304-780-9866 (office) or 304-843-1074 (fax).


Mark your calendar for June as that is the time of the annual Flag Day Parade in Moundsville.

This will be a walking parade to include youngsters and their decorated bicycles, and others.

The Sons of American Legion Post No. 3 Moundsville will be in charge of arrangements assisted by members of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce.


The Moundsville High School Class of 1964 will be holding a summer outing on July 8 beginning at 11 a.m. with a get-together. A catered lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Reservations for the event are due by June 23 by contacting Shirley Stilwell at 389 Middle Grave Creek Road, Moundsville.

Any classmate who did not receive a letter should phone either Stilwell at 304-845-7499 or Nila Truex Meadows at 304-845-7335.


For the next three months tours at the former West Virginia Penitentiary will be offered seven days a week, with the first tour being at 10 a.m., and the last tour at 4 p.m.

The day tours focus on life behind bars, with the tour guides discussing facts regarding the day-to-day life of inmates and correctional officers, reasons behind incarceration, and the history of the former prison itself.

All tours are 90 minutes in length. Previously there were no tours on Mondays. Tours start every hour on the hour.

The Monday tours are different and because of this are called: “History Mystery Mondays.” Some of the areas such as the old Sugar Shack, Psych Ward, etc., of the prison will be part of Monday tours. Some areas of the Monday tours are not handicapped wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Tickets for the tours are available in the Main Lobby/Gift Shop during business hours, and are not available for purchase online. The front gate opens at 9:45 a.m.


Monday is the deadline for the second annual “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation” Community Food Drive.

Organizations who have collected items for food drive are to bring them to Training Center at the former West Virginia Penitentiary, and on Tuesday agencies which will be the recipients of the food goods are to pick up the items.