‘Boys of Summer’ Event May Is in Jeopardy for Next Year

For the past 10 years the Boys of Summer of Marshall County have been getting together annually. However, that may not happen in 2018.

At last Sunday’s annual event, treasurer Don Yost announced that organizer Jim Heath and his wife, Lee, have other plans for next summer and thus there would be no reunion, and that hopefully “down the road” there would be other get-togethers.

Yost in his closing remarks stated that if someone else would be willing to assume the chairmanship for a year that he, Colin Simmons, and Pete Prettyman would be willing to assist.

Following Yost’s announcement, two individuals did pledge financial support toward the effort.

Yost said whether or not the Boys of Summer meet next year, the organization would continue to award scholarships to graduating seniors from John Marshall and Cameron High Schools.

Yost said that there is $6,000 in the treasury and he encourages those who have donated in the past, or those who might be considering to donate, to contact him.

As to this year’s scholarships, the recipients of $750 each were Ravyn Schultz and Stephen Bailey, both of John Marshall: Erika Whipkey of Cameron, and Luke Lemasters of Bishop Donahue.

The awarding of scholarships started seven years ago and since that time there have been 26 recipients, with the total amount awarded being $18,000.

The number of scholarships to be given in 2018 has yet to be determined by the committee.

One of the committee members is John Callahan, who was on Bishop Donahue’s first football team in 1961, and this year he nominated Lemasters to receive a scholarship. Lemasters, who played football at BDHS this year, will be the last Green and Gold recipient, as Bishop Donahue has closed its doors.

Getting back to Heath, who by the way resides in Arkansas, he started the Boys of Summer organization in 2008 in hopes of getting those who were a part of organized youth baseball (Midget League) in Marshall County in 1954 back together, along with others former youth baseball players from the mid-1950s and the 1960s.

The Midget League was comprised of youngsters ages 9-12, which means that those who made up four Moundsville and two Glen Dale teams are now in their 70s.

The Moundsville teams were the First Ward Giants, the Second Ward Pirates, the Third Ward Braves and the Fourth Ward Dodgers, while the Glen Dale teams were the Cubs and Indians.

The first few years of the Boys of Summer reunions had turnouts of 50, and although the numbers have dropped over the years, there are usually new ones in attendance.

This year it was great to see for the first time John “Buster” Hummel, who drove from Indianapolis, Ind., to attend not only the B.O.S event, but to participate in the 55th year reunion of his Moundsville High School Class of 1962.

Hummel played four sports at Moundsville High, basketball, track baseball and football, although his gridiron days were cut short by a knee injury. His senior year he averaged 27.5 points per game in basketball, and was named first team all-state.

Hummel went on to play basketball at the then-Steubenville College, where he was a three-year starter and team captain his senior year. He is the fourth leading scorer in history at Steubenville/Franciscan University, with 1,418 points.

Those responsible for selecting individuals for the Ohio Valley Hall of Fame might want to check out Hummel’s accomplishments.

A couple of tidbits: Buster Hummel’s 27.5 points during his senior year at MHS were wiped out four years later by his brother, Bob; the Hummel family lived at one time at Pleasant Valley, and one of Buster’s first grade classmates was Nelson Whipkey, who was in attendance at Sunday’s the B.O.S. event.

The Marshall County Commissioners this past Tuesday awarded a bid for wiring of entrance doors to the Marshall County Courthouse. The low bid was submitted by United Electric of Wheeling.

County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel said a meeting will be held within the next couple of weeks to determine when the firm can begin work and to learn when the project will be completed.

Frohnapfel said the project continues to move forward, noting that several other security related projects have already taken place. She said that once the security system is in place, the general public will utilize the front door of the building for entrance, while employees will be able to use the front door or one of the other four doors to the building.

The Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University will present “Rocket Launch Challenge,” a program on the aerodynamics of rockets, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Moundsville-Marshall County Library.

The program is geared for children entering third grade this school year and older, and these youngsters will be building rockets, then launching them outside.

Registration is required, as seating is limited. To register a child, call the library at 304-84506911.

The program is being sponsored by the Evan G. Roberts Trust administered by BB&T Bank as part of the library’s “Build a Better World” Summer Reading program.

Mike Zuffuto, a children’s entertainer/singer, songwriter, will present, “The Rock ‘N Roll Pet Store Kids Show” on Thursday at both the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library and the Benwood-McMechen Public Library. The show at the Moundsville library will be at 11 a.m., while the time for the Benwood-McMechen library will be at 2 p.m.

The show is a one-of-a-kind children’s variety event that will include things kids like: music, magic, funny puppets and live animals that magically appear to fill up a pet store.

Moms and dads are invited to join the youngsters in this event.

For more information, call the library at 304-845-6911.

This program is also sponsored by the Evan G. Trust fund as part of the library’s “Build a Better World” Summer Reading program.

The annual picnic of the Marshall County Farm Bureau will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m., Monday at Grand Vue Park’s Shelter No. 2.

Tableware, hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks will be provided to board members, their families and MCFB members.

Those attending are to bring a covered dish. There will be a brief business meeting in conjunction with the picnic.

The Marshall County Animal Shelter will be hosting its third annual Bark in the Park Adoption Event from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. today at Grand Vue Park.

Many adoptable dogs will be waiting for new homes.

All-day wristbands for the Adventure Park will be on sale for $39.

Applications available at www.mcwvanimalshelter.com

The 17th annual Marshall County Back-to-School Fun Fair will take place from 8 a.m. until noon on Wednesday at the Moundsville Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. The event is open to any Marshall County School student, pre-school through 12th grade, who is accompanied by an adult. Everything will be free including school supplies (backpack, pencils, pens, notebooks and more), Marshall County Health Department personnel will provide check-ups (health/dental checks), hairstylists will be giving haircuts, hygiene products will be given and there will be face paintings.

Nearly 50 different agencies will be present to assist students and parents. Pizza will be served for lunch.

The Fun Fair was started in 2000 by Marshall County School employee Susie Baker and since then it has become a popular way for Marshall County students to celebrate their return to school. Last year some 1,200 took part in the event.

There are no income guidelines to participate.

Tickets are on sale for the musical “Fame!” which take place at 7 p.m. on July 28-29 and at 2 p.m. on July at the Strand Theatre, Moundsville.

Tickets can be obtained from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and on Fridays at the theatre with check or cash only, or by visiting the website www.brownpapertickets.com

“Fame!” is a stage musical based on the 1980 musical film of the same name. It will be directed by Jana Jarrett with Justin Jones as musical director and choreographed by Anna Harsh.