Changes Occurring at Salvation Army Unit in Moundsville

During the past three months, several changes have taken place at the Salvation Army in Moundsville, one being there are no longer religious services and there is no longer a full-time officer assigned to the facility, while other differences deal mainly with name changes.

One thing that didn’t change is the wide range of traditional social services which the Salvation Army has offered to Marshall County for the past 90 years.

The office in Moundsville will continue to offer food, shelter and clothing to those in need; rent and utility payment assistance; Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance, etc., to residents of Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties.

As to other changes, instead of it being a Corps, the Moundsville Salvation Army is now a Service Center. Also, instead of having an Advisory Board, it has become an Advisory Council.

In reviewing the the two board/council duties, there isn’t too much difference.

The wording in part for these two are:

Advisory board members provide advice and community outreach, and their ability is to financially and prayerfully support the programs that are doing the most good for those in the most. These representatives are of different age groups, races, religions, interests and expertises. An advisory board is charged with the responsibility of advising and assisting The Salvation Army officers in all their activities in a particular community

As to an advisory council, its duties are to plan, advise and generally assist the officers and employees responsible for the operation of the service programs. The council looks to an advisory board — in Moundsville’s case the Wheeling Salvation Army Corps — for coordination of fundraising and community relations.

Another volunteer group which assists the local Salvation Army is the Women’s Auxiliary. Its main duties will continue to be assisting the Service Center through fund-raising efforts, along with the Angel Tree, Dress-a-Bear and Stocking Stuffers programs prior to the Christmas season.

Some background of The Moundsville Salvation Army is that it came to the city in the 1920s, with religious and social services located on Lafayette Avenue. The Salvation Army headquarters would later move to a church building on Juniper Avenue. In 1959, The Salvation Army would move to the former First Christian Church building at Seventh Street and Jefferson Avenue, where it is currently located.

This past week, the advisory council met for the first time with Wheeling Salvation Army Corps Captain Benny Carringer and Moundsville Service Center Director Nancy Yoho to discuss the Thrift Store in the Steelton area of New Martinsville, which is now in a new location, 416 North State Route 2, New Martinsville. Also, plans for the Christmas season including the Kettle ringing were discussed. The majority of the kettles in Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties are to be manned starting on Nov. 13, while the Wal-Marts at the Highlands, and in Moundsville and New Martinsville will start on Nov. 24.

The advisory council members were informed of the local Salvation Army’s involvement in assisting victims of the flooding which took place in Marshall and Wetzel counties. The Wheeling Salvation Army had a canteen set up in McMechen, manned by Captains Benny and Crystal Carringer and volunteers, while Yoho transported donated food to Hundred and Pine Grove.

While on the subject of change, there will be one on Sept. 16 in Moundsville.

This will mark the 19th year for the Elizabethtown Festival and instead of going it alone, it will be combining with Uptown Merchants Activities Council (UMAC), whose Fall Festival has been held for the past six years.

These two events have been held on the same day, with each promoting their own, but this year they have come together, although one attraction is on Jefferson Avenue from Second Street to Fifth Street, while the other will take place within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

Actually, there will be a third event that day, a Car and Motorcycle Show on Jefferson Avenue from Eighth to Tenth Streets.

The hours for the “Uptown Avenue” and the Elizabethtown Festival will be from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., while showtime for the Car and Motorcycle Show will be 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., with registration from 10-11 a.m.

This year’s inductee into the John Marshall High School Wall of Fame, Stanley Blankenship, will be recognized on Sept. 30 at the Moundsville Country Club.

Officials at JMHS institued the WOF in 2005 to honor people who had significantly contributed to the John Marshall Community and thus this year will be the 13th induction.

The following criteria was originally established:

– Career — (business-industrial and professional).

– Music and Fine Arts — (accomplishments at the national or international level).

– Philanthropy — (substantial community service that involves continued commitment on the part of the honoree).

– Religion and Education –(high level of professional accomplishments in chosen profession).

– Public Service — (long period of time, or a single, truly remarkable contribution).

– Athletic Achievement–(record setting accomplishments.

– Other achievements that are noteworthy.

The nomination process is very simple, as anyone can make a nomination. The only information needed in Blankenship’s case was the number of years he coached (32), his win-loss record (542-249), sectional titles (18), regional titles (nine) and state final, (two) runner-ups and one championship). Of course, some background information is needed and again in Blankenship’s case, it included the listing of his high school and college, and his athletic achievements at both.

The names of those nominated remain on file, but if they are not selected for three years, the nominater is to provide an update of the person.

A 10-member committee makes the final determination. This committee consists of former teachers, counselors, graduates and long-time administrations.

A permanent display of the wall’s membership is located in the Center for Performing Arts building. This consists of photographs and identifying nameplates.

As to the banquet, it is open to the public with reservations to be made by Sept. 16 by contacting WOF chairman Joe Komorowski at 304-845-3403.

More than 100 “locals” had the opportunity on Thursday to view the new location of the Greater Moundsville Convention Visitors Bureau, located at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex in conjunction with the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Business After Hours get-together.

The CVB recently moved to the Delf Norona Museum portion of the facility and Thursday was the kickoff for the tourism site. Among those in attendance at the BAH and to help promote the CVB was Randall Reid-Smith, director of the West Virginia Division of Cultural and Arts, who oversees the operation of the GCMAC.

The CVB has numerous brochures dealing with Marshall County, the Ohio Valley, the state and other locations, along with a hand glass display, and a continuous video which includes The Mound, the former West Virginia Penitentiary both the exterior and interior, the Cockayne House, the Fostoria Glass Museum, the Palace of Gold, and other local attractions.

Speaking of the Fostoria Glass Museum, some of its glassware, along with Marx Toy items, will be displayed in the CVB’s location. Reid-Smith said he hopes that the glass cases for these two displays will be in place by the end of October.

As to the Business After Hours event, which was sponsored by the Marshall County Commission and Peggy’s Posies and catered by Alexanders on Seventh, it was held on the grounds of the museum between the building itself and The Mound. It too was a ”kickoff” event, the football season, and several of those in attendance wore their school;s favorite school jersey. There was even a sports trivia quiz, of course, prizes were awarded for the correct answers even though some of the winners had assistance. Mitch Vingle, a sports writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, seemed to know most of the answers and he passed them onto to those who didn’t know the answer.

Speaking of Vingle, he will be introducing Oliver Luck at the Chambers’ annual banquet. Vingle and Luck became friends when both were attending WVU. in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce sponsored Health and Fitness Challenge will begin Friday and continue through Nov. 8.

A registration kickoff was held this past week at which Chamber executive director Scott Reager, representatives from WVU Medicine/Reynolds Memorial Hospital and staff members of the three fitness centers in Moundsville were in attendance.

The mission of the challenge is “to promote wellness and live a healthier lifestyle by exercising and eating better.”

If you don’t have anything on your calendar for Labor Day, or even if you do, you might still add the annual Dan Dague Car and Bike Show which be held that day at The Highlands.

The event is sponsored by the District 29-L Lions clubs with proceeds going to the statewide Lions Clubs Sight Foundation.