State Firefighters Convention Being Hosted by McMechen VFD

The McMechen Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting the 89th annual state convention Wednesday through Saturday.

Although the McMVFD has hosted the convention several times previously — the last time being 10 years ago — this will mark the first time that all of the activities will be taking place in Marshall County.

Registration on Wednesday will be in McMechen while another attraction, that of a parade, is scheduled for Saturday, also in McMechen.

Two other Marshall County sites, Grand Vue Park and the former West Virginia Penitentiary, also will be utilized.

The Greater Moundsville Convention and Visitors Bureau is working in conjunction with GVP and the Moundsville Economic Development Council to schedule events for convention goers and their spouses.

In addition to Grand Vue Park providing some of the lodging, 15 cabins, there will be a dinner/dance there on Friday, tours of the Cockayne Farmstead and the former prison, along with other attractions.

Convention meetings and training exercises will be taking place at the former penitentiary.

Jeff Kady, the president of the Marshall County Volunteer Firemen’s Association and a State Firemen’s Association officer, said that in the past, meetings, training sessions, banquet, etc., took place in Ohio County, although they were hosted by the McMechen Volunteer Fire Department. He added that the major reason was that Marshall County didn’t have sufficient lodging. Kady noted that Grand Vue Park now has additional cabins and the Sleep Inn & Suites has been built in the past five years. These two facilities, along with other hotels/motels in the Moundsville area, mean the lodging numbers are such that they meet the state association’s requirement for lodging.

Kady said the CVB has been a big help in preparation for the convention. Craig White, chairman of the convention and visitors bureau, said a staff member will be assigned to Sleep Inn and Suites during the convention to assist visitors with any questions they might have in regards to tourism. He also stated that 55 rooms have been reserved at Sleep Inn and Suites by convention goers.

The convention is expected to attraction between 150-200 persons, plus spouses.

The monthly Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be an event of Thursday at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex in Moundsville.

While the event is being sponsored by the Marshall County Commission and Peggy’s Posies, it will also involve the Greater Moundsville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The event will be from 5-7 p.m.

It will be a picnic-style event on the grounds of the facility, and since it will also be a kickoff of the football season, the theme will be that of tailgating. Those attending are invited to wear their favorite team’s apparel and enjoy an evening of fun, food, fellowship and prizes.

In addition, those attending will be able to view the GMCVA’s location at Delf Norona.

Although not set up as yet, Louis Marx Toy and the Fostoria Glass Society of America, Moundsville Branch, will have displays in conjunction with the CVB.

Those attending will be able to view some of the improvements at the Delf Norona Museum, namely new carpeting throughout. A special guest will be Randall Reid-Smith, director of West Virginia Division of Cultural and History.

Reservations are to be made by either calling the Chamber office at 304-845-2773 or emailing to

Oliver Luck, former director of Intercollegiate Athletes at West Virginia University, will be the speaker for the annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Dinner on Oct. 5 at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

Luck is an executive with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), in charge of the organization’s regulatory functions.

The Cleveland, Ohio, native played quarterback for The Mountaineers from 1978-81 and went on to play five years of football for the Houston Oilers (1982-86) He was also the first president and general manager of the Houston Dynamo of Mayor League Soccer.

He served as athletic director at WVU from Aug. 2010 through Dec. 2014.

He is the father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

Among changes after Luck took over as athletic director at WVU were the university moving from the Big East Conference to the Big 12 Conference; the resignation of head football coach Bill Stewart and the subsequent promotion of Dana Holgorsen to that position, added men’s golf after a 32-year hiatus, employment of baseball coach Randy Mazey, and organized state TIF funding to build a new baseball stadium eventually known as Monongalia County Ballpark.

At the dinner, two special awards will be made, one to a business and the other to an individual.

Steve Mazure will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event.

The Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale will be the site of an Appalachian Artisan Festival from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. this Saturday.

There will be artisans demonstrating blacksmithing, glass blowing, beekeeping, woodworking and more.

It will be an educational opportunity for both young and old.

Also, to be launched will be a new exhibit created through a West Virginia Humanities grant. In 2013, when the geothermal climate control system was installed, everything had to be removed from the house.

This exhibit has allowed the staff to return many items to display. Also to be unveiled will be a new plaque designating that the house is on the National Register of Historic Places.

There will be a special moment at which time gratitude will be expressed to all businesses and individuals who have supported the Cockayne Farmstead in 2016-17.

Parking will be available across W.Va. 2 at John Marshall High School.

This month’s Marshall County Chamber of Commerce’s “Chamber Chatter” notes that a Health and Fitness Challenge will be held from Sept. 1-Nov. 8, the mission of which is, “to promote wellness and live a healthier lifestyle by exercising and eating better.”

Three Moundsville fitness centers will be participating in this event. They are: Anytime Fitness, Hudson Premier Physical Therapy and Fitness Center, and Miller Chiropractic & Wellness Center.

These centers will be taking Weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements prior to the start of the competition, and also at the end. There will be two winners in each category from each fitness center that shows the largest improvement.

Chamber Executive Director Scott Reager states, “We encourage you to inquire about membership/rates and any additional services they offer at their respective places of business.”

There will be no cost to enter the challenge, just membership if a person chooses to join a fitness center. If a person is already a member they will still need to register for the challenge.

To participate, attend the registration kickoff at 6 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the Betty Beebe-Habig Room at WVU/Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale.

“Lunch and Learn,” featuring healthy living topics will be presented throughout the challenge and a wrap-up dinner will be held at the conclusion with fun, food and prizes. All participants completing the challenge will receive a T-shirt.

By the way, the Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors for the “Challenge,” and any businesses or individuals interested are to phone the Chamber office at 304-845-2773.

There will be a meeting, which may be as soon as this week, involving Marshall County 911 Director Larry Newell and Marshall County Volunteer Fire Department president Jeff Kady and a few of the 15 Marshall County Volunteer Fire Department Chiefs to discuss procedures dealing with communication issues.

Kady appeared before the Marshall County Commission on Tuesday pertaining to a letter sent to him and the volunteer fire department chiefs. Kady said he was not aware of the letter prior to opening it, and he told the commissioners that he would have liked to have been notified prior to the sending of the letters.

The commissioners said they hoped that Kady, Newell and assistant 911 director Carol Robinson would meet prior to leaving the courthouse that day, something that did occur for some 30 minutes during which period of time the commissioners were in executive session on another matter.

For those wishing to obtain information about the Oct. 7 special election in West Virginia, they can obtain a question and answer sheet which is available in the office of county clerk Jan Pest, and they can also download information from the Marshall County website, which is

Gov. Jim Justice has called a special election for voters to decide on a constitutional amendment. “The Road to Prosperity Amendment of 2017.” If passed, it would provide for the improvement and construction of roads in the state by the issuance of bonds not to exceed $3.6 billion.

Some of the data listed includes: The last day to register to vote in this election will be Sept. 18; a person can register to vote anytime online by going to; a person can check his or her registration by going to; a person can also contact their local county clerk for information on absentee voting.

Dr. Jeffrey Crook, the new Marshall County superintendent of schools, made his first appearance before a local organization this past Tuesday when he spoke to members the Moundsville Lions Club.

In addition to speaking about his previous employment in the education field and his family, Crook answered questions pertaining to school system in Marshall County.

Crook stated that with a changing world those in education need to meet the needs of young people. He noted that he had meet with Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Scott Reager and county Commissioners Bob Miller, John Gruzinskas and Scott Varner, the latter an employee of the Marshall County Board of Education. He also spoke this past Monday before the county school employees.

At the Lions meeting, Crook had the opportunity to meet former superintendent Donald Haskins, former assistant superintendent Stanley Stewart, and retired teacher-coach William Hinegardner, all members of the club.

The Marshall County Commission on Tuesday approved the full-time employment of Anthony Novel as communications coordinator in the Office of Emergency Management. He was previously a part-time employee.

A reminder, the second annual city of Moundsville Community Day event will take place from noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday at Riverfront Park.

There will be free games and refreshments available for children and families.

Among the activities for children will be face painting, balloon art, sand art, bracelet making, craft vendors, etc.

In conjunction with Community Day there will be free swimming and refreshments for children and their families at Four Seasons Swimming Pool.

The event is the city’s way of saying “Thank You” to the citizens for their support throughout the year.