Moundsville Middle School Recycling Program Recognized

Moundsville Middle School is one of this year’s four recipients of the Recycling Coalition of West Virginia Inc.’s Recycling Champions program and at Tuesday’s meeting of Marshall County Board of Education, school personnel will be in attendance to be honored with a certificate of achievement,

The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia is a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to promote the effective and sustainable reduction, reuse and recyling of materials otherwise destined for disposal. The coalition pursues these goals through the promotion of purchasing products made with recycled content material; by coordinating the facilitating activities relative to recycling; and by fostering communication among organizations, government agencies and individuals through the sharing of ideas and resources.

The coalition works in conjunction with the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board and the state’s 50 solid waste waste authorities. The Marshall County Solid Waste Authority, on behalf of the Recyling Coalition, will recognize the school for its innovative approach to building a recycling program which has collected 75 tons of used paper, cardboard, etc., over the past three years.

Parked on school property is a collection trailer affectionately named “Ruthie” and each Friday during the school year, several students collect paper and cardboard from each classroom, taking these items to the trailer, and then stacking them in preparation for a trip to a recycling plant in Toronto, Ohio.

The MCSWA assists the students in this effort by transporting the materials to the recycling facility.

Recycling at MMS started several years ago on a small scale with science teacher Deborah Shaffer-Palmer in charge, then four years ago it expanded to enable students to take over the responsibility.

In addition to newspapers and cardboard boxes, the latter coming from food and supplies coming to the school, the recycling effort includes magazines, envelopes, etc. The recycling is actually year-round, as students and school personnel bring items to the trailer.

Monies received by the school through this effort are used for Earth Day materials, field trips, and other small projects, and earlier this year solar glasses where purchased to enable students to see the solar eclipse.

Principal Sandy McAllister said, “This program makes the students not only more conscious of the environment, but it promotes pride and the ability to accomplish tasks.”

Special education teachers Cary Baker and Jaclyn Thorn, who oversee the recycling, are very pleased with this undertaking, noting that the teachers and the service personnel encourage the students to be a part of this schoolwide effort.

I was introduced to seventh grader Christian Staggers, who said he is very pleased to have been chosen to be the lead student of the program. He has several responsibilities connected with the recycling.


The dates for the Marshall County Fall Dumpster Operation Pride Clean Up, along with the one day electronic recycling dropoff were announced this past week

The dumpster dates will be Oct. 6-7, 20-21, 28 and Nov. 4, while the e-recycling date will be Oct. 14.

The dumpster sites are:

Oct. 6-7 — Benwood City Garage in North Benwood; and the former Union High School football.

Oct. 20-21 — Glen Dale City Garage on west Seventh Street; and at Valley Fork Park in Moundsville, 12th Street entrance.

Oct. 28 — the parking lot of the former Cameron High School.

Nov. 4 — Sherrard Middle School; and the Roberts Ridge Volunteer Fire Department.

The hours at all these sites will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

There will be no provisions at any of the seven locations to accept tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials, or household trash.

At the electronic recycling site, which will be Oct. 14 in the north parking lot of Monarch Stadium in Moundsville, items accepted will be car and light truck tires (17-inch and smaller; white goods, computers, air conditioners, humidifers and dehumidiifiers.

No televisions will be accepted as they can now be accepted county or city sanitation departments.

All the above services are being provided by the Marshall County Commission and the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority, and are for residential use and not intended for businesses or industry. Those bringing items should be prepared to show proof of Marshall County residency.

For more information, contact the MCSWA at 304-780-9866 or POC:


Marc Baker will assume his new job with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department on Oct. 2.

Baker, who as been the director of the city of Moundsville Parks and Recreation for the past six years, this past week was employed by the Marshall County Commission to be an administrative assistant, replacing Barb Worthy, who is retiring.

Before being named as parks and recreation director in September 2011, Baker had been employed by the city as a lifeguard at Four Seasons Pool.

In the 43 years of the Four Seasons Pool, there have been only two who have held the position of director. In addition to Baker, Tom Sutton held the position for 37 years.


The John Marshall High School Homecoming Parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The parade was moved to Tuesday as there are no other JMHS sports scheduled for that date, thus allowing for more students, including the football team and community members, to be a part.

The parade will form on Sixth Street in the vicinity of Moundsville City Building and from there will go north on Jefferson Avenue to Second Street, west on Second to Tomlinson Avenue, south on Tomlinson to Seventh Street where it will disband.

There will be a bonfire and pep rally immediately following the parade at Monarch Stadium, in which all students and the community are invited to participate.


“Hopewell Geometry, Astronomy and the Marietta Earthworks” is the title of the September lecture series to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Grave Creek Moundsville Archaeological Complex.

The lecturer will be Wesley Clarke, M.A., R.P.A, resident archaeologist and manager of collections at the museum. He is directing excavation of an early 19th century pottery production site on the museum grounds

The earthworks at the facility includes several unusual features, as well as astronomical alignments. While systematic examination of this site has been limited, research during the past 25 yeas has added substantially to the site record, pointing to the future avenues of inquiry and explanation.


Another Thursday event in Moundsville will be the monthly Marshall County Chamber of Commerce sponsored Business After Hours event, which will held from 5-7 p.m., at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Moundsville.


This year’s “March for Mutts” event will again this year be held over a two-day period.

Activities will be held this Friday and Saturday at Riverfront Park in Moundsville.

The Friday events will consist of a dinner from 3-6 p.m., and from 6-8 p.m., there will be a free concert featuring the MSM musical group.

The annual walk will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.

There will also be a “Fetch-a-Winner” event at 11:30 a.m.

Those wishing additional information can call 304-233-2740.


Grand Vue Park will be holding its annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., this Saturday, sponsored by the Grand Vue Park Foundation.

The biggest park-wide event of the year will include vendors, crafters, food vendors, live music, activities for children and more. There will be free inflatables, mountain bike rides, and give-a-ways. The live music will include: Hit Play from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.; Two Bridges from 1-2:30 p.m.; and New Age Adenas from 2-4:30 p.m.

There will be shuttle service throughout the event.

For additional information call the Grand Vue Park Office at 304-845-9810, extension 403.


“The Dungeon of Horrors: The Nightmare Continues” concluded its first weekend.

There will be five other weekends, including:

Sept. 29-30; Oct. 6-7; Oct. 13-14; Oct. 20-22, three nights; and Oct. 26-31 (Thursday through Monday).

In conjunction with the event there will be Whiskey Dick’s Saloon (paintball).


Irish Road Bowling is a very popular event in West Virginia and has now reached a figure of 40 plus, one being sponsored by Moundsville Knights of Columbus Council No. 1907, whose fifth annual event will be taking place next next Saturday at St. Jude Park, Glen Dale.

Sign up will begin at 11 a.m., with bowling to start at 1 p.m. The cost is $25 per person which will include food and beverages.

Bowling will start at the Steel Bridge on Little Grave Creek Road and will finish at St. Jude Park. Shuttle transportation will take participants to the starting line.

Irish Road Bowling is described as a sport imported from Ireland, it began with soldiers rolling small cannon balls down the road to see who could roll them the longest distance.

Now there are teams of four who alternate their rolls on a course of 1.4 miles.

The ball, roughly the size of a pool cue ball, is made of steel and weights about 20 ounces The fewest number of rolls wins. There are no pins to knock down.

In addition to West Virginia, the event is also popular in Massachusetts and New York, and has recently spread to other parts of the country.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Larry Freeland at 304) 84-1662.

As to the K. of C. Council 1907, it is a Catholic fraternal organization dedicated to charity. The local Council have sponsored Marshall County Special Olympics and other charities for many years.


The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library is accepting donations for the annual Fall Book Sale, which will be held Oct. 6-7 and Oct. 9-10 at the Library, 700 Fifth St.

Among items which will be on sale will be an assortment of used fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children, as well as DVDs, CDs, etc.

The Moundsville Women’s Club is sponsoring the event, with proceeds benefiting the library.