Moundsville Fostoria Museum Featured in Publication

The most recent issue of “Facts of Fostoria,” the official publication of the Fostoria Glass Society of America Inc., includes several matters relating to the the Museum in Moundsville.

One of the items in the publication dealt with the arrival of eight display cases. It is noted that the new cases match some of the cases already there. The new cases will enable the museum to display items which had previously been boxed up.

One of the new cases is now located on the first floor, while the other seven are on the second floor, where space is not a problem.

It seems like the members of the FGSA always donate to any improvements to the building or the upgrading of the interior.

Some of the funds for the new cases became available when donors to the recent mould acquisition were willing to designate their contributions to the display case purchases once a surplus in the mould fund was discovered. Others donated directly to the purchase of the display cases.

It is noted in the publication that if someone local is looking for the perfect holiday gift for a friend or family member they should stop at the museum Wednesday through Saturday afterrnoons to browse its gift shop items, while for others, they can call the museum at 304-845-9188 for details on what items are available for sale, and these items can be shipped to them.

By the way, the museum will close for the season on Dec. 1.

Another matter in the publication states that the 2018 convention will take place June 8-10 at the museum and the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. The convention theme will be, “A Cut Above! The History and Evolution of Fostoria Glass Cuttings.”

Lynda Randolph, a Florida resident who is the steering committee chair in charge of the convention, has recruited FGSA member Karen Eisenhauer to take the lead in planning an exhibit and seminar on Fostoria’s cutting production. She is working on gathering a sampling of all decades of Fostoria glass cuttings along with, hopefully, organizing a presentation of the cutting process and how it differed from etchings. She is hoping that some of the convention goers have cutting patterns among their collection and will bring them to the convention for the display.

It will be 130 years ago on Dec. 15 that the Fostoria Glass Company began operations in Fostoria, Ohio, moving four years later to Moundsville, where there was an abundance of gas, coal and other needed materials close by.

During the first 10 years, Fostoria made pressed ware and fluid lamps, but early in the 20th century Fostoria realized the importance of developing fine-quality blown stemware. The American pattern, the best known pattern, introduced in 1915, was produced through 1986.

Members of the Moundsville Lions Club had the opportunity this past Tuesday to learn about not only the SMART (Science, Math, Art, Research, Technology) Center at the Centre Market in Wheeling, but its involvement with Grand Vue Park.

Robert Strong founded the Center in 1994 along with his wife, Libby.

There will be two events at Grand Vue this month. They are:

– Oct. 14 — A Star Watch from 8-10 p.m. at GVP’s Aerial Adventure Park. An opportunity to see planets Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, plus deep space objects. The event is free and open to the public.

– Oct. 21 — Beginning at 11 p.m., there will be a Orionids Meteor Shower and Star Watch at the GVP Aerial Adventure Park, with the opportunity to see meteors from Comet Halley, planets Uranus and Neptune and deep space objects. This attraction is also free.

Strong said those interested in the planets are invited to GVP which has a 16-inch telescope.

Strong said that GVP general manager Craig White and the park’s board of directors have been very supportive.

If you want to attend any events at the SMART Center or learn what is offered, it is located at 30 22nd St, in Wheeling. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The telephone number is 304-233-4667.

Starting this Friday and continuing through the next three Fridays of the month, the Washington Lands Lions Club will be holding fish frys at the Washington Lands Community/Fire Department building.

In addition to fish, shrimp will also be available along with french fries, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese and a variety of desserts and beverages.

Items will be available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., and 4-6 p.m., or until sold out.

Items will be available for eat in, take out or local delivery, which will include businesses and industries north and south of Washington Lands.

For either takeouts or delivery, call either 304-845-6644 or 304-559-7413 after 10 a.m. for lunch and after 3:30 p.m. for dinners.

Proceeds go toward providing eyeglasses and hearing aids to the disadvantaged, and other community service projects.

Representatives from the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Moundsville were present Tuesday for a ribbon cutting at the Ohio Valley Animal Care Center, which recently became a member of the chamber.

While on the subject of the chamber of commerce, if you attend Business After Hours in the future you might want to study up on local trivia as during the last two such events Executive Director Scott Reager tested the knowledge of those in attendance.

The most recent Business After Hours was this past Thursday, hosted by Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Moundsville.

The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library and the Cockayne Farmstead be sponsoring two storytimes for pre-schoolers this month.

The first storytime will be at 11 a.m. on Oct. 13 at the farmstead in Glen Dale, at which time there will also be snacks, treat bags and pumpkin painting. The signup deadline will be Oct. 10.

The other story time will be at 11 a.m. on Oct. 31, and it, too, will be at the farmstead. The event will include stories, snacks and treat bags. The signup deadline will be Oct. 27.

To participate in these programs parents need to register their child with Kayla at the library by calling 304-845-6911.

By the way, the Stevens Puppets will be presenting “The Sleeping Beauty” at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, sponsored by the Evan G. Roberts/BBT, and the Robert Baker family.

The nationally acclaimed troupe utilizes old-world marionettes which brings this classic tale to life for kids of all ages. It is free and open to the public.

Yet another upcoming event at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will take place on Oct. 6, 7, 9 and 10, that being the annual Fall Book Sale. The hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday and next Monday, from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday and next Tuesday.

The going price for most items is $1.

The Moundsville Woman’s Club is sponsoring the event with proceeds going to the library.

If you want to participate in Campfire Storytelling with Rich Knoblich, you can do so this Thursday and Oct. 12 and 19 at Grand Vue Park. This family event is being sponsored by the Moundsville-Marshall County Library.

Thanks to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito for her quick response. I emailed her on Friday night and Monday morning I received a response, that’s quick work when you consider the fact that it was over a weekend.

Mark your calendar if you plan on taking advantage of the free dumpsters which will held in Benwood and McMechen this weekend.

The Marshall County Commission and the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority are sponsoring the free dumpsters, with volunteers to man the dumpsters.

In Benwood the dumpsters will be at the city’s garage in North Benwood, while in McMechen the dumpsters will be at the former Union Junior High School football field.

Items will be accepted from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., at both sites.

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

Well, today is the end of major league baseball’s regular season, and this week two wild-card games (Tuesday, the American League) and (Wednesday, the National League) will be taking place, while on Thursday the American League Division Series, best of five, begins, and on Friday the National League’s Division Series will begin.

One of the Divisional teams being the Chicago Cubs, which happens to be my wife Linda’s team.

By the way, the championship series, the American League’s best of seven series, will begin on Oct. 13, while the National League begins on Oct. 14. The World Series will start on Oct. 24.

As to next year, the schedules have been released and Bill Bryson of Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel is putting things together not only for the regular season but spring training.