Salvation Army Set for Red Kettles in Marshall, Wetzel

The Moundsville Salvation Army Service Center, which serves Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties, began its Red Kettle collections this past week at six locations, with the final two sites to be manned this coming Friday.

Bell ringers are manning kettles at Big Lots, Coen Oil, Kroger and Save-a-Lot, all in Moundsville, and at Save-a-Lot and Witschey’s, both in New Martinsville.

Beginning Nov. 24, Kettles will be manned at both the Moundsville and New Martinsville Wal-Marts.

The current hours at which money can be placed in the kettles are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., while beginning Dec. 24, the kettles will be manned from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

In addition to the Red Kettles, the Salvation Army is seeking assistance in other ways. Among these are the filling of stockings and participating in the Angel Tree program.

Those willing to be a part of the stocking program can select from five different age groups; 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and 13-14. Those taking part in this effort are to return the filled stockings by Dec. 10 to the Salvation Army Service Center in Moundsville.

Also, individuals are asked to take a name from the Angel Trees at Moundsville Wal-Mart and the New Martinsville Wal-Mart. It is anticipated that between 250-300 Angel Tree names need to be handled. One business, Warren Distribution has taken 50 names, while Calvary United Methodist Church in Moundsville has taken the names of 30 youths.

The Salvation Army has one individual who will be manning kettles on Tuesdays and Thursdays though Dec. 21. That person is Charley Fox, who will be at the Kroger Store in Moundsville.

Others who have signed to man kettles are:

Dec. 1 — Washington Lands Garden Club at Kroger; and Moundsville Lions Club at Wal-Mart in Moundsville.

Dec. 2 — Calvary United Methodist Church, Moundsville, at Wal-Mark (Food Door); Moundsville Rotary Club at Wal-Mart (Main Door); and Country Bums 4-H at Kroger.

Dec. 8 — Limestone Presbyterian Church at Kroger.

Dec. 9 — Church of the Nazarene, Moundsville, at Kroger.

Any individuals, businesses, churches, etc., wishing to man one of the kettle locations should contact the Salvation Army at 304-845-0510.

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The Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen will be serving its annual free Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday in the lower level of Simpson United Methodist Church, Moundsville. The dinner is open to the public and everyone is welcome. Also, takeouts will be available to everyone.

The dinner is being sponsored by Dave Ealy Technology and the John Marshall High School boys basketball team, with some of the team members helping.

The FBSCK kitchen will be closed Thursday, so that the volunteers can spend time with their families.

The kitchen will reopen on Friday, at which time the Blessed Friday group of Glen Dale United Methodist Church will serve lunch.

The kitchen will resume regular hours on Saturday.

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The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to wrap Christmas gifts on Saturday, and also the donation of wrapping paper.

The gift wrapping will take place from noon until 5 p.m.

The volunteers will be wrapping gifts which customers have purchased at uptown Moundsville stores that day, in conjunction Small Business Saturday.

Those planning to volunteer to wrap packages are asked to call the Chamber office to inform them that they wish to be a part of this program, while those donating wrapping paper, etc., are to drop the items off at the Chamber office, Seventh Street and Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville.

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The Moundsville Lions Club, which meets on a weekly basis, had as a speaker this past week Francis Turner, a collector of Marx Toys.

At most club meetings which extend beyond 1 p.m. members get up and leave because of other commitments, but at this most recent gathering, no one left early, as Turner had brought several toys which seemed to fascinate them.

Also, it just so happened that the previous evening many of the members had watched the History Channel’s “American Pickers,” which had been filmed in Moundsville last year at the Marx Toy Museum. The museum features toys made in the last century at the Marx plant in Glen Dale.

Turner provided information about Louis Marx himself and the Marx company, which began producing climbing monkeys and wind-up dancing toys. He noted that in the 1950s, many of the toys were licensed products based on popular televison shows of the era. Also, in the 1950s Louis Marx Sr., was known as “the toy king.”

In July 1972, Louis Marx and Company was sold to Quaker Oats, which later sold the business to a British company. After consolidation attempts and plant closings, the company went bankrupt.

I received an E-mail from K.L. Lawhead after the “American Pickers” show, and his main quote was, “Talk about a stroll down memory lane!”

Although the Marx Toy Museum in Moundsville no longer exists, local residents and visitors to Moundsville will have an opportunity soon to view the Marx toys.

Cases to house the Marx toys are being built and are slated to be in place in late December at the Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex.

In addition to Marx toys, another local product, Fostoria Glass, will be on display at the Grave Creek Complex.

The Greater Moundsville Convention and Visitors Bureau is also located there and once all three are open, the number of visitors should increase.

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Since its inception, the goal and mission of the Strand Theatre Preservation Society (STPS) Moundsville has been to restore the Theatre to its original grandeur, thus creating an outlet for the expression, education and enjoyment of the arts.

After several years of restoration, The Strand has played host to a number of events, including Community Theatre, movies, moncerts, summer youth camps, seasonal entertainment, nationally recognized performers, historic tours, parties and private events.

As a non-profit organization, the STPS is heavily reliant on the generosity of others. Donations aid in the on-going renovation and ensure that the year-round events boosted at the theatre are possible.

The Friends of the Strand have recently sent membership forms for 2018. The seven categories rank from $50 (Stagehand Level) to $5,000 (Executive Producer Level). The other monetary/levels are Chorus Level, $100; Spotlight Level $150; Orchestra Level $250; Director Level $500; and Producer Level $1,000.

The STPS can be contacted by the following:

Phone 304-639-7967; E-mail: http://www.strandtheatrewv.com/dr-contact-us; Facebook Strand Theatre Preservation.

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Although the book signing of latest volume of the “Marshall County Patroits and Heroes” took place more than a week ago, I’m finally getting around to reporting on it.

This was Volume 8, and although Volume 9 will not be released until November 2018, it is one-quarter completed.

Some 85 persons were in attendance at the book signing, held at the Moundsville/Marshall County Public Library.

The latest volume was dedicated to Kristopher Lavell Noble, who served in Afghanistan with a private company that provided needed services to United States troops. Noble was killed on Jan. 10 in a plane crash that also took the lives of two of our military men.

Gary L. Rider, who, along with Roseanna Dakan Keller, complied information for the book, said, “Although considered a civilian, his sacrifice is as costly as any and must be recognized and remembered. He is a true Marshall County patriot and hero.”

His parents, David and Susan Noble, were in attendance at the book signing.

The cover picture displays the veterans section of Riverview Cemetery.

The 189-page book includes information on those who served in the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq and Afghanistan, along with sections referred to as Homefront, Ohio Valley Patriots and Heroes, from two eras 1953-65 and 1981-2000.

Rider, in his introduction, stated that the work on each volume in the most recent series is becoming easier as the community realizes what the project is attempting to create. He said, “It is doubtful that any area has such an extensive interest in preserving our military history as is found in Marshall County.”

He added, “In compiling each volume, I also increase my own awareness of what has been sacrificed by our veterans and their families. This volume especially has raised may consciousness of that sacrifice on both the part of the soldier and also the family’s sacrifice.”

Rider also stated, “It was also my pleasure this year to know three fourth-grade young ladies from Marshall won second place in the West Virginia State History Fair. Their project involved the idea of ‘How World War II Changed Women’s Lives.'”

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The annual city of Benwood sponsored Children’s Christmas Party will be held Dec. 17 at the Benwood Community Center, 720 Water St. Doors will open at 1 p.m., with the party to begin at 2 p.m.

Hot dogs and beverages will be served prior to the party, and there will be a balloon and airbrush artist to assist the children.

The party, hosted by the mayor, city council members, city employees, businesses and people in the community, is for children ages 12 and younger.

Parents of youngsters residing in Benwood can register their children at the City Clerk’s Office in the Municipal Building. No registrations will be accepted by phone. The deadline for registering is Dec. 5. All children who are registered to attend the party will receive a bag gift, including a toy and Christmas goodies.

Santa Claus will give out door prizes. Those in the different age groups will eligible for bicycle drawings.

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