Middle School Student’s Peace Poster Advances Internationally

For the second time in three years, a Moundsville Middle School student has had a Lions Club Peace Poster contest advance to international competion.

Lauren Brannan, a resident of McMechen, learned this past week that her poster had been judged first in the West Virginia Multi (29-L) District contest. She previously had won first place in the local district contest.

This year’s theme was the “Future of Peace.”

Lions Club International sponsors the different types of peace poster contest to emphasize the importance of world peace involving young people everywhere. The posters are judged on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme.

One grand prize winner is selected along with 23 merit awards.

Brannan’s poster included several international flags, figures of youngsters representing different countries, an angel, and the shaking hands of two persons.

To be eligible to enter the contest, a local Lions Club, in this case the Moundsville Lions Club, had to supply a kit from Lions International which qualified LEO Club members from MMS to be eligible to participate in the local contest.

Brannan said she has enjoyed drawing since she had been in the first grade, and that in the past three years she had been taking painting lessons from Cecy Roe, a Wheeling resident who draws book covers for authors, including local author Alan Fitzpatrick.

Brannan said she decided to enter the Lions poster contest after viewing a peace poster video which MMS art teacher Joy VanScyoc had presented to her class.

She said it took her several hours to complete the undertaking after choosing her design with most of the time spent during evening hours. At the same time she also did another first-place Christmas-themed drawing which was made into a billboard. It was shown at WesBanco Arena during a Wheeling Symphony on Ice show. Brannan received a gift card and a replica of her design from the bank for winning the Marshall County version of the contest. Main Street Bank also donated $500 to Moundsville Middle School.

Brannan hopes someday to do illustrations for comic books.

The city of Moundsville’s Four Seasons Swimming Pool is up and running!

I had been told a couple weeks ago that it might be necessary to close the pool until a new dehumidifier could be installed.

However, when I went to the pool this past Wednesday, a water aerobics class had just completed its workouts, and a number of ”regulars” were in the pool.

It turned out that an adjustment to the old dehumidifer had been made which has eliminated moisture which previously had been dripping from the roof.

New recreation director Rico Coville said that, hopefully, the adjustment holds up until the new humidifier is installed sometime in March.

As to the current pool operation, Coville said, ”The pool temperature is at 75-76 degrees, and within a few days the temperature should increase to 79-82 degrees which is the range the senior swimmers prefer.

For those who may need a reminder of the hours of operation of the facility, here they are:

– Monday–Water Aerobics–8 a.m. until 9 a.m.; Adult Swim –9 a.m. until noon; Open Swim from noon until 8 p.m.

– Tuesday–Adult Swim–8 a.m. until 9 a.m.; Water Aerobics–9 a.m. until 10 a.m.; Adult Swim–10 a.m. until noon; Open Swim–noon until 8 p.m.

– Wednesday–8 a.m. until 9 a.m.; Adult Swim–9 a.m. until noon; Open Swim–noon until 6 p.m.; and Family Swim from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

– Thursday–Adult Swim–8 a.m. until 9 a.m.; Water Aerobics 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.; Adult Swim from 10 a.m. until noon; Open Swim from noon until 8 p.m.

– Friday–Water Aerobics from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m; Adult Swim from 9 a.m. until noon; Open Swim from noon until 6 p.m.; Pool rental from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

– Saturday–Open Swim from noon until 6 p.m.; Rental from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

– Sunday–Kayak Swimming from 9 a.m. until noon; Pool Rentals from noon until 2 p.m., 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The pool is located at East End Park.

The recent Salvation Army Kettle campaign in Moundsville and New Martinsville brought in $4,687.65 more than the figure of a year ago.

The final total was $42,726.88.

Moundsville Salvation Army Service Center director Nancy Yoho said she had hoped to collect $40,000.

She expressed appreciation to those who were involved in the kettle effort, especially to those who took the time to drop money in the kettles on their way to and from shopping, the seven individuals she could depend on to man the kettles, and individuals who represented organizations, churches and businesses as part of the kettle project.

Yoho said money collected through the kettle effort will be used through the year to assist families in various ways.

Yoho reported that during the Christmas season the local Salvation Army, which serves Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties, served some 180 families with turkeys and food, along with clothing, etc. Representatives from the SA also visited nursing homes and penal institutions to distribute items.

Also, Yoho said the Moundsville Salvation Army Service Center had recently received FEMA funding which is available to residents in the three counties for rental payments and for heating bills.

Families who have received a 30 day eviction notice, or those who have received a gas, electric or water shut off notice are available for assistance.

The deadline for seeking FEMA assistance is Jan. 31.

The Marshall County Relay For Life is sponsoring a bus trip to Lancaster, Pa., on May 8-9 to see Jesus at the Sight and Sound Theatre, and Songs on the Silver Screen at the American Music Theatre.

The trip will include tickets to both shows, dinner at Miller’s Smorgasboard, and lodging at the LaQuinta Inns and Suites.

Call Karen Gilles for reservations at 304-780-1545

Tickets are on sale for the annual Lupe Hewitt Daddy/Daughter Dance which will be held Feb. 3 at the Training Center inside the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

The event is being sponsored by the city of Moundsville Parks and Recreation Department. The event is for daughters ages 16 years old and under, and can be accomplished by their dad, grandfather, uncle or brother, the latter to be at least 18 years of age.

Music will be provided by disc jockey Donnie Gilbert. The event will take place from 6 until 9 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available through Jan. 30, at the Moundsville City Building.

There will be no tickets sold the night of the event.