Home and Business Expo Set at Old Pen on Friday, Saturday

The 13th annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce sponsored Home & Business Expo will be taking place Friday and Saturday at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. The hours are 4-8 p.m. on Friday and starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Local businesses, along with those located in areas surrounding Marshall County, will be showcasing products and services in home improvement, health care, recreation, building, financial, real estate, insurance and more.

There will also be a craft show in the 3,600 square- foot Technology Room. The craft show will feature he work of a number of Ohio Valley residents.

Special appearances will be made by the Marshall County Schools “Buster the Bus” and “Arthur the Aardvark,” the Wheeling Nailers’ Spike and the mascot of the Washington Wild Things.

Of course, there will be food available, with the Acapulco Mexican Restaurant providing this service.

Among prizes to which Expo goers can sign up for when they enter the front door of the Training Center are a 55-inch flat screen television, tickets for Wild Thing and Wheeling Nailer games, etc.

Also, there will be a vendor’s Best Booth Trophy presented. The Expo itself is free of charge.

Even if you have to park outside of the old prison, there will be a shuttle service for those who park on Jefferson Avenue, north and south, or Eighth Street, east and west. The shuttle will drop off Expo goers at the front door of the Training Center.

Major sponsors are the Marshall County Commission and Williams Energy. Primary sponsors are Moundsville Pharmacy and Acapulco Mexican Restaurant. Silver sponsors are the Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC), Break Thru and Wal-Mart. Media sponsors are The Green Tab, WTOV-TV, WTRF-TV and Comcast.

The Moundsville Lions Club will be holding a special event in conjunction with the Expo, that being free pancakes and sausage breakfast from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday in the downstairs Fellowship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Third St.

Lions Club members will also be involved both days with the Expo, by making sure that individuals with handicapped stickers on their vehicle have spaces to park within the walls of the old prison. Entrance for everyone will be through the north Wagon Gate at Eighth Street and Baker Avenue.

The Lions will also have a booth at the Expo, at which they will provide information pertaining to the club. They also have brooms for sale.

The Ladies Auxiliary of Mound Post No. 437, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will be holding a Spring Indoor Yard Sale from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on April 7 at the Post Home, 114 Grant Avenue.

Eight-foot tables will be provided for a fee, and there will be refreshments sold by the Auxiliary.

Tables can be reserved by contacting Della Deskins at 304-810-5192.

Also, at 2 p.m. on April 28, the past commanders and past Auxiliary presidents of Mound Post No. 437 will be holding their annual event, with the speaker to be Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams.

Williams was the recipient of the military’s highest decoration — the Medal of Honor. It was presented to Williams for heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the battle of Iwo Jima in World War I1.

Williams was honored at the Super Bowl by tossing the coin to determine which team got first possession of the ball.

A new artist, Donna J. Hall of Wheeling, will be featured during the month of March at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville.

This will be the third year of promoting local artists by displaying their works at the museum, Each artist’s work is exhibited in the lobby of the museum for one month at a time. Hall, a native of Grafton, has been drawing since she was a child.

Throughout her life she has been instructed in her art by many other artists across the Ohio Valley,

She has won multiple awards, including those from the Steubenville Art Association Spring Show. Hall belongs to the Marshall County Fine Arts Guild, Artworks Around Town and the West Virginia Watercolor Society. Her work has also appeared at the Grisell Center for the Arts in Moundsville. Her paintings have been displayed at Bethany College. Hall has also lived in New Martinsville, and has spent the past 10 years in Wheeling.

The GCMAC is located at 801 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, and is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The second annual Marshall County Family Resource Network’s Winter Accessories Distribution project, sponsored by Southwestern Energy, was a two- month undertaking.

Some 600 winter items such as hats, gloves, scarves and socks were provided during January and February to adults and children in Marshall County. These items were worth just over $4,000.

Two organizations, the local Department of Health and Human Resources, and Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen, offered to host the project in the distribution of the winter accessory items.

“The Giving Tree” is a physical structure resembling a tree, and includes clips for items to be attached to its “branches.”

The FRN feels that this provides a creative avenue for product distribution, while also allowing for individual choice in selecting the accessory items.

In addition, winter accessory items were also provided to each of the high schools in the county, and to children in the FRN’s Parents as Teacher’s program.

The Marshall County FRN is pleased to implement the WAD, and extends its gratitude to Southwestern Energy for its generosity and desire to give back to the community. In addition, FRN received donations of winter accessory items from various community members and groups, including the Christ United Methodist Church in Wheeling, and truly appreciates the generosity and support of the community which helped to make the distribution a success.

The Marshall County FRN is a catalyst for change, an organization that understands and is responsive to the needs and opportunities in the community. Partnering with community members and the public, and private organizations, the FRN develops innovative projects and provides needed resources for the area.

Cameron High School’s baseball and softball teams will be playing their home games at Valley Fork Park in Moundsville this year.

CHS athletic director Roger Simmons contacted city of Moundsville recreation director Rico Coville about the possibility of using the large field at VFP. The request was granted.

There is one factor before playing on the VFP fields, that being clean-up. As of this past Wednesday Valley Fork has been flooded twice in a two-month period as Middle Grave Creek has gone over its banks.

On the Marshall County Board of Education agenda for Tuesday is approval of a lease with St. Jude Church for the John Marshall High School baseball team to use the St. Jude facility. New head baseball coach Mark Cisar, along with school officials and the board of education, had hoped to be able to use the JMHS field this spring, but flooding has become an issue.

Rico Coville was the speaker at a meeting of the Moundsville Lions Club two weeks ago, and one of the items he spoke dealt with the baseball and softball coaches, the majority of whom he had spoken with since his recent employment as Moundsville recreation director some two months ago. He stated he was informed that the coaches do most of work in preparation for games at the two Valley Fork facilities.

He noted that it will take a lot of time and effort to not only clean up the fields, but also, the walking trail in the wake of floods this winter.

Coville said he is impressed with not only the baseball and softball fields, of which there are 11, but the soccer fields.

He also stated that a number of individuals have told him they would be willing to help in different capacities dealing with recreation.

Like a numerous other persons, Coville, when I spoke with him this week, was very happy that city council had agreed to keep operating Four Seasons Pool as a year-round facility, by agreeing to match a $100,000 grant which the city apply for. The deadline for submitting the grant application is April 1.

There will be two contested races on the May 8 ballot, these being to select the Democrat candidate for county commissioner in the general election, and to select three individuals for board of education. This past week drawings for ballot positioning took place.

For county commission (Democrat), Mike Ferro being position 1, and Jake Padlow, 2. On the Republican ballot Bob Miller is running unopposed.

Board of Education non-partisan candidates and their ballot positions are: Christie Robison, 1; Brenda Coffield, 2; Gene Saunders, 3; Tom Gilbert, 4; Duane Miller, 5.

Of course, there are other names on the ballots such as district supervisor, persons seeking executive committee memberships, while four of the five municipalities in the county are having elections.