Plans Made to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of JMHS Opening

At the recent open house/business after hours event at John Marshall High School, fliers were distributed dealing with the 50th anniversary of the school’s opening, which was in August 1968.

The observance will begin at this year’s graduation ceremony and conclude in May 2019.

While preliminary planning for the events began a year ago, a committee comprised of current school and former staff along with alumni has been meeting on a regular basis during the past two months.

Lional Cartright, a 1983 graduate, will be the commencement speaker at this year’s graduation ceremony. The talented musician is working with strings teacher Justin Jones in coordinating music for the event.

The committee is hoping that a number of alumni from the class of 1968-69 will attend the graduation.

One of the major events of the 2018-19 school year will be Homecoming, at which each graduating class will be asked to have representatives taking part. The current plan is to have alumni lineup on the football field from end zone to end zone.

The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission has approved the display of stickers/patches on uniforms worn by athletic teams, band, etc.

A Facebook page has been created under the name of faculty member David Parsons.

Some of the ideas which have been discussed by the committee include a time capsule with items from each class; trivia and history of the school and sports/band posted on Facebook; a Homecoming parade, display cases for each decade; dinner or tailgate for alumni, etc.

The annual John Marshall High School Queen of Queens Pageant will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 in the school’s Center for Performing Arts.

There will be seven senior girls competing for the crown and the honor of representing the school in the OVAC Queen of Queens Pageant in July.

Each contestant will be scored in three categories which include interview, talent and poise/presentation.

The queen candidates are: Stevie Boles, Rose Cunningham, Zoe Ebbert, Alexa Jasinski, Elena Polinski, Isabel Reilly and Courtney Stewart.

Tony Summers will be the master of ceremonies. The pageant coordinator will be faculty member Tracey Filben.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

The next meeting of the planning committee of the 1969 thorough 1979 John Marshall High School graduating classes reunion will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the First Presbyterian Church on Third Street in Moundsville.

All board members are encouraged to attend, along with anyone who would like to help in the planning for the next reunion.

This will be the third such event.

The Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale will sponsor a photograph preservation workshop from 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the Glen Dale United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall. Those who have old pictures that might have been stored in a shoebox or stuck in a decaying album, or other places in the house are encouraged to participate. The participants will learn how to preserve these precious items for future generations.

They will receive instruction from a professional archivist, who will show how to properly house and care for their historic collection of photographs.

The cost will include instruction, workshop materials, and an information packet.

The participants are to bring their photographs/photo albums to work with during the workshop.

There will be a charge of $30 per participant, while members of area historical societies, HCAP and museum professionals will receive a reduced rate.

To register or get additional information, phone 304-845-144 or email to

Parking for the participants will be available in the rear of the church.

The Marshall County Extension Service/West Virginia University will partner with Moundsville Pharmacy to offer a Dining with Diabetes class, beginning from 1-3 p.m. on March 8, at the Moundsville Pharmacy, 118 North Lafayette Avenue.

Dining with Diabetes will be a once-a-week class, also on March 15, March 29 and April 5, that runs for four weeks with a three-month follow-up class on May 31.

Each class will be approximately two hours in length.

The classes are free and open to those with diabetes, pre-diabetes and their family members.

Participants are asked to attend all class sessions

Those taking part will learn how to prepare meals that are healthy, easy to prepare, and tasty. Recipes will be demonstrated, and participants will share the opportunity to taste each one. Participants will also learn up-to-date information on nutrients, meal planning, exercise and how to understand common diabetes-related medical tests. They will receive recipes and handouts every week.

Each participant will have A1C testing on the first night. Registration for this program can be made by calling the Marshall County Extension Office at 304-843-1170 by March 5.

The Community Education Outreach Service (CEOS) and the Marshall County Extension Service will sponsor a “Healthy Heart/Healthy Body” luncheon at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at the First Christian Church, 1200 Third St., Moundsville.

Dr. Walid G. Gharib MD, a cadiovascular disease specialist, will be the guest speaker.

Dr. Gharib graduated from the Marshall University School of Medicine in 2009 and has had more than nine years of diverse experience, especially in cardiovascular disease. He is affiliated with several hospitals including Reynolds Memorial, Sistersville General, West Virginia University Hospitals, Wetzel County Hospital, and Wheeling Hospital. He also cooperates with other doctors and physicians in medical groups including RMH Inc.

The program is adapted from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s campaign and is targeted to help West Virginians become educated and empowered to take charge of their own health.

To learn more and to become part of the “Love Your Heart Movement,” contact the Marshall County Office of the WVU Extension Service at 304-843-1170 or visit the website

Reservations are to be made by Feb. 19.

The Mound Weavers Community Educational Outreach Service (MWCEOS) Club will sponsor a basket weaving class beginning at 1 p.m. on March 11 at the 4-H building at the Marshall County Fairgrounds.

Participants will weave and decorate a market basket. Cost of the class will be $25 and all proceeds will benefit Childhood Cancer Awareness.

The kitchen, which will be open at 11:30 a.m., will be operated by the Valley Daughters CEOS. The Dry Ridge CEOS will sponsor a bake sale during the event.

Register for the class by March 7 by calling the WVU/Marshall County Extension Service at 304-843-1170 or by registering on Facebook at “Basket Garden.”

Received the annual B-MAC letter this past week from John Budinscak and John S. Marshall, which outlined some of the planned activities for 2018 the 23rd year of the Belmont Mountaineer Athletic Club.

Two major spring and summer events will be the MAC/BMAC Wheeling Coaches Caravan, which will take place May 7, and the BMAC Golf Classic to be held July 19.

Expected to be a part of the event will be several head coaches, administrators and The Mountaineer. The event will be held at the River City Restaurant in Wheeling, at which athletic director Shayne Lyons and Mountaineer coaches participate in a question and answer session with Tony Caridi, the Voice of the Mountaineers.

The golf event will be held at the Moundsville Country Club. There will be individual open and corporate cup competition. Golf sponsorships are available again this year at the $100, $250 and $500 levels.

The letter congratulates two Marshall residents, Don DeNoon and J.K. Chase IV, along with John Burracchio, the winners of West Virginia University football or basketball tickets.

At each event, BMAC offers the opportunity to purchase football and basketball tickets, which in turn supports the BMAC Upper Ohio Valley Endowed Athletic Scholarship for a local WVU student athlete. Chase Harler of Moundsville is the current recipient of the BMAC Scholarship.

Signups for the Moundsville Post No. 3 American Legion baseball team will take place from 1-3 p.m., today at the Post Home, 800 First St., Moundsville.

Players from John Marshall and Cameron high schools are eligible, as are those from Wetzel County.

In last week’s Marshall Memo, city of McMechen candidate Martha Pelley was listed in the wrong ward. She is running for council from the First Ward.

Chuck Taskalines, the reunion coordinator for the 1993 OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game (players, coaches), can be reached at 304-845-7326 (home), 304-639-6318 (cell) or email at