Grant Is Sought to Upgrade Four Seasons Pool in Moundsville

The city of Moundsville hopes to come full cycle when it comes to upgrading the Four Seasons Swimming Pool!

When Four Seasons Pool was built, the United States Land and Water Conservation Fund was one of the three funding sponsors, the other two being the the city of Moundsville itself, and the West Virginia Development Office.

Now, some 44 years later, the city of Moundsville is hoping that the U.S. Land and Water Conservation Fund will assist it in making improvements to the pool’s roof, windows and lintels.

Working with Rick Healy, assistant director of management services for Bel-O-Mar, a grant application will be sent within the next two weeks to U.S. Land and Water Conservation Fund officials, seeking $100,000. The city would match that figure.

For the past two years, city council has been discussing the future of Four Seasons Pool, and it was just recently that a vote passed calling for the pool to remain as a year-round facility. Then, this past Tuesday, council passed a resolution to seek funding from the U.S. Land and Water Conservation Fund. In the meantime council had approved the expenditure for a new pool dehumifier.

The dehumifier is expected to arrive in a week and a half. with installation scheduled to take place in early April. It is expected that it will take some two weeks to install the equipment, and of course, during that period the pool will be closed. ∫∫∫

Speaking of Four Seasons Pool, I happened to come across a clipping which dealt with funding to improve the pool some 15 years ago.

The head line reads: Federal Funds Awarded to Four Seasons.

The article in part reads:

“Congressman Alan Mollohan announced that Moundsville will receive $65,000 in federal funds to help replace the shell that encloses the Four Seasons Pool. It has been a three-year project of the Moundsville Parks and Recreation Board in response to the facility’s leaking roof, in addition to other structural issues.

“The funding to be used to completely replace the facility’s current roof.”

It was stated then that the 29-year-old pool, used by numerous Ohio Valley residents from Marshall, Ohio and Belmont counties for a variety of purposes including physical therapy programs, Marine training, high school swim teams and general recreation, was built in 1973, opening to the public the following year.

Then-recreation director Thomas Sutton described the pool as one of the most unique facilities in the eastern United States.

He stated in the article that the pool had served the community well for nearly 30 years, but that in the previous three years the building had suffered wind damage, and there was even an arrow shot through it.

Sutton added in the late 2002 article, that damages, and general wear and tear of the building throughout its existence had been extreme. He made mention that the work to done in March 2003 would include sliding doors to replace removable doors.

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While on the subject of recreation, Rico Coville said debris needed to be removed from some of the areas at Valley Fork Park, but the playing fields are ready for play thanks to the work of the one-man city recreation maintenance department, along with baseball coaches and others.

He said the girls’ softball fields across the road from VFP was the most heavy damaged by flooding. Coaches and others have been working to make the fields playable.

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The Marshall County Co-Op was the first-place recipient of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce’s Booth at the Home and Business. Second place went to Miller Chiropractic & Wellness Center, while third was World Class Roofing.

As to the Home and Business Expo, everyone seemed to have been pleased with the event.

It was an opportunity for Expo goers to view items displayed by the 72 vendors.

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By the way, the next Chamber Business After Hours event will take place from 5-7 p.m. on March 22 at the Moundsville Country Club, sponsored by Froehlich’s, who will also be providing the food.

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The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce will be recognizing an “Employee of the Month” from among its membership.

Members are to submit their nominations with a brief recommendation of the employee’s qualifications.

The winner will receive a gift card.

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Speaking of recognizing an individual, the Moundsville Lions Club at its Tuesday meeting honored David Ealy for his participation at three functions the club was involved in last weekend. These included a pancake/sausage breakfast, the parking of vehicles at the Home and Business Expo and the selling of brooms at the Expo at the Lions’ booth.

Ealy was presented with a small broom for his involvement.

Several other members were also involved. They included Fred Brunner, Eva Dague, Rev. John Lepp. Jeremy McGraw, Rev. Gerald Mechling, Roselyn Rhodes, Ryan Rhodes, Gene Saunders, Stan Stewart, Jon Saffel, Rev. Tim Wilt and Chol Lee.

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The fourth annual Cameron High School FFA ham, bacon and egg show this past week was a very successful event.

Numerous individuals along with representatives from businesses and petroleum companies were the main bidders.

Some 220 items were sold during the first round, with the sale continuing as several purchases were donated back for re-sale, which in turn benefited the the FFA’s scholarship fund,

Lloyd Earnest was recognized prior to the beginning of the sale, as he was the person who started the show and sale program. Earnest continues to be involved in this event, by bidding on behave of individuals who are unable to attend the sale.

Showing the grand and reserve champions were: Wade Lucey, Levi Scott, Hunter Aston (3) and Tye Clark.

Lucey’s grand champion ham was purchased by Young’s Cattle Company and Appalachian Petroleum Partners.

Scott’s grand champion bacon was purchased by Young’s Cattle Company and Appalachian Petroleum Partners.

Aston’s grand champion eggs were purchased by Boso and Son Towing.

Aston’s reserve champion ham and reserve champion bacon were purchased by Behm’s Auction Service.

Clark’s reserve champion eggs were purchased by Accessories LTD.

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The Ladies Auxiliary of Mound Post No. 437 is apparently like other organizations — lacking active members.

Della Deskins this past week sent out information to the media about membership, which states that the Auxiliary is seeking new members to join, noting that there is a need for younger members to assist the Auxiliary with their functions. This is necessary to keep the Auxiliary in existence.. She said, “The six members that are active out of 159 members, is not sufficient and (they) need help from the non-attendees.”

Anyone who has membership questions or need more information they can contact the auxiliary at info@vfwauxiliary.org

Also, applications are available at at the Post Home 114 Grant Ave., Moundsville.

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The city of Moundsville included with its recent billing information about its recycling effort which reads as follows:

“The city of Moundsville would like to remind all citizens of the recycling program.

“Why recycle? It saves natural resources, saves landfill space, saves on energy and money and reduces pollution which helps the environment.

“Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours. If all newspapers were recycled, we could save 250 million trees a year.

“Plastics are recycled to make furniture, auto battery cases, building materials, clothes and many other things we use in our daily lives.”

People with recyclable items will need to bring the them to the city garage. The containers are located on the north side of the Moundsville City Public Works Department and are marked with a sign.

The PWD is is located at the end of Tomlinson Avenue and First Street. Drop off times are 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., items can be dropped off any day including weekends.

Items accepted are paper goods, plastic, glass cardboard, aluminum and metal.

All items dropped off must be placed inside the containers. Items do not need to be separated, but must be in bags.

No tires, white goods, computers, wood or building materials, hazardous materials, televisions or trash will be accepted.

There are surveillance cameras on the site.

Anyone wishing additional information can call the city building at 304-845-3394

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Marshall County will be celebrating its 183rd birthday on Monday.

Marshall County was formed from Ohio County, Va., and named for John Marshall, who was chief justice of the United States Supreme Court for 34 years.

Information from the “History of Marshall County” (a book published locally in 1984), states that the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1835, directed a commission be formed organizing the government, and the “first gentlemen of the court” to begin laying the groundwork for the new county, meeting at the Brick School House in Elizabethtown. The first public building in the county was the jail, located on land called, “public square.”

Construction of the first courthouse building began in 1835, with four individuals assigned to be responsible in seeing that a two-story building was built.

The contract price was $4,200.

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