Memorial Day Activities Scheduled Throughout County

Two outstanding organizations — the Moundsville American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 3 and the Moundsville Veterans of Foreign Auxiliary No. 437 — will receive this year’s Marshall County Veteran’s Community Service Award at the annual Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m. Monday in the gymnasium of Central Elementary School in Moundsville.

The Memorial Day committee selected the two organizations, both of which have donated thousands of dollars and and have worked hundreds of hours for our veterans and our community.

American Legion Auxiliary President Susan Yoho and VFW Auxiliary President Peggy Ullum will accept awards for their organizations.

Bob Blazer will be the master of ceremonies for the service, which will begin with the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard advancing the American Flag, followed by the invocation by Pastor Mike Eskridge of St. Pauls Evangelical Church in Wheeling.

The John Marshall High School Choir, under the direction of David Scherrick, will provide the music. The choir will be singing several selections including the “National Anthem,” “‘From Sea to Shining Sea,” “A Tribute to the Armed Services,” “Song for the Unsung Hero” and “God Bless America.” George Burdette will lead the singing of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

Members of Cub Scout Pack No. 78 and Boy Scout Troop No. 78 will assist in the program by presenting a skit for veterans.

Jim Robinson, a Iraq War veteran and former prisoner of war, will be in charge of the POW/MIA Empty Chair program. Gary Rider will update volumes 7 and 8 of his series of books titled, “Marshall County Patriots and Heroes,” which are stories about local veterans.

Marshall County Commissioners Robert A. Miller Jr., Scott G. Varner and John D. Gruzinkas will read the list of area veterans who have passed away since last Memorial Day.

The program will conclude with the traditional laying of the flowers, post everlasting services, and the 21-gun salute, followed by the playing of “Taps” to honor our departed veterans and their families by the Honor Guard, and benediction by Rev. J. Thomas Steele.

The public is invited to attend and help give our local veterans a big “thank you” for their service to our country.


Members of Cameron American Legion Post No. 18 will be in charge of the Memorial Day Service in that community on Monday. The 10 a.m. service will be held at the new Veterans Memorial Park.

Post Commander C. William “Bill” Harris and members of Unit 18 Auxiliary will explain some of the history of the post’s Memorial Days. Members of the Auxiliary will also place the Memorial Wreath.

The Cameron High School Dragon Band will provide appropriate selections for the occasion. Pastor Steve Jumper will offer the invocation. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will attend with their colors.

The service will conclude with prayer and rifle salute and taps.

Food for those attending will provided in the annex building after the service.

The Post Honor Guard will be at the Big Run Christian Church after the service to render a rifle salute and “Taps,” to conclude their 100 years plus continuous Memorial Day service.


The city of McMechen will be holding two Memorial Day events on Monday.

The first will be a service at 8:30 a.m. in front of Center McMechen Elementary School. Following the service, people will either walk or ride northward on Marshall Street to the McMechen Cemetery for a service there. The parade will consist of a number of military vehicles, some dating back to World War II, along with the Honor Guard from Benwood American Legion Post No. 46.


With the exception of three attractions, Grand Vue Park will be up-and-running this Memorial Day Weekend. The High Rope and the Giant Swing will be sidelined, while those planning to use the swimming pool will have to wait until June 2.

One attraction which park goers will want to check out will be the miniature Golf Course, which has a new turf. The park also has a new restaurant, the Vue Bar and Grill.


Although I’ve been told that the cabinets for the display of Fostoria Glass and Marx Toys at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex won’t be arriving until mid-June, it’s hoped they do arrive prior to that as the Fostoria Glass Convention is June 8-10. Arrival of the cabinets would give those attending the convention an opportunity to see the Fostoria glass on display.

The Fostoria Glass board of directors will be donating the glassware to the state for the display. Plans are to display glass items from different time periods.


Marshall County food pantries, soup kitchens, and organizations providing food-related assistance have witnessed an increase in individuals and families accessing these services during the summer months, and thus, those who can provide assistance are being asked to donate food to the agencies.

This is the third year for “donor teams,” comprised of businesses, groups and organizations, etc., to spearhead efforts on behalf of this undertaking.

“Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation” is the title of this community food drive by collecting food items.

The effort is being spearheaded by the Marshall County Family Resource Network.

Teams will be dropping off food from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the former W.Va. Penitentiary, while the food pantries will be picking up the food from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Typical high-need items include canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned meats, baby cereal, baby formula, peanut butter, pasta and sauce, condiments and spices, rice, jams/jellies, creamed soups.

Anyone desiring additional information can call the FRN at 304-845-3300 or by email at


The John Marshall High School 1969-1979 Class Reunion planning committee will be meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Third St.

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


A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Friday at the Moundsville Center, located at the former West Virginia Penitentiary (Wagon Gate Entrance on Eighth Street).

The blood drive is being sponsored by the Moundsville Lions Club and the Moundsville Economic Development Council.

This will be the first of two blood drives to be sponsored this year by the two organizations.

Appointments for Friday’s blood drive can be made by phoning 1-800-733-2767 or by downloading the blood drive app at and enter:LIONS


The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 31st annual Car Cruise, the Greg Yoho Memorial Car Show, from 5-9 p.m. on Friday along Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville.

Registration forms can be obtained at the Chamber office, 600 Jefferson Avenue.

This year’s sponsors will be Taylor Shepherd State Farm, Bayer Federal Credit Union and Hudson Premier physical Therapy and Fitness Center.

The co-chairs of the event are Jim Pettit and Brandy Hudson.


The Marshall County Animal Rescue League will be holding a yard sale Friday and Saturday at the Moundsville Rifle and Pistol Club on Eastern 12th Street across from the animal shelter. The hours both days are 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.


The Moundsville High School Class of 1964 will hold a picnic July 21 at Shelter No. 2 at Grand Vue Park.

Classmates and friends of the class are invited to come anytime after 11 a.m., for socializing prior to the catered lunch at noon. Lawn chairs are recommended.

Donations will be accepted for the cards, flowers and the memorial fund as well as a 50/50 drawing.

If any of the class members have not received a letter pertaining to the picnic they asked to call Shirley Coulson Stilwell at 304-845-7499. Reservations are due by July 7.


The Strand Theatre Preservation Society will hold an all-you-can-eat Louisiana shrimp boil at Shelter No. 2 at Grand Vue Park on Saturday.

The menu will consist of shrimp, corn, potatoes, sausage and ice cream.

Tickets can be purchased at Frame & Fortunes, Moundsville Pharmacy, both in Moundsville, and Nana’ Landing in Glen Dale.

Limited tickets will be available at the door.


Free dumpsters provided by the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority and the Marshall County Commission will be located at the Cameron Elementary School and in downtown Glen Easton from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday

There will be no provisions at either location to accept tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels,hazardous chemicals/materials, or household trash.

Anyone desiring additional information call either call Howard Coffield at 304-780-9866, by fax at 304-843-1074, or via email at


The first of of seven programs in the Summer Speaker Series, “Hungry for History,”at the Cockayne Farmstead, will be held from noon until 1 p.m. Thursday.

Thomas Tarowsky, retired program director of the Cockayne Farmstead, this week will present, “Two Brothers, One War.” It will about Sam and John Cockayne’s military service during World War II. Also, there will a display of the souvenirs brought home by the brothers.

Those attending may bring their lunch to free program which is open to the public.


Also, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., on Saturday the public is invited to join in a fun filled free event at the Cockayne Farmstead, where they can witness wool’s journey from the sheep into fiber. The program is titled, “Sheep to Shawl Day.”

Those attending will learn about life on a farm in the 19th century.

Children’s activities are scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and will consist of washing some laundry the old-fashioned way, hand dipping a candle, spinning some wool and playing some historic games.

Also, they will meet a beekeeper, and tour the 1850s farmhouse.


The dates for the all-Moundsville High School Five-Year Reunion have been set, with the committee having reserved the Training Center at the former West Virginia Penitentiary for Sept 4-6, 2020.


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