Flagger Was Directing Children to Rehearsals, Not Traffic

With construction in progress along W.Va. 2 from Fifth Street to the Jefferson Avenue, in Moundsville, and the replacement of curbs at intersections along Wheeling Avenue in Glen Dale, we have come to watch for individuals flagging motorists through these areas.

However, I was surprised this past week to see a person with a yellow flag in front of the Strand Theatre in Moundsville. Apparently that individual was there to assist youngsters going to the Strand Theatre, where rehearsals were being held for the annual Missoula Children’s event.


Andrea Keller, cultural program coordinator at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, will be discussing prehistoric Adena people at the Hungry for History program at the Cockayne Farmstead from noon until 1 p.m. on Thursday.

This will be one of several programs to be held throughout the summer every other Thursday, at which local experts speak on various local history topics.

Attendance is free and open to the public with the Cockayne Farmstead personnel providing snacks and refreshments. Seating will be provided, but those attending should bring a lawn chair if they want extra comfort.

This week’s program will focus on the Adena, who lived at a time when horticulture was just getting started in this part of the world. Crops grown in the garden will be used to discuss some of the plants grown by Native Americans in the Upper Ohio Valley River Valley in a show-and-tell presentation.


Speaking of the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, some 50 individuals were present this past Wednesday to sign a large birthday card on behalf of West Virginia Day.


The third in a series of six Marshall County Chamber of Commerce sponsored summer concerts will take place from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Glen Dale Park.

The Brett Cain Duo (Cain/Jonathan Banco) will be performing Top 40 pop and rock favorites

The free concerts are sponsored by Moundsville Pharmacy and the Marshall County Commission.


Two Moundsville residents, Roger Frame and Fred Brunner, were reappointed to Marshall County boards by the Marshall County Commission at Tuesday’s meeting.

Roger Frame was reappointed to the county Solid Waste Authority, while Brunner will continue to serve on the I-68/W.Va 2 Authority.


Larry Newell, E-911 director, appeared before the county commission on Tuesday to recognize Jeff Gunn for 20 years of service as an E-911 telecommunicator. Newell said, “I’m very proud and humbled to make a presentation for his excellent service.”


Also, Grand Vue Park General Manager Craig White appeared before the commission with updates and upcoming events at the Park. White said, “Everything is up and running, including the Grand Adventure Leadership Camps, which started yesterday (this past Monday). He added that the cabins are full, and GVP is building a stage at the Vue Bar & Grill, with the first concert to be held July 13.

As to the GALC, it is led by certified teachers through action-packed weeks with a new educational theme that will keep those enrolled moving, learning and gaining key leadership skills. The camps are held Monday through Friday, the hours being 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The camps are for ages 5-12; the younger ages must have completed kindergarten. Also offered are before care starting at 7:30 a.m., and after care until 5:30 p.m.

The first week’s theme was “Let’s Go Team,” and this coming week the theme will be “Makerspace, Lagos and Coding.” Other themes will be: “Kid Chef” July 2-6; “Well, Who Knew???” July 9-13; “Art Week,” July 16-20; “Animals and Nature,” July 23-27; “So That’s the Story,” July 30-Aug. 3.

Parents can register their children by calling GVP at 04-9810, extension 403.


Alexa Jasinski has been awarded the John Marshall High School Wall of Fame Scholarship sponsored by the WOF Program.

Making the presentation was Wall of Fame committee member and West Virginia University professor Dr. Hal Gorby.

Jasinski’s activities included band jazz band, steel drums, Monarch Company, Thespians, Drug Free Club, Youth Leadership Association, Card Club and Suzuki Orchestra.

She has also received the following honors: Solo and Ensemble (clarinet) superior rating for four years; Suzuki Ensemble (violin) superior rating two years; steel pans superior rating with honors; Mallet Ensemble, superior rating; World Drumming Ensemble, excellence rating; National Honor Society; Thespian Society vice president her junior year, and president her senior year; “Golden Pickle” Good Zoo volunteer award; Homecoming Queen; and Top Five of the graduating class.

Her volunteer activities included: Lenten fish fries, Relay for Life, ADK Christmas, Italian Festival, A&B Meet Santa, Grand Vue Park bike race; and the accomplation of 700 hours at Good Zoo.

This marked the fourth year for the WOF’s scholarship progrram.


Anyone who may want to nominate a person for the Wall of Fame must do so by July 1.

More information pertaining to this program can be obtained by calling 304-845-3403.

The induction of new members will be held in September.


Three different programs pertaining to the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library Summer Reading program will be held this week.

They are:

At 11 a.m., on Monday a there will be a program, “Moundsville Library Rocks,” which will consist of painting rocks with Mary Leichter. The program is for youngsters 7 and up; at 11 a.m., Tuesday there will be a “Rock ‘N’ Roll Store.” There will be music, magic, and funny puppets, live animals, all part of Mike Z’s variety show.

At 11 a.m. on Thursday Robert Strong will present fun science titled, “Science and Sound.”


At the Benwood-McMechen Library, the “Rock ‘N’ Pet Store”will be the program while on Friday at 11:30 a.m. there will be “Butterflies” with Mickey Massey and a PBS Write On! winning story along with fun crafts and treats.


The three events at the Cameron Library will consist of:

“Fun With Clifford,” a storybook favorite fun with Jason Courtwright; “Curious George” a storybook favorite with Nancy Fullerton, along with “Lavender Mice,” a stitchery craft with Mary Leichter for ages 9 and up.


There will be a movie titled, “Love, Simon” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library. It will be a comedy-drama-romance. It is a coming-of-age story when a teen’s secret is threatened and he finally comes to terms with his idenity. It is rated PG-13 and is 110 minutes in length.


When Rev. Fr. John S. Ledford entered the room at the Guest House Restaurant in Moundsville on Tuesday, most of those in attendance at the Moundsville Lions Club thought that he was a guest from another club, as the club was holding its installation.

It didn’t take long for everyone to become acquainted after he stated that he was the new pastor of St. Jude Church in Glen Dale, and that he was a Lion member at Charles Town.

I learned some other information in speaking with him, my first question being had he ever been in the Ohio Valley. Well it turns out the native of Tennessee, had been the priest in Weirton 1975-77 and in Follansbee, 1994-96, and that he had previously served churches pastor in Huntington, Nitro and Dunbar.

He has been a pastor for 43 years.

It was while he was in Huntington that he joined the Lions International. He has held several offices in local Lions Clubs, and this past year has been the secretary in the Charles Town Lions Club.

Fr. Antony Raju, who has served the served St. Jude Parish for the past four years, has returned to his native India.


Actually, the area is getting at least two new pastors, as Antonio (Tony) Phillip Romano will preach his first sermon today at the Moundsville Baptist Church.

He was raised in central Ohio, and is coming here from Brawley, Calif.

He and his wife, Kristie, and four children will be honored at a reception after the today’s morning service. That service will begin at 12:30 p.m., and is open to the community.


Like most motorists, I go to the Regional DMV Office once a year and thus it has been a year since I was there.

Well things have changed in the past year, as you no longer have to stand in line.

I found out that you have to go to the information desk where a person checks your documents and If you have everything you need you are given a piece of paper with a number on it. You then sit down and wait for your number to be called. That number also flashes on a screen, and you then go to an asigned window.


Congratulations to Gene Lough, who was named as Moundsville Lions Club “Lion of the Year,” by outgoing club President Jeremy McGraw. Lough arranged for two American Red Cross blood drives during the past year, and also, signed up the most new members.


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