Senior Citizens Center May Have Major Upgrade in Store

Some 40 years ago members of the Mound City Senior Satellite wanted to build a structure of their own and began holding events such as bake sales, dinners, and a variety of other fundraisers.

As it turned out, finding a new location which would meet all the needs without putting the satellite deep in debt proved to be difficult, and as a result, the undertaking was put on hold after 15 years.

The $60,000 which had been raised was put in certificates of deposit and during the past 25 years the money had increased by some $10,000, bringing the figure to $70,495.92.

In recent months, the Marshall County Senior Citizen’s Center Inc. and Mound City Senior Satellite officers have discussed how the satellite’s money might be used for the betterment of the center, which is made up of eight satellites.

Recently, the center board learned that it would be losing a long-time tenant, Family Services Nutrition Kitchen, which is housed in a building behind the center.

One of the ideas proposed is razing or renovating the building the nutrition kitchen will be leaving.

Whichever route is taken will involve the vans operated by the Senior Center, as the majority of them presently are stored outdoors.

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Two annual events will be taking place this coming weekend, one being the Marshall County Relay for Life and the other the 38th Fostoria Glass Society of America Convention.

The site of the Relay for Life has changed this year. It will be held in the north parking lot at John Marshall High School on Friday evening.

This year’s theme is, “May the Cure Be With You.”

The monetary goal is $45,000.

Friday has been proclaimed by the Marshall County Commissioners as “Relay For Life Day” and commissioners have asked individuals to show their support to those people living with cancer, and honor those who have lost their lives to the disease.

Registration will begin at 5 p.m., and during that one-hour period teams can sign up, purchase luminaries, and give donations. Survivors will register in the center of the track under the canopy.

The opening ceremony will include the singing of the National Anthem. The welcome will be given by Claudia Callahan, Miss Northern West Virginia Outstanding Teen, survivor and caregiver speeches, the initial survivor lap and the caregiver lap with music by Wesley Howsare.

The entertainment line-up will begin at 7 p.m., and will feature Howsare, Joe Mastracci, Beacon Road, Crandall Creek, and Ron Retzer.

Also, as part of the activities, teams will design cars using the theme and cancer information. Someone from each team will walk throughout the evening wearing the team’s car, collecting money “votes” in the “gas tank.”

Mr. and Mrs. Relay –couples dressed as characters from Star Wars — will be introduced and then someone from each team will walk around the track for about an hour collecting votes (cash).

The Luminary Ceremony will be at 9:30 pm.

The closing ceremony and final lap will take place at midnight.

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As to the Fostoria Convention, it will be held Friday through next Sunday. The show will be at the Moundsville Center within the walls of the Historic West Virginia Penitentiary, through the North Wagon Gate on Eighth Street.

Joining the show again this year will be dealers from the Imperial Glass Club and the Moon and Stars Club.

The event will feature glassware by Fostoria, Imperial, Morgantown, Cambridge, Heisey, Moon and Stars & others.

The convention will be centered on cutting titled, “A Cut Above.” Karen Eisenhauer will be the presenter of the theme program. She and her husband, Steve, have been attending the Fostoria conventions for years. Her mother cut the Mulberry pattern as a Fostoria employee.

The Mulberry cutting No. 799 will be the centerpiece of the convention’s exhibit of cuttings.

In addition to the different events at the convention, there will be the election of five officers and 10 directors. There is one Ohio Valley resident serving as an officer, and five as board members.

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The third annual Ryan Hammond Steak Fry, along with the annual Golf Scramble, both in memory of SSGT Ryan Hammond, will be held July 7.

The steak fry will be held from 5 p.m. until midnight at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary, entrance from the North Wagon Gate (Eighth Street and Baker Avenue).

There will be live music, drawings, a Chinese auction, etc.

Tickets can be purchased or more information provided by calling Donnie Gilbert, Jr., at 304-639-2769.

The four-person golf scramble will be held at the Moundsville Country Club. Registration will be from 8-8:45 a.m., with the shotgun start at 9 a.m.

There will be awards for the top teams, along with hole prizes There will also be a steak fry.

The registration deadline is July 1.

Proceeds from both events will go to the Ryan Hammond Memorial Fund to provide scholarships for graduating Marshall County students (John Marshall and Cameron High Schools).

To register or for more information call 304-639-2769.

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Lions Club members are being urged to invite family and friends to join the club between Thursday and June 30, as entrance fees are being waived during this period.

A notice from Lions Club International states that to close out the organization’s incredible Centennial Celebration in style, new members can join without paying an entrance fee.

This announcement states the following: “We’ve delivered hope and change to the world, now, as we prepare for an innovation second century of service, there has never been a more exciting time to become a Lion, and we want to make it as easy as possible for new members to join us.”

The sponsor of a new member will receive a Centennial Sponsor Pin for inviting a new member.

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Darkness distorted!

That is the title of a one- night tour at the former West Virginia Penitentiary, which will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on June 9.

Those interested in experiencing a twisted sense of reality can do so without a light in the underground labyrinth of the WVP.

Well, there will be some light if a glow stick counts.

Those wanting to signup for the tour can do so via email at www.wvpentours.com.

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The third annual “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation” Community Wide Food Drive exceeded last year’s event.

This year, 10,339 pounds of food — the majority of which was canned items –were collected. The figure was some 50 pounds over last year.

The food was given to food pantries, a soup kitchen and organizations who provide food assistance to those in need during the summer months.

Donor teams comprised of business groups, county offices and organizations spearheaded, along with the Marshall County Family Resource Network, this undertaking.

Recipients of the food were:

Blue and Gold Christian Center, Cameron; Calvary United Methodist Church, Moundsville; Cameron Baptist Church; Glen Dale United Methodist Church; Family Service of the Upper Ohio Valley, Feeding Body & Soul at Simpson United Church, Moundsville; House of Carpenter II, Moundsville; Mount Olive United Methodist Church; Moundsville Salvation Army; and Wellspring Pregnancy Center, Moundsville.

Stacie Deil, executive director of FRN, said, “The food drive would not have been as successful without the individuals and organizations who donated time or food items, and the FRN appreciates the support received from the community.” She added, “The Marshall County FRN is a catalyst for change, an organization that understands and is responsive to the needs and opportunities in the community.”

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For more than 50 years the Allen family has been holding a yearly reunion on the second Sunday in June, in honor of the late Grandma Clarice Allen’s birthday

Thus, this year’s reunion will be taking place at 1 p.m. on June 10 at the Glen Dale Park Shelter. All family and friends are invited to attend.

Meat and table settings will be provided and those attending are to bring a dish and beverage to share.

Call Howard Coffield with questions. His number is 304-780-9866.

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Moundsville American Legion Post No. 3 Baseball Coach Bill Burkett dropped off this year’s 50-game schedule.

The home opener will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Valley Fork Park against Toronto. Other home games this week will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday against Wheeling, and a doubleheader on Saturday against Brilliant, the first game to be at noon.

Burkett said New Martinsville will be fielding a team this year, thus bringing to four the number of area teams, the others being Weirton, Wheeling and Moundsville.

This will be Burkett’s 35th consecutive year as coach of Post No. 3. In addition to coaching, he is the state American Legion Baseball Commander.

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The Marshall County Clean-Up schedule for this coming week (Saturday) will be at Washington Lands (Todd Kelly Trucking) and the Graysville Community Center. The hours at both locations are 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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 wishing additional information can contact Howard Coffield at HowardCof@comcast.net, by phone at 304-780-9866 or fax at 304-843-1074.

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