A Bus, Five Days, 1,720 Miles, Good Friends and Baseball

Another Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel baseball trip is in the books!

The five-day trip included visits to Allentown, Pennsylvania, Cooperstown, New York, New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore for three Major League games, one minor league contest and a visit to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Our motorcoach logged 1,720 miles. This was the 53rd multi-game trip, which started in 2003.

We have seen 175 games, 137 of which have been Major League games, the other 38 being minor league games.

The 175 figure does not include five spring training visits, or single games to Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

On the most recent trip, the first game was to Allentown the home of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. The opponent was the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders. The Iron Pigs, who lead the Triple-A International League’s North Division by five games, won the contest by a 4-2 score.

Where were our seats? If you guessed the Pig Pen, you would be right.

It turned out that four years ago, the left field was shortened thus creating bullpens for both teams along with two rows of seats which were named the Pig Pen.

As a result you can almost reach out and touch the left fielder, and you can definitely reach into one of two bullpens behind you. By the way, if you sit in the Pig Pen you don’t have to leave your seat as they have people to take your order and bring it to you.

The IronPigs name is in reference to pig iron, used in the manufacturing of steel for which the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania is world-renown.

The facility is known as Coca-Cola Park and is an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The next day it was a stop in Cooperstown following a three-hour drive from Allentown.

The small town of Cooperstown is comprised of numerous small shops that offer different kinds of baseball items. The size of these shops are such that they are always crowded. It seemed like that the number of shops have increased since the last time I was there seven years ago.

The Hall of Fame is located on Main Street, along with the shops, restaurants and the U.S. Post Office.

Stop No. 3 was to Yankee Stadium, this marking the 17th time the Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel team had been there.

In past years our seats, whether in the old stadium or the new one, have been on the sixth level in right field, but this time we were seated on the third baseline — in the shade.

When the Yankees and the Red Sox meet you can expect a long game, but it didn’t turn out that way this time although there were nine runs scored, eight of which were by the Yankees. Four of the Yankee runs came on home runs.

The first two days of our trip were both rainy, while the third day was much better, However, we knew that the final two games were going to take place in 90-degree temperatures.

Those predicting the weather were right as a Saturday night game in Philadelphia was in the 90s. When we learned the seats would be in the sun for at least 1 1/2 hours of gametime some of us started looking for shade. Some of our group did get lucky as the usher in our section offer us seats back further in the shade.

As to the game itself, the Phillies defeated Washington, 3-2. I don’t know whether it was because of the weather, but none of the Philadelphia pitchers were utilized for more than two innings.

Our final game was to be an afternoon game, with the temperature again in the 90s, the game played at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The hometown Orioles won over the Los Angeles Angels, 6-4. The Orioles had four home runs.

We lucked out, we were under roof, and there was a breeze, which was a big help.

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Getting back to the Philadelphia game, a camera case was left behind in the parking lot, but the good news is that a trustworthy person found it.

The case belonged to Bill Bryson, and it included not only his camera, but a pair of prescription sunglasses, his phone charger, his business cards, etc.

The person who found the case used the phone number on the business card to contact the Uniglobe office.

Bill contacted the person, and it turned out that the individual had come to the game on one of the two school buses which had been parked in front of our motorcoach.

Bryson said, ”When I told her I would be sending her $100, she replied she teaches autistic students, and that she would be using the donation to help purchase supplies for these children.”

Bryson added, ”I believed someone would return the camera case and I am happy that a person like Jessie Deopp from New Jersey found it.”

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Monday will mark the first full week of the security system at the Marshall County Courthouse.

As of this past Thursday, persons who had business at the courthouse had to pass through a metal detector. Two retired police officers, Shawn Allman and Shaun Flanigan, have been employed as full-time security officers.

Mike Dougherty, a 20-year employe of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, has been assigned to oversee the security at the courthouse and also the magistrate’s office.

Allman said on Thursday and Friday, everyone seemed to be pleased that the courthouse has a new security system.

Previously, the courthouse had a scanner on the second floor, leading into the courtroom, the judge’s office and the prosecuting attorney’s office, and this scanner will continue to be operational.

The courthouse also had video cameras in the hallways.

As the result of the new security system, all visitors must enter through the front door of the courthouse.

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The Marshall County FRN will hold its monthly general membership meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the former West Virginia Penitentiary, instead of at the FRN office.

This meeting is a way to share information and learn about activities and programs going on in the community, and each member attending will have an opportunity to briefly discuss their organization.

Those attending are to bring their business cards and any materials they would like to distribute to the group.

Call 304-845-3300 or email marshallcounty frn@comcast.net to RSVP.

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A Vacation Bible School will be held July 15-20 at the Cornerstone Church of God, First Street and Poplar Avenue.

The theme of the VBS will be ”Time Lab.”

The VBS is for ages 3-12.

The times will be 6-8:35 p.m., and there will be dinner from 5:15-5:45 p.m. each night.

To pre-register call 304-845-7745.

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A Bluegrass Festival will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. Friday at the Strand Theatre, 811 Fifth St.

Performing will be the Road Hogs, Crandall Creek and Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers.

Proceeds from tickets and the silent auction will benefit the Cancer Research Center at Reynolds Memorial Hospital/WVU Medicine.

Tickets will be available at the door.

For additional information call 304-281-5776.

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The 18th annual Marshall County Back-to-School Fun Fair will take place from 8 a.m. until noon July 18 at the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

The Fun Fair is open to any Marshall County School student, pre-school through 12th grade, accompanied by an adult. There are no income guidelines to participate.

Each child will receive free school supplies such as a backpack, pencils, pens, notebooks and more.

Youngsters can sign up for prizes including tickets to Kennywood Park, tickets to a Wild Things baseball game, a bicycle, tablet, food and movie basket.

Other free services offered will be health check-ups by personnel from the Marshall County Health Department, hairstylists will be giving haircuts, hygiene products will be distributed and there will also be face paintings.

Approximately 50 different agencies will be assisting the students and parents.

Pizza will be served at lunch.

Marshall County Schools employee Susie Baker started the event in 2000 and since then it has become a popular way for Marshall County students to celebrate their return to school.

Last year more than 1,200 families took part.

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The staff of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the city of Moundsville will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Moundsville business, ”Wood Scraps LLC” at 245 Jefferson Ave., at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Toni Smith is the owner of the business.

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The 4th annual Wild and Wonderful Lock 13 Riverfest in McMechen will take place Friday and Saturday.

There will be live music, food, games, wrestling, a kayak race, inflatables and more.

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Another in a series of ”Hungry for History” events will take place from noon until 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale.

The theme of the event will be: ”Crystal to Carnival: The Story of Wheeling Glass.”

Holly McCluskey, the curator of Glass at the Museums of Oglebay Park, will present a talk on the glass industry in Wheeling and how it shaped the history in this area. Also, there will be a display of some beautiful glass pieces owned by the Cockayne family.

Attendance is free and open to the public.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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The Crazy Horse Country Rock Band will be performing from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Grand Vue Park as part of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series. The location is the site of the former golf clubhouse, now occupied by the park’s Vue Grill and Bar. In the past few days workmen have completed a stage adjacent to the building.

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Three special events will be taking place this week at the Cameron Public Library, all of which are free and open to the public.

At 1 p.m. Monday, ”Let’s Learn About Farm Animals,” with Gavin Stern.; at 1 p.m. Tuesday, ”Making Music,” a special event from the Schrader Center; and at 1 p.m. Wednesday, ”Make a Tasty Treat,” with Josey Stern.

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The ”Think Outside the Book!” programs at the Benwood-McMechen Public Library for this week will be: 4 p.m., Monday, ”Betsy Ross & The Story of the American Flag” by Patty Cooper, for school-age children and adults; at 5 p.m. Tuesday, a film, ”My Cousin Rachel.”

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This week’s two special programs will take place at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will be 4 p.m., Monday, a Betsy Ross portrayal of the American Flag with Patty Cooper; at 2 p.m. on Friday, ”Science Rocks!” with Gerry Lewis.

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