Crow Named Strand Theatre’s First Executive Director

Since the Strand Theatre in Moundsville reopened in on Aug. 6, 2011 the daily operations of the facility have been carried out by board members of the Strand Theatre Preservation Society and volunteers, but as of July 1 these duties belong to Sadie Crow the theatre’s first executive director.

Crow is very confident she will be able to carry out the duties which were outlined by the STPS board when they advertised for an executive director.

The position listed a total of eight overall duties, along with the familiar ”Other Duties As Assigned.”

As to Crow, she is Moundsville resident who started taking acting lessons at the age of 10.

During her elementary, middle school and high school years she was involved in many summer musicals. She was also involved with Wheeling’s Town Gate Theater.

She is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School. She received a BA degree in English from West Virginia University, and an MA from Duquesne University.

She said, ”Although I have two degrees in English, I decided to apply for this position because I really like acting and the other things that go with it.

In high school she was in the marching band, steel band, orchestra, choir, and was captain of the Speech Team

Two area which she plans to address in the very near future is writing grants on behalf of the Strand Theatre, along with marketing of attractions offered at The Strand.

She would also like to increase the number of attractions at the Strand. and was captain of the Speech Team.

By the way the new position is part-time, but she knows that she will be working more than the 24 hours the job calls for.

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Getting back to the job functions outlined in the advertisement were:

Program development–Work with the program director to establish events for the 2019 year; Identify funding sources for events; Identify grants, submit applications, and conduct necessary follow up and reporting.

Theatre House Management. Coordinate with the building operations and maintenance committee; Work with established committees to identify needed upgrades to the theatre.

Manage Theatre Office–Answer phones, monitor and respond to emails; Oversee general office duties (e.g. record keeping, copying, mailing); check mail; Handle customer needs and concerns; Oversee the loan and return of costumes, props, construction materials and any other property of the facility.

Funding–Work with the fundraising committee to establish annual fundrasing goals; Work with board and volunteers to identify new donors and sponsors; Develop, plan, and execute fundraising campaigns, special events, and other fundraising resources, special events, and other fundraising activities; Track, cultivate, renew and upgrade current and prospective donors, sponsors and Friends of the Strand via written correspondence, phone calls, personal visits, and donor events; Work with the executive secretary to produce and distribute thank you/tax letters for donors and sponsors.

Publicity–Work with the board to create outreach and publicity plans and goals; work with the program director to write press releases; Distribute promotional and press materials to media outlets, webmaster and local merchants; Update theatre marquee; Maintain donor and sponsor lists for program and lobby screen recognition; Update lobby screen for donors, sponsors, and upcoming events;Work with the program director to compile, design and furnis performance information for website, social media, and program/poster printing; Assist program director and fundraising chairs with event planning and execution.

Ticket Sales–Work with board and program director to create ticket goal sales; Work with program director to ensure accurate information on tickets and publicity materials; Ensure regular box office hours are staffed; Identify opportunities for group sales.

Volunteers–Coordinate with the volunteer chair to train volunteers to perform duties where needed for theatre operation; Maintain reporting on volunteers including areas and hours worked.

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Long-time Marshall County educator Gerald Trembush will be inducted into the John Marshall High School Wall of Fame on Sept.22. He will be the 50th inductee.

The 14th annual formal induction and banquet will take place at the Moundsville Country Club.

Trembush served as a librarian, footfall and wrestling coach at Sherrard Junior High from 1968-71. He was principal at Sherrard from 1971-72. He came to JMHS as an assistant principal where he served for 12 years. In 1984 he became principal at Moundsville Junior High. He was named principal at SJHS in 1993.

In May 1993 Trembush became the assistant executive director of the West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletic Commission and remained in that position until 2001.

He has served on Glen Dale City Council, and has also served as City Recorder for 15 years.

Trembush is active in St. Jude Catholic Church in Glen Dale, and has been co-director of the church’s Festival.

Recently he celebrated with his wife, Becky, 50 years of marriage. His family includes three children, Kara, Kevin, Keely and eight grandchildren.

A permanent display of the Wall’s membership is located at John Marshall High School.

The selection of Wall of Fame is done by 12 individuals consisting of former administrators, teachers, and students, along with current students. Each year honorees are selected from nominations submitted by the public.

Those honored may be graduates who have demonstrated superior achievements in school and beyond, and non-graduates who have gone above the call of duty in their service to the school.

The induction/banquet is open with reservations due by Sept. 8 by contacting committee chairman Joe Komorowski at 304-845-3403. All living members of the Wall are encouraged to make reservations for the special night.

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Kyle Carpenter, a 17-year-old upcoming senior at Paden City High School, is this month’s featured artist at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex.

Self-taught with no formal training, Carpenter has been painting for about a year.

Persons can see her work during regular museum hours

For more information about activities and programs at the Grave Creek Mound, contact cultural program coordinator Andrew Keller at 304-843-4128 or andrea.k.keller@wv.gov or visit www.facebook, com/gravecreekmound and www.twitter.com/gravecreekmound.

Visitors can also tour the complex’s many exhibits including ”The Buried Past:Artifacts from West Virginia’s Wild, Wonderful History”which showcases a series of West Virginia archaeological sites selected from the curation facility, and Prehistoric West Virginia which features casts of some of the large Ice Age animals that once roamed West Virginia and a cast of a stag moose’s skull.

Admission to the GCMAC is free.

The Delf Norona Museum, which is located at 801 Jefferson Ave., is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Outdoor access closes at 4:30 p.m.

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An adult swim-dance sponsored by Friends of Moundsville Parks and Recreation to benefit the recreational facilities of Moundsville will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Four Seasons Pool.

There will be concessions, door prizes and an Elvis tribute.

Donnie Gilbert will be the disc jockey.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.

To order tickets or get tickets at the FSP call 304-845-3453.

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The annual Marshall County Farm Bureau Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the Limestone Community Center. The dinner will be catered by Dianna’s Cakes and Catering.

There will be a business meeting at which officers and directors for the 2018-19 year In addition, several members will be receiving their 20, 30, 40 and 70 pins and membership certificates.

The musical group One-a-Chord, an Acapella Quartet from Barnesville, will provide the music. The group began in October 2000 as a gospel quartet. The religious roots of the quartet are deep in the Church of Christ where a cappella singing (in chapel style without instrumental accompaniment) is standard. In fact, the first CD released by OAC in 2003 was a gospel album titled, ”One Lord, One Faith.” The musical group has opened for numerous musical shows, including the National Anthem several times at PNC Park.

Tickets for the banquet are on sale through any director or by contacting Barbara Otte at 304-771-3215 or Mike Merinar at 304-547-5875, or can be purchased at the door the night of the banquet.

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Having heard nothing but excellent comments pertaining to the new turf at Monarch Stadium, at the same time these same individuals note that the new lighting system has yet to be installed.

Friday morning I made a visit to the site and learned that while digging holes for the four electric poles the workmen kept hitting water which has kept the poles from being installed thus workmen tomorrow morning will resume this undertaking. I was told that Aug. 17 had been the original date for completion.

I did learn that a new light control panel had been installed at the south end of the field, and that AEP had installed a new pole from power will be provided to the panel.

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