Number of Lions Clubs in County Dwindles to Three

Now there are three!

Over the years there have been as many as 10 Lions Clubs in Marshall County.However, with the loss of the Washington Lands Lions Club earlier this month the number of clubs in the county has been reduced to three — Dallas, Mount Olivet and Moundsville.

Previously, clubs in Benwood, McMechen, Glen Dale, Cameron, Pleasant Valley and Graysville have turned in their charters.

These clubs have aided their fellow residents in different ways, especially that of providing funding for eye examinations and eye glasses for needy individuals.

Clubs like the Washington Lands Lions Club have had major fundraisers in order to carry out their functions, the WLLC’s major fundraiser being fish fries twice a year. Club members would deliver fish to not only the Washington Lands community, but to plants south of Washington Lands, to people residing to the east of Washington Lands, and to the Moundsville area.

The decline in membership was the major reason for the Washington Lands Club turning in its membership after 37 years.

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The Blue and Gold Christian Center in Cameron will host an annual free Thanksgiving dinner beginning at noon on Thursday at the First Christian Church.

The dinner will feature turkey and all the trimmings, including beverages and desserts. The event is open to everyone.

For more information call Steve or Susie Davis at 304-686-3530.

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The Cameron Area Ministerial Association will host a community Thanksgiving service at the First Christian Church on North Avenue at 4 p.m. today.

FCC pastor Steve Jumper will deliver the message. A love offering will be received at the conclusion of the service to provide items for those in need in the community.

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Also today, the Moundsville Ministerial Association will host a community Thanksgiving service at St. Jude Catholic Church, Glen Dale, with Father John Ledford delivering the message. The service will begin at 3 p.m.

Those attending the service are asked to bring canned food which will be given to the Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen in Moundsville.

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Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday at Simpson United Methodist Church, Moundsville. The hours will be 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The dinner will be free and everyone is welcome.

Meals will be prepared for eat-in or as takeouts.

The kitchen serves lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., every week all year, and is staffed by volunteers from different churches.

Sandye Yoho, director of the community kitchen said, “The mission of the FBSCK is to provide a safe place for anyone who needs help or just wants to come the companionship. We Welcome everyone!”

Yoho, in addition to being the director, is also a member of the board, along with Simpson United Methodist Church Pastor Dennis Mehaffie, Linda Clark, Becky Cox, Bobbi Eddy, Rick Hyre, Larry Ebbert, Linda Greathouse, John Varlas, Jacki Kuhn, Wayne Kaufman, Kevin Britt and Gary Eddy.

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In Moundsville, Bob’s Lunch, Grand Vue Park and Quality Bakery will again be joining together to provide a free Thanksgiving Day dinner on Thursday at Bob’s Lunch. The hours will be 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., with eat-in or takeouts.

Bob’s Lunch owner Gary Workman said the main items on the menu will be turkey and ham. A number of volunteers will be servers.

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If you are one of those planning to participate in the 11th annual “Turkey Trot” on Thursday morning at Grand Vue Park, you may find yourself lined up next to a “turkey,” as two GVP staff members, Ben Bolock and Ashley Wear, found turkey costumes online which they purchased and will be wearing in the Trot, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Banquet Hall.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. for the 5K event, which is for both runners and walkers. The event is non-competitive, it will be informally timed, and family oriented. Also, pets are permitted if they are on a leash.

The course will cover 3.1 miles of rolling hills within the park.

There will be a non-refundable entry fee of $12 for children and $15 for adults.

Pre-registrations can be made by phoning the main office at 304-845-9810 extension O.

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While talking to GVP General Manager Craig White, he informed me that repairs had been made to two major slips which had occurred during this past summer.

Part of the funding for these undertakings was from oil and gas monies the park had received.

Also, White said the Grand Vue Park Foundation is functioning very well. He noted that the new chairman of the foundation is Stanley Stewart, who is also a member of the park’s board.

During upcoming months, the park board and foundation members will be making plans for the park’s future. White reminds that hunting is not permitted in the park.

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Tuesday is the deadline for children who wish to be involved in WJMH’s Santa’s Workshop television broadcast. WJMH Media is asking youngsters to write a letter to Santa to be read on television. They also asked that letters include a non-returnable photo to be shown on the show.

Santa’s workshop will air on West Liberty University’s TV station, WLU-TV at Xfinity channel 14 during the month of December.

Kids can also email Santa their letters by using the email address carly.mcelhaney@k12.wv.us. Letters are to be mailed to John Marshall High School at 1300 Wheeling Ave., Glen Dale, 26038, no later than Tuesday.

Letters must be be legible for Santa and his elves to read.

Questions can be directed to WJMH Media at 304-843-4476.

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Food handler classes will be held at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Nov. 27 at the Marshall County Health Department, 513 Sixth St., Moundsville.

Pre-registration is required by calling the department at 304-845-7840.

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The West Virginia University Extension Service is making it easier for individuals to check their blood pressure using the self-monitoring station located at the Marshall County Extension Office at 126 Barn Drive, Middle Grave Creek.

Those wanting to take advantage of this service simply go to the extension office on week days from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., and then follow the instructions, get their numbers, take information and be on their way.

It’s free and no appointment is necessary.

According to extension office personnel, one in three adults has high blood pressure, and only half of those that know they do have it under control. Many more don’t know they have high blood pressure, which can lead to a sudden heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease, vision loss and sexual dysfunction.

One of the easiest ways to monitor overall heart health is checking blood pressure frequently and knowing their numbers in addition to talking to, and scheduling regular appointments with their primary care doctor.

Before a person visits, there are a few key tips to note about getting an accurate reading. While exercise is great, it could potentially cause an inaccurate reading, so wait 30 minutes after exercising to check blood pressure. Additionally, avoid smoking, eating heavy meals and drinking caffeinated beverages prior to getting a reading. Wearing clothing with sleeves that are easily rolled up is necessary to place the cuff against the skin to get an accurate reading, as well.

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The 25th annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce sponsored Christmas Tree auction was an event of this past Tuesday at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

WesBanco hosted the event, along with the Business After Hours, which was catered by The Vue from Grand Vue Park.

The auction consisted of 22 locally decorated trees and seven decorated wreaths. The trees ranged in height from 5 feet to 7 1/2 feet for all but one tree.

While two of the trees sold for over $1,000, another sold for $975 and 10 others brought in less than $300. However, Brandy Hudson of Hudson Premier Physical Therapy & Fitness Center, informed Chamber Executive Director Scott Reager that although she had decorated a tree for the sale she also wanted to purchase a tree, and that since she hadn’t done that she would donate money which would enable each tree to “sell” for at least $300. Ironically, the tree decorated by Hudson’s went for $300.

A portion of the money received from the trees will go to the Marshall County Animal Rescue League.

Those decorating trees were:

The West Virginia University Marshall County Extension, Mike Kyrc, Tricia Goode, Wheeling Symphony, Laura Francis/Buried Treasure, Hudson Premier Physical Therapy & Fitness Center, Marshall County Childhood Cancer Awareness, Lois J. Dougherty/Jean’s Workbench, DKG, Center McMechen School/A. Holt, WTRF, WVU/Reynolds Memorial Hospital, WesBanco, Bayer HFCU, Valley Daughters CEO, AEP, First Impressions, Valley Hospice, Cassie Finley Theresa’s Fabrics, Traci Kinney Town Floral & Gift Shop.

The wreaths were entered by Jodi Reager, Lois Dougherty, BB&T, Karen Baker, Lisa Zukoff, Altmeyer’s Funeral Home and HealthNet Ambulance Service.

The top two buyers were: Jim Gardill, who purchased the 90th Anniversary of Mickey Mouse tree and Jack Zukoff, who purchased the Breast Cancer Awareness tree. The auctioneer for the event was Jim Behm.

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There will be book signings on Saturday at the former West Virginia Penitentiary, Jefferson Avenue entrance). The event is being held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday.

The booksigners will be C.J. Plogger, who has written three books about the facility, and Gary Rider, whose recent volume of “Marshall County Patriots and Heroes” will be sold.

Both will be on hand to personalize and sign purchases from 11 a.m. until noon.

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The annual Opus Music Club Christmas Concert titled, “A Jubilant Christmas” will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 2, at the First Christian Church, 1200 Third St., Moundsville.

The concert will feature the Chorus along with several solos throughout the program. One number will showcase a young student, Gage Collins, another number will allow the group’s accompanist, Michael Murphy, to feature his vocal talents. The Sherrard Middle School Chorus will also perform.

There will no admission charge, but a free-will offering will be collected at the end of the concert to help provide scholarships for prospective music students in Marshall County.

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