MarkWest’s Nick White Named ‘Employee of the Month’

Nick White, facility engineer at the MarkWest Energy’s Majorsville Complex in Marshall County, has been named the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce “Employee of the Month.” He was nominated by plant manager Bob Shough.

White runs many construction projects at one of the largest natural gas processing plants in West Virginia.

According to the nomination, White consistently completes projects on time, on budget and in a safe manner.

MarkWest Energy is a Partner in Education with Sand Hill Elementary School, and White has volunteered and worked with the students at both Sand School and Cameron High School, sharing information and the career opportunities that may be available to them. White has also generously fulfilled a child’s wish list during the company’s participation in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

Shough said, “Nick is a great asset for MarkWest Energy and sets an example for his co-workers.”

While on the subject of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, this month’s MCCC-sponsored Business After Hours event will take place on Thursday, hosted by the city of Moundsville.

It will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the new maintenance building on Brown Street. Those planning to attend are to RSVP via email to chamber@marshallcountychamber.com.

The cost will be $10 for those signing up in advance, while the cost at the door will be $12. The Chamber board of directors having recently voted to make the latter charge.

The West University/Marshall County Extension Service Committee will hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the Extension Office at 126 Barn Drive on Middle Grave Creek Road.

The WVU/MCES is a service provided cooperatively by the USDA, West Virginia University, the Marshall County Commission and the Marshall County Board of Education.

The committee consists of the president of the county 4-H leaders’ association, the farm bureau and the CEO organization, along with one county commissioner, one member of the board of education and three-at-large members appointed by the WVU Board of Governors. Among items on the agenda will be the election of a committee chairperson and a secretary for 2019-20 and at large appointments.

The meeting is open to the public. For additional information contact the Extension service at 304-843-1170.

The Marshall County Commissioners on Tuesday donated $3,500 to the Ohio Valley “Night to Shine,” following a presentation by Lori Mason of the Bowman Ridge United Methodist Church,

Another donation, this one for $3,000, was given to the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard.

In other matters at the MCC meeting, Scott Varner was elected president by his fellow members John Gruzinskas and Mike Ferro. Varner has served on the commission for the past four years.

New commission member Ferro was welcomed by his fellow commissioners and several individuals who were in the audience. Ferro has served in the West Virginia House of Delegates for 10 years.

Among other matters with which the commissioners dealt with were signing off on a document which listed rules for conducting commission meetings and also, the meeting dates for 2019.

Grand Vue Park General Manager Craig White spoke about activities being discussed for 2019, and also, the Greater Moundsville Convention and Visitors Bureau of which he is president.

An interactive Music Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre titled, “Rock ’em Dead” will be offered at 7 p.m.. Friday at Vue Bar and Grill at Grand Vue Park.

The show will feature completely original music performed by local actors/musicians.

Reservations are to be made by calling VB&G at 304-810-2778.

Two showings of “Moundsville: An American Story” will be taking place at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville. Several locals are in the production.

On Jan. 26, also at the Strand, there will be three local residents featured. They include Roger Hoard, One-a-Chord musical group, and Crandall Creek Band. The event will begin at 7 p.m.

The Ron Retzer Trio will be performing on Feb. 9 at the Strand.

Donors are welcome to register for the American Red Cross Blood Drive to be held from 12:30-4 p.m. on Thursday at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

The Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC) and the Moundsville Lions Club are sponsoring the event.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins will be accepted.

Would you believe that baseball spring training is just around the corner, the pitchers and catchers arriving by Feb. 12 or Feb. 13, with the games starting Feb. 23?

I received a reminder from Bill Bryson of Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel, that the deadline for signing up for the Pirates’ Spring Training trip to Bradenton, Fla., is fast approaching.

Recently I spent time in the Arlington, Va./Washington, D.C., area and as it turned out not all the attractions in the Nation’s Capitol were operational because of the government shutdown.However, he next best thing was to get caught up on some reading materials.

Well, it just so happened that the official newsletter of the Pittsburgh Pirates Alumni Association (winter 2018-19) edition became available.

It turned out that a person who works in the same office as my daughter had received the most recent newsletter as the result of having taken part in a golf tournament sponsored by the PPAA.

On learning from my daughter that I was a long-time Pirate fan, starting from the 1940s, he gave her the 32-page newsletter to give to me.

I had never seen this publication, “The Black and Gold,” but it didn’t take long to find out it was right up my alley.

One section was devoted to what was referred to as “Bucs Banter,” which listed a paragraph of information from 43 former Pirates, some of whom had been a Bucco for a year or two, while others had played for the Pirates for a number of years.

Among those listed in the “Bucs Banter” were Jay Bell, Steve Blass, Doug Drabek, Al Holland, Grant Jackson, Jason Kendell, Bob Kipper, Vernon Law, Mario Mendoza, Orlando Merced, Steve Nicosia, Bob Oldis, Ed Ott, Gary Redus, Don Schwall, Dave Sveum, Kent Tekulve, Frank Thomas, Gary Yarsho, and Kevin Young.

There was also a section called, “Miscellaneous 2018 Pirates New and Notes,” which included a half page about Elroy Face, who in 2018 was saluted by the Pirates as one of the team’s all-time greats. If you haven’t heard of Face, who will be 91 years old on Feb. 20, he was a Pirate legend and a trendsetter in the game. He had a 16-year major league career, 14 of which were as a Pirate.

Although he was only 5 feet, 8 inches in height, he was fearless in pressure situations. He threw a fork ball which was the forerunner of the modern day split-fingered fastball. He was a closer, which in hi day often meant pitching the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Face is the Pirates’ all-time leader in games pitched (802) and 775 of those appearances came in relief. In 1959, Face had an 18-1 record, while in the 1960 World Series he saved three of the four Pirates wins. I was in attendance at three of the four games played at Forbes Field.

There was also a story in the newsletter about the Pirates and the city of Bradenton who in 2018 celebrated 50 years together.

Of course, the newsletter contained information on numerous other “Pirate oldtimers.”

It was a pleasure to have received the Black and Gold publication!!

You shouldn’t go anywhere without ice cream, and it just so happened in that Shirleyville, an unincorporated urban village of Arlington, Va., has a new Ice Cream parlor. It was quite different than what I was used to.

This one was called “I-CE-NY” and originated in Thailand.

It starts out as a liquid base and you can watch the attendant use your own choice of flavors, mixing and matching them as part of the toppings, sauces on a frozen surface, using a metal paddle to created a cup of ice cream.

The website of I-CE-NY lists only 18 locations in the United States.

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