Memorial Day Services Scheduled in Marshall County

All military veterans and all Moundsville area residents are invited to attend this year’s Memorial Day Service, which will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the gymnasium of Central Elementary School.

Members of Cub Scout Pack No. 78 and Boy Scout Troop No. 78 will assist with the program by presenting their skit for the veterans. Gary Rider will update his series of books titled, “Marshall County Patriots and Heroes.”

Marshall County Commissioners Scott G. Varner, Michael T. Ferro and John D. Gruzinskas will read the list of area veterans who have passed away since last year’s service.

The program will begin with the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard advancing the flag of our country. The program will conclude with the traditional laying of the flowers, the Post Everlasting Services and the 21-gun salute followed by the playing of Taps to honor departed veterans and their families

The number of American flags displayed in the “Field of Flags” in conjunction with the Memorial Day observance in Cameron is 670, with 25 volunteers assisted in placing the flags at the Veterans Memorial Park site. Numerous persons have had the opportunity to view the flags during the past three days. The flags will continued to be displayed through Wednesday.

This is the third year of the “Honor a Veteran (past or present) on Memorial Day Weekend” in Cameron.

Monday’s Memorial Day service in Cameron will take place at 11 a.m. The speaker will be Dr. D.W. Cummings, pastor of Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in Wheeling.

Also taking part in the service will be members of the Cameron High School Band, members of American Legion Post No. 18 Auxiliary, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and Cameron American Legion’s Honor Guard.

The Cameron American Legion Post No. 18 recently elected officers and for the most part there is little change.

The commander for the 22nd straight year is C. William “Bill” Harris.

Other officers who will assume duties on July 1 are: Hazen Pyles, first vice commander; Vernon Bunch, second vice commander; Larry Hull, adjutant; Dave Rayle, finance officer; Rick Anderson service officer; Kenneth Riggs, chaplain; Jim Rogers, children/youth; Sam Bayza, Americanism; John Kostrea, historian; Rick Davidson, judge advocate; Paul Stern, house committee.

Summer reading programs at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will begin on June 8, while programs at the Benwood-McMechen Library will begin on June 11 and the summer reading programs at the Cameron Public Library will begin on June 10.

Sign-ups for the programs will begin on May 31 at of the three libraries. Those signing up will receive a reading record to list titles of books they read this summer, or books that are read to them, if the child isn’t yet an independent reader.

The more books that a youngsters reads, the more rewards they will earn.

The reading programs at the MMCPL will continue through Aug. 8, while the programs at the Benwood-McMechen Library will conclude on July 29. The summer reading programs at the Cameron Library will end on July 17.

This year’s summer reading program is titled, “A Universe of Stories.”

These programs at the three libraries are free and open to the public.

They are sponsored by the Evan G. Roberts Trust, through BB&T Bank. This past week, Leigh Ann Scherich, representing the Roberts Trust board, made a check presentation to librarian Susan Reilly and board member Jim Stultz.

The library and many community donors provide rewards and prizes for those youngsters who participate in the summer programs The programs are aimed at pre-schoolers through middle school-aged children.

It is recommended that participating children or a parent have a library card.

There will also be at least three special events this summer at other Moundsville locations, including:

June 10 at 11 a.m., there will be a Planetarium show titled, “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure,” which will be held at the Strand Theatre. Muppets will help take the youngsters, Pre-K through second grade, on a tour of the right sky, from the Carnegie Science Center.

Also, on June 10, at 1 p.m., for second through sixth graders, there will be a Planetarium Show titled, “Planets.” The presentation will help youngsters recognize the planets and observe their motion, from the Carnegie Science Center.

On Aug. 6, starting at 11 a.m., and continuing every half hour with the last show at 1:30 p.m., there will be NASA Starlab Planetarium Show during which the youngsters will have the opportunity to explore space, the constellations, Native American skies and more, for those in K through sixth grade. This program will be at the Grave Creek Mound Museum.

A lecture titled, “On the Road in West Virginia” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library.

Wayne Worth, a creator and producer of “On the Road in West Virginia: Our 55 Counties,” will be the lecturer.

Worth will tell a story of how West Virginia provided him a loving family, supportive community, and the blessings and opportunities that came with it. He tells how this experience inspired him to travel to every corner of every West Virginia county and to produce the state’s very first video documentary series of the history of each of the 55 counties.

The Grave Creek Mound Complex staff and volunteers, along with the general public, will be planting the museum’s Interpretive Garden from noon until 4 p.m. on June 1 at the museum in Moundsville. This will be the second such event, the other having taken place on May 18.

Also on June 1 there will be a lecture on prehistoric corn in West Virginia presented by David Fuerst, Archaeologist at the New River National River.

This coming Thursday, the Cockayne Farmstead will be the site for the first “Hungry History” summer speaker series. These events will take place every other Thursday through August.

The first lecture will be on “Early 20th Century Women’s Fashions” and will include a show and tell with pieces from the Cockayne collection.

Other lectures will focus on Marx Toys, beekeeping, inmates at the penitentiary, and other subjects.

Also, on June 15, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cockayne Homestead, there will be a West Virginia Day Celebration to celebrate the birthday of West Virginia.

The event will include the hosting of a fantastic petting zoo, complete with sheep, ducklings, donkeys, and even a llama or alpaca.

There will also be a horse-drawn surrey giving rides, from 11 a.m., until 2 p.m., around the neighborhood, along with plenty of other farm-themed activities.

The celebration will also include a Marshall County “Hunt for History” scavenger hunt that can be started at the Grave Creek Mound Museum or Cockayne Farmstead. Turn this in at the West Virginia Day Celebration to be entered for prizes.

Swimming lessons will be offered beginning Wednesday at the Four Seasons Pool in Moundsville. There will be classes for true beginners, starting with age 5 and up, and a second class, for 7-year- olds and up.

The beginners class will start at 5:30 p.m., with the older class to begin at 7 p.m. The classes will take place over a six-week period.

The instructors will be Karen Ali and Barbara Birch. There will be a fee for these lessons. To register for the classes call Four Seasons Pool at 304-845-7733.

This month’s Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event will be taking place from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the OES Building at the Marshall County Fairgrounds in Moundsville. The Marshall County Fair Board will be hosting the event.

RSVP to the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce at chamber@marshallcounty chamber.com or by phoning 304-845-2773.

The cost for early signup is $10, while tickets at the door will be $12.

While Grand Vue Park will have all of its activities up-and-running today and Monday, it will be the next weekend when everything offered during the summer months will be operational seven days a week.

If your are going to the park from Moundsville, you no longer need to take a detour as the slip on Grandview Road off of Oak Avenue was fixed as of this past Wednesday.

Speaking of fundraisers, the Moundsville Lions Club will be participating in a Dine to Donate on June 4 at Perkins Restaurant in Moundsville.

Perkins will donate 20 percent of each check to the Lions Club, which in turn will purchase eyeglasses for the needy.

Nominations for the 2019 John Marshall High School Wall of Fame must be postmarked by June 1.

Forms are available at the Moundsville Library, the main office at John Marshall, and on the JMHS web page (jmhs.mars.k12.us) under tab “Information,” then “Wall of Fame Nomination Information.”

A time period of five years must have been achieved for graduates and three years after retirement for county school employees. Other criteria are included on the form.

The nominees are eligible for consideration for three years after their nomination is received.

Fifty persons have been inducted into the Wall of Fame, which is located in the former Senior Commons at JMHS. Anyone desiring additional is asked to call 304-843-3403.

The Marshall County Spring Clean-Up will continue this Saturday, with free dumpsters at the Cameron Elementary School and in Glen Easton from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The cleanup effort is sponsored by the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority and the Marshall County Commission.

Among events which took place this past week in Marshall County were:

Gov. Jim Justice made a trip to Moundsville to discuss road repairs.

The Marshall County Commission signed a proclamation on behalf of the Emergency Medical Service. Steve Jenkins, Marshall County EMS director, read the proclamation. MS employees Andrew Locke, Jeff Johnson, Nicole Thomas and Dave Jones were also in attendance.

Groundbreaking was held for a Holiday Inn Express and Suites Hotel to be built between Kroger and DOT Drive. Taking part were Michael P. Holtz, president of MPH Hotels,city manager Rick Healy,Mayor Phil Remke and Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Scott Reager.

Several local leaders participated in a celebrity server event at Ruttenbucks Restaurant in Glen Dale. Proceeds went to “A Special-Wish — Ohio Valley.”

The Marshall County Board of Education named Cameron native Shelby Haines as superintendent of schools, effective July 1.

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