Two Christmas-related events will be taking place this week in Moundsville.
The annual Tree Gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, while the Moundsville Christmas Parade will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
The Tree Gala, which will include 20 decorated Christmas trees, along with other Holiday arrangements, it will be proceeded at 5 p.m. by the monthly Marshall County Chamber of Commerce to be hosted by City Wide Real Estate and Hughes Xerographic. The Tree Gala benefits Chamber operations and Wheeling Health Right.
In addition to the parade Saturday, there will be an open house from noon until 5 p.m. at the Grisell Center for the Arts. The house is located across the Strand Theatre.
The house was donated by the Sid and Bonnie Grisell family to the Strand Theatre Preservation Society to be used for receptions, storage of play props, various types of art classes and the home of a permanent art display. In fact, there will be an art display Saturday by more than a dozen Marshall County artists.
In addition to the tour of the Grisell Center, there will also be a free tour of Strand Theatre.
The theme of the Christmas Parade is "Ringing In the Season." There will be some 75 parade units. The parade marshal will be Sid Grisell.
Efforts on behalf of a many individuals has enabled the new John Marshall High School Wrestling building to be ready for the first-day of practice, which is Monday.
Head wrestling coach Ted Zervos spearheaded this undertaking starting a year-and-a-half ago, and through fund-raisers, donations of both materials and money, and the volunteers the building has become a reality.
Many of the volunteers have been former wrestlers, and many of the current team helped as well.
Zervos said he is very excited, as are the current wrestlers, with the opportunity to have a facility of their own.
Zervos stated that the wrestling building will be beneficial to the program in many ways, including not having to put down the 700 pound mats for each practice session.
The building, which is 42 feet by 18 feet, is adjacent to the Weight Room.
The Salvation Army was one of the agencies which the State of Texas asked to report to Fort Hood, the site of a recent tragic shooting incident, to provide pastoral care and counseling to first responders, family members and children affected by the tragedy.
Among Salvation Army officers responding was Capt. Russell Czajkowski, a former United States Marine, from the Waco Corps. Prior to coming to Moundsville, Capt. Janna Torgerson was assistant to Czajkowski at the Waco Corps.
Capt. Torgerson said the Salvation Army has a long history of meeting not only physical needs of people in the aftermath of tragic events, but also emotional and spiritual needs.
Nearly 30 million American receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.
One of the ways that the Salvation Army is able to help is through its Christmas kettle campaign which in Marshall and Wetzel counties began on Friday. Kettles are located at Kroger Food and Drug in Benwood; Big Lots, Goddard's Exxon, Kroger Food and Drug and Wal-Mart, all in Moundsville; and Witschey's and Wal-Mart, both in New Martinsville.
The kettles will be manned through Dec. 24 with volunteers still needed at the these locations. Interested individuals, businesses, organizations, churches, etc., are asked to call the Moundsville Salvation Army at 304-845-0510.
David Hummel, Jr., a John Marshall High School sophomore, has been elected president of the OVAC's South Varsity Board. Other officers include Isaac Graham, a junior at Tyler Consolidated High School, vice president; Errin Baynes, a Wheeling Park sophomore as secretary, and Samantha Jones, a Tyler Consolidated High School sophomore as treasurer.
JMHS principal Corey Murphy is the South Division's director.
The Varsity Board is comprised of four divisions with each OVAC member school represented by two students selected by the school administration.
The goal of the Board for this school year is to create a Sportsmanship Code of Ethics. Board members will work throughout the year to define sportsmanship, determine acceptable and unacceptable practices, and attempt to promote good, positive attitudes throughout athletic contests
At the first regional meeting to organize and elect officers, plans were made for Varsity Board members to assist the Salvation Army over the Christmas holidays in ringing the bells. Details regarding this will be announced after a schedule is finalized.
Thirteen Jefferson Avenue businesses will begin on Tuesday afternoon displaying in their store windows Teddy Bears which have been decorated by persons representing a number of churches, organizations, agencies and businesses.
The locations where the Bears will be on display are: Theresa's Fabrics, Peggy's Posies, Remke's Allen's Bootery, Rosebuds Florists, Fay's Jewelry, County Lane Crafts and Antiques, Frames and Fortune's, Heritage House, J.K. Signs, Discovery Shop and All About You.
The Moundsville Salvation Army Auxiliary provides the bears, while volunteers give of their time and money to dress them for needy children at Christmas time.
The SA Auxiliary expresses thanks to the following who dressed the Bears. They include Moundsville First Christian Church, Glen Dale United Methodist Church, the ADK, United National Bank, West Virginia Division of Highways, Calvary United Methodist Church, Walanda CEOS, Washington Lands United Methodist Church, Moundsville Presbyterian Church, Graysville United Methodist Church, Earl Francis American Legion Post Auxiliary Unit No. 3, Lindsey Lane CEOS, Moundsville Cornerstone Church of God, Cameron High School, Pleasant Hill, Simpson United Methodist Church, Washington Lands Elementary School. Moundsville Tuesday Arts Club, Theresa's Fabrics, Margaret Gower, Patty Wayt and Carla Masters.
The Youth Club of Marshall County will host a "Celebrity Server" event from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, Moundsville.
Several youth from the Youth Club After-School program and community members will be the servers.
Volunteers are still needed for the Thanksgiving Community Day Dinner in Marshall County. Those interested in helping with the Nov. 26 event are asked to call Grand Vue Park at 304-845-9810, extension 402.
Just a reminder, Marshall County Public Schools will be participating in a number of special activities this week inconjunction with American Education Week.
In case you haven't been in downtown Moundsville in the past few days, there is a vehicular change at Fifth Street and Jefferson Avenue, as the traffic light there has been removed. In recent months the traffic light at that intersection has been blinking red in all directions, however, now Fifth and Jefferson is a two-way stop, with those traveling east and west on Fifth required to stop, while traffic on Jefferson Avenue traffic does not.