The Easter Bunny will be on hand Saturday to greet youngsters taking part in the fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Par 3 Golf Course at Grand Vue Park, sponsored by Reynolds Memorial Hospital and GVP.
There will be 5,000 eggs stuffed with candy and prizes awaiting the youngsters, and bags will be provided by RMH for those who might have forgotten to bring a basket or bag.
The lineup for the different age groups, 1-3, 4-6 and 7-10, will begin at 10:45 a.m., with the whistle to signal the start of the "hunt" to be sounded at 11 a.m. sharp. Special prize baskets will be awarded to two children from each of three age groups.
Following the egg hunt, a free lunch, courtesy of Reynolds Memorial Hospital, will be served at the Golf Shop.
Bayer Federal Credit Union is also a sponsor.
Any parent/guardian wishing additional information can call the park office at 304-845-9810, extension 402.
The annual Marshall County Clean-Up, a part of Operation Pride, will get under way Saturday with free dumpsters from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., at both the School Barns on W.Va. 88 near Sherrard Middle and Hilltop Schools, and at the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department on U.S. 250. Volunteers will be at both locations overseeing the disposal of items.
There will be no provisions for accepting tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials or household trash.
Appalachian Outreach Inc., will be at both locations to accept used furniture, toys and other household items which are still useable.
Anyone wishing additional information concerning the dumpster schedules, the upcoming tire recycling, electronic recycling and the Ohio River Sweep can contact Howard Coffield at HowardCof@msn.com, 304-845-0482, or by fax at 304-843-1074.
By the way, at the collection of electronic items on June 11 at the north parking lot at John Marshall High School, arrangements have been made by the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority and the Marshall County Commission for accepting televisions. Recently the state passed legislation which does not permit televisions in landfills, and the ones collected will not go to a state landfill. The number of televisions accepted will be limited to two.
Several special programs will be held this week at the three public libraries in Marshall County in conjunction with National Library Week, which runs through Saturday. Throughout the week there will be no fines charged for any overdue books or materials belonging the libraries.
At the Moundsville-Marshall County Library there will be special events on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and next Monday.
On Thursday there will be a birthday party at 4:30 p.m., to which everyone is cordially invited. The 50th Birthday Reception event is being held to observe the half century of the library at its location, 700 Fifth St. By the way, the previous location was the Knights of Pythias building, a block and a half from the current location.
Getting back to the special programs at the Moundsville-Marshall County Library, at 6 p.m. on Monday the theme will be, "History Alive!" as George Bartley portrays Edgar Allen Poe. This presented is being sponsored by the Robert Baker family.
Wednesday at 6 p.m., will be "Starry Starry Night" painting with Joy Van Scyoc. It will consist of art fun for students 6 and up. Pre-registration is required.
Friday will be Dolly Parton Imagination Library Birthday Party, for parents, grandparents and pre-schools. It will be at 11 a.m.
Next Monday at 6 p.m., Gary Rider will read stories taken from his recent book dealing with Marshall County military veterans.
The kickoff for the annual Marshall County Cleanup/Operation Pride will take place at 6 p.m. on April 19 at the Banquet Hall at Grand Vue Park. The theme of program will be "Volunteers Caring for God's Earth."
The main speaker will be state Sen. Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, while also on the program will be Danny Haught, chief of the state REP program, and Mark Holstine, executive director of the state Solid Waste Management Board.
There will be the signing of the Operation Pride proclamation by the mayors of the five municipalities, the county commissioners and the county board of health.
A "Volunteer of the Year" will be named.
This year special guests will be representatives from each of the 17 volunteer fire departments. Several of the departments are involved annually with the dumpster program.
Yet another clean-up effort will be taking place in Marshall County. It will be known as the "Earth Day Clean-Up" and will be on April 19 within the confines of Grand Vue Park and also the roadways leading to the park.
Volunteers are asked to in with GVP staff members, and personnel from co-sponsor Peggy's Poises of Moundsville, in the second annual environmental undertaking.
The hours for the clean-up will be from 3-6 p.m., and those volunteering are to meet at GVP's Red Barn.
A dumpster will be provided by Marshall County, while the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority, the West Virginia REAP program and the Make It Shine program will provide supplies such as gloves and bags.
It is a good thing we have two television sets as this past week granddaughter Lily was a visitor and the main TV seemed to always be turned to a cartoon channel. With Major League Baseball season in its first full week, I had to use the other television to watch the games, but everything worked out fine.
Speaking of baseball, this will mark the ninth season for Uniglobe Baseball tours, and during the past eight seasons there have been 30 multi-day tours which have included 82 Major League games at 23 stadiums. These tours have also included seven Minor League games.
This year's first tour will be to Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Cincinnati in early June, with three other tours, including one to Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix.
By the way, Wheeling Community Days at the Pittsburgh Pirates will be June 24 with the Pirates entertaining the Red Sox.