Looking at Grand Vue Park's upcoming events and program brochure brought back memories of when facility opened 38 years ago. At that time the park consisted of 126 acres with events covering most of the area.
The facility now covers 650 acres and with the park taking on an adventure theme, once again much of the total acreage is being utilized.
The brochure lists more than 60 special events, the dates and times, along with whether the individual event is free or if there is a charge.
In the early years of the park there was a wide variety of programs including golf and tennis tournaments, children's day camp, flea markets, arts and crafts shows, musical concerts, family films and youth golf, tennis and swimming clubs.
Many of the park's events took place at the amphitheater, and I noticed in the brochure that it is again being used for concerts and movies throughout the spring and summer.
In fact, 30 years ago the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce named Grand Vue as the county's "Outstanding Business of the Year."
While some facilities at the park - the cabins, the banquet hall, disc golf, bingo, and the playground - are open year-round, two seasonal attractions, the Par 3 Golf Course will be opening for the season this Saturday, while the miniature golf course will be opening on May 5. The swimming pool (Aquatic Center) is scheduled to open on May 26.
Since day-one golf has been the park's major attraction, although now tourism, the park's banquet hall and other new activities, are drawing patrons to the facility.
Getting back to golf, some of the upcoming special events involving the Par 3 and miniature golf are:
Among some of the other events are:
The Marshall County Deputy Sheriff's Civil Service Commission has extended the deadline for accepting applications for those interested in taking the test for becoming a deputy sheriff. The deadline is 4:30 p.m., April 13.
The MCDCSC will be testing for the position of deputy sheriff on April 21, the written exam to be at 9 a.m. on that date in the south commons of John Marshall High School, while the required physical agility test will be at noon at Monarch Stadium in Moundsville.
Eligible persons must be United States citizens between the age of 18-45, in good physical and mental health, agile and fit, and of good moral character. Anyone wishing additional information can call MCDCSC secretary Winnie Reilly at the county clerk's office, 304-845-1220.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery owner Frank Carolla has donated 50 tickets to Marshall County area youth to enable them to see the movie "Grease," which will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville.
Twenty-five of the tickets were given to the Youth Club of Marshall County, and 25 tickets were given to students at John Marshall High School.
Carolla stated he wanted to allow young people of the community to attend such an event which would fun and entertaining.
Other support for this showing came from Bill Anderson.
A 100th birthday party for Dorothy Games will be held from 2-4 Saturday at Beacon House, 100 Reservoir Road, St. Clairsville.
Games was for many years a music teacher in Moundsville and also, choir director at Simpson United Methodist Church.
She is the widow of Charles Games, who was a teacher-administrator for the Marshall County Schools.
Anyone who might wish to send her a birthday card is encouraged to do so.