For the past 39 years Marshall County residents have been taking part in this annual effort aimed at elimination of health and safety hazards which in turn can result in pleasant, neat, attractive well- maintained property and surroundings.
In a proclamation signed last week by members of the Marshall County Commission and the mayors of the five municipalities, it is noted that pleasant surroundings must be of concern to all Marshall County residents along with public, private, commercial and industrial property owners, along with community, civic and youth organizations.
The proclamation calls for renewed appearance by remodeling property or complete removal of property that is cost-prohibitive to be rehabilitated and by doing so can enhance the value and attractiveness of one's property as well as his/or community.
The efforts of Operation Pride are coordinated with the Marshall County Board of Health, the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority, the Governor's Litter Control and Beatification effort, and the Make It Shine program.
Operation Pride officially began last Tuesday at a banquet sponsored by the county commission, with the clean-up, fix-up, paint effort continuing through July 31.
The county commission makes it much easier for residents to dispose of unwanted items by providing free dumpsters on a weekly basis through June 16 at different locations throughout the county. The first two dumpsters will be available this Saturday, one at the Limestone VFD and the other at Sherrard Middle School. The hours will be 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Residents are reminded there will be no provisions at any of the locations to accept tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials or household trash.
By the way, from 9 a.m. until noon this Saturday there will be a household hazardous waste collection site in the east parking lot at Bayer Material Science facility on W.Va. 2 (Energy Road) in southern Marshall County. This effort involves PPG Industries. Not only are Marshall County residents but those from Wetzel, Tyler and Monroe counties encouraged to drop off items such as paints.
In addition to the dumpster sites, on weekends until June 16, there will be both tire and electronic recycling from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.on May 19 at the north parking lot of Monarch Stadium in Moundsville.
The Marshall County Solid Waste Authority last week honored Roger Frame as Volunteer of the Year.
Volunteerism has been a part of his adult life beginning with the Rochester, (Minn.) Jaycees in the 1970s, when he worked at the Mayo Clinic.
When the Charleston native returned to West Virginia, he became active in his children's school by organizing and working fundraisers and contributing his talent with technology to spearhead the acquisition and use of computer technology at St. Francis Xavier School. He also volunteered with Cub Scouts and was a sports coach.
As a Shriner, Frame contributed his leadership and many hours to various community projects on behalf of the organization and many children.
Frame co-chaired the Ohio River Sweep in Marshall County for more than 20 years and continues to be an integral part of that activity each year. He has served six years on the Marshall County SWA Board, and is the current vice chairman; and also served four years as the state SWA Board chairman.
In the original announcement pertaining to dumpster sites in the county, one location left out was the former Big Wheeling Creek VFD location. The date for that is May 12.
Also, the dumpsters at Sherrard Middle School will be May 5, not April 21 as reported earlier.
The fifth annual Friends of Cameron Football Pork Roast will be held from 6-11 p.m. on May 12 at the Chesapeake Energy Events Building at the Marshall County Fairgrounds in Moundsville.
This year the honoree will be Woody Yeater, a retired CHS educator and coach, and current Marshall County Board of Education member who was principal at Cameron High for nine years.
At this year's event, two playoff football teams - 1973 which had a 7-3 regular season, and the 1993 team which had a 9-1 regular season mark under current head coach Jim Rogers - will be honored.
Also, CHS cheerleaders from 1950-80 will be honored.
Two Cameron High School seniors will be awarded $1,000 scholarship, named in honor of the former CHS student-athlete-coach Mike Faulkiner. This year's scholarships will bring to $10,000 the amount presented as the result of the event.
Other proceeds will be used to purchase football equipment.
Rogers and Bob Koch, retired CHS athletic director, are the co-chairs of the event with Christy Rogers and Kathy Harris in charge of the menu. Diane Hicks, sister of Faulkiner, and her daughter, Christy, are in judging for the scholarships which are based on academics, sports participation and an essay.
Tickets will be available through May 9 by calling the school at 304-686-3336, or at Cameron Hometown Hardware, American Legion Post No. 18 and Cameron Moose Lodge, all in Cameron; Poling Tire on Middle Grave Creek; and #1 Sports Fan in Moundsville.
Carrie J. White, MBA, JD, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at West Liberty University, will be the speaker at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, Moundsville, for the WLU-Marshall County Breakfast Club.
The breakfast will be Dutch treat with alumni and friends of WLU invited to attend.
Those planning to attend may RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 304-336-8301. Walk-ins are also welcome.
White is the wife of Grand Vue Park general manager Craig White.
The Moundsville Baptist Church Relay For Life Team will sponsor a spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the church, to which the public is invited.