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Fostoria Glass Event Scheduled

April 21, 2012
By Jim Cochran , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The theme for the 32nd annual Fostoria Glass Convention will be "Glass Made in Moundsville from 1891 until 1909."

Of course, this will be Fostoria ware, as the company arrived in Moundsville in 1891 after starting out in Fostoria, Ohio.

The events will taking place at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary, this being the second year at this location.

Joining the show this year will be dealers from the Imperial Glass Club and as a result it is anticipated this year will be the largest number of vendors ever. Some 15 Fostoria and six Imperial.

Glassware including Fostoria, Imperial, Helsey, Cambridge, Morgantown and others will be on display from 4-7 p.m. on June 8, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on June 9 and 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on June 10.

There will be a glass auction beginning at 5 p.m. on June 9, and a flea market beginning at 8 a.m. on June 10.

Several events will also be taking place at the Fostoria Museum located at the corner of Sixth Street and Tomlinson Avenue.

Information is available at the website

Proceeds from the different events will benefit the Fostoria Glass Museum.


McMechen Mayor Mike Gracik and members of city council were pleased to learn at Thursday's meeting that the Marshall County Board of Education has on its agenda for Tuesday two issues pertaining to the former Union Junior High School football field and adjacent property. That meeting will be held at Center McMechen Elementary School at 7 p.m.

One of the matters is to declare the football field real estate as surplus property and no longer needed for school purposes.

The other issue is to approve the sale of property to the city of McMechen, with the city being responsible for all related transaction costs, including but not limited to any and all legal and filing fees. This cost is expected to be $100.

The city plans to build a recreation complex on the site, to include at least two baseball fields, a walking track and a shelter.

According to Gracik, the long-range goal is to move the two ball fields currently at the Ice House Field to the old Union Junior High site, and by moving to city-owned property the city hopefully be able to obtain grant money for improvements there.

Gracik also stated that plans are to connect the walking trail with a trail to be built from the north corporation limits to the recreational complex.

The mayor urged council members and city residents to attend Tuesday's meeting and to express thanks to school board members for offering the property to the city.


This Friday at the Strand Theatre, Moundsville, Slim Lehart's Wheeling Feeling Show, featuring former Wheeling Jamboree Stars, will be presented. The curtain will go up at 7 p.m.

In addition to Lehart, others taking part in the show will be JoAnn Davis, Jackie Smith, Patti Powell, Karen McKenzie Williams, Don Kidwell, Jay Marsh, Jamboree emcee Frank Karroll, the Wheeling Express Band, and "The Earl of Elkview" (West Virginia's official Yankee Doodle Dandy).

Tickets can be purchased in advance on the website

Sponsors for the show are Progressive Bank, CNX and Noble Energy and Perkins Restaurants.

Lehart, "The Wheeling Cat'" said there will be a $100 door prize drawing.


There will be a meet the candidate event at 6 p.m. Monday at the McMechen Volunteer Fire Department's Community Center, sponsored by the McMechen Woman's Club and the Marshall County Public Libraries.

The public is invited to attend and anyone wishing additional information should call the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library at 304-845-6911.


The public is invited to learn more about a tragic event which took place 88 years ago in Benwood as Joseph Anthony Tellitocci will offer a slide show presentation about the the 1924 Benwood Mine disaster at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Benwood-McMechen Public Library, 201 Marshall St.

The presentation, aimed at adults and older students, is free and open to the public.

The mine explosion is described as one of Marshall County's darkest days as 119 men lost their lives. Tellitocci hopes that one day Benwood will have a memorial dedicated to the miners that lost their lives in this tragedy. Currently there is a road marker along Marshall Street just north of Ninth Street explaining about the disaster.


A dance with proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Marshall County will be held from 7-10 p.m. Thursday at St. Francis Xavier Hall, Moundsville.

The band Silver Sky will provide the music. For reservations, call 304-845-4011.


Work will conclude Tuesday on a project to make the Marshall County Courthouse more energy efficient.

This was a four-phase undertaking with the final undertaking being the installation of some 123 windows on three sides of the building by City Window Systems of Clarksburg.

Other work included the installation of new boilers, new floor dampers, isolation, weather stripping of all doors.

This was a $716,040 project of which the county received grants of $250,000.

For the past four weeks Court Avenue across the street from the courthouse was closed, and beginning Wednesday the street will reopen.

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