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Fostoria Cleanup Going on Daily

September 15, 2012
By Jim Cochran - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The cleanup of the grounds of the former Fostoria Glass Company began again on Thursday.

Tom Brown of RAZE International, the firm responsible for the cleanup, informed members of Moundsville City Council this past week that he will have workmen and additional equipment at the site hopefully on a daily basis until the property is cleared.

He stated that he is waiting for a Certificate of Compliance from the state Division of Environmental Protection.

Brown stated that two firms have expressed an interested in occupying site at the Fostoria site, one being an energy firm which is looking for property on which to locate its local office.

As to the Fostoria property, it is now owned by GAB, Inc. The city of Moundsville deeded the property, less mineral rights, to GAB in return for cleaning up the 7-acre tract.

The city of Moundsville had obtained the property after agreeing, along with the Marshall County Commission, the Marshall County Board of Education, the state of West Virginia, and others who were owed back taxes, all to forego the taxes they were owed.

It has been 26 years ago since the Fostoria last operated.

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Glen Dale City Council is making plans for upcoming events.

It was announced at this past week's council meeting that Halloween trick-or-treating will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

The outdoor Christmas tree light-up at the Cockayne Farmstead is tentatively set for Nov. 15, and in addition to the city, and the Marshall County Historical Society, Reynolds Memorial Hospital will be involved.

House decoration judging in the city of Glen Dale will be an event of Dec. 15.

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While work on the Moundsville branch of Main Street Bank is nearing completion, work has started on two other structures. One is a hotel being built on Wal-Mart Drive between Buffalo Wild Wings and Wal-Mart, and the other is a new Dairy Queen on Lafayette Avenue between Eighth and Ninth streets.

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The second annual Marshall County Fall Festival will be an event of Saturday on Jefferson Avenue from Second to Fifth Street in Moundsville, sponsored by the Moundsville Activities Commission, a division of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce.

I received an update this past week which is the most concise I've ever seen as it lists not only the hours, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., the setup time which will be from 7- 9 a.m, the tear down time which will begin at 5 p.m.

The two-page sheet lists the locations which in addition to Jefferson Avenue, will be in the north city parking lot and the BB&T parking lot.

It lists the costs for vendor for a 10 by 10 space as $15, along with other costs if they want electricity, a tent, or a generator.

The document stated that 25 percent of the net proceeds will go to the Moundsville Soup Kitchen and 75 percent to the general fund of the activities commission.

Also, the information sheet lists the different games, along with face painting, balloon characters, caricature drawing, pony rides, etc., with locations and the number of tickets required for participation.

The number of food vendors is six, and it is anticipated that 40 crafters will take part.

The sponsors will be 37 businesses.

As to the projected expenses, that figure is nearly $3,000, which includes port-a-jons which will cost $461 for the event.

Anyone wishing additional information pertaining to this event call Sheila Powell at 304-221-2050 or Phil Remke at 304-280-8974.

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Marx Employee Day will be held from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Marx Toy Museum in Moundsville. The event is held to celebrate the men and women who had a hand in producing some of the best toys ever made in America.

The Glen Dale plant closed its doors more than 30 years ago. It was a major manufacturer of toys from 1919-80, and a major area employer, and at its peak employed more than 2,000

Over the years, thousands of workers, spanning several generations, were employed at the Glen Dale facility, which now is home to Warren Distribution.

Actually, the building was originally used to construct Fokker aircraft, but at the height of the Depression, in 1934, it was sold to Marx.

The Marx facility initially produced metal toys dipped in paint, and shortly after, lithographed tin toys.

The plastics department was added in 1947. The South Building was added in the 1950s.

Among the most popular toys have been the Big Wheel cycle, Johnny West western figure, Rock'em Sock'em Robots, Fort Apache playset, the wind-up Merrymaker mouse band, Jocko the Climbin Monkey and others.

Francis Turner, who along with his son, Jason, operate the Marx Museum, said the Museum stands dedicated to helping preserve the wonder and legacy of the Marx Toys. It is a not-for-profit museum offering the history of Marx toys, the company, and its founder Louis Marx. The museum recounts myriad stories of everyday factor workers, and showcases the company's industrial and economic importance to the region. This is accomplished through display of a world-class collection of 'vintage' Marx toys numbers in the thousands, along with supporting multi-media presentations, photographs, personal accounts, printed comments and artifacts drawn from six decades of Marx toy production.

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For major league baseball fans, the 2013 schedules were released this past week. The schedules are on the website www.mlb.com

 
 

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