Two Christmas events will be taking place this week in Moundsville.
The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor both the 19th annual Tree Gala Light-Up at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Grave Creek Mound Museum Complex, and the 43rd annual Christmas Parade Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
In conjunction with the Tree Gala, there will be a Business After Hours event, which will begin at 5 p.m., sponsored by Noble Marcellus and catered by Alexander's on 7th. Reservations can be made in advance by calling the chamber office, while tickets can also be purchased at the door.
Twenty-five decorated Christmas trees will be on display to usher in the holiday season, along with wreaths and centerpieces. All can be viewed through Dec. 6, at which time the annual tree auction will take place.
Getting back to the Christmas parade, the theme is "Keep Christ in Christmas." The parade marshal will be Fay Bissett, who was the owner and operator of Fay's Jewelry on Jefferson Avenue for 32 years. Actually she was in the jewelry business for 55 years, having been employed by S.A. Meyer Jewelry in the same location for 23 years. Bissett served for many years on the chamber's parade committee.
As to the parade, there be 80 units, along with 25 floats, according to chamber executive director Dave Knuth.
As previously reported, the parade route has been simplified. It will start as usual at Second Street and Jefferson Avenue and will proceed southward on Jefferson to Tenth Street, where it will disband.
This will mark the sixth year for WJMH Media's Santa Claus Workshop television program featuring John Marshall High School Media class members reading letters to Santa Claus.
Youngsters who want their letters read on West Liberty University's Educational Media TV station need to send their letters, and, a photograph of themselves if they so desire, by Nov. 19 to Santa's Workshop, 1300 Wheeling Ave., Glen Dale.
The letters will be read on WLU's Channel 14 throughout the month of December.
At 1 p.m. today, the annual Veterans Day service will be held at the All-Wars Monument on the grounds of the Marshall County Courthouse.
I spoke this past week with (Ret.) U.S. Air Force Brigadier General John Sievertson, who is looking forward to speaking, and the opportunity to talk to friends he knew while growing up in Glen Dale, and while attending Moundsville High School. He said he last spoke in the area at a Memorial Day service 23 years ago.
He said since he played taps for Veterans Day and Memorial Day services while in high school, when he became eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars he chose Mound Post No. 437, and he still maintains membership in the Moundsville Post.
Although he retired from active military service in 1989, Sievertson has remained active in military-related events, including being president of a 600-member family group for seven years, having resigned as president this past spring.
He stated that his most memorable time while serving in the military was from 1981-83, when he was Commander of the 89th Military Airlift Wing at Andrews Force Base in Maryland, where he flew President Ronald Reagan to function all over the world.
The service will include a POW/MIA Empty Chair Ceremony. A letter will be read by Marshall County Commissioner Jason "Jake" Padlow from Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs; Gary Rider, author of Marshall County Patriots & Heroes, will speak talking with local veterans and then putting their stories into print; members of Cub Scout Pack No. 78 will speak on, "What Heroes Gave;" George Burdette will lead group singing of "God Bless America" and there will be the laying of flowers at the All-Wars Veterans Memorial Marker. The Moundsville Middle School Band will have opening music at 12:45 a.m., and play the National Anthem and there will be a 21-gun salute and "Taps" by the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard. The invocation will be by American Legion Post No. 3 Chaplain Don Chamberlain and the benediction by Rev. J. Thomas Steele. The master of ceremonies will be Bob Blazer, a member of the Sons of American Legion, Squadron 3.
As I mentioned in last week's column, the kickoff for the renewal of the Marshall County School Operating Levy will be taking place this week in conjunction with American Education Week, and here is some information about the levy:
The levy will be used for school expenditures as designated in a public notice; the levy is voted on every five years, and has been in existence since 1959. It provides for many services, programs and benefits that would not otherwise be possible. All of the levy money stays in Marshall County.
The renewal levy expenditures include the following:
- Instructional equipment, teaching supplies, textbooks, library books.
- Technology hardware, software, infrastructure, repairs, training, personnel.
- Special education services.
- Maintenance on equipment and buildings.
- Vehicle maintenance and fuel.
- Library service through the county library system.
- Health Department services for students.
- The Marshall County 4-H
- Free breakfast for students.
- Vocational supplies and equipment.
- Classroom furniture.
- Music and band equipment.
- Professional training.
- Salaries/benefits, curricular positions, salary supplements, academic intervention coaches and specialist.
- John Marshall High School renovations.
- Athletic positions.