Magisterial districts are not usually a topic of discussion unless a person is running for a political office, especially the offices for the board of education, which limits only two persons from the same district to hold office, or for the office of County Commission.
Thus with a couple of announcements made in the past month pertaining to the County Commission, I have been asked a number of times about the magisterial districts and the county clerk's office has supplied the answers.
I'll start out with the "easy" district as pertaining to the boundaries, and that happens to be District No. 2, the one that Don Mason currently holds. It is made up of 11 precincts, nine of which are within the city of Moundsville corporate limits. The other two precincts in the district are No. 18, which votes at the Maxwell Acres Community Building, and No. 43, which votes at Ebenezer Methodist Church on Roberts Ridge.
Now to Magistrical District 3, currently held by Brian Schambach. There are 15 precincts, and they take in a large area of the county. Three of the districts vote in Glen Dale, three are just out of the city limits of Moundville, one in the community of Limestone, one at St. Joseph Settlement, one on Bowman Ridge, one in Washington Lands, one in Graysville, two in Cameron, one on Fork Ridge, and one in Big Run.
Thus Magistrical District 1 covers the rest of the county.
The annual Deer Hunters Luncheons at the Dry Ridge Community will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday. They are also open to non-hunters.
Members of the Dry Ridge Community Association and the Dry Ridge Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) Club will be preparing the food.
They will be serving hot dogs, sauce dogs, sloppy joes, ham sandwiches, chili, along with bean, vegetable and chicken noodle soups, and of course, they will have pies, cakes and cookies for dessert.
Also, there will be a free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday at Bob's Lunch in Moundsville from 1-4 p.m., or until all the food is gone.
Available will be turkey, ham, potatoes, yams, stuffing and all the fixings of Thanksgiving.
This event is replacing the community dinner which has been held the past four years at Grand Vue Park, and previous to that 10 years at Calvary United Methodist Church.
GVP and the Feeding Body & Soul Community are partnering in the dinner at Bob's Lunch.
The major difference from previous dinners is that there will be no carryouts.
By the way, the Feeding Body & Soul Community Kitchen will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Looking ahead three weeks, Simpson United Methodist Church in Moundsville will be hosting Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. until noon on Dec. 14.
Families can come and enjoy a free breakfast. There will also be games and a craft area where children wait to see Santa. Each child will receive a free picture with Santa and an elf.
There will also be an opportunity to enjoy Christmas carols in the sanctuary as part of the morning activities.
The church will have crafters and vendors available in the downstairs area for parents to shop.
Parents and children attending will be registered for Toy-R-Us and Kroger gift cards. Winners will be announced that day.
No pre-registration is required for this event.
There will be an event taking place Thursday at Grand Vue Park. It is the fourth annual 5K Turkey Trot, which will get under way at 9 a.m.
Grand Vue Park General Manager Craig White informed the Marshall County Commission this past week that renovation of the exterior of the four "traditional cabins" has been completed with the exception of painting.
One of the major reasons for this work was to make the cabins more energy efficient.
Also, the interiors of these cabins will be undergoing updating in January.
The total project is expected to take four months.
White stated that the synthetic ice rink will remain at its current location rather than being moved to the Base Camp, formerly known as Shelter No. 1.
Saturday is the deadline for submitting nominations for the Bishop Donahue High School of Hall of Fame. Nominations must meet one or a combination of the following criteria:
Being an alumnus or alumna who has achieved success in his/her chosen field and who has led an exemplary life.
The person must have significantly witnessed gospel values in her/her personal, professional and public life that were learned at Bishop Donahue.
The special recognition award is for a person, who does not have to be an alumnus, with that nominee having had a long-term commitment to BDHS by having served in various capacities throughout the school for a number of years; having been a significant donor to Bishop Donahue causes or who was a parent who promoted family Christian values and Catholic education with their family becoming a cornerstone of Donahue.
New inductions for the Hall of Fame will take place on Feb. 22.
Tickets sales for Saturday's Broadway Style Holiday performance at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville are going well.
Enchante' Cabaret, a professional performing arts company, will be presenting two performances of "Halos-N-Holly," an original holiday production at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., with doors opening 30 minutes prior to each performance.
Tickets can be purchased at Frame and Fortunes, Uniquely Yours, Peggy's Posies, Quality Bake Shop and Rosebuds.
Also, Saturday from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m., "Small Business Saturday" will be observed on Jefferson Avenue. There will be Christmas Train rides from 3-6 p.m.; Holiday Horse & Buggy Rides from 4-6 p.m.; Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance from 4:30-6 p.m. and there will be a Christmas Lighting Celebration at 6 p.m.
The events are being sponsored by the Uptown Moundsville Activities Committee (U-MAC) and the Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC).