A reading challenge for all ages and walks of life is being issued by the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, who along with the West Virginia Library Commission, the Center for the Book, schools and other libraries in the state, who have joined in what is being called the West Virginia Reads 150-Plus program.
The year-long reading initiative encourages West Virginians to read 150 books or more during the year. The books can be in any format (printed book, e-book, downloadable text, etc.) and from any source. Books can be on any topic, fiction or non-fiction.
Marshall County Library director Susan Reilly, along with the local library board, is encouraging patrons to read 150-plus books individually or by joining a team at the library to read the books collectively. Teams can have any number of members, choose a name, select a leader to keep track of the books read by team members, and register at the library. Those interested in forming a team are asked to contact the library at 304-845-6911.
All ages and groups can participate - friends co-workers, book clubs, classmates, seniors, families.
If a team member is too young or unable to read, books read to them can be counted toward the team goal.
Summer Reading program books can be counted toward a team's West Virginia Reads 150-Plus tally. Book group members can count their discussion titles for their goal.
The program is sponsored by the West Virginia Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the importance of books and reading.
Members of Moundsville Lions Club will be assisted by members of the Moundsville Middle School LEOS in serving a spaghetti dinner from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, Moundsville.
Dinners will be available for eat in or take out, with those wishing takeouts to call 304-845-7155 between 4-6 p.m.
The patronage of the public is invited with tickets available from any member of the Moundsville Lions Club.
Proceeds from the event will enable the Lions Club to provide eye examinations and eye glasses for needy individuals.
Speaking of the Lions Clubs, Lions International is offering a pilot program called, "Involve a U.S. Veteran," to which the initiation fee is waved. The program is through June 30, 2015.
Eligible people include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard personnel who are retired or were honorably discharged from these services. National Guard and Reserve personnel who were called to active duty and other personnel the U.S. services considers a veteran are also eligible.
In addition, clubs are encouraged to sponsor or defray club, district and multiple district and/or international dues for any veteran needing financial assistance.
In an effort to help alleviate "Cabin Fever Syndrome," the Marshall County Fair Board will offer a free indoor place to walk each Monday and Wednesday. The walk site is the 4-H building at the fairgrounds in Moundsville. The times are from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.
The opportunity to walk is for anyone who wishes to participate. Walkers will walk at their own pace, and they can stay the hour or any part of that time. Seating will be available for resting.
The walking surface is concrete. Bottled water and nutrition bars will be available for purchase.
While on the subject of the fair board, the Marshall County Fair Redneck Run committee met recently to further plans for the second annual Redneck Run to be held May 31 at the Marshall County Fairgrounds in Moundsville.
According to fair board Chairwoman Beth Bertram, this year's race will be more exciting than the previous race, which benefited the city of Moundsville Recreation Parks and Recreation Board, with the $2,000 donation to be utilized for replacing items lost or damaged in the 2013 flood at Valley Fork Park.
Bertram said new challenges are being planned and additional fund events will be added.
A fish fry will be held from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday at St. Jude Parish Hall, Glen Dale. Items will be available for eat in or take out, along with local delivery if ordered by 10 a.m. for lunch and 3 p.m. for dinner. Take out and delivery orders are to be phoned to 304-845-2646.
The menu will include fish sandwiches, French fries, homemade macaroni and cheese and cole slaw, desserts and beverages.
Because of the weather and school being canceled so much during the month of January, things have been shifted at Sherrard Middle School, where the annual Mount Olivet Lions Club Variety Show is held, and as a result the show has been set back a week. Instead of being held Feb. 28 and March 1, it will be held March 7-8.
Mark West is the new manager of Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Moundsville, having assumed his duties there this past Tuesday.
In the military it is always good to know those in the cook section, and that is where I first became acquainted with West, who was a member of the National Guard in Moundsville from 1981-89.
West has been in the restaurant business for more than 30 years and is looking forward to serving the community. He hopes to expand group business since the Moundsville facility has a room for this type business. He also said the Moundsville Perkins is in the catering business and he has experience in this type of service.
While I was in Perkins that same night, an assistant manager came to me and said he had learned from West that I was in the newspaper business. The assistant manager said, "You probably know my grandfather?" He showed me his name tag, and he was right, I do know his grandfather, who is Al Molnar. Al's grandson is Nick Molnar.
Monday is the deadline to purchase tickets to the city of Moundville Parks and Recreation Board sponsored third annual Daddy/Daughter Dance, to be held Saturday at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.
Tickets can be purchased at the Four Seasons Pool. For additional information call the recreation department at 304-845-7733. There will be no ticket sales at the door.