While work is coming to a conclusion on the renovation of the Bordas and Bordas Law Offices building at the corner of Seventh Street and Court Avenue in Moundsville, this past Wednesday the demolition phase began on the former Jozabeth Women's Apparel across the street. This building is to house the Marshall County Sheriff's law enforcement personnel, the staff of the Office of Emergency Services, and the 911 dispatchers.
The staff of Bordas and Bordas Law Offices is expected to move soon into the three-story former Marshall County Bank building. However, since work is only in its initial phase on the Public Safety Building, no date has been announced for completion.
The work on the public safety undertaking is being done by Raze International, with its contract calling for removal of the walls and ceilings of the two story structure. In addition, Raze International will be removing a brick house at 512 Eighth St., and a garage apartment at 512 1/2 Eight St.
The Raze firm is projecting completion in five weeks, and after that the demolition work is completed, architects will design the interior work, and it will then be put out to bid.
Visitors to Grand Vue Park will observe numerous changes which include major improvements to both the interior and exterior of the four traditional cabins; and an expanded menu at the kitchen facility located at the golf clubhouse. Also, zipline participants will be able to purchase photographs of their experience on the park's newest attraction. The zipline has been in existence for one year.
By the way, the park this year will observing its 40 years of operation, with the actual observance to take place on April 27. The park was officially dedicated on May 7, 1974.
Getting back to the zipline photographs, the tour guides will take the pictures at several different locations, and they will be transmitted to the golf clubhouse and will be ready for viewing when the individual arrives back there.
The No. 1 option will be to have the 12-15 pictures sent to the subject's email. Or, if the individual wishes, the pictures can be printed at the clubhouse.
This past week a number of "locals" had the opportunity to taste some of the new food available, namely a barbecue sandwich, ribs, bean salad and cole slaw prepared by Patrick Fisher, owner-operator of Mason Dixon Barbecue Co.
Fisher, born and raised on a farm in the Cameron area, as a youngster raised different animals.
He proudly served six years in the United States Army, and became a combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan. He later enrolled into the West Liberty University College of Business and created his company. Fisher is a student entrepreneur smoking his own brand of barbecue products.
The official title of the food location is, "The Clubhouse at Grand Vue Park featuring the Mason Dixon Barbecue Co."
Operations manager Rick Vargo said a variety of foods will be available at the park from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily.
The Marshall County Health Department is one agency which utilizes volunteers, and as a result will be joining with other agencies in National Volunteer Week, which will be from today through Saturday.
A press release from the MCHD states, "It is important that we honor the people who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in our communities As we celebrate NVM, let's recognize those who give of themselves to help others. Let's motivate others to join the effort, and stay focused on how volunterism can continue to bring maximum value to our communities."
The health department offers free workshops and training throughout the year to give volunteers the knowledge and skills needed to safely respond to public health crises.
The Marshall County Health Department mission statement is, "To organize and manage its resources for the protection and enhancement of the personal dental, family, community and environmental health for all residents, and to endeavor to deliver these services in an efficient, courteous and non-discriminatory manner to all area residents and those requesting our assistance."
Marshall County schools will offer an apprentice miner training for graduating high school seniors, with June 2 the deadline for applying. The class will be in cooperation with the West Virginia University Mining Extension program.
It will be an 80-hour course which will provide training to allow the student to receive an apprentice mining card and be eligible to apply for positions in local underground mines.
This will be the third year MCS has offered the program, and from the previous two classes more than 80 percent of its graduates are currently employed in the mining field.
Steve Perkins and staff of the West Virginia University Mine Extension Training Program will be the instructors. They have been teaching for several years, following more than 20 years in underground mines. They will be assisted by faculty and staff of Marshall County Schools.
Classes will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 16-30 in the Agricultural Science Building at John Marshall High School.
Students must be 2014 high school graduates of Cameron or John Marshall.
Applications and further information can be obtained by contacting Dave Gaudino at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the MCS's Adult Education Office at 304-843-4444, extension, 343, or by seeing their counselor of school principal.
The class will be limited to the first 25 applicants.
Free dumpsters in conjunction with Marshall County's Operation Pride Clean-Up effort will be at the Roberts Ridge VFD and at the coal miner parking lot near Rosbys Rock from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Those bringing items are reminded that no provisions will be available for tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials, or household trash.
Representatives from Appalachian Outreach Inc., will be available to accepted used serviceable furniture, toys, bikes and household goods.
For additional information contact Howard Coffield at HowardCof@comcast.net, 304-780-9866 or 304-843-1074 (fax).
A free community breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Sunday at Simpson United Methodist Church, Moundsville.
The Cameron Dragon Players will be presenting their Spring play titled, "The Great Contest," April 10-13 in the Cameron High School Auditorium. The performances on April 10, 11 and 12 will be at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m., while on April 13 the matinee performance will be at 2:30 p.m., with doors opening at 2 p.m.
Twelve students comprise the cast for the show.
Faculty member Whitney Healy is the play director with Nick Healy the technical director.