Plans are underway for a 5K run/walk through the streets of Moundsville on Sept. 20. The event will be known as the "Moundsville Zombie Prison Break 5K Run Walk."
The event will start at 9 a.m. from the former West Virginia Penitentiary, with the finish line on Jefferson Avenue in front of the former prison.
The run/walk is being sponsored in part by the Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC) and the Moundsville Lions Club.
Proceeds from the registration fees will benefit the Moundsville Lions Club Sight Program.
The runners/walkers, along with spectators, can also assist the Lions Club in its eye glasses effort by bringing used glasses which the Lions will then donate to an agency which will see that they are given to a Third World Country.
Those planning to participate can register online at active.com. Application can be printed from the MEDC website, which is www.wvpentours.com.
There will be six age groups: 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49 and 60 and over.
There will be a couple of other events taking place that day in the city of Moundsville, one being a Zombie Walk, which has for the past two years being sponsored by the MEDC, and the other a Fall Festival sponsored by the Uptown Merchants Activities Committee (UMAC). The latter will be held on "The Avenue," Jefferson from Second to Fifth Street.
As to awards, they will be presented to the top three males and the top three female runners overall, and the top three males and top three females in each age group. Also, awards will be presented to the top 10 male walkers and the 10 top female walkers.
MEDC director Suzanne Park commented that, "Plans for this year's Zombie Walk are also being finalized, and anyone who will be participating in this event is welcome to wear their costume in the run/walk."
The Moundsville Lions Club Sight Program provides eye examinations and glasses for needy individuals, and also works in conjunction with the West Virginia Sight Foundation, whose primary purpose is to provide needed medical procedure to restore or improve eyesight of people unable to obtain the services elsewhere and unable to pay for the services themselves.
All Lions Clubs in West Virginia are encouraged to support the activities of the Sight Foundation by making annual financial donations.
The formation of a Marshall County Convention Visitors Bureau is in the planning stage, with the Marshall County Tourism committee heading up this effort.
The CVB works to attract visitors to the county with its funding source being a percentage from the hotel/motel taxes collected in the county and cities.
The reunion committee for John Marshall High School graduating classes 1969-79 will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church, Third Street and Baker Avenue, Moundsville.
The reunion will take place Aug. 1-2, with the registration deadline being July 19. Registration forms are to be mailed to P.O. Box 236, Moundsville, 26041. The forms are available at DiCarlo's Pizza, Bob's Lunch, Peggy's Posies and Greg's Market.
Thanks to Larry Bonar of the Moundsville Sanitary Board for having his workers clean the debris from a small tributary which runs through Valley Fork Park.
The water was backing up, as a culvert had become blocked, thus preventing water from making it to Middle Grave Creek.
It's time for a baseball tour update.
Our most recent Uniglobe Baseball Tour was to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., concluding with a stop in Pittsburgh.
The visit to Washington was actually a four-in-one venture, as in addition to witnessing the Nationals-Colorado game, there were visits to the grounds of the Capitol, the viewing of several of the monuments and a two-hour tour of Nationals Park.
Although our group had attended games at Nationals Park, it marked the first time we had toured the facility. We learned of the history of baseball in Washington, while viewing several areas of the park, including sitting in the visitors dugout, the press box, the President's suite, etc.
Since National Parks was built, the area surrounding the facility has changed with new buildings, including housing, now occupying the surrounding area.
By the way, this happened to be Bryce Harper Bobblehead Night.
In Pittsburgh prior to the Pirates-Arizona game, we had the opportunity to again visit what is now known as The Clemente Museum, with Steve Blass being present to speak about his relationship with the "Great One."
The Clemente Museum is an independent non-profit museum dedicated to preserving the memory and legacy of "The Great One," as Roberto's fans affectionately called him.
With the support of the Clemente family the museum is fulfilling a mission through the exhibition of photographs and artifacts dealing with Clemente's life.
As to the Pirates game that night, Pittsburgh was shut out for eight innings but rallied for three runs in the ninth to win 3-2.
This marked the 41st multi-trip in this the 12th straight year, during which time we have seen 11 major league games.
The band Easy Street will provide entertainment at a free concert to be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Riverfront Park in Moundsville, sponsored by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, Moundsville Pharmacy, Williams Ohio Valley Midstream, the Green Tab and the Moundsville Parks and Recreation Board.
The concession stand will open at 5:30 p.m. and will feature hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, sauce dogs, sloppy joes, nachos and cheese, chips, beverages, homemade cookies and ice cream.
Those attending are to bring lawn chairs.
The annual Charity Fishing event at Greg's Market at Fourth Street and Poplar Avenue, Moundsville, will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.
A number of prizes will be awarded to those pulling in the largest trout.
Proceeds will benefit the Billy Parsons Memorial Fund and the Lee Ann Foundation.
Now through Saturday, children of all ages are invited to plant sunflower seeds at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville. The seeds were harvested last fall from the museum's Interpretive Garden. Those planting the seeds this week will be able to take the containers home and watch the sunflowers grow.
Monday is the deadline for submitting applications for the Marshall County Fair Queen Pageants, which will take place on July 21 at the fairgrounds in Moundsville.
There will be four different pageants for those ages 7-21.
Applications and details about the event are available at www.marshallcountyfair.net or by phoning 304-281-5790.