A line by Earl Ray Jones in the movie "Field of Dreams" was, "If you build it, they will come."
While in Marshall County the week of July 20-26 the theme could have easily had been, "Hold it and they will come."
There were a number of events that week in Marshall County, among these being the Marshall County Fair, the Back To School Fun Fair, the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce-organized Business After Hours, and a Summer Concert held at Riverfront Park, also a Chamber event.
Starting off with the County Fair, it was very successful, with one of the factors being the weather, as fair board members got pretty much what they had hoped for - no rain. Fair Board President Beth Bertram said, "We will take this type of weather every year."
Bertram stated, "It takes many volunteers to make the fair successful and I want to express thanks to Fair Board members and others for their assistance."
Success can be defined in many ways and as to the fair, that can be the number who went through the turnstiles, how much people enjoy the different attractions, and of course, how they like the food being sold.
While many of the attractions are the same each year, Bertram said two new ones this year were well received - the racing pigs (flat races and swimming races), and the informative alligator show.
Bertram said, "Although people think we make a lot of money, we just hope to break even." She stated, "We have many expenditures, namely the three country music performers, along with attractions such as the racing pigs and the alligator show, paying gate people, security personnel, people to oversee the parking; also the carnival owner receives a percentage of gate. Another expenditure is exhibit premiums." Of course, some of these costs go to local residents and thus the money will become a part of local economy.
Some of the expenditures prior to the fair were for new lines to handle the rain water along the main area of the fairgrounds and new electrical transformers in several areas.
As to the "Back to School Fun Fair," it has become very popular with the children and their parents, as all youngsters in Marshall County have the opportunity to receive free backpacks, school supplies, hair cuts and dental examinations as they get ready to return to school. This year's figure exceeded 1,300 youngsters, which was the largest attendance in this, the 14th year.
Susie Baker, an employee of the Marshall County School System, has been in charge of this event since the inception. She stated, "Everyone coming through the lines was very grateful for the items received."
She also expressed thanks to the many volunteers who helped in making it a success, and for contributions by Mike Ferns of KIA Auto Sales of Benwood and Williams Ohio Valley Midstream. Also, assistance was given by the Marshall County Board of Education.
Attendance at the Business After Hours events varies from month to month. Chamber officials were pleased to announce that more than 100 attended the most recent one at Sleep Inn & Suites.
Slim Lehart, along with the Wheeling Express Band, were the attraction for the Summer Concert series. It is somewhat hard to get an actual number of attendees, since there is no fee charge. The estimated number at the Riverfront Park for this event was in the 300-350 range.
The matter involving carryover funds of the Marshall County Commission was taken care of on July 22 as the commissioners agreed on the distribution of the $2,244,635, placing the funds in seven line items
The largest amount, $1 million, is going toward the Public Safety Building Project, which will provide for better working conditions for the law enforcement division of the Sheriff's Department, the 911 Dispatchers and the Office of Emergency Services.
The remaining funds were earmarked for the Stabilization Fund, $534,500; economic development at $400,000, the Courthouse Facility Improvement fund at $200,000, the Courthouse Capital Outlay at $100,000, and the Elections Professional Services at $10,000. The remaining $135 was placed in the county's contingency fund.
Marshall County is fortunate to have carryover funds which have enabled the lowering of the levy rate five out of the past six years.
Also, coal severance funds have enabled the county commission to provide funding to Grand Vue Park, the health department, the library system, senior citizen programs, the animal shelter, the airport authority, volunteer fire departments, water and sewerage projects and the extension service. Also, each year $40,000 is earmarked for non-profit organizations such as community associations, recreation, etc.
Carryover funds, along with coal severance funds, have enabled the betterment of life and services in the county, from which everyone has had the opportunity to benefit.
Have an update on a story which appeared in the July 18 issue of the News-Register and The Intelligencer, involving 25 young adults who spent a night in Moundsville while on their way to Baltimore, Md.
Their relay effort consisted of running 4,000 miles from San Francisco to the Inner Harbor (where they dipped their shoes into the water) in Baltimore. They arrived there at noon on July 26.
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) hosted their arrival celebration, which took place atop Federal Hill in the Maryland city.
The 4K for Cancer Running Team (and their sister Riding Teams) have made their way across America while spreading hope and support to young adults, and their loved ones affected by cancer. During the trip the runners made stops at various cancer centers, for service days, and in several cities, including Westerville, Ohio, their stopover before coming to Moundsville, to award scholarships to college students impacted by cancer.
This group raised more than $150,000, according to Rachel Wiederhold UCF Director of Human Resources & Operations. She said these funds will be distributed for services such as direct patient navigation, scholarship awards, or programs such as the Cancer to 5K ( a free training program offered to cancer survivors) and Helping Others Fight (a free service which assists cancer patients with household tasks that have become too difficult during treatment).
The UCF was founded in 1997 and is the national leader in providing specialized support for young adults affected by cancer. With nearly 70,000 young adults diagnosed every year, that organization helps young people fight the disease and navigate treatment by providing access to information, support groups, and other specialized programs.
The Moundsville Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants this month, Monday through Friday. The hours will be 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Customers are advised to check the water condition prior to washing clothes due to the possibility of any discoloration.
The annual John Marshall Softball Golf Scramble will be held on Aug. 16 at the Moundsville Country Club. It is a four-person event which will begin at 2 p.m. Registration will be at 1 p.m.
Registration forms for the golf scramble can be downloaded at www.tinyurl.com/JMSoftballScramble.
For more information, contact Ed West at 304-845-1651 or email MonarchSoftballBoosters@gmail.com.
The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will present another in the free series of Summer Cinemas at 6 p.m. on Monday. This showing will be, "Winter's Tale." It centers on the relationship between a thief and a dying woman. Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe and William Hurt are featured. The 129-minute showing is rated PG-13.