Mensore Movie Returns

Area residents now have more opportunities to see “Mine 9,” a new film directed and written by New Martinsville native Eddie Mensore.

The movie, which was released commercially earlier this year, was shown at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville last weekend.

“Mine 9,” set in an Appalachian coal mine, will be screened at Towngate Art House Cinema in Wheeling on the weekend of June 14-16.


Retired Wheeling attorney Joseph Gompers, 95, was in the spotlight twice last week.

He was a special guest at the Ohio County Public Library Tuesday for a Lunch With Books program saluting American Legion Post 1’s 100th anniversary. Gompers is the oldest member of Post 1 and a past commander of the post.

Library staff member Erin Rothenbuehler presented Gompers with a framed copy of his entry in the library’s Memories in Hand veterans’ project. For Memories in Hand, the World War II veteran was photographed holding a photo of his father, who was a World War I veteran.

In his remembrance, Gompers recalled that, at age 7, he accompanied his father, a founder of Post 1, to the dedication of the Doughboy statue at Wheeling Park on Memorial Day in 1931.

Continuing his busy week, Gompers had an opportunity to pose for a photograph with Newt Gingrich on Wednesday after the former U.S. Speaker of the House spoke at Oglebay Park.


When Newt Gingrich talked about leadership at The Health Plan’s health care symposium at Oglebay on Wednesday, he shared a story about his early beginnings as a civic leader.

Gingrich, who is now an author and documentary producer, recalled that when he was 10 or 11 years old, his mother gave him money to go to the movies one summer afternoon in his hometown of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After watching two animal-related films in a downtown theater, the youngster decided that Harrisburg needed a zoo.

Instead of going straight home, young Gingrich walked down an alley leading to city hall, marched in and informed a receptionist that he wanted to speak to someone about his idea. Gingrich said he was directed to “a nice older man — about 15 years younger than I am now” who explained to the lad that the city used to have a zoo in Wildwood Park.

The city official then called Gingrich’s grandmother — whom he had dated 30 years earlier — and said the lad should return to city hall on Tuesday to share his idea for a zoo with city council. Young Gingrich took his advice and showed up at the council meeting.

“I’m being a good citizen,” he recalleid. “I make a pitch for a zoo.”

Before he spoke on that August afternoon, other residents appeared before council to complain about garbage collection. Gingrich said he guessed, correctly as it turned out, that the local newspaper’s coverage of the meeting would focus on “the cute little kid who asks for a zoo,” rather than on adults’ problems with the city’s garbage service.

Drawing a parallel with his own experience, Gingrich then told guests at the symposium, “You want to find a way to have everyone in your organization to have that kind of initiative.”


A new heritage and artisan center at Jackson’s Mill will be featured on an episode of “Barnwood Builders” that is set to air at 9 p.m. today on the DIY Network.

Mark Bowe, a West Virginia University graduate and host of “Barnwood Builders,” coordinated the project. The show’s crew returned to WVU Jackson’s Mill this spring to film the episode titled “The Finished Product.” The original show was taped in April 2018 at Jackson’s Mill where participants assembled the timber frame structure.

A team from Jackson’s Mill worked with contractors to complete the building. About 25 leaders from the university, including President Gordon Gee, deans, vice presidents, staff and students, participated in the build.

Made of 350-year-old wood, the structure will be used as a heritage arts education center where 4-H members and other visitors will learn about Appalachian heritage.

Bowe founded his company, Antique Cabins and Barns, in 1995. He and his crew have reclaimed more than 400 pioneer-era structures.

Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@theintelligencer.net


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