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Gold Star Families Monument Dedicated at Courthouse

Those in attendance at the dedication of the Marshall County Gold Star Families Memorial Monument this past Wednesday evening had the opportunity to listen to featured speaker Hershel “Woody” Williams explain about the start-up of this effort 10 years ago, what the foundation means, along with the mission the four goals of the project.

The mission of the program is to honor, recognize and serve Gold Star Families and the legacy of their loved ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

In addition, while several individuals and organizations took part in the event, others presented checks to Williams to help pay for the monument.

The program began with the welcome from Marshall County Commission president Scott Varner, who stated, “This is indeed a special day as we recognize those who were left behind by those who lost their lives while defending our freedoms. Each day the memory of their lost child is a heartache that will never go away. This monument reminds us, the survivors, that we also must remember our Gold Star Families and care for them each and every day. Losing a child is something many of us have never experienced, but these families not only have lost their child, but lost that child while preserving our rights and freedoms.”

He added, “It is with the greatest admiration for these families that I welcome these families on behalf of the citizens of Marshall County.”

The Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard posted the Colors, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by members of Cub Scout Pack No. 78, and Boy Scout Troop No. 78.

Vocalist Bob Wolfe sang the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and later “God Bless America” and “Fallen Not Forgotten.”

The invocation was given by Rev. C.J. Plogger, pastor of the Ash Avenue Church of God.

County Commissioner John Gruzinskas noted that the foundation and the Gold Star Family Monuments were projects of Williams, and that Marshall County was honored to be able have Mr. Williams as speaker for the occasion.

Following Mr. Williams’ talk, members of the Veterans Honor Guard placed wreaths at the Memorial.

Alex Nauert, director of programs for the Woody Williams Foundation, was in charge of the call to the monument, while Williams and Gold Star Family members led the ceremony of removing the cover.

This was followed by the Honor Guard providing “Taps,” a rifle salute and the retiring of the Colors, and the benediction by Rev. Plogger.

Final comments were made by County Commissioner Mike Ferro, who thanked those who attended to support the dedication. He said, “Marshall County has a proud heritage of military service. We are patriots to our core, and believe in the American system and defending the rights of those who are not able to defend themselves.” He continued, “Freedom has never been free. This monument that we dedicated today is a reminder to all of us that we must support our troops and their families. Across the plaza is a tribute to the heroes who have died for our freedoms. This monument is a tribute to the families who gave the ultimate sacrifice and also must never be forgotten.”

Mr. Williams made a special presentation to Gary Rider, who became an honorary board member of the national foundation for his work on behalf of planning which has resulted in the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.

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While on the subject of the military, through an effort headed up by Danielle Harman with assistance of members of the Moundsville Lions Club, donations for the national program titled, “National Wreaths Across America,” are being received. The goal is expected to be reached soon.

The wreaths will be placed on the graves of veterans who are buried at Mount Rose Cemetery in Moundsville. The wreaths will be laid in mid-December. Harman said she hopes to expand this effort to at least one other cemetery next year.

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The annual Marshall County E-Recycle clean-up is taking place today (Saturday) in the north parking lot at John Marshall High School.

It will conclude at 2 p.m.

Items accepted will be car and light truck tires (17-inch and smaller), white goods, electronics, computers, air conditioners, humidifiers and dehumidifiers. No televisions will be accepted.

Also, today fall dumpster clean-ups will be held at the Glen Dale City Garage and the entrance to Valley Fork Park in Moundsville. The dumpsters will be there until 2 p.m.

Next Saturday (Oct. 17), dumpsters will be at the Cameron Elementary School and at the Roberts Ridge VFD Headquarters. The hours will be 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

There will be no provisions at these locations to accept tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials, or household trash.

These events are being are being sponsored by the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority and the Marshall County Commission,

These services are provided for residential use and not intended for businesses or industry. Anyone desiring additional information can email Howard Coffield at HowardCof@comcast.net

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Because of a shortage of volunteers, the Blue & Gold Thrift Store in Cameron has had to change its hours of operations on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The new hours on those days are 9 a.m. until noon.

There will be no changes in the hours of Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, when the store is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The donation bin is always open for anyone wishing to contribute.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the Thrift Store or the Blue & Gold Christian Center should either stop in and talk to one of the volunteers, or call the Thrift Store at 304-686-2210 or the Center at 304-686-2411.

A teen night will be starting soon on Tuesday nights at the Cameron Blue & God Center.

There will be many activities including pool, ping-pong, foosball, air hockey and 4-square. Nancy Fullerton and Debbie Sheedy are heading up this effort.

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The Marshall County Commission this past Tuesday opened bids for the renovation of the Tax Office, with approval being granted.

Included in the work to be done will be that of safety improvements. Also, bids were open on three police packages for pick-up trucks. These, too, were approved.

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Tuesday is the last day to enter a scarecrow in the Scarecrow Lane Contest at the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale.

Businesses, organizations and individuals are encouraged to design and construct their own scarecrows.

All scarecrows will be displayed on the Farmstead’s lawn, beginning Oct. 15 and continuing through Oct. 30.

The public will be able to vote on the winners. There will be nine winners, three from each category. The winners will receive monetary awards.

For more information pertaining to the scarecrows, call the Farmstead at 304-843-1411.

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Moundsville’s Uptown Business District, Jefferson Avenue from Second Street to Fifth Street, and Jefferson Avenue from Eighth Street to 11th Street, in front of the former West Virginia Penitentiary, now has hanging flower baskets, which were placed at the two locations, as well as flower beds in the past few days.

Both of these beautifications were provided by members of the Moundsville Historic Landmarks Commission.

Also, along Jefferson Avenue, Second Street to Fifth Street, there are poles decorated with orange streamers and fall leaves. Members of the Uptown Moundsville Activities Committee were responsible for doing the decorating.

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