Legionnaire C. William Harris Being Honored in Cameron

Although C. William Harris has never lived in the city of Cameron, the name Bill Harris has been synonymous with that community for many years.

Harris, who grew up in Glen Easton, did go to Cameron High School for three years and graduated from CHS in 1943.

Harris, who will observe his 90th birthday on Oct. 30, is the oldest active member of Cameron American Legion Post No. 18, and it has been his involvement in the Legion which has brought him to Cameron on a daily basis.

Harris joined Post No. 18 in 1946 following his tour of duty with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served his first term as post commander in 1969, and is currently serving his ninth consecutive year as post commander. In between he served 20 years as post adjutant.

During the past 35 years, Harris has been drill sergeant of the Post Honor Guard, at parades and the raising of the American flag at Cameron High School football games. He continues to be in charge of flagging of veterans’ graves at area cemeteries during special events.

One of Harris’ undertakings in the past five years was having the American Legion purchase the former NAPA building, located in the center of the city, to provide for the Legion family and the community to have an annex building in which to hold different functions for up to 200 people. He said at the time of the purchase in 2009, “When renovated, the building will restore pride to the center of Cameron.”

Well, that structure has been renovated and on Nov. 1 there will be a dedication at which time it will known as the “C. William (Bill) Harris Building.”

This will mark the second time in four months that Harris will have been honored by the American Legion. The first time was when he was named an honorary Department Commander, that special event having taken place at the state convention.

In addition to serving in different Legion offices on the state level, Harris has been involved with Boys State at Jackson’s Mill. He is currently one of three corporation members who oversee the operation of Boys State.

On Nov. 1 there will be a public viewing of the annex building at 3:30 p.m., followed by dedication ceremonies. The evening events will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., and a Veterans Day Banquet at 6:30 p.m., as it was decided to hold the dedication and Veterans Day observance on the same day. Actually, there will another event, that to honor Harris’ birthday.

The banquet speaker will be former Congressman Alan Mollohan, who secured the initial funding to make the purchase of the Annex Building and some of the renovation possible. There also has been financial help from the Marshall County Commission, along with friends of the Legion in the Cameron area. It was pointed out the Legion has been fortunate to have several Post 18 members with different construction skills who have volunteered their time to do wiring, plumbing and other labor related work, including design. The total volunteer time is estimated at more than 1,000 hours.

Those planning to attend the banquet are to call the Post Home (304-686-3161, by Saturday. Those attending will be asked for a donation of $10.

While on the subject of Cameron, on Nov. 14 a number of former Dragons football players, mainly from 1992-2012, will be suiting up that evening to participate in an alumni game against North Marion. The team has been practicing the past few Sundays.

Coaches will be Jim Potts, Jim Rogers, Woody Yeater and Donnie Kennedy.

On Saturday, Marshall County residents and residential property owners will be able to properly dispose of electronics, tires and white goods, the collection site being at the north parking lot of Monarch Stadium in Moundsville. The hours are 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

All types of electronics, including computers, will be accepted, along with with a maximum of two televisions.

White goods which can be brought to the collection area can include refrigerators. ranges, air conditioners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, washers/dryers.

As to vehicle tires, car and light truck tires (17 inch and smaller) will be accepted, including those on rims. No more than 10 tires per person will be accepted.

Those bringing any of the items will be asked to show a West Virginia driver’s license, West Virginia ID or property tax receipt.

Anyone with questions can call Howard Coffield at 304-780,9866 or send an email to him at: hcoffield@marshallcountywv.org.

The Marshall County Solid Waste Authority, the Marshall County Commission and the West Virginia REAP program are sponsoring the clean-up.

Also, on Saturday the fall clean-up will conclude with dumpsters at the former Cameron High School from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

At this site there will be no provisions for accepting tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials or household trash.

Appalachian Outreach Inc., will be available to accept used furniture, toys, bikes and other household items.

Two special events will be held Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

The Oct. 27 attraction will be Kids’ Night for ages 1-6, which will take place from 6-8 p.m. While the children will be charged a $5 admission, adults will be free. It will be a trick-or-treat style event at which the children will spend time gathering goodies from several tables, playing games, having their pictures taken on a fire truck and face painting. Halloween costumes are encouraged

Those attending the event, from which proceeds will go to charity, are to use the North Wagon Gate (Eighth Street).

Family Night, for ages 7-12, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 28. Admission will be $10 for a family of four. Each additional person will be charged $5. Tickets will be available at the outside ticket booth located at the main entrance.

Called “Lil Dungeon of Horrors,” it is a scaled-down version of the haunted house. For this particular night it is being designed for younger children who might not be ready for the full Dungeon of Horrors. For this event, the actors will not be in full costume.

The annual Dungeon of Horrors event will continue through Nov. 1. The dates include this evening , Oct. 24-26, and Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Tours begin at 7 p.m.

In conjunction with the Dungeon of Horrors, a Zombie Paintball event takes place on the South Yard where the Dungeon of Horrors ends.

Those taking part in the DOH can either go out the South Gate or purchase paintballs and proceed to where the paintball guns are mounted to a table, these guns can only be swiveled enough to aim and shoot at the designated targe t- a person dressed as a Zombie.

Other attractions at the former penitentiary include:

From 4-6 p.m. today, people can check out the artwork and mechanics that make up the haunted house. It is called “Behind the Screams.” There is a $5 fee.

The ‘North Walk” enables visitors to take part in a flashlight tour of the North Hall, which in the final years of the institution housed the most dangerous inmates. This area also is noted for the most paranormal activity. The “walks” will be today, and Oct. 30-Nov. 1, with the starting time at 7 p.m. Walkers will leave every 20 minutes.

A Halloween Puppet Show will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, presented by the Pittsburgh Puppet Works. There will be monster tunes, Halloween jokes and skits, along with a Wooly Booly Limbo event

The show is free and open to the public, being sponsored by the Robert Baker Family.

For more information call the library at 304-845-6911.

Knights of Columbus Council No. 1907, Moundsville, will sponsor its second annual Irish Road Bowling event on Saturday at St. Jude Park in Glen Dale. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at the Park’s shelter, with bowling to begin at 1 p.m.

Bowlers will be shuttled by Airport Limousine to the starting line, which will be on Little Grave Creek Road.

Since participation will be limited those planning to take part are to register in advance by calling 304-843-1662 (Larry Freeland).

If you are one of those eligible to shop at a military commissary, a new store will be opening on Tuesday near the entrance to the old Pittsburgh Airport.

The new commissary is more than twice the size of the former store.

There are now three military buildings in this same area: the commissary, the PX, and an Army Reserve/ID Card center, while a fourth is the U.S. Air Force Base on the hill behind.


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