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Events in Cameron, Moundsville Scheduled for Veterans Day

Wednesday is Veterans Day and in addition to a program in Moundsville that day there will be two other veterans-related activities in Marshall County during the week.

The two other events will be the sixth annual Marshall County Patriots & Heroes book signing by the author Gary Rider from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, and the annual Veterans Day Banquet sponsored by Cameron American Legion Post No. 18 on Saturday evening.

The Veterans Day program in Moundsville on Wednesday will be at 11 a.m., at the All-Wars Memorial on the east grounds of the Marshall County Court House. The speakers will be Mike Anderson and Gary Rider.

Anderson, an Afghanistan Veteran lost his left lower leg in action, has turned his negative feelings about his physical injury into a life changing positive outreach to the community, one part of which was to organize a 5K run/walk to help Isaiah Leasure.

Members of Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack No. 78 will present a skit and help with the ceremony. The Moundsville Middle School Band will be performing, while the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard will present Taps and a 21-gun salute.

Rider’s release of the sixth volume of the ongoing “Marshall County Patriots and Heroes” collections of veterans’ stories will be held on the lower level of the library. As to the book, it is 200 pages, which will include 105 new profiles of men and women from Marshall County who have served in the U.S. military, from the Civil War to the present. The latest volume brings to 729 the number of profiles.

Rider and Rosanne Keller did the interviewing of former service people and/or their relatives.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, to which the public is invited. There will be a brief presentation by Rider and Keller, followed by questions and answers.

Anyone desiring additional information about the book signing can call the library at 304-845-6911.

As to the banquet in Cameron, it will be held at the C. William “Bill” Harris Annex Building and will include a social hour at 5:30 p.m., with dinner to be served at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Darrell W. Cummings, pastor of the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in Wheeling and Shiloh Apostolic Faith Assembly in Weirton, will be the speaker. He was born in Texas and received his license as a minister at the age of 16. He became the pastor of Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in 1990.

Dr. Cummings has received degrees in accounting, business law and real estate law. Over the years he has received numerous award and has served/chaired many organizations.

In 2010 Governor Earl Ray Tomblin recognized him as the distinguished person of the year.

Post No. 18 family members will be guests at the banquet, with local veterans invited along with the general public.

Dinner will be served by Coaches Corner of Cameron.

Reservations can be made by calling the Post home at 304-686-3161.

The American Legion’s District 1 (Northern Panhandle) Caravan, which originates in Moundsville, will be held in February 2016 rather than January. The main reason is that National Commander Dale Barnett will be in West Virginia in February and local Legionnaires hope he will be available to participate in the caravan.

This past January, both Barnett and then-National Commander Mike Helm took part in the event.

The annual 22nd Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Tree Gala Light-Up Night will be held on Thursday evening at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary, in conjunction with the Chamber’s monthly Business After Hours.

Reynolds Memorial Hospital is hosting the BAH, with the hospital also catering the dinner to be held beginning at 5 p.m. Advanced reservations are required for the meal by calling the Chamber office at 304-845-2773.

Twenty-seven trees will be part of the Tree Gala.

The trees will be delivered to the Training Center this afternoon with those responsible for the decorating having until Wednesday to finish.

There will be shuttle service provided from 4:15-5:30 p.m on Thursday, and after the Light-Up. Pickups will take place along Jefferson Avenue in the vicinity of the former prison, and on Eighth Street. The shuttle service will be by Hometown Transportation, a Chamber member.

After Thursday, the days and times for viewing the trees will be:

Nov. 16-20 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; also, on Nov. 19 there will be a viewing from 6-8 p.m., with entertainment by the Opus Music and the John Marshall High School Monarch Choir; Nov 21 from 3 to 5 p.m., which is after the Christmas Parade; and Nov. 23-25 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The final event in conjunction with the Tree Gala will be the auction of the trees, which will take place on Dec. 2 from 5-7 p.m. The auction of trees, will include silent auction items including wreaths, centerpieces and decorative sleds. Silent auction items may be taken home that evening and the decorated trees will be delivered to the buyers’ homes at no charge on the following day. There will a Business After Hours, sponsored by WesBanco, on Dec. 2.

Proceeds from the auction will go to Helping Heroes, CASA and the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce.

For additional information on the Tree Gala and auction, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 304-845-2773 or via email at chamber@marshallcountychamber.com

There will also be a book signing from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, as Marc Harshman, West Virginia’s Poet Laureate, will unveil his new children’s picture book, “Mountain Christmas.” Local artist Cecy Rose, the book’s illustrator, will join Harshman at the event.

Other Harshman works will also be available for purchase. Refreshments will also be available.

Marshall County Circuit Clerk David Ealy will not be seeking re-election to the office he has held since Jan. 1, 1980.

Ealy said that by making the announcement at this time, it will give anyone who might be interested in seeking the office time to begin making plans now.

Ealy’s term expires on Dec. 31, 2016.

The circuit clerk’s term is for six years, thus Ealy was successful on six occasions.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, serving during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

His father, the late Dr. David Ealy, served in World War II in the U.S. Navy, and his youngest son, Dan Ealy, is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.

After being in the military, Ealy attended Salem College, where he received degrees in business administration and public speaking.

Prior to becoming circuit clerk, Ealy worked in real estate and property appraisals.

Once retired, Ealy and his wife, Karen, who are grandparents to five, plan to spend more time with their sons’ families. The oldest, David, resides in Pennsylvania and another, Dan is stationed in Virginia.

Ealy said he has enjoyed providing services to residents of Marshall County, noting that he has been fortunate to have had loyal employees.

As to duties of the circuit clerk, Ealy said his office works in conjunction with the two circuit judges, the family law judge and their staffs. Ealy said his office is responsible for sending out notices to individuals selected for possible jury duty, and to make sure a sufficient number of jurors are present on the first day of a trial. Among other duties is maintaining of all circuit court records.

The John Marshall High School Monarch Company will bring to life E.B. White’s classic novel, “Charlotte’s Web,” on Nov. 13-15.

The curtain in the school’s Center for Performing Arts will go up at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. next Sunday.

The widely read children’s story, first published in 1952, tells the story of friendship between a farm yard pig named Wilbur and a grey spider named Charlotte. Josee Robertson will play the role of Charlotte, while Wilbur will be played by Ben Games.

The play is being directed by faculty member Tracey Filben; it is being produced by special arrangements with the Dramatic Publishing Co., which provides the materials.

For more information about the play, call the school at 304-4444, extension 160.

The Marshall County Family Resource Network is working to develop a Volunteer Resource Guide for individuals or groups to use when looking for ways to volunteer in their local communities.

The FRN is asking local organizations to review and fill out a brief questionnaire on the organization’s needs and send it back to the FRN.

A bake sale benefiting the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville will be held beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday in the front corridor of the Marshall County Courthouse. Soups, sandwiches, cakes, pies, cookies and candy will be available. Special requests can be made by phoning 304-845-5485.

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