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Flag of Honor Presentations Honor Local First Responders

First responders representing  25 Marshall County agencies each received a 9/11 Flag of Honor Saturday morning during the opening ceremony of the Elizabethtown Festival. The Flag of Honor project was created with the intention of honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and Feb. 26, 1993. The Memorial Edition flag was actually created from the names of those who perished on 9/11.

This effort has garnered tremendous support from around the world with proceeds from the sale of the flags having been used toward  many charities.

The Flag of Honor and the Flag of Heroes flags hang in government offices, military bases, museums, firehouses, police precincts across the country and in the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero. They have become a tangible historical marker and an enduring tribute to those lost that terrible day.

The goal is to have them hang in every building in America so that those individuals who died will always be remembered.

As years pass and memories dull, the flags will continue to tell the human story of that day.

As to the Elizabethtown Festival, it will conclude today at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, the hours being 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The festival was started by Hilda Blake and the late Sue Riggs, who shared an idea for a community event in observance of an early 1800s heritage festival honoring the former community that was settled prior to West Virginia becoming a state.

Blake remains a behind-the- scenes member of the committee, which is comprised mainly of members of the Moundsville Economic Development Council, and the MEDC staff.

From 1832-66 there was an Elizabethtown, named in honor of Elizabeth Tomlinson, the wife of  Joseph Tomlinson, who founded the town in the southwest part of which is now Moundsville.

The event is the collaboration effort of not only exhibitors, including those from surrounding areas, but also, the city of Moundsville, the Marshall County Commission, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Division of Tourism, as well as local businesses and volunteers.

Today’s activities, in addition to heritage arts, crafts, food, displays, children’s art projects, traditional games and inflatables, will be the judging of soup (no chili) at 2 p.m., square dancing, and the band, Double Identity.

There is no fee for attending.

Moundsville Councilman David Wood, who this past week asked council members to make a decision on what path they want to take regarding Four Seasons Pool, plans to discuss with them this same matter at Tuesday’s finance committee.

Of course, financing is a major issue regarding making improvements to the structure, and Wood said he has outlined possible ways of obtaining funding to council members, and will do so again Tuesday, if necessary.

He is hopeful that the finance committee will make a decision at its meeting this week, and that their recommendation will come up for a vote at the Sept. 20 council meeting.

The idea of making improvements in phases was first addressed when council was presented with a feasibility study, the first phase being replacement of a humidifier, which Wood favors.

Wood, who is also a member of Parks and Recreation Board, said there have been presentations, workshops, etc., pertaining to Four Seasons and that it is time to make a decision. He pointed out that as a result of the feasibility study, council members know what needs to be repaired and the cost for doing the work. He added, “The citizens of Moundsville have also have had an opportunity to express their thoughts.”

Wood concluded, “The Four Seasons issue has been kicked around for several months and it is time for council to make a decision.”

All Marshall County residents are welcome to use any of seven dumpster sites and the E-Recycle disposal to be provided by the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority and the Marshall County Commission.

The Fall Dumpster Clean-Up will be taking place in Benwood, McMechen, Sherrard, Roberts Ridge, Glen Dale, Moundsville and Cameron, with E-Recycling (electronics and tires) to be in Moundsville.

The sites are:

Benwood (city garage in North Benwood) and McMechen (former football stadium), both on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Sherrard Middle School and Roberts Ridge (volunteer fire department headquarters), both on Oct. 8.

Glen Dale (city garage) and Moundsville (Valley Fork walking trail), both on Oct. 14-15.

Cameron (former Cameron High School parking lot) on Oct. 22.

The hours at all of the above locations will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Those using this service are not to drop off items if a dumpster in not present.

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

There is one change dealing with electronics, that being that no televisions will be accepted, as beginning July 1, sanitation collectors are required to accept televisions and they can be now be disposed of in landfills. Those with large televisions are asked to contact their sanitation collection company to make arrangements for pickup.

The E-Recycle collection point from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 will take place in the parking lot at the north end of Monarch Stadium in Moundsville.

Accepted at this site will be car and light truck tires (17 inch and smaller), white goods, electronics, computers, air conditioners, humidifiers and dehumidifiers.

The above service is for residential use and is not intended for businesses or industry. Those bringing items for disposal should be prepared to show proof of Marshall County residency.

For more information pertaining to either the dumpster or E-Recycling contact the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority at 304-780-9866, or via email to HowardCof@comcast.net

The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, in partnership with Recorded Books of Prince Frederick, Md., is providing digital magazine service Zinio for public libraries in Marshall County.

Zinio features full-color, digital editions for instant desktop reading, mobile streaming, and mobile-app download.

Patrons are able to select both new and back issues, adding them to personal reading libraries with no hold, no checkout periods, and no limits to the number of magazines checked out and downloaded.

Better Homes and Gardens, Esquire, Newsweek, Vanity Fair and Wired are just a few of the popular titles available, said Library Director Susan Reilly.

Interested people can contact the library for additional information or by going to the library’s website.

The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library/Moundsville Woman’s Club annual fall used book sale will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sept. 30 and Oct. 3, and from 10 a.m. until noon on Oct. 1 and Oct. 4, in the library’s garage at the corner of Fifth Street and Tomlinson Avenue, Moundsville.

The library is currently accepting book donations for the sale.

The West Virginia University/Marshall County Extension Office will be partnering with Moundsville Pharmacy to offer a Dining with Diabetes Class, which will begin on Sept. 19 at Moundsville Pharmacy, 118 North Lafayette Ave., Moundsville.

Dining with Diabetes is a once-a-week class (Sept. 19 and 26, Oct. 3 and 10), the hours being 6-8 p.m. There will also be a three-month follow-up class on Dec. 12.

Registration for this program can be made by calling the Extension Office at 304-843-1170.

A get-together of former West Virginia Penitentiary employees was held recently.  It was attended by  some 50 individuals who had  who had a total of 1,250 years of employment.

It was the first such event held since the closing of the prison 20 years ago.

The event was arranged by the staff of the Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC), which shares the Training Center with staff of the state Department of Corrections.

Suzanne Park, executive director of the MEDC, said the former employees visited all areas of the institution and said the former employees enjoyed the event and hope it is made a yearly get-together.

The MEDC also conducts tourism activities at the “Big House” throughout the year, with the next attraction being the Dungeon of Horrors, which will be get underway on Sept. 23. There will be a dress rehearsal on Sept. 20 with RIPs in attendance, RIP stands for “Really Important People.”

Something new will be offered to those participating in the DOH, that being the opportunity to take part in a 5-minute “Escape the Pen” attraction should they desire. This event will take place on the porch of prison.

“Escape the Pen”  began four months ago as a tourist attraction.

John S. Marshall and John Budinscak, co-founders of the St. Clairsville based BMAC organization, this past week sent notifications to BMAC email associates, informing them of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce sponsored annual dinner on Oct. 6 at the Training Center at the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

BMAC, which has membership in the MCCC, is helping in attracting persons to the Chamber dinner which will have as its speaker, Tony Caridi, the Voice of the Mountaineers.

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