Marshall County Commission Appoints 911 Director

There will be a mass movement today at Grand Vue Park!

Rowe family members, all 62, will be going home after spending a week at GVP.

This marked the 38th straight year the family had spent their vacations in the Ohio Valley.

The get-together started in 1981 when 21 members of the family ”moved in” to two of the park’s cabins for a week.

This year, 15 of those from the first year were back, including 95-year-old Jean Rowe.

Grand Vue Park was only 7 years old that first year that the Rowes came there.

Several of the those from that first year wondered how they survived as the cabins didn’t have air conditioning, however, they pointed out they didn’t have air conditioning in their homes either.

They also remembered that in 1981 and several years after, there wasn’t any such thing as a cellphone, but they were able to keep in touch with their children thanks to other adults and park staff members.

There have been numerous changes at the park, and while members of the Rowe family were having a get-together this past week about their park experience, they too recalled the upgrades at Grand Vue.

A couple of the changes have included an increase in the number of cabins, both ground and in trees. The Rowes, since they first came to the park, have preferred the traditional cabins.

There were four generations of the Rowe family attending this year with those in the second and third generations leading the discussion about their experiences at Grand Vue. They made mention of how well their children/grandchildren get along, and that this get-together enables them to meet with one another on a yearly basis.

By the way, this year’s attendees were from: Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

How did the Rowes end up at Grand Vue Park? Well it turned out that the family was looking for a site to hold a reunion and it just happened that one of the daughters of Vernon and Jean Rowe, Jeannie Meloon, who had lived in Glen Dale and Wheeling, was approached by a friend about Grand Vue, and in turn she contacted her sister, Susan Wakefield who had formerly worked in Wellsburg, and a brother, John, who at one time had lived in southern West Virginia.

The family takes advantage of the swimming pool, especially when the weather is as hot as it was this past week, by having a Pizza Night, a Swimming Night, climbing the hills behind their cabins, and other events which involve all the family members. For the past five years the get together has been held during the July Fourth week which gives them an opportunity to have one the best locations to see the fireworks taking place in Moundsville.

As to feeding the families, six families are responsible for meals, one for each of the nights they were in the area. The evening meals are prepared at a different cabin each night and all families participates.

The family members had nothing but praise for the Grand Vue Park staff and employees for the treatment they receive each year.

Park Manager Craig White said, ”Our staff and employees look forward each year to meeting and talking to the Rowes.” He added, ”They are like family.”

By the way, the family has their cabins booked for 2020.

The Marshall County Commissioners approved Carol Ann Robinson as 911 director this month, this following the recommendation of County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel.

Robinson, a lifelong resident of Marshall County, has been an EMT/paramedic since 1987. She was one of the five original 911 hires in 1994.

She became a state appointee medical examiner for Marshall County in 2002 and has continued in that position.

She helped develop the emergency medical dispatch program when it became state mandated in 2008. She obtained instructors license and continues to teach it.

In 2013, Robinson was promoted to 911 supervisor and became responsible for the midnight shift and all inhouse training.

In 2015, she assisted in the set-up of the 911 Center into the new Public Safety Building.

Robinson was promoted to assistant 911 Director in January 2016.

In April 2016, she was appointed to the authority board in the development of the Marshall County EMS and continues to serve on that board.

On March 5 of this year, she was promoted to interim 911 director by the county commission following the retirement of Larry Newell.

Robinson said, ”I’m looking forward to this new challenge in the next stop of my career.” She added, ”I’m grateful and humble for the commissioners trust for putting me in this position. I will work hard to make them proud.”

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart has completed the first portion of the new federal and state training requirements for emergency management professional personnel across the country and West Virginia.

Hart was one of 40 graduates of the Foundations of Emergency Management Course held in Flatwoods, West Virginia over the past four months.

The course is part of the initial West Virginia Emergency Management Academy, which will now be part of the annual educational curriculum for emergency management personnel throughout the state.

The Foundations of Emergency Management Course is the first in a series of courses of the National Emergency Management Academy which was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute, commonly referred to as EMI.

The courses associated with the academy are normally delivered over a period of a full month, partially at RMI, however, according to Hart, the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management was given approval to deliver the courses over a period of seven months; two to three days each month in lieu of a full month commitment away from their counties.

As part of the foundation’s course in addition to the curriculum, homework and testing, students were required to develop and deliver presentations both individually and in collaborative work groups, collaborative problem solving and participate in an evaluated table top exercise.

Hart said that although the course material is informational, just as much if not more can be learned between the interaction and networking among the attendees with their experiences, incidents and lessons learned.

The academy course which began in March will conclude in September with a graduation ceremony.

The Marshall County Fair will open in two weeks.

Brochures are available at numerous locations, including businesses, which have information for various events available in the county.

The fair’s daily events are much the same as in past years.

In case you need a reminder on some of the events, they include:

July 22–The flag raising and ribbon cutting will be 6:15 p.m., followed by the Queen Pageants.

July 23–Will be Senior Citizens and Veterans Day at the fair, with free admission for those who qualify.

July 24–Will be Children’s Day with free admission for those individuals.

July 25–Truck Pulls will be one of the attractions.

July 26–Headlining that day will be the 4-H and FFA Livestock Auctions and Tractor and Truck Pulls.

July 27–The Festival Stage entertainer will be Phil Vassar as part of his ”Hitsteria Tour.”

The carnival will be on the fairgrounds from Tuesday through Saturday.

The Marshall County FRN will hold its general membership meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the meeting room at Sleep Inn and Suites located at 8 Wal-Mart Drive in Moundsville.

The meeting is a way to share information and to learn about activities and programs going on in the community, and each member will have an opportunity to briefly discuss their organization.

Those attending are reminded to bring their business cards and any materials they would like to be distributed to the group.

Call 304-845-3300 or email to marshallcountyfrn@comcast.net to RSVP to the meeting.

You still have an opportunity today, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., to watch ”Dock Dogs” at the Marshall County Co-Op in Moundsville, sponsored by the Marshall County Animal Rescue League. The dogs will be competing in long jumps into a 40-foot pool. There will also be home made crafts and pet accessories/treats.

There will be a Twilight Tour at the former West Virginia Penitentiary from 6 to 9 p.m. today. Those wishing to participate are reminded to bring their investigative equipment. Following the 90 minute tour, persons then wander the prison alone.

The event is for ages 13 and up.

Tickets may be obtained online only.

Andrea Keller, Cultural Program Coordinator at the Grave Creek Mound, will be the speaker at noon Thursday for the ”Hungry for History at the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale.”

Her topic will be, ”Having Fun with Archaeology,” She will share amusing but but true stories from years of experience in archaeology.

Lunch will be provided after the presentation.

Those planning to take part are asked to RSVP by phoning 304-845-1411.

Also, ”Thriller Thursday” will be taking place at the former West Virginia Penitentiary on Thursday. Those taking part should make plans to spend three thrilling hours, 9 a.m. until midnight. It is for those ages 15 and up.

Tickets can only be purchased online at wvpentours.com.

There will be two summer concerts, one in Glen Dale and the other at Grand Vue Park, on Friday. The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce sponsored free concert will be from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Glen Dale Park.

Music will be provided by the Easy Street Band with classic and rock favorites.

The Summer Concert Series at the Vue Bar and Grill’s Outdoor Stage at GVP will begin at 7 p.m. Music will provided by Eli Lambie’s group.

The fifth annual Lock 13 Riverfest will be taking place at Riverview Park in McMechen on Friday and Saturday.

The event will consist of food, live music, studio wrestling, bingo, kayak racing, a cornhole tournament, a hot dog eating contest, crafts, raffles and fireworks.

Among birthdays this past week was one celebrated by granddaughter Lillian Barrett. She was 10 years old.


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