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Commissioners Cite 911 Staffers as First Responders

The Marshall County Commissioners have approved a resolution that recognizes 911 service telecommunicators as first responders.

The resolution states that 911 public safety telecommunicators “serve 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the same as firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical service workers, and the fact that they make the same sacrifices in their personal lives by leaving their families, friends and the safety of their surroundings to handle the emergency calls that save the lives, protect the property and ensure the safety of our community, along with heroically answering 911 emergency calls around-the-clock giving medical guidance to callers on staying safe in difficult situations, and helping callers in safety during disasters, all while promptly dispatching field first responders to emergency situations, and that they must handle the stress of answering over a half a million calls each year — one call after another, daily — often being the the voice on the other end of the call as citizens experience the worst day of their live. They hear the cries of devastation, listen to the screams for help, and are the support as citizens cope with the loss of a loved one and handle all of this at the very same time that they keep their fellow emergency responders in the field.

“And Whereas, to honor the men and women who serve in this crucial position, we, Marshall County Commissioners, Scott G. Varner, president, John D. Gruzinskas and Michael T. Ferro, recognize these individuals throughout Marshall County by proclaiming to consider them true ‘First Responders,’ and be it resolved that the Marshall Commission hereby proclaims that this Resolution goes into effect immediately upon adoption.”

This past Tuesday, the Marshall County commissioners passed a resolution in support of protecting and preserving the pensions and health care for UMWA Plan beneficiaries.

The resolution states in part that any loss or reduction of benefits would cause irreparable harm to the beneficiaries and deal a devastating blow to the economy of the state of West Virginia, and that the United States Congress should pass the bipartisan legislation being introduced by Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, which would address and solve the critical issues that confront pension and health and healthcare funds by fulfilling a promise of 1946.

The resolution also states that coal miners deserve to have their pensions protected as coal has served as the backbone of the United States energy supply for 200 years and the fact that coal miners work in one of the most dangerous environments in industry, and their bravery and sacrifice should not be discounted by those who choose to ignore this pension crisis.

The resolution continues to state that the Marshall County Commission calls upon every elected official in West Virginia to take a public stance in support of preserving the UMWA pension fund, and that they urge other local governments and West Virginia Legislature to adopt a resolution in support of the same.

Six months ago, The Strand Theatre Preservation Society was granted $7,500 by the Marshall County Commission to help continue work on Phase III of the Strand’s recent renovations.

The area involved is beneath the stage of the theater, with the primary focus being on the completion of three dressing rooms and a green room, along with a maintenance room and sub-basement electrical work.

STPS president Joan Palmer appeared before the county commissioners on Tuesday to give them an update on the work which has been done with funds from the recent grant.

Palmer said, “We now have three brightly lit dressing room areas, with only some decorating needs to be finished for completion on the green room. Walls, the ceiling, floors, electrical work have been completed and we are currently in the process of the plumbing for the cabinet sink. Once that task is completed, the cabinets will be varnished, and decorating will complete this room.”

Palmer added, “Until last year, the sub-basement was primarily unused space with what appeared to be a dirt floor. It was found that underneath one inch of compacted silt was cement! By scraping, shoveling, and hauling the dirt from the area, we were able to clean the floor and can now use this area for storage of lumber, risers, and other large set pieces. As this is now usable space, it is necessary that appropriate electric be run in this area for lighting and work area purpose. Currently we only have a couple of shop lights on extension cords providing lighting when needed.”

“We have been fortunate to have talented and capable volunteers who have donated their time and energies in working with us on this project. Those friends have called upon their expert friends to ensure quality work is being done throughout,” Palmer said.

She said that future goals are: Completion of Phase III, creating a prop room in the basement on the northeast corner of the building. Also, installation of a safety ladder to the fly space of the theatre stage, sound system upgrades/replacement, movie screen replacement, fly deck equipment/screens managed from stage level where possible, and stage lighting replaced with LED bulbs.

The Marshall County Historical Society Board Directors has announced a dinner celebration for the upcoming Christmas season.

A Christmas dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the Extension Office’s Red Barn on Eastern Fourth Street, Moundsville. The dinner will be catered by Alexander’s on 7th. Those attending are to bring a white elephant gift.

Reservations are to be made by Dec. 7. Checks ($18 per person), are to be sent to Marshall County Historical Society at P.O Box 267, Moundsville.

Prior to the dinner, active members will hold a brief meeting to approve revised by-laws drafted by the Board of Directors.

There will be two events in December at the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale. They will be:

“Christmas With the Cockaynes” on Dec. 5. The event will be an open house as children in period dress representing four generations of the Cockayne family will lead those in attendance through the Christmas traditions of their era. This event will enable those in attendance to see what Christmas may have looked like through their eyes. There will be tours of the Farmhouse which will be decked out for the holidays. The tours will be from 7-8:30 p.m.

There will also be a concert titled, “Christmas Concert at Cockayne,” featuring Faire May. Performances will be at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., on Dec. 15. There will also be caroling at 6:30 p.m., the same day.

In the late 19th century, the five Cockayne sisters were known for their love of music and their skill in performing it.

The concert will take place in the parlor with music just as it would have been played in the Cockaynes’ time.

Tickets are available by phoning 304-845-1411.

Society president Scott Owen states that in that position, “It remains my responsibility to continue the dedicated mission of ‘preserving the past for the future.’ This remains our primary objective. We are maintaining this mission only because of volunteers. However, we need many more volunteers and members to safeguard the county’s historical legacy. Please consider referring new members to our Society. I also ask that you take a moment during this season of giving thanks to visit the Museum, The Farmstead, other county tourist sites, and especially our new websites which are located at: https:\\www.marshallcounty historicalsocietywv.com and http:\\www.cockayneefarmstead.com.”

He added, “Special thanks go to all of our dedicated museum and farmstead volunteers: Irene Oliveto, Diana Francis, Nicki Melissonis, Ann Niciforas, Ed Grose and Doug Patterson, who have contributed so much to the success of our operations. Some of tasks which they perform being arranging new display cases, maintaining database images, record keeping, building maintenance, and supported vistation hours.”

The 14th annual Blue & Gold Christian Community Center will host a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday at the Center, 7 Church St. in Cameron. The meal will consist of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, noodles, vegetables, rolls, desserts and beverages.

Serving will begin at noon with everyone welcome to come and enjoy the food and fellowship. Takeouts will also be available by calling the Center (304-686-2242) on Thanksgiving Day.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help or rovide a dessert, is asked to call the Thrift Store at 304-686-2210.

Lisa Zukoff will be at the Blue & Gold Christian Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday to offer a painting time for middle and high schollers.

“Cupcakes and Canvas” will be a time for fun and learning some painting skills.

Zukoff will provide all the supplies for those attending. The Family Resource Network will provide the cupcakes and beverages. To register call Jennifer Reynolds at 304-2807508, or Susie Davis at 304-686-3530.

Plans are being finalized for the 21st annual Elizabethtown Festival which will be held Dec. 6-7 at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

Established by the Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC), the goal of the festival is to instill in visitors a sense of history of the area while providing entertainment and bringing economic development to the region and the state of West Virginia.

On Dec. 6, there will be a $2 admission fee. On that day there will be vendor booths from 4-8 p.m., while from 5:30-7:30 p.m., there will be music by the Crandall Creek Band. There will be crafts with Mrs. Claus, beginning at 6 p.m.

There will be no admission charge on Dec. 7. The attractions that day will include: vendor booths from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Christmas carols at 10 a.m.; cookies and milk with Santa at 10:30 a.m.; music by the Honky Tonk Sweethearts from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.; an appearance by Charlie Brown at 2 p.m.; and music by the Mound City Band at 4 p.m.

Anyone wishing additional information can email to festival@wvpentours.com, or by telephone to 304-845-6200.

The 12th annual Turkey Trot at Grand Vue Park will take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. The starting point will be at the park’s Banquet Hall.

A free Thanksgiving Dinner will be served Thursday at Bob’s Lunch in Moundsville.Those who do not have plans for Thanksgiving can join others for a home-cooked meal.

The meal is being made possible through the Bob’s Lunch, Grand Vue Park and Quality Bake Shoppe. The dine-in and carry-outs will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Small Business Saturday will be taking place Saturday on Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville. Uptown stores will be open until 8 p.m.

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce will be gift wrapping items purchased on that day (with receipt).

“Nuncrackers the Broadway Christmas Musical” will be a production at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville on Saturday and next Sunday.

The Saturday performance will be at 7 p.m., while next Sunday’s will be at 3 p.m.

Proceeds from the performances will support the Marshall County Animal Shelter.

There will be a Cookies & Craft with Santa event on Dec. 5 at Grand Vue Park. The hours will be 6-7:30 p.m.

Each child will have his or her photo taken with Santa. The children will be served cookies and punch.

To register call the GVP main office at 304-845-9810.

The unveiling of a historic marker at Mount Rose Cemetary in Moundsville will be held at 2 p.m., Monday with the public invited to attend. The cemetery is the oldest in the city (1799).

The Moundsville Historic Landmarks Commission was instrumental in obtaining the marker on behalf of the MRC.

The Cameron Area Ministerial Association will host a community Thanksgiving service at 6 p.m. today at the First Christian Church on North Avenue. Several pastors in the community will conduct the service. A love offering will be received at the end of the service to provide items for those in need in the local area.

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