Veterans Day Observances Set in Cameron, Moundsville

Members of Cameron American Legion Post No. 18, along with Unit No. 18 Auxiliary and Sons of American Legion (SAL), and their families and invited guests will observe Veterans Day this Saturday with the annual banquet.

Members of the Auxiliary will serve the banquet, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social time.

Stan Stewart, a retired Marshall County Educator who was principal at Cameron High School for six years, will be the banquet speaker. During the observance, Cameron High School delegates to Mountaineer Boys and Girls State will be recognized.

Reservations are to be made by Wednesday by phoning the Post Home at 304-686-2161. “We hope that all citizens will observe Veterans Day by honoring the men and women who have served their country in uniform,” Post Commander C. William Harris, said.

Post No. 18 officers are asking families in the Cameron area who have sons, daughters, husbands, or wives in the military to contact the Post Home to receive a window Star Banner to identify that there is a family member serving in the United States armed forces.

Harris, a World War II veteran, stated that additional observances and recognition of veterans will be held at both Cameron High-Middle School and Cameron Elementary School this week, the dates to be announced.

Harris, a long-time member of the Legion, noted that, “Veterans formed the American Legion, marking 101 years in service to God and country after World War I to promote American ideals and to ensure that the families of their fallen comrades would be cared for. Today, the American Legion continues to fight for health and education benefits for this nation’s veterans. The Legion also sponsors programs that benefit America’s youth, such as Boys State, America Legion Baseball, the National High School Oratorical contest, and Scouting programs.”

He added that the American Legion, in accordance with its motto, “Still Serving America” is involved and “making a difference around the nation and right here in Cameron. We’re proud to be a part of this community.”


Lt. Col. Shawn A. Rickrode will be the speaker for the Veterans Day Service in Moundsville, which is set for 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 in the Moundsville Central School Elementary School gymnasium.

Lt. Col. Rickrode, U.S. Marine Corps, was raised in Marshall County. He graduated from Bishop Donahue High School in 1990 and joined the Marine Corps in 1991.

He served in Mogadishu, Somalia, supporting Operation Restore Hope; in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti for Operation Provide Comfort; in Tirana, Albania for Operation Silver Wake; and in Fallujah, Iraq in support of Operation Iraq Freedom along with several other countries.

In September 2017, then Major Rickrode, he was sent to his current assignment with the Joint Center for International Force Assistance at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. There, he is chief of the Joint Force Support Division, responsible for conducting security force assistance (SFA) task analysis; training and education design, development and implementation; and support to the services, combatant commander and other Joint Staff organization. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in October 2018 and is currently slated to return to 2d Law Enforcement Battalion in June 2020, as unit commander.

He is a graduate of the Expeditionary Warfare School (Distance Education Program) Joint and Combined Warfighting School, and holds a bachelor of arts degree in international relations and military affairs from The Citadel. He also holds a master of arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (three times), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four times), and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Lt. Col Rickrode is married to Rebecca (Becca) Ladd of Melbourne, Fla.

This year’s Veterans Community Service Award will be presented to the Sons of The American Legion Squadron 3 of Moundsville. This organization is comprised of male descendants of veterans. Their preamble states: “Proud possessor of a priceless heritage, we male descendants of veterans of the Great Wars, associate ourselves together as Sons of the American Legion.”

Members of the Moundsville Squadron participate in events that honor and help our veterans as well as raise hundreds of dollars to support our community, local children and other veterans’ organizations.

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from Troop 78 will have a skit and help with the ceremony. The Moundsville Middle School Band will be performing the National Anthem and the military song for each branch of service.

The Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard will present Taps and the 21-gun salute.


The Marshall County commissioners approved a request by Prosecutor Rhonda Wade at this past Tuesday’s meeting, to employ a new assistant prosecutor.

In making her request, Wade stated John Parr would be leaving the prosecutor’s office to re-enter retirement, adding that he has been an asset to the office and will be missed. Wade added that he has handled all of the abuse and neglect cases in the county.

Wade said that abuse and neglect cases, as well as juvenile cases, are not set on one particular day, and thus the person covering these cases may have to work multiple days in one week.

She said, “Our other part-time assistants are assigned a particular day of the week, allowing them to schedule matters in their personal law practices, and this is difficult to do when covering abuse and neglect and juvenile cases. We currently have one full-time assistant, one person who works three times a week, and two part-time assistants in the office.”


Among recent appointments approved by the commissioners were:

Jason Frohnapfel as a member of the Marshall County Health Department Board; Richard Targosky as a member of the Airport Authority; and Lisa Hanson as a new Team Leader for the EMS.

The commissioners also approved funding of $2,500 to the Moundsville Chamber of Commerce for the annual Christmas Parade, and $2,000 to the Ohio Valley Night to Shine program.


Light up Night/Business After Hours will be hosted by WVU Medicine/Reynolds Memorial Hospital from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Training Center, which is within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

The Marshall County Chamber Tree Auction/Business After Hours hosted by WesBanco will take place from 5-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 14. It will also take place at the Training Center.

The 50th annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade will take place on Nov. 23. It will start at 6 p.m.


The Marshall County Health Department will be holding the following clinics and programs during the month of November.

Immunization clinics will be held from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. on Nov. 4, 18 and 25. No appointments are necessary. The clinics are all regular childhood and back-to-school immunizations, including seasonal flu vaccinations.

PPD (TB) skin testing clinics will be held from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. on Nov. 4, 18 and 25. PPD testing is for exposure to TB. Appointments are not necessary.

Family planning, which will consist of a complete gynecological exam including pap smear, pelvic exam and breast exam, will be held on Dec. 7. Appointments are necessary by calling 304-845-7840.

Food handlers training will be held at either 9 a.m. or 5 p.m., on Nov. 26. The classes are for those working with foods. Register prior to the day of the class. Call 304-845-7840 for more information.

Seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held on Mondays. The flu shots are being offered for anyone six months of age and older. Off-site flu clinics for businesses and organizations are available by appointment. The Health Department will be closed on Nov. 11 in observation of Veterans Day, and on Nov. 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving.


Among upcoming events are:

A spaghetti dinner will be held by the Moundsville Lions Club from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Moundsville. Proceeds will be used by the Lions for the purchase of eyeglasses for needy individuals. Tickets may be purchase from club members or at the door.

The Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard and the Northern Panhandle Veterans Council will hold a benefit steak fry from 5-8 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post Home on First Street. The benefit will help local veterans in local communities.

The Honor Guard is an organization which exists strictly on donations. Each year the Honor Guard conducts numerous services to help family members of deceased veterans. The Honor Guard is also involved in many events in Marshall and Ohio counties.

The NPVC’s purpose is to increase awareness of veterans’ services and to build a better support network for veterans families.

The Knights of Columbus of Moundsville will hold their steak fry from 6-11 p.m. on Nov. 16 at St. St. Francis Xavier Hall. There will be entertainment by the Crazy Horse Band. Tickets are $25 per person and they can be purchased by calling either 304-845-4660 or 304-281-3503.


Remember, if you happen to receive an overtime parking meter ticket in Moundsville beginning Monday through Nov. 15, you won’t have to pay the ticket, if instead you would be willing to bring three canned goods in lieu of paying monetarily to the City Clerk’s Office.

Those “paying” their tickets by canned goods must do so within 48 hours of the ticket issue.


The Kids Night and Family Night events held this past Monday and Tuesday nights by the Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC) at the former West Virginia Penitentiary were very successful, with more than 400 persons taking part in both Halloween events.

There was a $5 charge for the youths participating in Kids Night and these monies were split between the Gabriel Project of Moundsville and Court Appointment Special Advocates (CASA).

Now that November is with us, there will be be some time changes with the tours at the former prison. Tours through November will be available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, while on Saturdays and Sundays the tours will be 11 a.m. through 4 p.m.

Paranormal events have resumed on Friday and Saturday nights.


Penny Gemensky and Charles Johnson were John Marshall High School Career and Technical Education Students of the Month for the month of October.

Penny is the daughter of Scott and Fannie Gemensky and is enrolled in the Career in Education program. She is a member of the Monarch archery and track teams. She plans to major in education at Fairmont State University.

Charles is the son of John and Christie Johnson and Jodi Adkins, and is enrolled in the Prostart program. He is a member of the Drug Free Club, and serves as an office worker. Following college, Charles would like to open his own restaurant.


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