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Convention and Visitors Bureau Gets State Distinction

Officials of the Greater Moundsville Convention and Visitors Bureau were presented with a certification of accreditation at a recent meeting of the Marshall County Commission, with Craig White accepting on behalf of the GMCVB, of which he is executive director. He is also the executive director of Grand Vue Park

The presentation was made on behalf of the West Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus by Frank O’Brien, president of the Wheeling CVB.

O’Brien said, “On behalf of the West Virginia CVB Association, I am proud to present this certification to the Greater Moundsville Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has achieved a level of excellence with accreditation standards covering, finance, management, visitor services, destination development, and stakeholder trust which are necessary for accreditation. Congratulations to all staff and board members of the GMCVB.”

Accreditation in West Virginia serves as a visible tourism industry distinction that defines quality and performance standards in destination marketing and management.

Achieving West Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus accreditation positions a CVB as a valued and respected organization a community and increases credibility among stakeholders.

Under existing state law CVBs are not required to be accredited; however, there are increasing higher expectations and greater scrutiny of CVBs of how they operate and spend public and private funds in the name of tourism promotion.

The third annual “Monarch Tidings” musical concert will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the John Marshall High School Center for Performing Arts. The concert will be presented by the JMHS Music Department. The public is invited to celebrate the holiday season at the combined Christmas event.

The one-night only event student production will feature selections from a combination of ensembles including Concert Band, Steel Band, Concert Choir, Monarch Choir, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra.

WJHS Media student Shelby Moore will join senior Creed Kidney as host of the show.

Festive tunes such a “Here We Come a Caroling” and “Hava Nagila,” along with well-known favorites including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Please Come Home for Christmas,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “The Little Drummer Boy” will deck the halls of the CPA with Christmas cheer.

WJMH Media will record the concert, with the production to be shown in its entirety on WLU-TV, West Liberty University’s TV Station on Xfinity channel 14 and topperstation.com during the Christmas area.

WJMH Media’s broadcast of Santa’s Workshop has been airing on West Liberty University’s WLU-TV, Xfinity channel 14 and topperstation.com.

The Moundsville law firm of Gold, Khourey and Turak has assisted WJMH Media in putting on the telecast by donating $500 to the John Marshall High Broadcasting Technology program.

Christopher Turak, an attorney with GKT said, “Our firm loves to give back to the community during the holidays. Christmas is a magical time of the year. It’s a time of merriment and joy, and if we are able, even in just a small way to make someone else’s Christmas special or that much more fun then it’s a wonderful opportunity for us.”

Broadcasting teacher Carly McElhaney and her students have decided to use the money to help others during the holiday season. She said, “We appreciate everything GKT does for us and for the community., Their generosity has allowed us to give back to students in Marshall County during Christmas.” McElhaney is grateful for the partnership WJMH Media has with GKT and the kindness of everyone who made the annual broadcast possible.

WJMH also received help from other businesses and the staff at JMHS. Helpers include faculty member Michele Wells, who provided the WJMH Media Christmas tree and decorations; Wal-Mar,t which loaned WJMH Media toys shown on Santa’s workshop; Eric Booth, who lent WJMH Media the workshop table; and Abby Bunch, who donated her time and equipment for the decorating of the set for WJMH Media.

Gold, Khourey & Turak invites the public to join them at their 17th annual Community Christmas tree lighting on Wednesday. The event will be from 4:30-6 p.m. at their office at 510 Tomlinson Avenue.

The evening’s festivities will begin with Santa arriving on a city of Moundsville fire truck at 4:30. Santa will be available for photos with children until 6 p.m. All photos with Santa will be free.

The Opus and Gentlemen Singers will sing Christmas carols from 5-5:30 p.m.

“Spike” from the Wheeling Nailers will also be a guest.

This year’s Christmas tree is a 17-foot blue spruce that came from Pike Vue Tree Farm in Wellsburg.

Cookies and hot chocolate will be available to all guests.

“We are excited for the opportunity to spend some time with our friends and neighbors and to share our beautiful tree with the community,” said Teena Miller, a partner with the firm and one of the organizers of the event. She added, “The tree lighting has become a tradition for many families, and some guests have attended each year.”

For more information on the tree lighting ceremony, contact the law firm at 304-845-9750

The city of Moundsville will be sponsoring a home decorating contest again this year. .

Anyone wishing to have his or her residence judged needs to contact the city clerk’s office by calling 304-845-3354 to register their home. The deadline for registering is 4 p.m. on Thursday.

The judging will take place on Friday evening.

The top three homes judged will be given $100, $50 and $25.

With the exception of some cabinets yet to be installed, renovation of the Marshall County Animal Shelter is nearing completion.

For the current building, which opened in 1991, this was the first major undertaking since then. The Marshall County Commission budgeted funding over a two-year period for the undertaking.

The work accomplished provides for better working conditions for the staff, and for better conditions for the animals.

The work involved expansion of both the east, south and north sides of the building.

This past week, I was given tour of the facility by director Denise Nally.

On entering the kennel area, it was pointed out that flooding had been appointed with epoxy which cleans better and in less time, along with upgrading of both the heating and cooling.

It was then through a door which used to open into the outdoors, but is now enclosed. This is where animals which need to be quarantined are housed. There are two kennels per animal, and staff members can do what they need to in that area without having any contact with the animals. This area also has eight additional kennels.

There is a room not available previously for housing chemicals utilized for cleaning.

It was then through another door where there are three rooms, one of which will be used for people who can meet with an animal they are considering for adoption. It has chairs for people to relax while getting to know an animal. In the past, when a person met an animal for the first time, it was usually in the office section of the building. Also, the veterinarian now has a room which is more than twice the size of the previous one. It, too, was formerly just adjacent to the office. The room in that area is for staff members to use when they receive a break.

What used to be a porch area is now a concrete area which will be used in warm weather for persons looking to adopt an animal.

The last stop was the cats’ play room, which has been doubled in size, thus enabling the younger cats to play and eat in a different room than elder cats. By the way, there is also a new outdoor run for the dogs.

Plans are for the county commission and the Marshall County Animal Rescue League to hold an open house to which the public will be invited.

The Marshall County Board of Health will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Health Department.

All interested individuals or delegations wishing to address the Board of Health should contact the Health Department Administrator to be placed on the agenda.

The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will be sponsoring several activities this week beginning at 6 p.m., on Tuesday with storytime.

Wednesday, there will be a sing-a-long with Wes Howsare and a visit from Santa.

On Friday, the library will be showing the movie “Polar Express” at 6 p.m. Registration is required for this event, with those planning to attend to sign up by Thursday.

On Saturday at 2 p.m., “The Grinch” (2018) will be shown.

There will be a Disney themed lock-in for teens in grades 6-12 on Dec. 20. The hours will be from 6-10 p.m. Teens must register for this event by Dec. 18, and have a permission slip from parents.

The Knights of Columbus Council No. 1907 and St. Francis Xavier Parish will hold a Fish Fry on Friday at Xavier Hall, 912 Seventh St., Moundsville.

The sale will be from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., or until sold out. Available will be Canadian white fish, fires, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, pierogies, Tuffy’s famous cabbage and noodles. There will also be homemade desserts and beverages. There will be free coffee.

For orders call 304-845-7080. There will be free local delivery.

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery has been located in Moundsville for 15 years, and this past week underwent four days of interior renovation, and to celebrate the re-opening the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce along with representatives from the city of Moundsville, the Greater Moundsville Convention and Visitors Bureau and others, held a ribbon cutting.

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