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Still Battling Childhood Cancer in Marshall County

Marshall County Schools which has been a big participant in the Marshall County Childhood Cancer Awareness Corporation and at the Marshall County Board of Education meeting this past Tuesday, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Shelby Haines accepted a certificate and banner on behalf of the school district for the school system’s involvement.

Making the presentations were MCCCAC co-founders Brenda Frohnapfel and Brenda Crow, who are both Marshall County School employees. Frohnapfel is a bus driver and Crow is a secretary. The banner, which reads in part, “We Will CARE Until There is a CURE,” was paid for through a grant from Chevron.

The county childhood cancer awareness corporation was founded in July of 2016 after Frohnapfel lost her 16-year-old daughter, Abby, in August 2015 after a short, but heroic battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

Many others have joined the corporation, forming a dedicated team to raise awareness of childhood cancer in Marshall County.

The group was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in October of 2016, and remains totally non-profit today. There are no paid employees.

Since its inception, the corporation has donated $130,000 to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), with the group co-funding a research project through ALSF that is currently conducting clinical trials for new and safer treatment for children with relapsed leukemia after a stem cell transplant.

As to the involvement of the school district, $15,417 was raised by the administration, faculty, staff and students in 2019.

Each of the 13 county schools has received a certificate of appreciation.

According to the co-founders, the most accurate information they have gathered is that 17 Marshall County children have been affected with cancer over the past 25 years, and sadly, five of them succumbed to this horrible disease that knows no particular demographic. It can strike any family at any time.

They said, “Although the main purpose of the Marshall County Childhood Awareness Corporation is to raise funds for research, we are sympathetic with our local families who are going through the horrific experience of caring for a child with cancer. We feel that the least of their worries should be stressing over the ability to pay their household bills, travel for treatment and afford medication. Therefor, we contribute to struggling families on a need-by-need basis. To date, we have donated more than $12,000 to local families.”

A few months ago, I started attending Marshall County Board of Education meetings again.

I attended the meetings during my tenure as a full-time journalist, and thus I’m back doing it again as a part-timer.

In the past 20 years, education has changed on the primary, middle and high school levels.

Educators will tell you that technology is the biggest change, followed by dealing with family mental health.

Schools in Marshall County have been able to meet these changes through the five-year special levies, the most having started in July 1918. The additional levy funding helps to employ additional staff.

Of course, making schools safe is another issue which board of education’s face.

This past Tuesday at McNinch Primary School, three of the county schools were represented by their principals and faculty members, in presenting their annual Local School Improvement Council reports.

For this meeting, the three schools represented were Central Elementary (Casey Storm, principal), Sand Hill Elementary (Krenna Allender, principal)and McNinch Primary (Jane Duffy, principal),

While these presentations usually consist of school mission, core beliefs and the current year’s goals, they also dealt with such issues as technology, mental health, Title I and special education.

In addition to making their reports, the principals commended members of the board of education for recent improvements made to their schools, one of these areas being that of safety both inside and outside of their buildings.

The principals also made some recommendations on additional improvements at their schools in the future.

Had the opportunity to speak with first-year John Marshall High School wrestling head coach Ryan Asbury, who was the speaker at this past Tuesday’s meeting of the Moundsville Lions Club.

Asbury had been an assistant wrestling coach at JMHS for the past five years, and when Ted Zervos stepped down as the grapplers coach a year ago, he took over the top spot.

Asbury was a wrestler at Oak Glen under Larry Shaw, and in 2008 he was a state champion for the Golden Bears. From there, he went to West Liberty University.

Asbury became the fifth JMHS head wrestling coach in this, the school’s 51st year. Previous head coaches were Bill Hinegardner, Ed Dugas, Ed West and Zervos, all of whom Asbury said, remain very close to the JMHS wrestling program.

Doug Pettit, a former JMHS wrestler, introduced Asbury. Pettit was a wrestler under Hinegardner, who was in attendance at the meeting.

He was very positive about his grapplers, especially their mindset of getting better each day of practice.

Asbury told the Lions Club members that this year’s varsity team consists of three seniors and no juniors, which leaves the team with only sophomores and freshmen. The team has had a winning dual record to date, and in three tournaments has been second twice and third in another.

The Marshall County Commission has announced that Feb. 28 is the deadline for submissions to the Community Development Fund.

The requests are to be sent to Community Development Fund C/O Missy Tschappat, Administrative Assistant, Marshall County Commission, P.O. Drawer 8, Moundsville, 26041.

If an organization received funding last year, it is to send receipts and or an itemized list showing how the money was used along with this year’s request, in order to be eligible for funding.

A committee appointed by the Marshall County Commission will review the requests and make recommendations to the commission regarding agencies to receive funding for projects.

Today is the only day for signing up to be a player or cheerleader of the Marshall County Youth Tackle Football Association.

The signing will take place between 4-6 p,m., at the Sanford Center, Third Street and Cedar Avenue.

Well, it is just past mid-January, which means that Major League baseball is just around the corner.

If you are a die-hard baseball fan, you might be a person who starts reading up on those who have been either traded or become free agents.

For me, I like to reminisce about baseball games and the player, and for the past two years I have been fortunate to have received The Black & Gold official newsletter published by the Pittsburgh Alumni Association, thanks to my daughter and a co-worker who participates in the PAA’s annual golf tournament.

It contains photographs from the past, including the 1979 World Series. There was also a story about that team and a photograph taken last July when 20 members of that team were present to celebrate the 40th anniversary of that world championship team.

There was a story about Steve Blass and his 60 years as a pitcher and broadcaster with the Pirates.

Pirate alumni get together yearly for an alumni golf classic. This year was the 33rd, with 27 alumni pictured.

The booklet has a section titled, Bucs Banter, where many of the former players and coaches share information on what they and their families are currently doing.

There are two pages, seven individuals with bios and photographs, titled, “The Pirates Fondly Remember,” in honor opf those who died last year.

Also, there were stories and photographs from the 2019 season, which are referred to as highlights.

There was also a couple of pages of “Pirate Alumni News & Notes.”

Some of the other information included the 18th annual Roberto Clemente Day, and the passing of Vera Clemente last year.

There were write-ups and photographs of the Pirates new leadership team, President Travis Williams, General Manager Ben Cherington and Manager Derek Shelton.

While on the subject of baseball, I recently received a 312-page book dealing with stadiums, past and present. In addition to the Major League stadiums, there are some Minor League stadiums listed, along with other attractions such as Cooperstown, the Field of Dreams, League Park in Cleveland, etc.

The book is titled, “Ballparks –A Journey Through the Fields of the Past, Present and Future.”

Two pages are devoted to the 30 Major League parks. If you are just starting out going to the different parks, there are spaces for the date of your visit, game notes and a spot of additional visits. Two other pages list state by state, and a place to check where a person has been to a game, or if you would be going to a game later for the first time.

There are 26 states, including Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, on the latter list. There are 11 former and present baseball sites in Pennsylvania listed while the state of New York and the state of California both have 10. By the way, I have attended games in 42 different stadiums.

While on the subject of Major League Baseball Parks, my first was Forbes Field.

Of course, the most memorabilia event took place on Oct, 13, 1960 when the Pirates hosted the New York Yankees in the seventh game of the World Series. Actually, I was fortunate to have three games during that series, all Pirate victories.

My seat in the final game happened to be in the Press Box.

Since this year is the 60th anniversary of that World Series, the Pirates will be holding a special event on June 18, and to the first 20,000 people through the gates will receive Bill Mazeroski Gold Glove Award bobbleheads.

Just in case you weren’t around back then, it was Mazeroski who hit the home run in the last of the ninth to win the game and the World Series.

A clarification from last Sunday’s Marshall Memo dealing with the Blue and Gold Christian Center in Cameron.

The Cameron Presbyterian Church did not sell the property to the BGCC. Instead, the church gave the BGCC a life-time lease at no cost. The Presbyterian Church was also one of the contributors to the Center, as well as some of the other churches in Cameron.

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