Garey Is Honored for Work With Fairs and Festivals

Paul Garey has been a fixture with not only the Marshall County Fair, but also the West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals.

For his involvement with the WWAFF, Garey was inducted into its Hall of Fame. The event took place at its annual convention held in Charleston.

The WWAFF board is the go-between local fair boards and the state Legislature.

Garey is a lifelong resident of Marshall County, having lived all but five years on Fork Ridge.

He has been on the Marshall County Fair Board for more than 50 years, having served as president and vice president, and is the current treasurer.

He is a member of the Marshall County Fair Pageant committee, working with the director to coordinate the pageant evening with music and sound effects.

He has been instrumental in providing electrical upgrades on the fairgrounds which has provided for enhanced campgrounds and event buildings.

Additionally, he coordinates the outdoor vendors and sound systems each year for the fair.

His involvement with the WVAFF has been for a number of years during which he served two years as president. He also held the offices of 1st, 2nd and 3rd vice president.

Since 2002 he has been an associate member representative of the WWAFF, his most recent affiliation being to fill the position of member-at-large on the WWAFF board.

Garey has owned and operated Garey and Wellman Electronics for 43 years, and also, Paul’s Sound, which he uses to provide music and sounds for fairs and festivals in West Virginia and surrounding states.

He and his wife, Mary Evelyn, were leaders of the Fork Ridge 4-H Go-Getters for a long time. He also has served as a member of the Fork Ridge Volunteer Fire Department.


Several members of the Moundsville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau are in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend for the Columbus AAA Travel Show, this being the third of eight shows in which the local GMCVB will be participating.

The shows are part of the mission of the GMCVB, which is to advertise outside of a 50-mile radius over a four-month period to promote the Ohio Valley region and the great attractions which are available.

GMCVB Executive Director Craig White said, “We began our shows at the Pittsburgh RV Show Jan. 11-18, followed by the Great Home and Garden Show in Cleveland.”

He added, “We will be heading back to Pittsburgh March 6-15 for that city’s Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show, then stay in West Virginia and attend the Morgantown Home and Garden Show, March 13-15. We will have representatives at the Washington Home and Garden Show March 27-29, and then end with the Charleston Home and Garden Show, April 3-5.”


There will be two special attractions this month at Grand Vue Park’s Vue Bar & Grill.

On Friday, a Valentine’s Day Dinner will be served from 5 p.m., and on Feb. 21, there will be a Musical Mystery Dinner at 7 p.m., “PopGuy the Sailor Man.”


Three fitness classes are available weekly at Grand Vue Park.

One is a yoga class at 6 p.m. on Mondays with Carrie White as instructor. “Fun Fitness” will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, with Ashley Wear as instructor. On Wednesdays, Latin dance classes will be held at 5:30 p.m., with Ashley Martinez as instructor.

Also at GVP, there will be a Star Watch at the Basecamp at 8 p.m. on Saturday, by the Moon Watch Smart Center.


Among special events this months at Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex in Moundsville are:

A Lecture and Film Series at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27.

It is entitled, “Red Salt and Reynolds,” which features archaeological excavations at Marmet Lock and Dam Project in Kanawha County, where several historic sites were unearthed prior to construction that expanded the lock. Archaeologists discovered the foundations of the Reynolds family mansion, the cabin where the family’s slaves lived, four salt furnaces operated by the family using rented slaves, and the family cemetery. Historic and industrial archaeology, bioanthropology and historic documents tell the tale of the rise and fall of the Reynolds family and the local salt industry, once the largest salt producer in America.

The 30-minute documentary film was created by Paradise Film Institute for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

From noon until 4 p.m. on Feb. 29, the program will be, “Leap Out Of Your Winter Blues With Indoor Gardening.” Join Jocilyn Depetro, program assistant in agriculture and natural resources at the Marshall County-West Virginia University Extension Service, along with master gardeners and museum volunteers for an afternoon of activities relating to gardening and the museum’s interpretive garden. Participants will create seed sprouting crafts, play a bird identification game, take seeds from the museum’s garden to plant at home, show how they measure up to a corn stalk, make a corn cob necklace and more.

Throughout February the museum will provide visitors with greeting cards to color and decorate with stickers at the Discovery Table. Crafters will be able to choose an image of the Grave Creek or pick a Valentine’s Day motif during the beginning of the month leading up to the holiday. The activity is available to all guests during regular museum hours. For the less crafty, postcards also can be purchased in the museum’s gift shop.

In addition to the above programs, visitors interested in local industries can view the newly opened exhibits on Fostoria Glass and Marx Toys, both important in the Moundsville area, along with exhibits on Marble King in Paden City and Homer Laughlin China in Newell, two important manufacturers in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle.


The Marshall County Commission will be sitting as a Board of Equalization and Review, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 6 p.m. on Friday, in the commissioners’ room on the lower level of the Marshall County Court House in Moundsville.


While on the subject of the county commission, Commissioner John Gruzinskas is recuperating from achilles tendon surgery.


The Moundsville Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary No. 437 is holding its annual membership drive.

To be eligible to join, a person must have a family member who served in a foreign war (spouses, grandparents, children). Anyone over the age of 16, male or female, can be a member. Applications for membership can be obtained by contacting Della Deskins at 304-810-5192.

As to the VFW, the organization has been around for more than 100 years. The organization assists military veterans, active duty military person and their families.

Deskins said, “The VFW serves the veterans of this country and our communities in honor of their sacrifices and commitments of every man and woman who has served in uniform.”

According to Deskins, the VFW Auxiliary is one of the top 10 providers of volunteer hours in the VA medical system, and also, the auxiliary does fundraisers every year for projects that benefit veterans and their families.

The VFW provides money for scholarships for our nation’s youth.

The local organization supports the Caring Tree for children at Christmas, sends holiday boxes to state veterans homes, provides clothing for school children and veterans overseas, donates school items to the National Home for the Children, and donates monthly to the Children’s Home, and also the Helping Heroes agency in Moundsville.

The Auxiliary meets the third Monday of the month, with the next meeting to be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17.


The Moundsville Area Ministerial Association (MAMA) will provide noon Lenten Services each Wednesday through Lent, except passion week.

The services will be 30 minutes in duration with a light lunch to follow.

The dates and churches are:

March 4 — First Christian Church; March 11 — First Presbyterian; March 18 –Messiah Lutheran Church; March 25 — Calvary United Methodist Church; and April 1– St. Jude Catholic Church.

On Good Friday, the MAMA will hold its annual Cross Walk starting at 11 a.m. at Calvary UMC with a noon Good Friday service at St. Francis Xavier Church.


Marshall County Public Service District No. 1 will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at at the District Office located on the west side of West Virginia 88 in Sherrard, whose post office address is 3537 Fairmont Pike Road, Wheeling.


The annual Hazardous Waste Clean-Up will take place from 9 a.m. until noon on April 18 at Covestro (formerly Bayer).

Items which will be accepted are used oil, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, aerosols, latex paint, off-based paint, household chemicals and pesticides.

This clean-up is for residents of Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler and Monroe counties.


The annual Marshall County E-Recycle/White Goods disposal will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 16 at the north parking lot at John Marshall High School.

No televisions will be accepted. Only tires from state residents will be accepted. The tire limit will be 10. Those disposing of items will be asked to show a state ID.


John S. Marshall passes along information to Mountaineer fans that the annual MAC/BMAC West Virginia University Coaches Caravan is scheduled for May 11 at River City Restaurant in Wheeling.


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