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Haskins Is Honored With Prestigious Award by Lions

The Moundsville Lions Club recently presented to Donald Haskins a Leonard Jarrett Award.

Haskins has been a Lions Club member for 56 years, having first joined the Lions in February 1964 while living in Cameron, where he spent six years as a teacher/coach and three years as CHS principal. Haskins was an assistant principal the first year of John Marshall High School, and the following year he became the JMHS head principal. He later became Marshall County Superintendent of Schools, a position in which he would serve for 17 years.

He is a former president of the Moundsville Lions Club.

The Leonard Jarrett Award is the highest honor given by the West Virginia Lions Sight Conservation Foundation. The award was established in 1984.

The award is given to an individual or Lions Club that has serviced the sight and hearing needs of persons who cannot afford to handle those needs.

All of the funds generated through the Leonard Jarrett Fellowship program are used for sight purposes.

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I was surprised that two of Thursday’s inductees to the West Virginia History Heroes hadn’t already been inducted, these two individuals being Hilda Blake and Jim Stultz. Both have been involved in Moundsville and Marshall County history for a number of years.

Blake is a lifelong resident of Marshall County, having owned Blake’s Kiddie Korral in Moundsville, which outfitted children in the area for 41 years.

She has always been community minded, as she volunteered countless hours serving the people of Marshall County. She was president of the Moundsville Uptown Merchants Association, president of the Moundsville Chamber of Commerce and was a long-time member of the Marshall County Economic Development Council (MEDC) Board of Directors.

She was a co-founder of the MEDC/Elizabethtown Festival and the Chamber Christmas Tree Gala event.

She also found time to be president of the Moundsville Landmarks Commission, a member of the Board of Directors of Marshall County Activities Development Council and on the board of the Marshall County Day Care Center.

Hilda’s caring attitude toward Marshall County and the citizens is exemplified in the results of the service for which she has volunteered throughout the years.

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As to Stultz, he has always been interested in history, along with being involved in numerous other activities.

His most recent major undertaking is the Mount Rose Cemetery in Moundsville, where three months ago a plaque was erected by the Moundsville Historic Landmarks Commission at the cemetery entrance, located off Jefferson Avenue Extension.

Stultz is hoping that the cemetery in the near future will be added to the National Register of Historic Places, as research of the cemetery grounds has revealed the earliest known grave and marker was 1799, and since that time an additional 3,813 persons have been buried there.

Stultz was a member of the Marshall County Veterans Plaza committee, established in honor of Marshall County residents who lost their lives while serving in the military.

Stultz is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and additional graduate study in history. In addition, he holds a master of business administration degree from Ohio University, with a specialization in management studies.

He is a Distinguished Military Graduate in the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at WVU and served during the Vietnam War period, in both mechanized infantry and combat engineer units, achieving the rank of captain.

He has been active in many civic and government related organizations, including serving on the city of Moundsville’s council, and latter elected by his fellow council members as mayor.

Stultz is currently a member of the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, the city of Moundsville Water Board and the Marshall County Health Department.

He retired from West Liberty University as vice president of human resources, and also served as an adjunct faculty member in business at the Gary E. West College of Business. He also served in human Resources management at Ohio Valley Medical Center.

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The Marshall County Health Department, in conjunction with the Moundsville Rotary Club, will sponsor the first Medical Seatbelt Safety Day from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., on April 15 at the health department. It will be free and open to the public.

People who sign up will receive a vehicle seatbelt cover which will include a person’s information that first responders can access easily, should occupants of a vehicle be in an accident. The cover can include information on health conditions such as diabetes, dementia, autism, hearing impaired, heart condition, etc.) on the outside of the cover that states emergency medical information is inside the cover.

A person receiving a cover must complete the medical portion before a cover will be given out. Those interested are to bring a list of medications and medical conditions on April 15.

Also, part of the day will be used for car seat installation checks by certified installers through the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

Those planning to be a part of MSSD are asked to call the Marshall County Health Department at 304-845-7840 prior to April 1 to pre-order their seatbelt cover and to tell the person answering the call the type of cover that a person is requesting. Also, they can sign up on the Health Departments Facebook page, or by contacting any Moundsville Rotary member.

People may also sign up for a seatbelt cover at the health department’s booth at the Marshall Chamber of Commerce Business and Expo, to be held March 6-7 at the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

Moundsville Health Department officials believe this is only the second such event in West Virginia.

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A program titled, ”Hoax-Buster,” which deals with Delf Norona’s notebooks and the lost tablet of the Grave Creek Mound, will be presented at 6 p.m. on March 4 at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, 700 Fifth St.

Michael Burk, a retired Marshall County educator and local historian, has done extensive research on Norona’s works of the Grave Creek Mound, and the controversy surrounding a certain inscribed stone.

The lecture will be based on Burk’s paper and those in attendance will learn why the authenticity of the Grave Creek Tablet has been denied and debated since the mid-1800s.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.For additional information call the library at 304-845-6911.

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The annual Marshall County Strings program will present, “Decades” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the John Marshall High School Center for Performing Arts.

The concert will feature well-known music from each decade, beginning with the 1960s. Motown, classic rock and pop music will be performed by the electric orchestra, chamber orchestra and string orchestra.

Selections will include a Motown medley, Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” Alabama’s “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Bruno’s Mars’ “Uptown Funk.”

Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and the Marshall County Strings Program Scholarship.

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There will be three concerts at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville, one each month in March, April and May.

The “Concert in the Round” series will have the audience seated on the stage with the artist(s). Seating will be limited to 55, with tickets for the series being $60. Tickets may be purchased at Frame and Fortunes in Moundsville and online at https://concertintheround.bpt.me.

Each concert will include wine and light refreshments. Each concert will begin at 7 p.m.

The first concert will be held March 26, featuring Roger Hoard presenting, “An Evening of Guitar.”

Hoard is a former music director for Jamboree USA and Jamboree n the Hills. He studied with Dr. Nels Leonard at West Liberty University. He has performed with Jim Stafford, Chet Atkins and jazz guitarist Lenny Breau. He is currently combo manager at CA House Music and performs solo with Hoard & Jones and the Roger Hoard Jazz Quartet.

The April 9 concert is titled, “From Classical to Jazz,” and will feature Curtis Johnson and Yana Tyulkeva.

Johnson retired as associate professor of Music at West Virginia University, and performed as soloist with West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He is also a renowned R&B and jazz artist. He has backed up such performers as Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Benny Golson,, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Little Anthony, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Chubby Checker, Chuck Berry Isaac Haynes, Lou Rawls, The Spinners, Dionne Warwick, Martha Reeves, Cheryl Lynn and Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

Tyulkova became the Laueate of Russian Piano Competition (Novomoskovak, Russia), and finished at the N. Novgorod Music College in 1995. She has performed as a pianist and solo vocalist with the Latshaw Pops Show and Orchestra from Greensburg, Pa., and the group, “New Directions.” She is also a featured vocalist with the Vince Villanova Big Band from Follansbee and also with the “Mon River Orchestra.”

Concert No. 3 on May 2 will feature Mark Palmer, who has been performing the music he grew up listing to in the 1970s and 1980s, such as The Beatles, James Taylor and Elton John. Palmer, a high school band director, can be heard on the internet at markpalmermusic.com, You Tube.com/markpalmermusic, and facebook.com/groups/markpalmermusc.

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An update on planning for the Moundsville High School Alumni Association was discussed this past Tuesday by the committee.

The Homecoming Celebration will be a three-day event during Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 4-6) with the headquarters to be at the former West Virginia Penitentiary, Wagon Gate (Eighth Street).

According to chairperson Lexie Hanket, arrangements have been made for two musical groups to be a part of the event, during the evenings of Sept. 4 and 5.

There will a Homecoming Parade on the evening of Sept. 4, and also that evening a hospitality room at the Training Center. On Sept. 5 there will be an afternoon Sports Luncheon, and a dinner-dance that evening.

The final day of the event will consist of a family dinner that afternoon, and a vesper service at 6 p.m.

Alumni members will be meeting the afternoon of March 18 prepare flyers for mailing.

A number of classes will also have get-togethers during the weekend.

The Homecoming Weekend event started in 1975, and has been held every five years, thus this will be the 10th such event.

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The Fostoria Society of American’s Museum in Moundsville will reopen for the spring/summer season on March 4.

This year’s 40th annual FGSA Convention will be held June 12-14 at the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

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The Limestone Presbyterian Church will hold a Pancake Supper beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the church. It will be dedicated to the memory of Donnie Parsons, a member of the congregation, who passed away in 2019 from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Proceeds from this event will be divided between ALS Research and the American Cancer Society via Relay for Life.

Donations will be accepted.

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The Moundsville Lions Club will be sponsoring a spaghetti dinner from 4-7 p.m. this Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Third St.

Dinners will be available for eat-in or takeout.

Proceeds will be utilized to purchase eye examinations and eye glasses.

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