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Fostoria Glass Museum Has Reopened for New Season

One of Moundsville’s major visitor attractions, the Fostoria Glass Museum, reopened this past Wednesday for the spring and fall seasons.

The museum’s hours are 1-4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Actually, there was an open house on Tuesday to which a number of locals were in attendance in an effort to promote the museum.

The museum is owned by the Fostoria Glass Society of American Inc., a non-profit, tax exempt 501c3 corporation formed to acquire and disseminate detailed knowledge concerning Fostoria glass, to research and promote the preservation and collecting of Fostoria glass, and to establish and maintain a museum for housing and displaying Fostoria glass.

The FGSA has a 15-member board of directors, five elected officers, a representative of each authorized chapter and at-large directors elected by the voting members.

At one time, Fostoria was the largest maker of handmade glassware in the United States, employing nearly 1,000 people. The company started in 1887 in Fostoria, Ohio; however, it moved in Moundsville in 1891 and was operational until 1986.

The museum, which opened in 1991, has items dating back to its beginning in Ohio, until closure in Moundsville

The Fostoria Glass Society of America Inc., holds an annual convention which includes an Elegant Glass Show, in Moundsville with hundreds of FGSA members spending three days in the area. This will be the 40th convention

This year’s convention will take place June 12-14, with activities taking place at both the museum and the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia.

This year’s convention theme is, “Finishing Touches for the Tables,” which will include elegant bowls, candlesticks and vases of the 1920s.

The decade of the 1920s ushered in the era of “Fine Crystal and Colored Glassware” at Fostoria. Colors were introduced in 1924, and complete dinnerware lines followed in 1925.

The new style of glassware was colorful and lighter in weight, with etching, cuttings and other decorating techniques added to the production process.

Also, an informative seminar on Fostoria’s 603 Robin Hood pattern will be held at the museum conference room.

The show and sale event will feature glassware from several locations, along with an auction and a flea market.

Curator Ralph Clark said, “We are proud of the fact that every year hundreds of collectors from across the United States gather in Moundsville to visit the museum, attend the glass show and auction.”

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Three John Marshall High School students — Emily Anderson, Jessica Jasinski and Creed Kidney — have been honored for their meritorious volunteer work with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Award program.

All three students were nominated by JMHS Principal Cassie Porter and JMHS AssistantPrincipal Katie Dantrassy.

Anderson was nominated for planning and executing the school’s first-ever “Feed the Funnel Party,” which helped supply hundreds of local people with food.

Jasinski’s involvement with the Marshall County Animal Shelter and the Back-to-School Fun Fair was commended for the award.

Kidney was recognized for helping his classmates with their mental health by working with them.

Porter said, “This award is given to students who exemplify academic achievement and a commitment to community service.” She added, “These students are incredibly deserving of such an honor. They are kind-hearted kids and will help anyone who is in need.”

In its 25th year, The Prudential Spirit Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle school and high school students around America for outstanding volunteer service.

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The annual Marshall County Historical Society dinner meeting will be held March 16 at Grand Vue Park’s Banquet Hall. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with dinner to be served at 7 p.m.

The dinner is open to the public, with reservations to be made by March 11 by contacting the society’s office at 304-845-1411.

The speaker will be Rick Sebak, who in 2008 was the MCHS keynote speaker. At that time he was preparing “Right Beside the River,” a documentary for which he was the producer, writer and narrator of his self-styled “scrapbook documentary,” which he produced for WQED and PBS. It included the Grave Creek Mound, the Marx Toy Museum and the Cockayne Farmhouse.

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The Colt League Field at the East End Playground in Moundsville was once a beehive of activity, but in recent years the number of baseball games has dwindled to just a few.

However, that will be changing this summer, as already there have been 14 games scheduled for the month of April. These games will be played by youths ranging in age 13-16.

It was a year ago that City Manager Rick Healy announced that the recreation department would be doing everything it could to “Bring Back the East End Playground.” To date there has been some upgrading of the Four Seasons Pool, including new fitness equipment, replacement of some of the pool’s doors and windows, and new benches. Also, work is under way for outside improvements including new playground equipment, fencing, etc.

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While on the subject of recreation, at Valley Fork Park workmen are putting together an obstacle course.

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Among items on the Marshall County Board of Education agenda for Tuesday will be the awarding the bid for the Cameron High School Fieldhouse project, intended to convert the current one-story fieldhouse to a two-story structure.

Also on the agenda is to establish Middle School Baseball Clubs at Sherrard Middle School and Cameron Middle School.

By the way, the meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Sherrard Middle School.

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Bob Hummell, a 1966 graduate of Moundsville High School, will be the speaker for MHS 5-year reunion Sports Banquet during Labor Day Weekend. I spoke with him on the telephone this past week and he said he is looking forward to speaking and is hopeful that some of his teammates will be in attendance.

Hummell was a standout basketball player at WVU and at one time was 7th in total of points scored in a career.

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American Legion Post No. 3 will be signing up players today from 1-3 p.m. at the Post Home. Dave Yeater will again be the team’s coach.

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The Marshall County Commission recently presented funds to the following:

Marshall County Special Olympics, $2,200.

The American Cancer Society, $2,323 for the rental of tents for the Relay for Life.

John Marshall and Cameron High Schools received $300 toward their prom events.

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