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Baseball, Softball Teams Cleared to Begin New Season

Play ball!

Baseball and softball teams in Moundsville will be permitted to begin their seasons, although the actual first pitches will depend on the different league officials.

One thing which is certain is that the 13 playing fields are in readiness.

The Moundsville Recreation Department’s diamonds are located at three different sites: Valley Fork Park (East), seven fields; Valley Fork Park (West), four fields; and the East End Playground, two fields.

The Valley Fork Parks do not have bleachers and thus, those who attend games there will need lawn chairs. They need to practice social distancing, too.

The two East End fields have bleachers, and those who choose to watch games from the bleachers will have to be spaced six feet away from each other, except for family members. Spacing includes beside, in front and behind other spectators at games.

The Valley Fork Park (East) is the location of boys’ baseball. Valley Fork Park (West) is for girls’ softball. Women’s softball will be played at the East End, while men’s softball and co-ed softball teams will be played at both the Bronco and Mustang Fields.

One addition to the Valley Fork Park (East) area is that a playground has been installed adjacent to the park’s shelter.

As to the swimming pool at Grand Vue Park, it will open this coming Thursday. The hours of the pool will be announced later this week.

Also, the zip line and aerial adventure park at GVP will begin extended days, also on Thursday. They will be open Thursdays through Mondays.

Those taking part are to phone the main office of the GVP to secure a date.

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The Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville was to reopen to the public beginning Saturday, with a celebration of West Virginia Day including a special concert by Faire May and Friends.

The musical theme is titled, “Heritage Music of West Virginia.” This performance will begin at 1 p.m.

It will also be live-streamed on the Facebook page of the GCMA at www.facebook.com/gravecreekmound.

The set will feature a selection of songs and tunes of Appalachian heritage, along with historical commentary on both the music and the folk instruments being played.

Faire May is a traditional folk music band started by Marshall County High School students Jariel Henthorn and Zac Gordon, who met through their mutual interests in traditional music while performing with local bluegrass band, Crandall Creek.

They continue to enjoy and exhibit bluegrass. They also delight audiences with Celtic, 18th Century and modern folk music.

They will be joined by fellow musicians, Max McGovern on guitar, and Jacob Coughlan on tenor banjo and vocals.

The group has selected a set of old-fashioned folk favorites in honor of West Virginia’s 157th birthday celebration

They will include the first public performance of their new original traditional-style song with “Bring Them Home.” The song tells the story of the prominent Clouston family who settled in Marshall County in the mid-1800s.

There was an area in Marshall County named Clouston, where the Cameron High School is now located.

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The Moundsville Lions Club installed officers for 2020-21 this past week.

In addition to new members, outgoing President Gary Rider presented special honors to Gene Lough and Gene Saunders, and he was also the installing officer.

By the way, Saunders, will be the president for the third time in 10 years. No other members in the club’s 79 years has ever served as president that many times.

Backing up a little, the club officers for the next 12 months in addition to Saunders are: Nick Zervos, first vice president; Rev. John Ledford, second vice president; Tom Cook, third vice president; Rosalyn Rhodes, treasurer; Jim Cochran, secretary; Rev. Tim Wilt, tail twister; Danielle Harmon, Lion tamer; and Bill Anderson, Linda Baker, Gerald Mechling and Doug Pettit, members of the board of directors. Stan Stewart is membership chairman; Gary Rider, immediate past President; PDG Eva Dague, LCIF coordinator. Pettit is also the club’s service chairman.

As to Saunders, he is also a past district governor.

Saunders most recent award was a progressive honor, as he has previously received Lions International’s top two honors, named for Melvin Jones and Leonard Jarrett.

Lough was presented the Leonard Jarrett award. It just so happened that he sponsored the membership of Saunders.

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Saturday was the deadline for a person to submit an old or recent photos of Marshall County landmarks, landscapes, monuments or heritage sites to the Marshall County Historical Society.

The rules are on the MCHS website cockaynefarmstead@gamil.com under events.

In honor of West Virginia’s birthday, the 35th state to enter the Union, the society will be giving away 35 regulation size American-made West Virginia flags that can be flown from flagpoles, etc.

As to the entries, they can be on a computer or from a person’s photo album.

Tours of the farmstead will be available today from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., in honor of West Virginia Day.

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A recent note from Dr. David Gaudino, head golf coach at John Marshall High School, stated that both the JM’s boys’ and girls’ teams are looking for new members for the upcoming fall season.

The golf program, like others at the school, is for students entering grades 9-12.

JM has four separate team schedules: varsity boys, junior varsity boys, varsity girls and junior varsity girls.

Previous experience at playing golf is preferred but not required, just a desire to learn the lifelong game of golf.

Freshmen and sophomore members also have the opportunity to earn their high school physical education credits.

Parents or students who have an interest in or questions about participating on the 2020 teams can contact Gaudino at davegaudino54@gmail.com, or by phoning 304-242-0407 or girls coach Bridget Carnahan at brnjordan@k12.wv.us

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Saturday was the final day for the Marshall County Spring Cleanup with dumpsters from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Roberts Ridge VFD Headquarters and at the coal mine parking lot near Rosby’s Rock.

All Marshall County residents are welcome to use either of these two locations.

There will be no provisions to accept tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials or household trash.

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A Flag Day ceremony was held recently on the Veterans Plaza on the grounds of the Marshall County Courthouse, with a number of veterans participating in the event.

The American Legion adopted this ceremony for the disposal of unserviceable flags as a dignified tribute to the U.S. flag and to its symbolism. By doing so, it enhanced respect to the flag in the community and provided a much-needed service to those who had flags needing to be retired.

Bob Blazer, a member of the Sons of the American Legion, served as master of ceremonies, and presented to the Moundsville Honor Guard and service members a number of unserviceable flags from country residents for inspection and disposal.

In making the presentation to the Honor Guard and American Legion officers, special ceremonies were conducted.

Honor Guard members brought the flags to the area where they would be disposed of. Each ceremony was in honor of all persons who served or who are now serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Merchant Marine, police officers, sheriff’s department, firefighters, both professionals and volunteers; those who have received The Purple Heart, Gold Star Mothers and all active and retired military families.

Jim Cochran can be reached by e-mail at bugs52@comcast.net.

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