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Lions, Mount Rose Cemetery Involved in Wreath Program

Members of the Moundsville Lions Clubs and officers of Mount Rose Cemetery will be involved in an undertaking which will also include individuals, businesses and organizations. It is known as “Wreaths Across America.”

It is the same program that places wreaths in Arlington National Cemetery.

Lions Club member Danielle Harmon made the Lions Club aware of this program when she joined the club a year ago, as she had been a volunteer for two years when stationed at Fort Meade, Md.

Individuals, businesses and organizations are encouraged to purchase wreaths which Lions Club members and volunteers will place on the grave sites of military veterans.

The goal is to purchase 280 wreaths, which is the number of veterans buried at the Mount Rose Cemetery.

Those wishing to be a part of this endeavor will be asked to purchases wreaths online, for $15 each. The online address is: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica,org/pages.163959

The wreaths will be dropped off to the Lions Club.

Anyone wishing additional informal can contact Harmon via email at usafgirl1994@yahoo.com.

The date for the laying of the wreaths nationwide has been set at Dec.19.

The mission of this undertaking, “National Wreaths Across America Day,” is to remember and honor veterans, in addition to teaching youngsters the value of freedom.

In addition to Arlington National Cemetery, wreaths are laid at more than 1,000 locations in all 50 United States, and at sea and abroad prior to Christmas.

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After taking a few years off, Scarecrow Lane will once again take up residence at that Cockayne Farmstead at 1105 Wheeling Avenue in Glen Dale, from Oct. 15-31.

Through the program, businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to design and construct their own scarecrow, which will be a fun community event.

The scarecrows can be funny or scary, simple or elaborate, as creativity has no limit.

All scarecrows will be displayed on the lawn of the Cockayne Farmstead with signs identifying the sponsors.

Community members will be able to admire the scarecrows during regular operating hours, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Mondays through Friday, or during special evening times during the two-week period.

Prize winners will be decided by votes cast by the public.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third- place winners.

There will be three categories: entries by businesses, individuals and organizations.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Cockayne Farmstead Preservation projects, a special undertaking of the Marshall County Historical Society.

Throughout the year the farmstead hosts educational and community building events for children of all ages, and adults, in addition to preserving and maintaining one of the most unique historic buildings and collections in the state — the Cockayne Farmstead.

As to the deadline for Scarecrow Lane entries, that will be Oct. 13.

For more detail pertaining to this project, contact the Farmstead at 304-845-1411 or via email at cockaynehouse@gmail.com.

The Cockayne Farmstead has a new site manager, Kara Gordon.

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Like other outdoor swimming pools in the area at this time of the year, the pool in Benwood closed for the season the day after Labor Day.

This was the first year for the current pool, and it was a busy place both days and evenings, according to Frank Longwell, who wears several hats in addition to being chief of police.

Longwell said that although the pool did lose money, as do most pools, it brought to the city people from surrounding areas, and that those individuals spent additional funds at Benwood businesses.

Longwell said money from attendance and concessions was two-thirds higher than any other year.

He said plans are already in the works for the purchase of a new large umbrella, to go with the two which were purchased for past season, and which were well received. He also stated that the spray park is to be made larger.

Longwell said plans are also being discussed to replace the area, which for some 40 years was the mini-golf course, with an amphitheater to enable musical entertainment.

There are two shelters, and both are scheduled to be renovated prior to the park’s opening next year.

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The Marshall County Family Resource Network on Sept. 24 will again be partnering with the Mountaineer Food Bank for another Mobile Food Pantry serving Marshall County residents.

The MFP will be held at the north end of the East End Playground in Moundsville.

Families are to drive up to where the food boxes are being distributed, and a person will place the box into the vehicle.

One food box will be given per family while supplies last.

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COVID-19 has been playing havoc with sports events in the Ohio Valley, and in Marshall County the Cameron Dragons have encountered their share of changes.

Once the schedules were finalized, they got their opening game with Hundred in the books. This weekend they were scheduled to play Trinity, but schools in that county were not allowed to play this week, so they did a little switching and instead of Valley and Cameron playing on Week 6 — Oct. 9 — that game was rescheduled and will take place this Saturday at Monarch Stadium in Moundsville.

The Dragons are slated for a visit to Frontier on Sept. 18.

The Dragons were scheduled to host Madonna next week, Sept. 25, in the season opener at the “new” Dragon Field, but Madonna wanted a switch to early November. Unless something comes about, that date will become an open date. The following week, the Dragons were slated to play at Paden City, but the Wildcats have decided to end season because of lack of players. That means nother open date for the Dragons. As mentioned previously, the original game with Valley was moved from Oct. 9 to Sept. 12, thus another open date.

And remember, the Dragons have yet to play a home game; they have two other games scheduled Oct. 16 and Oct. 25, and they are both away.

Unless in the meantime they are able to find an opponent, the Dragons will be playing their first home game on Oct. 30.

A note or two about Cameron’s game against Hundred. The Dragons’ freshman quarterback passed for two touchdowns and ran for two TDs. End Issac Ball was on the receiving of the two passes.

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The Marshall County Board of Education held a short meeting, lasting just 30 minutes, last Tuesday.

Among matters discussed were the first day of school, employment of Laura Marsh as music teacher at Center McMechen/Sand Hill Elementary School; and Justin Jones and Erin Parsons as virtual teachers. Board members also discussed an agreement between Marshall County Schools and Fairmont State University’s School of Nursing.

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I wonder if Cooperstown might be contacting Ohio Valley native Mark Bowman for his score card from this past Wednesday’s Atlanta-Miami baseball game.

The Braves scored 29 runs, the most in baseball’s modern history.

Bowman is in his 20th year as MBL.COM writer for the Braves.

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The Marshall County Animal Rescue League raised nearly $1,000 last Saturday through a dog wash and the sale of merchandise and donations.

MCAR officials were very appreciative of those who supported this effort.

A Facebook post reads, “We couldn’t be more proud of our staff for organizing this event and thankful for the many volunteers who showed up to help, especially our West Liberty Group. We loved seeing all the support from our community and hope to see even more of you next time. Thank you to everybody who contributed to make the day a success.”

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