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‘Orange’ Designation Prompts Special COVID-19 Testing

For the past three days traffic on Court Avenue from Seventh Street to Sixth Street in Moundsville has been bumper-to-bumper at times.

The reason for the influx of vehicles is at the end of the one- way street was that Marshall County Health Department staff members have been doing the COVID testing.

It all started at 11 a.m. on Wednesday when health department Administrator Tom Cook was informed by the State Health Department that a recent rash of positive cases of COVID-19 had caused Marshall County to be designated orange on the state’s map and thus the county was ordered to begin testing within an hour.

The original order was testing for two days, but that was changed to five and thus today (Saturday) and tomorrow, MCHD will be conducting tests from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., both days.

Local health department officials are hoping that the testing will enable the county to return to green on the state health department map.

During the six hours of testing on Wednesday, 233 individuals were tested.

That evening a State Police officer took the tests to Charleston where they will be evaluated.

Cook was informed that National Guard members would be available to help with the testing, but he informed state health department personnel that his staff wished to carry out this endeavor.

In addition to individuals doing the testing, other persons are utilized for traffic control along with others responsible for paper work.

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The Marshall County Health Department is reminding everyone six months of age and older that they should get an annual flu vaccination.

“Getting a flu vaccine at this time is the best way to protect one’s self and their family from the flu,” said Cook.

Actually, the first of the last three clinics offered by the health department was held Friday.

The health department has set up the following clinics and offers the flu vaccine to individuals with no insurance or who are underinsured at the following locations:

Oct. 22 — at the Family Resource Network’s Food Giveaway in Cameron, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Nov. at the Shepherd’s Pantry, Sixth Street and Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville. The time period is 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Nov. 5 — at the Salvation Army, Seventh Street and Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville, from 10 a.m. until noon.

Nov. 5 — at the Gabriel Project at Sixth Street and Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville, from noon until 1 p.m.

Due to concerns over hepatitis, some flu shot clinics will also make hepatitis A vaccination available to at-risk individuals, including people who are homeless, active drug users, and those who provide services and support to those individuals.

According to Cook, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated against the flu every year.

He states that this year’s flu vaccine has been updated to match viruses that are expected to circulate this flu season.

Cook added, “Flu vaccines are important for everyone, especially for people who are at greater risk for complications and those who live with or care for the following individuals:

“Pregnant women; children younger than 5 years of age; adults 65 years of age and order; people whose immune system is weakened and those with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or conditions affecting the nervous system; people who are overweight or obese; people who work or live in nursing homes or long term care facilities; health care personnel and child care workers.”

For more information pertaining to the above health related problems, contact the Marshall County Health Department at 304-845-7840, or visit their Facebook page at Marshall County Health Department – WV.

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Scarecrow Lane has returned to the Cockayne Farmstead along Wheeling Avenue (across from John Marshall High School) in Glen Dale!

Scarecrow Lane consists of scarecrows designed by local businesses persons, organizations and individuals from the area.

The deadline for entering scarecrows was this past Thursday, and since that time Cockayne Farmstead personnel have decided where to place the scarecrows in the front and side areas of the house.

Thus, on Monday the scarecrows will be on display for viewing. The viewing will take place through Halloween (Oct. 31).

Visitors can view the scarecrows and vote for their favorites during regular open hours, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., or during special evening honors over the next two weeks.

The special night viewing will take on the following dates: Oct. 22, Oct. 23, Oct. 24, Oct. 29, Oct. 30 and Oct. 31. The hours will be 5-8 p.m., with the exception of Oct. 24, when the viewings will take place from noon until 4 p.m.

During these hours, the Farmstead will be decorated and lit so guests can stroll through the displays and pick their favorites.

The scarecrows will be displayed on the lawn with a sign identifying the sponsoring business, organization or individual. The prizes in each category will be decided by votes cast by the public. Tickets for voting will be $1 each.

The Farmstead will also have during the six tours, a fun craft for youngsters along with the opportunity for an entire family photo.

In addition, on Oct. 31, children will be invited to stop by the Farmstead during Trick or Trick for a special treat.

Anyone wishing additional information can call the Farmstead at 304-843-1411 or via email at www.cockaynefarstead.com/events, or Cockayne at Glen Dale on Facebook to read the event to read the event description.

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The Mt. Olivet Lions Club will be displaying 120 American flags from Nov. 8-18 at the Mt. Olivet Community Park, in honor of Veterans Day, which is Nov. 11.

Also, the annual Veterans Day program will be taking place at 2 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the park. The guest speaker will be Jeremy Harrison, founder of Helping Heroes Inc.

Everyone is invited to the two events with those attending to bring their lawn chair.

Social distancing will be observed as required by COVID-19 regulations.

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For Marshall County residents who still have items that they wish to dispose of, dumpsters will be located today (Saturday) from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Cameron Elementary School and the Roberts Ridge VFD Headquarters. All Marshall County residents are welcome to use either site.

There are some restrictions these being no tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials, household trash, and televisions.

Last Saturday the annual E-Recycle event was held with numerous tires, electronics, etc., dropped off.

The fall dumpster clean-up will conclude next Saturday, the disposal sites being at Sherrard Middle School and the Limestone VFD. The dumpster program is sponsored by the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority and the Marshall County Commission.

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West Virginia Archaeology Month is being celebrated this month, and the Grave Creek Mound Complex in Moundsville is inviting participating on Facebook this year.

In addition to posts such as, “Artifact of the Week,” visitors can learn about flint knapping in a video featuring Robert Walden, the flint knapper who demonstrates his craft at Archaeology Day each year at Grave Creek Mound.

Later this month, archaeologist and author Darla Spencer will discuss “Early Native Americans in West Virginia, based on two books she has written about West Virginia’s prehistory.

Celebrate Archeology Month on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gravecreekmond or by visiting the Grave Creek Mound and museum exhibits in person. The museum hours are 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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This year the Elizabethtown Festival will have a new name — Elizabethtown Christmas Tree Village and Sale.

It will consist of a live tree sale which will begin on Nov. 27 and continue until the weekend of Dec.18, or until the 100 trees are sold.

The sale will take place on the front lawn of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

In the past the Elizabethtown Festival has been held at the Center inside the walls of the former institution.

The sponsors of the ECTVS are looking for a few crafters who would like to set-up on the WVP grounds.

Booths will be limited with items to be sold by crafters of homemade items with themed decor. For more information pertaining to times and pricing, email to info@wvpentours.com.

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