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Elizabethtown Christmas Tree Village, Sale Will Begin Friday

This marks the 22nd year for the Elizabethtown Festival, which in past years has been held inside the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville. This year the event, in addition to having been moved outdoors, had its name changed.

The new name is Elizabethtown Christmas Tree Village and Live Tree Sale. The sale will kick off with a lighting of nine trees this Friday at 6 p.m., on the front lawn of the old prison.

In addition to some 100 six-foot trees, the Elizabethtown organization has sold wooden placards in the shapes of Christmas ornaments such as Santa hats, Christmas bulbs, etc., to businesses, organizations, and individuals who can decorate them with a personalized theme or logo. These ornaments will be decorating a 20-foot tree in the “Village.” with eight six-foot trees surrounding it, and, of course, all nine trees will be lighted.

Getting back to the tree sale, it will be held on weekends through Dec. 20.

The times and dates for Tree Village are:

Fridays from 4-8 p.m.

Saturdays from noon until 8 p.m.

Sundays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

There will be a select group of six vendors who will be selling Christmas items on Fridays and Saturdays. Tree sales will be cash only.

There is no charge for admission.

Because of CODIV-19, members of the Moundsville Economic Development Council board changed the format of the annual event. Previously, there were numerous vendors, entertainment, food, contests, etc.

The original plan this year was for students in Marshall County elementary and primary schools to decorate smaller trees with placards which would include their school colors and names. However, since the schools have been closed recently, this may not take place.

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The actual kickoff of the Christmas season in Moundsville took place a week ago, with 13 trees and six wreaths auctioned at the Chamber of Commerce’s Tree Gala. There were 14 bidders on trees, including:

Main Street Bank, Williams Energy, WesBanco, Hoagy’s Heroes, Brandy Hudson, I.C. Care, Gene Gray, AEP, Shelley Thomas, Lisa Pyle, Becky Vucelik, Leigh Ann Scherich, Stacie Dei and Dr. David Hess.

Decorators for this event included Valley Hospice, Jodi Reager, Kennen & Kennen, Westwood Place, Barb Rush, Lisa Zukoff, Trust Bank (formerly BB&T), AEP, Lois Dougherty, Marshall County Senior Center, Alexander’s on 7th, Main Street Bank, Bayer HFCU, Center McMechen Elementary School, WVU Medicine/Reynolds Memorial Hospital and WesBanco.

The tree decorated by personnel from WesBanco was judged as the favorite, while the wreath decorated by Main Street Bank was judged the favorite in that category.

The committee for the tree gala consisted of Barb Rush, Katrina Bonar, Karin Janiszewski, Leigh Ann Scherich, Haley Steed, Stacey Murphy, Jodi Cunningham, Tammy Harris and Susan Noble.

Also engaged in the event were students from John Marshall High School’s WJMH Media, maintenance department employees from Marshall County’s Schools and the Marshall County Commission.

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Both the Marshall County Courthouse and the Marshall County Public Safety Building will be closed the week of Nov. 30 through Dec. 4.

The two facilities will reopen on Monday, Dec. 7.

During the week of the closing both buildings will undergo deep cleaning, and also it will give the employees who may have been in contact with a person positive for COVID-19, a chance to test and quarantine prior to returning to work.

According to county Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel, the closure will not impact scheduled court telecommunication hearings.

If a person has an emergency and needs to speak to someone in one of the following offices the person can call 304-845-1920. A message will be taken and the correct office will return the call.

The offices affected are: County Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Sheriff’s Tax Office, Assessor, Prosecutor, County Commission and Animal Shelter.

When the courthouse and PSB reopen on Dec. 7, they will still be accessible by appointment only.

The county commission is still asking that any services which can be done online or by phone continue to be completed that way.

If a person does not need personal assistance and requires an appointment, bear in mind that entering the courthouse requires temperature checks and use of face coverings..

Frohnapfel stated that the county commissioners continue to work with the Marshall County Health Department while navigating through these difficult times.

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The Moundsville City Building, along with all other city-owned facilities, are closed to the public, due to the rise in COVID-19 numbers in Marshall County and beyond. All city employees are continuing to report to work, and all city functions remain in operation.

The city building’s closure to the public will remain in effect until further notice.

All non-vital in-person meetings have also been canceled.

Citizens are reminded that there are drop boxes located at the front and rear of the city building for payments, and that there is online payment available on the municipal website, www.cityofmoundsville.com.

Anyone with questions dealing with the city can call the city clerk’s Office at 304-845-3394.

Building permits and burn permits are also available online.

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The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce sponsored Holiday Decorating Contest has been changed to Dec. 1.

There will be two categories: storefront/business outside, and office inside.

The inside judging to take place from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 1, while the outside judging will be from 6-8 p.m.

The theme for the contests is “Sights and Sounds of Christmas.”

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The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a new toy drive, which will be held through Nov. 30.

The toys will go to the Salvation Army for distribution to the needy.

Items can be dropped off at the Chamber office, WesBanco in Moundsville, the Marshall County Courthouse, Main Street Bank in Moundsville, Take A Bow Dance Studio in Moundsville.

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The 13th annual Turkey Trot will take place on Nov. 26 at Grand Vue Park. The 5K event will begin at 8:30 a.m.

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Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart has been re-elected to the Executive Director Board of the West Virginia Emergency Management Council.

Hart, who has served two previous terms on the board, will serve another three-year term.

He has also served two terms as president and vice president of the WVEMC.

According to Hart, the Medical Access Roads Program, under the CARES Act project in Marshall County, is nearing its final stages.

A section of U.S. 250 approximately 5.2 miles long, from Bane Lane near Poplar Springs to Pleasant Valley, was approved in July under the MARP. The project included the repair of some nine slips and paving of that section of roadway,

When the program was introduced last summer, 27 roadways across the county were submitted by the Emergency Management office.

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Ron Grubb of Morgantown, the Lions Club District Governor of 29-L, was the recent speaker at the Moundsville Lions Club meeting.

He presented awards to members Doug Pettit and Gene Saunders for their involvement in his cabinet, and to Dave Lappert for membership in this club for 11 years and John Lepp for membership in this club for 25 years and Don DeNoon, for 47 years in this Lions Club.

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Speaking of the Moundsville Lions Club, members have sold more than 270 wreaths, the majority of which will be placed on the graves of military veterans buried at Mt. Rose Cemetery in Moundsville. The laying of wreaths will take place on Dec. 19 in conjunction of the nationwide “Wreaths Across America” program.

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The Marshall County Commission this past Tuesday, voted to deed the former Boggs Run Volunteer Fire Department building to the City of McMechen’s Volunteer Fire Department. The MVFD will use the building for storage.

Also, the county commissioners approved a contract with Silling Associates to provide consulting service to review mechanical systems utilized within the county courthouse.

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