Veterans Day Observances Set in Moundsville, Cameron
Members of the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard will be quite busy on Wednesday, participating in three events.
The first of them will take place at 11 a.m., at the Veterans Plaza on the grounds of the Marshall County Courthouse, where a brief Veterans Day Service will take place.
There will not be a laying of flowers. Instead, the Honor Guard will provide the entire service.
The service will also be on the Honor Guard’s Facebook page. .
At 1 p.m., the MVHG will take part in the dedication of additional flag poles at the Glen Dale City Park.
The flag poles are a project of Kaden Minch toward his Eagle Scout badge. Minch is a member of Glen Dale Boy Scout Troop 82.
The additional flag poles will enable the city to fly flags from every branch of military service, including the newest air force/space force.
In addition to the flag poles, city employees did ground work in that area.
The third event which the Honor Guard will be involved in will be at The Highlands in Ohio County.
There will also be a brief Veterans Day ceremony in Cameron at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with members of Cameron American Legion Post No. 18 and Legion Post No. 18 Auxiliary taking part.
The Honor Guard members will assemble at the Legion’s annex and proceed to the Veterans Park.
According to Legion Commander Bill Harris, the annual Veterans Dinner, which is usually held on the Saturday after Veterans Day has been postponed until a date to be announced later.
As to Veterans Day, it is an official United States holiday, observed annually on Nov. 11. It celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
Because it is a federal holiday, non-essential federal government offices are closed. There is no mail delivered on Veterans Day.
It’s not too often that a razed structure and a basketball rim make headlines!
However, these two are sharing billing this week, at least in this column.
It all started this past Wednesday morning while I was driving on Tomlinson Avenue in Moundsville. As I came to the intersection of 11th Street and Tomlinson, I noticed that something semmed to be missing on the northwest corner.
It just so happened to be the house which at one time was occupied by the Hummel family. That is where the basketball rim comes into being.
Two basketball players grew up there. They were “Buster” and Bob.
I had known that there was a basketball backboard in the back yard next to a cottage. One of my next moves was to make a telephone call to the person who practiced shooting a basketball through that rim.
It wasn’t a normal rim; a normal rim is 18 inches in diameter, but the one in the backyard was 16 inches, or maybe just a hair less.
Bob explained that when he was in the eighth grade, he asked his father to purchase a backboard for him, which he did. However, Bob wanted to make the rim a little smaller, so he took it to a person a block or so away, who had tools which enabled him to make the rim a bit smaller.
Whether or not it actually helped him become a better basketball player, Bob believes it did.
Of course, other parents have done the same for their sons and daughters.
Bob said that when his family moved to Atlanta, Ga., his sons David and Brian both requested their father find someone to reduce their basketball rims, and would you believe this same request has taken place at the homes of Bob’s grandchildren, who live in Columbus and Florida.
Our conversation included some reminders of growing up in Moundsville, especially dealing with basketball.
One of these was at the former Spurr Memorial Playground, where on weekends during the summer, the basketball court was utilized from early morning until dark.
Bob spoke about playing basketball on a court at Central School where, in the winter, youths would shovel off the snow, then continue to play.
He said, “There were basketball courts all over town.”
Just in case you have never heard of Bob Hummel, he graduated from Moundsville High School in 1966 and went on to West Virginia University, where he was a starter on the basketball team.
He was what they used to call a natural athlete. If you have never heard of that, it was someone who could play any sport he or she might chose to play, and be outstanding in all of them.
Volume No. 11 of “Marshall County Patriots and Heroes” will be released Thursday at the Moundsville Public Library. However, due to Covid-19, there will be no program but the authors, Gary Rider and Roseanna Dakan Keller, will be at the library from 1-5 p.m. on the main floor to sign books for the public.
This volume includes 125 veterans and 180 pictures.
There are family and individual stories from the Civil War to modern times.
Peacetime soldiers and combat veterans are all represented in the new volume.
Also, there are three veterans in the book who reached the rank of lieutenant colonel, another who made colonel, and one was a major.
These new stories bring the total to more than 1,700 saved accounts of Marshall County, West Virginia veterans. Anyone who wishes to have their story presented or that of a relative can contact the authors.
It was announced this past week by Rider that Volume 12 which will come out in November of 2021, will be the last in the series.
A number of upcoming events in the city of Cameron were listed in the monthly Blue & Gold Christian Center Newsletter. These include:
The Blue & Gold Christian Center will be hosting a free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day.
This year the dinner will not be dining-in; instead it will be a carry-out and delivery which will be available to anyone in the area who would like a meal.
The menu will include turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, noodles, green beans, rolls and dessert.
Anyone interested in having a meal can call the center at 304-686-2422.
Meals will be available by 11 a.m. Walk-ins will be welcome, but a call ahead would be appreciated.
Anyone who would care to donate a dessert for the Thanksgiving Dinner is asked to call Susie Davis at 304-686-3530.
The annual Thanksgiving Community Service in Cameron will take place on Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Christian Church. The service will be led by area pastors.
Grace Church at Pleasant Valley will host a “Fall Sing”at 6 p.m. today (Saturday).
During the month of November the First Presbyterian and Methodist Churches of Cameron are holding their combined worship service at 10:30 a.m. at the Methodist Church.
At the business meeting of the Moundsville Lions Club on this past Tuesday, it was agreed that the club would provide “virtual attendance” to anyone who wishes to stay home and be safe, but wants to know what is going on at the meetings. Member Danielle Harmon has set up a path to a virtual meeting.
The initial VAM will take place this Tuesday, at which District Governor Ron Grubb will be the speaker.
The virtual option will be through the Zoom app, which can be downloaded free to a cell phone or computer.
Below is the invite:
Download the app and set up an account and then click on the link (the blue text to join the meeting).
Anyone is unsure how to maneuver this can reach out to Harmon at 1-719-426-1503 and she will help them.
Members of the Elizabethtown Christmas Tree Village were busy this week as they held meetings on two different days in preparation for this year’s event.
In last week’s column, it was mentioned that two of the schools in Marshall County will be participating in the Christmas Tree event. They are Sand Hill Elementary and McNinch Primary.
Due to the high number of COVID-19 positive cases resulting from community spread contact, the Marshall County Courthouse and the Public Safety Building will be accessible by appointment only through Nov. 13.
Numbers to call for the different offices are:
County Clerk’s Office — 304-845-1220.
Circuit Clerk’s Office — 304-845-2130.
Tax Office — 304-843-1400.
Assessor’s Office — 204-845-1400.
Tax payments can be deposited in the drop box at the top of the courthouse steps and a receipt will be mailed to the person whose name is on the bill, or payment can be made online at http://www..marshallcountywv.org/tax.asp.
Prosecutor’s Office — 304-845-3580; except local law enforcement.
County Commission — 304-845-0482.
Sheriff’s Office — 304-843-1500.
Office of Emergency Services — 204-843-1130.
Circuit Court proceedings will be in session as scheduled. Only those listed to appear and their legal counsel will be permitted to attend.
Temperature checks will continue for everyone who enters the courthouse.
The public is still mandated to wear a face mask when they enter the courthouse.
Courthouse personnel are still requesting that any service which can be done online or on the phone continue to be done that way.
The commission continues to work with the Marshall County Health Department while navigating these difficult times.
Some tidbits pertaining to Tuesday’s election:
Although he was unopposed, sheriff candidate William Helms was on the ballot which listed him as a resident of Glen Easton. My question being, is he the first individual from there to be elected as sheriff? Speaking of Helms, he has spent 26 years as an officer, 14 with the city of Moundsville, and 12 with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.
Voters in the city of Moundsville elected four council members: two holdovers, Judy Hunt and Gene Saunders, and two previous council members, Randy Chamberlain and Denny Wallace.
Marshall County native Shelley Moore Capito received the most votes 10,348 from Marshall County voters.
Her nephew, Riley Moore, was on a Marshall County ballot for the first time and received more votes from Marshall County voters than his opponent. Riley’s father, Arch Moore III, is a Marshall County native.