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Grand Vue Park Enters Partnership on Aerial Adventures

The Marshall County Park and Recreation Board along with the leadership team at Grand Vue Park announced this past week that the park has entered into a partnership with Applied Adventure Consulting, which will allow the company to operate and manage all of the aerial adventures at the park. The new partnership will begin this spring.

According to park General Manager Craig White, the team at Applied Adventure is comprised of professionals who have helped to shape the zip line, ropes course and aerial adventure industry since the early 2000s. Their work has included managing aerial adventure parks in California and North Carolina.

Another new change to take place this spring at Grand Vue Park will be an RV park with 40 spaces. It will be located on space west of the restaurant.

White anticipates that the RV site will bring additional people to the park.

In addition to the RV site, White also noted that improvements have been made to some of the cabins, along with Shelter No. 2, the Park’s largest shelter.

White said that the Deluxe Cabins (Fox, Rabbit and Squirrel) now have 16 foot by 20 foot Hot Tubs. Another upgrade to these three cabins are new decks on the rear of these structures.

Also, the Eagle Cabin has a new kitchen and new flooring on the first level. This cabin was originally a house, and was converted into a cabin and thus it has space for 17 individuals.

Overall, the Park has 78 beds for rental.

As to the upcoming spring and summer months, there have been 47 events booked for the Banquet Hall, 22 of which will be weddings.

White said an undertaking was started last year, and will be completed sometime this year, for total Wi-Fi service throughout the park.

As to the past 10 months during COVID-19, the park lost customers; however, the number of shelter occupants was strong despite the restrictions.

He added that he has been in contact on nearly a daily basis with Marshall County Health Department personnel dealing with cleaning, the number of occupants and up-to-date requirements from the state.

For those readers interested in paleontology, the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex at 801 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, is the place to visit.

Two weeks ago the complex’s Delf Norona Museum acquired on loan an exhibit of the extinct species Stegodon huanghoensis — a prehistoric relative of the modern day elephant.

These enormous specimens roamed the earth about 10 million years ago and weighed about 14 tons, stood 13 feet high and had 10 foot tusks.

In fact, it took eight individuals some eight hours to assemble the skeletal fossil at the complex.

Of course, it is the largest display ever at the Moundsville facility.

There are also several smaller skeletal fossils.

An information sheet pertaining to the Stegodon family is printed in front of the exhibit. Some of the data includes some of the meanings of the family, Stegodon, (being from Greek; stegos meaning roof, and odon meaning tooth, referring to the step ridges on the molar tooth.

Among Marshall County attractions that depend on customers from outside the area is the former West Virginia Penitentiary, and this past week the Moundsville Economic Development Council, which leases the structure from the West Virginia Department of Corrections, held its monthly meeting to plan for this year’s schedule.

While the MEDC was able to conduct both day and night tours and the Dungeon of Horrors this past year by using smaller numbers per tour, it did lose all of the attractions which in the past had been held in the Training Center.

Executive Director Tom Stiles said that while the Training Center remains at 25 persons per tour, he is hopeful that the number will be permitted to increase soon.

In the past years tours and other main attractions began on April 1, and Stiles hopes that this year it will be able to start-up by that time.

In fact, one of attractions will be opening up in early March, that being the Private Paranormal Investigation, a six-hour event which starts at 11 p.m. and continues through 5 a.m.

Stiles said the Paracon Convention, will be a one-day event and has been switched to a date yet to be set in September. At this event vendors of paranormal items will be selling their gear, and persons who are experts on paranormal events will be speaking.

Stiles informed the board members that the Christmas Tree sale, an outside attraction this past November and December, was very successful. He said that 90 trees were sold. This sale was in place of the Elizabethtown Festival, and thus the proceeds went to the festival. Because of the success he said he believes it should be undertaken again this year, in conjunction with some type of attraction within the old prison itself.

Plans are also in the making for a second Escape room, at which groups are given clues aimed at helping them to become “free” from the room.

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If you happened to have passed the north east corner of Sixth Street and Jefferson Avenue recently you would have noticed that a structure has been removed.

That parcel will now become a part of the new Municipal/Public Safety Building.

Individuals wishing to appear before the Marshall County Commission in relation to their taxes can do so for the next four weeks. The days and times for the commissioners to sit as a Board of Equalization and Review begins Tuesdays at 9 a.m., and Fridays beginning at 5 p.m.

The dates for hearings are Feb. 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, and 26.

Persons can appear on any of these days, or they can call-in at 503-300-6845. The conference code number is 876-147.

I had an appointment a few days ago in New Martinsville, and on the way back I decided to stop at Woodlands.

My grandparents, my parents, my brother and sister lived there and I visited there in my early years.

Back then there was a store/ post office, a gas station, barber shop, and some other business, all of which were on the east side of the road, while on the other side some six homes, two of which I believe are still occupied.

Attractions in the early days of Woodlands consisted of showboats which came in the Sunday, for entertainment there were Bowen’s Dance Hall and Bowen’s Park.

I recently came across a newspaper clipping about Woodlands and the nearby areas such as Woco, Cresaps, Captina, and if you went further north there was Hog Run which happened to be where the old ferry ran between West Virginia and Powhatan Point on the Ohio side.

Some of those communities housed a coal mine. The coal mines in those areas went out of business in the late 1930s.

At the north end of Woodlands is where the Ohio River and Fish Creek join. There is sign near the two waters which reads:

“Ohio River, Fish Creek, Fishing and Boating Access, DNR Wildlife Resources in cooperation with Mound City Bassmasters.”

How do you get to Woodlands? Well just it was many years ago you turn off W.Va. 2 and go under both the railroad tracks and highway and you are there.

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