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Marshall Memo: More Than a Thousand To Be Vaccinated in Marshall County

The Marshall County Health Department has received notification from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources that 1,218 vaccinations will be received for distribution on Wednesday.

The vaccinations will take place from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., at the Chevron building at the Fairgrounds in Moundsville. Those eligible for the shots are those who have signed up through the state website.

MCHD director Tom Cook said, “It will be a busy day, but we’ll get done.”

The health director said that his staff will be assisted by retired WVU/Reynolds Memorial Hospital nurses, several Marshall County School nurses, Marshall County EMS and EMA personnel, Marshall County Family Resource Network staff, personnel from the local Appalachian Outreach, and several other volunteers.

It just so happened that another group was scheduled to use the Fairgrounds facility on Wednesday, that being the Cameron FFA Alumni, but when that group learned about the vaccinations, the alumni group was able to transfer its Ham, Bacon and Egg Sale to the Training Center at the former West Virginia Penitentiary. The doors to the Cameron FFA Alumni event will open on Wednesday at 5 p.m., with the sale to begin at 6 p.m.

Members of two Marshall County organizations — the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce and the Moundsville Economic Development Council — met this past week with their main topics having to do with planning events which they hope will take place this summer.

The chamber events being planned are:

A Ladies luncheon on April 21 to be held at Grand Vue Park.

A Business & Health Expo is on the calendar for May 14-15 at the Moundsville Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

A Memorial Car Show along Jefferson Avenue from Second to Fifth Streets in Moundsville is slated for June 4.

The Chamber sponsored Golf Scramble is slated for June 14 at the Moundsville Country Club.

In September, a date yet to be decided, is that of a Marshall County Conference at Grand Vue Park.

On the agenda for Oct. 14 is the annual Chamber Dinner at the Moundsville Center.

November 4 and 11 are the dates slated for a Tree Gala at the Moundsville Center,

Small Business Saturday is on the calendar for Nov. 27.

While on the subject of the Chamber of Commerce, a new honor which was scheduled to be presented at last year’s Chamber’s Annual Dinner was made this past week at the meeting of the Moundsville Lions Club.

Chamber Executive Director Scott Reager, a member of the Lions Club, presented the “Special Efforts” award to Tom Cook.

Cook was recognized for his outstanding work during the past 12 months as county health department director.

The top of the award included a photo of Chief Justice John Marshall, the wording of “County of Marshall West Virginia” with the numbers of 1835, and the words Pride and Progress. The remainder of the award listed the history of the Marshall County Flag.

Getting back to MEDC and its plans for the upcoming year, the initial attraction sponsored by this organization will be this week. That being Night Tours of the Penitentiary.

Director Tom Stiles informed the MEDC board members that all staff members have returned to work, with the majority their work consisting of clean-up of the 155 year facility which is on the National Register Historic Places.

While the night tours will begin this week, the majority of other attractions, including the Day Tours will be available on April 1.

The Day Tours will consist of 90 minute guided walking tours through the Gothic Style structure where visitors will view the recreation yards, both visitation areas and the new cafeteria, resulting from the Riot of 1986.

Visitors will also take a walk through cell blocks, one being “The Alamo” which once housed the most dangerous and violent inmates and “New Wall,” where an individual might get locked-up.

This past year because of COVID-19, the tour staff had to make some changes the major ones being letting tour personnel go into a cell, along with reducing the number of each tour group.

While the Day Tours are Tuesday through Sunday, there will be a History Mystery Tour on Mondays. The latter tour is referred to as a fast-paced tour that involves climbing several staircases and also covers a large portion of areas not otherwise accessible.

In accordance with Gov. Jim Justice’s guidelines, face masks are still mandatory as per the executive order which went into effect last July 7.

The prison facility also includes other attractions, among these being:

The Moundsville Center Rental’s (MCR), offers the Bay Area, which can host weddings, receptions, expos, festivals, banquets, steak frys, etc.

There are classrooms equipped with projectors;a showcase room can house some 75; and there is also a pavilion during warmer months.

Another of the events is the “Escape the Pen,” is located upstairs. It takes one hour. It is a game where the participants will have fun starting out where those taking part gather items, find codes and solve puzzles with times being vital to escape the room.

To get in touch will the MEDC office phone at 304-845-6200, or via email at info@wvpentours.com

Stiles also stated that the Elizabethtown committee had met the day before, and agreed to have a Christmas Tree Sale, which was held this past years in lieu of the longstanding Elizabethtown Festival. It was voted to hopefully resume the Elizabethtown Festival on November 19-20.

Again getting back to organizations that will open this week are:

The Fostoria Glass Museum will re-open Wednesday afternoon, the hours being noon until 4 p.m. The days being Wednesday through Saturday.

The offices at the Moundsville City Building will reopen on Monday.

The hours of the city manager, city clerk, water department, and building inspectors will be from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Also, the Moundsville City Council meeting will be open to the general public beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. City council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.

While on the subject of the city of Moundsville, there will be a ribbon cutting, a date to be announced, for a new Municipal Safety Building to be built on the east side of the current city building.

The Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the American Legion Post Home at 800 First St., Moundsville.

The Honor Guard is an organization that honors and gives final salute to deceased veterans and their family.Anyone who wishes to join can contact Michael Kuzma at 304-639-8228, or attend Wednesday’s meeting.

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