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Marshall Memo: Haines Gets New, Four-Year Contract With Marshall Schools

Marshall County Superintendent of Schools Shelby Haines has a new four-year contract. Members of the Marshall County Board of Education this past week unanimously approved the new contact that will go into effect July 1.

In addition, the board approved the 2021-22 operating levy that will begin on July 1.

Board president John Miller said Haines’ new contract was an easy decision for all five members of the board.

“She has worked closely through the pandemic with Marshall County Health Department Administrator Tom Cook, the state Department of Education, and state Superintendent Clayton Burch to keep our students safe,” Miller said.

As to the excess levy, Miller commented that the board decided there are too many undertakings to consider lowering the levy rate. He went on to say that Marshall County Schools have the lowest excess levy in the area.

The 2021 Grand Adventure Leadership Camps at Grand Vue Park will begin the week of June 14 and continue each week through Aug. 2-6.

Leadership is the main initiative of the camps.

Each week campers will be introduced to different aspects of leadership.

Each week, campers will have the opportunity to choose from several adventure learning labs.

Thanks to a grant from American Electric Power, transportation will be offered through Marshall County Schools.

The camps are Monday through Friday, the lone exception being that there will be no camp on July 5. The camp hours are 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Additional information can be obtained by calling Grand Vue at 304-845-9810.

While on the subject of Grand Vue Park, one of its yearly visitors, the Rowe family of Buffalo, N.Y., has again signed up for a week at the park. This year will mark the 40th straight year for the family. This year they have reserved eight cabins.

Like in the past they will spend the week playing disc golf, volleyball, doing crafts, biking, walking on the nature trails along with other events. The youngsters are usually found at the park’s playground. They also visit Wheeling Park and Oglebay Park.

With the park’s swimming facility undergoing renovation, the park’s management will be transporting guests to pools in the area, if they so desire.

There will be two COVID 19 vaccination dates this week in Marshall County, one being for persons slated for their second shot, and the other for individuals who registered through Charleston for the first vaccination.

Some 780 individuals are slated for their second shot on Wednesday, while on Friday some 300 will be receiving their first shots. Both clinics will take place at the Chevron Building at the Marshall County Fairgrounds.

Testing will be held on Monday and Friday at the Marshall County Health Department, the hours being 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., while on Friday testing from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Cameron City Building.

This past Wednesday some 1,300 persons were vaccinated, and according to Tom Cook, things went very smoothly.

Marshall County attractions–the Cockayne Farmstead and the Marshall County Historical Society–will be getting into full strength in the next few weeks.

The Cockayne “Hungry for History” will begin on June 3 with a walking tour of Mount Rose Cemetery. This session will be led by Jim Stultz.

Among other events involving the Cockayne Farmstead are:

“A Cockayne Wedding: A Day in the Life’s Living History Event” — May23

“Summer Saturday at Cockayne.” Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

“Cockayne Yard Sale May 1.”

“Volunteer Tour Training.” April 17, 10 am. until noon.

“World War II Weekend.” Aug. 14 and 15

For more information call 304-845-1411.

The Hungry for History events will feature different events, all of which will take place at noon on Thursdays during June, July and August.

All will take place, except the Mount Rose Cemetery tour, on the lawn of the Cockayne Farmstead.

In the event of inclement weather, lectures will be canceled or rescheduled.

Due to continuing COVID-19 health concerns, lunch will not be provided this year, but guests will be encouraged to pack their own lunch to eat while listening to the speakers.

These events are free and open to the public.

Lectures will also be livestreamed from the Cockayne Facebook page for those unable to attend in public.

Cockayne personnel have also expanded Hungry for History KIDS, which will be offered after last year’s event was very successful.

Kids sessions will include “Zoo to You!” with Oglebay Good Zoo, “Native American Life,” and “Paint a Sheep.”

The Cockayne Farmstead/Marshall County Historical Society staffs have come up with something new, that being a Goat Raffle to support preservation efforts and programming at the historic site.

They have come up with several ideas to not only purchase tickets for yourself but help this cause by purchasing tickets for friends, neighbors, co-workers,etc., and if they are lucky they might win the raffle, and of course that person would then have the task to find a location for the goat.

Of course, goat enthusiasts are welcome to also buy their own tickets for themselves, they will also have the option to purchase a ticket for someone else and enter them to possibly win a goat.

For those purchasing tickets for someone else, the Farmstead will send them a letter letting them know they’ve been entered to win a goat. They won’t tell that individual who was kind enough to purchase tickets for them.

The person will be asked by letter if they would like to have their name withdrawn from the raffle. There is one catch, to do this they will be required to purchase “Goat Insurance” which is a $5 donation!

The cost of the original ticket is $2.

The raffle will run from April 1 through July 20.

Tickets can be purchased by phoning or stopping at the Farmstead during open hours, including Farmstead events, and they will be available on the Farmstead’s website under the Shop page.

For additional information call the Farmstead at 304-845-1411 or via email at cockaynehouse@gamil.com

There will be three COVID-19 testings and two vaccinations this week in Marshall County.

The testings will take place on Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Health Department in Moundsville. These testings will be drive-ups. The other testing will be at Cameron City Hall from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

There will be a vaccination for 780 persons on Wednesday, for those have had a previous vaccination, the other vaccination of some 300 individuals who will be receiving their first vaccination.

This past Wednesday there was a second vaccination for 1,300 persons.

There will be new events at the former West Virginia Penitentiary sponsored by Good Times Event Planning.

There will be a $5 fee per child. Guided Day Tours of the former West Virginia Penitentiary will begin Thursday, with tours weekly Thursdays through Sunday.

Other attractions which will be taking place for first time this year are Escape the Pen game Fridays through Sundays; Twilight Tours, Public Ghost Hunts, and Private Paranormal and Photography Tours.

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