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Marshall Memo: Relay for Life, Adventures at Grand Vue Park, and Sonny Allen

Members of the Moundsville Lions Club were challenged to be one of the teams participating in this year’s American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Marshall County.

The challenge was made during the program at the Lions Club meeting this past week, at which Trish Weinschenker was the speaker. She is also a member of the club.

Weinschenker has been a co-chairman of the RFL for the past three years although she has been involved with this fund raiser on behalf cancer for some 23 years.

She stated that some 30 letters have been sent to businesses/organizations requesting their support for this year’s event which is scheduled for Aug. 7 in the John Marshall High School’s north parking area from 6 p.m. until midnight.

For the past 20 years, Marshall County has come together through Relay to raise money for the American Cancer Society to bring hope to cancer patients.

The letters, sent by sponsor chairman Howard Coffield, reports cancer related deaths have decreased by 29 percent as new and improved treatments have been discovered.

The Relay committee will be hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Perkins Restaurant in Moundsville. Interested persons are invited to attend.

Four sponsors have signed up as of this past Wednesday. These are:

Gold Sponsor — Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union.

Bronze — Oak Grove United Methodist Church.

Signature — Moundsville Pharmacy and Grisell’s Funeral Homes.

As to signing up, anyone with questions can feel free to call Coffield at 304-845-8655 or 304-780-9866, or by email at www.relayforlife.org/marshallwv.

Individuals who will be overseeing the operation of the Aerial Adventures at Grand Vue Park have completed their training in preparation for the opening of these attractions.

This past January the Marshall County Park and Recreation Board along with the leadership team of Grand Vue Park entered into a partnership with Applied Adventure Consulting who will be operating all of the aerial adventures under the name of Grand Vue Adventures. The six different attractions offer fun, challenges and thrills.

These attractions will be open on Fridays and Saturdays starting this coming weekend.

Plans are being made for a “Summer Kidz Kamp” in Cameron.

It will be held June 21 through July 30.

The hours are 9 a.m. until noon Mondays through Fridays at the Blue & Gold Christian Center.

Many activities are being worked on and will include classes from the past such as raised bed gardening, cooking, arts and crafts, also, Bible activities, and exercise time.

There will also be some community time, and daily math and reading activities.

The instructors will be volunteer teens and interested adult volunteers.

Anyone with suggestions for additional activities can call the Center at 304-686-2422.

The Cameron Blue & Gold Thrift Store has established a new sale. On the last day of each month the store is open, there will be a half-price sale on the total purchase.

The special sale in April will be on the 30th.

There are always free items including some food items.

The Thrift Store is open from 9 a.m. until noon on Mondays through Thursday, and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., on Fridays and Saturdays and accepts donations of merchandise.

The Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at American Legion Post No. 3, 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 the meeting.

Moundsville American Legion Post No. 3 will hold nominations of officers during its regularly scheduled meetings to be held on Monday and April 15. The meeting will begin at 8 p.m.

Any members who wishes to seek an office should be at these meetings.

Election of officers will be conducted on May 3.

Any member who has questions pertaining to the nomination/election is asked to phone the Post at 304-845-5220.

This past Thursday was the reopening of tours at the Moundsville Center within the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

Also, several persons signed up for a Virtual tour of the facility the first time this type of tour was held. In addition to having the opportunity to see the interior of the former prison, there was an individual to explain the different areas, and to answer questions from those aboard this undertaking.

The opening game of the Pittsburgh Pirates season was different for a few of the Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel members, as instead of being in a ballpark they got together for a watch party at West Sports Bar where we viewed the game on television.

There was food and door prizes, and the first was for a Pirate scarf, and would you believe the initial winner was the only Cubs fan.

The game took four hours and we stayed to end, however, if had been a “trip” we would have left after 3 ½ hours. Of course, when one team uses 7 pitchers who in turn give up 10 hits, and also, when the pitchers combined for 22 strikeouts, you get a lengthy game.

Of course, the Pirates took the WIN over the Cubs!

The NCAA will unveil some 2,000 Final Four fan cutouts, one of which will be the late Sonny Allen.

The NCAA sought four cutouts from the 351 Division I colleges and universities with Old Dominion University selecting Moundsville native Allen, a coach at ODU for 10 years, as one of its choices.

The three others were former players for the Monarchs.

According to an ODU source, all four were involved in championships.

Allen took the Monarchs to their first championship in 1971 where they finished runner-up, but in 1975 his team would come back later to win a Division II championship.

His son, Billy, told ODU officials when he was informed that his Dad had been selected to have his cutout for the Final Four. “That just awesome, it’s a blessing to know he will be there as the tournament meant so much to Dad.”

Allen attended the Final Four during the time he was a head coach, and also, for a number of years after his retirement.

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