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Marshall Memo: Harris Takes New American Legion Role; Four Seasons; and Schools

C. William “Bill” Harris has a new title!

The longtime Cameron American Legion Post No. 18 member recently asked his fellow Legionnaires not to consider him for the office of commander. Members carried out his request, but they gave him a title which is not often utilized.

Aide-de-camp is his new title, a French expression meaning literally an officer in the military.

The United States’ version is a subordinate military officer acting as a confidential assistant to a superior.

Harris said he was very proud to have been post commander during the 100th year of the American Legion and he was also post commander the year that the American Legion observed its 50th year.

Harris has been a member of the Legion for 71 years, and in addition to his being a post commander, he has held positions such as post adjutant.

He also has been involved with state and national events. One of his state involvements has been with Boys State since its inception.

If you have ever been to a Cameron High School home football game, the individual calling the cadence was Harris.

He has for many years been in charge arranging the plans for annual laying flowers on the graves of military persons.

This Memorial Day weekend Harris and some of his fellow Legionnaires laid the flowers at large and small cemeteries in the Cameron area. Overall there were 15 cemeteries which they visited.

While on the subject of Post No. 18, the names of the 2021-22 officers are:

Hazen Pyles, commander; Vern Bunch, first vice president; Leonard LeBlance, second vice president; Larry Hall, adjutant; David Rayle, financial officer; Bill Monohan, sergeant-at-arts; Rick Anderson, service officer; Bill Stegman, chaplain; Jim Rogers, children-youth officer.

A Post No. 18 event that took place this past week was displaying of American Flags at Veterans Park.

On Monday some 30 Cameron area individuals placed 1,122 flags.

Prior to the event Director Jim Rogers let it be known that the “Field of Flags” would be installed rain or shine.

Several activities that have gone on through the school year at the Blue & Gold Christian Center in Cameron have stopped for the summer and will be starting back up in August and September.

These include the “Serving Seniors” ministry, the Kidz Kamp, Children in Action, the Cameron Playgroup formerly known as “Mommy & Me,” and Latte’ Moon Cafe.

Teen Night, Acteens, and Boys Night Out will continue through the summer.

“Summer Kidz Kamp” will begin June 21 going through July 30. It will be from 9 a.m. until noon and will include breakfast and lunch. Registration forms are available at the Center.

The second of three Grand Vue Park announcements a few months ago was undertaken this past week — the start of an RV Park, along with a ribbon cutting at which county commissioners, courthouse employees, GVP board members and GVP staff were in attendance.

The RV Park will be to the left as you enter the park from Moundsville just past the Vue Bar and Grill.

Completion of a major undertaking at Four Seasons Pool was completed Thursday, that being an overhaul of the shower rooms.

A reminder: Wednesday from 6-9 p.m., Marshall County residents are invited to Monarch Stadium where they can walk or run on the track, or toss or kick a football while on the field.

There will even be music in the background.

This opportunity will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the summer.

The staff of the Marshall County Health Department will be together on Tuesday.

A large number of the staff have been involved in working with others at other sites connected with COVID-19 vaccinations first at the Fair Grounds in Moundsville, and at the Moundsville Center located within the walls of the former Penitentiary.

As of Tuesday COVID-19 testing will be held at Health Department, 513 Sixth St., Moundsville, with a Mobile testing site in Benwood and Cameron.

All of the testings at the Health Department being from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., on June 1, June 7, June 15, June 21 and June 29.

The Mobile testing schedule for the month of June will be as follows:

Benwood City Hall — 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on June 4 and 11.

Cameron City Hall — 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. June 11 and June 25.

In addition the health department has released dates and times for Clinics and Programs for the month of June. They are:

Immunization Clinics–

Mondays June 7, 14, and 28, from 9-11 a.m., and 1-3 p.m. includes all regular childhood and back-to-school immunizations.

PPD (TB) Skin Testing Clinics–Mondays, June 7-14 and 28 from 9-11 a.m., and 1-3 p.m. PPD (tb) skin testing for exposure to TB.

Family Planning–June 15, Consists of a complete gynecological exam including pap smear, pelvic exam and breast exam. Several contraceptive methods available. Appointments are necessary. Call 304-845-7840.

Pregnancy Testing Clinics–Every week day of the month except June 15. Testing is at 8:30 a.m.

STD & HIV Testing Clinics–Free and confidential testing available on a regular basis. Call for an appointment 304-845-7840 and ask for a nurse.

Food Handlers Training–June 1 and 8 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. This class is for those working with foods. Registration prior to the day of the class.

Person In Charge (PIC) Training–June 1 and 8 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PIC training is for designed person in charge, managers, owners and operators of restaurants and other facilities in Marshall County. Registration prior to the day of the class. Call for more information.

The Moundsville Lions Club will be holding an American Red Cross Blood Drive from noon-5 p.m. June 10 at Central Elementary School.

To register call 1-800-733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: LIONS to schedule an appointment.

Marshall County Schools at its bi-monthly meeting this past Tuesday honored retirees. This year’s number was 15 which is one of the lowest in recent years.

The retirees have a combined total of 330 years experience as administrators, teachers and service personnel.

Those retiring were introduced by the five board members.

Those honored were:

Janet Allen, Julie Anderson, Paul Blake, Kevin Foster, Sally Gaughenbaugh, Jackie George, Kenneth Hill, James Jennings, Darla Lucas, Janet Marchlenski, Lisa McDiffitt, Vickie McMillan, Patty Schwing, Pamela Thompson and Scott Varner.

Also, there were several resignations approved by the Marshall County Board of Education, with four being classroom teachers.

Those resigning were:

Matt Carnahan, teacher of Science, Department Head, Head Baseball Coach, assistant football coach, and strength coach, all at Cameron High; Tyler DeBolt, fourth grade teacher at Center McMechen Elementary; Daniel Easton as activities coordinator at Moundsville Middle School; Joshua Gary as track coach and cross Country Coach at Sherrard Middle School; Gerald Miller as track coach at Moundsville Middle School; Robert Triveri as track coach at Moundsville Middle School at Moundsville Middle School; Marissa Tucker as teacher of Kindergarten at Sand Hill Elementary; and Joy VanScyoc as teacher of Art and art club advisor at Moundsville Middle School.

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