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Marshall Memo: A Cool New Use for ‘Ice House’ Field; Paving; and Glass Convention

Ice House Field is a name of the past, but residents of McMechen are hoping that in the future it will become known as McMechen Elementary School.

The Marshall County Board of Education and Marshall County Schools officials were present this past Wednesday to announce the purchase of 7 acres in McMechen. The site is known by locals as Ice House Field, a name it got from its former owner, the B&O Railroad. During ownership the B&O leased the field to the city of McMechen which in turn utilized it as a baseball field. In addition to youngsters using the field, it was sometimes used as the home team by the Bud-Roys.

There was a firm which at one time planned to operate a business at the site, but it never materialized as residents in the immediate area protested the proposed operation which would have had trucks coming and going day and night.

There was one business which did locate for a brief period of time on the north end of the field, but this occupant didn’t bother the residents.

Thus over the years the field has been hardly used.

Chaplin Development Co. was the firm from which the board of education bought the land. For a new school to be built, voters of Marshall County will need to renew a five-year operating levy which has passed every five years since 1957. The current levy expires in 2022.

Passage of the levy would go into effect on July 1, 2023.

Since the purchase of the property became finalized, the school district has cleaned up the field, and members of the community have already begun to use it. In fact there is already a baseball field there.

Other improvements are in the planning stage to be undertaken within the next several months, among the improvements being security lighting and upgrades to the current baseball field.

Plans are also being discussed for adding a second baseball field, and starting in 2022-23 there will elementary school baseball teams in Marshall County.

The school announcement was just one of several events that took place this past week in Marshall County. Among some of the others were:

– Memorial Day services at four locations, McMechen, Glen Dale, Cameron and Moundsville.

– The 33rd annual Greg Yoho Memorial was held this past Friday sponsored by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce.

– The city of Moundsville Arts and Culture committee and the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce sponsored Wander Out Wednesdays this past week.

Events for this week are:

– The Moundsville High School Alumni group, which is spearheading the five-year reunion, will be holding a meeting this week to prepare for this year’s event. Prior to Tuesday all the planning has taken place by either E-Mail or telephone because of COVID-19, but this week representatives from the different classes with get-together in person to make further plans. COVID-19 caused a postponement last year and instead of having a reunion every five years as in the past, this year’s will mark the sixth year since the last get-together.

– Another event to take place will be that of an American Red Cross Blood Drive arranged by the Moundsville Lions Club and the Economic Development Council. It will be held on June 10 from noon until 5 p.m. at Central Elementary School, the entrance being from the north parking lot off of Seventh Street. Those wishing to sign-up can call 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting RedCrossBlood.org and enter: LIONS to schedule an appointment.

Speaking about the Moundsville Lions Club, they recently awarded a $500 scholarship to Ashley Schwing, a member of John Marshall High School LEO Club for which she was the president this past year. Her extracurricular activities were those of band, drug free club, Monarch Company and Monarch Medical.

Also, John Marshall LEO Club members made and sold luminary bags for the Marshall County Relay for Life event. They also personalized the bags if persons wanted to remember certain individuals. The amount collected from the bags sold totaled $485.00 which will be donated to the MCRFL.

The new officers of the Moundsville Lions Club for the most part will be the same for the coming year, July through June. The officers consist of Gene Saunders, president; Nick Zervos, first vice president; Rev. Fr. John Ledford, second vice president; Tom Cook, third vice president; Jim Cochran, secretary; Rosalyn Rhodes, treasurer; Rev. Tim Wilt, tail twister; Danielle Harmon, Lion tamer; Stan Stewart, membership chairman; Eva Dague, Doug Pettit, Linda Baker and Bill Anderson, directors; Gary Rider, past president.

Motorists in Moundsville will be riding on some smoother streets as city council approved this past week a bid for the resurfacing of 15 different streets, the longest being Tomlinson Avenue from 1st to 10th.

The cost for the entire project will be about $800,000.

At last Tuesday’s meeting city manager Rick Healy gave council an update on improvements taking place at the East End Playground, the major of which being outside now that the restrooms at Four Season Pool have been completed.

The outside project is a Splash Pad.

The 40th annual Fostoria Glass Society of America Convention will be taking place Friday through Sunday. The majority of attractions will be at the Moundsville Center Building located within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

In addition to Fostoria glassware there will be Imperial, Morgantown, Cambridge, Heisey, Moon and Star and other glassware.

Glassware will be on display Friday from 4-7 p.m., Saturday from 4-7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Complete information is available at www.fostoriaglass.org

The initial Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Musical Concert of the year will be taking place Friday at Glen Dale Park. The entertainers will be “Pocket Change.”

Those attending the free event are to bring lawn chairs.

The concert will be from 7-9 p.m.

There will be six concerts in June and July. The other concerts will be in Benwood, Cameron, McMechen, Moundsville and Grand Vue Park.

The Marshall County Family Resource Network has wrapped up the sixth annual “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation” community-wide online food Drive.

Throughout April and May, more than $7,000 was raised.

The FRN will distribute the donations to food panties and feeding programs that serve families in Marshall County.

The funds will be divided among 16 organizations to allow them to purchase the items they need most. FRN executive director Stacie Dei, said, “We are incredibly grateful for the businesses, organizations and individuals who donated to this year’s food drive.” She added, “Many of our donations were received by people who support our organizations and community year-round, and we are so grateful for this generosity.” This marked the second year the food drive was held virtually due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the organizations with an annual food drive gave positive feedback regarding the monetary support received last year.

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