Marshall Memo: Time To Register for Moundsville High 5-Year Homecoming
If you are a Moundsville High School alumnus and haven’t made your reservation for the upcoming five-year Homecoming Celebration, you have two weeks to sign up.
The MHS Alumni Association had received 218 reservations as of Thursday evening, which is 82 less than the goal of 300. There is hope that the 300 figure will be reached, as the locals seem to always wait until the last couple of weeks to make their reservations. By the way, that two-week reservation deadline is just that, on July 31.
This will be the 10th such event and, like the previous get-togethers, will be held during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-5. Activities will include participation in the John Marshall High School parade on Sept. 3 and a hospitality room that same evening at the Moundsville Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.
On Sept. 4, several of the classes will have morning get-togethers at locations throughout the city. At 2 p.m., a sports luncheon will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church with speaker Bob Hummell.
That evening there will be a social hour and dinner at the Moundsville Center. The meal will be catered by Undo’s with music by Bob Dorris.
Sept. 5 will feature the showing of “Fool’s Parade” at 1:30 p.m., at the Strand Theatre, followed by a tour of the recently renovated 101-year-old theatre. Also on Sunday there will be a family picnic at 3 p.m., on the grounds of the former penitentiary. There will be a Vespers service at 6 p.m., at the shelter at the prison.
Another phase of the splash pad at the Four Seasons Swimming Pool in Moundsville was completed this past Wednesday, that being the concrete decking.
The site of the splash pad is the area formerly utilized as the children’s pool located outside the pool area, with this area extended both north toward Jackson Street and east toward Railroad Avenue.
“All the fixtures are on site,” recreation director John White said, “and the workmen of Lombardi Construction of Follansbee are scheduled to begin installing them immediately.”
The pad will feature fountains, dump buckets, etc.
“We wanted the pad to be colorful,” White said. “And if you look at the equipment in the boxes it is just that. Plans are to have the Pad open seven days a week, noon until 6 p.m., weather permitting.”
Marshall County Health Department personnel will be at the Marshall County Fair for a five-hour period this week, during which COVID-19 vaccines will be provided to fair patrons who would like to be vaccinated.
The times and days are 4- 6 p.m. Monday and 3-6 p.m. on Friday.
MCHD administrator Tom Cook said there would be no residence requirement. He added that the Pfizer vaccine would be used.
A brief notice pertaining to the fairgoers: if you are one of the locals who will be walking to the fairground via the Myrtle Avenue entrance from Seventh Street, you will notice that the street itself has a new surface which will provide for better walking.
Jim Davis, president of the Fostoria Glass Society of America Inc., had a nice report on this year’s convention held in Moundsville.
His report in the Facets of Fostoria, the official publication of the FGSA, reads in part:
“I would like to report that the 2021 Fostoria Convention and Glass Show was one of the best we have ever had. Everyone seemed to be happy with quality, quantity and prices of the glass dealers brought and the dealers were happy with the crowd attendance. Of course this couldn’t have happened without work of many dedicated and individuals determined to make the weekend a great success.”
He also expressed thanks to convention Chair Michelle Sugg, Bob Conley, Sherry Davis, and Moundsville residents Mike Baker, Rick Wright, Ralph Clark, and Cassie Clark.
Auction Chair John Icard had probably the one of, if not the most difficult jobs getting the glass together, keeping it stored, cataloged and organized properly on tables.
Several helpers/runners were a part of the auction, among these being Wright and Ralph Clark.
Well it’s time to get back to the Marshall County Fair, this being the 73rd such event.
As stated in last week’s Marshall Memo most of this weekend will be youngsters getting their animals checked in.
Also, on Sunday there will be a Pet Show at 2 p.m.
There will be 4-H, FFA and Open Rabbit judging at 9 a.m. on Monday.
At 2 p.m. Monday, 4-H and FFA members will be showing their dogs.
At 3:30 p.m., the annual Junior King and Queen Contest will take place.
While at 5 p.m., the Meat/Market Goat judging will be the attraction. To officially get the Fair underway the Flag Raising and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at 6:15 p.m. led by the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard. The Queen Pageant participants will be on the Festival Stage at 6:30 with four queens and four runners-up to be chosen.
Tuesday will be Senior Citizen and Veterans Day at the fair with free admissions for these individuals from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The Carnival will be started up at 6:30 p.m., and continue until 10:30 p.m.
The Rafter Z. Rodeo will take place at the Williams Grandstand at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
Free admission will be given to kids 12 and under on Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Among some of the other attractions that day will be the Carnival from 1-4 p.m., and 6:30-10 p.m.
There will be Tractor and Truck Pulls starting at 7 p.m., on Thursday, and at the same time the Market Steer Conformation will take place.
The Marshall County 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction will get underway at 6 p.m., on Friday, while at 7 p.m., tractor and truck pulls will be an attraction.
West Virginia Extension Day will be observed Saturday, with events taking place until 7:30 p.m., when the Crazy Horse Band will take the Festival Stage, followed at 9:30 p.m., by the feature attraction Travis Denning.
The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will hold a book sale this Thursday and Friday in the library’s garage on Tomlinson Avenue.
The hours both days will be from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Individuals need to bring their own tote bag. The cost of the books being $3 per tote bag.
Patrons are asked to bring the correct change.
A Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event will take place from 5-7 p.m., Thursday at Grand Park’s Shelter No. 2. The theme will be “Chamber Olympics.”
The attractions will be: Flip Flop and Kick; Life Saver Relay; Over Under Relay; Chubby Bunny Challenge; Pool Noodle Javelin; Balloon Team Relay; and Whip Cream Challenge.
Tickets can be obtained at the Chamber Office, or via phone at 304-845-2773 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The John Marshall Boys and Girls Golf Teams are seeking members for the 2021 fall season.
Parents or those interested in becoming a golf team member can contact head coach David Gaudio at email@example.com, or by calling 304-242-0407, or girls coach Bridget Carnahan at bmjordan@K12.wv.us.
The Marshall County Historical Society will join with the Marshall CountyMoundsville Public Library and Grave Creek Mound to present a lecture on the 7th Virginia Infantry which included men from northwestern Virginia, Greene County, Pennsylvania, and Monroe County, Ohio.
The lecture will take place at 1 p.m. today at the Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville.
The lecture will be presented by Mark Snell and David Mellott, authors of “The Seventh West Virginia Infantry, an Embattled Union Regiment from the Civil War’s Most Divided State.”
The 7th West Virginia Infantry would come to be known as the “Bloody 7th.”
There will be a Baseball Camp for youngsters ages 6-8 at the East End Playground in Moundsville, the dates being July 26-27.
To sign up contact the Four Seasons Pool.