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Marshall Memo: Feeding the Hungry; Fall Cleanups; Hummel Talks Sports

Representatives from two outside agencies along with two other persons who are county employees appeared Tuesday before the Marshall County Commission.

Mary Tennett, representing a number of county food pantries in Marshall County, read a proclamation pertaining to Hunger Action Month-Feeding America, which is being observed this month.

In addition to some 17 local food pantries, 47 other food pantries in West Virginia are associated with the Mountaineer Food Bank.

More than 250,000 individuals in West Virginia rely on food provided by the Mountaineer Food Bank and Facing Hunger Food Bank annually.

The proclamation states that the month of September has been designated “Hunger Action Month.”

The other group appearing before the commission was Sue Drake and Dave Schoenian representing the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard who asked for a donation of $2,000 to purchase food and other items for a steak fry which will be held Nov. 6. All profits from the steak fry will go to the purchase of display boxes for an American Flag given to family members following a funeral of an armed services member. The request was granted.

County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel had two requests approved. One was for a grant application of $100,000 to the West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority. The money would be used to upgrade the electrical system throughout the courthouse. Her other request was to employ Brandon Williams as a part-time paramedic.

Marshall County Health Administrator Tom Cook said it has become necessary to have the health department open seven days a week.

He noted that on this past Tuesday there were three different programs going on — a food handler’s class, community testing and school based testing. He said two retired nurses have volunteered to help with the growing number of screenings.

Beginning this Monday anyone wishing to conduct business with any county related business will be required to wear a mask on entering the courthouse.

All Marshall County residents are welcome to use any of the eight county fall clean up dumpsters during the month of October.

Dumpsters will be at the locations from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The location being as follows:

Benwood–at the City Maintenance on Oct. 1-2.

McMechen–at the old football field on Oct. 1-2.

Glen Dale–The City Garage on Oct. 8-9.

Moundsville–Sam Shaw Walking Trail on Oct. 8-9.

Cameron–at the Elementary School on Oct. 16

Roberts Ridge–Are Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 16.

Sherrard–At Hilltop Elementary School on Oct. 23.

Limestone–At the Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 23.

If you would like to be an actor for the Dungeon of Horrors, you have just few days to let those at the former West Virginia Penitentiary know.

The number to call is 304-845-6200.

The first act will take place on Sept. 24.

I can’t close without reporting on last weekend’s Moundsville High School Alumni Homecoming Celebration.

Everyone seemed to have a great time and they appreciated the work of the committee who made the plans over the past six weeks.

The get-together was a three-day event starting with a parade on the first day, and continuing the following morning with individual classes having their own events. That afternoon there was a Sports Banquet, and during the evening class members and their spouses attended a banquet which concluded with dancing. On the final day there was an afternoon picnic and a Vesper service.

While dress was casual for the banquet, one class came wearing their Orange and Black hats and shirts.

In case you want to know, out-of-state persons in attendance were those from Alabama, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and even Canada.

At events such as this one a lot of stories are told and of course some are stretched just a little. I received a letter from Bob Hummel, the speaker at the Sports luncheon, who said that it was most enjoyable, and that it was great seeing old faces he considers to be the Best of Moundsville, and having had the opportunity to reminisce a little.

Hummel’s talk centered on preparation, inspiration and opportunity and covered mainly baseball and of course, basketball, and growing up in Moundsville.

His early baseball days involved his 4th Ward team, which he said usually were the league champions. He did admit that his team had an advantage because while the other three teams in Moundsville were limited to players in their ward, the 4th Ward team had players from Roberts Ridge, Washington Lands, and other areas south.

While Hummel is best known as a basketball player, he did play baseball for the Trojans. He was a pitcher, and a good one, in fact he was second team all-state his senior year.

He spoke of his days playing basketball, which started in the backyards of residents with basketball hoops. Of course there was one in the Hummel backyard, however, it was different in that instead of the rim being 18 inches, the one at his home was 15 inches, which of course made it tougher.

As a youngster, Bob learned basketball from his older brother, “Buster” who went on to be a standout basketball player at Steubenville College.

Where else did Bob play basketball? Well if you remember there was a court known as the Spurr Memorial Playground, and on weekends basketball players from nearby cities picked up games.

Bob mentioned about the playing basketball inside the walls of the prison. That court is still there.

Of course, all of this led up to Hummel becoming an All-American, who led his team to a runner-up in the state tournament in 1966, and on to West Virginia University where he was a starter for three years.

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