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Marshall Memo: Land Purchase Could Provide Parking for Health Department

The Marshall County Commission Tuesday approved the first step in the purchase of a piece of real estate which could tie-in with a previous purchase.

The recent parcel was referred to as 600 Lafayette Ave., the former Suter’s Bail Bonding which is adjacent to the Marshall County Magistrate Building.

An announcement should be made on what the new property will be utilized for once the paper work is completed.

One option for commissioners is that of a parking lot, and if that becomes a reality there could be a couple of choices–one of which would be switching the magistrate parking lot to the new property and the health department assuming the current magistrate’s parking.

Should the new property be converted into a parking lot for the health department it would be a first, as the health department has never had any off-street parking.

The lack of parking for those utilizing the health department was quite noticeable in the past 21 months (COVID-19) as vaccinations where given along Court Avenue while other motorists were driving by. It is also the same location where medical supplies were being gathered for distribution to other sites.

A previous land purchase by the county commission was that of the Journal Building on Court Avenue with that transaction to enable the county to have a new health department building.

In another matter at Tuesday’s meeting, RED president Josh Jefferson appeared before the commissioners pertaining to a resolution dealing with a proposed tax increment financing application in Marshall County Development District No. 3.

He reviewed the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) which is a public financing method that is used as a subsidy for redevelopment, infrastructure and other community improvements.

Marshall County has already had TIFs.

The one being considered for adoption is land belonging to different businesses/etc., and is located along the Ohio River from Washington Lands to the northern end of Woodlands. This is accessible to the river, rail and highway.

The commissioners gave approval for public hearing, the date being Nov. 2.

Getting back to the Health Department, the department will begin providing Pfizer COVID 19 boosters at the health department Tuesday by appointment only, instead of drive-thru clinics at the Fairgrounds.

Appointments can be made beginning Monday, and although the health department will be closed Monday due to Columbus Day, one staff member will answering the phone to take appointments. The phone number is 304-845-7840.

Appointments will be available from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

The following individuals eligible and/or recommended to receive a booster of the Pfizer vaccine are: Those who received their second Pfizer vaccine 6 months ago; those over 18 who live or work where they may be exposed to COVID; those over 18 with underlying medical conditions; those who are over 65.

The public is invited next Saturday, Oct. 16 to the Strand Theatre in Moundsville to join the 100 year celebration of the Theatre.

There will be tours of the Theatre from 10 a.m. until noon. At 2 p.m., the 1920 film, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligan” will be shown. The day’s celebrations will be capped off with music by the Vince Villanova Big Band from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

All events will be free, although donations will be accepted.

The staff at the Cockayne Farmstead is getting excited about the Scarecrow Lane which is coming to the Farmstead on Oct. 16-31.

They point out that the deadline for dropping off scarecrows in Wednesday. The scarecrows can be entered by individuals, businesses, clubs or organizations.

Persons can win $100 in cash, gift cards for Perkins or a gift certificate for the Cockyne gift shop.

From Oct. 16-31 persons can stop by and view the scarecrows lined up along the Cockayne lawn and vote for their favorite ($1 per vote). There will also be kids’s crafts, a pumpkin carving contest, a coloring contest, fire pit smores, spooky decorations and more.

For additional information call 304-845-1411.

The names of two persons connected with this year’s Moundsville Christmas Parade were announced the past week. They were: Abigail Skrzyneki and Eugene Saunders.

Skrzyneki is a kindergarten student at Glen Dale Elementary School who submitted the winning name for the parade. That being: “Together WE Make Christmas Bright.”

She received a $100 cash prize and a pizza party for her class. She will also be honored with participation in the parade.

As for Saunders, he will be serving as the Parade Marshal.

The Moundsville resident has worn numerous hats in previous parades, including as mayor, participating with members of the Panthers football team and being in charge of lining up the parade on behalf of the Moundsville Lions Club. He plans to continue the latter this year. He will be accompanied by his wife, Ellen.

The parade, sponsored by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, will take place at 2 p.m. on Nov. 20. For more information contact the chamber at 304-845-2773.

Beginning this past week Marshall County 4-H kicked off its new year with the

West Virginia University Extension Service 4-H program welcoming current and new families to enroll.

The 4-H registration process has moved online into ZSuite https://4h.zsuite org. A household completes all registration forms and participant waivers in this system.

Following the waivers, members will be asked to select 4-H clubs and 4-H projects they wish to participate in during the upcoming 4-H year.

The State 4-H office is offering an incentive for early registration and will award a 4-H Camp Chair to one randomly selected youth member in the county who registers by Oct. 31.

The 4-H program has clubs and events for youth ages 5-21.

There is no charge to join 4-H. Clubs meet monthly.

Ingram emphasizes that there is something for everyone in the 4-H program. “We have projects including cooking, fishing, hiking, gardening, pets, livestock, ect.,” she states. Adding, “To learn more about 4-H activities in your community, contact the MCES at 304-843-1170 or email to Lisa Ingram at lisa.ingram@mail.wvu.edu

While on the subject of 4-H in Marshall County, MC Youth Development Agent Lisa Ingram was recently honored as the 2021 Outstanding Experienced Faculty Member in teaching by WVUE.

The WVUE Awards for Outstanding Teaching is intended to recognize and reward exceptional teaching and/ or innovation in teaching methods, course and curriculum design, and instructional tools.

Ingram is currently an Assistant Professor of Extension, and has achieved tenure. She has held that position in Marshall County for 7 years. During her tenure she has directly taught some 12,000 youths and adults and was involved in 365 individual teaching sessions on a variety of topics focusing on her plan of work objectives.

Ingram has been selected for a wide variety of peer-reviewed conference presentations in state and nation venues, as well as achieved state and national venues, as well as achieving state, regional and national recognition her work in curriculum development, educational presentations, and volunteer development.

The Marshall County FRN’s General Membership will be held online, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

The meeting is described as a great way to share information and to learn about activities and programs.

The Second Saturday Film today (Saturday) at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, Moundsville, will be titled, “Lords of the Gourd.

The free showings will be at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The first annual Marshall County Animal Shelter Dog Parade last Sunday was very successful as it made nearly $1,000. The goal being $1,200. The money will be used for equipment at the Shelter.

Organizers for the event were Lorie O’Neil and Amanda Wolverton.

Several events will be taking place next Saturday involving the Kathy’s House Foundation of Glen Dale.

There will be a 5K Run/Fun Walk at 9 a.m. on Oct 16; craft tables will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.; while the 4th annual Steak Fry will be held Oct. 16 at St. Jude Park. Music will begin at 4 p.m., while meals will begin at 6 p.m. Takeouts will be available.

Kathy’s House can be visited on its Facebook or at KathyshouseWV.org.

Reservations for the annual John Marshall High School Wall of Fame Induction are still being taken. The phone numbers to sign-up being 1-304-843-4444 (JMHS) or 1-740-359-8708.


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