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Marshall Memo: Moundsville Lights Up the Season; Christmas Parade Set

Christmas season Light-Up-Night took place Friday on the front lawn of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

There was one tree which is 14 feet high known as the community tree. It will be decorated in the next few days with homemade ornaments which can be purchased from Moundsville Economic Development Council staff.

There are other trees on display that have been decorated by students from the Marshall County elementary schools. These will not be for sale, as they will be given to each school by the MEDC.

However, there will be 135 7-10 foot range trees available everyday for purchase until sold out.

The city of Cameron will be ringing in the Christmas season next Saturday with a parade, “The Magic of Christmas.”

Those taking part are to begin assembling at noon, with the parade beginning at 1 p.m.

The Historic Cameron B&O Freight Depot will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Greater Cameron Area Landmarks Commission members will be serving complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and baked goods during the parade.

On Thursday at 6 p.m., there will be a fascinating virtual presentation at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library. The free program is aimed at adults and students and can be accessed through Zoom or Facebook.

Travis Henline, a history specialist who served as site manager for years at West Virginia Independence Hall, will deliver the program, titled, “The People Between: An Indigenous Perspective on Ohio Valley History.”

The library is offering a variety of virtual events and extra digital resources while in person programming remains limited due to COVID-19.

Persons may also watch the event live on Facebook (a Facebook account is not required; just do a search for “Moundsville Library Facebook’) or listen in by phone. Those joining on Zoom will be able to ask questions or make comments through the platform’s Chat or Q&A function.

The event is free and open to the public, with support provided provide by the Robert Baker family.

For more information call the library at 304-845-6911.

Cameron High School English Teacher Kasey Connor has been named the 2021 Dr. Eddie C. Kennedy recipient by the West Virginia Reading Association.

Dr. Kennedy is an inspiration to the many students from 1953-76, and to his membership in the WVRA and Local Reading Councils.

Connor was recognized for her outstanding contributions is recognized to helping students become proficient readers and life-long learners.

In addition, the Marshall County Literacy Council earned the 2020 Cynthia Lorentz-Cook Grant.

This award was created in 1982. The purpose of this award is to provide funds (up to $500) to a local council in need of development assistance for literacy programs and projects.

The WVRA is dedicated to improving achievement in lifelong learning.

The three winners of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce 51st annual Christmas Parade floats were:

Commercial–IBES No. 141;

Non-Commercial–West Virginia Northern Community College;

Best Theme Winner–Genesis Center.

Would you believe that the Marshall County Patriots and Heroes books have been sent to individuals residing throughout the United States, but also volumes to those living in England, Germany and Australia?

In the introduction of the most recent book, which was displayed this past Monday, co-author Gary Rider, stated that the work done by Roseanna Dakan Keller and his self, had been quite a journey.

He stated, “We have met men and women whose stories have captured our hearts and minds. The families who told us of stories of loved ones, are now our families, as we have lived the life of soldiers through their own words or memories of the family’s veterans.”

Rider said, “Thank you to all the veterans who have allowed us to tell their personal stories, and thank you to all the families who helped us research a veteran to add to the books.”

The most recent, and final book, was the 12th volume.

He noted that all of the volumes are in all Marshall County Schools, purchased by the wisdom of the County School Superintendents.

Rider said, “If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t hesitate a second series.”

He concluded by stating to our veterans, “Thank you for your service.”

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