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Marshall Memo: A Clean Closet; Conservation Champions; and the Chamber

The Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex will be holding a “Clean Out the Closet Craft Day” from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday at the museum in Moundsville.

The staff of the GCMAC has been cleaning out its crafts closet to make room for a new year of activities and crafts.

The public is invited to be creative as they use up various supplies in an afternoon-crafts extravaganza.

The crafts may include a mammoth puppet from a paper bag, making a slap bracelet, making a petroglyph rock, making a jumping jack turtle and others, depending on supplies available at any given time.

Visitors can also make an “Indoor Snowman” at the museum’s Discovery craft table by decorating a prepared body with odds and ends.

The snowmen will be available throughout January during regular museum hours.

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce has come up with a new motto, “Do Business with Chamber Members–They Support Our Community.”

Chamber executive director Scott Reager said, “The new motto is reinforced with our policy to refer and promote Chamber members first.”

He added, “We are working on some new perks this year for our membership, but also want to encourage members to offer discounts and specials to other Chamber members.”

He explained that this “increases business, networking and adds value to our membership.”

Reager added, “The Chamber processes hundreds of inquiries each year requesting information about various products, services and professions throughout the entire county.”

According to Reager, the Chamber has more than 250 members.

The Chamber has started the new year with its usual 18 board members, six of whom are new.

The Chamber officers are: Zack Blair from Unified Bank; David Robbins, Paul Associates; and Gary Martin from Main Street Bank.

New board members are: Chip Callasie from Omni Strategic Technologies; Dan Eaton from AEP; Nancy Moczek from Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration; Pam Neal from WesBanco; David Robbins; and Jessica Richards from United Bank.

Holdover members are: Zack Blair; Clarence Campbell — Campbell Signs and Banners; Ryan Clutter — Paree Insurance Centers; Melissa Coffield — WTOV9; Matt Drahos — Truist; Drew Eberle — Swiss Valley Associates; Connie Grisell — Grisell Funeral Home; Nan Hartley — Hartley & Straub; Karin Janiszewski — WVU Medicine; Gary Martin; and also Woody Yeater, Marshall County Schools.

There will be an open house from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the Marshall County Historical Society, located at the corner of 13th Street and Lockwood Avenue in Moundsville.

It will be the Society’s Winter Open House.

Those attending can explore the collection of items relating to Marshall County History and view new displays and the newly painted museum.

This open house will also be partnering with Steve Hummel of the Archive of The After Life Museum in Cameron.

He will be bringing a display of Marshall County Related Artifacts and other items of interest.

Among items to be seen are photographs, genealogical records, military uniforms, yearbooks, farming artifacts, Marx Toys, Fostoria Glass, and books for sale.

Organizations wishing to apply for Marshall County Commission Community Developments Funds can do so now through Feb. 25.

The requests are to be sent to Community Department Fund in care of Missy Tschappat, Administrative Assistant, Marshall County, P.0. Drawer 8, Moundsville WV 26041.

The Commission sets aside money on a yearly basis to aid organizations.

A committee appointed by the county commission will review the requests and make recommendations to the commission regarding agencies to receive funding for Community projects.

If an organization received funding last year they should be sure to send receipts and or an itemized list showing how the money was used along with this year’s request in order to be eligible for funding. The submission must be post marked by Feb. 25 to be eligible for funding.

A Marshall County couple will be going to Charleston during the current Legislative session to be honored for being chosen as the state conservation champion.

Jeff and Janet Allen, who reside at Meadow View Farm east of Moundsville, have been selected for the honor.

They have been at the farm since 2006 when they bought it after renting a different farm for some 15 years.

Since they bought the farm conservation has been a major focus for the Allens.

The Meadow View Farm started out with 25 cows, and by using rotational grazing, the Allens have doubled the number of cows they have in their pastures, now keeping about 45-50.

They are focused on making the most of what they have through conservation practices.

Also, they were recently asked by the West Virginia Extension office to serve as mentors for a new and beginning farmer program.

They’ve hosted field days and talked to other farmers about their conservation practices, and how those practices are working out for them. They believe it’s important to talk to other farmers about the conservation programs available, and show them what they can do with their land.

I have a correction to make from last week’s column pertaining to Benwood Mayor Walter W. Yates, as he is not a candidate for the upcoming election, his current term does not expire until 2024.

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