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Marshall Memo: New Youth Center Coming; 4-H Camp; and ‘Field of Flags’

Plans are in the works to convert a former Moundsville Church into a recreational/youth center.

The location is at Second Street and Ash Avenue which is now owned by the Ash Avenue Church of God.

The church purchased the Solid Rock Baptist Church earlier this year and since that time pastor C.J. Plogger has been discussing how to convert it into a youth center.

Speaking before the Moundsville Lions Club, Plogger stated the church congregation is very favorable of the plan. Plogger said that he will be contacting other organizations about his plan, and that hopefully they will become involved.

The center, once complete, will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The facility would be available to youth sixth grade through high school graduation.

There will be at least two adults in attendance when it is open. A 10-member Youth Board selected among consistent Center members wood meet monthly to discuss issues. Plogger said he would like to see the center open by September.

Several major events will be taking place from now through July 30 involving The Strand Theatre.

They include:

Musical auditions for “The Addams Family” will take place this Monday and Tuesday. “The Addams Family,” the Strand Theatre’s summer musical, will run July 29-30, both at 7 p.m., and on July 31 at 2 p.m. Shelby Garrett will be director, Justin Jones will serve as musical director, Anna Harsh will be the choreographer, and Meta Lasch the technical director

The annual Louisiana Shrimp boil will be on June 11. Registration for the Missoula Children’s Theatre will continue through June 13. The Missoula Children’s Theatre is returning after a two-year absence, the dates being June 20-25. It is a free children’s acting workshop for children ages Kindergarten through 12th Grade. The number of participators being 60. The email address for registering is: www.strandtheatrewv.com/events.

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce will have three special events during the month of June. They are:

The Greg Yoho Memorial Car Show will take place on June 3, on Jefferson Avenue between Second and Fifth Streets.

The 21st annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble will be held on June 27 at the Moundsville Country Club. Those planning to register can contact the Chamber by phone at 304-845-2773, or via email at sreager@marshallcountrychamber.com

The first of six Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Summer Concerts will take place on June 10 from 7-9 p.m., at Moundsville’s Riverfront Park. It will feature the Ron Retzer Trio.

Amanda McGraw, a kindergarten teacher at McNinch Primary School, was recently honored by the Marshall County Literacy Council at the council Spring Banquet with its Rita Takach “Reading Teacher of the Year” for 2022. According to those who selected McGraw for the honor, she promotes literacy through many activities. She immerses her students in a literacy-rich environment with hands-on learning activities, she provides small group instruction to meet her diverse learners, and she models her love of reading through high interest, engaging read aloud.

McGraw made videos to assist during remote learning, she assisted in getting classroom sponsors for Blooming and with Books, she tutored over the summer, she served on the textbook adoption committee, she encouraged guest readers for her classroom, she researched Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Program, and advocated for its use in Kindergarten at McNinch. She also helped with Title Family Fun Night and various book studies. Additionally she coordinated Reading Eggs with Fundations to give her students multiple opportunities to learn.

After a two-year hiatus from traditional camping, thousands of youths in West Virginia including those from Marshall and Wetzel counties will pack their bags and head to 4-H camps this summer.

The Marshall and Wetzel 4-H’ers will be camping at the Wetzel County 4-H Campgrounds east of New Martinsville. The Mason Dixon 4-H Camp will host ages 13-21 on June 12-16, while ages 8-12 will be there on June 19-23.

This year’s theme will be “Going for the 4-H Gold” and will focus on physical and mental “Olympic” challenges, including team games, camp skill classes, and a special presentation by former Olympian Amy Gamble.

“County 4-H camps offer youths an opportunity to spend time gaining beneficial life skills, meeting new people and engage in unique experience that they might otherwise never have a chance to try,” Marshall County 4-H Agent Lisa Ingram said.

For more information, visit WVU Extension Marshall County on Facebook or call 304-843-1170

Tuesday is the deadline for submitting applications for the Marshall County Basketball Club.

For an application and further information contact David Gaudino at David.gaudino54@gmail.com

Monarch Stadium Community Nights will be taking place on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of June. The hours are 6-9 p.m. The public is invited to walk, run, kick field goals and score touchdowns.

There will be Memorial Day Services in all five Marshall County municipalities on Monday. Three of the five were reported in this past Thursday’s newspapers with the other two, Moundsville and Cameron, listed in today’s Marshall Memo.

The Moundsville program will have Bob Blake as the speaker, with Zack Allman as master of ceremonies. Also taking part will be the Moundsville Honor Guard.

Cameron’s program will take place in the “Field of Flags.” This year there are 1,220 in the Veterans Park. The program will be presented by the Cameron American Legion. The flags will remain in place through June 5.


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