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Marshall Memo: Preparing for Soap Box Derby; Marx Toys; and Class Reunions

Soap Box Derby events will be taking place next Saturday in Moundsville at 10 a.m., sponsored by the Ohio Valley Association.

Activities will get underway on eastern 8th Street (1500 Block) with at least 28 participants — 10 more than those participating last year.

During the past year, members of the association have been hard at work increasing sponsorships, and that figure has increased from 20 to over 50.

Phil Remke who started the event a year ago, invites the public to stop by the race site and watch youngsters 3 years and older take part in 54 races.

Moundsville authors Gary Rider and Roseanna Daken Keller will release their newest book, “Memories of Marx Toys-Glen Dale” this Friday.

The book centers on stories of those who worked at the Glen Dale facility.

The volume covers the Marx plant coming to Glen Dale with its the first employees, along with those who were working when management announced the official closing of the “Toy Plant.”

Those who worked in the office, on the assembly line, in the paint department, models makers, and draftsmen were interviewed for the book.

Included in the book is the history of the Official Marx Toy Museum by Francis Turner and his family.

This marks the sixth book which the authors have written about plants in Marshall County which no longer exist.

A book signing is set from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Friday, at the Moundsville Pharmacy.

After Friday the books will be available for purchase at the Moundsville Daily Echo and the Moundsville Pharmacy or by contacting the authors.

Three John Marshall High School classes–1982, 1983 and 1984–will have a combined Class Reunion Aug. 26 and Aug. 27.

Reservations are to be sent to: JM Classes of 82, 83 and 84 at P.O. Box 1134, Moundsville, WV 26041.

The reservations are to include the class member’s name, address, email, telephone number, as well as the name of the guest (if applicable). Include payment in the amount of $15 per person for the first night or $50 per person for the second event.

The deadline to make reservations is May 20.

For any additional information class members can contact Frank Gilbert, class of 1982, at 304-650-7102; Kim Custer, class of 1983, at 304-559-7335; Diane Blake, class 1984, at 740-827-0538.

For those needing information dealing with motels they can contact Blake.

The Marshall County Health Department will be teaming up with the Moundsville Rotary Club on Wednesday for “Medical Seat Belt Safety Day” from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., at the health department located at 513 Sixth St., Moundsville.

Free seatbelt covers will be provided that will contain medical information about the vehicle’s occupants to aid first responders in an emergency situation.

The cover can either have a diagnosis such as Diabetes, Dementia, Autism, Hearing Impaired, Heart Condition, etc. on the outside of the cover, or a person can opt to receive a cover stating, “Emergency Medical Information Inside.”

Those attending Wednesday’s Safety Day are asked to bring a list of medications and medical conditions to the event as a medical information form must be completed before the medical seatbelt cover will be provided.

This undertaking was originally scheduled to take place two years ago, but one month prior to the planned event, COVID-19 caused a delay.

If a person is unable to attend the event they can still obtain a seat belt by contacting the Marshall County Health Department to receive a medical seatbelt cover at a later date.

Storyteller Judi Tarowsky will present “The Scandalous Mrs. Soffel Victim or Villain?” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Riverfront Park in Moundsville.

This performance is free and open to the public. It is aimed at adults and teens.

According to Catherine Feryok of the library staff, Katherine Soffel was the wife of the Allegheny County Jail warden in Pittsburgh in 1901, and she helped two convicted murders to escape because she was in love with one them. The brothers ended up being killed, with Soffel being wounded.

Picnic table seating is located at the shelter although persons wishing to bring their own chairs may do so.

The event is being made possible by the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library with support from the Robert Baker Family.

For those who do not know Tarowsky, she is a local writer, editor and educator with a special interest in history, and has been a professional storyteller for more than a decade. She has been president of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild and is also a member of the Ohio Organization for the Preservation of Storytelling.

She has performed at numerous venues including the Grand Vue Park Storytelling Festival.

There are just a few spaces left for those interested in being a part of the Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC) Marketplace which will take place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., this coming Saturday at the Moundsville Center located within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

As of Thursday evening, 52 individuals have signed up to be sellers of various items.

Those wishing to be among the sellers can call the Center at 304-845-6200 no later than Monday May 16th.

This will be the first such event which MEDC members hoping to make it a yearly occurrence.

There will be a $1.00 per person admission charge which gives those in attendance a chance to win prizes, one of which will be a large grill.

There will be dumpsters located today/Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Glen Dale City Garage and at Valley Fork Park in Moundsville.

There will also be dumpsters next Friday and Saturday, May 20th and May 21st at the Benwood Industrial Park in south Benwood, and at the old football field in McMechen.

No tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials or household trash are permitted in the dumpsters.

The Marshall County Commission and the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority are providing the dumpsters in an effort to have residents clean-up the county.

There will be a “Rock-a-Thon” for Relay for Life in Cameron this Friday with the “Cameron Rockers” rocking from 5 p.m. until midnight.

For additional information contact Joy Anderson at 304-686-2377

Also, in Glen Dale this week, Wednesday at 10 a.m., there will be a meeting of the Greater Cameron Area Landmark Commission to which the public is welcome.

For more information call 304-780-6264 or go to the Cameron B&O Freight Depot Facebook page.


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