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Marshall Memo: Firefighters Event Coming to Area; and Summer Reading

The Marshall County Firefighters Corp. will be hosting the 94th annual West Virginia State Association’s yearly event, which will take place Aug. 10-13 at John Marshall High School.

Co-chairman Jeff Kady attended Tuesday’s Marshall County Commission meeting to announced that local firefighters would be hosting the event, and that Rich Schoene would be the co-chair.

In addition to outlining plans for the event, Kady asked for financial assistance from the commission to assist in their endeavors.

Kady said, “We are asking for $20,000 for this year’s convention. With this money, the Commission will be recognized as the main sponsor of all the meetings and the Wednesday evening Kickoff Parade and picnic. We will also provide the county with advertisement space in the program and vendor space at the meetings to promote the county or activities throughout the county.”

Commissioners did in fact donate the $20,000.

Kady stated that this will be third time that Marshall County will have hosted the event. Two of the requirements needed to host are adequate hotel rooms and meeting spaces.

Kady outlined the convention activities as follows:

– Aug. 10–A parade and a picnic that evening beginning at 6 p.m.

– Aug. 11–Meetings from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with a BBQ from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

– Aug 12–Meetings again from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a banquet from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.

n Aug 13–Meetings from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m.

After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, free film showings will return this summer at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library.

These “Random Monday Movies” will be critically acclaimed, recently released films generally aimed at adult audiences.

The start of the movies is this Monday at 6 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room. It will be about Mr. Rogers.

Those interested in attending will need to contact the library by phone or in person to learn what the feature film will be held on a particular day. Pre-registration is also encouraged.

The library phone number is 304-845-6911.

Eight streets in Moundsville will be paved this summer.

City council this past week agreed on the streets, and the paving will cost a total of $575,310.69.

The streets being:

– Grant Avenue from 1st Street to 7th Street.

– 3rd Street from Grant Avenue to Cedar Avenue.

– Walnut Avenue from Park Avenue to Ash Avenue.

– 10th Street from Tomlinson Avenue to Jefferson Avenue.

– Forrest Street from Simpson to Drummond.

– Forrest Addition (Campground Road) from Drummond to Simpson to Fostoria.

n Blaney Avenue from Sandy Avenue to Dead End. Curbs will also be installed.

Covert Street will also be paved.

Outgoing Moundsville Lions Club president Eugene Saunders made a presentation Tuesday to treasurer Rosalyn Rhodes, as she was honored with the Leonard Jarrett Award.

The plaque reads: “This is given in sincere appreciation and recognition of distinguished service.”

Sharing in this presentation is the West Virginia Sight Conservation Foundation.

The Jarrett award is the highest award given to a West Virginia state Lions Club member.

As for Saunders, he will be stepping down after two years as club president. Overall, he has served as president for four years, the longest president of the club.

The new president will be Nick Zervos.

Work on improvements to the Marshall County Courthouse are expected to begin in two weeks, as contractors are already starting to get their equipment together.

The work is expected to take a year.

Among the improvements being new lighting, new drop ceilings throughout, new HVAC, upgrading of the electric system, along with other upgrades. Instead of having the front door used by those coming-and-going, there will be a door for those incoming, while another door will be utilized for those leaving.

While the above are mainly interior improvement, a big change with take place on the courthouse’s front porch.

This will be the first major improvement in 50 years.

The public is invited to a musical program beginning at 6 p.m. on July 3 at the Moundsville Baptist Church. The presenters will be the Ron Retzer Trio.

Following the event there will be pie and ice cream provided by members of the church.

Summer Reading Challenges are underway at the three libraries in Marshall County.

Participants can sign up under three different categories, they are birth to age 5, ages 6 to 9, and ages 9-12.

Birth to age 5 participants can earn rewards for every 10 books read; participants in the 6-9 age group can earn rewards for every 10 books they read. Chapter books counted should be under 125 pages.

Ages 9-12 participants can earn rewards for every 3 books read. Chapter books counted should be at least 125 pages for this age group.

Special programs and events are all free and open to the public. They are sponsored by the Evan G. Roberts Trust through Truist, the Robert Baker family, the library itself, and many community donors.

The reading program is aimed at Pre-Schoolers through 6th grade. Those who are not yet independent readers can join by having a family member read to them.

Library personnel recommend participating children or a parent to have a library card.

The Marshall County Board of Health will be meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Health Department.

All interested individuals or delegations wishing to address the Board should contact the Board’s administrator Tom Cook at 304-845-7840 to be placed on the agenda.

Two recent reappointments on Marshall County PSD Boards were Chris Williams of PSD No. 2, and Richard Lambie to PSD 3.

The Marshall County Farm Bureau will be sponsoring a free ice cream social on the Court House Lawn Monday at 6:30. Wesley Howsare will be providing musical entertainment for the event.

Have a great weekend.

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