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Marshall Memo: Construction Set in Moundsville; Mazeroski; and the County Fair

The first of three major events to be undertaken in Moundsville will begin on Monday.

The first event is scheduled at the Marshall County Courthouse where multiple replacements throughout the building will take place. Also, the front porch will have a new look once everything is completed.

As a result of the work, Court Avenue will be closed between Seventh Street and Sixth Street.

A firm from St. Albans submitted the low bid on this project.

The second undertaking will be at the Moundsville City Building, and it will consist of a new building and removal of the current structure.

A Cleveland firm, “@build,” has been awarded the contract for this project which was approved by City Council this past Tuesday.

City Manager Rick Healy is hopeful that work will begin in late August.

The third project will be a new Marshall County Health Department Building.

It is expected to take 18 months to complete.

Work is not expected to begin until 2023, with a completion date in mid-2024.

As the bus pulled up this past Tuesday across the street from PNC Park, it brought back strong memories from years past at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

Of course one would expect a large attendance as the Pirates were hosting the Yankees who hadn’t played in Pittsburgh since 2017.

Add in the fact that one of the three former Pirate pitchers now with the Yankees were scheduled to be on the mound for the visitors, and that was yet another reason for a large crowd.

Another reason for the sellout crowd was the fact that it was Bill Mazeroski Gold Glove Bobblehead Night.

It just so happened, if you don’t remember, it was 62 years ago that Mazeroski, an Ohio Valley native, hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Pirates the World Series over the Yankees. While the Pirate faithful like to remember that afternoon, the Yankee faithful might want to forget that the ball went over the head of the left fielder and into the stands.

And for myself, it just so happened that I was in the press box that afternoon, in fact, also there were my mother, my uncle and my brother.

That game still ranks the highest in my memory book.

There will be a first annual Moundsville Country Club Car Show on Aug.13.

The event will also include the awarding of 20 trophies, dash plaques to the first 50 cars, a Chinese auction, music, and food available at the snack bar.

All cars must be registered by 1 p.m. on the day of the event in order to be judged.

The next “Hungry for History” Summer Speaker Series will take place on July 21 at the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale.

“Hungry for History” is a free lunch-and-learn series hosted by the Marshall County Historical Society.

The upcoming event will deal with “Kids Science in Play,” the theme of which will be, “The Smart Centre.”

Bill Strong will explore the physics-fashioned toys enjoyed by children of every generation.

This past Thursday local historian Gary Rider made a presentation on his newest book, a “History of the Marx Toy Factory.”

It was a fascinating story of this local icon, from its early beginnings during World War II and later through its closing.

The series is generously sponsored this year by the Rae Baker Family.

“The Untold Story of Isaac Zane: White Eagle of the Wyandots” by local author and historian Alan Fitzpatrick will be discussed at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library at 6 p.m. on Monday.

The latest book by Fitzpatrick is his third in his trilogy written about the little known man taken prisoner by Native Americans during the frontier wars of the latter part of the 18th century.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place on the main floor of the library.

Fitzpatrick is a founding member of Wheeling’s premier heritage event, Fort Henry Days, that commemorates the “last battle of the American Revolution in 1782.”

This year’s “Back 2 School Fun Fair” will take place from 9 a.m. until noon on Aug. 3 at the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

Everything is free including haircuts, health screenings, backpacks, school supplies, toiletries, etc.

A milk and doughnut breakfast will be served.

There will also be chances to win Kennywood tickets and new bikes.

A number of children’s programs will be taking place during the month of July at the three public libraries in Marshall County.

Among the upcoming programs are:

– Moundsville Library–The making of Ice Cream with WVU Extension office personnel at 11 a.m. on July 12, and Story Time at Grand Vue Park Amphitheater on July 14.

– Benwood-McMechen Library–The making of Ice Cream with WVU personnel at 2 p.m. on July 12, and Dinosaurs with Mickey Massey at 2 p.m. on July 14.

– Cameron Library–Seahorses with Mary Leichter at 1 p.m. on July 11, and “Under the Sea” with Jason Courtwright at 1 p.m. July 12.

The annual Marshall County Fair will take place July 17 through July 23 at the fairgrounds in Moundsville.

Among some of the special events to take place will be:

– A Demolition Derby beginning at 4 p.m., on July 17.

– The Queen Pageants will begin at 6:30 p.m. on July 18.

– There will be a Rodeo which will begin at 8 p.m. on July 19.

– Also, that day Senior Citizens and Veterans Day will be observed with free admission between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

– Free admission for those 12 and under will be offered from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., on July 20.

– ATV races will begin at 6 p.m.

– There will be Tractor and Truck Pulls beginning on July 21.

– On July 22 there will b the Marshall County 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction at 6 p.m., and Tractor and Truck Pulls at 7 p.m.

There will be several musical performances beginning at 6:30 p.m. on July 23.

Carnival rides open on July 19 and continue through the remainder of the Fair.

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