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‘Tunes in the Park’ Continues Saturday

February 10, 2013
Jim Cochran , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Another in the series of "Tunes in the Park" will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday at Grand Vue Park's Banquet Hall, with music to be provided by "Bridges," a band consisting of Doug Pettit, Dave Pettit and Kim Butler.

GVP General Manager Craig White said 90 people attended the January "Tunes in the Park" event, when musical groups "Marcus and James" and "Unfinished" were featured. For this program, the park donated snacks, while soft drinks and water were donated by other patrons.

White said he hopes these musical programs will become a monthly attraction during the fall and winter months.

The "Tunes in the Park" events are free and open to the public.

An open house at the new Cameron High/Middle School will take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m. next Sunday.

Those who have been fortunate to have toured the school have been very impressed.

A number of individuals have asked me about the school after reading about it in last week's Sunday News-Register.

While on the subject of things happening at Cameron High School, the first varsity basketball game in the the new fieldhouse occurred this past Wednesday when the Lady Dragons entertained Bellaire.

The boys' basketball team opened their season on Thursday at the new facility by hosting East Hardy. The first boys' game at the fieldhouse was originally been scheduled for Feb. 1, but was postponed due to the weather, as were two other dates, Feb. 2 and Feb. 5.

The second annual Sanford Center sponsored steak fry will be held from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday at the Center.

Those attending are to bring their own place settings.

Music will be provided by disc jockey Donnie Gilbert.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Chuck Gillingham at 304-650-5471. Tickets will also be available on the night of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proceeds from the event will be used for operating expenses.

The Sanford Center is seeking new members and applications will be available at the steak fry.

A couple of other events will also be taking place this coming weekend, with the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" to be shown at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Strand Theatre, with proceeds benefiting the theatre.

Also, the annual Valentine Dance for People of Disabilities will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at St. Jude Hall in Glen Dale. It will be a free event for any disabled persons ages 18 and up and their family or caregiver. Advance reservtions are needed by calling 304-845-2646.

The Sanford Center will sponsor a Walking Club, beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Residents of Marshall County are invited each Tuesday and Thursday evening to walk in a safe, warm environment. Participants can walk for an hour. There will be a $1 charge each evening they attend.

For more information call Mary Kovalcik at 304-845-3228.

Williams Ohio Valley Midstream, an energy-related firm operating in Marshall County, recently donated $12,500 to five Marshall County volunteer fire departments. The recipients of $2,5000 each were Moundsville, Limestone, Cameron, Fork Ridge and Washington Lands VFDs.

In addition, Cameron High School was the recipient of $25,000. A donation of $10,000 was made to purchase a computer operated arc welder, while $10,000 was allocated for eighth graders to study about the energy industry through a Junior Achievement program to become a part of a nine-week cluster program that will be incorporated into the vocation study. It will deal with many facets of the energy business.

Also, a $5,000 donation was made to the school's wrestling program. The money will be used to upgrade this program.

The 16th annual Young Life Basketball Tournament will take place March 18-21 and March 25-28 at Moundsville Middle School.

There will be two divisions (high school and adult), with any team with varsity high school basketball players required to play in the adult division. It is a double elimination tourney.

There will be eight teams in each division.

The registration fee includes team T-shirts and refreshments following each game.

All proceeds from the tournament will be used to help students attend Young Life Summer Camp, as they will receive funds based on the number of the hours they work at the tourney, along with other community involvement. Registration forms and information can be obtained by calling Doug Pettit at either 304-845-3792 or 304-639-0792.

Pettit said the tournament has the support of area businesses and professionals through donations. He noted also that the Marshall County Schools is very helpful in the effort to raise funds.

The John Marshall High School Fieldhouse was the site of the second annual Bill Hinegardner OVAC Dual Meet Wrestling Tournament on Wednesday. This tournament was recently named in honor of the former JMHS wrestling coach.

Hinegardner, along with former Monarch wrestling coaches Ed Dugas and Ed West, continues to be involved with the OVAC wrestling.

Among those present at the event Wednesday were OVAC Executive Director Tom Rataiczak, and Ron Mauck, for whom the OVAC Wrestling Tournament is named.

Renovation work is being done to the gift shop/museum at the former West Virginia Penitentiary. The gift shop is the starting/ending point for tours of the facility.

Once completed, the renovation will made for a larger gift shop, which will result in additonal merchandise being offered at the facility.

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