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Cameron Pool Was Innovative When New

June 2, 2013
Jim Cochran , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

During the past week you have read about the city of Cameron re-opening its swimming pool after being closed for nearly four years.

Work on renovating the pool began in mid-July 2012, with volunteers involved on most weekends since that time. The undertaking was also made possible through contributions by residents and businesses. Del. Mike Ferro, D-Marshall, also secured state funding to assist with the restoration.

Mayor Julie Beresford's platform for her write-in campaign included reopening the pool.

Turning back the pages, the following article appeared in the Moundsville Journal on May 20, 1939:

The headline read: Cameron's New Swimming Pool Now Completed. Modern Recreational Center To Be Dedicated on May 27th.

While the story reads:

"Completion of one of the most modern and beautiful swimming pools in this section of the county was announced today by the town of Cameron as officials pressed plans for the opening and dedication of the new recreational center on May 27.

"A WPA project, sponsored by the town through a special levy, made construction of the swimming pool possible.

"Gordon Sammons, of Moundsville, engineer for the project said today that upon completion the modernity and beauty of the pool, of a patented type, had exceeded all expectations.

"The special levy will be laid for three years.

"The city owns its water plant to provide water for the pool.

"Approximately $14,000 in bonds were issued and the total cost of the project was $25,000.

"The pool is semi-circular in shape. It is the first one of its type ever built by the Better Swimming Pools, Inc., of Indianapolis, Ind. It is equipped with flood lights, and vari-colored lights play over the surface of the water at night. There is an underwater lifeguard room which looks out into the pool through port holes. The deep section of the pool is fenced off from the shallow section where children and inexperienced swimmers play. All around the semi-circle is a white sand beach from 15 to 25 feet wide, for sun bathing. The sand was imported from Lake Michigan.

"Bath houses are thoroughly modern and sanitary, equipped with showers and lockers.

"The plant is equipped with a complete filtration and chlorination system. Thee are three huge filtration tanks and a chlorinator to insure clean, pure water at all times.

"The half circle has a radius of 75 feet. The pool is 8 1/2 feet deep in the swimming and diving section, and the shallow section tapers to a few inches in depth for children to play.

"The beauty of the pool is enhanced by ornamental, lighted fixtures."

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Final figures are in from the recent recycling program held in Marshall County.

There were 2,668 tires brought to the site, along with 42,000 pounds of electronics, and 13,000 pounds of white goods.

The recycling was sponsored by the Marshall County Commission, the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority, and in part of the state's REAP program.

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Free dumpsters will be available Saturday at the Todd Kelly Trucking location in Washington Lands, and at the Graysville Community Center, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The dumpsters are part of Operation Pride, the awareness program in Marshall County involving all residents in an effort to clean up, paint up and fix up.

The dumpsters provide residents with a means of properly disposing of items which they no longer need. Of course, tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials or household trash will not be accepted. Appalachian Outreach Inc. will be at the sites to accept used furniture, toys, bikes and other household items.

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I noted in a recent column that the 33rd annual Fostoria Glass Convention would begin on June 7, and you can add the annual Street Spectacular Car Show to Friday's activities in Moundsville.

While the FGC will be a three- day event, the Car Show will be a one-day event, from 5-9 p.m.

The Car Show will take place on Jefferson Avenue from Second to Fifth Streets, and also on Third Street, both east and west from Jefferson Avenue.

In addition, cars will be in the Grisell Funeral Home parking lot, and a section of BB&T's driveway.

Also, on Friday the Moundsville Baptist Church Relay for Life Team will be sponsoring a spaghetti dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. in the church gymnasium, Fourth Street and Annadale Avenue. Meals will be prepared for eat in or take out.

Tickets will be available in the church office this week or by contacting any team member. To reserve tickets call the church office at 304-845-5316, or 304-281-1135 (Carol).

Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The annual Relay will be taking place beginning at 6 p.m. on April 14 in the north parking lot of John Marshall High School.

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By the way, the musical group "Bridges" will provide free entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Vue Park Amphitheater.

 
 

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