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‘Summer Club’ Ready for Youths

May 29, 2011
Jim Cochran , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Elizabeth Fager will assume her duties as program coordinator at Grand Vue Park on June 6. Fager, who has been in the Ohio Valley since mid-May 2010, is replacing Danielle Stocklask, who resigned to accept other employment.

Fager, from Rochester, N.Y., has been employed as a AmeriCorps VISTA staff member with the Northern Panhandle Resource Conservation & Development Council Inc., housed at the USDA Service Center in McMechen. Among her duties with the NPRC&DC's was that of watershed coordinator.

Some of her extra duties with GVP will be the area of forestry, as she has environmental degrees.

The Youth Club of Marshall County is preparing for "Summer Club," to be held beginning Wednesday and continuing through July 7. The club will meet from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays with free breakfast and lunch included.

Several programs and activities are scheduled for the youth, as well as community flower and vegetable gardens. A flower garden will established at Riverfront Park, Moundsville, while a vegetable garden is tentatively set for the Valley Fork Park area in Moundsville.

Americorps VISTA employee Anne Klem, who heads up the Youth Club, said, "Once again this summer you will find members of the Youth Club out in the community volunteering their time and energy to improve many civic places." Klem expects some 15-20 youths to be involved in the summer program.

She said the Youth Club of Marshall County has no major funding to sustain it, with the operation being solely funded through private donations.

The Youth Club of Marshall County is reaching out to the community for donations for an auction which will be held June 11 at the 4-H Building at the Marshall County Fairgrounds. The preview of items to be auction will be at 9 a.m., with the auction to begin at 10 a.m.

In addition to the auction, a homemade soup sale, a bake sale and other activities is scheduled to be held.

The Marshall County Health Board meets monthly at 7:30 a.m., the earliest of any board or agency in the county, and this past Friday they were even called on to sing at that time as Friday was the birthday of health department Administrator Ronda Francis. The members rendered their version of "Happy Birthday."

Don't forget to attend one of the Memorial Day observances on Monday in Marshall County. They are:

Benwood - The annual parade will begin at 11 a.m., with the parade route being through Center Benwood with stops at the Mill and City Building Monument for services.The final stop will be outside American Legion Post Home 46, where there will be a service. Following the event parade participants and others will be invited to a lunch to be held at the Legion Home.

Cameron - The service will take place at 10 a.m. in the BB&T parking lot with Gary Rider as the speaker. Rider recently had published Volume I of a book titled, "Marshall County Patriots and Heroes," biographies of Marshall County men and women who have served in the military from the Civil War to Afghanistan. There will be music rendered by Salt & Pepper group. The Cameron Honor Guard will be participating. Arrangements for the service have been made by Cameron American Legion Post No. 18.

Glen Dale - This 11 a.m. service will take place on Park Street near the City Park. The speaker will be Marshall County Assessor Chris Kessler. Refreshments will be served following the service.

McMechen - There will be services at both the Memorial Marker at Center McMechen Elementary and at the McMechen Cemetery. The initial service will be at 8:15 a.m. at the school and will include the laying of a wreath and a 21-gun salute by the Honor Guard from Blake Brothers American Legion Post No. 46. Rev. Glen Baker Jr. will be the speaker. At 9 a.m., members of Mountain-Knapp American Legion Post No. 5, the honor guard area fire trucks, youth and others will begin a walk to the McMechen Cemetery where John Looney of the Veterans Affair Office in Wheeling will be the speaker. Mayor Mike Gracik will give the welcome. There will be the laying of a wreath and a 21-gun salute.

Moundsville - The service will take place at 11 a.m. at the All-Veteran's Memorial Marker on the grounds of the Marshall County Courthouse. The ceremony will consist of honoring World War II veterans; a POW/MIA Empty Chair ceremony; laying of flowers at the Memorial marker; a Post Everlasting service and a 21-gun salute and taps by the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard.

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