Received some pre-Christmas press releases this past week! One provided the information that the Moundsville Salvation Army is accepting applications for bell ringer employment, with applications to be picked up at the office at 700 Jefferson Ave. Office hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
In addition, the Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to man the kettles, representing churches, businesses and organizations. Also, individuals can volunteer. Those wishing to be kettle volunteers can call the Salvation Army at 304-845-0510.
All the kettle locations will be up and running by Oct. 23.
Families in Marshall County eligible for food and toys at Christmas time are to sign up at the Moundsville Salvation Army headquarters Oct. 15-19 and Oct. 22-26, while those residing in Tyler County are to sign up Oct. 29-31 at the Sistersville Volunteer Fire Department. Families residing in Wetzel County, eligible to receive toys only from the Salvation Army, are to sign up at the Salvation Army Thrift Store in New Martinsville, Oct. 29-31.
A press release from Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dave Knuth reminds those planning to participate in the annual Marshall County Christmas Parade that the deadline to sign up is Nov. 9.
He states that last year's parade participants should have received applications already, and that anyone interested in being a participant but who has not received the paperwork, should call the Chamber at 304-845-2773. Applications must be approved in order to be a parade participant, including valid driver's license and proof of insurance of all who plan to operate a motor vehicle in the parade.
Knuth states that professionally built Christmas floats are available to rent this year, and anyone wishing details should call the Chamber office.
The theme for the parade is, "Keep Christ in Christmas."
The parade will be at 2 p.m. on Nov. 17. This year the parade route will proceed southward along Jefferson Avenue from Second to 10th Streets.
Being observed this week will be National Fire Prevention Week and National4-H Week.
The State Fire Marshal's Office is teaming with the National Fire Protection Association to let West Virginia know "It's Fire Prevention Week. Have Two Ways Out!" This year's campaign is focusing on home escape plans, including knowing the two ways out. To learn more about Fire Prevention Week, visit NFPA's website, www.firepreventionweek.org.
As to the 4-H, it is the largest youth development program in West Virginia and the nation. In West Virginia, nearly one in four youths belong to the 4-H program. There is no charge to join the 4-H.
For more information about 4-H opportunities in Marshall County, contact West Virginia University Extension Agent Alice Dolu at the office at 126 Barn Drive, Moundsville, or by calling 304-843-1170. Dolu states that although new members are accepted through the 4-H year, there's no better time to enroll than in October.
The Moundsville Economic Development Council last week released some additional information pertaining to the Dungeon of Horrors attraction, and a new event, the "North Walk," at the old penitentiary.
According to MEDC director Suzanne Park, several people just want to walk through a dark prison, to experience the prison at night, and as a result the MEDC came up with the idea of the "North Walk."
The "North Walk" will be a visit through the oldest part of the former prison. It is the area with the most paranormal activity. The most dangerous inmates were housed in North Hall or "The Alamo," as some inmates referred to the area. It was a place where murders, violence and brutality were common occurrences. prison."
Those purchasing tickets for the "North Walk" will enter the facility through the Administration Building and the "Wheel." These areas have been closed to the public for several years and will only be opened during the current Haunted House season.
Park explains that the "North Walk" is not an attraction, but a tour of an area.
Both the tour and the Dungeon of Horrors attraction take about 45 minutes to complete.
Park also commented on a couple other Halloween-related attractions which will be taking place at the old prison.
On Oct. 29 the MEDC and Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union will again sponsor "Thrills and Fun for Little Ones, "beginning at 6 p.m. in the Moundsville Center Building inside the walls of the institution (Eighth Street Wagon Gate entrance). There will be stations where the youth, infant through six years old, can play games and win prizes. Park states, "We try to create fun for children that aren't quite ready for a haunted house. While admission for the event is $5 for children, adults attend for free. All proceeds from this event goes to the Shriners in Wheeling, who will have representatives on hand to distribute candy."
On Oct. 30, the Dungeon of Horrors is open to families for a fun night on a scaled-down version. Actors tone down their makeup for the night and if anyone gets a little uncomfortable, all they have to say is "monster, be good." Admission for this event is $10 for a family of four, and $5 for each additional person.
The dates for both the Dungeon Of Horror and the "North Walk" are Oct. 12-14, Oct. 19-21, Oct. 25-28 and Oct. 31.
Those wishing additional information about these activities can call 304-845-6200. The website is www.wvpentours.com
Marshall County residents looking to take advantage of the free Fall Clean-Up can do so on Friday and Saturday at either the Benwood City Garage or the McMechen City Garage. The hours at both locations are 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., on Friday and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.