All five Marshall County municipalities will be holding Memorial Day services on May 27.
The ''early bird'' event will be in McMechen as at 8:30 a.m. there will be a brief service at the monument in front of Center McMechen Elementary School, followed by a parade to the McMechen Cemetery where Marshall County Assessor Chris Kessler will speak.
Ralph Rich will be the master of ceremonies, and others taking part will be Rev. Glen Baker, the McMechen Church of God's men's quartet, and the Honor Guard from American Legion Post No. 46, Benwood.
Many of those participating in the McMechen service will be involved at 11 a.m. in a parade through Center Benwood. Along the parade route there will be stops at at the monument at the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh office building, at the City Building Monument where Mayor Ed Kuca, Jr., will speak. The parade will conclude at the American Legion Post Home where Retired Army Major Michael Hummel will be the speaker. At the conclusion of the service food will be served for adults at the Post Home, and for youths at the Fourth Street Playground.
The service in Moundsville takes place at 10 a.m. at the All-War Monument on the grounds of the Marshall County Courthouse. Those attending are asked to bring photographs of relatives who served in the military.
In Glen Dale, the speaker will be Gary Rider who has published three books pertaining to Marshall County residents who have served in the military. This service, at the City Park, will begin at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be available after the service, and there will be free swimming during the afternoon.
The Cameron service will begin at 10 a.m., with Greg Smith of Williamstown, a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel who spent 22 years in the military, will be the speaker. The Post Honor Guard will take part in the service, and as well as at the annual Service at the Big Run Christian Church. The latter service will begin at noon.
As mentioned in an earlier column, there will be events taking place in Marshall County in observance of West Virginia's 150th birthday, and since the initial information dealing with the events which will take place on June 22, another planning meeting was held during which time the activities at the Marshall County Historical Society Museum at 13th Street and Lockwood Avenue, Moundsville, Riverfront Park in Moundsville, and at the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale, were discussed further.
At the Museum there will be tours of the facility, and the opportunity to do Genealogy Research. Cake and ice cream will be served.
At Riverfont Park there will be programs and a number of displays from noon until 4 p.m.
The Cockayne Farmstead will include displays, there will be a Tribute to Sam (Cockayne), an archaeological dig, a presentation on the workings of the newly installed Geothermal Climate Control System, the unveiling of murals and house models related to the farmhouse which were created by Rosetta Epifano's Sherrard Middle School Arts Class along with ''All Things West Virginia'' crafts.
The Wolf Run Presbyterian Church will host an ice cream social at 7 p.m. today. The event will begin with a presentation by Rev. Matt Camlin on his recent mission trip to the African country of Malawi.
Rev. Camlin is pastor of three Presbyterian Church's, Chester, Newell and New Manchester. Collectively these churches call themselves the, ''Trinity Presbyterian Parish.'' Rev. Camlin also serves on the Malawi Partnership Task force.
The public is invited to attend this Family Night event.
Reynolds Memorial Hospital will host a dinner Wednesday evening honoring emergency service personnel in conjunction with National Emergency Service Week, today through Saturday.
NESW recognizes the accomplishments of the men and women who dedicate themselves to saving others' lives and to educate the public about how and when to use emergency services.
The nationally recognized week celebrates the contributions of EMS providers and stresses the importance of strong public support for the EMS system.
RMH Emergency Room Head Nurse Roxanne James states, ''Many people do not realize the pressure these professionals operate under.'' She adds, ''The emergency services personnel must think and react quickly in life and death situations every day they are on the job.''
Many area emergency squads throughout the Ohio Valley will be honored for their work at Wednesday's annual dinner. Also, the Ina Carol Poland Award and the Paula Dunham Award will be presented to EMS professionals who have displayed excellence in emergency medical care.
The Aquatic Center at Grand Vue Park will be opening on Saturday, the hours being 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The Center will be open seven days a week through Labor Day.
The Bishop Donahue High School Baccalaureate will be held at p.m. Monday at St. Jude Church, Glen Dale, while Graduation will take placeat 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Father Raymond Jablinske Gymansium at the School.
The John Marshall High School graduation will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.
The Marshall County Fair has chosen a theme for this year's event it is being called, ''Celebrating West Virginia.''
By the way, the Fair will be from July 21-27.
Speaking of the Fair, there will be an announcement this week pertaining to a major improvement which will be taking place on the grounds.