Marisa Chamberlain, a former Moundsville resident who now lives in Nashville, has posted a YouTube music video to honor U.S. men and women in military service.
The song, "Bring Him Home," featured in a video titled "For Our Troops," was inspired by Chamberlain's close friendship with Cody Corley, currently serving with the armed forces in Afghanistan.
Family members explained that when Chamberlain learned her friend and others serving in Afghanistan would not get to be with their families and loved ones at Christmas, she decided to record and dedicate the video to them for their service.
Members of the military and people at home can view the video by going online to YouTube and doing a search for "Marisa Chamberlain."
Chamberlain is a former Linsly School student-athlete and is a graduate of John Marshall High School. Before moving to Nashville, she entertained throughout the Ohio Valley, appeared frequently on Jamboree USA and Jamboree in the Hills and presented Christmas concerts in Wheeling.
The Northern Panhandle chapter of the Gabriel Project of West Virginia is opening a Marshall County outreach location on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Faith Hicks, chapter coordinator, said the new outreach office will be situated at First Christian Church, 1200 Third St., Moundsville. It will be open one day a week, twice a month.
The Gabriel Project provides baby furniture, car seats, clothing, diapers and formula for infants of families in need. The chapter's main office is located at 1154 National Road, Wheeling.
As the new year approaches swiftly, many folks are probably searching for a 2014 calendar. If you're seeking nostalgic images for monthly reminders, the State Historic Preservation Office of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History has just the ticket in its continuing series of historical-related calendars.
The State Historic Preservation Office has published "Historic Recreation," a 13-month calendar highlighting the Mountain State's sports and recreation opportunities, including historic football fields and basketball courts, hunting and fishing lodges, swimming pools and golf courses.
Of particular interest to local residents, a Northern Panhandle facility - the Cameron pool in Marshall County - is pictured in the new calendar.
The pool was built as a Public Works Administration project in 1939 and was restored recently.
Each month, the calendar focuses on a different historic building, camp, state park, trail or structure in West Virginia, officials said. The sites include Weiss Knob Ski Area in Tucker County, the first modern downhill ski resort in the state and the first commercial ski area south of the Mason-Dixon Line; the Williamson Field House in Mingo County where West Virginia stars Jerry West, "Hot Rod" Hundley, Hal Greer and Earl Lloyd, the first black player drafted for the National Basketball Association, played; Berkeley Springs State Park in Morgan County where George Washington visited to "take the waters," and the New River Gorge Bridge, the longest single-span steel arch bridge in the United States. The spectacular span in Fayette County was listed this year on the National Register of Historic Places.
The calendar also features the Oakhurst Links in Greenbrier County, America's first golf club, where golfers today still watch for sheep on the course; Camp Caesar, built in Webster County with funds raised by 4-H members, and East-West Stadium in Marion County, which hosted the first integrated football game in West Virginia between Dunbar and Fairmont Senior high schools in 1954.
State officials said other featured sites include Jefferson Rock in Jefferson County, a favorite stopping point on the Appalachian Trail which prompted Thomas Jefferson to say that the view "was worth a voyage across the Atlantic"; Cheat Mountain Club in Randolph County where the "Vagabounds," John Burroughs, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, stayed in 1918 while on a camping tour of the Appalachian Mountains; Elizabeth Moore Hall, built in 1928 on the site of Woodburn Female Seminary in Morgantown, Monongalia County; Camp Washington-Carver, the first known African-American 4-H camp in the country and a Works Progress Administration project completed in 1942 in Fayette County; and Oaks Field, built in Kanawha County in 1941 as the home for the South Charleston Black Eagles football team.
To request a free copy of the calendar, write to West Virginia Division of Culture and History, 2014 Calendar, The Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard., E., Charleston, WV 25305 or call Conni McMorris at 304-558-0240 or send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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