Jeremy Harrison, the founder of Helping Heroes in Moundsville, is a person who works on behalf of his fellow military veterans.
Harrison had the opportunity on Tuesday to tell members of the Moundsville Lions Club about some of the needs of veterans, and also that the previous day he had learned that his mission effort was being awarded $188,688 through the Department of Veterans Affairs' Supportive Services for Veterans Families Programs.
He noted that this was the second straight year that VASS had provided grant funding to assist his efforts.
Helping Heroes assists military people and their families in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties.
Harrison, an Iraq veteran, worked in the Veterans Affairs office in Morgantown before transferring to the VA office in Wheeling.
He said it was during his employment at these two facilities that he often heard stories of veterans having trouble finding housing, and he realized there was a lack of housing services in this area for veterans.
He said that he and his wife, Susan, who heads up the Marshall County CASA office, decided to purchase property at 256-258 Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville, which would provide for office space and housing, as there were apartments on the second floor of both locations.
The Harrisons, along with volunteers, undertook the renovation of the properties, first installing a new roof, and then renovating the first floors.
Harrison is hoping that work on the second floor will be completed in the next few months to enable these areas to become sleeping space.
He said in addition to the initial two properties he and his wife have purchased an adjacent property which will also need repair work.
As to the grant, Harrison said it will help pay the salaries of three full-time and one part-time staff members, in addition to providing direct financial assistant to clients.
While the main focus has been to assist veterans in the Northern Panhandle who are experiencing trouble adjusting to civilian life, Harrison pointed out some veterans often struggle with unique issues associated with their service which can leave them unemployed or homeless.
He said, "Helping heroes' mission is to provide these veterans resources to rebuild their lives in a comfortable setting."
Any veteran in need of assistant can call Helping Heroes at 304-810-4291.
While on the subject of the military, this Saturday there will be an event taking place along Jefferson Avenue from Second to Fifth Streets.
Phil Remke is heading up this effort, along with Rich King, Butch Inclan, and others.
It is being called, "A Day with Heroes on the Avenue."
According to Remke, the event is being held to show honor and respect to the military and first responders.
The sponsor is the Ohio Valley Cost of Freedom.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. The activities will begin with a "Ride-in of the Colors" by the Patriot Guard Motorcycle unit and first responders emergency vehicles. There will be a ceremonial presentation beginning at 10 a.m. in the BB&T parking lot.
Businesses along Jefferson Avenue are being asked to decorate their windows with historic displays, while first responders vehicles and equipment will be on display.
At 1 p.m. there will be a fire response team demonstrating the Jaws of Life.
There will be a Firemen's Combat Challenge at 2 p.m.
Marcus and James will provide music at Third Street and Jefferson Avenue from 2-4, while from 5-7 p.m. the "Battle Weary Band" will be featured at the same location. A steak fry will take place from 5-7 p.m. at Third Street and Jefferson Avenue.
There will be food stations along Jefferson Avenue throughout the day.
Anyone wishing additional information can call either 304-280-8974 of 304-845-8900.
A Moundsville business will be relocating in a week. Designs and Logos, currently housed in the 801 block of Seventh Street, is moving to 326 Jefferson Ave.
Volunteer staff personnel of the House of the Carpenter II, along with other volunteers, will be busy Saturday morning, as there will be a Mobile Food Drop in the HOC's parking lot.
This marks the second time in three months that an anonymous donor has arranged for the Mountaineer Food Bank to provide a truck load of food for the House of the Carpenter II for distribution to clients.
Saturday's food, which will include meat, dairy products, produce, vegetables and bakery items, will be 10,000 pounds.
Volunteers are expected to being unloading the truck at 9 a.m., and from 10 a.m. until noon the distribution will take place.
According to HOC II director Patty Holden, the cost to the person who picked up the tab for the food and the expense to have its transported will be more than $8,000.
The after school program at Simpson United Methodist Church, Moundsville, will begin Tuesday. The program will be from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Youngsters six years old through 12th grade will be helped with mathematics, computer, life and career skills, along with tutoring.
A reunion of former students of Rock Dale School will be held at 1 p.m. next Sunday. Everyone is invited, including friends of the former students.
Meat, beverages and table service will be provided, and those attending are to bring a covered dish.
Anyone having questions should call either Donna Crawford at 304-845-0696 or Mary Wayt at 304-845-4548.
In case you have never heard of Rock Dale School, which was located in a valley between Sheperd's Ridge and Sally's Backbone, it closed its doors 58 years ago. The school opened in 1886 and served the community for 70 year.
This past week while returning home after walking my dog on the Sam Shaw Trail, I passed a youngster riding in his battery operated car with an adult on a bicycle beside him on Glenwood Avenue in Maxwell Acres. I would learn later that the youngster, probably about 4 years old, had gotten his "mobile" stuck in - yes, you guessed it-a pothole. He was able to continue on after the adult got off her bicycle and assisted the youngsters in getting his vehicle out of the pothole.
You might ask what is a 4-year-old doing in the street. Well, like most subdivisions, there are no sidewalks, thus everyone who walks, rides a bicycle, etc., use the street.
Hopefully the state Department of Transportation will do some pothole patching in this area. Soon.
Top place winners in the annual Appalachian Outreach Inc., car show held last Sunday at Grand Vue Park were:
Cars-Mark Wilson, first; Chuck Foose, second; Mikey Cupp, third; and Tom Buck, fourth.
Trucks-Brian Workman, first; Charlie Winesdoeffer, second; Paul Doyle, third; Gary Tinley, fourth.
Bikes-Mike Reed, first; Chuck Emery, second; Marra Tharp and Randy Tharp, honorable mention.
The event was made possible by a number of donors and sponsors, including: Accessories Limited, Moundsville Advance Auto, Allen's Bootery, Ash Avenue Church of God, Moundsville Auto Zone, Moundsville, Blazer's Auto Body and Towing, Bob's Lunch, Don Maloney, Grand Vue Park, Holmes Exhaust, Huddle House, Jeff Blake Auto Repair, Joe's Autos, John and Renee Hart, Layman Auto Repair, Limestone Presbyterian Church along with the church's Volunteer Class and the Men's Class, Mike Kyrc, Monroe Muffler, Perkins Restaurant, Rick and Nancy Woods, Sen. Jeff Kessler and Young's Cafeteria.