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Ice House Field is a name of the past, but the residents of McMechen are hopeful that in the future it will become known as McMechen Elementary School.

The Marshall County School Board and school officials in Marshall County were in attendance last Wednesday to announce the purchase of 7 acres in McMechen. The site is known to locals as Ice House Field, a name that comes from its former owner, the B&O Railroad. During the ownership, the B&O leased the land to the town of McMechen who in turn used it as a baseball field. In addition to the youngsters using the field, it was sometimes used as a home team by the Bud-Roys.

There was a company that at one point planned to operate a business at the site, but this never materialized as residents in the immediate vicinity protested the proposed operation which would have had trucks going and came day and night.

There was a business that set up for a brief period at the northern end of the land, but this occupant did not disturb the residents.

Thus, over the years, the land has hardly been used.

Chaplin Development Co. was the company from which the board of education purchased the land. For a new school to be built, voters in Marshall County will need to renew a five-year operating tax that has been passed every five years since 1957. The current tax expires in 2022.

The adoption of the tax would take effect on July 1, 2023.

Since the purchase of the property was finalized, the school district has cleared the land and community members have already started using it. In fact, there is already a baseball field there.

Further upgrades are in the planning stages and will be undertaken over the next few months, including security lighting and upgrades to the existing baseball field.

Plans are also under discussion for the addition of a second baseball field and from 2022-2023 there will be elementary school baseball teams in Marshall County.

The school’s announcement was just one of many events that took place over the past week in Marshall County. Others included:

– Memorial Day services at four locations, McMechen, Glen Dale, Cameron and Moundsville.

– The 33rd Greg Yoho Memorial was held last Friday, sponsored by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce.

– The City of Moundsville Arts and Culture Committee and the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce sponsored Wander Out Wednesdays last week.

This week’s events are:

– The Moundsville High School Alumni Group, which spearheads the five-year reunion, will be holding a reunion this week to prepare for this year’s event. Prior to Tuesday, all planning was done by email or phone due to COVID-19, but this week representatives from the different classes met in person to make other plans. COVID-19 caused a postponement last year and instead of having a meeting every five years as in the past, this year will mark the sixth year since the last meeting.

– Another event that will take place will be an American Red Cross blood drive organized by the Moundsville Lions Club and the Economic Development Council. It will take place on June 10 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Central Primary School, with entry from the parking lot north of Seventh Street. Those wishing to register can call 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: LIONS to make an appointment.

Speaking of the Moundsville Lions Club, they recently awarded a $ 500 scholarship to Ashley Schwing, a member of the John Marshall High School LEO Club of which she was president last year. His extracurricular activities included the group, the drug-free club, the Monarch Company, and Monarch Medical.

Additionally, members of the John Marshall LEO Club manufactured and sold bags of light fixtures for the Marshall County Relay For Life event. They also personalized the bags if people wanted to remember certain people. The amount raised from the bags sold is $ 485.00 which will be donated to the MCRFL.

The new leaders of the Moundsville Lions Club will be mostly the same for the coming year, July through June. The officers consist of Gene Saunders, president; Nick Zervos, first vice-president; Rev. John Ledford, Second Vice-President; Tom Cook, third vice-president; Jim Cochran, secretary; Rosalyn Rhodes, Treasurer; the Reverend Tim Wilt, tail twirler; Danielle Harmon, lion tamer; Stan Stewart, Chairman of the Membership; Eva Dague, Doug Pettit, Linda Baker and Bill Anderson, directors; Gary Rider, Past President.

Moundsville motorists will be on smoother streets as city council last week approved an offer to resurface 15 different streets, the longest being Tomlinson Avenue from 1st to 10th.

The cost of the entire project will be approximately $ 800,000.

At last Tuesday’s meeting, City Manager Rick Healy gave council an update on improvements to the East End playground, much of which is outside now as the pool washroom. Four Seasons are over.

The exterior project is a Splash Pad.

The 40th annual convention of the Fostoria Glass Society of America will take place Friday through Sunday. The majority of the attractions will be at the Moundsville Center Building located within the walls of the Old West Virginia Penitentiary.

In addition to the Fostoria glassworks, there will be Imperial, Morgantown, Cambridge, Heisey, Moon and Star and other glassworks.

The glassware will be on display Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Full information is available at www.fostoriaglass.org

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce’s first musical concert of the year will be held Friday at Glen Dale Park. The facilitators will be “Pocket change.”

Those attending the free event must bring lawn chairs.

The concert will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There will be six concerts in June and July. The other concerts will take place in Benwood, Cameron, McMechen, Moundsville and Grand Vue Park.

The Marshall County Family Resource Network has concluded the sixth edition “Hunger does not take a summer vacation” Drive food online at the community level.

During the months of April and May, over $ 7,000 was raised.

The FRN will distribute donations to panties and feeding programs that serve families in Marshall County.

The funds will be distributed among 16 organizations to enable them to purchase the items they need most. FRN Executive Director Stacie Dei said: “We are extremely grateful to the businesses, organizations and individuals who donated to this year’s food drive. “ She added, “Many of our donations have been received by people who support our organizations and our community throughout the year, and we are very grateful for this generosity. “ This was the second year of the virtual food drive due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the organizations that hold an annual food drive have given positive feedback about the financial support they received last year.

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