Work on the new Aquatic Center at Grand Vue Park has been under way for several weeks, but this past Wednesday a major part of Phase 1 started-the pouring of concrete for floors both the splash pool and the recreational pool.
In order for the these two pools to be built, it was necessary to remove the Park's original pool. Prior to the pouring of the concrete workmen installed the sides for the splash pool and recreational pool.
The splash pool will have 12 inches of water, while water in the recreational pool will range from three feet-six inches to five feet-six inches.
Both of these attractions will have a beach-type entrance.
Other work in relationship to Phase 1 has been the construction of a building which will serve as a ticket booth/life guard facility. Also, work is in progress to place a second floor on the existing filter building.
The lower level of the Pool Clubhouse is being renovated, this work will include ADA accessible rest rooms, family-style locker rooms and a new concession stand. Also, the rest rooms on the upper level are being improved.
John Russell Construction of Steubenville is the general contractor on the $1.75 million project, which will also include a "lazy" river, a "Rapid' River and a slide into the pool.
Funding was secured through the Federal/State Land and Water Conservation Fund, Synthetic Fuel monies received by the county, and monies allocated by the Marshall County Commission. .Phase 1 of the three phase undertaking is scheduled for completion by Spring 2010.
For the past few years the Moundsville Economic Development Council has held two special youth nights in conjunction with the Dungeon of Horrors and both will take place this week-Monday and Tuesday.
The Monday activity will be for children ages 2-6 and will be held at the Training Center inside the walls of the West Virginia Penitentiary, which is a different location than previous years. It will include games and treats, along with some of the Dungeon of Horrors characters. Donations will be accepted from which half will go to the Shriners organization.
From 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday there will be a smaller version of the Dungeon of Horrors for youngsters 6-12 years of age. For this event the entrance will be on the Jefferson Avenue side of the old prison. There will be a total admission charge of $10 for one adult and three children.
Speaking of the Dungeon of Horrors, this coming weekend (which will extend until Monday, Nov. 1) will conclude this year's event which has been very successful with attendance expected to exceed last year's 9,996 figure.
Work began this past week on the painting and upgrading of the exterior of the Moundsville Salvation Army Building, this structure has been a part of the community for 110 years and has been home to Salvation Army for 50 years.
A visitor to the Salvation Army today and Monday will be Major Sandra Defibaugh, Divisional Commander of the Maryland/West Virginia Division headquartered in Baltimore. She will take part in Women's Sunday services today, and will be in the local office on Monday.
This past week applications for Christmas assistance for Marshall County residents, while this week applications for Wetzel and Tyler county residents will take place at the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 245 Russell St., New Martinsville.
Organizations and businesses interested in being bell ringers at Christmas are to it known by calling the headquarters at 304-845-0510.
There will be free dumpsters at five Marshall County locations on Nov. 7, sponsored by the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority and the Marshall County Commission.
The dumpsters will be at city garages in Benwood, McMechen, and Glen Dale, at the Marshall County Fairgrounds, Moundsville, and at the Marshall County School Barn near the intersection of Route 88-86 in Sherrard.
The hours will be 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
There will be no provisions at any of the locations to accept Tires, White Goods, Scrap Metal, Car Parts, Fuels, Hazardous Chemicals/Materials, or Household Trash.
Representatives from Appalachian Outreach, Inc., will be present to accept good used furniture, toys, bikes and other household items.
Anyone wishing additional information is asked to contact Howard Coffield at HowardCof@msn.com. His office phone number is 304-845-0482.
The Bowman Ride Community Association along with the Bowman Ridge Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) will hold a Halloween party starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the community building. There will be treats and games for the children.
The baseball season is winding down and although the World Series could wrap up on Nov. 5 if it goes seven games, the 2010 schedules have been released.
In previous years, Major League Baseball permitted teams to release their next year's schedule anytime they wanted and some choose to wait until after the World Series. A release from MLB this year stated that the reason for the earlier announcement of the upcoming season was to enable those planning vacations around baseball to have sufficient time to do so.
One of those planner being Bill Bryson of Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel who has already penciled in six trips, including an air flight Texas for games in Dallas and Houston, and a westward swing to include Minneapolis, Minn, where the Twins will be playing in a new facility-Target Field. That trip will include the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa, which provided a great venue last year.