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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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The Annual Genealogy and History Fair sponsored by the Ritchie County Historical Society was held Saturday at The Gym in Harrisville. Although there were only 11 vendors set up, that was more than enough for the nearly 90 in attendance. There was a slow stream of people all during the fair.
The procession from table to table was somewhat slow, because a history fair does not involve merely looking, but talking. How often does one walk back in time while standing in place? There were history books, maps, audio cds, and family genealogy records going back generations for several area counties.
Some of the displays were complete with computers to do online searches for family information while you wait! A lot can be said for finding the right book or resource to help research a family tree, or a community history, but it is even more rich to be able to speak to someone one-on-one about a topic, clan, or community from the past.
Each person attending signed up for door prize drawings which were announced each hour.
Stepping Back In Time
At The Annual
Genealogy & History Fair
by Debbie Frederick
On Rt. 16
Will Be One Lane Tuesday-Wednesday
The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced the Smithville Bridge on Rt. 16 (milepost 4.57) will be reduced to one lane traffic on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 31-April 1, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., for bridge inspection.
Flagging personnel will be present to maintain two-way traffic; therefore, motorists should not experience any significant delays. Motorists are requested to reduce speed and use caution through the work zone.
As always, the work schedule can change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.
7:00 p.m. First Assembly of God, Harrisville
10:30 a.m. Harrisville Library
Topic: Puppet Show
7:00 p.m. Pennsboro United Methodist Church
Advancement in film technology could spell the last gasp for a throwback piece of Americana. The last remaining drive-in movies screens in West Virginia face a difficult decision: Invest in significant equipment upgrades or fade to black.
“We need to upgrade our equipment from 35 mm film to digital equipment,” said Bonnie Sands at the Mt. Zion Drive-In, which requires at least $75,000 to re-open this summer. “The equipment is a little more pricey for outdoor theaters because of so many factors like the moon, the lights from houses nearby, the elements, and the distance from the projector house to the screen.”
The cost is more than most drive-in operators say they can afford. Operating only during three summer months, the profit margins are already thin, and a rainy June cut deeper into 2014’s bottom line. Drive-ins also are at the mercy of Hollywood distributors to provide first-run movies people actually want to see. (Sands said last year’s offerings weren’t very popular.)
However, there’s more to it than money. The Calhoun County drive-in, which opened in 1950, maintains nostalgic value for area residents.
Operators of the Mt. Zion Drive-In in Calhoun County hope they can raise $75,000 for projection upgrades
so the sun doesn't set for good.
One half of the vendor setup at The Gym for the Genealogy and History Fair.
This table allowed guests to look up information online about their family tree.
Host, Ritchie County Historical Society, had a wealth
of information available about the county.