Memorial Day celebrated in Paw Paw this weekend
The Paw Paw Parade Committee has many events planned for Memorial Day weekend.
All events prior to and after the William H. Norton Memorial Day Parade will take place at the Festival Grounds, located across the highway from the old Vesuvius property next to the Potomac River boat landing.
Saturday, May 26 - 9 a.m. car show at festival grounds; 9-10 a.m. free children activities at festival grounds, coloring contest, hoola hoop competition, push rod drop game, a fan belt toss and a twist dance competition. 11 a.m. Memorial Service at the Monument (in front of the bank), a special ceremony is planned and will include The Round Table to honor POW & MIA. 12 p.m. parade line up-Bevans Lane. 1 p.m. William H. Norton Memorial Day Parade begins. After the parade, there is an award ceremony at the festival grounds.
Honorary Parade Marshal
Jonathan Kimble will be the honorary parade marshal for the Paw Paw William H. Norton Memorial Day Parade.
Kimble will represent West Virginia University in the parade as the newly selected Mountaineer Mascot for 2012-2013.
He served as the alternate to former mascot, Brock Burwell. He is a senior majoring in Sports Management.
After the parade awards ceremony, Kimble will be available for photos and autographs.
His appearance is made possible by Keith Kimble of Kimble Funeral Home.
Tom Hayes has been named Grand Marshal of the Paw Paw William H. Norton Memorial Day Parade.
Hayes was born in Ironton, Ohio. He graduated from Symmes Valley High School in 1965. In 1966, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served with the 5252nd Strategic Air Commander with the Eighth Division. He worked for Suncoco Chemical for 40 years and is now retired.
He has been a member of Ceredo-Kenova Post 93 in Kenova for 33 years, and is a Paid-Up-For-Life Member. He has served at the post as trustee one year and is now serving his 14th year as post commander.
In the Fifth District, he served seven years as district commander and three years as district vice-commander. He has served on the department level as department vice-commander for two years, membership chairman for two years and co-chairman for one year and assistant sergeant-at-arms for one year. He has served on the National Foreign Relations Council, the National Security Division, and the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Committee for the Huntington VA Hospital. He is a member of the Steelworkers of America Local 3-721, the Elks, the VFW and 40 et 8.
Hayes has three children and three grandchildren.
Miss Paw Paw
AReEtta Shambaugh, senior at Paw Paw High School was crowned 2012 Miss Paw Paw.
The competition was open to all females in gradues seven to 12 at Paw Paw High School.
Contestants were to write an essay about “What Paw Paw Means To Me.”
Shambaugh’s essay will be printed in the Morgan Messenger this week on page 3.