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About Bob

About Rick

About Tee

MOV’s Picturesque History

Parkersburg’s History

Vienna’s History

Williamstown’s History

Belpre’s History

Marietta’s History

Attractions and Services

Attractions

Services

For many years Bob and Rick have worked both been very concerned that many of our residents don’t seem to be exhibiting the same level of community pride they did in the ’50s and ’60s and have been working hard to turn than trend around. That’s at the very heart of this podcast. Folks just don’t seem to know as much about our community as they once did, and many are simply far “too busy” to get involved. We know what “busy” is because we’re busy too. But we believe that a large part of the problem is that folks just don’t know as much about our community as they once did, so we’re here to help remedy that situation.

For example, how many people know about the new splash pad at the City Park pool, or that a new pool is in the works for Southwood Park? How many people know that the summer before COVID shut everyone down there was a large group of volunteers who spent the summer cleaning up Parkersburg’s parks? How many people even know that Parkersburg has more than two parks? Does everyone know that the city is in the process of replacing nearly century-old fire stations? Or if someone stole your bicycle but you don’t know who did it, you can go to one of the Police Substations and file a report with one of the many volunteers?

There are a lot of services that are available in our community that nobody seems to know about. We hope to help remedy all that with our (hopefully) informative and entertaining podcast. Help us be a part of the solution!

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About Bob

Bob MercerA life-long resident of Parkersburg I have been heavily involved in volunteerism my entire adult life. I have chosen to raise my children — and now my grandchildren — in Parkersburg because I love this city and its long-held family and community values, and I strive to pass on those values to my family. Having worked in the security industry for over twenty years, I have currently served as a dispatcher and assistant supervisor with the Wood/Wirt County 911 Center for 17 years and am presently the City Councilman for Parkersburg’s Third District. I started The BobCast MOV because it had come to my attention that many residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley are unaware of some of the wonderful things that are happening in our area and haven’t had the opportunity to meet many of our community leaders and those who provide the many volunteer services in our area. Some of my earlier activities have included:


About Rick

Rabbi Dr. Rick SawyerHaving retired from actively earning a paycheck in May of 2008, I find that I now have some “free time” to engage in activities that I want to do, not that someone else tells me I have to be doing. My roots go deep in the community, my ancestors being among the first settlers of western Virginia in what is now the Belleville/Rockport area of Wood County, when my 4th great-grandfather, John C. “Old Johnny” Flinn, arrived here in about 1808 and settled in the Lee Creek community. My second great-grandfather Peter Sellers arrived here in about 1850 from Monroe County, Ohio, as one of the first Restoration missionaries to western Virginia. A few of my current and previous activities are listed below. As you can see, Bob and I are both into volunteerism, because we believe in “giving back” to the community. That’s why we talk about it so much on the BobCast. My semi-complete autobiography is HERE and my personal website is HERE.


About Tee

Photo of TeeI am Teresa West but most people call me “Tee,” a name that I picked up from my 911 family years ago. I am a mother to 2 boys and 2 girls and now have 4 grandchildren. I love God, my family, my country, and my state. My husband and I travel WV a lot. Like Johnny Cash says “I’ve been everywhere, Man” in the state of WV. I have lived in WV my entire life in the MOV. I have lived in Wood Couny since 2010. I am a former 911 Dispatcher, proudly serving Wood and Wirt Counties. I also worked several years with Magistrate, the honorable Jody M. Purkey. I now work from home. I have always worked to help my community whether it be behind the scenes or on the frontline.

  • EMT for Wirt County EMS , serving as, Director of personnel, Vice President, and Board Member
  • 911 Dispatcher, Dispatcher, Trainer, and Assistant Supervisor
  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • A plethora of useless knowledge
  • Mountaineer Football fan since I can remember

About MOV’s Picturesque History

Parkersburg’s History

Originally named Newport in the late 18th century following the American Revolutionary War, Parkersburg’s fascinating history is filled with intrigue. Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers, the City is rich in historical significance. The town area was laid out on land granted to Alexander Parker for his Revolutionary War service, and the area was renamed for him as Parkersburg in 1810. It was chartered by the Virginia General Assembly in 1820, and rechartered as a city in 1860. [MORE]

Vienna’s History

Vienna began as a 5,000-acre settlement — a grant to Dr. Joseph Spencer for his services during the War for Independence. Vienna remained rich farmland up until the late 19th Century, when roads were improved and tracks for an electric railway between Parkersburg to the south, and Marietta to the north, were laid. In 1794, Dr. Spencer gave the city its name. Dr. Spencer served as an aide de camp to his father Joseph Spencer during the Revolutionary War. [MORE]

Williamstown’s History

Williamstown was named for Isaac Williams (1737–1820), who settled here in 1787. Williams had served under General Braddock (1755) as a ranger and spy and under Governor Dunmore (1774) fighting against the Shawnee. His home was on 400 acres on the Ohio River opposite the mouth of the Muskingum River, site of Marietta, Ohio, which was founded about a year after he arrived. Other local namesakes include Williams Creek and Williams District. The settlement was known as "Williamsport" to Ohio River travelers until 1822 when the present name was formalized. [MORE]

Belpre’s History

On the banks of the mighty Ohio River is a picturesque little town known as Belpre, or “Belle Prairie”. The people that settled the “Belle Prairie” Belpre area were New England farmers who had served their country during the Revolutionary War. Many had served as officers, and most were well educated. Belpre, part of the Ohio Company land purchase, was surveyed and platted in the winter of 1788-89, and was the second organized American settlement in the Northwest Territory (the land north and west of the Ohio River, 1787 Ordinance). April 11, 1789 is the accepted date as cabins were first occupied that spring. [MORE]

Marietta’s History

Established in 1788, Marietta is the oldest city in the state of Ohio, and the first official American settlement territory north and west of the Ohio River. Known as the “Riverboat Town,” it is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers. Prior to American settlement, the area was inhabited by various native tribes of the Hopewell tradition, who built the Marietta Earthworks, a complex more than 1,500 years old, whose Great Mound and other major monuments were preserved by the earliest settlers in parks such as Mound Cemetery. [MORE]

For more information about communities in the Mid-Ohio Valley, go to Our Town.

About Attractions and Services in the MOV

Attractions

The Phelps-Tavenner Research Center
The Phelps-Tavenner House, the oldest house in Wood County, built by Col. Hugh Phelps circa 1800,  is the most historic property in Wood County, relating specifically to the pioneers of the area. The Phelps-Tavenner Research Center is located at 2401 Camden Avenue, Parkersburg.

Services

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