By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian
Members of the Mannington Moose Lodge are patiently — and eagerly — waiting for their new lodge to open.
The original building was destroyed in a fire last September, and crews got to work on the rebuilding process this February.
According to Becky Yoho, secretary of the Mannington Moose Lodge, the lodge will be officially opened after small details of the building are finalized.
“There are some things inside and outside that still need to be done,” she said.
Yoho said they are also waiting for the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (ABC) to approve the lodge for a liquor license.
“We’ve got all of our other licenses. We’re just waiting to hear back from the ABC,” she said.
The new building is one level with offices, social quarters, a card room, a machine room, kitchen and ballroom. The building was designed by Anthony Fluharty, owner of F&I General Contracting, who won the bid in February to construct the building.
“Everything you see has come from Anthony’s mind,” Yoho said. “He outdid himself as far as I’m concerned. It’s gorgeous.”
Yoho said workers have worked for months through snow, rain and the hot sun to construct the building. Everything in the current building is new except for the moose head mounted on the wall in the social quarters.