Joyce Spencer: Community News for Friday, March 7
NEW: Congratulations to Sean "Corky" Hammers, a 1986 Barboursville High School graduate, a 1990 Marshall University grad, and a 1993 graduate of Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, who was appointed as the new prosecutor for Cabell County last Thursday by the Cabell County Commission. Hammers lives in Barboursville with his wife, Beth "Buffy," and their two children, Gabby and Brody. He is the son of Fred and Sunny Hammers of Barboursville.
PROUD: Vicky Fletcher Sweeney, a 1971 Barboursville High School grad who lives in Cincinnati, with her husband, Dennis J. Sweeney, is proud of her son, Dennis Sweeney, who was the winner of CutBank's 2013 chapbook contest. Dennis was interviewed in the Feb. 25 CutBank Literary Magazine in which he talked about his book, "What They Took Away." He says that he wrote the book of poetry after he graduated from college, taught for a year in Taiwan and traveled for 10 months in Southeast Asia. The book is described as an apocalypse of life stripped of tedium. Dennis currently lives in Oregon.
EXHIBIT: The art work of Clarice Kumlien and her son, Eric Kumlien, will be exhibited at the Renaissance Art Gallery, 900 8th St., Suite 20, Huntington, from March 7 - April 19. Clarice, an active 86-year-old artist and retired registered nurse, offers watercolor paintings, and Eric is currently making ceramics at the Huntington Museum of Art. Everyone is invited to a reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at the Renaissance Art Gallery.
GAMES: Local families will play board games from 7-9 p.m. today at Pea Ridge United Methodist Church, 5747 East Pea Ridge Road. Participants are encouraged to bring a favorite game and a refreshment to share with others. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 304-730-3565 for more information.
PRAYER: The Greater Huntington Church Women United join women from more than 170 countries in celebrating World Day of Prayer today at Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, 513 10th St., Huntington, with fellowship beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the one-hour ecumenical worship service at 11 a.m. The program will explore the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman. For more information, contact Rose Thornburg, 304-208-0410 or Dolores Johnson, 304-522-7824.
FISH: Our Lady of Fatima Church and Parish School, 545 Norway Ave., hosts its 10th annual Lenten fish dinners 5-8 p.m. today through April 11. Dinners cost $10 for adults; $7 for children, ages 5 - 12; and no charge for children under age 4. Families of 4 or more, $30. Call 304-525-8066 or 304-840-8235 for more information.
FUNDRAISER: A spaghetti dinner fundraiser is offered from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at Milton Baptist Church in memory of Mitchell "Mick" Cremeans, a church member remembered for making chicken dumplings, hot rolls and cinnamon rolls for church dinners. Mick's widow, Joyce, is using his spaghetti sauce recipe for the dinner. Proceeds will help defray medical expenses incurred from Mick's illness. At the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Timothy Noble, a 15-year-old pianist, will be the special musical guest.
MEETING: The Neighborhood Institute has its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 10 in the mayor's conference room at Huntington City Hall.
WHAT: The Walnut Hills Action Team meets at 6:30 p.m. Mach 11 at the I.O.O.F. Lodge Hall, 530 Roby Road.
52: Members of the 1952 Huntington East High School class will meet at 2 p.m. March 12 at the Ponderosa Restaurant, Route 60 East.
STEAK: Westmoreland Woman's Club offers a baked steak dinner at noon March 9 at the clubhouse. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children, 10 years old and younger. To-go orders are available. Proceeds will help fund two scholarships for Spring Valley High School students. Call Marlene Thacker at 304-429-1816 for more information.
OLEY: An Oley Junior High School reunion will be May 23-24. For more information, email John at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ron at 614-559-3820.
MCCOMAS: The McComas Family, a talented group that gives its witness and testimony through singing and playing different instruments, will be at Steele Memorial United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. March 16. For more information, call 304-736-4583. Everyone is welcome.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: This week to Ginger Chapman, Anita Asbury, Roy White, Millie Smith, Jana Rakes, Bob Maxwell, Jack Austin, Judy Hayes, Andrew Damron, Luke Damron, Paul Turman, Jr., Mildred Maynard, Nancy Jackson, Ron Bates, Diana Whaley, Barbara Belcher, Donna Montie, Keith Matheny, Anna Wood, Frank Earl, John Flowers, Terri Mount, Paul Lane, Jacob Armstrong, Woody Chapman, Sara Jane Bailey, Victoria Charlton, Anna Jobe, Jan Ramey, Jack Stines, Mark Killen, Russell Hall, Maryah Hitchcock, Joel Black, Jack Baker, Tim Lawrence, Tonda White, Jennifer Johnson, Chreed Evans, Tori Charlton, Stephanie Mathis, Jessica Miller and Cemonet Williams.
SPECIAL WISHES: To Reagan Doak who blows out 12 candles tomorrow and to her grandmother, Aloma Doak, whose birthday is Sunday; and to Hannah Hawks who celebrates her 14th birthday Sunday.
ANNIVERSARIES: Couples celebrating this week are Terry and Linda Chapman, Randy and Stephanie Taylor, Bunk and Louise Perry, Robert and Mary Beth Grizzell, Mark and Cathi Collins, Todd and Tonya Strickland and Billy and Michelle Byrd Shafer who celebrated their 27th anniversary Monday.
Send items for this column to Joyce Spencer, 817 Main St., Barboursville, WV 25504, or fax to 304-736-4522. Her email address is jcspencer@MSN.com.
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