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Brenda Lucas: Community news

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

MILITARY: Air Force Airman Ryan D. Allen graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The 2010 Logan High grad is son of Renee Marsingall of Whitman, W.Va., and grandson of Joyce Sheppard of Rossmore.

SYMPATHY: I somewhat watched 43-year-old Jeff Johnson grow up in the Ona community. He and his parents, Clifford and the late Jean Johnson, were neighbors of both my sisters and I often saw Jeff when I visited them. Jeff, husband to Renee, and father to Ashley, was vice president of Construction Supply Co. The outdoorsman coached Ona youth sports. May the family be surrounded with God's love and grace during this great loss.

TREES: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State begins its 33rd annual Christmas tree sale today at BB&T Bank, 6th Avenue and 1st Street; HIMG, U.S. 60 East; and Ashland Tennis Center. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends. Call 304-522-2191 or 606-329-8799.

MEET: The monthly meeting for Woman's Club of Huntington begins at noon Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Guyan Golf and Country Club. Ruth Gilbert offers invocation. Pledge and patriotic music are by Janice Chandler Gold and Harriet Tucker, leaders. "Brighten the Way for Others through Music" program is by Huntington High's Chamber Choir, directed by David Chenoweth. Raffle for gift certificate at Lambs Gate Market, wallet and Christmas candle with proceeds benefiting an orphanage in Nicaragua. Bring dimes for diabetes awareness, spaghetti dinner ticket money. Community affairs accepting $10 unwrapped toy for Cricket's Kids. Also, filling goody bags for Hospice, toiletries, puzzles, candy, toothbrushes and more.

RECORD: A Milton Middle eighth-grader set a new record for cross country. Josh Minor recently won the 2013 Cabell County Cross Country Boys Championship. His record on the 2.1-mile course was timed at 11:02, breaking the old course record of 11:15 by Jonathan Hathaway, Cabell Midland High varsity runner.

CAROLS: Godsmen presents a concert of Christmas carols at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Twenty-Sixth Street Baptist Church.

ITEMS: Alice Browning and other two children of the late Lenval and Marian Bowen of Huntington have donated many of their parents' Paw Taw Square Dance Club items to West Virginia State Museum, Charleston Culture Center and West Virginia Archives and History for preservation allowing other square dance members to enjoy. Items include clothing, badges, memorabilia from 1950 to 2011, posters, banners, newspaper articles, pictures, cassette tapes of callers, VHS tapes of dances, plaques, international magazine article featuring Marian's attire, certificates, proclamations and items from C.A.C.T.U.S. group, John-Lee-Rock Round Dance Club and Harry Mills (caller) items.

FEST: Paramount Arts Center's Festival of Trees and Trains continue through Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Ashland center, as it celebrates 30 years. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

CLASSES: Gayle Riggs offers reviews or requests at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, at Underwood Senior Center. If enough participation is expressed for Dec. 16, a class may be scheduled. Regular classes begin Jan. 6. Call 304-453-1250.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: P.A. "Fox" Heaberlin, Gregory Kiser, Patty Damron Blevins, Barbara Barker, Sarah Stephenson, Landy Chapman, Kimberly Bailey, Anna Dillard, Aaron Lutz, Don Staker, Toby Wheeler, Katrina Zornes, Linda McGuire, Danny Smith, one of Huntington Hose's finest, Jamie Henry, Kiera Kennard, another great-grandkid of Brenda Ellis, is the 6 turned upside down (9), John Buckley turns 82.

TODAY'S ANNIVERSARIES: George and Rebecca McCoy celebrate their 40th anniversary today. They are parents of Nora, Michelle, John and Joseph and grandparents of Kasey, Sierra, Aron, Andrea, Gabrielle and Gunner.

SUNDAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Elizabeth Hall, Roger Rash, Stephanie Boone, Danielle Goodman, Doug Myers, Joy Powers, Jennifer Theuring, Betty Workman with City Bank Customer Service, Maura Campbell, Dortha Hensley, Dick Meredith.

SUNDAY'S ANNIVERSARY: Larry and Beth Sparks.

CHUCKLE: All Bill asked for was a little good-night kiss, but Anne haughtily rebuffed him with, "I don't do that sort of thing on my first date!" "Well," Bill replied with sarcasm, "how about on your last date?"

Send items to Brenda Lucas, P.O. Box 596, Ona, WV 25545; fax to 304-526-2857; or email to bklucas53@aol.com.

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