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Brenda Lucas: Community news

Aug. 21, 2013 @ 06:53 AM

LIST: Alexander Gain, Huntington resident, was named to Dean's List for 2013 spring semester at Tulane University. Completing his freshman year, he is a physics and engineering major. He was also awarded David R. Filo and Dean's Honor scholarships.

BAND: A concert featuring Southridge Bluegrass Band begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Mountaineer Opry House, Milton. Doors and concessions open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15; $12 seniors; and $5 seniors/children. Call 304-743-5749.

MILITARY: Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Jamel S. Boukhemis graduated from basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The 2009 Huntington High graduate is son of Dawne and Dr. Rabah Boukhemis of Huntington.

CLASSES: Art, drawing and watercolor classes are offered Saturdays, beginning Aug. 24, at Watercolor Dreams Gallery and Art School. "Kidz Art," watercolor and basic drawing for ages 7-11, is from noon to 2 p.m. "Teenz Art," drawing and sketching for ages 12-17, is from 9 to 11 a.m. "Adultz Drawing" with Bruce Bowersock is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and "Adultz Watercolor" is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Fees are $20, plus tax. Call 304-633-6035.

READ: It takes one to know one -- Kim McAlister recently sent an email saying "I enjoy reading your column. You know my mother, Emma Kennedy, who is a friend of your sister, Jeannie. I know Jeannie, too. All three of us enjoy Longaberger!" Could they all have traveled together on bus trips to Dresden? Thanks Kim for reading this column.

GRAD: Stephanie Galuk was one of four locals recently graduating from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Stephanie, daughter of Debra Galuk of Huntington, graduated from Spring Valley High in 2003 and earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from MU in 2008. She plans to enter an OB/GYN program at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

PROGRAM: Dottie Daugherty, Woodlands Retirement Community resident, is one of six enthusiasts featured in "Six Voices: Six Short Stories about West Virginia Glass" celebrating 200 years of West Virginia glass at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Charleston's Culture Center. Dottie discusses her inherited passion for collecting glass. Registration is recommended. Email bobby.l.taylor@wv.gov or call 304-558-0230, Ext. 163.

SYMPATHY: I have the last card received from a special friend, Marjorie LaCoss of Peru, Ind., formerly of South Point, Ohio, with her signature and typewritten note included in it. She seldom forgot to mail cards whether it was a birthday, thinking of you or get well. "Little Marjorie" was how I referred to her because she was little in stature but a wonderful Christian friend. This sweetheart went to be with the Lord Aug. 3 at age 88 in Indiana. Sympathy is offered to her family and friends in this great loss, as well as prayers and thoughts that God's love and comfort surround each. My fondest memory is when I attended her "going-away" gathering in 2008 at First Baptist Church of South Point as she was returning to Peru to live with one of her sons.

BELATED: Greetings of late to Jimmy and Becky Crabtree who celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary Aug. 9. Here's hoping it was a grand celebration and may will follow.

LATE: Blake Alan David Fry, son of Dave and Debbie Fry, recently celebrated number 9 in Charlotte, N.C. This family lived in Indian Meadows, Ona, for several years before being transferred by CSX Transportation. Here's hoping this youngster had an enjoyable and fun-filled day.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Chandler Morton, Emma Toler, Aspen Pyles, Connor Matthew Pratt turns 7, Donna Gordon, Erica Price, Brad Armstead, David Gillum, Geoff Sheils, Nina Smith, William Brown, Julia Hampton, Ruth Ann Meadows, Frank Olmstead, Tom Miller, retired The Herald-Dispatch columnist, and his wife, Carolyn.

TODAY'S ANNIVERSARIES: Mike and Alicia Sweeney, Barry and Lynne Taylor, J.D. and Jessica Dillon, Lindsay and Carol Thorp (1971), Frank and Margie Olmstead (2009).

CHUCKLE: "That's a great place to work!" shouted the 16-year-old boy after coming home from the first day at his first job. "I get two weeks' paid vacation." "I'm so glad," said his mother. "Yeah," added John, "I can't wait to find out where they send me."

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