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Brenda Lucas: Community news

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

MILITARY: Army Major Jason R. McKenzie graduated from the Command and General Staff Officers Course at Army Command and General Staff College, the Army's senior tactical school in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The logistics officer has served in the military 14 years. He is son of Linda Shelton of Catlettsburg, Ky., and grandson of Gail McKenzie of Louisa, Ky. His wife, Victoria, is daughter of Larry Renfro of Terrebonne, Ore. He graduated from Boyd County High School, Ashland, in 1997 and received a bachelor's degree from Morehead State University in 2001.

"HAG": Merle Haggard, sometimes known as the "Hag," performs at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at the Labor Day Festival in Catlettsburg, Ky. With 76 albums and thousands of concerts, the music legend and country outlaw has been singing 50 years.

VISIT: It's always a joy to visit with George Morgan, retired The Herald-Dispatch employee and neighbor of my sister. In mid-August, he took pleasure in spreading the news about his grandson serving in the U.S. Army in San Diego, Calif., and awaiting another promotion. This nice gentleman also told me about his successful eye surgery and will have the other done in the near future.

LATE: My birthday card from Lillian Narcise arrived late, but I'll forgive her since it was for a good excuse. Lil, longtime friend and former The Herald-Dispatch employee, just returned from a trip to New York, which was a surprise birthday gift from her daughter, Jeannie Warden. On her way home to Huntington, she visited with another daughter, Julia Narcise-Fox, and fiance, Ted Diaz, in Woodbridge, Va. They enjoyed seeing the wonderful sights, especially the World Trade Center.

RUGRATS: Nickelodeon's classic hit animated series about life from a baby's point of view begins at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 6-7, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Ashland's Paramount Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and $5 children 12 years old and younger. A family pack of two adult and two kids' tickets is available for $25. Call 606-324-3175.

FRIEND: We come across many people in our life and some remain part of us. Such is the case with Maxine Hoke of Huntington, a special gift I was blessed with through my H-D career. There are so many things to love about her - kind nature, big heart, generous spirit, warm smile, just to name a few. Despite recuperating from a bad fall in the past year, she becomes another year younger Sunday, Sept. 1. May this special friend be blessed with a great one filled with love, happiness, good health and all that she deserves.

WEEKEND: Camden Park offers its "Blues and Barbeque" Saturday-Monday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Activities include Paul Burch, Saturday; Humming House, Sunday; and Black Twig Pickers, Monday. Fireworks are also conducted Saturday and Sunday.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Alaina Asebes, Diana Stevens, Jaisten Brumfield turns 2, Benjamin "Ben" Keyser, Lee Green, Jenny Clark, Benjy Keyser, Thomas McChesney, Bill Sheils Jr., Fern Allred, Arlene Kelly, Michele Blake, Bryce Richard Gorby, sixth grandchild of "Mawmaw" Brenda Ellis, hops closer to his teens at 12, Wylie Jeffrey Jr., Darlene Kendrick, Sharon Methax, Chase Wallace, Betty Staggs, Eric Withrow, Madison Ann McDaniels is 8, Freddie Ray of Milton celebrates number 85.

TODAY'S ANNIVERSARIES: Robert and Patti Bruce, Charles and Michelle Duling.

SUNDAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Kelly Neal, Lynn Fischer, Ryan Fraley, Ryan and Isabel Long, Tom Arthur, Rick Epperly, Chloe Ane Lewingdon turns 8, Michael Ginn, Sharon Hallis, Doris Neal, Leonard Morrison, Jeff Black, Raymond Thornburg, Sara Adkins, Thomas Gardner, Caleb Mitchell.

SUNDAY'S ANNIVERSARY: Bob and Winona Sayre celebrate 63 years.

CHUCKLE: A surgery patient wasn't taking any chances. Prior to her operation, she taped notes all over her body for the surgeon: "Take your time," "Don't cut yourself," "No need to rush," "Wash your hands," etc. After surgery, as the nurse assisted the patient back into her bed, they discovered a new note taped to her, this one from the doctor: "Has anyone seen my watch?"

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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