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Brenda Lucas: Community news

Jan. 29, 2014 @ 11:09 PM

CRAM IT: Free sessions of "Exam Cram" is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 8, and March 1, at Boyd County Public Library, Ashland. Local students may study with peers or use the library's new study guides in preparing for the ACT exam, a standardized test for college admissions. A session is also available from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Kyova Branch Library. Call 606-329-0518, Ext. 1410.

FRIEND: One would think as long as I've known Glenna Akers of Proctorville, Ohio, that I could remember her birthday, but guess what? For whatever reason (other than getting older), I cannot get this date in my head. In any event, if it is today, was earlier or even tomorrow, here's hoping it was or is as special as she is. She has remained a true friend over the years and sings gospel songs as sweet and humble as any angel, while playing the guitar.

CONCERT: "Mountain Stage with Larry Groce" begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at Culture Center Theater, State Capitol Grounds, Charleston. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Featured are John Gorka, winner of Kerrville Folk Festival's prestigious "New Folk" award in 1984; Justin Townes Earle, Wesley Stace, Nellie McKay and Elizabeth and The Catapult. Advance tickets are $15 or $25 day of show. They are available at Taylor Books, 800-594-TIXX or MountainStage.org.

MISS: Although I didn't visit Jenny Chatterton much in her last few years, she was in my thoughts and prayers more than anyone could ever imagine. This Christian inspiration always treated me like one of her four daughters. I often have thoughts of her, especially as I look around and see such beautiful gifts she had given, notes she had written or messages left on my heart. This great mom would have celebrated a birthday today but she was called to her heavenly home in 2009.

GIVEAWAY: Westmoreland Baptist Church hosts a clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 1, at 3401 Hughes St. Adult and children's clothing, as well as winter coats, are available. Call 304-429-1348.

THANKS: With the economy decline and high unemployment rate, charitable organizations feel the crunch about as bad as most. But businesses like Charlie's Harley-Davidson step up to the plate to make a difference. Thanks to this business for helping raise $580 through donation-based gift wrapping in December for Huntington's Enterprise Child Development Center.

LESSONS: Ballroom dance lessons in tango are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays in February, beginning Feb. 3, at Underwood Senior Center. Classes, instructed by Gayle Riggs, cost $6 each. Contact 304-453-1250 or rigg1209@zoominternet.net.

FINANCIAL: Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio, hosts the statewide college financial aid event, "College Goal Sunday" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. The free event is presented by Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. To register, call 800-233-6734 or visit www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Betty Watts, Janie Stone, Scott Waugh, Jennifer Egbert, Lottie Simms, Larry Harman, Scott Leonhart, Sabra Cogar, Russ Williams, Jimmy Hill, Miranda Chaffins, Sylvia Jackson, Ted Rakes, Liam Michael Walker turns 1 year old, Jerry Cremeans and Terry Hatfield, twin brother and sister, near the mid 50 mark at 54.

FRIDAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Katie Caudill, Kaylee Adkins. Phil Jenkins, Janet Bromley, Stuart Price, Justin Darling, Tracey West hits the midway to 100 (50), David Moore crosses the 3-0 mark to 31, Emily Underwood, David Workman, Carol Smith, Stuart Price engineers in at 52, Megan Underwood, Kelli Campbell, Patsy Stephenson, Sabrina Esslinger, daughter-in-law of Mark and Patti Keyser Esslinger, becomes the last of her 20s at 29, Peggy Wild, Robin Hardwick, Cassie Clements, Phyllis Hegwood.

FRIDAY'S ANNIVERSARY: Jerry and Glenna Weatherholt.

CHUCKLE: As manager of the hospital's softball team, Carl was responsible for returning equipment to the proper owners at the end of the season. When he walked into the surgery department carrying a bat that belonged to one of the surgeons, he passed several patients and their families in a waiting area. He heard one man say to his wife, "Look, honey, here comes your anesthesiologist."

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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