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Joyce Spencer: Community news

Jan. 30, 2014 @ 10:24 PM

GOOD NEWS: Laura Frye Banovez, a 2000 Cabell Midland High School graduate and a grad of Marshall University and the University of Houston, received good news last week when the producer of the play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which was performed at the Titan Theatre in 2013 in Long Island City, New York, announced that the play will be performed Off Broadway in 2014. Laura is a performer in the play and her husband, Lenny, is the artistic director. The performance of the play is somewhat unique as audiences pull actor roles out of a hat each night just seconds prior to show time. Therefore, each actor must know every character's part. Laura is the daughter of Allen and JoAnne Frye of Huntington.

TRIP: Rachel Harbour of Russell, Ky., a former Barboursville resident and a 1952 graduate of Barboursville High School, recently returned from a trip to Panama with her son and daughter-in-law, John and Pam Harbour, of East Brunswick, N.J. Rachel did a lot of sightseeing while John and Pam attended the American Bar Association's conference held there.

NEW: The ThunderTones, the Huntington Tri-State Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, inducted new officers recently. They are Jim Smith, president; Bob Mauk, past president; Dick Worner, secretary; Matt Spurlock, treasurer; Jim McClelland, public relations and program vice president; "Jeep" Dille, membership and development vice president; Ken Stevens, music and performances vice president; Ken Gainer and Rich McFarland, board members at large; and Steve Patrick, chorus director. The ThunderTones are offering singing valentines on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, and on Saturday, Feb. 15, for $50. Each recipient will receive two songs and a small gift. To order, call 304-302-NOTE or email kengainer@remax.net.

DINNER: The youth of Cyrus Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Cyrus Creek Road, Barboursville, offer a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 8. Proceeds will benefit the youth fund.

MEETING: A community meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Barboursville First United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall to discuss how the churches of Barboursville might be involved in a ministry to help the homeless, especially during inclement weather. Everyone is welcome.

AWARENESS: To raise awareness among local women that heart disease is their #1 health threat, the Huntington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc., present "Go Red for Women" at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, 1647 9th Ave., Huntington. A reception will follow.

REOPEN: The Renaissance Art Gallery, 900 8th St., Huntington, which was closed during the month of January, will reopen from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 1. The artists of the Renaissance cooperative will display some of their art at the entrance of the dinner theater and play, "Twelve Angry Men," at 8 p.m. tonight, Jan. 31 and tomorrow. The play runs Feb. 1, 7 and 8 with dinner available also. Play tickets are $15 and dinner/show tickets are $30. Call 304-733-2787 for tickets or more information.

SWEETHEART: Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc. has its annual sweetheart dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10 at Rocco's Ristorante, 252 Main St., Ceredo. Tickets are $100 per person and must be purchased in advance. For tickets and sponsorship information, call 304-529-0753, ext. 142 or email ashleythompson@emohealth.org. Proceeds will benefit the Ebenezer Medical Outreach Dental Clinic.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: This week to Mike Tatum, Jonathan Storage, Mary Sue Dameron, David Apgar, Wade Alexander, Phyllis Hegwood, Kevin Ballengee, Kelly McGuffin, Kayla Childers, Ginger Fife, Cheryl Sharp, Madeline Haddox, Kailyn Haddox, Lewis Baumgarner, Marlene Harrah, Martha Thacker, Helen Summerfield, Joan Hamilton, Scott Waugh, Kaylee Adkins, Sheralyn Fuller, Bill Hess, Jason Carney, Janet Heck, Becky Bias, Linda Wilkinson, Isaiah Sobonya, Chase Fisher, Jimmy Hill, Stuart Price, Christy Sparks, Lottie Simms, Justin Darling, Tracey West, David Moore, Kim Gooch, Koral Midkiff, Robbie Journell, Leslie Cummings, Rose Ann Turley, Kathy Byrd Persinger, Taylor Stacy, Scott Poston, Stephanie Crum, Randy Rollyson, and Jon Derbyshire.

SPECIAL WISHES: To Eilana Smith who blew out 2 candles Monday; to Alex Spence whose 7th birthday was Thursday; to twin sisters, Jerry Cremeans and Terry Cremeans Hatfield who celebrated their birthdays Thursday; and to twin sisters, Maddyson Page and Makenzie Cade Finton who celebrate their 2nd birthdays today.

BELATED: to Eden Carrie Powell, daughter of Chris and Shannan Powell and granddaughter of Barbara Blankenship, who celebrated her 11th birthday Jan. 24.

ANNIVERSARIES: Couples celebrating this week are Tony and Linda Williams, Paul and Karen Turman, Rick and Karen Treadway, Larry and Joanne Legge, Keith and Melanie McSweeney, Bill and Suzi Hess, and Jeff and Candy Rollyson.

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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