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Brenda Lucas: Community news for Tuesday, December 11

December 11, 2018

MEET: Huntington East High School Classes of 1952 and 1953 meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Ponderosa, South Point, Ohio.

KIDS: Children’s choirs of Huntington’s First United Methodist Church, directed by Deborah Bradley, take a trip back to the 1950s and Big Bill Drive-In with the annual Christmas musical at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the church. A dinner featuring a burger and fries is offered at 5 p.m. The cost is $5. Reservations are necessary. A costume contest for best 50s outfit is also available. Call 304-522-0357.

ENJOYED: Woodlands Retirement Community residents were recently treated to a hand drumming class with Sheila McEntee, founder/director of “Drum n Fun.” It was a time enjoyed by all.

CLASSIC: Charleston Ballet and West Virginia Symphony Orchestra sponsor the 16th annual holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Clay Center Maier Performance Hall, Charleston. Tickets begin at $24 and $12 children. Group rates are also available for 10 or more. Contact 304-561-3570 or www.tickets.theclaycenter.org.

JOINED: Elysaa Carico recently joined Realty Exchange as a real estate sales professional. She has represented buyers and sellers in and around Wayne County since 2015.

MEET: Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in conference room of Bellefonte Centre, Russell, Ky. Randall Sanger, internationally-known photographer, offers a presentation concerning his work. Registration is not required.

PROMOTED: Levi Durfee, member of Bulldog Creative Services of Huntington since early 2011, has been promoted to vice president of web services, providing leadership to the agency’s web and software development teams.

PROGRAM: Love Your Heart Program presented by WVU Extension Service continues at noon Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Barboursville Senior Center. The community movement to reduce heart disease is offered through December at various Cabell County locations.

AWARDED: Julie Kavanaugh, formerly of Chicago and chief of staff for operations for Braidy Industries currently residing in Ashland, is the 2018 recipient of the Sounds of Christmas Children’s Charities’ Troubadour Award. Congratulations on this honor, Julie.

MURDER: Who dun it? You can find out at “Murder at the Opry” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Milton Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $42. The event is presented by Murder and Merriment.

FARMER: “You never get done, there’s always a job to do” … words from Phil Hager of Hurricane, WV, who began farming on 144 acres in 1938. Over the years, he has grown hay, corn, trees and Hereford cattle. Today, he owns and farms more than 600 acres. He is a member of American Tree Farm System, as well as Hamlin Mason Lodge 79 for more than 66 years. Thanks Phil for sharing your ‘farming’ story.

DANCING: Applications are accepted for the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History’s 2019 statewide dance festival to be offered April 26-28. Deadline is no later than Friday, Jan. 11. Adjudication DVDs are due Feb. 15 and adjudications are conducted Feb. 22-24. Applications and guidelines, along with additional information about the festival, can be found on the department’s website, http://www.wvculture.org/dance/index.html. Contact Adam Jones at 304-558-0220 or Adam.C.Jones@wv.gov.

CHIEF: St. Mary’s Medical Center has a new president and chief executive officer. Todd Campbell takes over Jan. 1, replacing Michael Sellards, who retires after 18 years of leading the center. Todd has served as senior vice president and chief operating officer since 2007 and previously was vice president of finance and chief financial officer. The certified public accountant also has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marshall University and a master of business administration from University of Charleston’s executive MBA program. Congratulations Todd and best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement Michael.

BLUEGRASS: Huntington Symphony Orchestra presents a bluegrass-style holiday concert with The McClain Family at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Keith Albee Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 to $45.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Grover Hamrick, Nita DeBord, Heather Greenleaf, Karen Martinez, Cheryl Stutler, Lorrie Zappitelli, Jonathan Bartram, Carter Matthews, Tara Marshall, Greg Childers, Lauren McDaniel, Tori Burdette, Frances White turns 83, Teresa Burns, Marie Pinkerman, Mary Adams, Michael Chornobay, Caiden Conley, Linda Duty, Leslie Pack, Mary Elizabeth Johnson.

CHUCKLE: Chuckie was telling Jackie about his new gloves. “I got a new pair of gloves today, but they’re both ‘lefts’” he said. Jackie asked how he could tell because they didn’t look different. Chuckie responded, “On the one hand is great, but on the other, it’s just not right.”

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