Community News for Friday, Dec. 14
BIG BASKETBALL BIRTHDAY — Matthew Hood of Huntington celebrated his 9th birthday Monday, Dec. 10, in the boxes at the Marshall University Henderson Center during the MU/Morehead basketball game with about 20 friends, his siblings, and other family members. During half-time entertainment events, Matthew, a third grader at Meadows Elementary, and his brother, Jeffrey, a 6th grader at Huntington Middle School, participated in a game on the arena floor. Both were required to dress in adult basketball apparel (shorts, shirt, shoes, and Marco hat), run the length of the floor, and make a basket — which Matthew did! What a great way to celebrate a 9th birthday! Matthew and Jeffrey’s parents are Morgan and Ellie Hood of Huntington.
COMPETITION —Bozhi’s GymNest gymnastics teams participated in three different competitions last weekend with the girls in Charleston, WV, at the Big Dog meet. The Xcel Silver team brought home the second-place team trophy and some of the high-level girls qualified for event finals. Megan Miles, Level 10, took first place in four events. The boys’ team excelled at the Cowtown meet in Columbus, Ohio, by taking several first places. Caden Spencer competed in Novi, Michigan, and swept six of seven gold medals and a silver medal. Coaches are Enrique Garcia for the boys’ team and Hrabrina Spencer, girls’ team.
CHRISTMAS DINNER —Members of the Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department enjoyed their annual Christmas dinner on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Barboursville Senior Center. Since last December, the BVFD has responded to 1,057 calls and has held five fire prevention details which involves taking trucks and/or safety trailer to local elementary schools, daycare centers, and several businesses for Safety Day. During these details, they were able to teach approximately 508 children and 108 adults about fire safety and being prepared for emergencies. Three thousand dollars raised at a boot drive in November will be used to provide clothing, toys, and food baskets for nine families with 20 children. Awards were presented to five members for their years of service in the BVFD: Philip Kincaid, 45 years; Tim Cooke, 45 years; Chad Ward, 25 years; David Burgess, 10 years; and Jamie Dzierzak, 5 years. Ed Armbruster received the Captain Whant award; Chris Brown, the Red Basher award; and Robby Ashworth, the William E. McClure award.
CANTATAS — On Sunday, Dec. 16, the Pea Ridge United Methodist chancel choir, under the direction of Dr. Alexander Lee, presents the cantata, “Hark, the Angels Sing,” during the 10:45 a.m. worship service. A community Christmas dinner will follow in the fellowship hall. Everyone is welcome. Pea Ridge United Methodist Church is located at 5747 East Pea Ridge Road. For more information, call 304-736-4467, visit www.pearidgeumc.org, or look on Facebook.
The cantata, “Breath of Heaven,” will be presented by the choir of Kellogg Independent Holiness Church of God, 4403 Piedmont Road, Huntington, on Sunday, December 16, at 10:45 a.m. under the direction of Kathy Callicoat.
Choirs from Church in the Valley and Milton United Methodist Church will perform the cantata, “Come and Adore Him,” on December 16 at 6 p.m. at Church in the Valley, 1173 James River Road Turnpike, Milton.
Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, 513 10th Street, Huntington, presents its 10th annual Festival of Lessons and Carols on December 16 at 4 p.m. Christmas music and scripture will be offered by Johnson Memorial’s sanctuary and bell choirs; Johnson’s Marshall University Music scholars; MU Faculty Brass Quintet; MU String Quartet; Dr. Johan Botes, organist; and St. Joseph School Children’s Choir.
CEREMONY — A “Wreaths Across America” ceremony will take place Saturday, Dec. 15 at noon at Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington to honor deceased veterans by placing wreaths on veterans’ graves. Volunteers are welcome to help place wreaths. Hot drinks and cookies will be served after the ceremony.
CHRISTMAS DINNER —The members of Barboursville First United Methodist Church, corner of Main and Water Streets, have their Christmas dinner on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. Guests will be from the Mildred Mitchell Bateman Home, and Santa will arrive with gifts.
CONCERT — On Monday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., the Ceredo-Kenova Alumni Band, directed by Charles Oshel and Bill Galloway, presents its annual Christmas concert at the First Baptist Church of Kenova’s family life center, located at the corner of 12th and Chestnut Street in Kenova.
BIRTHDAY — Happy birthday this week to Teresa Fralic, Ann Thornburg, Margaret Kastanas, Kay Freeman, Sarah Canady, Mike McClung, Jr., Greg Childers, Delores Donahoe, Kevin Lantz, Betty Miller, Joyce Stull, Chris Jarvis, Elijah Smith, Teresa Ball, Jake Stooke, Ellis Ciccolella, Hailey Christian, Stephanie Edwards, Matthew Thomas, Gladys Goodson, Richard Morrison, Brennen Adkins, Mary Beth Goodson, Jason Moore Eben Staggs, Lisa Chambers, Teresa Bills, Charlee Runion, Candy Scarberry, Katie Morrison, Ellie Fisher, Delores Donahoe, Justine Sperry, Steve Hensley, Ruth Swanson, Chris Black, Natalee Dunn, Chris Beltz, Kara Ann Blevins, Connie Woodard, Kathy Mays, Chardea Jones, Tara Marshall, Elizabeth Ratcliff Chapman, Kelly Floyd, Kimberly Davidson, Saundra Potter, Anthony Riggio, Kathy Meehling, Teresa Burns, David Harris, and Edwa Cremeans.
Special birthday wishes to Frances White who celebrated her 83rd birthday Tuesday; to Molly Urian Watson whose birthday was Wednesday; to Ethan Adkins who blew out 10 candles Thursday; and to Cody Allen Shafer who was 16 years old yesterday.
ANNIVERSARIES —Couples celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are Fred and Sunny Hammers, Robin and Ann Reed, David and Michelle Sinclair, Jack and Jenny Black, Larry and Julia Dickens, Greg and Barbara Isaacs, Rick and Mona Epperly, Pete and Angie Thomas, Rob and Tina Edgar, Clarence and Kathryn Nicely, Rodney and Elizabeth Henderson, John and Teresa Dial, Terrell and Amanda Johnson, and Scott and Kimberlea Byrd Poston who celebrate their 21st anniversary Sunday.
Send items for this column to Joyce Spencer, 817 Main St., Barboursville, WV 25504, or fax 304-736-4522. Her email address is jcspencer@MSN.com.