Community news for Friday, Dec. 28

December 28, 2018 GMT

MISSION TRIP: Jack Mease and Len Rogers returned last week from their annual two-week Christmas trip to Nicaragua where they continued their ministry of building homes for families, supporting the education of children, and providing Christmas celebrations for 100 children. This was Mease’s 21st annual trip and, during that time with donations and help from some local groups, 45 homes have been built and 28 children are being provided education. Each home costs approximately $3,500 and is an 18- by 18-foot masonry block dwelling with a tin roof and concrete floor. Twenty children are in primary and secondary schools, three are in medical college, one in nursing school, one in engineering school, and three in business school. The gifts that are given to the children are usually the only gifts they receive for Christmas. Eight years ago, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called Nicaragua Education, Shelter and Health Fund Inc. (NESH) was established. Contributions are welcome and may be mailed to NESH, P. O. Box 731, Barboursville, WV 25504. One hundred percent of contributions will be used to work in Nicaragua. Visit http://jackmease.blogspot.com to view pictures of Mease’s and Rogers’ latest trip.

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: Cabell Midland High School students selected as students of the month for December by the Rotary Club of Barboursville are senior, Hayden Hussell, son of Davis and Heather Hussell of Huntington; junior, Joshua Adkins, son of Brian and Jill Adkins of Hamlin; sophomore, Ramsey Ash, son of Randy and Melissa Ash of Huntington; and freshman, Isaiah Pierson, son of Tia Johnson of Glenwood and James Pierson of Ona.

FREE PIZZA: On Saturday, Dec. 29, the Greater Barboursville Community Outreach will provide a free holiday pizza party with a variety of pizza, desserts and beverages from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Barboursville Senior Center, 721 Central Ave. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 304-736-6251.

CONTEST WINNERS: Congratulations to the winners of the holiday home decorating contest sponsored by the Village of Barboursville CVB. Ed Steen and Sha Harbour tied for first place; Rick Keaton won second place; and Carolyn DeJarnett was the third-place winner.

LOCAL ARTIST EXHIBIT: If you stop at Tamarack during your holiday travels, take time to visit the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery and view the May Your Day Be Bright art exhibition that features artists’ works from around the state. This exhibit will hang until Jan. 6, 2019. Barboursville artist, Vernon Howell, has works displayed in this exhibit as well as the Photo Finish exhibit that will be displayed from Jan. 12 through Feb. 24. These exhibits are available to view daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Howell also has several pieces of art displayed in Marshall University’s eighth annual National Juried Exhibition in MU’s Charles W. and Norma C. Carroll Gallery in the Visual Arts Center on 3rd Avenue in downtown Huntington. This exhibit will hang from Jan. 27 through Feb. 28.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Congratulations to John Buchanan Riffe, who was selected as student of the month for December for the 7A class of Milton Middle School. Buchanan is the son of proud parents John and Delberta Riffe of Milton.

HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: The Fairland High School class of 1969 is planning its 50-year class reunion for July 2618, 2019. Members are also inviting 1970 and ’71 classmates to join them. A social get-together will be held on July 26 at Fat Patty’s in Huntington and a riverboat cruise is planned for July 27. Checks for reservations for the cruise ($52 per person) should be made to Cathy Lawson, 58 Township Road 1309, Proctorville, OH 45669. A Sunday brunch will be held at the Marshall University Hall of Fame restaurant at 11 a.m. on July 28. The next reunion meeting is in Proctorville at Gino’s at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 10. For more information, call 304-696-4004.

BIRTHDAYS: Happy birthday this week to Carol Hayes, Gigi Gerlach, Richard Adkins, Chuck Minsker, Dana Young, Dee Ashworth, Louise Miller, Patty Chapman, Roger Cole, Terry Wooten, Ryan Coburn, Carolyn Jenkins, Zenaida Prichard, Don Baylous, Rodney Keaton, Rick Minichan, Anna Haddox, Matthew Boggess, Dave McCarty, Austin Morris, Aubrey Nelson, Seth Thomas, Valerie Wilson, Troy Nicely, Angel Willis, Angela Cory, Betty Clay, Levi Marshall, Luke Marshall, Lauren Poe, Nicholas Ore, Eugenia Harris, Pam Eden, Steve Hass, Jon Houck, Brenna Mitchell, Mickey Holley, Madison Grant, Rodney Johnson, Melissa Radcliffe, Danny Frost, Lisa Artis, Margie Collins, Tammy Jividen, Jennifer Nance, Jonna Morrison, Ginger Lynn Plumley, Jennifer Harlow, Phil Jackson, Amy Byrd Maynard, Linda Shipley Salem, and Shane Cartmill.

Special birthday wishes to Aviary Johnson who blows out 6 candles today; to Jimmie Barker who celebrates his 55th birthday today; to Scott Elizabeth Stines whose 8th birthday is today; and to Will Johnson who celebrates his 18th birthday tomorrow.

ANNIVERSARIES: Couples celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are Mitch and Micki Shaver, Joe and Tia Daulton, Ken and Sharon Ambrose, Allan Chamberlain and Shauna Lively, Charles and Gwen Williams, James and Debbie Forth, David and Lisa Sheets, Julie and Brad Armstead, and Jack and Peachie Turner.

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.