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Brenda Lucas: Community news for Wednesday, March 21

March 21, 2018 GMT

HUNT: A community Easter egg hunt begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Crossroads United Methodist Church’s parking lot.

MINISTER: From 1961 to March 22, 2016, the Rev. Cleo Watson served the Lord by ministering and pastoring area churches. This fine man of God led the flock at Ceredo Christian Baptist Church for 30 years and Scottown Independent Community Church the last four years of his life. He loved flying and was granted his pilot’s license at age 70. May his memory live on in the hearts and minds of those loving and knowing him.

OPEN: Ironton Elks and Positive Productions offer a series of open-mic nights from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, March 22 and 29 and April 5, in the second floor ballrooms, 416 Park Ave. Two events are offered nightly. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. is geared for the under 21 crowd with light refreshments, pop and water available for purchase. The 21-and-older group meets from 8 to 10 p.m. with light refreshments and cash bar. Admission is $2. Contact elks177@gmail.com or 740-532-1262.

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UNCLE: Vernon Adkins, oldest of my mother’s brothers, would have celebrated a birthday Friday, March 23, but he was called to his heavenly home in August 1973 after battling brain cancer a few years. Thoughts of this father and grandfather fill the minds of family and friends.

LAST: The last of the annual Lenten fish dinners for this year is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church parish hall. The cost is $10; $5 ages 3-12; free for ages 2 and younger. Proceeds benefit Our Lady of Fatima Parish School. Contact 304-523-2861 or www.olofps.org.

LUNCHEON: “Healthy Colon, Healthy Life: Why Risk Something You Can Prevent,” an educational luncheon hosted by Bon Secours Kentucky Health System, begins at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. Rob Brandenburg, DO, a gastroenterologist with a medical degree from University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, speaks. For reservations, call 606-833-2273.

CANTATA: The Kenova United Methodist Church Chancel Choir and Praise Band, directed by Randy Davis and Tammy Meadows, accompanist, presents a cantata at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, and 11 a.m. Sunday, March 25. Soloists include Becky Davis, Mike Wheeler, Dusty Mills, Syd Hanson, Donna Akers, as well as the church quartet and other guests.

WELCOMED: Mason Christopher Joyce, son of John and Bethann Joyce, was recently welcomed and received into the faith community of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. His sponsor is Amanda Day.

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NOMINATIONS: Nominations are accepted through March 23 for the 2018 Dr. Dan Evans Ohio University Southern Alumni Leadership Award. Nominees must be a graduate of either a two-year or a four-year degree program at Ohio University Southern and demonstrate positive leadership in the community to be eligible. The award recipient is recognized at the spring graduate recognition ceremony. To nominate, go online at www.ohio.edu/southern/alumni/award.cfm.

SHOW: Josh Martin, former member of Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry and Fast Lane, performs country music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at the Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg, Kentucky. Tyler Booth opens. Tickets are $14. Contact www.macarts.com or 888-MAC-ARTS.

SPIKE IT: More than 1,000 volleyball players participate in the annual West Virginia Spikefest Volleyball Tournament at 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, March 23-25, at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

MEMORY: Rufus Garrett would have celebrated his “double nickel” (55) birthday Friday, March 23, but he passed away suddenly June 22, 2016. Memories of this gentleman are in the minds and hearts of many, including Carolyn Byrd Williamson.

MEAL: The Greater Barboursville Community Outreach provides a free meal of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, dessert and beverages from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Barboursville Senior Center.

CONCERT: The Huntington Harmonica Club performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in Bowman Auditorium, Ohio University Southern campus. The concert is sponsored by Ironton Council for the Arts. Tickets are $10 and free to OU students with ID.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Odessa Adkins, Marc Kuhn, Stephanie Freeland, Willie Adkins, Scott Pancake, Sheila Chapman, Rachel Sierson, Katrinna Craddock, Charles Stephens, Teresa Pickett, Brian Cordle, Jake Fife, Kyle McComas, Sue Bennett, Dustin Fisher, Skip Nitardy, Beth Combs, Kayla Ward and son, Skylar Jordan, share the same birthday.

TODAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Brent and Carol Smith (1981), Josh and Amanda Lusher (2015), David and Debbie Burns, Bill and Melissa McDaniels.

THURSDAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Jacynn Pemberton, Aaron White, Ruth Borda, Rebecca Craig, Liam Anderson, Morgan Jackson, Connie Gunter, Phyllis Payne, Kimberly Slappe, Alexis Adkins, Sue Ballengee, Bonnie Black, Jennifer L. Webb, Valerie Yeager, Liza Petty, Mike Coffey, Buford McComas, Sara Bailey, Charles Gerwig, Pat Daugherty, Donna Dunn, Abigail Willis, Michelle Adkins.

THURSDAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Bob and Pam Templeton Simpkins celebrate number 50.

FRIDAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Zane Moore, Dee Cook, Gary Lee Maynard, Karla Adkins, Judy Clendenin, Alex Cremeans, Butch Shoub, Terri Stull, Mary Vital, Madison Thompson, Bo McCallister, Carrie Thompson, Bevin Stull, Phyllis Burton, Shaylynn Kutcher, Logan Denning, Heather Bloss, Angie Blake, Austin Tomlin.

FRIDAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Bobby and Mollie Bannister, Scott and Monica Revely, Mike and Angela Fitch.

CHUCKLE: The grandmother of Rick’s friend was hospitalized and fading fast. When he visited the next day, he was delighted to find her alert and on the mend. “You really gave us a scare,” he said. “We thought you were going to buy the farm.” “I’m fine,” she reassured him. “I was just checking out the property.”

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