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Brenda Lucas: Community news for Monday, Dec. 25

December 25, 2017 GMT

CANDLES: Tom Wilks of Gallipolis, Ohio, began a new era in birthdays when he turned 80 years young Dec. 22. His wife, Patty, says it’s “too many candles to put on a cake.” Tom is retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Huntington. Here’s hoping it was an enjoyable celebration, Tom.

STORIES: Chick-fil-a Cow Tales Story Hour is not offered Tuesday, Dec. 26, or Jan. 2.

SALES: Lori Strieter was one of five sales professionals recently joining the Realty Exchange to represent real estate buyers and sellers in the Huntington area. Lori is a former registered nurse and human resources director with organizational and communication skills.

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SANTA: Jolly old Saint Nick came from the North Pole with a couple of his reindeer to make smiles for many youngsters during the early December train ride in New Haven, Ky., including 3-year-old Oakley Bowyer of Salt Rock. Sponsored by Kentucky Railroad Historical Museum, the event was also enjoyed by Oakley’s great-aunt (myself); his parents, Stephanie Adkins and Justin Bowyer; his grandmother, Jeannie Grieco; and his great-grandmother, Nada Lucas, the oldest “child” in this train car but with a child’s heart.

30TH: Carlton and Sharon Toler celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary Dec. 15. Here’s hoping it was a blessed event with many more happy and healthy ones to follow.

WORSHIP: St. Mary’s Department of Spiritual Care and Mission continues worship services with Mass at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25, at Sisters’ Chapel, 1 East; memorial of St. Stephen, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26; and New Year’s Day Mass, 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1.

ELECTED: Michael J. Farrell, managing member of Farrell, White and Legg PLLC and former interim president of Marshall University, was reappointed as chair of Higher Education Policy Commission for a second four-year term.

RECOGNIZED: Traci Boyle, Huntington resident and clinical supervisor, Grant Gardens/SAH Region II at Pressley Ridge at Ona, was recognized as a “2017 Employee of the Year” at the employee recognition event at PNC Park in early November. From 1,100 employees, 21 were honored at the event.

TEAM: Spring Valley High School JROTC Drill Team placed first overall at Huntington High School Drill Competition earlier this month. The team placed first in Regulation Platoon and second in Regulation Squad and Advanced Color Guard. Individual honors were awarded to Alexis Nelson (second), Samantha Sparks (third), Brettina Jeffers (fourth), Ariel Jeffers (eighth), Sunnie Hensley (19th) and Abby Ross (20th) for individual knockout.

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MEMBERS: An orientation luncheon for new members was recently conducted by Woman’s Club of Huntington. Jane D’Egidio and Becky Meade were welcomed by Mary Beth Elmore, membership co-chair, having various committee chairs give overviews of their particular areas of service to the community. Parliamentarian Shirley Dudley discussed the history of The General Federation of Women’s Clubs and The Woman’s Club of Huntington.

BELATED: Evan Minsker, Nov. 14; Kambrie Canterbury, Lucy Huggins, Sandy Nesmith, Meredith Vance, Kambrie Canterbury, Lucy Huggins, Sandy Nesmith, Meredith Vance, Trinity Casto, Kristopher Hopkins, Dec. 1; Irene Bazel, Gideon Dornbos, Ben Walls, Karen Hyre, Gary Newman, Becky Williams, Carol Carrico, Tim Gerlach, Zane Meese, Sharon Powers, Dec. 2; Jane Bogan, Todd Landin, Alex Linz, Dec. 3; Rachel Lake, Judson Johnson, Dec. 4; Ray Adkins, Dec. 5; Jeanette Rowsey, Elizabeth Clark, Dec. 6; Ramona Zimmerman, Sherry Wheeler, Dec. 7; Ramona Scites, Marquis Marcham, Dec. 8; Evan Hughes, Vanessa Klingler, Dec. 9; Cindy Collins, Emily McBride, Ann Thornburg, Dec. 10.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Donna Rhoten, Kevin Dillon, Rebecca Hampton, Katelyn McGuffin, Bill Budden, Nancy Dean, Jade Wallace, Braelyn Scarberry, Dennis Murphy, Melissa Radcliffe, Amy Byrd Maynard, Dave McCarty, Austin Morris, Terry Wooten, Kim Herman, Maxine Kessler, Ruth Ann Zoeller, Kevin Dillon, Marshall University senior, turns 23 years old, Richard Adkins, Linda Waddell, Herald-Dispatch employee of the advertising department, Mickey Johnson, former Herald-Dispatch sportswriter and editor.

CHUCKLE: The highlight of the Christmas play was to show the radiance of Jesus. An electric light bulb was hidden in the manger. All stage lights were to be turned off so that only the brightness in the manger could be seen. At the appropriate time all lights went out! Silence was broken when one of the shepherds said in a loud stage whisper: “Hey! You turned off Jesus!”

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