Brenda Lucas: Community news for Saturday, Dec. 15

December 15, 2018 GMT

CANTATA: “Hark the Angels Sing” presented by chancel choir of Pea Ridge United Methodist Church directed by Dr. Alexander Lee, begins at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. A community Christmas dinner follows in fellowship hall.

MUSICIANS: Ceredo-Kenova Alumni Band presents its annual community Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at First Baptist Church of Kenova family life center. Directed by Charles Oshel and assisted by Bill Galloway, the concert is free.

STUDENTS: Three Wayne High School students are not singing the blues as they were chosen to represent the Pioneers in the West Virginia High School Honor Choir in January. This is the first time since 2000. Savannah Rice, junior, Elijah Williamson and Kobe Stephens, seniors, were notified in early November of the performance Jan. 24-26 in Charleston.

CAROLS: The presentation of the 10th annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols by the sanctuary and bell choirs of Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, as well as Johnson’s Marshall University Music Scholars, MU Faculty Brass Quintet, MU String Quartet, Dr. Johan Botes, organist, and St. Joseph School Children’s Choir begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec 16.

PITCHER: Bryn Osburn has “pitched her way” to Kentucky or will next year. The Spring Valley High senior and pitcher for Lady Wolves committed for softball at Kentucky Christian University in late November. She signs the paperwork for the commitment Dec. 20. The daughter of Mick and Tammy Osburn of Kenova and sister to Brooklyn plans to major in education. Her pet, Ted, will miss her as will her boyfriend, Doug Nester, who committed to Ohio State University. Congratulations Bryn on this achievement and best of luck with loads of success is being wished.

CONCERT: A holiday concert featuring Jason Lovins Band begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at New Baptist Church. The sanctuary choir also presents “There is Peace in the World Tonight” at 11 a.m. Sunday.

THOUGHTS: Vera Fox, long-time Baltimore, Maryland, resident currently living in South Point, Ohio, with her sister, Louise Adkins, has been a “little under the weather.” This first cousin to my mother is one of the sweetest, friendliest and happiest ladies I’ve met. As a youngster when we visited her parents, Elbert and Olga Adkins of Wayne County, she was the same as she is today. Thoughts and prayers continue for days of better health.

SEARCH: River Cities Community Church Children’s Choir presents “Star Search” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. The event tells the Christmas story from the point of view of a group of stars trying to decide which will be the one to guide the way to Jesus on the first Christmas night. The Glorifiers, teen girls’ ensemble, also performs.

WISHES: Lois Rimmer is being wished happy birthday greetings Sunday, Dec. 16, as she turns 87 years young. May her day be filled with happiness, love, good health and whatever makes the day special with many more birthdays to follow.

MUSICAL: Voices of Praise Choir, Praise in Motion Worship dancers and Acts of Praise drama team of Teays Valley Church of God present a free musical, “Christ is Born,” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

CANTATA: A Christmas cantata, “Joyful News! Good News!” begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Kenova United Methodist Church.

SYMPHONY: Your Huntington Symphony Orchestra presents its holiday concert Saturday, Dec. 5, at Keith Albee Performing Arts Center. The McClain Family Band performs its bluegrass music. Tickets are $45; $35 and $15. Contact www.huntingtonsymphony.org or 304-781-8343.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Kara Ann Blevins nears the 30-mark at 28, Stephanie Dorsey, Kathy Mays with Steel of West Virginia, Maxine Hunt, Edward Clatworthy, Pamela Legg, Matthew Jarvis, Faith Wilks, Kay Freeman, Linda Plumley, Rob Proffitt, Elijah Smith, Steve Ramey, Pamela Smith, Debbie Young, Linda Osborne, Anthony Riggio nears the 50-mark at 48, Virginia Crawford, Cindy Taylor, Katherine Allgood, Russell Wilson.

TODAY’S ANNIVERSARY: Kathryn and Clarence Nicely.

SUNDAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Emerson Gibson, Connie Woodard, Cole Jackson, Boyce Jarrett, Dan Johnson, Ryan Riedel, Jessica Baisden, Dan Salamie, Lola Casey, Nancy Echols, Gary Cooper, Anada Doninski, Ryan McGuffin, Kimberly Davidson, Kelli Floyd, Sara Blethen, Fred Way, Jennifer Ewanus, Ethan Roma.

SUNDAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Tirrell and Amanda Johnson, Charles and Linda Minor, Scott and Kimberlee Byrd Poston celebrate number 21.

CHUCKLE: A parking lot of 150 cars and eight buses was outside the local zoo. For 25 years, its parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant. The fees were $1 for cars and $5 buses. One day, after 25 solid years of never missing a day of work, he just didn’t show up. The management called city council and asked to send them another parking agent. Council researched and replied the parking lot was the zoo’s own responsibility. The zoo advised council the attendant was a city employee. The council responded that the lot attendant had never been on the city payroll. Meanwhile, sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain, is a man who’d apparently had a ticket machine installed completely on his own; and then had simply begun to show up every day, to collect and keep the parking fees, estimated at about $360 per day, for 25 years. No one knows his name.

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