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Brenda Lucas: Community news for Monday, Dec. 31

December 31, 2018

WATCH: Kenova United Methodist Church presents a “Night Watch” service (watching 2018 end and 2019 begin) at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31.

DECORATORS: Kenova area residents decorated their residences and were judged on creativity, continuity and overall visual appearance to enter the first annual holiday decorating contest sponsored by Kenova Beautification. First-place winner was William and Ladonna Turner, 1505 Sycamore St., followed by Robbie and Rhonda Bradshaw, 1719 Walnut St., second, and David and Connie Fleming, 1816 Sycamore St., third. Winners received gift cards to the local FoodFair Grocery.

DANCE: Huntington Old Time Dance and Music begins 2019 with an old-time square dance from 710 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Trinity Episcopal Church. Music is provided by Allegheny Hellbenders from Morgantown with Linda Donohew from Lesage as caller. The dance is free; but donations are accepted to cover costs. The cost is $7; $5 for students and free for ages 12 and younger. Beginners are welcome to attend.

NAMED: Amy Yost Parent, second-grade teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School, was recently presented the first-ever Sanford Teacher award with this announcement/note: “On behalf of the Sanford Programs at National University System, Mrs. Amy Parent has been recognized as an inspirational teacher and named a 2018 Sanford Teacher Award recipient, which comes with a $10,000 recognition.” Amy is an Our Lady of Fatima Parish School graduate and parishioner. Congratulations for the honor of “Best Teacher Award.”

SPIRIT: The Christmas season is about giving, and that is what Martha Bird Bidal did for Woodlands residents and staff. Martha, currently residing in New Mexico but grew up in Huntington, is a friend of Mary Alice Conaty and Cynthia Beal of Woodlands Retirement Community, so she had Christmas elves to distribute 12 dozen Paula Vega cupcakes there for anyone wanting to enjoy. What a wonderful way to share the Christmas spirit.

SELECTED: Harper Haney was selected by Rotary Club of Barboursville as Student of the Month for the junior class at Cabell Midland High School. The daughter of Tim and Kristi Haney and granddaughter of Jim and Nancy McSweeney was honored Nov. 14 at the club’s weekly luncheon at Guyan Country Club. Congratulations, Harper, on this well-deserved selection.

TOUGHMAN: “Tough as nails”? ThursdayFriday, Jan. 45, is the time to find out just how tough. The 31st annual Toughman Contest opens at 7 p.m. each evening at Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Sponsors are Coors Light, Blue Moon, 84 Lumber, Dutch Miller Automotive, Permco, Huntington Drum, Fitness World, Prichard’s Lawn Care, Shield Roofing and Construction. General admission tickets are $25; reserved $30; and VIP, $40. Contact www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

AGE: Time does fly — it seems only yesterday that Steve Sansom was riding the school bus with my sister and participating in youngster and teenage activities in the Salt Rock neighborhood. Now, on Monday, Dec. 31, he watches the year end as celebrates his 62nd birthday; however, his great personality and good looks haven’t changed with getting older. May this be a grand year for this Christian father, brother, uncle and friend.

MISSING: A true fact those we love seem to be missed more during the Christmas season especially in the older groups. My 87-year-old Mother mentions her brother, Charles Adkins, and her nephew, Charles Edward Adkins Jr., about every day telling how much she misses them and loves them. How it brightened her days to hear their voices and know both were doing well.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Hank Dial, Annette Cartwright, Rita Given, Andrea Houston, Becky Lilly, Tina Clapper, Mark Kessinger, Mickey Holley, Jeff Smith, Sarah Ramey, Joan Rohde, Jax McCarty, Lewis Swann, Ginger Lynn Plumley, Karl Turner, Jackie Krieger, Kimberly Deering, Haley Withers, Lilly Smith turns 5.

TODAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Mac Davis and Kim Lewis, Lyle and Debbie Henderson, Jan and Scott Ramey, Ford and Carolyn Price, Chris and Kerry Fizer, Lou and Ken Morris, Howard and Sandy Pullin.

CHUCKLE: John, at a New Year’s party, turned to his friend, Dave, and asked for a smoke. “I thought you made a New Year’s resolution and that you don’t smoke,” Dave said. “I’m in the process of quitting,” replied John with a grin. “I am in the middle of phase one.” “Phase one?” asked David. “Yeah,” laughed John, “I’ve quit buying.”

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

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