Community news for Friday, Dec. 21
CHRISTMAS MAGIC: Barboursville business man, John Houck, and his wife, Allison, and friends, Sandy Blank and Tammy Light, bring Christmas Magic Friday, Dec. 21, to children who are currently patients at Cabell Huntington Hospital and especially ones on the pediatric oncology department. Gifts, candy and lots of good cheer will be given to each child. Houck and his friends, supported by a base of about 200 people supporting this cause, have been doing this for thirteen years.
CANTATAS: Several local musicians shared their time and talents by playing their instruments for Christmas cantatas at Barboursville First United Methodist Church and Barboursville Baptist Church on Sunday, Dec. 9. They are Justin Altizer, Kerry Bart, Melissa Bart, Maggie Chenoweth, Anthony Cremeans, Amanda Eskew, Karen Ann Flouhouse, Stephanie Flouhouse, Heather Glover, Frank Hayes, Jonathan Humphreys, Stephanie Kerr, Libby McClung, Mallory Mount, Sydney Riffe, Rick Roenne, Rick Rosenbloom, Allen Smith, and Trina Smith, conductor.
PLAY: Children from the Barboursville community presented a Christmas play, “The Christmas County Spelling Bee,” on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Barboursville Baptist Church. Cast members were Addison Boggs, Kayley Glover, Zaiden Kyle, Bralynn Maynard, Dravyn Maynard, Brendan Morris, Jeremiah Price, Lucy Price, Abby Rayburn, Liliana Rayburn, Mia Tomblin, and Laney Murphy. Ryan Hightower was the commentator; Jamie Morris, the pronouncer; AJ Price, the judge; Hannah Scarbro as Mrs. Finch; Kelly Kuhn, sound director; and Trina Smith, director. Mary Beth Scarbro and Amanda Boggs also helped.
SHOPPING: If you still need some Christmas gifts, check the gift ideas at the Parlor Gift Shop in the Barboursville Convention and Visitors Bureau at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday. This year’s Christmas tree ornament features a picture of Barboursville High School. Other items from local artisans are available.
WORSHIP SERVICE: Kuhn Memorial Presbyterian Church, 955 Main Street, Barboursville, hosts a Blue Christmas worship service Friday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. Several community churches will be worshiping together and all the community is invited. The season leading up to Christmas may be emotionally draining for some, especially those who have lost a loved one during the year. A “Blue Christmas” worship service offers an event for people to acknowledge sadness in the midst of a “happy” season.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES: Several area churches will be having special Christmas Eve worship services. Barboursville First United Church, corner of Main and Water Streets, offers two services: one at 7 p.m. and another at 11 p.m. Both services offer carols, candle lighting, and communion. Pea Ridge United Methodist Church, 5747 East Pea Ridge Road, has its Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m.; Steele Memorial United Methodist Church, 733 Shaw Street, has its Holy Night worship service at 6:30 p.m. with Christmas carols, candle lighting, and communion; and Kuhn Memorial Presbyterian Church’s Christmas Eve worship service is offered at 7 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL REUNION - The Fairland High School class of 1969 is planning its 50-year class reunion for July 26 28, 2019. A social get-together will be held on July 26 at Fat Patty’s in Huntington and a riverboat dinner cruise is planned for July 27. Checks for reservations for the cruise ($52 per person) should be made to Cathy Lawson and mailed to 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. Members from the 1970 and 1971 classes are invited to join the ’69 class members. The next reunion meeting is in Proctorville at Gino’s at 6:30 p.m. on January 10, 2019.
BIRTHDAYS - Happy birthday this week to Leigh Ann Ellis Genetti, Christi Kuhner, Andrew Burns, Gary Roy, Marcie Anderson, Penny Saylor, Eric Fetty, Glenn Smith, Bode King, Sue Nichols, Marvin Staton, Kenzie Fannin, Joy Baylous Ransdell, Shaun Mc Comas, Harold Bias, Taylor Cassidy, Tim Cassidy, Jennifer Shively, Amy McCarty, Ruth Wilson, David Short, Mark Chapman, Shawn Givner, Tammy Rozzi, Carolyn Herrenkohl, Diane Black, Becky Reed Warden, Lenda Burns. Lynn Mayfield, Carlton Beth, Patty Frost, Frank Roberts, Christine Carroll, Meranda Woodard, Jessica Haas, Donald Cremeans, Sarah Watts, Bethany Caton, Sarah Day, Erin Wilson, Christie Ayoub, Brooklynn Ash, Noah Kirk, Lynn Rich, Candace Butcher, Beverly Howell, Pete Brezden, Barbara Walters, Connie Woodard, and John Hutchison.
Special birthday wishes to twins, Kasey Allen and Kegan Marshall Mc Comas who celebrated their 16th birthdays Tuesday; to Zakary Kidd who blew out 8 candles Tuesday; to Brantless Shaffer who also blew out 8 candles on Thursday; to James Dunfee who celebrates his 58th birthday today; to Shirley Carpenter whose birthday is Saturday; and to Kevin Dillon, formerly of Huntington who now resides in Tampa, Florida, whose 24th birthday is on Christmas.
ANNIVERSARIES - Couples celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are Dick and Donna Jefferson, Jim and Am Reiter, Jack and Charlotte Crandall, Harvey and Peggy Morrison, Russ and Maridel Witten, Jim and Sandy Boggess, Jack and Sue Nichols, Bill and Pat Ray, Gary and Linda Daniels, Bill and Paula Peyton, James and Pam Thomas, Bill and Kathy Weekley, Travis and Kay Welch, and Jim and Norma Morgan who celebrated their 58th anniversary Monday.
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.