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Brenda Lucas: Community news for Saturday, March 23

March 23, 2019

COMPETITION: Grayson Gallery and Art Center sponsors a “Holler Down the Holler Poetry Slam” competition Saturday, March 23, as part of a series of local events featuring poets and creative writers competing for $100 in cash prizes. Doors open at 7 p.m. Jeremy Wells is master of ceremonies and awards presenter. Light refreshments are served. The backdrop for readings provides a sneak preview of the annual “Women in the Arts” art exhibition with more than 100 original pieces of arts in multiple mediums displayed and being sold. Music is by Appalachian Ladies Revue. The show’s opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 29.

SERVICE: Brother Lonnie Berry preaches at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 24, at Bride of Christ United Baptist Church, Buffalo Creek Road, Chesapeake, Ohio. This dynamic young preacher is one who definitely needs to be heard.

HONORED: Four Cabell Midland High School students were recently honored as Students of the Month for February by The Rotary Club of Barboursville. Congratulations to Cameron Blizzard, 12th grade; Tyler Herbert, 11th grade; Riley Simpson, 10th grade; and Marissa Owens, ninth grade.

ORCHESTRA: Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, founded in 1991, presents a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Paramount Arts Center, Ashland. Tickets are $35; $12 students.

READERS: Anne Moore-Blake and Clifford Childers sent this email: “One of your favorite readers every day you post. We never miss your column. We love your chuckles.” Thanks to these folks for those kind words.

MUSICAL: Children’s Theatre of Charleston featuring 50 local actors ranging in age from 8 to 18 presents the musical, “Madagascar A Musical Adventure Jr.!” Friday-Sunday, March 29-31, at Charleston Coliseum and Convention Little Theater. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $12; $10 students.

UNCLE: Vernon Adkins, oldest brother to my mother, was born March 23 (not sure what year) but left this world when he heard the heavenly call to come home in August in the early 70s. It’s no doubt he has no pain and is in a better place, but the hearts of those loving and knowing him just can’t seem to let his memory fade. He was always there to give advice or assist my mother when things were bad.

DRIVERS: AARP Driver Safety Course, open to ages 50 and older, is from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, March 26-27, at St. Mary’s Conference Center. The cost is $15 and $20 non-members. To register, call 304-544-3767.

THREE: March 23, 2016, was the date Pastor Carl Merritt was welcomed to his heavenly home at age 73. The three years without him have been lonely for his family, church family and friends. Pastor of Milton’s Lighthouse Baptist Church nearly 15 years before his passing, he also was leader of the flock in other area churches throughout his ministry. He influenced many men, women and children during his walk with the Lord.

SPRING FLING APPLICATIONS: GFWC Pea Ridge Women’s Club are taking application for an upcoming Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Show. Open spots are still available for the show which is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. To reserve a space, contact Janet Smith at JBS5060@yahoo.com or by calling 304-549-1029

HAMFEST: It’s not a fest to see who can eat the most ham, but an amateur radio event. The 35th annual Charleston Area Hamfest featuring a flea market of new and used amateur radio, electronic and computer gear and parts and accessories is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. The keynote speaker is Bob Allison of ARRL (American Radio Relay League) headquartered in Newington, Conn. Admission is $8; and free to ages 12 and younger. Numerous prizes are given away. Amateur radio testing for all three classes of licenses is offered at noon. Email Jim Damron, n8tmw@arrl.net or visit w8gk.org.

PHYSICIANS: Three awesome faculty members practicing family medicine at Marshall Family Medicine celebrate a birthday Sunday, March 24. Drs. Mitch Shaver, John Parker and Dilip Nair are being wished happy birthday greetings on their special day and hope the house doesn’t burn down from all the lit candles.

MEMORY: Carolyn Byrd Williamson of Huntington remembers Rufus Garrett, who would celebrate his 56th birthday Saturday, March 23. He passed away suddenly June 22, 2016, and continues to be missed by many.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Rochelle Bragan, Thea Thompson, Ed Coleman, Dee Cook, Karla Adkins, Judy Clendenin, Natasha Beckett, Alex Cremeans, Mary Hurt, Terri Stull, Logan Denning, Mary Vital, Zane Moore, Phyllis Burton, Heather Bloss, “Bo” McCallister, Austin Tomlin, Madison Carrie Thompson, Quintana White Clark hits the mid-30 mark at 35, Bevin Stull, Caleb “Elijah” Slash celebrates number 18.

TODAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Dwight and Linda Weekley, Bobby and Mollie Bannister, Mike and Angela Fitch, Scott and Monica Revely.

SUNDAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Dennis Thompson, Angela A. Perry, Jan Browne, Miranda Kimble, Agnes McCaskey, Katie Young, Greg Crews, Susan McCracken, Penny Nelon, Deanne Parsons, Lynn Cummings, Catherine Cole, Nathan Rines, Renee Counts, Susan Nickels, Brenda Hawthorne, Glenn Miller, Ronald Johnson with C.J. Hughes, Kaitlin Clark, Kelci Clark, Rizza Garrett, Andrew Schaffer, Kathy Kincaid,

CHUCKLE: A woman who was approaching her four-score and ten years was always blessed with little gifts from her friends and relatives for her birthday and Christmas, usually in the form of knickknacks for the house. Finally when she reached the age of 90, the aging woman was asked by a friend what she wanted this year. “Give me a kiss,” she replied, “so I won’t have to dust it.”

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