Joyce Spencer: Community news for Friday, May 24
100th BIRTHDAY: Victory Crowe of Barboursville celebrated her 100th birthday last Sunday, May 19, at a surprise picnic held at the home of her great nephew, Bill Weekly, and his wife, Kathy. Twenty guests attended including her “adopted family,” Johanna and Patrick Dempsey of Huntington. Victory was born on May 19, 1919. Her birth shortly after the end of WWI was the reason for her name, Victory. She was the youngest of seven siblings; a member of the first graduating class of Barboursville High School; and she retired from the office of Owens-Illinois after nearly 40 years of employment. Victory remains active - shopping, taking care of her flowers, and baking - although she did give up driving when she was 98. She is an inspiration to all who know her.
FRIENDS HEADING OFF TO COLLEGE: Three recent Cabell Midland High School grads who have been friends since they were in elementary school will continue their education by attending the University of Kentucky together in the fall. Kelly Whitmore, Harper True and Gabby Hammers graduated high school with very high honors and were members of the CMHS state championship soccer team. Kelly is the daughter of Daniel and Stacey Whitmore; Harper’s parents are Jon and Caroline True; and Gabby’s parents are Corky and Buffy Hammers.
OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD: Congratulations to Cabell Midland High School’s band director, Timothy James, who recently received an outstanding teacher award at the Glenville State College 2019 Alumni Banquet. The award is given to someone who has distinguished himself in his teaching career. James, who has directed bands for almost 40 years, has received other honors and awards such as being inducted into the West Virginia Marching Band Directors Hall of Fame, the Governor’s Arts Award for Arts Education, and the Distinguished West Virginia Award.
CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to Emilea Suzanne Burgh on receiving her Master of Social Work degree from Marshall University on May 11. Emilea was a student speaker at her MSW Hooding Ceremony on Monday, April 22, and is a member of Sigma Mu Phi Alpha honor society. She is the daughter of Lt. Col. Steve and Terri Burgh.
FREE DINNER: A free dinner with grilled burgers and hot dogs is offered Saturday, May 25, by the Greater Barboursville Community Outreach at the Barboursville Senior Center, 721 Central Ave., from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call 304-736-6251.
BASKET BINGO: A vintage Longaberger basket bingo fundraiser to benefit Honor Flight Huntington will be held on Tuesday, June 4, at HIMG (enter in back of building at Door P). Games (20 for $20) start promptly at 6 p.m. Door prizes, a raffle basket and 50/50 drawing will be offered. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Call 304-208-1200 for more information.
LAST CHANCE BAND: The Last Chance band performs oldies rock music at the Milton Fire Department on Saturday, June 1, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with vocalist Rocky Nash. Admission is $6.
NEW SPACE: A new venue to accommodate 40-45 people for small business functions or trainings, bridal and baby showers, birthday parties, family reunions, and holiday parties opens on June 2 at 6467 Farmdale Road, Barboursville. To make bookings, call 304-617-4794; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or message The Mirabelle Venue on Facebook.
WATSON REUNION - Mark your calendar to attend the Watson School reunion at the Guyandotte Baptist Camp on Howell’s Mill Road, Ona, on August 24 beginning at 10 a.m. Ones who attend are asked to bring salads or desserts as meat and beverages will be provided. Call Dixie Daniel, 304-736-0891, for more information.
KENNEL CLUB SHOW - The Huntington Kennel Club, Inc. celebrates its 104th show on Saturday and Sunday, July 6 -7 at the Big Sandy Superstore arena in Huntington with a grand total of $2,000 in prize money. All-breed dog shows, obedience trials, and rally trials will be held. Complimentary morning coffee and donuts will be offered.
VANDALIA GATHERING - Enjoy activities for the entire family this weekend Friday through Sunday, May 24 26, at the Vandalia Gathering at the West Virginia State Capitol Complex in Charleston. There will be food vendors available, old-time music, ethnic and traditional dancing, storytelling, kids’ activities, concerts, art exhibits and much more. Call 304-558-0220 for more information.
BIRTHDAYS - Happy birthday this week to Kerry Bart, Linda Reid, Zach Baldwin, Michael Qualls, Kathryn Watts, Michael Stull, Amy Adkins, Sharon Hockenberry, Clayton Holbrook, Terry Triplett, Robin Triplett, Julia Dickens, Elizabeth Williams, Nathan Kinker, Amy Adkins, Pat Cornwell, John Pinkerman, Frank Staggs, Tarajo Martelli, Carolyn Lewis, Jenna Hendrick, Mike Cooper, Renee Fulks, Andy Watson, Bill Call, Jim Cava, Chris Thompson, Nancy Cartmill, Tracy Thompson, Kristie Byrd Dunfee, George Mc Daniel, Larry Blackaby, Maxwell Hazelett, Woody Wood, Dave Poston, Joshua Clay, Elizabeth Green, Brandon Hughes, Robyn Byrd, Charlene Burrell, Sheila Cooley, Benny Adams, Marlene Black, Lacy Moore, and Shelby Adkins.
Special birthday wishes to Mattie Ross who blew out 10 candles Monday; to Jean Johnson who celebrated her 82nd birthday Monday; and Allison Overby who celebrates her 18th birthday today.
ANNIVERSARIES - Couples celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are Guy and Karen Baisden, Roger and Edna Cole, Erik and Jennifer Weingardt, Steve and Janet Sebert, Terry and Robin Triplett, Kevin and Kim Lantz, Matt and Robin Mc Comas, Mike and Beverly Dawson, Joe and Angie Whitfield, Tim and Cheryl Sewell, and John and Lynn Mayfield.
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.