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MUSIC: Jewel City Session 2, Episode 2 with Aaron Marshall Miller, local artist / singer / songwriter, will take place in a virtual concert on Tuesday, January 26th, from 7pm to 8pm. The event is free.

GRADS: The 93 students who completed the summer and fall semesters at Ohio University Southern at Ironton include Jacob Alexander Leach, Barnesville; Savannah Louise Leach, Bidwell; Ashlyn Ellice Grubb, Chillicothe; Michelle Renea Fraley, Circleville; Jacob Tyler Green, Cleveland; Kayla Michelle Delawder and Christopher M. Jewell (also a distinguished graduate), Coal Grove; Sarah Elizabeth Adkins (Outstanding Graduate), Crown City; David Michael Wynn, Dayton; Pamela R. Williams, Franklin Furnace; and Carli P. Hill, Gallipolis; Brooklyn Bryant, Kitts Hill; Mackenzie L. Brune, Newark; Jonathan Taylor Ware, Portsmouth; Benjamin Jacob McDonald, Roseville; Lakkin Danielle Foster, Scottown; Shelby Lynn Rister and Deanna Lee Shepherd, West Portsmouth; Marisa Ryanne Boyd and Taylor Warren Davis (both distinguished alumni) and Bree Anne Miller, Wheelersburg; Cassandra Louise Mannon, Bessie May, Breanna P. Pemberton, and Chase Sifford (Outstanding Graduate).

OFFICERS: The South Side Neighborhood Organization recently elected new officers. These include Connie Reed Beaty, president; Amy Prestera, vice president; Matt Spurlock, Treasurer; and John Rakus, secretary. Irv Johnson, Carolyn Becker and Amy Ward are members of the Board of Directors. Meetings will continue at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, March 4, June 3, and October 7 at the Huntington’s Disease YMCA Phil Cline Center, unless they are virtual. These will be published on the group’s Facebook page.

65. Dr. and Mrs. Gary Gilbert, of Huntington, turned 65 on December 20. They are parents to four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. May the next 65 years be as wonderful as the first.

Retirement: December 31st was the last day the Mountain State Centers for Independent Living had worked since it opened for Anne Olivia Weeks in 1981, when she retired as President and Chief Executive Officer. She was recognized by the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council at the Disability Caucus in 2002 for her work in the Independent Living movement and as a founding member of the West Virginia Independent Living Hall of Fame. She plans to continue working as an attorney on the West Virginia Independent Living Network. We will miss your support, commitment and hard work.

MEMBER: Sue Workman, new associate at Pea Ridge United Methodist Church, began serving as finance secretary on January 4th. She takes on the financial management role previously held by Peggy Ballard, who continues to be church secretary. The continued commitment and knowledge in the positions is very much appreciated.

EXHIBITION: “The Daywood Collection” opened on Saturday at the Huntington Museum of Art. The exhibition is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. It continues until August 22nd.

LISTED: Isabelle Litteral, daughter of Sam and Kara Litteral, was named to the deans list for the fall semester at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. To be eligible, students must be full-time students with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester.

49. Frank and Mila Markun of the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Fatima recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. Prayer is here for many more happy years.

CHUCKLE: Little Johnny was sitting on a park bench enjoying a cigarette. A woman stopped. “Excuse me, young man, but I will let you know that these could take up years of your life.” “No disrespect ma’am, but I’ll let you know my grandfather lived to the ripe old of 104,” replied Johnny. The woman asked: “Did he smoke too?” The little boy replied, “No, he minded his own damn business.”

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