Class of ’67 supports Stadium Field

The Parkersburg High School Class of 1967 is challenging other classes to raise money for Stadium Field renovations. The 1967 graduates will be presenting a check for $1,967 to the stadium committee at its meeting on Monday, said Linda Davis Nelson of Williamstown, vice president of the reunion committee. Nelson said the money being donated to rebuild Stadium Field was leftover from the Class of 1967’s reunion last year and had been earmarked for the next reunion in four years. “We want our grandkids and great-grandkids to play at Stadium Field,” Nelson said of her class’ fundraising efforts. The 1967 class is asking other PHS classes to donate at least an amount of money representing their year of graduation, such as $1,967 for the Class of 1967. Other classes donating money to the stadium effort have been the Class of 1973, $417.75; 1952, $562, and 1943, $500, said Charlotte Potter, treasurer of the stadium committee. Potter is pleased with the number and amount of donations for the stadium arriving every day. “People are stepping up,” she told me this week. A total of $131,000 in donations arrived in August and $31,000 for the first 10 days in September, she said. The PHS Alumni Association has contributed $10,000, while the PHS Foundation has given $20,000. Potter hopes her Class of 1956 will meet the challenge of the Class of 1967.

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Runners and walkers swarmed onto Blennerhassett Island on Sept. 6 for a good cause. They were participating in the inaugural 5K Debby Jamison Memorial Run/Walk to raise money for cancer research. Jamison, 59, of Parkersburg died of pancreatic cancer on Feb. 21, 2011. The memorial race, which raised about $1,000, was directed by Jamison’s brother, Rick Dobson, head men’s and women’s cross country coach at Ohio Valley University. Dobson said his college runners wanted to put on a race in memory of Jamison. The 3.2-mile course began and ended in front of the Blennerhassett mansion and meandered through woods, grassy areas and roads. “It’s an excellent cross country course,” Dobson said. “The college runners liked it because it is flat.” The evening started at 6 p.m. with OVU Challenge Cross Country Meet, which California University of Pennsylvania won in both men’s and women’s divisions. The 5K Debby Jamison Memorial followed with 116 people finishing the event and others participating. Nathan McKee won the running portion and Tommy Nichols won the walk. Tom Jamison, Debby’s husband, said the day was emotional for him as he saw the banner, T-shirts and awards with Debby’s name on them. Tom fired the starter’s pistol to begin the run/walk.

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Serenity, Your Hometown Coffee and Tea House, is taking shape, and color, in the 1800 block of Grand Central Avenue in Vienna next to Dr. Robert Azar’s office and El Mariachi restaurant. There is no timeline or deadline for opening the business, but it will be soon, said spokesman Petia Johnson. The two-story, 10,000-square-foot building will house a coffee and tea house, a wine and cheese bar, ice cream area, baked goods from local bakers and other products, said Johnson. A patio will face Grand Central Avenue. The outside colors of mocha, vanilla and green will match those of a coffee tree. “It will be a mini-mall for your body and soul,” said Johnson. Wazir Sultany, who owns Divisions Department Store in Parkersburg, is the business owner.

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The 17th annual Labor Day weekend pig roast at Larry and Sheryl Holdren’s home in Little Hocking raised more than $4,000 in support of the Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department and Warren High School Scholarship Fund. Lauren Gray of Vincent is the second recipient of a college scholarship from the fund. The fundraiser, sponsored by the Holdrens, Gregg and Ann Emrick and Ida Holdren, was dedicated this year to their friend Rosemary Campbell. Apples – Rome Beauty, Stayman Winesaps and York Imperials-from the Holdren orchards will be used by Pioneer Presbyterian Church and the Boy Scouts to make apple butter for Belpre’s stir-off in October.

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For a donation to Artsbridge, clothing and shoes from the estate of Sally Davis were distributed this week at Lee’s Studio in Parkersburg. Davis of Vienna, who died in February, supported the arts and many organizations in the community. More than $500 in donations were collected for the clothing, said Lee Rector, owner of Lee’s Studio and Artsbridge board president. Davis would have been thrilled to know the donations will help one of the organizations she supported, Rector said.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com