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Art center to host filmmaker

June 21, 2008
By PAUL LAPANN, Managing Editor
Details are coming together for the July 19 documentary screening and reception for Parkersburg native Pam Tanner Boll at the Actors Guild Playhouse and Parkersburg Art Center. Director Boll’s film “Who Does She Think She Is?” will be shown at 3 p.m. at the Actors Guild, followed by a cocktail party at the art center around 4:30 p.m. Boll, a 1973 graduate of Parkersburg High School, has waived her screening fee to help the art center raise money through her appearance, said art center director Abby Hayhurst. “Who Does She Think She Is?” explores the lives of five women artists who try to balance career and family. Angela Williams, one of the artists in the movie, is expected to attend the reception. Boll hopes the PHS Class of ’73, which has a reunion that weekend, will attend the movie screening and reception. Boll co-produced the Academy Award-winning documentary “Born Into Brothels” in 2005.

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Parkersburg residents Lynn Fuller and his fiancee Stephanie Neuenschwander were among 140 people watching the Cincinnati Reds/Boston Red Sox game last Saturday from the right-center field party deck at Great American Ball Park. They were part of a family and friends reunion group welcoming Boston’s Kevin Youkilis back to his hometown of Cincinnati. Youkilis and Fuller both played baseball at the University of Cincinnati and Youkilis has two World Series rings with the Red Sox. Youkilis, who plays first base, gave the party deck crowd plenty to cheer about as he hit a game-winning home run in the 10th inning. Youkilis’ mom is the former Carolyn Weekley, who graduated from Paden City High School in 1969 and from Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital’s X-ray program in 1971. Carolyn moved to Cincinnati when she was 20 years old and married Queen City native Mike Youkilis. The two watch many of Kevin’s games on DIRECTV and attend Red Sox games in Midwest cities and Boston. Mike and Carolyn were at the ballpark when Kevin got his first Major League hit — a home run — against Toronto in 2004. “It was awesome to see Kevin hit the home run to win the game against the Reds,” Carolyn said.

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The West Virginia Film Office should use Aussie Simon Hobbs as a reference. Hobbs is a field producer for TV production company Endemol Southern Star, based in the United Kingdom with an office in Sydney, Australia. He was in Wood County Wednesday to shoot film footage for a TV documentary “Real Prison Breaks,” which is scheduled to air this year. Hobbs and crew documented the escapades of “dental floss escapee” Robert Dale Shepard, who escaped from a Charleston jail by fashioning a rope from dental floss and scaling a wall, then robbed a Mineral Wells pharmacy before being captured in Wood County. “People in the Parkersburg area were fantastic,” Hobbs told me. “They were some of the friendliest people I’ve met anywhere, and I’ve traveled the world.” Hobbs stayed at the Blennerhassett Hotel, which he called “lovely” with a professional staff.

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Don’t try to tell Tamara Schrader that today’s youth are lazy and impolite. She knows differently by working with teenagers in Parkersburg the past two weeks. Schrader, a Belpre High graduate, has spent 20 years in the entertainment business in New York City as a choreographer, dancer and actress. She has been spending long hours back home helping at her mother Velma’s dance camp and with the Smoot Theatre’s Camp Broadway show “Anything Goes,” which opened Friday and continues tonight. “The kids have been so great to work with. They’ve been polite, thankful ... the nicest children ... no egos ... wonderful,” Tamara said Thursday night, after a 12-hour day of rehearsals at the Smoot.

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Erin Snider, the first lady of North Hills, said about $2,000 was raised, after expenses, at last Saturday evening’s “Luau in the Hills” at North Hills Swim and Racquet Club. About 350 people turned out for the fundraiser to help the club’s swim and tennis programs. Snider is pleased to see so many kids staying active each morning playing tennis, taking swim lessons or practicing with the swim team at North Hills. Erin and family will be attending the induction of her late father, Mike McLaughlin, into the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame tonight at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com
 
 
 

 

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