Boy Scout troops reach century mark

Boy Scout Troops 3 and 4 of Parkersburg are celebrating their 100th anniversaries this week.

Troop 3, sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Parkersburg, was chartered on March 29, 1917, making it the oldest continually operating Boy Scout troop in Parkersburg and the second oldest in West Virginia.

Troop 4, sponsored by St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Parkersburg, was chartered in April 1917.

Boy Scout Troop 3, led by scoutmaster Tom Dukas, celebrated the milestone with a birthday cake on Thursday at the Don B. Lowe Scout House on the grounds of First Presbyterian Church, 1341 Juliana St. Dukas has been scoutmaster for the past 31 years.

A larger celebration marking Troop 3’s 100 years will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Nemesis Shrine Center on Watson Road, Parkersburg. A luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. that day at the Sea Scouts facility in Belpre.

Ron Taylor of Cincinnati is one of the many Boy Scout Troop 3 alumni who are looking forward to the 100th anniversary celebration in August. Taylor is an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 3 and has written a book, “Priceless Memories of Troop 3,” which is scheduled for publication this spring.

Taylor’s 246-page book contains about 100 historical pictures from 1923 to present day. All proceeds from book sales will be donated to Troop Three Alumni Inc.

Boy Scout Troop 4 will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a dinner at 5 p.m. today at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 1210 20th St. in Parkersburg. Former Troop 4 Scouts will assist with the church service at St. Andrews on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. A brunch will follow for current Scouts and alumni, along with church members.


The West Virginia Symphony League-Parkersburg is inviting the public to attend its spring membership luncheon on April 29 at the Parkersburg Country Club with social time at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon.

The “birthday” themed luncheon will feature a fashion show with women and men wearing casual, smart casual and formal wear from Teri Ann’s, Nelli Millard, Custom Couture, and Belk’s men’s clothing. Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce has agreed to be one of the men’s wear models for the fashion show, symphony league officials said.

Tickets are $20.

The West Virginia Symphony League-Parkersburg is a nonprofit volunteer organization that raises money to bring symphony concerts to Wood County and music to the local schools.

Those wanting to attend the luncheon must respond by April 14 by contacting Sally Beckwith at 304-483-1453 or sallybeckwith@suddenlink.net. Kathy Coatney also can be contacted for tickets at 248-459-1408 or kacoat@gmail.com.


The seeds are being planted for another year of successful gardening at First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg and an associated garden on Emerson Avenue.

Volunteeers have been planting seeds inside First Lutheran Church to grow tomatoes, cabbage, onions, peppers, cucumbers and other vegetables and fruits.

When these seeds sprout in the church hallway, they will be transferred to the unheated greenhouse at the church’s Community Garden on 19th Street and another greenhouse in Belpre before being placed in the ground, said Bob Friend, who runs the Emerson Avenue garden, which supplies produce for the general public free of charge.

Friend hopes the seeds are planted in the two gardens in six to eight weeks. He plans to till the garden along Emerson Avenue when the ground dries.

The youth group at First Lutheran Church has been helping with the garden project. On Feb. 18, children filled flats of soil with cabbage and onion seeds for the two gardens, said Becca Reid, youth facilitator at the church.

Reid anticipates the youth group planting lettuce seeds in the raised beds of the Community Garden on 19th Street on Sunday.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com


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