Criss wins two of three prizes in golf ball drop

Vernon Criss won two of the three prizes in Monday’s golf ball drop during the 31st annual Camden Clark Charity Golf Classic, hosted by Camden Clark Foundation.

Criss won the first-place prize of $2,500 and the third-place prize, a family membership to the Camden Clark Health & Wellness Center, after two golf balls with his ticket numbers on them landed closest to the pin at the Parkersburg Country Club.

Criss said he will donate half of the $2,500 prize back to the foundation.

Criss purchased 20 tickets at $10 each for the golf ball drop.

Criss of Parkersburg is the lone original board member of the Camden Clark Foundation from when it was established in 1987. He is vice president of the nonprofit board, which raises money to support the health care programs, projects and services of WVU Medicine-Camden Clark Medical Center.

Criss also is on the Camden Clark Health & Wellness Center Board and participates in capital campaigns to help CCMC.

Bruce Holmes won the second-place prize of a diamond pendant necklace donated by Wingrove Jewelers. Holmes brings his dog to visit with patients and staff at Camden Clark Medical Center as part of a volunteer pet therapy program.

Six hundred numbered golf balls were dropped from a helicopter as it hovered above the golf pin at Parkersburg Country Club. Most of the golf balls bounded away after hitting the ground with Criss’ winning golf ball settling about six feet from the pin. The other two winning golf balls were about eight feet from the pin.

This was the first time someone has won more than one prize during the golf ball drop, said Kim Couch, executive director of the Camden Clark Foundation, at least during her nine years as director. Couch noted that Criss has been a supporter of the hospital and foundation for many years.


John Huelse of Parkersburg is looking forward to providing the color commentary and analysis on radio station V 96.9 FM during next Saturday’s Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon.

This will be the fourth year that Huelse and Eric Little, news and sports director at V 96.9, have provided live coverage of the Parkersburg race on V 96.9. They will be stationed on the sidewalk in front of Mango Latin Bistro at 701 Market St. Jack Horton, program director at the radio station, is technical adviser for the half marathon radio broadcast.

Huelse expects to be on the air beginning at 7:45 a.m. and remain broadcasting until about 10:30 a.m. Radio station reporters in the lead trucks in front of the runners during the half marathon will relay information to Little, who will broadcast on the air as the play-by-play race commentator.

Huelse also will interview runners and walkers for the radio station from 3-6 p.m. Friday at the Parkersburg Municipal Building as they pick up their packets for the News and Sentinel races.

On race day, Huelse said, he will talk about the weather, volunteers, local runners, elite runners, the crowds along the race course, statistics, race stories and other topics.

“I could talk for hours on this half marathon,” he said.

Huelse, 70, has the running background to provide insight into the News and Sentinel Half Marathon.

He ran in 10 Parkersburg Half Marathons starting in 1989 and is a member of the News and Sentinel race committee. He was News and Sentinel Half Marathon director for four years and has volunteered to work at the start and finish lines of the race.

Huelse realizes how the local running community looks forward to and trains all year for the News and Sentinel Half Marathon.

“I look forward to it,” Huelse said. “It is a great race.”


Napoli’s Italian Feast restaurant in Belpre finished its banquet room just in time for Belpre High School class reunions last weekend.

The new banquet room at the 717 Main St. Napoli’s has been open for about three weeks and is already booking for December functions, said Wayne Waldeck, Napoli’s chief executive officer. The room can accommodate 100 people.

Among the Belpre High reunion groups enjoying the new banquet facilities was Waldeck’s Class of 1958, celebrating its 60th reunion last Saturday night.

Lois Fox, also from the Belpre High School Class of 1958, said Napoli’s banquet room is “just lovely,” with plenty of room for people to visit with each other. “It’s a beautiful room; we enjoyed ourselves; the food was wonderful,” Fox told me Thursday.

Thirty-six people attended Saturday’s reunion with graduates arriving from Washington state, California, Florida, South Carolina, Indiana, Colorado and elsewhere.

“I love living in Belpre and the Mid-Ohio Valley,” Fox said.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com


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