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Women’s golf group celebrates milestone

Worthington Women’s Golf Association is celebrating its 70th anniversary with activities marking this milestone.

The local women’s golf association, founded in 1949 and believed to be the oldest in West Virginia, will feature an anniversary theme at its annual “Fun Day” July 18. About 100 women golfers, from several local clubs, will play golf at Worthington Golf Club that day and have a luncheon afterward in the festively decorated ballroom, with prizes given out, said Coleen Wittig of Parkersburg, Worthington Women’s Golf Association chairman.

The Worthington Women’s Golf Association’s club tournament is scheduled for Sept. 10 and 17. On Oct. 1, the 70th anniversary will once again be recognized at the women’s golf association’s final luncheon of the year.

Wittig said the Worthington golf association began with eight women golfers and grew to 100 golfers at one time. The association now has 65-70 members who play golf on Tuesdays at Worthington, followed by lunch, she said.

New members are welcome and can join the fun by contacting Worthington Golf Club in Parkersburg at 304-428-4297 or Wittig at 304-485-6668.

Oma Jean Lynch, 89, of Deerwalk has been a member of the Worthington Women’s Golf Association since 1985. She said association members are like family, “nice people,” who meet on Tuesdays for golf and lunch.

Lynch, who will celebrate her 90th birthday in August, believes she is the oldest golfer in the Worthington golf league. Lynch also enjoys bowling and makes quilts to help individuals and nonprofit groups.

“I’m not old yet!” Lynch told me.

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Darrell Moore of 35th Street in Parkersburg enjoys seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they walk or drive by his house.

This week, during the current heat wave, Moore, 80, placed two wooden snowmen in his front yard. The snowmen are normally in his yard as decorations at Christmastime, but Moore thought a little humor was needed during the hot weather.

Passers-by point at the snowmen and smile, he said. It is a good thing for people to smile, Moore said.

Moore worked as a carpenter for the city of Parkersburg in the street department and the sanitary board for 28 1/2 years. He also worked for construction companies.

Moore is proud of the gazebos and shelters he helped to build in Parkersburg’s city parks.

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The Walker School reunion will be July 27 at the Progress Ridge Community Building next to Cooley Chapel United Methodist Church on Progress Ridge Road in Wood County, with lunch beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish, with meat and utensils being provided, said Rebecca Jane Smith, an organizer of the reunion. Photographs of the former Walker School classes and of Walker in eastern Wood County will be displayed at the reunion.

Smith, who attended Walker School from grades 1-8, remembers the train that used to transport people from Walker to Parkersburg and from Walker to Washington, D.C., stopping at the Walker Post Office. The community also had a general store.

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Alethea Bateman of Parkersburg got the good news she was hoping for.

On Monday, Bateman received a telephone call from the mother whose child nearly drowned at the Marietta Aquatic Center on Sunday, saying the 5-year-old boy was doing well and would be released from an Akron hospital.

Bateman, a nurse at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, administered two rounds of CPR when she saw the boy lying at the edge of the aquatic center’s swimming pool. Bateman’s daughter had alerted her that the child’s body was blue from the waist up.

After providing CPR, Bateman checked the boy’s pulse until he began coughing.

The boy’s mother was very appreciative of the action taken to save her son’s life, Bateman said.

Bateman and her children plan to meet with the boy and his mother, who have not been publicly identified but also live in Parkersburg, this Sunday, Bateman said.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com

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