Fort Frye spelling bee winners

Fort Frye Local Schools crowned their district spelling bee winners Tuesday, January 28. The four spellers moving on to the regional bee are: Carter Brown, Salem-Liberty, first place; S Kaitlyn Casseday, Fort Frye Junior High, second place; Austin Wittenbrook, Fort Frye Junior High, third place; and Everett Sampson, Beverly-Center, fourth place. All four spellers ‘start from scratch’ at the Regional Spelling Bee, scheduled for Friday, Marcy 20, at Marietta High School.

Other Fort Frye students participating in Tuesday’s Bee, representing Beverly-Center, Lowell, Salem-Liberty Elementary Schools and Fort Frye Junior High School were Xavier Florida, Aubrie Lang, Treyson Schmitt, Mason Weckbacher, and Dustin Dye.

Organizer of the Bee was Fort Frye Curriculum Coordinator Karen Kubota. Judges were Fort Frye teachers Andrew Arnold, Lynette Stengel, and Elizabeth Curry and retired Fort Frye teacher Amanda VonKennel. Pronouncer was retired Fort Frye teacher Sue Sampson.

Fort Frye winning grade-level students qualifying for the district bee but not present were: Beverly-Center — Ryan Pennell, Reiley Miller, Lucas Kirkpatrick, Mary Kesselring, and Selise Curry; Lowell — Jack Rauch, Davie Woldert, Ty Worthington, Carter Zimmerman, Gavin Lipscomb, Cameron Jones, and Ella Dowler; Salem-Liberty — Zavier Springer, Carder Strahler, Christian Friese, Crystal Carpenter, Parker Burris, and Davon Bourne; and Fort Frye High School — Denay Layton.

Congratulations to all the spellers and good luck to the district winners as they participate in the regional bee!



Tax help is being offered at the Beverly Public Library on Monday morning and Wednesday evening, sponsored by AARP. Hours are 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. Sign-up is a must, so contact the library at 740-984-4060 to schedule your time. Specific materials are required for taxes to be completed, so be sure to ask for more information when calling for an appointment.

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 10 and 11, are story time days for children ages 2-6. Tuesday’s meeting time is from 6-7 p.m., while Wednesday’s story time is from 11 a.m. to noon. Story times feature great books as well as games, music, and crafts. Both times feature the same books and activities. Be sure to have an adult available to remain with the child during the story time.

Anime Wednesday continues this week on February 12 from 3:30-5 p.m. An assortment of Japanese Anime will be shown, most in Japanese with subtitles. Ratings will vary, so contact the library with any questions.

Thursday, February 13, is Tortellini Day! Students attending will have a chance to make a tortellini salad to share. Contact the library for more details.

Friday, Valentine’s Day, there will be a ‘Let’s Get Crafty’ hour at the John Dodge Senior Center in Beverly from 1-2 p.m. Stop by for a fun hour of crafts.

As always, contact the library for information of questions about any of their various programs.


Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.