Artist Receives Award

Internationally celebrated artist Marilyn Hughey Phillis of Wheeling is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award during an awards ceremony and opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, for the exhibition, “West Virginia Watercolor Society: 25 Years of Excellence,” at the state Culture Center in Charleston. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Phillis, whose work is featured in the show, also will offer a slide presentation during the reception. Phillis, who exhibits her work internationally, has been inducted into the Kent (Ohio) Hall of Fame and the Wheeling Hall of Fame.

The West Virginia Watercolor Society exhibition will remain on display in the Culture Center’s Balcony Gallery through Sunday, Feb. 28. The show, which is a traveling exhibit, has already been displayed at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling and in Clarksburg and Parkersburg. The Culture Center is the final stop on the tour.

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Are you interested in the extension of pedestrian and biking trails in South Wheeling? If you are, you may want to attend the South Wheeling Preservation Alliance’s meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church, 36th and Eoff streets, at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26.

As part of the program, Dr. Ben Stout of Wheeling Jesuit University will give a presentation on “Safe Routes to Schools – South Wheeling Trail Project.” John Byrd, a spokesman for the preservation alliance, explained that “this federally-funded project seeks to enhance the safety of pedestrians and bikers.”

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Speaking of trails, an interesting article is included in the Jan. 25 issue of Newsweek magazine concerning the 334-mile Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath-Great Allegheny Passage, a bike path running from Maryland through Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh, following George Washington’s route to the forks of the Ohio River during the French and Indian War.

According to the article by Debra Weiner, completion of “the longest unpaved bike path in the East” is allegedly being held up because “the British are standing in the way.” The article contends that Candover, a $3 billion private-equity house in London, “controls a snippet of land 7 miles outside of Pittsburgh, without which the path can’t be completed. The plot happens to be the home of Sandcastle, a water park, situated not far from where British forces were routed while attempting to capture strategic Fort Duquesne in 1755.”

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The same issue of Newsweek features an article titled “The Last Resort,” begging the question of whether Jim Justice, the new owner of The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, can modernize the resort “without disrupting the history that’s been its biggest draw.”

The article is illustrated with an aerial photograph of The Greenbrier and a collage of vintage photos showing U.S. presidents, first ladies, royalty (the Duke and Duchess of Windsor) and Hollywood stars (Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher) visiting the historic resort. One of the old photos shows a young Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, posing for the camera with the very young Cecil and Hovah Underwood.

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The Moundsville Rotary Club is presenting a “Who’s Bad” concert, performed by the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band, at John Marshall High School’s Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.

Lorri Grisell, organizer of the event, related that Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. A Rotary Foundation program was established in 1985 to lead the private sector in the global effort to eradicate polio. In 2009, polio had been eradicated in all but four countries.

Rotary also provides services to the community on the local level. The Moundsville Rotary Club contributes to the Polio Plus and other worldwide efforts and raises money for local projects, including providing scholarships for graduating seniors. Spokeswoman Nila Chaddock said the “Who’s Bad” concert profits will be used locally to fulfill the club’s mission of service.

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