Singer To Present Concert For Scouts

Internationally-recognized singer Mollie O’Brien is returning home to Wheeling to present another benefit concert for Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council.

The Wheeling native, who is also a former Girl Scout, will be performing in concert at Oglebay’s Pine Room at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13. Organizers said that proceeds from the benefit will help make Girl Scouting available to girls in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.

O’Brien did a similar benefit concert for the Girl Scouts at the Pine Room last year.

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Area friends and colleagues were saddened to learn of the death of former Wheeling resident Anne Norton, who succumbed at age 91 in Zanesville on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Norton was tjhe longtime owner of Anne’s Corner on the Market in the Centre Market area of Wheeling. Her popular shop was a focal point for renewed interest in the Centre Market District. Norton also was an accomplished artist.

Her daughter Beth Taylor, a former Centre Market manager who now lives in Zanesville, said that her family and officials of Artworks Around Town are planning a special tribute to honor Norton and to recognize her interest in the Centre Market and her artistic accomplishments.

Taylor explained that the May exhibition at the Artworks gallery, located in the upper markethouse of the Centre Market, will be a retrospective of Norton’s work. Artworks’ monthly Gallery Hop, taking place from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 7, will include a reception and a memorial tribute to Norton, Taylor said. Norton’s artwork will remain on display in the gallery throughout the month of May.

“Between her connection with the market and all her art – paintings, pottery and quilts – we thought that would be a fitting way to honor her,” Taylor said of her mother.

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The conductors for the Northern Region I honor bands concert, held at Brooke High School in January, both have area roots.

Nicholas Ellison, who was invited to conduct the regional middle school honor band, grew up in Wheeling and graduated from Wheeling Park High School. He learned to play trumpet in Ohio County Schools and performed with concert band, jazz band, orchestra and chamber ensembles during his scholastic career.

As a trumpeter, Ellison participated in the Northern Region I middle school and high school honor bands and was selected for all-state orchestra. He also had the distinction of performing in the very first Festival of Sound, held at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling.

Ellison, who graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota, lives in St. Paul, Minn. He teaches band at three elementary schools in the St. Paul area. He is the son of Juliann Breting Rohn of Wheeling and James Ellison of Wheeling.

Meanwhile, the conductor of the high school honor band, Mark Hardman, is an alumnus of John Marshall High School. During the regional concert, he praised the late Ron Rose, who was a longtime Marshall County music educator, and credited Rose for leading him to his career as a band director. Hardman is in his 13th year as director of bands at George Washington High School in Charleston.

Hardman.who holds degrees from West Virginia University, served previously as assistant professor of music and director of bands at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi and was band and choir director at Philip Barbour High School.

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