Three Cheers For Alumni

Two Wheeling residents are among the five inductees enshrined in the West Virginia University Alumni Cheerleading Hall of Fame last month.

The induction ceremony, held at the Mountainlair in Morgantown Friday, Oct. 18, coincided with WVU’s homecoming weekend celebration.

Among the new Hall of Fame members are former WVU cheerleaders Rose Palmer (1978-80) and Patrick E. Viola (1980-84). Both are from Wheeling.

Palmer, a graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education at WVU in 1980. After being a varsity cheerleader during her undergraduate years, she served as WVU’s head cheerleading coach from 1981 to 1984.

Later, she taught physical education and was cheerleading coach in the Morgantown area for many years. Then, she returned home to Wheeling, where she has served as cheerleading coach at Central for the past decade.

Hall of Fame officials noted that Palmer’s husband, Jack, played football for the Mountaineers from 1976-80 and later attended WVU School of Dentistry. Their three children also are WVU alumni. Their daughter, Caroline, received a degree in accounting and her husband, R.J., earned a master’s degree at WVU. Their son, Jack, and his wife, Sarah, are graduates of the dental school. Their daughter, Valerie, is a current student in the School of Pharmacy.

Viola, a 1979 Linsly graduate, completed a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from WVU in 1986. In addition to serving as a varsity cheerleader, he earned a varsity position during basketball season in 1980 and was selected for the next three years.

Returning to Wheeling to establish his own business, Viola became the proprietor of Security Travel Inc., which he has owned and operated for the past 27 years.

He is involved in community organizations and is a volunteer for various endeavors.

Hall of Fame officials said Viola remains involved with cheerleading by volunteering as a judge for local high school tryouts. He also is active in community theater in Wheeling and Pittsburgh.

Once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader!

By coincidence this past week, we received two wedding announcements in the newspapers’ virtual newsroom that contained out of the ordinary, and interesting, details about the nuptials.

When Jaime Andreozzi, formerly of Follansbee, and Steve Adams, who hails from Pocomoke, Md., were wed at the Hunt Valley Golf Club in Phoenix, Md., on Saturday, June 22, the bride had not one, but two, very special gowns for the occasion.

Family members explained that Jaime was featured on TLC’s wedding dress show, “Something Borrowed, Something New,” where she had to choose between a new designer dress and her mother Kathy Andreozzi’s original wedding gown, updated by a designer.

Jaime wore the new designer gown, but changed into her mother’s dress for the father-daughter dance during the reception.

The bride’s designer dress was a Winnie Couture strapless fit and flare gown with Swarovski beaded bodice, hem and train.

An aunt made her veil which also was embellished with Swarovski crystals.

The couple resides in Abingdon, Md. Jaime is employed as an assistant human resources manager at the Electric Motor Repair Co. in Baltimore.

She also has been a member of the Baltimore Ravens cheerleading team for the past nine years.

Meanwhile, a detail in the wedding announcement of Heather Kacy Clark of Follansbee and Matthew Gerald Conley of Beech Bottom also caught my eye.

When Clark and Conley were united in marriage at Follansbee Free Methodist Church Saturday, Oct. 26, their wedding party included two ring bearers, but they also designated their Yorkshire terrier as a “ring dog.”

Now, while I am generally opposed to having animals participating in wedding ceremonies, I must admit that the photograph they submitted of the ring dog prompted smiles and good-natured laughter.

After all, who can resist a cute Yorkie in a tuxedo?

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