Hargro To Offer His View 

Edward Hargro, a former Wheeling resident and the son of a Tuskegee airman, is slated to speak at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Archives and History Library at the state Culture Center in Charleston.

The title of his presentation is “African American Life: A Personal Perspective.” The program is free and open to the public.

Hargro, a graduate of Bluefield State College, achieved the rank of lieutenant in the Army at Officers Candidate School in 1967. Later, he served six years in the West Virginia National Guard.

Program organizers said Hargro taught biology at Triadelphia High School from 1967 to 1972, during which time he also served as an assistant football coach and was a member of Big Brothers of Wheeling. After teaching, Hargro became a pharmaceutical sales representative with Ayers Laboratories until 1982 and then with Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals until 2008.

Hargro’s presentation is part of the 2018 Block Speaker Series at the Culture Center. Officials said “The Block,” a 25-acre area, was once considered the heart of Charleston’s black community.

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Once a president, always a president …

When John W. King portrayed President Abraham Lincoln at West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling for the West Virginia Day celebration on Wednesday, he was observed engaging in more than one act of presidential behavior.

Dressed as the 16th president and looking uncannily like Lincoln, he appeared before a small audience at the hall and read Lincoln’s proclamation that admitted West Virginia into the Union. Prior to the program, King, as Lincoln, was spotted holding a baby and posing for photographs taken by the child’s proud mother. King, however, didn’t appear to engage in any “presidential baby kissing” activity.

Last week’s appearance at West Virginia Independence Hall was King’s second visit to Wheeling this year. The living historian spoke at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Feb. 20.

King, who has portrayed the president for 25 years, won a Lincoln look-alike contest at the Shriver House Museum in Gettysburg in 2013.

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Officials of Blenko Glass continued the company’s tradition of providing West Virginia University with a new limited-edition piece from its West Virginia Day collection.

Started by the glass manufacturer in 1980, the West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection celebrates the state’s founding with the exact number of pieces corresponding to the state’s age each year. This year, Blenko, located in Milton, produced 155 original pieces to celebrate West Virginia’s 155th birthday.

The 2018 piece is a 22-inch-tall glass vase made in shades of blue and green that “represent colors found in West Virginia’s forests and water.

“A subtle wood texture represents the native Appalachian cherry hardwood,” officials stated.

The vase has one companion piece.

Each piece is signed by Blenko President Walter Blenko Jr. and designers Emma Walters and Andrew Shaffer.

WVU houses one of fewer than 10 known complete sets of the West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection. The art glass is on display at Blaney House, home of WVU President Gordon Gee.

Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@theintelligencer.net.

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