Dr. John Holloway of Wheeling has embarked upon another exciting adventure in Kenya.
During his stay in western Kenya, he is again visiting the Elewana Education Project, founded by the Rev. Zach Drennen, an Episcopal priest and missionary from West Virginia. Holloway also is distributing much-needed medical supplies to local dispensaries and he is talking to students about HIV/AIDS prevention.
In addition to maintaining a private medical practice in Wheeling, Holloway is a member of the Ohio County Board of Health. He also is serving as senior warden of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Wheeling, which provides financial support to the Elewana Education Project.
While visiting Africa, Holloway also plans to journey to Tanzania to make an attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. An avid runner and cyclist, he is one of the Ironmen of the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic in Wheeling.
The new year is well under way, of course, but it's never too late to appreciate a beautiful calendar.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History's 2013 calendar features attractive photographs of historic sites around the state as illustrations for the 12 months. Of special interest and pride to Northern Panhandle residents, a lovely photo of the restored courthouse in West Virginia Independence Hall, Wheeling, adorns the cover of this year's calendar.
Speaking of history, the West Virginia History Heroes for 2013 have been selected. The honorees are to be recognized during History Day at the Legislature in Charleston Thursday, Feb. 21.
Northern Panhandle residents chosen as History Heroes are Philip and Mary Greathouse of Bethany, Nicki Melissinos of Moundsville, John George Pandelios of Weirton, Kathie Reed of Alma, Frances Weekley of Friendly and four Wheeling residents: Douglas W. Breiding, Joanne Sullivan, Jamie Vosvick and yours truly.
The Greathouses were nominated as a team by the Brooke County Historical Museum and Culture Center. Pandelios was recommended by the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center.
Melissinos was nominated by the Marshall County Historical Society, while Vosvick was recognized by the Cockayne Historic Preservation Commttee of the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale. Reed and Weekley were recommended by the Ohio Valley chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Breiding was nominated by the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society. Sullivan was named by the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp. I was nominated by Friends of Wheeling; I am honored and humbled by the preservationist group's thoughtfulness.
Joseph N. Geiger Jr., director of the West Virginia Archives and History Commission, said the area honorees are among a group of 48 people to be recognized during a program and ceremony at the Culture Center in the Capitol Complex. West Virginia History Day at the Legislature has been an annual event since 1997.
Meanwhile, it's exciting and heartening to see local young people taking an active role in preserving and honoring Wheeling's heritage by forming the Ohio Valley Young Preservationists.
Today's Life cover feature profiles the new organization and its first major project, the "lovescaping" of downtown buildings.
Kudos to all involved in showing and sharing their love for Wheeling!
Linda Comins can be reached via email at: Comins@news-register.net