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Berze Appears Twice

Mount Pleasant teen Allie Berze — who will perform as a soloist with the Thursday Music Club’s chorus this week — demonstrated her versatility during the Fantasy in Lights parade last weekend.

Berze sang on a float that appeared in the early part of the Wheeling parade’s lineup. She also served as field commander of Buckeye Local High School’s marching band near the end of the parade.

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Brad Paisley, Glen Dale native and country music superstar, will make several appearances on the small screen this week.

His variety show, “Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special,” is set to air Tuesday night on ABC. Special guests on the show, staged at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, include country singer Kelsea Ballerini, Hootie & The Blowfish, the Jonas Brothers, NFL legend Peyton Manning and superstars Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood.

Making promotional rounds for the variety special, Paisley is slated to visit “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on ABC Monday night and “The Talk” on CBS on Tuesday.

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Susan Kropog Gosselin, a graduate of the former Wheeling Jesuit University, has written a novel set in her native West Virginia.

Her newly published romance novel, “Wrecking Christmas,” is set in Lewisburg and at The Greenbrier. The resort is “one of the world’s most beautiful Christmas sites,” she observed.

Currently, she writes under the pen name Liza Jonathan. She has another book, “Haunted by You,” available for purchase; she describes it as “a paranormal romance” set in Louisville, Kentucky.

Gosselin, who grew up in Fairmont, earned a degree in professional writing from WJU. She and her husband, Paul, were interns at The Intelligencer in the 1980s.

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On another literary note, “Sam Fisherwoman: The Reel Story,” a children’s book written by 1981 Bethany College graduate Maggie Kemp, has received a Readers’ Choice Award in the New Hampshire Writers’ Project awards program.

Kemp studied chemistry at Bethany and later earned a medical degree. She practiced medicine before going on disability. As she reared her children and wrote poetry, the fishing story was always in the back of her mind. She credits her Bethany education for giving her the courage to write and publish “Sam

Fisherwoman.”

Kemp told college officials, “Even though I studied chemistry, there were so many other things in my life. Part of what happened to me at Bethany, was I decided that there were many things that I could do and should do, so I started writing.”

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Closer to home, I have the privilege to participate in a panel of Wheeling writers speaking at the Ohio County Public Library this week.

Christina Fisanick, Laura Jackson Roberts, Jeanne Finstein, Judi Hendrickson, Phyllis Sigal and I plan to discuss our work and that of other female writers from the Friendly City. The free, public presentation is part of the People’s University series, “Wheeling in Literature.”

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

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