Special Olympians earn awards
WELLSBURG - Athletes with Brooke County Special Olympics returned from the West Virginia Volleyball and Bowling Tournament in Parkersburg with several medals and ribbons, and two received awards for their outstanding sportsmanship.
Matt Elcesser was awarded the J. Fred Earley Sportsman Award, which is given to an athlete who demonstrates good sportsmanship and leadership qualities. He has been with Brooke County Special Olympics for several years and participates in volleyball, track and field and basketball.
"He is friendly, courteous and very helpful to everyone," said Judi Ambrose, Special Olympics volunteer.
This year Putnam County Special Olympics leaders presented the Scottie Alford Award, a one-time award given in honor of Putnam Olympian Alford for an athlete who demonstrates outstanding determination.
The recipient was Brooke County Olympian Ed Kosut, who is known as a quiet guy who supports others while striving to do his best. Kosut participates in basketball, volleyball and bocce.
Brooke Volleyball Team A, coached by Cathy Furioli, received gold medals, placing first in its division. Its members are: Dan Adams, Heather Ambrose, Matt Elcesser, Kay Ferrari, B.J. Griffin, Jimmy Hunter, Marie Kosut and Mark Pollock.
Brooke's Unified Volleyball Team, which includes athletes with and without disabilities, placed second in its division. Receiving silver medals were: Drake Johnson, Ronnie Miller, Josh Zonker, Clayton Weeks, Angela Powell, Sara Furioli, Jenna Furioli, Breanna Vanderpool and Kylie Greathouse.
The team is coached by Bill Furioli.
The doubles teams of Matty Filippelli and Andrew Rager and Donald Liposchak and David Mendrick received silver medals. Garnering bronze medals were Lesly Schwertfeger and Priscilla Dugan.
Allen Smith and Stephen Caswell received fifth place ribbons, and Ed Kosut received a participation ribbon.
In the singles bowling competition, gold medals went to Filippelli, Schwertfeger, Caswell and Smith. Receiving silver medals were Jeremy Janura, Ed Kosut and Rager. Bronze medals were earned by Dugan, Mendrick and Liposchak.
Follansbee auxiliary discusses projects
FOLLANSBEE - The Follansbee American Legion Auxiliary met in the post home Dec. 12 with Rita Robinson, president, presiding.
Topics covered included what to do for veterans for Christmas and a discussion on holding a Night at the Races in April.
The auxiliary received an appreciation letter from the Hospital Care Project at Landstuhl Hospital in Germany for having sent donations of ankle and crew socks and boxer shorts for the wounded.
Members were reminded that the $20 dues are due by Dec. 31. If not received, they will be declared delinquent.
Bethany women celebrate Christmas
BETHANY - The GFWC-WV Bethany Woman's Club held its Christmas dinner Dec. 11 at Bethany Memorial Church, with Helen Moren, president, presiding.
The invocation was delivered by Judy Pyle. Handling dinner arrangements was Charlotte Chambers while Connie McVicar was in charge of decorations.
A donation was made to the state scholarship fund for victims of domestic violence. A scholarship is awarded annually to help women affected by domestic violence to reshape their future by establishing a career and gaining personal independence.
Favors were made for Valley Haven and Ann's Country Retreat.
Guests were former Kiwanis members Ted Bunnell and Jack Hoffman, Lawrence Pyle, Akardy Seidweitz, Ray Godina, Karen Bracey, Lloyd VanHorn, Bill Riggs, Cindy Hoffman, Ruth Jones and Donna Lovato.
The meeting concluded with a game. The group will meet again in February.
Bethany club helps children in Africa
BETHANY - The Bethany College business administration and accounting club and the college's economics club raised more than $100, through a bake sale, for the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, a charity that aids young children in Africa.
The organization provides treatment against parasitic worms that can cause anemia and long-term development problems. It costs $5 to protect a child for 10 years, according to the group.
The students involved in the bake sale were Amber Ridings, Jared Roque, Allison Snyder, Cameron Cooper, Alexander Tyre, Peter Franklin, Evan Sargo, Kelly Becquet and Johntel Coleman.
Professor David Youngberg is adviser to the economics club, and Professor Anju Ramjee is adviser to the business and accounting club.
Club holds traditional tea
BETHANY - The Bethany College Japanese Culture Club, with assistance from the Japanese Outreach Program, hosted a traditional tea ceremony at the Mountainside Conference Center.
Known as Chanoyu, Sado or Chado, the ancient art form focuses on the aesthetics of tea preparation. Associated heavily with the rituals of Zen Buddhism, tea ceremonies feature images of beauty, such as flowers and art, to reflect and mediate.
Professor Fujiko Sawtarie hosted the ceremony, with Nobuyuki Tanaka, Nobuko Felt and club members serving as demonstrators, with commentary provided by Professor Sachiko Wood.
Audience members had an opportunity to participate. A dinner of yakisoba followed the demonstration at Harder Hall.