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Local photographer receives

special award recognition

WEIRTON — Garen DiBartolomeo, a Weirton native who’s been a professional photographer for nearly 40 years, has received an honorable mention from the International Photography Awards, Los Angeles.

His entry in the category “fine art: nudes,” was titled “Mist” and qualified from more than 13,000 entries from 120 countries.

Normally, the awards would be featured at Carnegie Hall in New York City, but the COVID situation has postponed that.

Specializing in shooting for various clients, including Fortune 500 corporations, national retailers, magazines and newspapers, insurance companies and advertising agencies, DiBartolomeo has been directing his time working on his fine art images. He started his career in the Washington, D.C., area and continued his photographic work in Phoenix during the 1980s. Shooting stills for a film returned him to the Weirton area, where he has continued living and working. He is a member and former president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers.

A graduate of West Virginia University’s School of International Studies, with an additional major in journalism, DiBartolomeo is primarily a self-taught photographer.

Pledge service meeting

presented for Richmond UMW

RICHMOND — The Oct. 22 meeting of the Richmond United Methodist Church was called to order by President Marge Andres.

Joyce Proffitt presented the pledge service meeting. Her program combined “Mission Giving and Women in Strength.” Examples of several women in strength were recognized by how their light shines. Each member shared a memory of a strong Christian mentor in her life.

Refreshments were served by Andres.

The next meeting was to have been Nov. 19.

Adena Lions Club reports

on successful flower sale

ADENA — The Adena Lions Club recently concluded what it described in its recent newsletter as “a highly successful rose and carnation sale.”

Members sold 166 dozen roses and carnations, realizing a profit of $1,430.50. The fundraiser will help the club support various projects undertaken during the year. Appreciation was expressed for members’ involvement in the sale and the community’s support.

The club’s next meeting is tentatively set for Wednesday.


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