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The CAP glider comes in for a landing. This pic- nic table is part of the viewing area.

There has been a lot of activity at the Grant County Airport recently. Gliders have been populating the airspace over Petersburg almost every day. The Air Force has been sending in cargo airplanes on evening operations.

The Potomac Highlands Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is trying to make watching these aircraft more comfortable. There is now a designated “aircraft viewing area” at the end of the parking lot at the airport.

The squadron requested a picnic table to be built by the carpentry students of the South Branch Career and Technical Center. Philip Landis and his students chose a sturdy design that has proven up to the task.

The picnic table is near the airport fence and close to the action on the runway and near enough to wave to the pilots as they taxi by. As the weather cools it should be a comfortable place to watch the planes and have lunch.

The Potomac Highlands Squadron of the CAP invites all to enjoy this spot and spend some time appreciating the valley and Grant County Airport.

Brian and Miranda Keplinger and daughter Lilliana.

The Keplinger family held their 95th annual reunion July 29, at Turner Park in Maysville. There were over 115 in attendance for this event. The event began with a covered dish picnic followed by determining the traditional superlatives.

This year the youngest boy, Hayden Sperling, and the youngest girl, Lilliana Keplinger, are both descendants of the Herb Keplinger family.

The oldest male was Hobie Keplinger and the oldest female was Esther Malcolm. Timmy and Stephanie Keplinger were the newest married couple at the reunion, having only been married for 18 months. Junior and Geraldine Smith were the longest married couple there with 56 years of marriage.

The family members traveling the farthest were Brian and Miranda Keplinger and their daughter Lillianna. They traveled approximately 519 miles.

There were only two reported losses in the family in the past year: Betty Weese (Herb Keplinger’s daughter) and Gordy Harvey (husband of Karen Keplinger Harvey).

There were games for the children, door prizes for the adults and a 50/50 raffle. The event ended in the traditional auction showcasing lots of handmade items from baked goods to antiques to woodcrafts.

The family did take time to capture a picture of those in attendance for this landmark 95th event. Officers for next year’s events are Josh Franz, presiddent; Peggy Alt, vice president; Shannon Redman, treasurer, and Dana Keplinger, secretary.

Each year at the July Grant Memorial Hospital Board of Trustee meeting, the board, as the bylaws require, holds officer elections for the upcoming year. Tammy Kesner was elected as chair of the board for the 2018- 2019 year at the July meeting.

Stephen D. Rexrode
Stephen D. Rexrode

Retired Sgt. Stephen D. Rexrode was inducted into the Hunter Education Hall of Fame at Jackson’s Mill on July 21.

Michael D. LandisThe Potomac Highlands Guild Inc., this region’s comprehensive community behavioral healthcare provider, has hired Michael D. Landis as its new executive director.

Landis attended Hampshire High School in Romney. He received his bachelor’s degree from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, in 1985, and went on to earn his master’s degree in business administration at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Md., in 1992. He is also an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) and a certified teacher for K-12.

Landis came to work for the Potomac Highlands Guild Inc. in 1986, and has worked as the assistant executive director since August 2000. He has also provided counseling services, taught DUI classes, was the crisis response coordinator, and the substance abuse coordinator.

He lives in Petersburg, where he spends his spare time on the baseball field. He is currently the head baseball coach at Petersburg High School and has served as president of the PHS Athletic Boosters. He enjoys spending time with his family and Guild clients.

For more information about Guild services contact the Petersburg administrative office at 304-257-4687, Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Landes Arts Center upcoming events include:

Sunday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. South Branch Baptist Church.

Saturday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m. The Grant County Arts Council presents the “Sweetback Sisters.”

For the month of October hometown photographer Robert Nelson’s inspirational photography on display.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Country Store Opry

October 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and October 21 and 28 at 2p.m., West Virginia Theater East presents “The Crucible.”

Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. The Wheeling Jamboree USA Show “85th Anniversary.” A two-hour live broadcast with wandering mic. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. the Grant County Arts Council presents “Appalachian Ensemble.”

Saturday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m. Veterans Day celebration.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. Country Store Opry.

Friday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. Celebrate a “Country Christmas with the Arts” presenting, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and the community choir, directed by Rosanne Glover. Bring your camera to take a picture with Santa.

December 7 and 8, 7 p.m. and December 9, 2 p.m. West Virginia Theater East presents “A Christmas Carol.”

For more information on these and other events at the Landes Arts Center visit landesartscenter.com or call 304-257-1725.


Mix classic country with honky-tonk, add just a dash of ragtime and jazz, and a tiny pinch of blues. Cut loose the two ladies in front to show off their air-tight harmonies, and back them up with a dazzling string quartet. That’s The Sweetback Sisters, now on a national tour.

Spirit of 58
PHS Class of 1958 - (front) Mary Lynn Kuhn, JoAnn Snyder Harman, Nancy Harman Roby, Ruth Phillips Wilson, Shelley Johnson Thorne and Carolyn Sabo and (back) Clyde Sites, Junior Smith, Lough Cosner, Melvin Wampler, Gerald Judy, Arnold Rexroad, Harry Nelson, Hollis Ours and Bob Harman.

The Petersburg High School Class of 1958 began their 60th class reunion with dinner on July 7, at Bella Vita Restaurant.

Out House garden
Gardeners Pink Hedrick, Ron Grapes and May Saville with physical therapist Tom Huff.

The residents at Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center in Petersburg have been taking advantage of the summer weather by sitting out on the patio or front porch, when it isn’t too hot.

They are also helping to plan this year’s annual lawn party, for Saturday, Aug. 25, from 4 - 7 p.m. There will be music, a car show, flea market and food plus door prizes and a drawing. Everyone is welcome to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening.

Betty and Joe Whetzel of Maysville donated a piano to the memory unit in memory of former resident Juanita Runion.

This year, some residents along with the therapy department, planted and cared for a small garden in the courtyard, which has yielded tomatoes and cucumbers picked fresh almost daily.

Employee of the month for July was Cassandra Hanlin, RN.

She is the center’s health services supervisor and has been employed for 14 years. She and her husband have a two-year-old son and are expecting a baby in February.

When she isn’t working, she enjoys reading, cooking and helping out at the fire department.

Grant Memorial Hospital is announcing the next offering of the Group Lifestyle Balance program. This is a free program guided by a trained lifestyle coach, where groups of participants will learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

The program is a 12 month program meets weekly for 12 weeks, then twice a month for three months and once a month for six months and is available to Grant, Hardy and Pendleton county residents.

Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

“Working with this program for the past few years, I have found small changes make a big difference. Every week we work on something new and I have seen great results with my classes,” stated Beth Stutler, registered dietitian and Group Lifestyle Balance coach at Grant Memorial Hospital.

The program will begin Aug. 20 and each session will be held on Mondays from 5 - 6 p.m. in the training room at Grant Memorial Hospital. Contact Stutler at 304-257-1026 ext. 2471 to learn more about the program.

SummitSummit Financial Group, Inc. (Summit) and Peoples Bankshares, Inc. (Peoples) announce the signing of a definitive merger agreement July 24, between Summit and Peoples.

Pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement, Summit will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Peoples in exchange for cash in the amount of $47 per share or 1.7193 shares of Summit common stock, resulting in an aggregate transaction value of approximately $25.5 million.

On Saturday, Aug. 11, from 1-4 p.m., Loretta Hummel, of Frostburg, Md., will be performing in the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center auditorium. She will be playing a mix of country, gospel and bluegrass music.

Also on Saturday, Jack Mountain Crafters, from Bolar, Va., will be demonstrating broom making in the Discovery Center. His brooms will be available for purchase.

Then from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Sites Homestead a memorial celebrating the life of Naomi Spencer will include commemorative speakers, tours of the house and gardens with 1800s music and refreshments.

On Sunday, Aug. 12 from 1-4 p.m., musicians Carrie and Michael Kline, from Elkins, will be performing in the SRDC exhibit hall. Their performace is a mixture of traditional music reflecting rural and small town America, as well as Appalachian ballads.

For more information, call 304-567-2827.

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