Happy Easter, readers!
May the promise of resurrection and the spirit of new life enlighten and empower all of our lives in this season and beyond.
While attention is focused rightly on Easter activities this weekend, a number of folks will be taking a look back and celebrating their past, present and future next weekend. Approximately 400 former students from the now-closed Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy in Wheeling are expected to descend on the city for alumnae weekend events at the Mount Friday and Saturday, April 9-10.
It promises to be an alumnae weekend of special significance since it will be the final gathering of graduates and former students while Sisters of the Visitation are still in residence at Mount de Chantal. With the fate of the Wheeling property in limbo, many alums fear it also may be the last time they get to visit the Mount grounds.
The remaining three Visitation sisters in Wheeling are slated to move in mid-April to Washington, D.C., where they will join their fellow sisters at the Georgetown Visitation convent and school. The other sisters from Mount de Chantal relocated to Georgetown earlier this year.
Have you purchased your tickets yet for the National Symphony Orchestra's concert in Wheeling?
As part of its American residency in the Mountain State, the National Symphony is slated to perform at the Capitol Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6.
Randall Reid-Smith, commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, which has been involved in planning the orchestra's residency, has said that he envisions the National Symphony concert in Wheeling as a fundraiser for the Capitol. So, music lovers and fans of the historic theater, go out there and buy some tickets!
West Virginia University officials announced this past week that Tyler County native Jack E. Parr has earned the 2010 Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Recognition Award.
Parr was cited for ''a distinguished professional career developing medical devices, and demonstrating innovation and knowledge in the orthopedic and surgical fields.'' He is set to accept the award at Eberly College's annual awards and honors recognition ceremony in Morgantown at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10.
He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from WVU in 1962 and earned a doctorate in organic chemistry at Purdue University in 1967.
Parr is now chair and chief executive officer of Extremity Innovations Inc. in Cordova, Tenn., and president of Medical Technology Development Inc. in Memphis, Tenn. WVU officials stated, ''Under his leadership both companies have been recognized for producing innovative medical device solutions, technology and products.''
According to WVU officials, Extremity Innovations develops, manufactures and sells medical devices and treatments for diseases and injuries of the feet and hands. Medical Technology Development is a consulting company.
Even U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., got caught up in "Mountaineer Madness."
At mid-week, Byrd issued a statement congratulating the West Virginia University men's basketball team for its tournament play. In that statement, the senior senator made reference to WVU's opponent, Duke, and declared, "Almost Heaven is no place for Devils of any sort, especially the Blue Devils!"
Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net