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Wheeling Native Featured In Magazine

January 16, 2011

Through the Grapevine, we have learned that a Wheeling native is featured in the January issue of Runner's World magazine.

Kara Dudek Teacoach, 28, formerly of Wheeling, agreed to participate in the magazine's "Extreme Makeover: Running Edition" feature, with a goal to improve her time in Pittsburgh's Great Race, a 10k event held in the fall.

Teacoach, who said she was motivated to run by her mother, Patty Dudek of Wheeling, knew that improving her strength and flexibility through cross-training would boost her running ability.

Runner's World officials paired Teacoach with a trainer, at the Center for Sports Medicine at UPMC, who analyzed her fitness, gait and balance and designed a training program to help Teacoach meet her goal. She achieved that result Sept. 26, shaving more than a minute per mile off her previous time in the Great Race.

Teacoach is an occupational safety and health researcher. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Jon.

Meanwhile, a Wheeling resident has received national recognition for her public service.

Gail "Boatsie" Van Vranken, founder of Boatsie's Boxes, was featured in the Life section of USA Today on Dec. 23. With the help of many volunteers from the community, the Boatsie's Boxes initiative provides holiday treats and other items to members of the armed forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Boatsie's Boxes project was saluted as a "Holiday Hero" by the newspaper.

West Virginia University officials have announced that a Mountain State veteran's story is being shared on a national archival website.

Dr. Larry Schwab's account of his service as a medic in the Vietnam War is now one of 20 featured on the Library of Congress' "Experiencing War" website, honoring the 10-year anniversary of the Veterans History Project. His story was captured and recorded by students and faculty at WVU's P.I. Reed School of Journalism which has submitted nearly 200 stories of the state's veterans to the national archive. The site provides Schwab's video interview and full transcript, as well as his wartime photos and official documents.

Schwab, a Morgantown ophthalmologist and WVU graduate, was drafted during his medical internship and served two assignments in Vietnam as a captain in the Medical Corps.

Megan Harris, a Veterans History Project collections specialist, said Schwab's story was selected for a number of reasons.

"His (Schwab's) interview provides the listener with a vivid account of his experiences in Vietnam, including a particularly brutal attack on his base (in 1968) that he called "the worst four hours of his life.' The real strength of the collection, though, and the reason it was chosen, is Larry's thoughtful articulation of the effects of the war on his life after returning from Vietnam," Harris said.

The Veterans History Project, created in October 2000 by congressional legislation, preserves the real-life experiences of American veterans and civilians who were involved in World War I; World War II; the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.

Scoring the host designation for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree is a magnificent honor for the Mountain State.

Scout officials announced Thursday, Jan. 13, that the international event will be held at a Boy Scouts of America camp that is being constructed on a 10,600-acre site in Fayette County, near the New River Gorge National River, in southern West Virginia.

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