Happy New Year, readers!
Another year has come and gone, and a "fresh" new year has arrived. May the coming year bring peace, happiness, good health and prosperity to our readers.
Of course, some people think that the world will end in 2012 because of the predictions allegedly contained in a Mayan calendar. Yeah, right. Let's just say that I'm skeptical.
My favorite depiction of the notion of 2012 marking the world's end was a recent cartoon showing two Mayans looking at a circular calendar. The observer noted that the calendar ended at 2012. The calendar-maker explained that he "ran out of room" on his circular creation, then he predicted that the space limitations might cause consternation for civilization in 2012.
With film-goers flocking to see Steven Spielberg's latest epic, "War Horse," which opened in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day, area film fans have an extra reason to be eager to see this movie.
Molly Hughes, who grew up in Glen Dale, is one of the designers for the motion picture that is set in England and on the European battlefields during World War I. Among her contributions to the film set are a windmill that Hughes designed for a countryside scene and a French farmhouse that she transformed for the filmmaker's purposes.
Her mother, interior designer Mary Beth Hughes of Wheeling, related that a particular tree could not be removed from a field, so Molly's windmill was constructed around and over the tree.
Molly Hughes, who also designed settings for the "Harry Potter" films in England, has lived and worked in London and New York. Currently, she is operating from a home base in Philadelphia.
She is also the daughter of attorney G. Charles Hughes of Glen Dale. Her uncle is the internationally-known contemporary artist Joseph Hughes of San Francisco.
Screenwriter Sean Hennen was home from Hollywood to spend the holidays in Wheeling with family and friends.
Hennen, who is on the writing staff for CBS TV's hit drama, "Person of Interest," said he has written the script for another episode of the series and it is expected to be aired in February. He is set to travel to New York for casting and filming of his episode.
While he had to remain mum on the plot twists, Hennen hinted that more secrets about the mysterious main characters will be revealed as the season progresses. He said the writing staff remains optimistic about the prospects for a possible second season for the dramatic series.
Matthew D. Parker, a graduate of Weir High School and a 2003 graduate of Marietta College, was named the 2011 outstanding young alumnus at Marietta.
Parker is the founder of Front Porch Strategies, a firm in Columbus that specializes in voter contact and constituent communications. Before starting his own firm, he served as a White House intern, congressional aide, campaign account executive and county party chair.
Also named a "Rising Star" by Campaigns & Elections Magazine in 2010, Parker has been recognized "for the ability to make his mark in political consulting, campaigning and advocacy before reaching the age of 35," Marietta officials stated.
Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net