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June 13, 2012
The Herald-Star

Kinney to mark 90th birthday

Five generations of family from 13 states will gather to celebrate the 90th birthday Friday of Mildred Caroline McNinch Kinney of Richmond.

Festivities will include a dinner party at the Williams Country Club in Weirton hosted by her children: H. Lee of Wintersville; Carole Kinney of Richmond; Jim of Smithfield; and Glenda Kelley, Sharon Reynolds and Janeen Kinney, all of Snellville, Ga.

On Sunday at the Richmond United Presbyterian Church at the corner of Main and Park streets, Kinney will be honored during the 11 a.m. worship service for being the oldest person, in age and years of membership, in addition to being its first woman ordained an elder there.

The service will be conducted by the Rev. Robert Ruefle with special music featuring Amanda Gump, piano; Lisa McGowan, violin; and H. Lee Kinney, organ.

Following the service, there will be an open house in her honor from noon to 2 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. It will be hosted by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Thomas Duane and Florence Louise Kinney, respectively, of Sarasota, Fla.

Kinney was born June 15, 1922, in the family farmhouse to Samuel Ross and Emma Virginia Rockwell McNinch. She was the third in line of five children and is the sole survivor of her parents and siblings.

She and her husband, Harold Walter Kinney, were married Oct. 17, 1939. He died in 2000.

She was an employee at the Richmond Post Office for 20 years, serving as postmaster for three years before retiring in 1983.

Nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren complete the family.

Stone Street

Station to perform

Country Friends will host the Stone Street Station band at the Memorial Hall at 402 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers, on Saturday.

Country Friends has events on Monday, Friday and Saturday at the hall.

The doors open at 6 p.m. each Saturday, and the dance starts at 7 p.m.

On Monday and Friday, the doors open at 4 p.m. with open mic beginning at 6 p.m.

Participants can bring a covered dish if they so desire for the meal that begins at 5 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christianity, friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity.

For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270 or visit the website at

Teacher grant

winners listed

Nearly $15,000 in grants will be distributed to 32 educators in the 2011-2012 "I Believe in YOUth" teacher grant program administered by the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame.

The grants are to be used in the coming school year to help teachers defray their costs on projects or purchases that will help them motivate their students toward success.

This year, for the second year, a $500 grant is being given to an eligible Martins Ferry teacher as the Bruney Family Honorary award, funded by Don Reese. Reese has pledged $500 a year to fund the grant for five years.

Vanessa Messenger, a teacher from Westgate, will receive a $500 grant from the Hall of Fame in memory of the late Joan Witt, a retired educator and a Hall of Fame inductee. Witt had been a supporter of the teacher grant program.

This year's other grant awards and winners are as follows:

This year's field trips brought nearly 1,000 students into the hall. Grant-winning teachers will be recognized at a dinner Aug. 1, where they will receive their checks and hear from Holtz as well as Jim Connelly, motivational speaker and Hall of Fame board of trustee member.

Holtz endorsed the program five years ago, initially providing $25,000 to be used at $5,000 per year for the first five years. After the inaugural award ceremony, he added $2,000 a year to that amount.

In order to qualify to compete for the grants, teachers are required to bring a class on a field trip to the Hall of Fame, send in an entry form and submit an essay of up to 500 words on how they would use a grant to motivate their students and show the students they believe in them.

The field trips are free of charge, as are all visits to the Hall of Fame. Additionally, each visiting student received a "Do Right" Hall of Fame wristband.

Teachers from qualifying accredited schools throughout the Upper Ohio Valley are invited to participate annually. Contact the Hall of Fame for information at (330) 386-5443.

Chapter awards teen scholarship

Ryan Cipoletti, a 2012 Brooke High School graduate, was awarded the Betty Mansberger Shaw Honorary Scholarship by the Fidelis Gamma chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority of women educators.

The $500 scholarship is funded by contributions of members, family and friends interested in supporting the education of area graduates aspiring to become educators.

It's given in honor of Shaw, a retired Brooke County teacher and principal and Hancock County teacher and curriculum coordinator, Methodist minister and senior chapter member who continues to serve the organization and her church and community.

The son of Raymond and Lorie Cipoletti of Wellsburg, Cipoletti will attend West Liberty University, major in elementary education and obtain a master's in special education.

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