I hope everyone had a nice, safe Fourth of July holiday.
Folks gathered at the Nellis School gym this past Saturday for the 30th annual Nellis-Armco Reunion, which was combined with the 6th annual Nellis Grade School reunion. Folks also enjoyed visiting the Nellis Church/Archives. These events are enjoyed each year by former neighbors and friends from long ago.
A special thanks to all who donated to the reunion, those who spent long hours preparing for the event, especially the Boone County Commission maintenance crew – great job, guys!, Helen Wilhoit for the beautiful decorations, Sue Baire for helping me by traveling many miles getting things we needed. Also, a special thanks to those who worked the day of the reunion and to the Nellis Archives Volunteers, who spend many hours of their time volunteering during the year; everything is much appreciated.
Condolences to the family of Mary E. Hubbard of Camp Creek who passed away June 25 at the age of 82.
Thanks to Arlene Higginbotham of Arlington Heights, Ill. for sharing one of her favorite recipes this week:
LEMON MERINGUE CAKE
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 (18.25-ounce) package lemon cake mix, batter prepared according to package directions
4 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Stir lemon peel into cake batter then pour batter into prepared baking dish. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites and salt until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar until stiff peaks form. Spoon mixture over cake batter, carefully spreading to completely cover batter. Form lots of peaks and valleys with a spatula to create a tempting-looking meringue. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until meringue is golden and a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Allow to cool completely, then cut into squares and serve. This can also be made as two 9-inch round cakes. Just pour the batter into two cake pans then spread the top of each with the egg-white mixture.
Happy 19th anniversary to Brian and Karen Vrooman of Toledo, Ohio on July 10.
Jimmy and Terri Hager of Nellis celebrate their 27th anniversary July 8. They have three sons, Chris, J.D. and Corey, and a daughter, Katelyn.
Happy anniversary to Emerson and Terry Smith of Wellington, Ohio who celebrate their 18th July 7.
Happy 12th anniversary to Rodney and Angie Barker of Ashford who celebrate July 10.
Happy anniversary to Rob and Pam Nelson on July 8.
Happy anniversary wishes to Kenneth and Kimberly Sponaugle on July 4. They will celebrate their 21st year together.
Happy 6th anniversary to Thomas and Brandie Mullins of Ridgeview who celebrate July 10. They are the parents of two daughters and a son.
Happy 19th anniversary to Jackie Jr and Rachel Elder on July 4.
Pat Scarlett of Nellis is now home from the hospital and doing better.
Happy 17th birthday to Bethany Marie McCormick, daughter of Danny and Melynda McCormick of Nellis, on July 8.
Happy birthday to Becky Eplin McDerment of Ashford on July 10.
Jamie Belcher of Ashford celebrates another birthday July 9, and Eric Belcher, also of Ashford, celebrates July 12.
Happy birthday to Martha Pauley of Nellis on July 8, from all your family and friends.
Clarence “Dogue” Gunnoe of Costa celebrates another birthday July 4. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday to Peggy Mullins of Ridgeview who celebrates July 7.
Donna Gail Balla of Nellis celebrates her birthday July 6. Happy birthday, Donna.
Happy birthday to Janie Belcher of Peytona on July 9 from your family.
Miranda Ross of Ridgeview celebrates her 18th birthday July 7. Happy birthday, Miranda!
Jacob Lee Woodrum, son of Mitch and Debbie Woodrum of Ashford, celebrates his 22nd birthday July 5.
Lynn Dangerfield of Nellis celebrates her birthday July 5. Happy birthday, Lynn.
Bethany Shope sends happy birthday wishes to Morgan Connard of Cedar Grove who celebrates her 10th birthday July 8.
Terri Hager of Nellis celebrates her 45th birthday July 7. Happy birthday, Terri!
Happy 85th birthday to a special lady, Texas Smith of Costa, on July 6.
Happy 23rd birthday to Katie Turley Balla of Emmons on July 7.
Happy 7th birthday to Bryleigh Renee Bowles, daughter of Sean and Donna Bowles of Ashford, on July 6. She is the granddaughter of Teddy and Libby Bowles and Rondy and Teresa Perdue, all of Ashford.
That’s all for this week. Don’t forget to write P.O. Box 102, Nellis, WV 25142 or call (304)836-5379 with any news that you would like to share. You can also e-mail me at email@example.com. The deadline is 6 p.m. Wednesday. Take care until next time.