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OPINION: No reason to be bored

June 24, 2011
By JESS LOOMAN - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

Happy Friday, Wintersville.

If you have been following along in the past couple of Wintersville Scenes, then you know the village is offering its residents and beyond a variety of events to attend this weekend.

Kicking off the jammed pack two days is the village's annual Thunder in the Ville, which is set to have its opening ceremony at 6 p.m. tonight with Mayor Bob Gale giving a prayer offering and speech and county Commissioner Thomas Graham singing the national anthem. The festival will include craft and food vendors as well as music and dance performances and fireworks at 10 p.m. Saturday night. The third-annual Street Dreams Rod and Custom Car Show also will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday with registration from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Paintball Thunder Alley and Spirit of American Miniature Train Rides also are on tap again this year. There is no admission charge to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Brentwood United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christian Festival Victory in Da Ville from 11 a.m until 7 p.m. Saturday at 148 Stephens St. A number of Christians artists and groups will perform throughout the day and free food, games, waterslides and clowns will be available. A car cruise also will be held throughout the day. New this year to the church is a youth rally from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. Music for the youth rally will be provided by Kalled Out and Forerunner.

And as you can read in today's scene, the Wintersville United Methodist Church will hold its 23rd-annual Strawberry Festival from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the church. The event includes sandwiches, potato salad, hot dogs, cabbage rolls and strawberries and ice cream. Items can be purchased separately, and prices can be obtained by calling the church. According to organizers, the festival has been very popular and successful over the years and they are hoping to see a great turnout again this year.

There are a lot of entertainment options to choose from this weekend, and I hope that many of you take this opportunity to get out and have a good time and support local organizations. There are a lot of people who complain about being bored and gripe about nothing to do, but if you take advantages of the opportunities your hometown has to offer, there is no reason to be bored at all. Have a great weekend, Wintersville.

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