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Area woman competing for title, Women Empowering Women is her platform

MyLinda Kimball

NEW CUMBERLAND — Hancock County resident MyLinda Kimball, Mrs. West Virginia Curve Globe 2020, will be competing for the title of Mrs. North Curve Globe 2020 in October in Palm Springs, Calif.

Kimball, who resides in New Cumberland with her husband, Russell Blaine Kimball Jr., is employed by Aecom Architectural Engineering Firm as a level III construction inspector. She also is a contracted construction inspector for the Florida U.S. Army Corp of Engineers which has her currently working on the Herbert Hoover Dike Culvert Rehabilitation Project.

Kimball’s platform is #WomenEmpoweringWomen through manufacturing and construction jobs throughout West Virginia. She has more than 25 years of experience in quality management and said she has noticed a low percentage of women working in her field. She said is dedicated and passionate about sharing her work experience as a construction inspector to inspire other women “to dream big and to reach their goals by pursuing a career that is mostly male-driven.”

She also is a spokeswoman for the Women In Need Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that specializes in programs, classes, online courses and conferences for individuals coming out of emotionally traumatic situations with an emphasis on narcissistic abuse and healing.

She additionally is an advocate for WV Women Work Inc., which is a statewide nonprofit organization that supports the education, employment and economic equity for all women.

Kimball is the founder of Fairy Godmother Donation Closet to assist high school students and their parents who suffer a hardship. She is active with Toys for Tots, Walk Against Heroin and several animal shelters throughout West Virginia and Florida by paying sponsorship adoption fees for shelter animals that are either a senior animal or the shelter’s longest resident. Every shelter animal she has sponsored through the program has been successfully adopted by a loving family.

A 1988 graduate of Ritchie County High School, she is the daughter of the late Dexter C. Toothman and Linda Reed Toothman. She is the mother of Andrew Shepherd of Pennsboro and Danielle Shepherd Coleman of Glenville.

East Springfield Center having fundraiser dinner Thursday

EAST SPRINGFIELD — The East Springfield Community Recreation and Service Center, located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Hall, is forging ahead with its monthly fundraiser dinners with some modifications.

The June restart of the dinners, for example, enabled patrons to get carry-out, including by placing an order for pickup and having it brought to them in the parking lot. There was no indoor dining because of COVID-19 safety precautions.

This month, however, patrons will be able to get carryout dinners but also enjoy indoor dining once again, according to an event volunteer. There will be indoor dining with social distancing observed, but patrons also can eat outdoors at picnic tables or get carryout.

Normally the dinners are held on the first Thursday of the month, with this month being an exception because it fell close to the July 4 holiday.

There will be a dinner from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday with the menu being cabbage rolls, mashed potatoes, corn, bread, dessert and drink. The price is $9. Patrons can call in orders to (740) 543-3700.

Pastor Gary Lilly featured at Thursday’s ‘Lit at the Museum’

WEIRTON — The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center’s monthly reading series, “Lit at the Museum,” which celebrates writers and poets from the region, will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

The event at 3149 Main St. is open to the public, and admission is free. July’s reader is poet Pastor Gary Lilly, who celebrated his 50th year in pastoral ministry on Jan. 7. He is part of the eldership at Weirton Covenant Church and serves as the senior pastor of Restoration Church in Steubenville.

Lilly has served the community as a police chaplain and hospital chaplain and on several boards of nonprofit organizations. “A very prolific writer, he especially delights in creating Christian drama, poetry and personal devotionals for people going through difficult situations,” notes a news release from the museum’s executive director, Savannah Guz.

“He uses his writing in a variety of very unique ways in his ministry as a pastor. His work has appeared in ‘Christian Soup for the Soul’ and various poetry publications. For nearly 11 years he has written a newspaper column for seniors called, “Notes From The Lilly Pad.” His poem, “Here’s To You Weirton,” was declared by the mayor to be the official poem of the city. He and his wife, Pamela, have resided in Weirton for the last 31 years.

The museum continues to observe all social distancing protocols, and a touchless hand-sanitizing station will be available at the front door. The event will also be livestreamed on the Weirton Area Museum & Cultural Center’s Facebook page. “Lit at the Museum” is a monthly reading series that is free and open to the public and promotes local writers and the region’s “vibrant and growing literary culture.”

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