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Lauren Elizabeth Rosenquist and James Amon Miraglia, both of Raleigh, were married recently at the Villa of Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda. Mrs. Michelle Grit, sister-in-law of the bride, officiated at the 6 p.m. ceremony. Josh and Emily Perryman provided wedding music.
Danny and Renee Frizzell of Mill’s River announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Heather Frizzell, to Garrett Luke Holbrook, the son of Mike Holbrook of Ronda and Lynette Holbrook of Wilkesboro.
Dr. Donald Douglas Peterson and Mrs. Donna Johnson Peterson recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married April 16, 1966 by the Rev. Noah Inbody at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Evanston, Ill. Dr. Peterson was in medical school and Mrs. Peterson was in nursing school.
Mark and Rebecca Billings announce the birth of a daughter, Adalyn Faith Billings, born March 1, 2016, at Wilkes Regional Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21 inches long at birth. Maternal grandparents are Richard and Carol Greer of Lansing. Paternal grandparents are Annette Billings of Hays and the late Mike Billings.
Ryan and Michelle Nichols of North Wilkesboro announce the birth of a daughter, Braelyn Makenna Nichols, born Feb. 20, 2016, in Forsyth County. She weighed 4 pounds, 12 ounces and was 18 inches long at birth. Braelyn Makenna has three siblings, Aubrianna, Chase and Sadie Nichols. Grandparents are Wayne and Ruby Nichols of Purlear and Annette Billings of Hays.
Amanda Harrold and Robert Sloan of Traphill announce the birth of a daughter, Sydney Claire Sloan, born Feb. 23, 2016, at Hugh Chatham Hospital, Elkin. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21 inches long at birth. Maternal grandparents are Tammy and Jeffrey Harrold of Traphill. Paternal grandparents are Beth and Freddie Sloan of Jonesville.
Grace Dean Clark of Millers Creek celebrated her 90th birthday with a party in her honor on Sunday, April 17, at Pleasant Home Baptist Church.
A lot of work by a lot of people culminates this weekend with MerleFest at Wilkes Community College, a one-of-a-kind feast of fine music with a family-friendly atmosphere.
MerleFest this Thursday through Sunday at Wilkes Community College brings to mind the need for better signage in Wilkes County.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Wilkesboro Baptist Church is hosting a youth mental health first aid class from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 16, 17, and 19. Cost is $25 per participant, which pays for a resource manual. Attendance all three nights is required to receive a certificate. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-838-1644. For more details, go to www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.
It was encouraging to hear that some United Methodist and Episcopal church leaders in North Carolina took a stand this week on N.C. House Bill 2 which, among other provisions, requires transgender people to use the bathroom of the sex they were assigned at birth.
I have learned that a proposal is being considered in the North Carolina legislature to restrict the so-called “free speech” rights of hecklers who shout down and who attempt to prevent speakers on North Carolina’s university campuses from speaking.
I have been somewhat perplexed concerning the whole HB2 mess and can empathize with viewpoints from both sides of the bathroom debate.