West People News
Thursday, December 15, 2005

Lynne Scanga, manager of Continuing Education/Library, at Ohio Valley General Hospital in Kennedy, was honored at the recent American Cancer Society's Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner.

She received the Cancer Control Merit Award for coordinating a partnership with the American Cancer Society to provide public education and screenings and continuing medical education for medical professionals.

Among the community events Mrs. Scanga has coordinated are special projects for breast cancer, colo-rectal cancer, prostate cancer and smoking cessation.

Mrs. Scanga has worked eight years at the hospital.

The Merit Award recognizes volunteers whose efforts deserve special recognition as a result of partnering with the American Cancer Society in health-related programming and events.

Beaver native and soprano Lara Cottrill, a first-year master's student at the Eastman School of Music, won the top prize at the recent Fifth Annual Friends of Eastman Opera Voice Competition.

She was among nine leading voice and opera students who competed, and received the Lynne Clarke Vocal Prize of $800.

Cottrill, 23, is the daughter of Dale and Beth Cottrill, of Beaver, and a 2001 graduate of the Beaver Area High School. Earlier this year, she completed her undergraduate studies in vocal performance at the University of Miami (Fla.); was named Vocal Performance Student of 2005; she also was selected by the voice faculty to sing the national anthem at the university's commencement ceremonies.

She studies with Carol Webber at the Eastman School.

Bill Johnston, a Boy Scout with Troop 243 in Sewickley and a junior at Riverside High School in Beaver County, knows firsthand about the devastation from Hurricane Ivan.

The home occupied by him and his parents in North Sewickley was wiped out by the September 2004 floodwaters of the Connoquenessing Creek.

So, as his Eagle Scout project, Bill decided to collect and ship Christmas toys to children who were victims of Hurricane Katrina. The toys have been sent to Waveland, Miss., a coastal community that was damaged heavily, and will be distributed Sunday at a Christmas party sponsored by a church.

The Rev. Bertha Lay is the new chaplain at the Behavioral Health Unit of Aliquippa Hospital.

She replaces the Rev. Art Peters who represents the Christians United of Beaver County Chaplaincy Program at the Medical Center, Brighton.

The Rev. Lay was ordained in 1995 at the Miracle of God in Christ Church in Aliquippa.

First published on December 15, 2005 at 12:00 am
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