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Bye & Bye Hardware


Store has survived more than one recession in 113 years By TOM GIAMBRONI Staff Writer

LISBON — For more than 100 years, Bye & Bye Hardware has been a family affair. Established in 1896 after Homer and William Bye purchased the Briggs & Morrow Hardware store at 130 S. Market St., Robert Bye is the third generation to own and operate the store. Bye, 60, is the son of Galen Bye, who took over running the store in 1946 following the retirement of his father, Howard Bye, who joined the family business after his brother, Homer, died in 1899. This year marks Bye’s 30th anniversary since taking over the family business, but as you would expect, his familiarity with the family business began as a child. Bye said he first started work stocking shelves in the early 1960s. The George Worthington Co. was the store’s only supplier back then but when Worthington began experiencing problems in the 1980s Bye & Bye became affiliated with ACE Hardware. “They had so much more to offer,” Bye said. “You just can’t be by yourself anymore like we were. You have to belong with someone like ACE because they are able to buy in mass quantities” at lower prices and pass the savings on to its affiliations. With ACE has come greater selection. “When dad was running it, you didn’t have the choices you have today. You had one sponge mop instead of 18,” Bye said. One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is the

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Robert Bye is the third generation to own and operate Bye & Bye Hardware in Lisbon.

During its 103 year history, Bye & Bye has weathered its share of recessions, including the Great Depression of the 1930s. unique appearance of Bye & Bye, which looks just as it did in 1925, when the Byes — in need of more room — purchased the Rogers and Elder Building at 124 S. Market St. The store was expanded in 2001, when the back of the store was converted from the warehouse into the lawn and garden section. Kiewall Florists was added this year. Despite the changes, the hardware store looks pretty much the same as it did in 1925, from the worn hardwood floor and embossed tin ceiling to wooden drawers

and the trolley ladder on runners, which is used to reach the high drawers and shelves on the walls. Bye takes pride that in addition to the screws, nails and other item you’d expect to find in any hardware store, Bye & Bye offers off-beat, unique selections that add to the ambiance, such as Paula Deen products or Fels Naptha soap, which has been around for more than 100 years and prevents poison ivy. “We’ve become more of a specialty store,” which is how they compete against the big-box stores, Bye said.

“We have people come in and say if they can’t find it at Bye & Bye you can’t find it anywhere,” he said. Bye said they are competitive with the big-box stores when it comes to prices. “They can carry so much more variety but will still get people who come in say our stuff is cheaper,” he said. As Lisbon changed, so has Bye & Bye. In the 1960s, some of the biggest customers were coal companies, miners and other industries, and the products they carried reflected that demand. But as the economy changed so did the demand, so Bye said they had to adjust accordingly. “As Lisbon declined, so did its businesses. I always tried to buy my Christmas gifts in town, but it’s become harder and harder because See BYE, Page 7

At a time when families need to make every penny count, Walmart today released new details about the expansion and enhancement of its Great Value brand in the United States. The new, improved Great Value products which will begin appearing on shelves this month provide families with affordable, high quality grocery and household consumable options comparable to national brands. The retailer’s Great Value brand, first introduced in 1993, spans more than 100 categories and is the country’s largest food brand in both sales and volume. With a strong focus on better quality, Walmart worked with several hundred suppliers and product testing facilities to: ∫ Test more than 5,250 products against leading national brands to ensure Great Value quality is equal to or better; ∫ Conduct more than 2,700 consumer tests to compare the flavor, aroma, texture, color, and appearance of Great Value products against leading national brands; ∫ Change the formulas for 750 items including: breakfast cereal, cookies, yogurt, laundry detergent, and paper towels; and ∫ Introduce more than 80 new products, such as: thin crust pizza, fat free caramel swirl ice cream, strawberry yogurt, organic cage-free eggs, doublestuffed sandwich cookies, teriyaki beef jerky and more, all at unbeatable prices. “Walmart remains committed to providing our customers with quality national and private brand products at unbeatable prices,” said Andrea Thomas, Walmart’s senior vice president of pri-

vate brands. “Through our Great Value brand relaunch, we are delivering on our promise to provide customers with the quality products they need and want at a price they can afford to help them save money and live better.” According to new consumer data from GfK Custom Research North America, 75 percent of shoppers, say the “current economic conditions” are playing a big role in their decision whether to purchase national or grocery store brands. Additionally, three out of 10 consumers in the study say they are now “buying more store brand products” compared to a year ago, and more than 77 percent of respondents “agree” that the store brands they buy “are as good as, if not better than, national brand products.” In addition to product testing, Walmart redesigned Great Value packaging graphics to create a consistent, recognizable look throughout the store, making it easier for customers to find their favorite products. The new Great Value packaging offers easy-to-read nutrition labels and more appetizing food photography. Walmart also reduced packaging when possible as part of the company’s sustainability goals. Walmart is so confident in the quality of its Great Value products that the company guarantees every product. The retailer plans to continue its focus on quality through a new Quality Monitoring Program, which will provide ongoing evaluation of the quality of products from the factory to the shelves. See WALMART, Page 7


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Columbiana County Port Authority


By DAVID M. GRIMES Staff Writer

EAST LIVERPOOL — Through the difficult economic times, the Columbiana County Port Authority aims to instill that this region is vital, important and strong not only the immediate area, but in a global perspective as well. “In the world this region is known as one of the best manufacturing areas there is,” Tracy Drake, CEO, said. Drake has the numbers to prove that Ohio and the Valley area are world renowned. The Cleveland-Pittsburgh industrial corridor provides a driving force in economic business. For example, Drake said Ohio has the 20th largest economy in the world. In addition, 43 percent of the economic base comes out of the Northeast Ohio region. In the manufacturing of plastics and metal, the CEO said Ohio is number one. And in steel and automotive, the Buckeye State is ranked second while in aerospace Ohio is positioned as the sixth most productive. “This is a powerhouse economy, even in this day and age,” Drake said. “Even though we are losing jobs, we can still build on that reputation and workforce capabilities.” On the waters, Ohio is the fourth largest maritime state with help from Columbiana County’s port system. The Port Authority states that 15 million tons of cargo are handled and when added up with “all the traffic that moves on the state’s river ports and the nearby Lake Erie deep water ports, Ohio is actually the country’s fourth largest maritime state, larger than New York!” When coupled with the port of Pittsburgh and its 60 million tons of cargo, the Columbiana County port and neighboring Pittsburgh port ranked as the eighth largest port in the United State including ports on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Drake said. Back on land, railways, airports and highway infrastructure also contribute to making the county a prime location. “We have excellent location geographically,” Drake said, noting Columbiana County is situated centrally among some of the top populated cities in the United States. Currently there are a couple projects in evolution that will also benefit the area. The port authority has been working for the past two years on a plan to extend highspeed Internet service throughout the county See PORT, Page 9

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Tom Brittain, owner of Brittain Chevrolet-Pontiac, stands with a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro outside his dealership on East Martin Street in East Palestine.

Brittain Chevrolet-Pontiac Good service is key to continued success By MATTHEW SCHOMER Staff Writer

EAST PALESTINE — During the Great Depression, Tom Brittain’s family drove school buses and operated the only wrecker service between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. They also managed a car dealership at the corner of Market and Martin streets — a business that still stands today as Brittain Chevrolet-Pontiac. “We made things happen. We just survived,” he said of his business, handed down to him through his grandfather, Clyde, father, Paul, and uncle, Harold. “You just gotta keep on going forward. I guess the idea is that people who give up never have a chance.” Now, 84 years after the dealership’s opening in 1925, and with the economy in a new funk, Brittain said there’s not much he has to do differently than in prosperous times because the dealership always tries to make the best possible deals for its customers Morning Journal/Matthew Schomer through consistency in sales attitude, honesty A 1929 advertisement for the dealand fairness. “Right now, we’re trying to match our ership contains several selling points inventory with what is popular and in line Brittain still stresses today, including fuel efficiency, riding comfort, dependability and low prices. See BRITTAIN, Page 8

WELLSVILLE — CFBank has been serving the community and local businesses since its founding in 1892. We provide all the financial tools available that you would expect from your bank. The many services offered include ATM access, online internet banking, telephone banking, corporate cash management and remote capture. Additional services offered at CFBank include CDARS, which is a national Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service. It’s the easiest, most convenient way to enjoy full FDIC insurance on deposit amounts larger than $250,000. CFBank is a community oriented financial institution with offices in Wellsville and Calcutta. For many years, CFBank applied its focus on individual customers. Six years ago, the bank extended its small town roots to offices in Fairlawn and Worthington, Ohio and added business and commercial banking services. By helping people achieve their financial goals we strengthen the foundation of the communities we live in. We offer loans to businesses that help strengthen our neighborhoods and fuel our economy. Featured in this article are four of the leaders behind our growth in the Columbiana Region, including Vice President Diana Spencer; Marian Ferlaino, banking officer responsible for our Calcutta office; Margaret Gill, mortgage loan originator; and Michele Guildoo, assistant vice president, human resources and deposit operations for all of CFBank. Diana Spencer is vice president for the Columbiana Region of CFBank. Spencer supervises client services in Calcutta and Wellsville offices. Spencer entered the financial industry in 1996 as sales manager with CFBank. In 1998, she assumed the position of human resources manager. Before joining CFBank, she was a retail sales manager for 14 years. Spencer has a bachelor’s degree in human resources and is a graduate of the Institute of Financial Education. She is a graduate of Clark, Gilbert & Silverthorn School of Cosmetology and the Wheeler School of Business. She is a member of the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce, where she served as past president and is currently president elect. She is also a member of the East Liverpool Area Chamber of Commerce. She is currently on the Kent State University East Liverpool Campus Advisory Board and is a member of the Kent State University East Liverpool Campus Friends. She is a board member of the Southern Columbiana County United Way. She is a member of the Northern Hancock Rotary Club, where she served as past president and past district chair for literacy. See CFBANK, Page 8

Mills Insurance Agency

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Designer’s Beauty Academy EAST LIVERPOOL – Designer’s Beauty Academy is located at 401 Market Street, near the “Hot Dog Shoppe.” We have been enrolling students since Jan. 27, 2003. The school received accreditation through NACCAS in 2008, and the academy now accepts Federal Student Aid for students who quality. The academy offers cosmetology and nail tech courses. Cosmetology courses can be completed in as little as 13 months or less. The nail tech course can be completed in 10 weeks. A variety of salon services and training in many spa services are available. This summer the school will be offering CEV hours to existing stylists in color or massage. We are growing in size and will be adding new hours in the next year as teachers

and students are available. The academy also offers a tanning certification location for NTTI and Suntan. Two new teachers have been added, Mary Ann Lucas and Judy McComas. Scott Shaw Jr. is working in admissions, and Faith Weaver is the financial aid officer. New students are admitted every two months. If you would like a school tour or have questions about attending, call 330-385-9330 and ask for Shaw. Salon services are available to the public in the student salon at lower prices. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All work is performed by supervised students. Prices include haircuts $3; style $5; perms $20; color $15; eye wax $3. Walk-ins only and please know that we are a cash only business. We hope you will stop in for a list of all our services and prices.

LISBON—Neil McClester, Derek Hiscox, and J.D. Gauron established the Mega Insurance Group in 1994. Mega evolved from the Mills Insurance Agency which was founded in 1959 by Jack and Lila Mills, the Eason Agency which was founded in 1903, and J.D. Gauron Agency which was established in 1985 and has roots back to 1958. In 2003, Miller-ThomasMontgomery Insurance Agency was merged with our East Liverpool Agency and William Montgomery became an agency partner. Mega Insurance Group has grown into a full-service agency with four owners and a staff of 11 insurance specialists servicing over 4,500 individuals and families and 950 businesses in northeast

Shown (from left) are J. Neil McClester, Bill Montgomery, J.D. Gauron and Derek L. Hiscox.

Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Mills Insurance Agency has locations in Lisbon and Wellsville, and the Mega Insurance Agency has an office in Calcutta/East Liverpool. The Mills Insur-

ance Agency and Mega Insurance Group are an Independent Insurance Agency that represents over 10 Arated companies and specializes in personalized insurance service for autos, homes, recreation vehicles,

aircraft, commercial, life and health insurance. Mega Insurance Group has evolved from the merger and purchase of several insurance agencies over the past 40 See MILLS, Page 6

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Superior Paint and Wallpaper

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NDC Heating & Cooling NEW WATERFORD — NDC Heating & Cooling, Crestview Road, owner Dave Norris opened his doors three years ago to provide area residents with honest and reliable service. Norris has 17 years experience in

servicing, maintaining, and installing residential and commercial equipment. He and his technicians are trained in environmentally friendly 410 refrigerant and work on natural gas, propane, boilers, geothermal and electric heat pumps.

The company is surviving due in part to the large tax credits provided by the stimulus package, but Norris feels that as long as his company provides friendly, honest service it will continue to thrive during tough economic times.

SALEM—Superior Paint and Wallpaper originated on South Broadway in the 1940s when a Mr. Tolson of Alliance purchased the business. During World War II, the store was sold to Urban “Red” Lepping, and it stayed under family management through his sons, Bob and Jerry Lepping, until ownership passed in 1995 to Bill Allison, a long-time employee. The store’s present location at the corner of Pershing Street and Lundy Avenue was once the Famous Dairy. On a bright sunny day from inside the store you can still see an ice cream cone and the store name etched on the glass of the front window. The business was originally all wallpaper, but over the years paints and wood finishes have become the major products. Products like Benjamin Moore Paints, Sikkens, Wood Finishes, Bruning Paints, Insl’X Paints, Old

Masters Stains, Tungseal Stains and Modern Masters Metallics along with hundreds of wallcovering collections are the mainstay of the store now. The ongoing philosophy of the owners has always been to provide the customer with the best products available for the job they are doing. This could be restoring a family heirloom, painting and papering a bedroom, or a 500 gallon repaint of a manufacturing plant. Superior’s experienced personnel will help customers find the best products to do the job right. This often helps the customers keep from making the mistake of applying the wrong product or wrong color. All small retail businesses rely on repeat customer sales. Superior Paint does their very best to help customers achieve a good result with their decorating job, so they will want to come back when it’s time for that next project.

Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home Even the funeral business must adjust for the economy By TOM GIAMBRONI Staff Writer

LISBON — In many ways, the story of the EellsLeggett-Stauffer Funeral Home is the story of Lisbon itself. After all, the funeral home was founded by Erastus Eells in 1828, just 25 years after the village was formally founded by Lewis Kinney and Ohio had become a state. Originally from Connecti-

cut, Eells moved to Lisbon in 1824 as an apprentice cabinetmaker, a skill he put to good use making caskets when he took up the funeral trade four years later. Located originally on Jefferson Street, the business later moved to Kinney’s house on what is now West Lincoln Way, where it remains to this day. As Lisbon grew, so did the funeral home, with Eells acquiring more property to

accommodate his business. The following is from a history of the funeral home published on its 100th anniversary in 1928: “Few realize how important were the services rendered the community by Erastus E. Eells, 1st., in those early days. Until 1866, he constructed all coffins, ... which were used in Lisbon or vicinity. During his sixty years of business life here he

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buried over 5,000 bodies, drove 50,000 miles personally, and never missed an engagement nor was behind the appointed time ...” An abolitionist, Eells supposedly used the funeral home as a stop on the Underground Railroad, smuggling slaves out of town in his handmade caskets, or so the legend goes. Not only is the funeral home the second oldest in Ohio and the oldest business in the county, the funeral home also featured one of the first female embalmers in the United States: Jane Eells, the wife of Erastus Eells II, who obtained her license from the State Board of Embalming in 1913 to assist her husband in the business. The funeral home was continued to be run by the Eells family and their descendants until 1947, when it was sold to Robert Leggett, whose son, Lynn, took over in 1976. It remained within the Leggett family until purchased in 2001 by current owners, Charles “Chip” Stauffer and his wife, Stacey, who added their names to the business two years later. Mr. Stauffer, 38, who is from the Lisbon area, was a close friend of Leggett. “After I graduated I stopped in and saw Lynn and told him I was looking for a job. He suggested I go a mortuary school, and I thought he had lost his mind.” But Stauffer followed

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Charles “Chip” Stauffer and his wife, Stacey, purchased the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home from the Leggett family in 2001.

Leggett’s advice and obtained his funeral director’s license and took a job with an Akron funeral home before coming to Lisbon in 1998 to work for his mentor. “(Lynn) called and said it was time to come home,” Stauffer recalled. “He was like a second father to me.” Stauffer said after buying the funeral home he was asked why he didn’t remove Eells-Leggett from the name instead of adding Stauffer. He said that was never a consideration, given the history of the funeral home and the debt of gratitude he owes to Leggett. “You don’t get any more rooted in the community than that. These are awfully big shoes to fill,” he said, as he

looks around the same funeral parlor where Erastus Eells once served as funeral director. During its nearly two centuries of existence, the funeral home has weathered many an economic downturn, including the Great Depression of the 1930s. Stauffer said, believe it or not, funeral homes are not entirely recession-proof, and they are subject to the same economic forces as other businesses. “We’re seeing a downturn, just like any other industry, so you just tighten your belt,” he said. They are seeing an increase in the number of people who are unemployed or whose finances prevent them from keeping up with See STAUFFER, Page 6

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Roberts Funeral Home Everyone at Roberts Funeral Home would like to thank the people of our community who support their hometown funeral establishment. We are appreciative that others feel the same hometown commitment that we have at our funeral home. Our business continues to grow as people realize the importance of local ownership. “Families know us and see us in town on a regular basis. They like the presence and availability of the hometown owners,” state Bill and Vicki Roberts. “It is no secret who owns and operates our funeral home. People realize that with local ownership, their money is reinvested in their community where it belongs.” Our goal at Roberts Funeral Home is to offer care in a personal manner by making the distinction between funeral business and funeral service. We try to keep the business aspect at a minimum so that we may concentrate on the personal care of the families we serve. Bill Roberts has lived his entire life in Wellsville. He attended MacDonald Elementary School, Daw Junior High School, and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1968. In 1969, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served his country for four years. When he returned to Wellsville, he immediately enrolled in Kent State University to begin his academic requirements toward a license in mortuary science. While in college, he worked at the Haugh-Roberts Funeral Home with his father and mother assisting with most aspects of the business, including the operation of

their ambulance service. After completing two years of study at KSU, he entered into his formal instruction at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and graduated in 1976. Commuting to Pittsburgh every school day and working calling hours, funerals, and ambulance service gave him an education into what funeral service really is about. Bill truly has been affiliated with the funeral home his entire life. His love of his hometown drives his desire to take care of the community. Vicki (Wright) Roberts graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1974 and from Kent State University in 1978 with an Associate Degree in banking and finance. She worked at the former Potters Bank in Wellsville for fourteen years. Bill and Vicki assumed the responsibility of the everyday operation of the funeral home in 1990, and she became involved in all aspects of the business, primarily bookkeeping and finances. Her desire to help others is immeasurable. Ken Page graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1974 and from Kent State University in 1979 with a Bachelor Degree in business administration. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1992. Ken has been a valued member of the funeral home’s staff as a funeral director and embalmer since 1996. His knowledge of the people in this area is extensive. Always desiring to serve others, Ken has served as treasurer for the city of East Liverpool as well as on

Salem Community Hospital SALEM — If you or a loved one require surgery or elect to undergo a surgical procedure, it’s comforting to know that quality surgical care is available locally at The Surgery Center at Salem Community Hospital. This technologically advanced facility was recently completed after much consideration of the unique surgical needs of the community. The Surgery Center at Salem Community Hospital combines the quality and safety of a full-service hospital with the convenience and accessibility one would expect to find at a freestanding surgery clinic. This state-of-the-art facility will be open to the public for a one-day only open house event 1 – 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. Visitors may take guided tours of select areas that are normally restricted to the public and view an information fair featuring the wide variety of surgical procedures available at the hospital. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony will also take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Surgery Center lobby. Quality surgical care The Surgery Center at Salem Community Hospital provides a wide variety of surgical services including general surgery, gynecology, gastroenterology, laparoscopy, urology, orthopaedic, ophthalmology, urology and vascular procedures. Whether you are in need of a simple outpatient procedure or a more complex surgical case requiring after care in the hospital, the dedicated staff of the Surgery Center will meet your needs with the personalized and caring approach for which Salem Community

The Surgery Center at Salem Community Hospital will be open to the public for an open house event 1 – 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. Hospital is known. Open house provides behind the scenes tours During the open house in August, guests are encouraged to take a 40-minute guided tour to see the innovations, technology and design of this modern surgery center. The tours will include a look inside two of the seven new operating suites. One has been specifically designed for urologic surgeries and the other has been designed for orthopaedic surgeries, such as knee and hip replacements. Visitors will see the facility’s safety features, which include boom technology to safely manage and store lighting and other medical equipment. The Clean Core, an area that ensures the sterility of surgical equipment and supplies, will also be discussed. Tour guests will learn how digital x-ray displays, which are located in each operating suite, help to improve safety. Other points of interest include the pathology laboratory, where speciallytrained pathologists can See SCH, Page 7

Shown (from left) are Ken Page, Erin (Roberts) Orr and Bill Roberts.

“Families know us and see us in town on a regular basis. They like the presence and availability of the hometown owners.” BILL AND VICKI ROBERTS

the Civil Service Commission. He has been instrumental in the success of the Wellsville Care and Share program, which is one of our most rewarding projects as a community. His attentiveness to the needs of others is often recognized by those he personally serves. Ken is a caring funeral director as well as a friend to all who know him. Like her father, Erin (Roberts) Orr has grown up around the funeral service

industry and found great satisfaction in volunteering her time to her community. Although she has worked at the funeral home occasionally since junior high school, she decided in her senior year of high school to pursue a career in funeral service. While at Wellsville High School, she was involved with many clubs and activities. Erin graduated as valedictorian of her class in 2005 and immediately enrolled in

Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. She graduated from PIMS in January of 2007 with her mortuary science degree and an Associate Degree in business. She continued her education at Point Park University where she graduated magna cum laude in May of 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in funeral service with a major in environmental health and a minor in psychology. Last year, Erin was

recognized as one of the Review’s Future Leaders and was also chosen as a member of the 30 under 40 group which exemplifies the potential of the young members of the community. Erin is still very community oriented, participating in the Wellsville Alumni Lip Sync Shows, serving as president of the Wellsville Lions Club and Corresponding Secretary of the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce. She also is an Elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Erin is now serving her internship with her father at the funeral home and will conclude her internship in July. When she See ROBERTS, Page 8

East Liverpool City Hospital EAST LIVERPOOL — East Liverpool City Hospital recently completed the final phase of its master facility plan with the unveiling of the completely renovated nursing units on the fourth and fifth floors. The most recent renovations created 33 new private patient rooms on the two east wing floors and 19 semi-private rooms. Eight of the new rooms also are equipped for isolation purposes. The fourth floor of the new northeast addition also features 12 private patient rooms. It was the first new inpatient unit added to the hospital since the 1970s. Combining the renovations on the fourth and fifth floors with the newer northeast addition, ELCH has 45 new private rooms and 19 semi-private rooms. The hospital’s intensive/critical care unit remains housed on the fourth floor and was not part of the most recent renovations. All beds on the fourth and fifth floors can now be used for patients needing monitored. Prior to the renovations, patients requiring monitored care were placed on the fourth floor. Now that the rooms are technically equipped, all beds on these floors can be used by monitored patients and patients no longer are transferred to another floor for this care. The private rooms are more spacious and intentionally designed to aid in the healing process, according to Daryl Seckman, assistant administrator and director of engineering at ELCH. “The patient’s privacy is better protected in the new rooms, but more importantly, the new design provides a more healing environment,” he said. Each private room features its own shower, as well as hands-free toilets, sinks and towel dispensers to lessen the chance of crossinfection. Many of the surfaces in the rooms, such as

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The most recent renovations created 33 new private patient rooms on the two east wing floors and 19 semi-private rooms. Eight of the new rooms also are equipped for isolation purposes.

counter tops and floors, can be cleaned and disinfected more effectively, as well. The hospital also installed more energy-efficient items that consume less water, lighting and energy. New technical infrastructure was included in the renovations, with fiber optic cables installed on the floors and high-speed copper networking for increased volume and faster data transfer. Patients in the private rooms now have more personal control over items such as the television, phone and lighting. Flat-screen televisions were also included in the renovations. The renovated fourth and fifth floors also feature decentralized nursing stations that allow staff to be closer to their patients. Rather than one nursing station in the middle of the unit, there are two secondary stations (one at either end of each floor) along with a primary nursing station in the center of each floor. Also during this phase of renovations, direct access to the new 4NE elevators and helipad was provided from the fourth, fifth and sixth

floors of the main hospital. Since 2005, when it broke ground for construction and the beginning of the master facility plan, ELCH spent more than $18.3 million to build the new addition and renovate a significant portion of the existing hospital. The new addition added 43,000

square feet to the facility, while doubling the size of the emergency room, creating the new inpatient unit adjacent to the fourth floor and providing a helipad. The new emergency room opened in 2007 and features See ELCH, Page 8

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Janey Montgomery Scott SALEM—Over 175 years of financial stability and commitment to client service; The recent market events have shaken the confidence of many investors. The Salem office of Janney remains committed to our long-term philosophy of investing and in the long-term success of the financial markets. This translates to helping ensure the long-term success our clients. During these volatile times, our relationship is critical to maintaining perspective and making decisions that are right for your personal needs. We are always available to help you understand where you may need to make changes to your financial plan to stay on track with your goals. Financial consultants Bob McCulloch, John and Dave Scarpitti can help you: ∫ Understand your changing financial needs in this volatile market ∫ Re-evaluate your personal tolerance for risk ∫ Adjust your asset allocation if necessary ∫ Offer you diversified - unbiased investment advice Whatever the situation, the Salem office understands through experience that change, while sometimes difficult or challenging, allows you to reassess your path, capitalize on opportunities and, as is often the case, become even more prepared for the future.


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years and represents the following insurance companies: Westfield, Progressive, State Auto, Western Reserve Group, Auto-Owners, Lincoln Financial Group, Anthem and Medical Mutual We do not work for an insurance company—we work for you. We work on your side when you have a loss and follow through to see that you get fair, prompt payment. We represent a carefully selected group of financially sound, reputable insurance companies, and we place your policy with the company offering the best coverage at the best possible price. The managing partners are: Neil McClester, Derek Hiscox, J.D. Gauron, and William Montgomery. We can be contacted at 330-337-3522, 330-424-9533 or please visit our Web page:

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Designer’s Golden Touch Salon & Spa has moved to its new facility at 16670 St. Clair Ave., Calcutta.

Designer’s Golden Touch Spa & Salon CALCUTTA — Designer’s Golden Touch Salon & Spa has been in existence since 1984 in the Calcutta area. We are now at our own new facility at 16670 St. Clair Ave. We made a few changes by adding three new stylists and expanding our hours by adding Sunday from 12-5 p.m. Spa services will be added with two massage/facial rooms, two air brush tanning rooms, two eye wax rooms, two high power tanning beds, one new stand-up nine-minute tanning booth, three new massaging pedicure thrones. Some price changes are that we will offer men’s clipper cuts for only $12; Mani-Pedi for $30; Children’s haircuts for $10 (does not include shampoo). Visit our new Web site at At the site you can use your paypal or credit card to purchase spa gift certificates and download them or send them to someone by email. There is also information available on each stylist, photo’s, salon sales and the ability to download coupons each month. Designer’s Salon and Spa offers the widest variety of salon products in the area. There is also a large choice of services and procedures including advanced hair color techniques; precision haircuts; texture services including

The team at Designer’s Golden Touch Salon & Spa.

straightening or perming; tanning by bed, booth or air brush tanning. Spa services including manicures; pedicures; facials; waxing; massage; body wraps. We offer Merle Norman cosmetics, makeup application and make-up lessons. Wedding packages, prom packages and ladies night out special events. Some other services are eye lash application; tinting of brows and lashes; hair extensions using glue, sew-in, fusion or clip in techniques. Unique and stylish updos and special occasion dos begin at $35. We also offer a large variety of wigs and hair pieces. Free fittings and customization with any purchase. Permanent make-up and tattoo See SPA, Page 9

the payments on their life insurance policies, which are commonly used to pay for funeral services. While people have little control over their deaths, the Stauffers said the recession has forced families to scale back on traditional funeral services they normally would provide a loved one, and they understand, which is why they work with them. “We don’t want people to go into debt, so we help them pick something they can afford,” said Mrs. Stauffer, who will soon have her funeral director’s license. The Stauffers said one of the reasons the business has survived is because of the range of services and prices they are able to offer to the public. “We try to have a dignified service anyone can afford that might come through that door,” she said. The Stauffers said they saw the recession coming several years ago based on other trends and reevaluated the packages they offered. Where people once preferred copper, bronze and stainless steel caskets, more are choosing lighter-weight steel products. The same thing happened with wooden caskets. They are also seeing more people choosing cremation as an option. Mrs. Stauffer said the key is being attentive to the customer’s needs and looking out for their best interest since they are so vulnerable because of their grief. “It’s easy for someone who doesn’t care to sell you more than you need,” she said. “It’s a trust factor, and we want to earn that trust,” Mr. Stauffer added. “After 180 years, we want to continue to earn that trust.” Like any business, he said they always looking at ways they can do things better. “Every service we do we look at ways we can make improvements,” he said. They have done just that. In 2003, the Stauffers completely redecorated and refurnished the historical funeral home, returning the house to its Victorian splendor, right down to matching the wallpaper found in an old photograph. The next year the rowhouses located to the west were purchased and razed to provide extra parking, and new landscaping was added. And despite the long history of the funeral home, the Stauffers want to leave their imprint. “I think being a first generation we have a different approach, a fresh approach,” Mr. Stauffer said. So will the Stauffers have as long a run as the Eells or Leggetts? They do have three children — 8, 5 and 3 years of age. “Hopefully, one of the kids will want to carry on,” Mrs. Stauffer said.

The Carriage House East Liverpool store began. The decision was made by the Shepherd family to make a significant investment in downtown East Liverpool and move the store into the next generation. Work began to completely renovate and update the store interior. It was also decided that both the Broadway and Washington Street exterior facades of the store would be restored. Improvements at The Carriage House are not limited to just the building. The staff of The Carriage House is constantly looking for new and innovative designs and products for our community. It is not uncommon for the staff to travel to Pittsburgh, Colum-

EAST LIVERPOOL — The Carriage For over 40 years, The Carriage House has been serving House continues the Tri-State Area with quality floral designs and service. to specialize in C. James “Jim” and Dorothy Shepherd purchased the fororiginal floral mer John Keil Florist in East Liverpool, changed the name designs for fresh to The Carriage House and or silk flowers, developed the unique style and character that the busi- green plants and ness is well known for. A second location was added other decorative over 25 years ago when the items. former Baum’s Florist was purchased in Wellsville. Since the passing of Jim Shepherd in 1999, his family tions and standards of quality and the dedicated staff of The that he put into place. In the summer of 2006, a Carriage House have continued and built upon the tradi- new, exciting chapter for the

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favorites such as Colonial Candles have been reintroduced to the merchandise mix. The Carriage House continues to specialize in original floral designs for fresh or silk flowers, green plants and other decorative items.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the personal customer service that The Carriage House is known for. The Carriage House is a full service florist. Whether your needs are for a wedding, school dance, birthday, party, funeral or “just because,” special occasions require special attention and the staff of The Carriage House is ready to help. The designers excel at providing distinctive customized arrangements regardless of order size or budget. The Carriage House is a member of FTD (Florist Transworld Delivery) and Teleflora and is able to offer wire service to almost any location in the world. You can also find The Carriage House online where orders can be placed 24 hours a day. Stop in to see why The Carriage House is always fresh and always distinctive. The East Liverpool store is located at 509 Broadway, telephone number 330-3850670. The Wellsville store is located at 409 Main St., telephone number 330-5321549.

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EAST LIVERPOOL — Pipelines Inc., located at 16363 St. Clair Ave. and 7800 Addison Road, Masury has expanded its product line to meet the needs of the contractor, municipalities and residential customers. Started in 1991 with Michael J. Pusateri Jr., president and treasurer, and William T. “Tag” Lewis Sr., vice president and secretary, Pipelines offers an abundance of pipe, valves, fire hydrants and fittings. The company also sells various sizes of water service line pipe, ideal for residential hookup to a well or municipal waterline. Pipelines carries CPVC indoor hot and cold waterline and sanitary drain pipe along with CMP (corrugated metal pipe) and Hancor brand “Sure Lok” dual-wall plastic pipe for storm sewer and/or drive culvert pipe. Pipelines’ Hancor brand storm sewer is made of high-density polyethylene, a rugged material which combines durability with the ease of usage. The Hancor brand polyethylene pipe is stocked in diameters ranging in sizes from two to 60 inches. “Our goal is to become fully automated with inventory management software and project management to better serve the customer,” Lewis said. “We plan to aid our customers by compressing their construction schedule and allow them to profit through excellent service.” Hours at both locations are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. For information contact the East Liv- Pipelines Inc., located at 16363 St. Clair Ave. and 7800 Addison erpool location at 330-386-3646 or the Road, Masury has expanded its product line to meet the needs of the contractor, municipalities and residential customers. Masury location.

Walmart is supplementing its quality promise with a staffed toll free number for product inquiries. Additionally, customers can find product information at Walmart is asking customers to share their favorite Great Value items by encouraging them to rate the products and offer reviews

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there isn’t much left,” he said. During its 103 year history, Bye & Bye has weathered its share of recessions, including the Great Depression of the 1930s. Bye’s grandfather and his grandfather’s brother ran the store during the Depression. “They would be asked how they were doing, and they would say ‘We had two customers today, but we’re getting by,’” he recalled. Bye said things aren’t quite that bad now but the current recession has been tough on them. “It’s the first time I’ve run into this rough of a time,” he said. The hardware store started feeling the recession two years ago, forcing them to discontinue newspaper advertisement inserts. Bye

said they have also had to pay closer attention to inventory. “Before, you just placed your order. We didn’t care about the costs because it always worked out. Now you have to save every penny when you can,” he said. The recession has also resulted in a price spike, and federal environmental regulations are forcing them to switch from oil-based acrylic paint to more expensive latex paint. But Bye said business has been on the rise since Memorial Day, and he is confident Bye & Bye will survive this economic downturn just as it has every other one.


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immediately examine samples taken during surgery; the surgery control desk, where the flow of patients and staff through the department is managed; and the expanded post anesthesia care unit (PACU), where patients recover from the effects of anesthesia under the care of specially-trained nurses and physicians. Open house guests will get a first-hand perspective of how these areas work together to provide a safe surgical experience for each patient. The Surgery Center also includes numerous amenities to ensure the comfort and privacy of surgical patients. For instance, each patient bay in the recovery and discharge area includes its own television so that surgical patients can pass the time until they are ready for discharge. For the families of surgical patients, the entire facility has been designed for ease and comfort. From the protected drop off area, to the fullystaffed reception desk in the surgery center lobby, families are welcomed and guided through the entire process to help alleviate their stress or concern. An expanded surgical waiting room, with two televisions, private restrooms and a computerized patient tracking board, provides a comfortable environment for families who may be waiting for their loved ones for several hours. Medical imaging services enhanced In addition to the $19 million surgery expansion project, SCH has also made renovations and improvements to existing services in the Medical Imaging Department. In March of 2009, digital mammography was introduced, making SCH the only hospital in Columbiana County to offer this state-of-the-art diagnostic service. Digital mammography is also conveniently available at the Columbiana Medical Center, located at 750 E. Park Ave., Columbiana. Digital imaging has replaced traditional film xrays in most medical imaging procedures. It means that no films are used. Instead, images are captured electronically, stored and retrieved on high resolution computer monitors. Digital mammography

provides a number of advantages: Enhanced image quality: By producing sharp and highly contrasted images with unsurpassed resolution, a more accurate diagnosis can be made. Images can be manipulated by the radiologist for the most thorough reading. Improved efficiency: When completed by the highly-qualified and trained staff at SCH, this technology reduces exam time, radiation exposure and the number of re-takes typically needed. Interpretation by the radiologist is more efficient. Improvement in cancer detection: Digital mammography has shown great promise in increasing cancer detection among three groups of women: those under the age of 50, those with dense breast tissue or those who are at or just past menopause. Nuclear medicine improvements Renovations to the nuclear medicine department include a streamlined layout to enhance the delivery of patient care. A new nuclear medicine “hot lab” was constructed for the safe storage of radioactive material. A state-of-the-art nuclear medicine camera was also purchased to expand the availability of specialized procedures for the imaging and detection of tumors. This eliminates the need for residents to travel out of the area for this service. The new camera captures sharp images and has reduced the exam time by one half for some procedures. A spacious and private waiting room was also constructed to improve patient privacy and comfort. Providing quality patient care SCH has initiated several services that are improving care for hospitalized patients, as well as those who are seeking assistance for the self-management of health conditions.

patients. The PRRT consists of select members of the hospital staff, who intervene based on age-specific criteria or unexpected changes in the patient’s condition. The PRRT was modeled after the hospital’s successful Adult Rapid Response Team, which was introduced last year. Diabetes program earns distinction SCH’s Adult Diabetes Self-Management Program was awarded education recognition by the American Diabetes Association. The program has maintained this important distinction since 2001, and is the only program in Columbiana County to earn this status. The course is instructed by a certified diabetes educator and a registered and licensed dietitian, who provide instruction and education to diabetic patients on an individual basis or in a group setting. Each year, about 200 participants learn skills which help them to effectively manage their diabetes. Certified lactation consultant available SCH’s New Beginnings Family Care Center offers the services of a certified lactation consultant to assist new and expectant mothers who wish to breastfeed. The service is free and may involve phone consultation to help solve breastfeeding problems or individual meetings with the client. New cardiac monitoring system unveiled The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department introduced a new cardiac monitoring system that has improved the observation of patients’ cardiac functions while they exercise, helping to ensure that each patient is exercising within safe limits. Staff members use hand-held devices to efficiently and accurately collect data at the patient’s side while they participate in the department’s Phase II exercise program. The technology also enables the staff to monitor the improvement of individual patients, as well as the entire program.

Pediatric Rapid Response Team established In February of 2009, SCH introduced the Pediatric Rapid Response Team (PRRT) to provide early intervention for symptoms Successful surveys comthat could lead to a cardiac or pleted respiratory arrest in pediatric Three hospital depart-

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During The Surgery Center at Salem Community Hospital’s August open house, visitors will have the opportunity to view two operating suites, including one specially-designed for urologic procedures. The urology suite is specially-equipped with a fixed table that accommodates the use of fluoroscopy during procedures. Fluoroscopy is an x-ray procedure that provides images of moving body structures. The detailed, real-time images captured during fluoroscopy are projected onto a monitor to assist the surgeon with the completion of the procedure.

ments recently completed successful surveys by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), demonstrating their dedication to providing safe, quality care. SCH’s Skilled Nursing Facility staff received no deficiencies during their annual ODH survey. During the unannounced review, a number of areas were examined, including nursing care, policies and documentation, as well as the administration

of treatments and medications. The New Beginnings Family Care Center (NBFCC), SCH’s Maternity Unit, also completed an annual review by the ODH. They received no citations during their two-day audit. Surveyors evaluated all aspects of care provided by the NBFCC staff including policies and procedures, safety measures, patient charts, cleanliness and infection con-

trol. The Hospital’s Nuclear Medicine Department was recertified by the ODH for a period of three years, following an unannounced inspection. With the completion of the new Surgery Department and the enhancement of existing services, SCH continues its dedication to providing cost-effective, quality healthcare to area residents.

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Calcutta Health Care Center CALCUTTA — Our commitment is to those who are in our care and to their families. An admission into any health care center can often be an emotional and difficult time. Our staff is always available to assist in making this transaction a pleasant one for all involved. We want to assure a comfortable stay whether it is in our skilled nursing unit, subacute unit, assisted living center, or outpatient therapy center. CHCC facilities provide innovative high quality, costeffective health care programs and service to meet the emerging health needs of the community. Our mission is to provide for your health and social needs through care, compassion and excellence with The Calcutta Health Care Center is located at 4844 Bell School Road, Calcutta. respect and dignity.


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Spencer also served on the Jefferson Community College Retail Advisory Board, and formerly served as a member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Columbiana Bankers Association. Connie Bauer is the business development banker for the Columbiana Region of CFBank. Before joining CFBank, Connie served many years in the banking industry. Her many positions held included supervisor of the escrow department, branch manager, and assistant vice president. Connie retired from Sky Bank in 2004. She has 28 years of banking experience. Connie has been a vital part of the Wellsville community. She is the treasurer of the Wellsville Alumni Association which gives scholarships to deserving students. She is a member of the Wellsville Revitalization Committee whose main purpose is to raise funds from the sale of flood wall murals to area patrons. She was on the governor’s commission during fiscal emergency in Wellsville in 2004. She also served as treasurer of the Wellsville School Levy Committee. She has been the treasurer of the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce for 12 years. Connie is a graduate of IFE banking schools. Margaret Gill, loan officer for CFBank Wellsville office, has served the local community for 39 years. Gill began her banking career in 1968 at Franklin National Bank, New York City. Later, in returning to the local community, she served at Perpetual Savings Bank in Wellsville, assuming the role of teller and quickly advancing to bank officer. Margaret held numerous positions including assistant treasurer,

bookkeeper, loan department supervisor and loan officer. Before joining CFBank in July 2007, Gill served with Sky Bank as mortgage loan originator servicing three local offices. Margaret is a graduate of the Institute of Financial Education and has received various awards, including Residential Mortgage Lending Origination, Consumer Lending, Supervisory Personnel Management and other lending and savings awards. Margaret is a member of the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce and serves on the welcome committee. She is also a member of the East Liverpool Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Northern Hancock County Rotary Club. Margaret is a member of the First Christian Church of Wellsville and serves as board clerk. She is a lifetime resident of Wellsville and has two children and one grandchild. Marian Ferlaino serves as banking officer of CFBank and office manager of the Calcutta office. Ferlaino joined CFBank, formerly known as Central Federal Savings and Loan in 1993. Her responsibilities include developing and managing deposit accounts and managing client services in Calcutta. She is also responsible for serving the consumer loan needs of individuals in her market area. Ferlaino received her education in finance through the Youngstown Institute of Financial Education with specifications in real estate law, mortgage and consumer lending and personnel management. In addition to having extensive knowledge of FDIC insurance coverage, she is a specialist in IRA’s and CDARS, which is a spe-

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with the best rebates,” he said That includes price advantages that General Motors puts on some overstocked models to keep the factories running. The Brittain family added Pontiacs to the dealership in 1936, and though the Pontiac line will be discontinued, he said his business will continue selling them through August 2010 with warranties valid through their period of legality. “We sell a ton of trucks. We sell more trucks than a lot of the dealerships in the area because we know trucks,” he added. Brittain said he and his staff normally have no problem selling used cars because the used cars they have were traded in by customers, who also have their cars serviced at the dealership. “It’s easy to sell something you know everything about ... It’s also to the advantage of the customer,” he noted. While he acknowledges many people have recently fallen on tough times, he

noted our nation survived the Great Depression, which was much worse. “I shouldn’t be worried about what’s going on right now,” he said. “My grandfather took (the dealership) through the Depression. “That was a real depression. That was a real scare ... We survived the big one, and that went on for years. This is only going to be on for months.” Citing business resource The Kiplinger Letter, he said the automotive retail market should improve 23 percent in the next year. “We’ll be here,” he said. “We’ll make it through this and the things that happen will be sometimes good and sometimes with a surprise, but there will always be improvements.” And the number one reason his family’s business has weathered the storm for 84 years? “It’s all customer service,” he explained. “Make people happy and they’ll come back.”

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Shown are (front, from left) Diana Spencer, Margaret Gill, (back) Michele Guildoo, Connie Bauer and Marian Ferlaino.

cial program offered by CFBank for full FDIC insurance on deposits up to $50 million. Before joining CFBank in 1993, Ferlaino served at Potters Bank and Trust with a 10 year background in retail banking. Ferlaino has been president of the Wellsville Kiwanis Club and is a member of the East Liverpool and Calcutta Area Chamber of Commerce, the Calcutta Rotary Club, the Southern Columbiana United Way and is a board member for the East Liverpool Quota Club. Ferlaino is a lifelong resident of East Liverpool. Michele Guildoo is the assistant vice president, human resources and deposit operations. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of CFBank’s deposit operations. Guildoo also manages CFBank’s human resources, where she works closely with

her colleagues throughout the bank on personnel issues. Guildoo has over 20 years of banking experience, having begun her career with CFBank in 1988. She served as assistant branch manager in the Calcutta office. In 2000, she was transferred to the Wellsville office, where she performed accounts payable services in the accounting department. Guildoo also served as the administrative assistant to the president of the Columbiana Region. Guildoo is a graduate of the Institute of Financial Education. While attending IFE, she completed courses in education achievement and personnel management. She has furthered her education at East Liverpool Kent State and has taken various human resources classes working towards her PHR certification. Guildoo is actively involved in community events and is a team leader for Relay for Life. A lifelong resident of East Liverpool, she and her husband Dave have two daughters.

receives her licenses, she will officially become the third generation of funeral directors at Roberts Funeral Home, following in the steps of her father, grandfather, and grandmother. All types of services are available at the funeral home, including direct burial and cremation. Traditional funeral services are still the most common selection, with many enhanced by the personal touch of the family. In every situation, help is afforded with insurance matters and veteran affairs. The firm also offers a vast selection of cemetery monuments as well as several options to pre-plan funeral services. In most cases, it can even be arranged for pre-funded funeral plans to be transferred to our funeral home from another establishment. To provide the best funeral service in Wellsville means to continually improve our facilities and service. The comfort of those we serve is always paramount. We strive to make our “home” as comfortable as your own. We also offer a selection room with over twenty caskets on hand. We believe that families should be able to see the casket they purchase rather than just a picture or corner of one. In keeping with the desire to provide the best accommodations for families, we can provide intimate surroundings as well as a spacious area able to seat over 150 people. While our facilities are extremely warm and relaxed, it is the dedicated and professional people who serve you that is the most important reason

for choosing Roberts Funeral Home. These are the familiar faces of your friends and neighbors who become important at a most difficult time. There is no comparison to the compassion of the staff at Roberts Funeral Home. Everyone is a local resident and is committed to the well-being of the communities we serve. The staff includes Ron Ross, Bill Boyce, Jack Call, Pastor Dirk Hall, Rosie Wells, and Tom McCullough. Having served the people of Wellsville and the surrounding areas for 129 years under local ownership gives us the background, history, and knowledge to understand the true meaning of what the loss of a loved one means to the people of our valley. It is this understanding that sets us apart from other establishments which seem to conduct business strictly in a business manner. We continually endeavor to improve all aspects of our funeral home. However, at the same time, we strive to keep some things the same. While many funeral homes have turned to marketing, vast advertising, and consolidation, we have simply gone about our ways of serving families as we have in the past. By being available twenty-four hours a day, we are able to serve friends who strive everyday to provide all with professional service in a personal manner, with care and compassion at a crucial time. Roberts Funeral Home is comprised of family and friends who strive everyday to provide all with professional service in a personal manner.


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private exam and treatment rooms, isolation rooms, two trauma rooms, an OB/GYN room and a seclusion room. It also has a dedicated radiology room and a lab/blood-drawing area. The construction and renovation projects met target completion dates, helping to keep within budget. “The coordination between our employees and the contractors was remarkable,” Seckman noted. “Extensive planning, follow-through and cooperation made the difference. We appreciate the public’s patience and we think the finished product will help us continue to provide quality care.”

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removal are services we are looking to add in the next year. Call 330-385-3076 for all your beauty needs. Regular prices include haircuts $17; shampoo and style $14; blowout and flatiron $25; perms $47 (includes cut and style); color retouch $30 (includes style); foil - full head $65; cap hi-light $42 (includes style); seven foils or less $25; guys tipping $20; manicures $16-$25; pedicures $25-$35; mani-pedi $30; full set $35, fill in $25; massage half hour $30, onehour $40; facials $35-$65; tanning $40 unlimited one month (one visit $6); eye wax $7; leg wax full $40; bikini wax $25; airbrush tanning $31 full; sew-in extensions $25 track, glue-in $10 track, fusion $500 full head. Call for exact prices and salon policies on long or damaged hair. We hope you will visit us at our new location for drawings, specials and prizes. We are awaiting inspections in order to open. “Day of Beauty” packages make great gifts for Mother’s Day, graduation, anniversaries and weddings.

By ADRIAN SAINZ AP Real Estate Writer

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Ohio is the fourth largest maritime state with help from the Columbiana County Port Authority.


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using existing fiber optic cable. Drake said the goal is to provided a wired backbone through the county which can then also support wireless services when needed. By connecting the rural populations who do not have broadband opportunities, the Port Authority is looking to market the county as an information technology choice for businesses who may find it more cost effective to set up shop in this region than others.

Then the county has the Baard Energy project in Wellsville that will begin groundbreaking this summer. The coal-to-liquid (CTL) fuels plan was deemed a top infrastructure project by the Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum. It also carried a top 10 rank in the world, figured by the dollar value of the project. Cities farther inland from the river, like Salem, Lisbon and Leetonia offer prime targets for development as the

locations have been longtime industrial centers. Drake said things are happening in the area. With the previous and current economic businesses establishing a sound foundation, and coupled with future projects to aid this area in growth, the Ohio Valley corridor and Columbiana County can become a great place for individuals and businesses. “So be proud of what we got and build on it,” Drake said.

Morgan’s Drug Store Loyal customers value personalized service By TOM GIAMBRONI

“I think there’s always a place for a business that does the job with the customers in mind,”

Staff Writer

LISBON — As a child, Kevin Snyder enjoyed an occasional soda at the lunch counter at Morgan’s Drug Store. Little did Snyder know that years later he and brother Steven would come become the store’s owners and pharmacists. Morgan’s Drug Store was founded in 1915 by William Morgan, whose nickname was Raider, after John Hunt Morgan of Morgan’s Raiders fame. John Hunt Morgan was the Confederate general captured south of Lisbon near West Point in 1863, marking the northernmost penetration of the north by Confederate troops during the Civil War. Located in a former grocery store on East Lincoln Way, the drug store was operated by Raider Morgan until the 1960s, when his son, William Morgan Jr., took over. Meanwhile, Kevin and Steven both went off to pharmacy school, with Kevin graduating from Ohio State University in 1980 and Steven from the University of Toledo in 1979. One day, their father, John Snyder, was talking with William Morgan Jr. and asked if he would ever considering selling the business. “He mentioned that his boys were graduating from pharmacy school and they


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Pharmacist Kevin Snyder and his brother Steven purchased Morgan’s Drug Store in 1982.

might be interested in buying it,” Kevin recalled. They purchased the drug store in 1982. “People ask why we didn’t change the name. Well, the name had a good reputation. Plus, starting out we didn’t have the money to change the sign and labels,” Kevin said. Over the years, Morgan’s has changed. After World War II, William “Raider” Morgan and his son purchased the building to the rear, allowing them to double the size of the store and add more products.

The lunch counter and almost all of the transactions soda fountain Kevin recalled are paid for with either public as a child were eliminated to or private health insurance add more products. Now, customers have a lot more product and selection to See MORGAN’S, Page 13 choose from. Instead of one or two cold medications, there are 10. Until his death last November, John Snyder was as much a part of Morgan’s as his sons and could often be seen puttering around the store. “He really enjoyed working here very much, taking care of odds and ends,” Kevin said of his father. Morgan’s has come through many a recession, including the Great Depression of the 1930s, and Kevin said they have noticed a slight drop off in business during the current economic downturn, but people still get sick and need their medication. “There’s an impact, but people’s health need really don’t change with the economy,” he said. For one thing, government health insurance for the poor and elderly provides a safety net for a considerable number of people. Kevin said when started in 1982, most of the business was cash, but now

In the affluent village of Bronxville, N.Y., where residents of million-dollar homes have an easy halfhour commute into Manhattan, selling a house has become a whole lot harder. Larry Brocchini put his four-bedroom Colonial on the market in late May, with a price tag of $969,000. He and his wife, who want to move closer to their son’s private school, have hosted open houses and showed the home by private appointment about 10 times, but they have yet to receive a bid. The pool of potential buyers looking to escape crowds and crowded schools of Manhattan is also having trouble selling their apartments and co-ops. In the Big Apple, the median sales price for an apartment priced in the top 10 percent of the market fell as much as 26 percent in the second quarter and the number of sales were cut in half from the year-ago period, data last week showed. ‘‘People are just being a little more deliberative than they have been in the past,’’ said Brocchini, a 44-yearold attorney. In fact, high-priced homes are languishing on the market. Nationally, at the current sales pace, there’s about a 40-month supply of homes on the market for $750,000 or more, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s more than double the stock in mid-2007, before the credit crunch. By contrast, there is now less than a 10-month supply for all homes. Sales of existing homes

priced above $750,000 made up 2.3 percent of all sales in the first three months of this year, the Realtors’ group said. That’s down from 4.4 percent of homes sold in 2007, before high-priced mortgages dried up. ‘‘The high end is the worst performing sector of the residential real estate market, unquestionably,’’ said Bernard Baumohl, Chief Global Economist of the Princeton, N.J.-based Economic Outlook Group. The recession and collateral damage in the stock markets, have knocked many luxury buyers out of the market. Falling home prices coupled with new appraisal rules have scuttled many deals. And, lenders have jacked up interest rates and down payment levels for high-priced mortgages. Since the credit crunch began in the fall of 2007, few investors have been willing to buy mortgagebacked securities because of soaring default rates. The government’s Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are virtually the only buyers left, but they cannot purchase mortgages above $729,500. That means any lender who makes a mortgage above that amount — known as a jumbo loan — will have to keep the loan on its books. To compensate for that risk, lenders charge higher interest rates. The average rate for 30-year fixed rate jumbo loan was 6.91 percent last week, according to a survey by, compared with 5.7 percent on a conventional 30-year fixed rate home loan. That higher rate, for example, See HOMES, Page 13

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O.T. Beight & Sons Inc. Computers have revolutionized the monument trade By MATTHEW SCHOMER Staff Writer

EAST PALESTINE — O.T. Beight learned the monument trade in 19th century New Castle, Pa., coming home to East Palestine on the weekends. In 1897, his mentor passed away with three jobs left to complete, so his mentor’s wife passed the jobs onto O.T., who found an old apple orchard and founded his own monument company. One-hundred-twelve years later, his great-grandson, Eric, is running the family business, O.T. Beight & Sons Inc., using the same customer-friendly attitude that has been handed down through his family for four generations. Eric said his father used to tell him the monument industry is recession-proof. Noting the economic recession the country is currently in, Eric noted, “We didn’t feel a pinch at all.” The size of the stones he sells have gone down a bit since last year, he noted, but people keep buying them. A strong work ethic is one of the things Eric said has kept the company running for so long. “You’ve got to be the first one here, last one to leave, and you’ve got to work every day and cater to the public,” he said. And he doesn’t get many days off. The monument business is open six days a week — 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays — and by appointment on Sundays. Another of his business’ strong suits is it’s display of monuments, which he said is one of the largest in the country. “We have more stones (on display) now than we ever have,” he said, adding that potential customers would rather see the actual product they’re thinking of buying than see it in catalogue, which could be misleading. Eric feels even some companies that are very good in

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Eric Beight, owner of O.T. Beight and Sons Inc., stands behind one of the company’s larger stone monuments at the company’s East Palestine office, 505 state Route 170. The company, which has been in business for 112 years, also has locations in Boardman and New Castle, Pa.

one aspect of business can’t survive. “You have to be everything,” he said. “You have to be your own janitor, your own painter ... It helps to be a jack of all trades. Eric has had to face some challenges that previous generations of the Beight family never encountered. Specifically, since the advent of computers, people have started to come to him with designs they would like

to see placed on monuments. When he took over the business in 1993, he was working with just 12 designs. Now he has over 350 in one size alone. “Everyone wants a unique stone,” he said. “It seems like people want to get a stone and mark people’s life existence.” Another new challenge is when people come to him requesting a specific font, including some of which he

has never heard. He is also aware that some fonts may look good on paper, but that doesn’t mean they will translate well to stone. The best advice Eric was able to give other business owners on long-term survival was handed down to him by his grandfather: “You put out a good product at a good price, you’ll never get rich, but you’ll never go hungry.”

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Car owners live to regret do-it-yourself repairs By CHIP CUTTER AP Business Writer

NEW YORK — When the taillight of Laura Musall’s five-year-old Nissan Altima burned out, she hoped to avoid the repair shop by letting her husband replace it at home. It seemed simple enough: Buy a bulb, pop off the cover and make the switch. But her husband struggled

to remove the plastic casing, and when he used a screwdriver to pry it off, it shattered. What came next was even worse. Her Nissan dealer wanted $250 to order a new one. Musall, a real estate agent from Fishers, Ind., figured ‘‘10 bucks, we’d be done.’’ ‘‘But apparently,’’ she said, ‘‘it’s not a do-it-yourself thing if you don’t know what

you’re doing.’’ Car owners looking to trim expenses are sidestepping the mechanic and plunging into their own repairs. Or trying to, anyway. Their efforts can backfire, costing more in the end and creating do-it-yourself horror stories. Mechanics say they’ve seen it all in recent months, including incorrectly applied brake pads and antifreeze



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poured into engines. ‘‘A lot of people, they’re in dire straits,’’ said Pam Oakes, owner of Pam’s Motor City Automotive in Fort Myers, Fla. ‘‘They try to do this stuff at home in their driveway.’’ The results can be frustrating, and sometimes outright dangerous. Beth Riggs, who lives near Lebanon, Ohio, took her Chevy Trailblazer SUV to a car-savvy neighbor nearby who charged $500 to replace her front and back brakes, far less than the going rates at nearby repair shops. Later, on a highway ramp, her car suddenly froze up and pulled to the side of the road. The problem? Riggs says her neighbor neglected to put a certain part on a bolt of the wheels, setting off a chain reaction that caused the tires to lock up. The car had to be towed, and Riggs ended up paying an additional $400 to have it fixed at a suburban Cincinnati auto shop. While well-intentioned, many people forget that today’s cars are vastly more complicated than models made just years ago. Most are so computer-controlled that owners can’t spot problems without access to specific tools and data programs, said Dave Striegel, owner of Elizabeth AutoCare in Elizabeth, Pa. Even jobs that were once simple, such as changing the

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Realtor Laura Musall shows the new tail light on her 2004 Nissan Altima at her home in Fishers, Ind. Musall’s tail light burned out and her husband thought he could make a quick repair by replacing the bulb. He couldn’t easily remove the plastic light cover, so he ended up prying it off with a screw driver, shattering it in the process. The replacement was $250 from the dealer.

oil, can take hours to complete now. ‘‘They’re not able to do nearly the work that they used to do — it’s even going beyond the heads of a lot of technicians who aren’t keeping up-to-date,’’ Striegel said.

Even so, some car owners remain undeterred. On Yahoo, queries for the terms ‘‘car repairs’’ and ‘‘salvage auto parts’’ are up 77 percent and 99 percent respectively See REPAIRS, Page 13

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Competition for jobs intensified in May By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON — The competition for jobs intensified in May, the government said Tuesday, as employers advertised more positions but the number of people looking for them also increased. The Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey found there were 2.6 million positions available at the end of May, up from 2.5 million in April. While that’s good news, it’s down from 4 million a year earlier. The JOLTS report demonstrates that even in a recession, jobs do become available and companies hire new workers. It’s part of what economists like to call ‘‘churn’’ in the labor market: Millions of people are hired and let go each month, even in a slow economy. But the Labor Department’s monthly employment reports, issued separately, show that companies are still cutting more jobs than they’re adding. Employers eliminated a net total of 322,000 jobs in May, the department said recently. At the same time, about 350,000 people entered the labor force, pushing the number of unemployed people to 14.5 million. That means, on average, about 5.7 people were looking for work in May for every available job. That’s up from about 5.5 in April and way up from less than two per job in December 2007, when the recession began.

Here are some other interesting details from Tuesday’s JOLTS report, by the numbers. ——— HARD HIT 39,000: Construction jobs available in May 162,000: Construction jobs available in May 2008 91,000: Manufacturing jobs available in May 280,000: Manufacturing jobs available in May 2008 ——— BRIGHT SPOTS 537,000: Jobs open in education and health services in May, up 22,000 from April 520,000: Jobs open in professional and business services in May, up 59,000 from April 302,000: Jobs open in retail trade in May, up 97,000 from April ——— STILL DECLINING 248,000: Hotel and restaurant jobs available in May, down 64,000 from April 261,000: State and local government jobs available in May, down 46,000 from April ——— REGION BY REGION 545,000: Job openings in the Northeast 922,000: Job openings in the South 517,000: Job openings in the Midwest 567,000: Job openings in the West ——— DON’T TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT 1.75 million: Number of people who quit their jobs in May 2.65 million: Number See JOBS, Page 13

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Logue Monument Co. Dedication has carried family business through tough times for 125 years By DEANNE JOHNSON Staff Writer

SALEM — When Salem area residents have needed a monument to remember a family member they have turned to family-owned Logue Monument for nearly 125 years. The Logue Monument Co., currently owned by Donald and Nora Rock, has been a Salem mainstay for generations. Even now, their son Greg works the family business. Greg Rock attributes the company’s longevity to “just by treating the customers the way they should be treated.” The roots of the business are traced back to 1885, although monuments in local cemeteries led Donald Rock to believe it may go back into the 1850s. Although it

A dedication to family and pride in doing their best work has carried Logue Monument through the even the toughest times. During the Great Depression the business changed somewhat, Greg Rock said. Before the Depression status symbols included the house, car and monument. After the depression, the house and car returned, but the huge monument did not come back. Still he said treating the customers well brings back Morning Journal/Deanne Johnson families to Logue Monument to help them through The Rock family has their own difficult times. continued to operate “Be consistent with your Logue Monument for service,” Greg Rock said. “I more than 35 years. think people recognize that. has been owned by different Be sincere.” families and had different Logue Monument offers names through the years, but a variety of different monuit has always been a family business. See LOGUE, Page 14

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Foundation recently contributed $20,000 to the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) for capital improvements to its incubating facility on West Federal Street. In the past year, YBI has approved six new portfolio companies for occupancy and the funds will be used to provide professional office space for these growing ventures as well as future applicants. “YBI is appreciative of this substantial investment as it affirms the mission of YBI to assist technology-based entrepreneurs establish and accelerate their scalable, proprietary information technology applications,” states Julie Michael Smith, chief development officer of YBI. “YBI provides invaluable assistance to its portfolio companies which includes entrepreneurial counseling and access to business development resources in a professional atmosphere that allows them to grow and prosper.” “The Youngstown Business Incubator has become one of the Valley’s most valuable assets for economic development with an impressive roster of innovative startup business tenants producing well-paying jobs and attracting talent to the downtown area”, states Janice E. Strasfeld, executive director of The Youngstown Foundation. “The Youngstown Foundation is proud to continue supporting YBI’s vital work through this grant to renovate the facility in preparation for its next entrepreneurial successes!” See YBI, Page 13

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operation, the funeral home managed to make it through the Great Depression of the 1930s and the recession of the 1980s with careful management. After the untimely death of her husband in 2003, Pastore decided she wanted the business to continue and she took a two-year leave of absence from her teaching job to attend mortuary school in Pittsburgh. With retired funeral director Daniel Weber coming on board in 2004, Pastore was able to complete an apprentice-

ship in 2006 and became a licensed embalmer and funeral director in 2007. She continues as a teacher at Southern Local Middle School while working full-time at the funeral home. Due to state laws, as long as she continues teaching, Pastore said, she must have a manager whose name is on the business, which explained the addition of “Weber” to the funeral home’s name. Weber was the owner of Weber Funeral Home in LisSee PASTORE, Page 14

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means a borrower with a 30year $750,000 loan would pay almost $600 more a month than at the lower rate. Rates can be even higher for second homes, which are considered investment properties and therefore riskier for lenders. Second-home buyers play a large role in the luxury market, from Martha’s Vineyard to the ski areas of Colorado. ‘‘The second home market is pretty dead,’’ Baumohl said. ‘‘Banks are being very careful who they provide loans to.’’ In Steamboat Springs, Colo., Randall Hannaway, a broker, estimates that about half of his business is in second homes. He’s seen the luxury market get hit by higher inventories and lower selling prices. ‘‘There’s some really unbelievable buys,’’ said Hannaway, founding partner of Colorado Group Realty. ‘‘Not all wealthy people are still wealthy. They may have to sell just to stay afloat, so to speak.’’ At the same time, banks are requiring down payments of 20 percent to 30 percent, even if the borrower

has a golden credit history. ‘‘Its far more difficult to obtain a loan today for a borrower than it was two years ago,’’ said Rick Roper, a vice president with Golden Empire Mortgage in Bakersfield, Calif. Industrywide, jumbo loans made up about 5 percent of the market in the first quarter of this year, compared with almost 15 percent in the first quarter of 2007, according to Inside Mortgage Finance. To make up for falling home values, Erik Lebsack is throwing in his 2007 Mercedes Benz, worth about $80,000, with the sale of his four-bedroom home in Lithia, Fla. Appraised at $1.1 million in 2006, the home has been on the market since December for $779,777. Lebsack said he never thought his house’s value would plummet $300,000 in three years, and still is surprised by the reluctance of buyers to meet his price. ‘‘People either need to get the deal of the century or they feel they’re getting ripped off if they don’t steal the house.’’ Lebsack said.


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in just the past month, according to the site’s data. Other car repair search terms remain at three-year highs, reflecting ‘‘a renewal of the good old American independent spirit,’’ said Vera Chan, a senior editor for the site. The urge to cut out the middleman extends to even the wealthy, said Stephen Viscusi, a New York-based author and career consultant. ‘‘We feel the need to be frugal and save money,’’ he said. But that doesn’t mean repairs come easily. Viscusi tried to change the oil on his Mercedes-Benz sedan — and wound up with it all over his face, a situation he likened to an episode of ‘‘I Love Lucy.’’ He also struck out replacing spark plugs on his BMW. Auto shops say there’s an easy way to save money: Just be upfront about the repairs you’ve tried at home. Most do-it-yourselfers, perhaps out of sheer embarrassment, play coy when mechanics start asking questions about what went wrong with the car, said Paul Lambdin, owner of Cary Car Care in Cary, N.C. ‘‘Rather than saving themselves time and money by telling us the whole story, they’ll just say, ’This doesn’t seem to be working,’’’ he said, ‘‘without going into the

details of what they’ve already done to destroy the whole mechanism.’’ To piece together what went wrong, mechanics typically have to start asking questions, and lots of them, said Oakes, of the Fort Myers repair shop. ‘‘It’s like, ’What’s the real story?’’’ she said. ‘‘You play quiz master with them. ... you play the 20 question game and then it comes out.’’ People who try the athome tinkering are usually out of work or low on cash, said Evan Brodof of Evan’s Auto Repair in suburban Cincinnati. Many of them are men who work as contractors or handymen in another trade and think they can apply those skills to car repair, said Craig Douglas, owner of ASG Automotive in Indianapolis. ‘‘It’s those people who have that mindset, ‘‘Hey I can fix this, I can fix that,’’’ Douglas said. ‘‘Bob the Builder type people.’’ Musall, with the broken taillight, says she’s learned her lesson. Her husband won’t be laying his hands on the car anytime soon. ‘‘It’s all fixed,’’ she said, ‘‘and he’s not going to do any more car repairs.’’

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ment styles and then they come in blank, ready for the Rocks to personalize it with etchings. They create markers for burial memorials, historical markers and other civic markers such as for the AMVETS and VFW. They help out with civic projects. They have experience with both bronze and granite markers, but granite is where Donald Rock got his start in the business. The Rocks purchased the monument company from Homer and Lil-

lian Logue in 1973. Donald Rock had gotten his experience working in the granite quarries in Barre, Vermont, where he started in high school. His father and grandfather were also involved in the granite industry and Rock worked at his craft to achieve authorized journeyman stonecutter status. The Rock family has continued to operate Logue Monument for more than 35 years. In the past it was operated by Gene Logue and

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his brother Homer since 1951. The Logues purchased the business from Clyde Bryan, who operated the business for 38 years. Bryan was at least a second generation owner and possibly a third generation owner. At that point, the business was known as Bryan Monument Co. Records prior to 1940

were destroyed presumably in a fire. Research by local historian Dale Shaffer shows the business was once known as the Salem Monumental Co., which was located at the corner of South Ellsworth Avenue and East Pershing Street and photographed in 1906. It moved to its current location at 1184 W. State St. in 1956.


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bon for 31 years, retiring in 2007 and selling the business to his son. Unless a conflict arises with her teaching job, Pastore performs all embalming and services at Kerr-Pastore-Weber and said, “I try to do what anybody wants. I try to make it personal.” Admitting it isn’t easy to compete with larger funeral homes, Pastore said, “Small funeral homes are hard to keep. We can’t be competitive (in some ways) with large funeral homes. They do 300 to 400 a year; I’m lucky if I do 30.” But that’s where being a small-town business pays off. “The family is the most important part. The funeral business is a family business. It’s like a reunion when someone dies here. People go where mom and dad went. I truly think we offer excellent service,” she said of Kerr-PastoreWeber. Pastore said she believes a woman funeral director offers a “more emotional side” which gives her “a little bit of an edge,” saying she is “almost motherly” in regard to the families who come to her for service. Funeral customs are changing, so Pastore strives to offer whatever type of service a family requests. One person wanted to be cremated but also wanted a casket, so she conducted a formal funeral service, complete with casket and a drive around the block in the hearse with the cremains, she related with a smile. Calling hours have changed to three full days to sometimes just before the service, and more people are opting for cremation. Although the business does offer cremation services, Pastore said, “I truly believe it’s important to have visitation.

(Family) needs to see (their loved ones) and see them restful.” Many people are looking for the least expensive service possible in today’s economy, and Pastore said she does all she can to accommodate that. She also offers cremation for those who want their beloved pets to be memorialized in some way. Since taking over ownership, Pastore has added an arrangement room and has also obtained a music license and a new public address system and offers caskets and other merchandise on a computerized program, as well as providing a method for mourners to offer condolences on-line. In the near future, plans call for adding a new parking lot, enlarging the viewing room to improve air and traffic flow. At some point, she would like to buy another funeral home and become a master embalmer. “I’d like to teach others this is not just a job. You have to care,” she said. Jean Pastore- Jean’s late husband Steve Pastore bought Kerr Funeral Home in 1987. After his passing in 2003, Jean took over ownership. Jean went to mortuary school in 2005, did her apprenticeship in 2006 and became licensed in both embalming and funeral directing in September of 2007. Jean is from Salineville, Ohio and is a Licensed Funeral Director and manager of Kerr-Pastor-Weber Funeral Home. Daniel Weber- Daniel Weber, also a Licensed Funeral Director and manager of Kerr-Pastore-Weber Funeral Home, came onboard in 2004. He owned and operated Weber Funeral Home in Lisbon, Ohio for 31 years before retiring in 2007 and selling to his son.


In October 2008, the Columbiana County Port Authority welcomed NASA at the Intermodel Facility in Wellsville. The Port’s newly opened 60-ton crane transferred NASA’s Ares I-X test rocket’s upper stage simulator onto the Delta Mariner, an ocean going vessel headed for the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA plans to launch the Ares I-X to the International Space Station in 2013. Picture credits: Paul Giannamore / Herald Star

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Dawsons is a locally owned firm and believes in supporting other local businesses, as evidenced by their transacting banking, accounting and legal services within the Tri-State Area. Staff and family members answer phones 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the funeral home is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Dawson Funeral Home EAST LIVERPOOL — Now entering its 74th year of continuous family ownership and operation, the Dawson Funeral Home remains proud to be rooted in the rich history of East Liverpool and the surrounding area. The Dawson family is committed to providing the unparalleled service which people have come to expect at Dawson’s. While being mindful of the sacrifices and dedication of the company’s predecessor, Frank A. Dawson, the staff’s and directors’ devotion to personal attention and detail has never been stronger than it is today. In these uncertain times, the firm consistently does its best to treat people with utmost respect and care – a philosophy that has remained unchanged since the founding of the company back in 1935. The elder Dawson first found his calling in funeral service in the late 1920s, when he began washing cars at the Sturgis Funeral Home, which was then located in a Victorian mansion at 122 W. Fifth St. It was at this location that the

firm handled arrangements for the embalming and shipment of Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd to Salisaw, Okla., after he was gunned down by local and fedFrank C. eral authorities on Dawson Oct. 22, 1934 on the outskirts of East Liverpool. The son of an East Liverpool police office, Dawson was able to acquire the business upon the death of Mr. E. G. Sturgis in 1934. The young man Jim Dunlap knew that through working to make the tri-state community a better place in which to live and work, he could show his concern for the neighbors and friends upon whom he was called to serve during life’s most difficult times.

D a w s o n responded with initiative and commitment, joining virtually every leading civic organization in town, and later was instrumental in helping to F. Dike establish the East Dawson Liverpool campus of Kent State University. Early employees who worked at the funeral home during the days at 122 W. Fifth St. included Robert “Pete” Pyle, George Deshler Belinda and Sam Smith, Dunlap along with the former owner’s son, Ernie Sturgis, who also served as county coroner at that time. Dawson struggled to keep the business afloat back in those early days, working out of the small building. However, many of the funeral services were held in

Frank C. Dawson maintains his involvement as senior director of the firm. The son of the company’s founder, he began his career at the funeral home in 1951 as a car washer and ambulance driver. private residences in those days, alleviating crowded conditions at the funeral home. In 1939, Dawson and his wife, Mildred Bradfield Dawson, acquired the former Monroe Patterson residence at 215 W. Fifth St., the firm’s present location. Patterson was an industrialist whose principle interest was ownership of Patterson Foundry. Well-known for his philanthro-

py – having built the Mary Patterson Memorial building on East Fourth Street in honor of his wife – Patterson also presented the city school system with the Patterson Field athletic complex. The Dawson family is extremely proud to have been able to maintain the home in a manner in which Mr. Patterson would appreciate. See DAWSON, Page 5

Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes EAST LIVERPOOL — Affordable pricing! Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes’ wide choice of services allows families to select only what suits their individual needs and budget. Whether your choice is a traditional service with visitation, funeral ceremony and then burial in a cemetery of you’re choosing or if cremation is what you desire, they offer many choices, ranging from cremation without service to traditional service with cremation including visitation and funeral service. Because of these choices,

their families have any option that fits their budgets. Excellent service! Because they are interested in the many changing needs of the communities they serve, the Calcutta Chapel, Wellsville Chapel and East Liverpool Chapel offer many choices, so together with the family they can create a service of remembrance as unique as the individual. Their professional staff will assist you with all the details of the funeral service and can make the plans for a final resting place. Even if a family member dies away from home,

they are experienced in those situations and will assist you should you ever face such a tragedy. When a death occurs, the staff of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes begins a service that will encompass every detail, from: bringing the deceased to the funeral home; contacting the family; preparing the loved one; meeting with the family as many times as necessary to complete the details of the funeral; getting the death certificate completed, signed and filed with the appropriate health department; calling of the minister; the cemetery; the florist; the hairdresser; ordering the vault and tent if necessary; making sure that the obituary is complete in as many newspapers as the family requests; notifying Social Security; notifying the insurance companies; the veterans administration; obtaining a flag and ordering a marker for a veteran and contacting the Veterans Burial Group if a military service is requested. Each family is assisted with social security forms, insurance forms and veteran’s forms. In all three locations, a family will receive the service and respect that each deserves. From the first call, competent and experienced

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people will be working to make sure that everything is as each family has chosen. Personalization is the key in funeral service. The Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes provides on-line obituaries and videos, personalization of the casket with panels to insert in the cap or to have corners on select caskets changed to reflect the personality of their loved one. The casket may also be engraved with

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Hot Dog Shoppe

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EAST LIVERPOOL — Ask Ray Trevelline about the Hot Dog Shoppe, and you may not get an answer right away. Trevelline and the business have a long history in East Liverpool, and just thinking about it evokes all sorts of memories. But after a few minutes, Trevelline will tell you it’s more than just a place to buy some food — it’s an institution where the customers and the employees matter to him. Many lives have been influenced through working at the Hot Dog Shoppe, and as owner/operator of the business for some 46 years, Trevelline readily admits his life has been enriched as well. “I’m extremely grateful for all the business we get,” Trevelline said. “When folks come back to town to visit, they find us as part of that hometown experience.” It’s a deep connection for many. Trevelline has developed a deep affection for the business, for employees both past and present and for the customers. The affection is mutual. Some have developed that connection through the years by being loyal customers while others often find themselves entering the job market for the first time with a pay-

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Friendly employees including (from left) Sheila Mileski, Louise Mellott, Marjorie Smith and Judy Schondelmayer are among reasons for the Hot Dog Shoppe’s enduring popularity.

check from the Hot Dog Shoppe. The commitment to the customer is a lecture heard by thousands of young Hot Dog Shoppe workers who have passed through Trevelline’s employment. The boss said there are really three echelons of employees at his establishment. The first layer consists of management which takes care of the hidden details in the day-to-day operations. Another layer consists of the senior employees who have made working at the Hot Dog Shoppe a career choice

or a way to keep active. “The senior employees mean a lot to us and to the younger people,” Trevelline said. “The kids are enriched by working alongside them and the senior employees are also enriched. The street goes both ways. “People will take an unassuming job, take great pride in it, and they pass the baton onto others.” The “younger people” as Trevelline calls them, are the most prominent part of the business as far as interacting with the customers, and as far as Trevelline is concerned, the

customer is king. “They see me as the boss, but the truth is, it’s the customer who is the boss. I’m the referee, the guy in the middle,” he said. “What I tell them at the beginning is, you come here, work, and you’re going to get a paycheck. I want you to learn the basics of work, what work really means. I tell them I want them to work like they’re making 40 bucks an hour, though all I can afford to pay them is minimum wage. I tell them pay isn’t a measure of your personhood.” See SHOPPE, Page 7

SALEM — In 2009, Salem was introduced to a financial service firm new to Salem: Stifel Nicolaus. But despite the unfamiliar name, all of the faces at Stifel’s office in downtown Salem were very familiar. That’s because they’re the same professionals who had served the needs of Salem investors through Butler Wick & Co., which was acquired by Stifel in late 2008. Stifel Nicolaus is a fullservice brokerage and investment banking firm, established in St. Louis, Missouri in 1890. The firm provides brokerage, trading, investment banking, investment advisory, and related financial services through more than 230 locations in three states and the District of Columbia. A full range of investments, including stocks, corporate and municipal bonds, mutual funds, annuities, insurance, options and managed assets accounts is available through the firm, as well as banking services through Stifel Bank & Trust. Stifel’s award-winning research group — one of the largest in the country — is committed to bringing new investment ideas to Stifel clients. The firm’s philosophy on investing is based upon a century-old tradition of trust, understanding, and solid,

studied advice. The company strives to attract and retain experienced investment professionals by fostering a culture of unconfined, longterm thinking. Stifel financial advisors are encouraged to pursue the products and services they feel most comfortable with recommending, versus pushing proprietary products. Stifel clients are also provided with choices, as they may choose from a traditional, commissionbased structure or fee-based money management programs. Clients are provided with quality, personalized service, with the theory that if clients’ needs are placed first, both the client and the organization will prosper. Another unique approach that helped foster the success of Stifel Nicolaus was a new and different type of organizational chart, one that placed clients at the top. At Stifel Nicolaus, it is firmly believed that it is the clients, and those individuals who most closely serve them, who determine the ultimate success of a firm. Therefore, following the firm’s clients at the top of the organizational chart are the associates with the strongest relationships to them. As the trend for consolidation in the investment industry continues, many of Stifel’s competitors are See STIFEL, Page 7

Lease Drug Co. Customers stay loyal to Salem pharmacy over the decades By DEANNE JOHNSON Staff Writer

SALEM — The Lease Drug Co. has served generations throughout the years, families with prescription needs and others. For at least 100 years, the pharmacy had provided locally-owned service for Salem area residents and still remains the oldest independent drug store in Salem.

Knowing their loyal customer base, allows the Lease Drug Co. to provide personal service that is not common at chain drug stores. Those customers are one of the things credited with helping the business survive for so long. “I have worked in different pharmacies,” said Lease Drug Co. owner Jim Patterson. “Our loyal customer base is the best I’ve seen.”

Patterson said they try to return that loyalty by providing kindness and good service. He believes most people want to deal locally if they can, while insurance companies are trying to push people to go to mail order. For instance, he said General Motors went to a mandatory mail-order insurance for prescriptions, which changed the way some people in the area

are filling their prescriptions. “We’re still here with our head above water,” he said. While other parts of the business has change through the years, like the way insurance bills are handled, the Lease Drug Co. continues to serve customers by making deliveries, offering personalized service and even having a gift shop, including the popular Webkins and Webkins Jr.

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line of stuffed animals. Currently, the business has three pharmacists, Bill Reich, Patterson and Bruce Franken, who in recent years replaced Tom Koskinen. It employs 10 people. Although there are no records showing how old the Lease Drug Co. is, Reich knows his family was part of the business since 1917. However, he believes it dates back to the turn of the 20th century. In 1917, Reich’s grandfather, C.W. Kaminsky joined Jack H. Lease in the store. At that time it was located at the corner of South Lincoln Avenue and East State Street. Kaminsky purchased the store location in 1919 and the store was incorporated in 1920. Other stores had been added with the purchase of the Floding Drug Store in 1918 and the Bolger and French Drug Store in 1919. Hence, Lease Drug Co. became the name at the three locations. One was on Lundy Avenue and another was on Broadway. The last was on Lincoln Avenue. Prior to the time when driving across town was normal, having more locations allowed the Lease Drug Co. to serve more people. Eventually, the Lundy Avenue store closed in 1930 and the Lincoln Lease was

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This sign greets customers at the entrace of Lease Drug Co. in Salem.

sold to Robert Heddleston and his wife, Bertha. The Broadway Lease store moved to the corner of Broadway and Second Street in 1958, which located the business across from a hospital and in the area where five doctors were working. Kaminsky retired in 1962, selling the store to Jim Schaeffer and Charles “Mutt” Shaeffer. Reich eventually came to work for the Schaeffers, uncles of his wife. Reich remains with the business today. Lease Drug Co. moved to its present location at the corner of North Ellsworth Avenue and Second Street in 1977. The store is currently owned by Patterson, who once worked for the Morgan Pharmacy in Lisbon.

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Local publishing company adjusts to changing times SALEM — For 120 years, Lyle Printing and Publishing Co. Inc. has been serving the Salem area providing information and printing services. According to information provided by Publisher Scot Darling, the company was founded in 1890 by James Lyle. Early offices were above the former Strauss building. Not long after the move was made to the current location, 185 E. State Street. But the company has not remained the same throughout more than a century. Instead Lyle Printing and Publishing Co. Inc. has shown a resiliency, evolving with the times and the new technology of the day. There are currently four divisions — printing, newspaper, online and Web site services. Darling describes the company as a full-service printer, which offers services from sheet-fed printing to web printing — the printing of newspapers and tabloids for customers. During the past year, the company has undergone its most recent upgrade of both hardware and software as a means of improving the productivity and quality of its printing. Specifically, Darling said company has acquired a new color scanner/image press, new technology which enables the company to offer lower prices for color printing while generating better

quality products in a faster turnaround time. As of June 30, 2008, the company is completely digital. With the new CTP (computer-to-plate) in place, the printing quality is now cleaner and crisper. Another area the company has expanded into services such as direct mailing. The company’s mailing software now sorts mail lists allowing the customer to receive the best postal rates. The software is updated bimonthly to keep up-to-date with the new and ever changing postal regulations. Customers can learn more about the many services offered by Lyle Printing and Publishing Co., Inc. at One of the major parts of Lyle Printing and Publishing Co. Inc. is as the parent company and publisher of Farm and Dairy. Darling calls the publication the leading agri-weekly publication in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The weekly distribution exceeds 30,000. The publication presents timely news, information and advertising to those involved in the agri-economy. In addition to its agricultural focus, the paper is the leading resource of regional auctions, having advertised nearly 7,000 auctions last year. The paper was started in 1914 by R. B. Thompson See LYLE, Page 4

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house facilities at this location, we will still carry the green plants, dish gardens, hanging baskets, bulb plants and geraniums we have always had. We are a full service florist, providing arrangements for any event, including weddings, parties and funerals. In addition to these, we also provide many gift items, Boyd and Russ plush bears, silk floral arrangements, angels, baby gift items, gift baskets, fruit and snack baskets, all custom made to your specifications. For your out of town gifts and memorials, we can wire out anywhere. It will soon be prom and wedding season and we are ready to provide beautiful bouquets in either fresh or silk for your upcoming event. Please call for a wedding appointment and our consultant will be glad to sit with you and plan your special day. We offer many rental items, including centerpieces, arches and plants. We can

recommend photographers, carriage or limo services as well. Make your prom bouquet truly unique by stopping in to choose a beautiful design with your personal taste and color scheme as well as your budget in mind. In times of sorrow, with so much on your mind and heart, remember to ask for us. We will meet with you and help you to choose your final tributes to your loved one. You can be sure to receive the kind of service and arrangements you have come to expect as our customer. If you are not up to coming in, ask your Funeral Director to call us and we can then provide for you the kind of flowers, you would choose yourself. It is our goal to give you the kind of customer service you can rely on, in times of joy or in times of sadness. Ask for Riverview Florists, we’ve been here since 1928, and we’re still your family’s florist.

breakfast casserole that has become a house specialty, or the blueberry french toast, a former weekend special that tastes as good as it sounds, prompting customers to ask for it every day. The catering and banquet businesses have been good for Crockery City. Groups have begun using an intimate dining area in the former hotel lobby as a charming meeting place for card parties and such. The former Jigger Room — a smoking area until a new state law banned smoking in restaurants altogether — now is available for groups as well. The walls still bear lists of city potteries, placed there in the era when the Jigger Room was a watering hole for a bustling business community. The historical atmosphere of the place, a hit from the

beginning, keeps getting more interesting every day. A real river flood gauge is on the wall behind the cash register. Theme tables tell the stories of Pretty Boy Floyd, Lou Holtz, Rock Springs Park, the city’s theaters, and other local history in photos

EAST LIVERPOOL – When Charles Kidd emmigrated from Scotland in 1911, he came over as steerage in the bottom of a crowded, dirty boat. Wanting his family to travel to this country in better surroundings, Kidd took a job in the printing trade to raise money for their passage, and he remained in the business his entire life. His legacy, Keystone Printing on St. Clair Avenue is operated today by the fourth generation of Kidds, his great-grandson, Craig Kidd. The current business was started by a Mr. Gruber in a small alley behind Central Fire Station, where Charles Kidd began his days in the print shop. In 1921, the current building was constructed and Kidd bought out Gruber a couple years later, and it has been family-operated since. “I had a lot of aunts and uncles working here,” Craig Kidd recalled. Kidd graduated from East Liverpool High School on a Friday and started working at the printing company the next Monday. “I love this work. There is always some unique challenge; it’s not like an assembly line.” When his father worked on the linotype machine, Kidd recalled, “People would stand behind (him) and watch him work.” While linotypes have gone the way of many old machines, Kidd said Keystone still does hand-lettering on 1905-era letter presses and offset printing, which he said, “Still serve a purpose.” Kidd remembered when the business got its first computer, saying, “Uncle Alec was 82 when we got (it) in 1984, and he embraced that thing.” He attributed the business’ longevity to a “really loyal customer base,” saying even in the Great Depression of the 1930s, the business flourished, printing advertising fliers for the pottery industry,

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Riverview Florists has been a familiar name in the East Liverpool area since 1928.

Riverview Florists EAST LIVERPOOL – Riverview Florists has been a familiar name in the area since 1928. You may have worked here, or received one of our baby shoes when your baby was born, or shopped in our greenhouse or floral shop. We’ve been part of East Liverpool and the Township for many years and continue to serve your floral and gift giving needs at our new location at 415 E. Sixth St., in the former Mountain Chevrolet Building. Although we are not in the familiar building, the same quality of product and customer service remains, with the addition of new, open surroundings and a bright and beautiful showroom. Purchase in December of 2006 by long time residents, Randy and Sherry Clark, we are continuing the traditions you have come to expect at Riverview. Although we do not currently have green-

Crockery City Cafe By MICHAEL D. McELWAIN Staff Writer

EAST LIVERPOOL — Back in the summer of 2006, the word quickly spread. It didn’t take long for people to hear that Hot Dog Shoppe owner Ray Trevelline, along with sisters Sue Leon and Vicki Lane, were remodeling the former Travelers Hotel Dining Room. The plans were to reopen it as a downtown restaurant and meeting place. Trevelline said people in town started to stop him and offer suggestions. Soon, many of them brought pictures, mementoes and artifacts of the Travelers Hotel. They told him stories. Some of them critiqued the decor as the restaurant took shape like it really belonged to them. In a way, Trevelline said they do have partial ownership since so many memories are associated with the former establishment. The Dining Room was once the place to eat downtown. It was a meeting place for friends, and the place where business people automatically scheduled their important meetings. It was a focal point in the community, a gathering place and a place where everybody found out what everybody else was up to in East Liverpool and the surrounding area. Trevelline hoped Crockery City Cafe — which opened on Oct. 23, 2006 — would become that kind of place once again. Trevelline admits there were some rough patches in the beginning, but now it is living up to that expectation. “We really dropped the ball. We opened prematurely. We were pressed with the holidays coming and winter coming. Consequently, we burnt a lot of customers. People got annoyed with our

Sue Leon and Vicki Lane of the Crockery City Cafe.

service, our slowness. I think they were irritated with the pricing. You have to remember, everything was green for us,” Trevelline said. The business partners say they are committed to finding

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Why do earnings warnings matter? By TIM PARADIS

helped drive the Dow Jones industrial average down by 245 points on Jan. 7 after the company said revenue for the final three months of 2008 would come in about $500 million below its forecast. It was the company’s second warning since November and sent Intel shares skidding 6 percent. The overall market tumbled because investors were concerned that this was a sign of trouble across multiple industries. Q: Does a company’s reputation affect how investors will digest its comments? A: It can. Traders have ideas about how different companies operate, so a warning from Apple Inc., for example, could hurt a range of stocks in part because it is known for being conservative when it issues forecasts. If a company like Apple has to put out a warning, the theory goes, that might be a sign that serious trouble is afoot. Jerome Heppelmann, portfolio manager of the Old Mutual Focused Fund, said traders listen more to some companies than others. Cisco Systems Inc., the world’s biggest maker of computer networking gear, startled investors in early November when it said orders had fallen abruptly in October. Those comments were part of the reason the Dow plunged 440 points the next day. ‘‘John Chambers at Cisco has a reputation for being such a straight talker,’’ Heppelmann said. ‘‘So what he says will be dissected and

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and reorganized in 1937 by J. T. Darling. Farm and Dairy writers have received numerous journalism awards and the publication has been nationally recognized by trade associations. Farm and Dairy has been bringing buyer and seller R.B. Thompson, together since founder of the 1914 and is Farm and Dairy. growing its audience reach through a recently redesigned Web site. At, visitors will find useful content, frequent news updates and easy-tosearch archives. The site also offers the largest online listing of area auctions and classified ads, which are keyword searchable. Auction advertising features also include date range searching, mapping and driving directions. Interactive calendars keep Web site visitors in tune with what’s happening in their commu-

nities, and users can add entries to the calendar, too. Readers may follow Farm and Dairy on Twitter at We see the importance of reaching out to potential customers in new ways, including through social media outlets. Lyle Digital Services, the newest addition to the company, was launched in 2007 and redesigns Web sites or builds new ones from the ground up. The company offers hosting services and has full-time staff on hand to respond to customer needs. “Our goal is to grow audience in both our print and online products,” Scot Darling said, “which will enhance the value, quality and quantity of the information we distribute. This serves the needs of both viewers and readers, our advertising base and ultimately, our company.” By growing new revenue sources through our online and Web site services and by maintaining our current core business of printing and publishing the company will evolve into a “media house” and not just act primarily as a newspaper publisher. By constantly evolving, the Lyle

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J.T. Darling (grandfather of Scot Darling) is credited with reorganizing the Farm and Dairy in 1937.

Printing and Publishing Co. Inc. has stood the test of time. With the many changes and improvements in the last year Darling believes the company is positioned to meet the challenges of and capitalize on the opportunities of the coming years.

NEW YORK — It’s report card season on Wall Street and investors are bracing for bad news. With the April-to-June quarter over, this is the time when companies could come out with warnings that their earnings will fall short of expectations. Traders watch for these earnings warnings because disappointing results can sink a stock and realign expectations for an industry. They can even offer clues about the future of the overall economy. Here are some questions and answers about earnings warnings. Q: What are these warnings? A: Companies are required to let investors know of significant shifts in their business. So if a company forecasts it will hit a particular target, and later expects to be far off that mark, they’ll often issue a statement or submit a filing to regulators saying so. Q: Why do they matter? A: Investors buy stocks to get a slice of a company’s future earnings. If a company’s profits are slipping or its business looks less stable, investors might turn and run. Q: What if I don’t own the stock of a company that warned? Does it still matter to me? A: It depends. A company might throw up a caution flag and only its stock gets hurt. But when important players deliver bad news it can drag down an industry or even the whole market. Chip maker Intel Corp.

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Stark Memorial owner Russell Loudon stands in his office by old photographs of the buisness’ founder, O.G. Stark, left, and Stark’s grandfather and father, Goeleib and Theodore Stark. O.G. Stark carried on the three-generation family tradition of funeral home operating when he opened the business in Salem in 1921 and Louden took over operation in 1956.



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Maple-Cotton Kensington funeral home and ambulance service offers a ‘heritage of understanding’ By RENEE COLEMAN Staff Writer

KENSINGTON — For 42 years the Cotton family has been helping its fellow community members in their times of need, whether by providing funeral services and pre-arrangements for those who have passed or by providing prompt medical services through their EMT company. “Our motto is ‘heritage of understanding’ and we try to understand each individual family. We try to honor their wishes,” owner Mary Lou Cotton said. Originally opened in 1926 the Maple Funeral Home was purchased by Edward and Mary Lou Cotton in 1967, becoming what is now known as the MapleCotton Funeral Home. The funeral home currently offers traditional and non-traditional services, cremations, and pre-arrangements. In recent years the funeral home has seen an increase in the number of cremations and celebration of life/memorial services. Eventually the couple

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Builders Wholesale CHESTER, W.Va. – With deep appreciation for our loyal customers, Tom, Ann and Tommy Ogden, owners of Builders Wholesale, 7938 Veterans Blvd., Chester, have had another great year. Word of mouth advertising seems to have a lot to do with continued growth. We have increased our product selection, quality of materials and also have great prices. Most products are bought directly from the manufacturers. This is an asset in pricing advantage over our competitors. Builders Wholesale has nearly completed the new 9,000-foot showroom. When completed, it will feature car-

pet and flooring samples, kitchen cabinets and bath displays. The addition of 35,000 total feet will include a new garage area and room to house many lengths and varieties of lumber. When you shop at Builders Wholesale, you can expect valued information and helpful service from our work force. Each one knows what it takes to do your project – big or small. Whether contractor or handyman; whether roofing or siding – or simply a handful of nails – stop and see one of our counter guys for exactly what you need. Delivery is fast, cheap and dependable. When all things

are considered, don’t shop anywhere until you have checked at Builders Wholesale. We offer a full line of roofing, the unbeatable vinyl siding, replacement windows, Therma-Tru entry doors, vinyl handrail, regular or pressure treated lumber, plywood, insulation, Alcoa gutter, steel siding, plumbing, electrical or hardware. Builders Wholesale can supply what you need. We are grateful to service the tri-state area for more than 30 years. We are your hometown building center. So, call Builders Wholesale at 304387-2932 or stop in Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

experienced since 1935, there is one thing that hasn’t changed, and that is the sincere promise to serve one and all at the Dawson Funeral Home – regardless of race, creed, or economic circumstance – in their time of need and to honor the life of a loved one. The firm is dedicated to continually providing the finest level of service possible in the funeral profession. Chosen as the area’s only member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, the firm is committed to the high standards of this organization, which is made up of independent, family-owned funeral homes across the nation and around the world. Constantly under rigid inspection and requirements to maintain the highest level of quality by SIFH, the Dawsons insist on nothing less. Today, F. Dike Dawson serves as company president, a position that had been held for over 50 years by his father, Frank C. Dawson. In addition, vice-president of the company, Belinda Dawson Dunlap, has taken her father’s seat on the board of directors. Her husband, James P. Dunlap, serves as company secretary/treasurer, while continuing as director of the firm’s pre-arrangement program. While the new leadership is capable, experienced and energetic, Frank C. Dawson maintains his involvement as senior director of the firm. The son of the company’s founder, he began his career at the funeral home in 1951 as a car washer and ambulance driver. A 1952 graduate of East Liverpool High School, he is a veteran of the United States Navy. Dawson earned his undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and received his mortuary training at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. A licensed funeral director and embalmer in Ohio and West Virginia, he

became president of the firm in 1963. The recipient of countless civic and professional recognitions, he continues to fulfill a lifetime commitment to the people of his beloved hometown. He and his wife, the former Gretchen Beede, have been married for nearly 51 years, and are parents to four grown children and grandparents of eight. Dike Dawson represents the third generation of family operation at Dawsons. Dike, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, became managing director of operations for the firm in 1998. A 1987 graduate of Beaver Local High School, he furthered his education at Mount Union College, graduating in 1991. Also a 1995 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, the Ohio Embalmers Association and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. In addition, he was also invited to and participates in a study group of funeral directors from around the nation to discuss the latest trends and innovations in funeral service. He and his wife, the former Jennifer Hill of East Liverpool, are the parents of three sons. Also representing the third generation are Jim Dunlap and Belinda Dawson Dunlap. Jim is director of the pre-need program at Dawson’s and provides experience and

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The Maple-Cotton Funeral Home is located 11009 state Route 644, Kensington.

incorporated a 24-hour ambulance service, MapleCotton Funeral H o m e Ambulance Service, which is also still in operation. “ M y husband Mary Lou was the first Cotton ever EMT certified in Ohio. I was one of the first women EMTs to

be certified in Columbiana County,” Cotton said. The Cotton’s children E. Curtis Cotton Jr., Diana Fisher and Linda Brown, are all paramedics with the ambulance service. Their son has also gotten involved with the funeral home, becoming a national embalmer. Cotton Jr. also carries an insurance licence as does funeral home director Mary Lou Cotton. Maple-Cotton Funeral Home is located 11009 state Route 644, Kensington.

northern granite from Barre, VT. Tim often attends meetings with the world’s leading monument designers and can provide suggestions to fit any need. He is a 1976 graduate of East Liverpool High School, and was also graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and the National Foundation of Funeral Service. In addition, Tim is currently pastor of His Glorious Church in Calcutta. He and his wife, the former Lynette Gillespie, are the parents of one daughter. Also a licensed funeral director and embalmer, Dan Ibbs is a 1982 graduate of East Liverpool High School and completed his education at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Dan is a member of the federally operated DMORT/WMD team (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team – Weapons of Mass Destruction) and served for four weeks at “Ground Zero” in New York City following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Ibbs also assisted in relief efforts at the site of the Flight 427 disaster in Pittsburgh in

1994. Under the auspices of the Homeland Security Council, Dan is called upon to respond to any type of disaster as a result of a nuclear, biological or chemical terrorist act, anywhere in the U.S. He was summoned to th e New Orleans region following the devastating floods from Hurricane Katrina to decontaminate human remains and for the ultimate purpose of returning those remains to family members wherever possible for humanitarian and legal reasons. In addition, Dan served as an instructor of clinical embalming at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science for seven years and continues to train three times a year at the Weapons of Mass Destruction Team Headquarters in Rock Hill, SC. Dan also serves as director of veterans’ affairs at the funeral home and brings experience to the field of veterans’ benefits that allows him to provide every entitlement available to a veteran or his/her family. He also keeps the firm in compliance with public health


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In 1979, another outstanding East Liverpool citizen, Miss Phyllis Crook, willed her property – located just to the west of the Patterson home – to the First United Methodist Church, and the Dawson family was able to purchase the home, as a means of greatly expanding their operation. The Phyllis Crook area houses the unique Dawson chapel. After numerous remodeling and property acquisitions over the years, the entire Dawson facility now contains 52 rooms, including a children’s room, two lounges, the chapel, and four parlor areas to provide comfort and space for families. Four large parking lots for funeral home use complete the setting, including a large, black-topped parking lot just outside the north exit of the property. In 1989, a 12-room family center was established across the street, in the former McNicol family residence. The facility is used for postfuneral gatherings, included at no extra charge with a full traditional funeral service. The Center, which features a comfortable living room and dining room setting, has grown from its original purpose and is available for birthday parties, wedding receptions, showers, anniversary celebrations and small business meetings. All the facilities are on one level, with wheelchair access provided. The prearrangement office is also located in the Center, where complete service pre-arrangements can be made within the building and every desire can be met from the selection of uniquely displayed caskets. Proving what goes around comes around, the former Sturgis Funeral Home was purchased in 1992 and converted into a bed and breakfast, which is currently owned and operated by the funeral home. Throughout the many changes the community has

knowledge in this field, which is growing rapidly as individuals are becoming more and more inclined to pre-arrange their funeral services. He is a 1979 graduate of Bowling Green State University and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Dawson Family Center, as well as the computer operating system for the funeral home. In 2004, he was honored with the Robert G. Guthrie Memorial Award by the Monumental Life Insurance Co. for his work in pre-planning for the funeral home. The award is given to one individual each year who most exemplifies the highest standards of integrity, talent and personal responsibility. Belinda Dawson Dunlap is also a licensed funeral director and assists her husband with the firm’s pre-arrangement program. She is a 1978 graduate of Beaver Local High School and graduated from Mount Union College in 1982. She and her husband are the parents of a son and a daughter, and have been host parents to a Belarusian boy through the Children of Chernobyl program. The Dawson family is especially proud of its fine staff, several of whom have been a part of the organization for many years. Tim Martin, a licensed funeral director and senior embalmer, began at Dawsons in 1978. He is director of Dawson Family Memorials, which is a fullservice monument company that provides high-quality

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Mark’s Auto Body


WELLSVILLE — Mark Cline has stuck to the same motto since opening his auto body shop in 1980, “Treat customers with respect and do quality work.” Cline along with body technician and painter Chris Bosworth, East Liverpool, not only provide auto body repair and refinishing, but also frame and unibody alignment. Bosworth has been with the shop since 2004 and has over 17 years of experience. Their complete collision repair comes with a lifetime guarantee. Cline also offers free pickup and delivery for senior citizens. Since opening in 1980 Cline has made some changes and improvements. He added new frame and unibody alignment equipment in 1996, expanded the office and waiting area in 2004, and most recently added a Martin Senour Paint mixing system in 2008. The addition of the paint mixing system allows the two bodymen to mix their

as well as price lists, bills of lading, envelopes and other products needed for other businesses to operate. “Pretty much the same as now,” Kidd said, noting, “You need printing if you’re going to stay afloat.” Admitting he has “seen a lot of printers come and go,” Kidd said Keystone is fortunate to have a low overhead, primarily due to owning its own building, which he said “makes a big difference.” A “great team” of employees also helps the business stay competitive in hard times, he said. In addition to himself, Kidd employs Jeff Daugherty, who studied design at the Pittsburgh Art Institute and Herman Potts, who is serving an apprenticeship, “learning from Craig.” Kidd took a course in graphic arts at an area trade school but said most of what he knows has been learned at his family’s sides. “Hands-on learning is the

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Mark Cline, owner, and Chris Bosworth, auto body technician, stand in front of the shop in Wellsville.

own paint for a better color match. The Wellsville raised business owner has only one goal for 2009. “Our goal for 2009 is to

educate automobile owners that they own their auto, not insurance companies and they can have their auto repaired where they want,” Cline said. Mark Cline’s Auto Body,

1127 1/2 Ester Ave., is registered with the state of Ohio and authorized to provide collision repair services. Those in need of repair can reach the shop at 532-1157.

leave your pet behind at the veterinarian’s office for disposal, or burial in your back yard, may not be the right decision for you. Their services include: an excellent staff to help explain all your options, time to make the best decision for either burial or cremation, transportation of your pet from this area to the crematory, returning of the cremains to you, certificate of private cremation, 24 hour answering service, a wide range of urns made of wood, marble, and pewter as well as breed specific urns. They also have an assortment of pet caskets for burial, granite memorials and lawn markers are also available for your selection. From owning a private crematory to owning a private pet crematory to providing a Hospitality Center, your loved one never leaves the care of the professional staff of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes. They are dedicated to providing you with outstanding service. Great Locations! Martin MacLean Altmeyer is the only funeral home to provide three convenient locations to meet the needs of their communities. From an historic home on the shores of the Ohio River in Wellsville, to a comfortable environment in a downtown East Liverpool to a calming atmosphere in their newest location in Calcutta, Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes believe in bringing their service to you

instead of you having to come to them. There are 14 dedicated part time staff members who are committed to helping in any way possible, giving each family the care they deserve. Each and every staff member makes their homes in East Liverpool, Wellsville or Calcutta and has lived either their entire lives or most of their lives in these communities. Because of the long standing commitment to the communities that they serve, the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes are investing in the future of these communities. The part time associates on the staff are Ed Martin, Howard Gibbs, George Pat May, Barb May, Virgil Marrelli, Marion Perkins, Butch Hawksworth, Barry Arbaugh, Bud Ceneviva, Jim Hitt, Paul Metrovich, Jack Babb, John Richman and Jayma Wilson. The full time staff is comprised of three licensed funeral directors and embalmers, two office managers and a facility manager. The general manager, Mike Sigler has been associated with the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes for the past 25 years. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and holds his license in insurance with the state of Ohio. Mike is a graduate of Beaver Local High School and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and resides in Calcutta. He has been a member of the Calcutta Volunteer Fire Department for 43 years serv-

ing as president and trustee. He is a member of the East Liverpool Hospital Board, the Kent State University – EL Campus Advisory Board, Vice President of the Board of Trustees at Columbiana County Memorial Park and a member of the St. Clair Township Progress Council. Mike is also a member of the East Liverpool, Wellsville and Calcutta Chambers of Commerce, Elks Lodge 258, Negley Lodge 568 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Steubenville and the East Liverpool Rotary Club. Because of his involvement, he is able to understand the needs and concerns of his neighbors and friends in the community. Mike also believes the commitment by the entire staff of the Calcutta, Wellsville and East Liverpool Chapels is what sets them apart from the other funeral homes in the area. Debbie Koffel has been associates with the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes for the past 17 years. She also is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She graduated from East Liverpool High School and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Being involved in the communities that they serve, she is a member of the Wellsville, Calcutta and East Liverpool Chambers of Commerce, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post No. 66, the Calcutta Rotary and Secretary/Treasurer of the Wellsville Veterans Memorial Council. The third funeral director and embalmer is Matthew Watson. He is a graduate of East Liverpool High School and the Pittsburgh Institute of

way to go,” he smiled. Staying competitive in a modern society has required some changes, and Keystone took a step three years ago into full-color products, having offered just spot color previously. “We really strive for a quick turn-around while keeping the quality. Nobody wants to wait three weeks for a business card.” While computerization might seem to be a problem for a printer, Kidd said he has seen many people start a job at home, find they can’t do it cost-effectively and bring it to Keystone instead. Mostly, the business has managed to stay competitive despite hard times due to customers who want to keep their money in the city. “They want to do business in town. We’re all in the same boat and want to help each other out. I keep my business here, and I’m sure my customers want to do the same,” Kidd said.

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rience at the funeral service, at no additional cost. The Thumbie is a charm that has the thumb print of the deceased cast in sterling silver. The memorial candle has a picture of their loved one as well as name and dates on a background chosen by their families. By logging onto, internet users may view a complete listing of service times as well as view complete obituaries and view the Memories by Design video created specifically for each family being served. At this Web site, family and friends who are not able to attend visitation or the service may leave a personal message to each family. Following each service, these personal messages are printed and delivered to each family. Planning your funeral in advance is an opportunity that brings peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones. The funeral directors at Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes are always available to assist you. If you are previously pre-arranged at another funeral home, their experienced and knowledgeable funeral directors can assist you in transferring those arrangements with no penalty to you. The Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes are also affiliated with Ohio Valley Pet Crematory. Because your pets are family too, the Ohio Valley Pet Crematory offers a sensitive option for pet owners. The decision to


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Mortuary Science. Matthew is a member of St. Aloysius Community Parish and an associate scout master with the East Liverpool Boy Scouts Troop No. 41 where he is merit badge counselor and became an Eagle Scout in 1999. He is also active at Thompson Park where he chaired the Christmas lightup. Their office managers are Marianne Wolf and Laurie Brennen. Marianne has been with the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes for the past 11 years, where she manages all aspects of paperwork that is involved in funeral service. She is a graduate of East Liverpool High School and a member of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where she is active in WIC and Sunday School. She is also a member of the East Liverpool Kiwanis Club and the Colloquium Club. Laurie has been associated with the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes for the past six years and is responsible for all records at the East

Liverpool location and well as assisting in all paperwork that is necessary with pre-arrangements. Laurie is also the After Care Coordinator for the funeral homes. She is a graduate of East Liverpool High School, a member of St. Aloysius Community Parish and a parent volunteer at St. Aloysius School. Their facility manager, Jack Maxwell has been associated with Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes for over 50 years. He is in charge of the maintenance of all three locations as well as the fleet of funeral cars. Jack is a member of the Elk’s Lodge 258 and the Men’s Auxiliary VFW No. 66. Investing in the community is the highest compliment that can be made by any organization. The men and women who provide the care and compassion associated with the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes are the greatest assets that any organization can possess.

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and news clippings under acrylic glass-like surfaces. A new display shares a personal (Ed Summers) collection of Pennsylvania Railroad calendars and dining car dinnerware. Most of the plates and cups that rode America’s rails were made in local potteries. “We’ve had a fair amount of banquets and group meetings,” said Trevelline. “Kiwanis meets here. We haven’t done everything wrong. We’ve had success with a fair amount of customers.” The restaurant’s historical theme naturally attracts a number of older patrons. The owners prepared for that by installing handicapped ramps and restrooms for those who arrive in walkers and wheelchairs. “I do think when we are done, we will be an interesting place to come to, a place representative of the Tri-State area, with attractive food, pricing and service,” Trevelline said. As for being located in a unique space in a unique city, Trevelline said East Liverpool “has a bunch of nice people — a blend of people that is fascinating.” The former Travelers Hotel Dining Room and East Liverpool have a rich history that Trevelline enjoys. But now, a lot of people enjoy it and know it only as Crockery City Cafe. Trevelline likes that too. The Crockery City Cafe is open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The telephone number is 330-382-0239.

East Liverpool Chiropractic RSC adds 218 people to area’s workforce

East Liverpool Chiropractic now features decompression traction therapy that is completely computer generated and run. Dr. Scott Owens said the treatments usually start with a laser light therapy to stimulate the healing process.


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Even with all of that, Trevelline knows that if the product offered is no good, people will simply stop making the Hot Dog Shoppe a dining choice. The quality had remained a constant and something customers count on. Trevelline can quickly name multiple instances where he has shipped hot dogs made “the East Liverpool way” to places all over the country. One time, a former city resident took over an executive position at a company in Texas. Trevelline remembered her calling the store since it was her turn to sup-

ply a lunch for company employees. “She told me, ‘All they know down here is barbeque. I want to introduce them to chili and cheddar,’” Trevelline said. “We are sort of unique in that we have a little touch of history associated with the city.” It’s not unusual to see people return to the area with the intention of visiting family only to make a quick stop to the Hot Dog Shoppe. Trevelline doesn’t claim any formula for success, giving credit to his employees for giving customers a friendly smile and great service when they walk through

the doors of the Market Street eatery. He was one of four brothers who started Hot Dog Shoppes in the Tri-State area, in places such as New Brighton and Vanport, Pa., and Girard, Ohio. He’s the last of the brothers still active in the business, though a couple of nephews continue to operate Hot Dog Shoppes. But people still eat at the East Liverpool Hot Dog Shoppe because they like the food and the way they’re treated. “It’s simple. There’s nothing complex about it, and it’s what we do best,” said Trevelline.

COLUMBUS –Some 218 people with disabilities in Columbiana County and four surrounding counties joined or stayed in the workforce in federal fiscal year (FFY) 2008 through vocational rehabilitation programs provided by the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission (RSC), a state agency that obtains and retains jobs for Ohioans with disabilities. Columbiana County led a five-county group with 116 job outcomes (successful rehabilitations) in FFY 2008, followed by Belmont County with 40, Jefferson County 38, Carroll County 17, and Harrison County seven. The area total, 218, is 4.8 percent lower than the total for FFY 2007, a sign that the area’s economic downturn also has hurt the job market for people with disabilities. RSC reported 229 outcomes for these counties in FFY 2007. Nevertheless, RSC helped another 1,215 people with disabilities in the area advance toward their employment goal. “These numbers translate into 218 personal success stories,” said John Connolly, the executive director of RSC. “Besides gaining personal freedom, each person contributes to the success of their family and community. A tax user becomes a taxpayer.” Collectively, they earned more than $4.35 million for their families and communities (down 3.2 percent from FFY 2007) and paid about $815,200 in federal and

state income taxes. Five counties experienced a growth in earnings during 2008. Estimated county-bycounty earnings went as follows: Belmont, $599,607 (down 42 percent); Carroll, $324,292 (up 60.2 percent); Columbiana, $2.5 million (up less than one percent); Harrison, $110,308 (up 135 percent); and Jefferson, $829,793 (up 12.6 percent). Area earnings fell 3.2 percent from 2007 to 2008. Statewide for FFY 2008, RSC and its vocational rehabilitation partners obtained or retained 9,370 jobs for Ohioans with disabilities, setting a record for the sixth consecutive year and raising to more than 50,000 the number of jobs since 2003. Based on an average annual salary of $23,918 for each RSC rehabilitation in FFY 2008, the group earned about $242 million (a 25 percent improvement over FFY 2007) and paid $35 million in federal and state income taxes, up 12.9 percent since 2003.



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requirements, as well as supervising the maintenance of the rolling stock and inventory purchasing. He and his wife, the former Rhonda K. Ryman, are the parents of four children. Other associates are Bob Adkins, coordinator and advisor on insurance matters and assistant fiscal manager, and Bev Ward, receptionist-secretary, who greets the public, and handles first telephone responses and funeral record keeping, among many other duties. Roberta Pennybaker is administrative associate of Frank Dawson and handles many details for company officers and staff. Peggy Sheppard is secretary and coordinator for the Center and assistant to Jim Dunlap, working with pre-arrangement details. The After-Care program has been in place at the Dawson Funeral Home for over fifteen years and is under the direction of Judy Kidder, a graduate of West Liberty State College. She is on-call chaplain at East Liverpool City Hospital, is active in the First United Methodist Church and is the administrator of the church’s Good Samaritan House. She is cofacilitator of a program held each year for young children who have experienced the death of a significant member of their families. Judy has authored a grief-related book, The Special Brother, based on the loss of her own grandson. The book is now in use by grief counselors across the country. Three basic groups comprise the support program: Empty Chair for those who have lost a spouse, Broken Branch for those who have lost children and Remember Our Loved Ones for those who have completed initial support programs and wish to remain within a group. Helping families and friends through the adjustment period has been a primary goal of the firm.

Columbiana County led a five-county group with 116 successful rehabilitations in federal fiscal year 2008.

Part-time associates at the Dawson Funeral Home include: Carl Covert, Bob Hammond, Lloyd Nalley, Ken Schneidmiller, Huck Steffen, Evangelist Will Montgomery, Jim Shaw, Bill Williams, Reverend Norm Eckert, Joe Ladzinske, Helen Marshall, John Schmidbauer, Chuck Adkins, Rick Steffen, Drew Dray, Tony Volpe, and Michelle Moore. Hostesses for the Dawson Family Center are Betty Harvey, Donna Johns, Joyce Adkins and Ellen Galeoti. Innovative ideas, expertise and experience and the firm’s watchword, commitment, are guidelines that form decisions to grow the establishment to meet changing needs and desires of those served.

More and more families chose to remember the life of a loved one with a personalized video scrapbook, a meaningful photo history set to music. This program designed by Dike Dawson through A.P. Media Productions is available with every full-service funeral at Dawsons. The skill and professionalism of Dike’s wife, Jenny, beautifully correlates music and video of local scenes, along with meaningful pictures of a loved one. The video may be played during visitation or be made a part of the funeral service, and truly adds a personal touch to the funeral service experience. One video is offered at no charge with each standard, traditional service, and any

number of additional videos may be ordered at any time. The funeral home is proud to offer a professionally designed Web site that is constantly being updated. Internet users need only to log-on to the site at for a complete listing of service times and schedules. In addition, the funeral home provides a written obituary notice for each family being served, which is placed on the Web site at no additional charge. Those persons who are unable to attend visitation or the funeral service may log onto the Web site at any time to leave a message for family members. Dawsons is a locally owned firm and believes in supporting other local busi-

nesses, as evidenced by their transacting banking, accounting and legal services within the Tri-State Area. Staff and family members answer phones 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the funeral home is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The third generation of ownership and operation acknowledges that there have been many changes since the company was established all those years ago. But there is a renewed sense of optimism and hope as they also recognize that the strength of any community is in its people. The Dawsons are proud and honored to have served these people in the past – and are committed to being a part of the future.

merging into ever larger multi-national financial services providers. This evolution and progression of the industry has left many investors feeling neglected and disappointed. While Stifel has grown and evolved as well, it has not abandoned the values that have contributed to its success for well over a century. By focusing on each individual client, Stifel remains dedicated to preserving namesake Herman Stifel’s credo of “safeguarding the money of others as if it were your own” and continuing to provide investors with personalized, committed service. Stifel Nicolaus is committed to delivering that high level of service in helping Salem’s investors work toward their financial goals.

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listened to a little bit closer to than some others.’’ Q: Sometimes a company says its earnings will meet expectations but the stock still falls. Why? A: Look for a forecast from the company — chances are that, and not the earnings report, is what’s driving the stock. By the time a quarter ends investors often have a good sense of how a company did, so the earnings report might not have any surprises. What investors are hungry for — and likely to react to — is any hint of how the coming quarters will unfold. ‘‘Every word is going to be parsed by investors,’’ said Jeffrey Kleintop, chief market strategist at LPL Financial in Boston, referring to the earnings warnings and forecasts that might emerge in the coming weeks. Earnings warnings could hit stocks more than normal in the next few weeks because investors are on edge as they try to determine how long the economy will take to rebound. A particular source of nervousness is the rise in stocks in March and April on hopes of an economic turnaround; some investors question whether the increase was justified. The market has given back some of that advance but the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index is still up 30 percent from a 12-year low on March 9. Q: Do investors always dump a stock when a company says results will miss expectations? A: No. Companies can warn that a quarter’s results won’t be that good and the stock can still rise if the company can convince investors that the coming quarters will show improvement.



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Phil Irwin Agency State Farm Insurance is located at 49376 Calcutta-Smith Ferry Road, East Liverpool. The agency can be reached at 385-3080 or at

Phil Irwin Agency EAST LIVERPOOL — Since he started his State Farm insurance agency in April 1984, Phil Irwin Jr. has seen his business grow. He has also seen State Farm Insurance grow in its scope of operations, adding new products and services to better serve the client. “For the future of our industry I feel we will see many more changes. The need to reach the client with the correct products at a competitive price is still foremost. Along with price is service, both are very important to the client. Our main goal is to meet the needs of the clients with good service and accessibility,” Irwin said. Irwin is proud to be part of the State Farm family because being associated with the largest multiple line insurance company allows him to offer numerous things. “Over the past years, we have expanded our services to include seven days

per week with 24 hour claim service reporting. Also, you can go on-line for insurance quotes or you can have coverage bound. You can make payments and do various types of banking through the State Farm Bank. All this is possible by calling and going through the Customer Response Center at State Farm. When you dial our phone number after hours you are automatically connected to a State Farm employee,” Irwin said. These new services are just some of the many ways Irwin and State Farm are adjusting to fit the busy life of their customers. “The consumer today is a very busy person. Therefore, accessibility is very important to them. They want the choice to be able to walk in, mail in, call in or click in. State Farm Insurance and the Phil Irwin Agency sees this and wants to meet the needs of their clients now and in the future,” Irwin said.

Irwin’s agency was the first State Farm Insurance agency in the East Liverpool area. “This is our hometown and when the opportunity came to open the agency here it was perfect. Being able to raise your children in your hometown and be close to your families and friends is wonderful,” Irwin said. According to Irwin during the past 25 years he and his co-worker have made many great and lasting relationships. A trend he hopes will continue. Phil Irwin Agency State Farm Insurance is located at 49376 Calcutta-Smith Ferry Road, East Liverpool. The agency can be reached at 385-3080 or at Office hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday; and Saturday by appointment.

O.G. Stark founded the business in 1921, coming to the area from North Georgetown, where his father and grandfather, Goeleib and Theodore Stark, had been running a funeral home since the 1800s. What is now Loudon’s office was once a carriage house with two horses, which were infrequently used on a horse-drawn hearse, although Loudon noted the Starks made more use of horse-drawn hearses at their North Georgetown location. Loudon’s office contains a chestnut cabinet made by the Stark family in 1870, a reminder of the business’ roots. He explained the Stark family business in funeral home operation branched out of furniture store operation, where experienced cabinet makers adapted their skills to create caskets as well. Stark’s Colonial Attic operated on the same property as Stark Memorial until 1974 and the buiness also ran an ambulance service until the late 1970s. “A lot of older funeral homes got their start that way,” he said, referencing the furniture business. One addition Stark made to the home over the years was the addition of two embalming rooms — one for men, one for women. What has changed in the industry over the five decades Louden has owned the funeral home are tradi-

tions and customs people practice, as well as an increase in cremations, memorial services and services held in churches. One new service Louden began offering six or seven years ago is offering photo DVDs and collages of the deceased that help family and friends celebrate their lives. Another trend that has emerged in the last 20 years is that of prearranged funerals, in which people and their loved ones may come in and discuss their funeral plans with Loudon before their deaths. “There was very little of that done before then,” he noted. He also offers the option for people to pay for their funerals ahead of time, noting some people simply feel more comfortable about funeral plans, including costs, if they are laid out ahead of time. Loudon, who was born in New Garden, raised in Winona and graduated from Salem High School, also contributes the quality and success of the funeral home to “a real qualified staff” of seven employees, all of whom live in the Salem area. “The thing that’s made this funeral home prosper is the service that you’ve rendered to the people, and you may need to render a little more personal service when things get trying,” he said.

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Morning Journal Columbiana County’s largest paper and its predecessors have supplied news since 1852 By DORMA J. TOLSON Morning Journal Editor

LISBON — We’ve seen 32 different presidents occupy the White House, including six native Ohioans. We’ve carried stories of the assassinations of four U.S. presidents, including two of those Ohioans. We’ve watched as slavery tore our nation apart during the Civil War, then reported as civil rights marches and riots again threatened to pull our country apart at the seams. And we were around to report when the first African-American was elected to the highest office in the land. We’ve reported on nine wars involving our nation, including two world wars, as well as countless other conflicts and skirmishes throughout the world. We’ve seen dictators rise to power and reported on their subsequent, sometimes violent, removal from office. We were also around to chronicle the beginning of the women’s suffrage movement, the early years of the feminist movement and most recently saw one woman seek the office of president and another run for vice president (the second to stake her candidacy for that office). We’ve also seen the record number of women serving in Congress — 17 in the Senate and 74 in the U.S.

House of Representatives. We’ve watched as horse and buggies gave way to trains, planes and automobiles, and reported as man took his first journeys into outer space and later as Neil Armstrong said “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” as he became the first man to set foot on the moon. All of these events have been chronicled by the Morning Journal, or its predecessors the Evening Journal and the Buckeye State, since the newspaper began publishing in 1852. Even though our focus has been mainly on the events that occurred in Lisbon or Columbiana County, we’ve seen these changes in the world around us and weathered a few changes of our own. The newspaper was started in 1852 as the Buckeye State by a young Lisbon lawyer, R.D. Hartshorn, at a time when Lisbon

was already home to several newspapers. Two years later, Hartshorn purchased one of the other newspapers, the Western Palladium, and merged it with the Buckeye State. The newspaper was sold in 1856 to Robert C. Wilson, an uncle of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States. Robert Wilson published the Buckeye State for the next seven years, and, with his death in 1863, Wilson’s son, James, became the paper’s owner and publisher. James A. Shearer became editor and the newspaper, became known as the “official paper of the county.” A state legislator, Col. Garrettson S. Young, became the publication’s next editor and owner with James Wilson’s death in 1866. Upon Young’s death in 1871 until 1875, the Buckeye State was owned and operated by E.D. Moore and P.C. Young. In the meantime, the New Lisbon Journal began publication in April 1867 by James K. Frew as a weekly newspaper. In 1875, Young disposed of his interest in the Buckeye State newspaper to his partner, Moore, who held ownership in the Lisbon newspaper until 1901 when it was consolidated with the New Lisbon Journal and was purchased by The Buckeye Publishing Co., owned by James K. Frew. Publication as a daily newspaper began on Jan. 11, 1909.

In 1976, a major fire in downtown Lisbon decimated the Morning Journal’s offices on South Park Avenue and forced the paper to relocate to its current site on Maple Street.

Upon the retirement of James K. Frew, the paper was published by his son, D. Howard Frew, who afterward sold the paper to Hinchliffe and Moffatt. Later Hinchliffe disposed of his interest to Moffatt and Moffatt in turn sold again to D.H. Frew, and it remained in the Frew family for five generations. In 1974, under the ownership of William Frew, the newspaper became an a.m. publication, the first for Columbiana County, changed its name to the Morning Journal, and expanded its news coverage and circulation area to include all of Columbiana County. Today, it remains the largest newspaper in Columbiana County. In 1976, a major fire in downtown Lisbon decimated the Morning Journal’s offices on South Park Avenue and forced the paper to relocate to its current site on Maple Street. Even though the loss of irreplaceable records and newspaper files in the blaze is still felt today, the Morning Journal did not miss a day of publication because of the fire. In 1981, in another bold move by the Frew family, William Frew’s son, Steve, began publishing a Sunday morning newspaper, the first for Columbiana County. In

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1987, the Frew family relinquished control of the newspaper when Buckeye Publishing was sold to Trinity International of Chester, England. While computers had been a staple in the Morning Journal newsroom since 1980, the paper took another jump forward in 1995 when full color photos were introduced to the daily paper and the entire paper began being composed or paginated entirely on computers, instead of being stripped and pasted up by hand. In 1998, the newspaper ventured further into the electronic age when we launched our Web site,, and became the first newspaper in Columbiana County to update the news online each day. The paper continued under the parent company of Trinity Holdings of Monroeville, Pa. until its purchase by Ogden Newspapers of Wheeling, W.Va. in December of 2003. In 2005, the newspaper underwent a major renovation project which included the construction of a new press hall and the purchase of a new press. With installation of See JOURNAL, Page 5

Progress Edition, Section III • Monday, July 27, 2009 • Page 2

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Family Care Services Three local family-owned funeral homes combine to operate from a centralized office

EAST LIVERPOOL — We are a travel consulting agency that is made up of luxury travel consultants that help our clients plan and enjoy their travel journeys with unique and wonderful experiences. We strive to help our clients create new life stories by creating memorable travel experiences. Matisse Luxury Travel Specialists has been blessed the last year with a new office location and many new clients. We continue to grow in our reputation for outstanding service for our customers as show by our many referrals this past year. Matisse Luxury Travel Specialists has grown its clients over the years by our exceptional service. Our repeat clients and referrals speak out loud that we are doing what the clients want to experience in their trip planning. We are very proud of this accomplishment and hope to continue this in the years to come. We believe that the clients’ needs and wants for their travel experiences are very important. We personally take the time to get to know each of our clients so that we can help them plan their travel journeys. It is the little things that we know about our clients that make our experiences more memorable. “I see a very good future for my company,” states Leigh Ann Arnholt, owner of Matisse Luxury Travel Specialists. “I am very busy as are my independent consultants. We are a very positive company and really focus on our clients needs first and foremost. Our sales doubled last year and we are doing many creative groups for families, friends and corporations in the next two years already.” Arnholt thinks our company contributes toward the rebuilding and growing of downtown East Liverpool with our positive attitude. She sees a very big potential for our city and want to be part of that growth. We are active in many civic organizations that help build up East Liverpool, such as the East Liverpool Rotary, the United Way and the Chamber of Commerce. If there is an opportunity to do something to help downtown we do our best to be a part of it and support the downtown area.


COLUMBIANA — A small corporation comprising three funeral homes in the county has a tradition which carries nearly four centuries of experience combined. Jon W. Rettig, one of two vice presidents of Family Care Services, which oversees Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home in Columbiana, WoodsRettig Funeral Home in Leetonia and VanDyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home in East Palestine, said the strategy of combining the three funeral homes into one centralized office allows the company to remain fiscally viable. However, he said at this time, the company is not looking to acquire any more funeral homes, because the small number it currently runs makes it easier to manage. “The big common thread through the whole thing is they were and they continue to be family owned and operated,” he said. Eudora (Swaney) Carpenter is president, Rettig and John F. Kummer are vice presidents, Ellen C. Rettig is treasurer and Wonda J. Kummer is secretary of the corporation. Jon Rettig noted none of the three funeral homes has a high number of employees who are not members of those families. All the officers are licensed funeral directors. Jon Rettig has worked in the funeral home business since 1971 and came to the county and purchased the WoodsRettig funeral home in 1986. He and John Kummer purchased the majority interest in Vandyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home in 1986, and in 1998, the three funeral homes merged into one company. “Obviously, the challenge for any funeral home is to keep up with the changes,” he said, and those changes over the years have been in traditions as well as family patterns. Thirty years ago, all funerals seemed to follow a traditional service. “Now there is no traditional service. It’s more catered to the special needs of that family,” he explained. “It’s much more individualized than it used to be.” Technology has also made great leaps over the years, and Jon Rettig said he is pleased to offer personalized graphics on guest books with information about the deceased’s life typed in. Family Care Services has had one funeral broadcast across the Internet, allowing a woman to see her grandmother’s funeral from several states away while preparing to give birth, and he said the funeral homes’ staff would gladly offer that service again. The three homes have seen a lot of ups and downs in the economy but have always pulled through. “I think the challenge economically

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This photograph taken in the 1920s shows what is now the Woods-Rettig Funeral Home in Leetonia.

This picture of Columbiana’s Warrick Funeral Home was taken in 1955.

East Palestine’s VanDyke Funeral Home is shown in this 1945 photograph.

is to be able to serve families in a compassionate manner in any economic climate; trying to meet their needs from the least-expensive service to the mostexpensive,” Jon Rettig said. In some areas of the country, he noted, four or five companies control all funeral homes. “That makes a difference when it comes to your politics or working with people,” he noted, adding that the smaller number of homes and the family operation of Family Care Services allow for a more personal feel when working with clients. “That always has a bearing on any business, but especially in the profession of funeral service,” he said. “People feel more comfortable dealing with people they know.” The homes themselves have a lot in their history. The Woods-Rettig Funeral Home opened in 1890 in the basement of a building occupied for many years by the Woods Furniture Store. H.B. Crowell was the founder, and his son, C.L. Crowell took over the business in 1900. In 1903, George J. Woods came to the business, becoming a partner in 1920, the same year the business moved from Main Street in Leetonia to Front Street. It would move again in 1927 to Summit Street, where it stands today.

Woods operated the funeral home until his death in 1948, when his son, John G. Woods took over and a chapel was added for funeral services. The home was redecorated and a children’s room was added in 2003 and 2004. The VanDyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home began in 1919 and came under full operation by F.A. VanDyke in 1923. Following his death in 1936, his wife, Martha VanDyke, moved the business about a block down Martin Street. Two nephews, one of whom was Glenn Swaney, helped her in running the funeral home, and in the 1960s, he and his wife, K. Eudora Swaney, took over the business, adding a large extension to the building in 1973 including a large chapel, modern restrooms and preparation room. Renovations took place during 2001 and 2002 to enlarge the chapel, redecorate and add handicap-accessible restrooms, an additional handicap ramp and a children’s lounge. The Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home was built in 1840 by Milo Warrick, who lived there with his family and made cabinets and coffins, leading him into business in undertaking. Coffin manufacturing companies were established in 1863, selling products for less than Warrick could make them, but he continued to work as the community undertaker. See FAMILY, Page 4

“I am very busy as are my independent consultants. We are a very positive company and really focus on our clients needs first and foremost.” LEIGH ANN ARNHOLT, OWNER OF MATISSE LUXURY TRAVEL SPECIALISTS

Arnholt chose to open our main office in downtown East Liverpool for the potential that the city has. “It was a great opportunity for me and I am very glad I made the move.” In 2008, Arnholt gained new independent consultants and the company grew. She achieved her Certified Travel Associate accreditation from The Travel Institute and her independent consultants are all training and working toward their next step in their travel education as well. Many ask Arnholt daily how our business is doing. They assume that the business is taking a huge hit right now. Well thankfully that is not the case for Matisse Luxury Travel Specialists. We are busier now than what we were this time last year. Arnholt truly believes that the right attitude and service do get you a lot in business. She constantly tries to give her clients excellent service and create life stories for them in the process. Life Stories are the journeys that are created by our company for our clients. Every time someone goes on a trip they experience something new. Arnholt loves the fact that my company gets to help in that process. We are building a page on our Web site cutlery to share those life stories with everyone. For instance, if someone wants to go to Paris, France or on a cruise they can go to the Web site, and see past client stories about what they experienced on their adventures to those places. It is an educational See MATISSE, Page 5

Visiting Angels SALEM — While many business owners spent 2008 dealing with challenges related to the nation’s economic downturn, Mark and Susan Frenger, owners of Salembased Visiting Angels, were busily coping with a different set of problems: the ones that accompany explosive growth. According to Susan, exec-

utive director of the familyowned company that provides non-medical, in-home companionship services to clients in Mahoning, Columbiana and Stark counties, “explosive growth” aptly describes Visiting Angels’ best year since Frenger and her brother founded the firm in 2003. “We began 2008 by more

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Gause Equipment GUILFORD LAKE — Gause Equipment Inc. of state Route 172 is celebrating 53 years in business this year. It was in September 1956 that Charles “Chuck” Gause and Francis Richey founded the company, first known as Gause and Richey. Gause had been a salesman for O.S. Hill Co. of Lisbon, now of Calcutta, an International Harvester dealer. O.S. Hill had decided to give up the IH franchise, Gause secured it for his company, and the business was started. The location then was the same as now. The building was new, but smaller than now. It was in open country surrounded by corn fields. Today, the area surrounding the company is filled with residences of people who have summer homes or live year round in Guildford Lake. Pat Zehentbauer, daughter of Gause, remembers a grand opening was held the next January. The mud was so deep, tractors and wagons were used to haul people in and out of the driveway for the open house event. “We served pancakes and sausage to more than 450 people,” Zehentbauer recalls. Back then her grandfather, Harry Gause, slaughtered the hog and made fresh sausage. International Harvester Co. representatives were on hand and did most of the cooking and serving. Zehentbauer has pictures showing the muddy mess the weather caused. She said the 450 customers danced to the new Farmall tune at Gause and Richey the night of the open house. Again, deep mud surrounded the dealership. Two new International 1350s were used to pull the chair-equipped wagons. Some of the tractors new that year were the Farmall 130 which sold for $1,719 and the Farmall 450 which was priced at $3,142. A comparable tractor to the Farmall 450 sells for some $22,000 today. In 1957, Gause always busy with community service, stared a county-wide 4-H Tractor Club. It turned out to be the largest such club in the state of Ohio. The program was dedicated to young boys and girls on farms in Ohio. Gause taught them proper safety and maintenance. They also See GAUSE, Page 4

Home Savings Community ties are key to survival By RENEE COLEMAN Staff Writer

Columbiana County Career and Technical Center students provided reduced costs services such as haircuts, perms and color. The students raised $300 to be donated to Christina House.

Columbiana County Career and Technical Center LISBON — On Saturday, May 2 and Saturday, May 9, the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center hosted two community service days and two student job shadowing days. Staff and students participating in the community service projects were on hand to serve the residents of Columbiana County with free and reduced price services. All proceeds from the services were donated to the Christina House, a domestic violence shelter that serves Columbiana County. Superintendent Edna Anderson commented, “The success of our community service/job shadow days was due to the cooperation and support of parents who provided transportation to and from the school and off-site project areas; the career path and academic staff who worked diligently to make this an educational venture; the students who reported to school/job on a normal day off; and the CCCTC Board who provided lunch for students and staff.” The community service and job shadowing days served two functions. First, as a result of the Sept. 2008 county-wide power outage, CCCTC operated as a hygiene center to provide electric, water, hot showers

Windsor House COLUMBIANA — Windsor House Inc., owner and operator of 10 nursing homes and three assisted living communities in northeast Ohio and northern Pennsylvania including Windsor House at St. Mary’s Alzheimer’s Center and Windsor House at Parkside Health Care Center, has served the elderly for 50 years. Founding the company in 1959, John and Dorothy Masternick of Girard originally cared for the elderly in a variety of previously occupied buildings, including a number of old mansions on the north side of Youngstown. Located in a beautiful countryside setting, off state Route 164, Windsor House at St. Mary’s Alzheimer’s Center has been specializing in Alzheimer’s care and rehabilitation for 20 years. All residents residing at St. Mary’s have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia diagnosis. The management and staff of Windsor House at St. Mary’s Alzheimer’s Center recently completed their annual survey with the state of Ohio Department of Health and were given a “deficiency free” rating. This is the highest rating possible and one that is not often issued. The statewide average for nursing home deficiencies is seven. According to Paulette Trexler, Windsor House Inc. quality assurances director, “The survey involves evaluation of all areas of care for the residents in the nursing home including nutritional services, nursing care, daily activities, social services, housekeeping and environmental issues.” Trexler added, “The few days in which the surveyors are in the building, they are making sure the nursing home is in compliance with over 300 federal rules and 40 state regulations.” Miriam Maughan, Windsor House at St. Mary’s

and food for residents who remained without power for nearly a week. Because the building was closed to students and staff, these days took the district beyond the number of calamity days allowed by the state and the district was required to make-up the two days of cancelled classes. Superintendent Edna Anderson asked staff and students to think “outside the box” when it came to making up the days. As a result, the community service days and, as a second option, job shadowing days were conceived. The second function was obviously to showcase See CCCTC, Page 7

YOUNGSTOWN — As the world continued to watch one bank after another fail due to the current economic situation, customers of Home Savings and Loan Banks saw their bank survive and continue to thrive. Home Savings and Loan not only survived the banking crisis it also celebrated its 120th anniversary in January. The Youngstown based company was founded by James M. McKay on Jan. 15, 1889. According to Sue Stricklin, marketing vice president, the bank has been able to survive for a few reason. “We always plan for tomorrow. We take our role as a local community bank seriously. We have earned market leadership in this area for over 120 years by consistently delivering competitive products and exceptional service to our customers, as well as, developing strong roots in the communities we serve. Home Savings has always maintained a strong presence in a variety of service organizations, charitable causes and public efforts, and our employees are active members of the community,” Stricklin said. While Home Savings is still going strong, it has not been able to avoid some of the banking industry problems. “The banking industry nationwide is experiencing unprecedented market conditions and challenges. While Home Savings has not been immune to these conditions, it remains a safe, sound local community bank. Like we have always done, we will continue to focus on our core business of attracting deposits and providing lending options for residents and businesses in our local communities,” Stricklin said. “As far as new plans, today’s economic challenges have caused an increasing need for financial literacy programs. Again recognizing our role as a community bank, we are stepping up to the plate by developing and See BANK, Page 7


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Alzheimer’s Center administrator, said, “Although the actual survey process takes place over three or four days, the success of the survey relies on staff’s daily efforts. All departments work hard throughout the year to provide quality care and services to maintain high standards.” For more information on St. Mary’s Alzheimer’s Center call 330-549-9259. Windsor House at Parkside Health Care Center was built in 1989 and is ideally located on East Park Avenue. The center reflects the character of the community in which it is situated, cordial and inviting. Parkside Health Care Center provides skilled nursing care and rehabilitation. Many services are provided in house including physical, occupational and speech therapies. The residents enjoy three fresh meals cooked daily and participate in daily social and recreational activities. Danny Rowland, director of marketing for Windsor House Inc., said “Parkside Health Care Center received a

large increase in patients who required short term rehabilitation therapies.” After surgery in the hospital, patients may need additional intensive therapies before returning home. Rowland said, “Our goal is to return patients to their normal living environment as soon as possible.” Before being discharged home, the professional team conducts a home evaluation with the patient and provides recommendations for any adaptive equipment or devices needed for their home to ensure a safe return. For additional information on Parkside Health Care Center call 330-482-5547. Rowland also reports that Windsor House Inc has opened its 11th nursing home, Windsor House Mahoning Valley Health Care Center in New Middletown (330-542-9542). Services provided include a designated short term therapy unit, Alzheimer’s Care and assisted living. For additional information on Windsor House Inc. visit its Web site

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Martin-MacLean-Altmeyer Funeral Homes Helping families through difficult times has helped business survive tough economy By JO ANN BOBBY-GILBERT Staff Writer

EAST LIVERPOOL — On a daily basis, funeral directors work with people who are totally lost, guiding them through rough waters and giving them options when a loved one has died. For Martin-MacLean-Altmeyer Funeral Homes, this commitment to the families it serves has been a mainstay and the reason it has remained viable in uncertain times, according to company officials. From 1881 when the MacLean Funeral Home opened in Wellsville until today, when Martin-MacLeanAltmeyer Funeral Homes offers facilities in three communities, efforts have always been made to provide families with the best service possible at the most reasonable cost. The MacLean Funeral Home in Wellsville was family owned until it

merged in 1986 with the Martin Funeral Home, which had been opened in East Liverpool in 1936 by Edward T. Martin Jr. Four years later, the company merged with Altmeyer Funeral Home of Wheeling, W.Va., which had been in operation since 1917. The latest acquisition is the Calcutta facility opened in 2000, offering the third Martin-MacLeanAltmeyer site in Columbiana County, all still owned by the Altmeyers, a father-and-son operation. “Altmeyer is not a conglomerate, it’s a family funeral home,” Mike Sigler, funeral director, emphasized. In the dark days of the 1930s, Edward Martin took a chance and opened the new funeral home in East Liverpool because, “someone had to take care of the folks when they passed away,” Sigler said. He said a funeral cost $200 to $300, a princely sum in those days,

and old receipts he has seen indicate many were done for free due to families’ circumstances. At one time, there were eight funeral homes in East Liverpool and now there are two, including the downtown Martin-MacLeanAltmeyer facility, and although agreeing it is a highly competitive business, Sigler and Debbie Koffel, also a funeral director, emphasized, “We’re lucky we have reputable funeral homes in the county.” Sigler said, “This is a very traditional business. It’s not like people from Wellsville are going to drive to Lisbon. It’s a very regional business.” With the three funeral homes available, people also have a choice of which facility they use. While the crisp, new interior, brass fixtures and large chapel of the Calcutta facility appeals to The Martin Funeral Home (shown above), which had been opened in East Liverpool in 1936 by Edward T. Martin Jr., See ALTMEYER, Page 7 merged with Wellsville’s MacLean Funeral Home in 1986.


CCCTC adult classes LISBON — The Columbiana County Career and Technical Center (CCCTC), located at 9364 state Route 45 provides opportunities for youth and adults looking to compete in the changing work world. For high school students in their junior or senior year of school, the CCCTC offers a wide variety of programs that help students get a jump on their dream job. For adults looking to gain career skills, CCCTC offers a series of programs in the health care field including: licensed practical nursing (LPN), medical assistant,

phlebotomy, state tested nurses’ aide (STNA), medical office coding and billing specialist, and LPN IV therapy. In other career fields, these programs are offered: cosmetology, child care provider, administrative office technology, welding, and a variety of computer courses. The ABLE/GED program at CCCTC provides free assistance in earning a GED. ABLE classes also are often used for a brush-up on reading and math skills before entering an adult program at CCCTC. Not only are these classes are avail-

able at CCCTC, they are offered at the Lisbon One Stop and in downtown East Liverpool at Shining Reflections. To set up a time to discuss your goals, call 330-

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424-9561, ext. 121. To learn more about these programs, people may visit the school website at or by calling 330-424-9561.

and most of the buildings there were torn down. A large addition was built in 1999, doubling the floor size for calling hours and services and allowing space for a central office, a dedicated arrangements office, a new selection room, another office area and a state-of-the-art preparation area with separate dressing and hairdressing areas. The funeral home was the site of an open house in 1990 to celebrate 150 years of operation, and at the time, it was believed to be the oldest funeral home in Ohio operating within the same family.


B&L Electronics SALEM — B&L Electronics is approaching its on 37 years in Salem. The family-owned business has been located at 1785 S. Lincoln Ave. since 1985 selling and servicing LG, Zenith, Maytag, Amana, and Frigidaire appliances and electronic equipment. Three partners, Cherry Siddle, her brother, Larry Siddle and Ben Milhoan, are the principles and all hometown people, Cherry Siddle said. The store sells about 60 percent appliances and 40 percent televisions and performs authorized warranty service on all brands sold for B&L’s customers only. Siddle said, “Our business has always been to take care of our customers. If you have a problem we want to make sure it’s taken care of.”

His son, Clark Warrick, took over the business in 1880, followed by his grandson, Harry Warrick, who became manager in 1920. Another of Milo Warrick’s grandsons, Everett Warrick, got involved in the business in 1925 and he and his wife, the former Miriam Detwiler, purchased it in 1966. John Kummer gained employment there two years later, making partner in 1973, and he and his wife, the former Wonda Jean Noel, eventually purchased the funeral home and the property to the north, which had been the home of the former B&N Trucking Company,

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“That’s why we do our own delivery and our own service. We see you before and after the sale.” B&L Electronics is open six says a week, Monday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Siddle said, “We’re in the store six days and two nights a week. We are the people you talk to.” The showroom is lined with High Definition televisions, ovens and microwaves. B&L offers free delivery, free removal of the old appliance and free normal installation. “We service everything that we sell,” she said. “and that’s important because no one does that anymore.”

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learned how to maneuver tractors and large farm equipment. That year, the local club had 72 members, and Gause represented Ohio at the National 4-H Tractor Club Convention in Cadillac, Mich. Each year, members of the club competed in a tractor rodeo at the Columbiana County Fair. Young men showed off the driving and machine operating skills Gause and their fathers taught them. The rodeo also consisted of a test to see what knowledge about tractor maintenance the young people had learned. Each had a project book relating to the subject he or she had to complete. The name of the equipment company was changed to Gause equipment company was changed to Gause Equipment Inc. when Mr. Richey passed away and his partnership in the business was purchased by Frank and Pat Zehentbauer. Gause, while still associated with the company served as Hanover Township trustee. When he became a Columbiana County commissioner, he sold his partnership in the business to the Zehentbauers. He was instrumental in worming with former Ohio Gov. James Rhodes to construct a bridge across the Ohio River in East Liverpool. Zehentbauer says she has pictures of her dad and Gov. Rhodes shaking hands over the completion of that bridge project. Zehentbauer says the company remains a family owned business. Her son, Michael, became vice president in 2002. He and his wife, Rachel, have daughters Abby, Kelly and Mary. Other children include Bob, a United Airlines employee and owner of Eagle Pass Golf Course. His wife Marcy and children Lexi and Riley also are involved. Son John, who also was

with United and living in San Francisco at the time of an earthquake, decided California was not for him, and he came back to Ohio. He was hired as avionics instructor at the Mahoning County Career Center, and has since become the school’s administrator. John and wife Mary Beth have three children, Brian, Ashley and Emily. Son Jim and his wife Tamara reside in San Diego, Calif., where he is a financial analyst. Their children are Kendra, Kelsey and Joe. Zehentbauer’s daughter Patti is a teacher with the United Local School District. She and her husband Kevin have two children, Cassie and Dustin. Michael, who has been working at Gause Equipment since age 12, serves as parts manager. The only time period he was not employed at the firm was during his college years. Others who make up the full-time employee staff are Mike Voytek, with the firm 21 years; Marty Wells, 13 years; Mike Ciani, 18 years; Joe McKarns, 14 years; Marlan Mohler, 17 years; Kent Baker, two years; and Jan McDaniel, three years. When Gause and Richey started the business, it was International Harvester only, and that was the farm equipment and tractors sold. Today the firm sells Case International tractors and equipment as well as Massey Ferguson, Cub Cadet, Kuhn (haying equipment), Knight (manure spreaders) and Miller (forage equipment). In additional to the farm equipment, one can find Ertl models of a variety of tractors and equipment. Zehentbauer said these items are still American made, still manufactured in Iowa. A special celebration this year honored Charles and Gladys Gause who their daughter says, “took a risk and made all this possible.”

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Heritage-WTI employees collected 11,000 pounds of electronic goods for recycling during this year’s citySweep event.

Heritage-WTI EAST LIVERPOOL — Energy is a hot topic these days. Where it comes from, how it is used and how much it costs are increasing concerns for homeowners, policy makers and businesses. East Liverpool’s Heritage-WTI (Trade name: WTI) is among the companies that actively manage energy usage. The company’s attention to energy can be traced back to the engineers who designed the environmental treatment facility. They built into their design a heat-recovery boiler and watermanagement system, which repurposes water captured onsite to control and reduce air emissions from combustion. As its name suggests, the heatrecovery boiler takes heat from the combustion of waste and transforms it into steam. The steam, in turn, is routed throughout the facility to heat the onsite buildings and to operate several processes in the plant. Thanks to the steam powergenerating boiler, the company estimates that it has saved about 27,000 cubic feet of natural gas a year since 1993. Standing on the east side of the facility are five open-top tanks — two with 250,000 gallons of capacity each and three with 200,000 gallons of capacity each. The tanks hold rainwater and snow melt from precipitation events and from the facility’s roadways. The water is then used in WTI’s advanced system for scrubbing the flue gas from combustion, which keeps air emissions well below permitted levels. Since operations began, WTI’s technologies for collecting and recycling water have saved the company from having to

purchase about six million gallons of public water annually. In addition to these built-in energy savers, WTI keeps track of energy and resource usage as part of its overall continuous improvement program. In brief, the company’s work teams regularly scour their performance to identify areas where efficiencies may be gained. Notable among the program’s projects was replacing hundreds of traditional fluorescent light bulbs with green-tip models. The project, which saves about 23,500 kilowatt-hours a year, paid for itself in six months time by way of a lower electric bill. Another project to replace timers on exterior lights with photocells trimmed the company’s use of electricity a little bit more. Employees, moreover, are active recyclers. Bins located throughout the workplace collect aluminum and plastic discards to be recycled into new products. WTI’s attention to energy resource conservation is a logical extension of its mission as a provider of environmental services. It’s built-in technologies and ongoing assessments have proven to have positive impacts for the environment and the bottom line. WTI provides incineration services for thousands of American public and private companies, institutions and agencies. The company’s professional staff accepts, stores and treats up to 60,000 tons of hazardous and non-hazardous bulk liquids, bulk solids, containers and lab packs a year. The company also provides services for non-hazardous water, fuels, mercury reclamation and electronic waste.


Visiting Angels staff, clockwise from top, Mark Frenger, coowner; Renaye Fisher, secretary; Susan Frenger, co-owner; Marlene “Mert” Frenger, caregiver; and Connie Frenger, office manager.

Frenger also said she believes the collapse of the housing market will provide opportunities for Visiting Angels. “Making the decision to move a family member out of the home they love because they need care or companionship is difficult under normal circumstances,” she said. “It becomes even more difficult when

families face the prospect of being unable to sell their parent’s residence for a fair price — if they can sell it at all. By making it possible for seniors to stay at home we help families perverse and protect one of their most valuable assets. It’s just one more way Visiting Angels provides our clients with peace of mind and security.”


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portion of our business model, and we hope it helps our clients in their trip planning. Arnholt is very excited about this addition to our Web site. Educating ourselves is very important to our positions for our clients but we like to share the experiences with everyone as well! Our office is located right on the diamond in downtown East Liverpool. We are on the second floor, right above the United Way office and the chamber. We will be having cruise events and a business open house later this spring. Here are some of the creative journeys that we have put together or are in the process of putting together for clients and corporations in this year and next: Walt Disney World Vacations, Unique Cruise Journeys, Seminars at Sea with medical professionals for continuing education, bus trips for local church groups and organizations, European family vacations, U.S. rail trips, Canadian getaways, and much more. Contact us today for your next Life Story Journey.

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the new press the Morning Journal began printing the other two Ogden-owned newspapers in Columbiana County — the Salem News and The Review in East Liverpool. The new press also allowed for the expansion of the newspaper’s commercial printing operations. In the past 60 years, since the advent of television, the number of newspapers in the United States has declined dramatically. During the past two years, newspapers around the country have been ceasing publication at a rapid pace. Declining advertising revenue during the current recession, along with readers turning to the Internet and other media as primary news sources, have been blamed for newspapers’ failure. So, how has the Morning Journal survived? By remaining the best source of local news for Columbiana County and the surrounding area. “With the combination of the print newspaper and the Web site, the number of people reading the Morning Journal, is higher than ever before,” said Larry Dorschner, Morning Journal publisher. “We survived the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that followed, as well as all of the subsequent recessions this country has endured through

may be the toughest hurdle they confront as they work to build on last year’s success. “Because our caregivers work — and in some cases live — in our clients’ homes, all our employees must have extensive experience and be able to pass comprehensive criminal background checks,” Susan said. “In order to find people who meet these stringent requirements, we spend hundreds of hours each year seeking, interviewing, and vetting potential caregivers. It’s time consuming, but it’s the only way to deliver the peace of mind our clients and their families expect, need and deserve. Despite the challenges they face in hiring competent caregivers and the effects of the ongoing recession, the Frengers are optimistic about their prospects for 2009. In fact, Frenger noted, the Visiting Angels business model is ideally suited for the prevailing economic conditions. “Our business is based on providing senior and their families with an affordable alternative to assisted living and other residential facilities,” she said. “We’ve grown because Valley residents forced to find jobs or pursue careers in other parts of the country trust us to care for the parents and grandparents they leave behind. While it’s sad that so many people have to leave our area for work, it’s a trend that will almost certainly continue in the years ahead and that creates increased demand for our services.”



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n upside of a down economy is that it inspires entrepreneurial creativity. Many well-known companies, such as Microsoft and The Walt Disney Company, were founded during economic recessions. “It’s the old adage that necessity is the mother of invention,” says Amy Cosper, editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine. “Oftentimes, a layoff or other economic challenges are the nudge budding entrepreneurs need to take that initial step toward turning their dreams into reality.” It’s something former high-tech worker Karen Singer knows first hand. When the dot-com bubble popped in 2002, Singer began to rethink her career path and decided to go into business for herself. Today, as a The UPS Store owner, Singer finds herself providing real-world advice to both experienced small-business owners and budding entrepreneurs. “That entrepreneurial spirit creates a strong bond,” says Singer. “While we’re taking care of business, we’re also sharing thoughts and ideas and discussing challenges and opportunities.” Some experts anticipate the next few years will produce some of the most innovative thinking since the dot-com era. A driving force could be outsourcing, which typically increases during a recession and provides new smallbusiness opportunities. “Entrepreneurial thinking is a key component of the American Dream,” says Cosper. “There are a lot of people who think they have the idea for the next big business breakthrough.”

Getting Started So, if you think you could be the next Bill Gates or Richard Branson, where do you start? “You must have a solid business plan to begin,” says Ken Yancey, CEO of SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to offering free advice and education to entrepreneurs. In addition to its national network of business counselors, SCORE provides numerous online tools and workshops for novice and experienced owners alike. At, there is an online assessment tool to help you determine if you’re truly ready. Yancey also encourages small-business owners to take advantage of small businesses near their homes and offices, where they can find many of the services they’ll need as well as the opportunity to network and to build a support system. “Small-business owners understand the entrepreneurial perspective,” says Yancey. “They thrive on the exchange of ideas and out-of-the-box thinking. They see a niche and they’re eager to fill it.” Yancey cautions budding entrepreneurs not to bite off more than they can chew. “Early on there’s that tendency to want to be a one-person-show and save money,” he says. “It’s usually not long before they become completely overwhelmed and throw in the towel.”

That’s where people like Singer come in. “Start-up owners are thrilled when they discover that they can outsource a lot of their day-to-day activities to us, above and beyond shipping,” Singer says. “When we show them how we can handle their printing, document services, shipping and receiving, and mail services, there’s always a look of relief.” That’s when the connection is really made. “It’s wonderful to witness that moment when an idea moves beyond the dream stage to one within reach,” says Singer. “From that point on the relationship takes on a new dimension. Before long they’re networking and making other local connections that will help turn their dream into reality.” Cosper adds that the small-business world is a dynamic community of people with tenacity and determination. “Spend five minutes with an entrepreneur and you’ll understand why small businesses are a key driver of our economic health,” she says. “If history is any indication, it will be small business that jump starts our economic recovery.”

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many families, others still look for the comfort of the 1833 Wellsville facility with its riverside setting and original woodwork or the cozy, familiar downtown facility where generations have gathered to honor their loved ones. The Wellsville facility also is outfitted as a hospitality center for families to greet callers after the funeral service. “I think they need to feel comfortable. They are going through a very stressful period,” Koffel pointed out. Over the years, when times got tough, neither Martin, MacLean nor Altmeyer changed their commitment to service, but “just did what needed done; they just took care of the families,” according to Sigler. Although offering a different type of service than any other business, funeral homes find clients still are looking for the best value for their dollar, and Sigler said, “We’ve really looked hard to keep the (cost) down and offer more services.” By merging, MartinMacLean-Altmeyer has been able to hold down costs and still offer personal services to the families it serves, primarily by sharing personnel and equipment, such as limousines, among the three facilities as much as possible. “We’re constantly looking to find ways to reduce costs and enhance services. We know how difficult it is right now; times are tough,” Sigler said, adding that MartinMacLean-Altmeyer has not raised prices in two years due to the state of the economy. It does offer a “Treasured Moments” package for every

the skills of students by providing services which would benefit members of the school’s community. On both Saturdays, students arrived at school as they would for any normal school day, but the days were anything but normal. Students and staff immediately jumped into action serving county residents as they began streaming through the doors at 8 a.m. Many free services were provided. Automotive technology and automotive collision repair students combined forces to wash cars for anyone who came. The welding/metal fabrication lab was open to anyone in need of a repair that required welding skills. Health academy and public safety services career path students teamed up to provide free blood pressure screening, vital sign tests and blood sugar tests to residents who visited their labs. Interactive media students provided computer cleaning as a service to interested customers. In the cosmetology lab, staff and students wanted to provide both free and reduced price services in order to raise money and donate the proceeds to the Christina House. They provided free hair styling which included hair setting, braids, flat-ironing, and curling. They also provided reduced costs services such as haircuts, perms and color. The students raised $300 to be donated to Christina House. Across town, other groups of students were providing services which will be evident to the community as the annual county fair rolls around. Construction tech-

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The Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes Calcutta Chapel.

The Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes Wellsville Chapel.

family purchasing a traditional funeral service which includes a unique locket featuring the thumbprint of their deceased loved one, a video package and a candle. The “Thumbies” are created personally by MartinMacLean-Altmeyer personnel to guarantee the thumbprint is actually that of the deceased loved one. Sigler said cremation is requested more often today

than in the past but said families need to know they can also request a traditional service with viewing and calling hours followed by cremation, a less costly option. Koffel said many people also are considering cremation due to the “green” factor. With its merger with Altmeyer, the funeral home can offer pet cremation services, and Koffel said the same commitment is shown to

grieving pet owners as to those who lose a human loved one. “Pets are very important to everybody,” Sigler acknowledged, adding, “I think you have to be a pet lover to run a successful pet cremation service, and we all are.” A caring staff is vital to the success of Martin-MacLeanAltmeyer, Sigler and Koffel agreed. Currently, 15 employees are shared among the three facilities, including Sigler, Koffel and Matt Watson, funeral directors, and Danny MacLean, part-time director who has retired. “It’s how you treat people when they walk in the door,” Sigler said, and Koffel said people still stop in just to talk once they have been served by the funeral home, sometimes for years. All in all, Sigler said, what sets Martin-MacLeanAltmeyer apart is not only lower costs and better services but the personality of its employees and “what they’re willing to do to help you get on with life.”

nologies, veterinary science technology, and natural resource/wildlife management career path students took their skills to the Columbiana County Fairgrounds site. The VST and NRM students worked together to paint some of the fairground buildings which were beginning to show wear. Construction technology students spent the bulk of their day, in the grandstand area, tearing out seating and steps which were worn and damaged. The repaired bleachers will provide a safer and more comfortable seat for fairgoers to enjoy. On May 9, an additional service was offered to community residents. Students from the veterinary science career path offered a free dog bathing service as long as the owner could provide evidence the animal’s shot records were up to date. Administration, staff and students considered both days to be successful, instructional days. Anderson remarked, “Career path teachers and academic instructors worked together to be certain that ODE career technical and academic standards were being met as they prepared their educational goals and objectives for the two make-up days. The CCCTC Board of Education and parents can surely be proud of our staff and students in this endeavor. While everyone involved was having fun, learning was definitely taking place; skills were being demonstrated in every lab; and the spirit of cooperation and teamwork was evident everywhere. That’s what we’re about at CCCTC.”

La-Z-Boy recognizes local designer with award BOARDMAN – La-ZBoy recently named Karen McGarry, In-Home Designer for the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Boardman, as a recipient of the company’s Pinnacle Club Award. The Pinnacle Club inductees are honored as the top-selling “Peak Performance” sales associates and highest-achieving in-home designers in the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries network, one of the industry’s largest dedicated store networks. “The Pinnacle Club Award encompasses more than just sales figures. Karen is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable representative of the company with a firm understanding of LaZ-Boy quality, comfort and style,” said Greg White, senior vice president of sales and marketing for LaZ-Boy. “We are proud to honor Karen’s commitment to making the entire La-Z-


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implementing such education programs for both the youth and adult populations in our community. We believe that teaching today’s students the skills necessary to make smart financial decisions is key to preparing them for financial success as adults.” Although the company’s main headquarters are in Youngstown it sees no major difference in the effect the economy is having on residents in Columbiana and Mahoning Counties. “There’s not really a who lot of difference between the

areas. The services and personnel are the same. I just believe there was a lot of focus on the Youngstown area when the economy went down because its a metropolitan area,” Diana Nelms, Lisbon branch manager said. “The areas are similar, we don’t see many difference. We are able to maintain our market share in the Mahoning Valley,” Stricklin said. Home Savings currently has seven locations in Columbiana County, serving Lisbon, Salem, Columbiana, East Liverpool, Glenmoor, Calcutta and East Palestine.

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stores carry reclining sofas, sleep sofas, stationary sofas and sectionals, as well as decorative accent chairs. La-ZBoy offers hundreds of fabric and leather choices products for custom made furniture, as well as many pre-selected

pairings for quicker delivery. The Boardman La-ZBoy Furniture Galleries is located at 770 Boardman Poland Road. For more information, please contact the store at (330) 7587546.

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Through The Years They’ve Served You 181 YEARS 157 YEARS

Eells-LeggettStauffer Funeral Home Chip Stauffer

215 W. Lincoln Way Lisbon, OH


Columbiana County’s Largest Daily Newspaper SINCE 1852


138 YEARS The Homer Laughlin China Company



Century House


1171 East State St.•Salem, OH

Printing & Publishing Company

of Salem, Ohio, Inc. 330-337-3697

and Retail Factory Outlet Newell, West Virginia

185 E. State St. Salem, OH

330-337-3419 800-837-3419



Bye & Bye O. T. Beight Barclay Milligan Kerr-PastoreWeber & Sons, Inc. Machine, Hardware Funeral Home Monuments Inc. Since 1892

Since 1892


320 Smith Street East Liverpool, Ohio

36 W. Main St. Salineville, Ohio

124 S. Market Street Lisbon, Ohio

505 SR 170 East Palestine, OH

650 S. Broadway St. Salem, Ohio

330-385-2000 330-679-2327

330-424-7827 330-426-2961 330-337-9541




The Leetonia Tool Co.


Since 1906

103 YEARS Since 1906

Cope Quality Nursery and Landscaping Stamp Company 1744 Depot Rd. • Salem, OH

Manufacturer of Rubber Stamps Since 1906

Experts in Landscape Maintenance, Mowing, Mulching and Foundation Planting

432 Walnut Street East Liverpool, OH 43920

Manufacturing & Machine Corp Pres.: Deborah Williamson

SINCE 1907

118 1/2 E. Ely St. Alliance, OH


330-385-5259 330-385-6510 Fax

142 Main Street Leetonia, Ohio



93 94 YEARS



At 10 A.M. on March 4, 1915 this store was originally opened by William M. & Sara Morgan.

Morgan’s Drug Store 118 E. Lincoln Way • Lisbon, Ohio



Since 1916


Since 1916 SR 45 S. • Lisbon, Ohio


Sales • Leasing • Service • Parts • Body & Frame Work

57 E. Martin St. • E. Palestine



Church Budget Envelope 271 S. Ellsworth Salem, OH

330-424-0334 330-337-8707

Oldest Family Owned Dealership in Tri-State Area



Mon. & Thurs. 8-9•Sat. 8-3 Tues., Wed., Fri. 8-6



Kensington, Ohio

330-223-1712 1-800-791-7182 A Heritage of Understanding

Since 1926




Nationwide Is On Your Side®


Salem, Ohio

330-337-3124 64 YEARS

American Red Cross Serving Columbiana County 7843 State Route 45 Lisbon, Ohio 44432


SINCE 1935

Maryann & Ted Ossoff Jr., Owner & Pro

4178 Cherry Fork • Columbiana, OH



330-537-4651 Rt. 62, Damascus



Serving Salem & Surrounding Areas for 61 Years 365 W. Wilson St., P.O. Box 588, Salem, OH

(330) 337-6713 • Fax (330) 337-9288

d Foo & its Spir


St. Rt. 172 Rentaol n (Guilford Lake) Lisbon, OH

Owners: Joe & Bobbie Ieropoli

Professional Prescription Service 229 N. Ellsworth Ave.•Salem, OH SINCE 1917




27380 Main Street North Georgetown, OH

Handy Appliance Sales & Service We Sell It! We Service It! 117 West Sixth St. Downtown East Liverpool, OH

330-426-2961 330-386-5033




Full Line of Electrolux Appliances 330 East State St. Alliance, Ohio 44601

330-821-1500 1-800-294-9844


Mark’s Taylor Landing Hoge’s Restaurant Pattern, Inc. Since 1946 Scott Griffith - President Quality Wood and Plastic Patterns

Lease Drug Company 330-337-8727

Since 1945



Your local Red Cross provides Disaster Services, Military Communications & Health & Safety Training to the community.

Since 1928 Maple Cotton Reichenbach’s Funeral Motor Sales, Inc. Home

Ellyson Valley Golf Gregg V. Course Weinstock Plumbing County Seat Plaza Complimentary 9 or 18 hole & Heating green fee when partner pays Lisbon, Ohio for green fee of equal value! SINCE 1934 330-424-7224 411 W. State St. Nationwide®


Feeding the Area’s Families Since 1946

16128 E. Liverpool Rd. East Liverpool, OH


Neville Body Shop Since 1946 Specializing in Auto Collision Repair

SR 154 • Lisbon, OH

330-222-9507 330-386-3332 330-424-5925

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From The Old Generation Through The New 63 YEARS




Cal Carney’s

West Point Carryout 42911 St. Rt. 518 West Point, Ohio Since 1946

Since 1950






Nentwick CONVALESCE NT HOM E Since 1951

500 Selfridge St. East Liverpool, Ohio


55 YEARS State I.D. #24821

Serving Tri State Area with Ready Mix Concrete & Building Materials Since 1948

Designers and Builders of Machinery and Automated Systems

1143 Lower Elkton Rd.•P.O. Box 27 Columbiana, OH 44408

Sales and Service

32897 Coffee School Road Salem, Ohio 44460

Ken Baer: Auctioneer/Broker Bill Baer: Auctioneer/Salesman Mark Harding: Auctioneer Wade Baer: Auctioneer/Salesman

Licensed in Ohio, Penn & W.Va.


56 YEARS Lewton’s Rice Upholstery Garage

Since 1953

Fairfield Machine Company, Inc.

Negley Volunteer Fire Department

1-800-562-7856 330-227-3236

Quality Work Since 1952 Large Fabric Selection

FREE ESTIMATES 1168 Fairfield School Rd. Columbiana, Ohio


121 Nelson St.•Lisbon, OH

Grill & Camper Tanks Bulk And Cylinder Filled While You Wait Propane Delivery


Bingo Every Tuesday Night! Early Bird 7:30 pm & Regular 7:45 PM


Insurance Agency, Inc. Tri-State Area’s Largest Open Air Market

Every Friday

Over 2 Miles of Market Area Produce, Poultry, Egg Auction & Misc.

OPEN MOST OF THE TIME 330-424-FOOD Fax 424-1929



Eichler Propane Inc. 3014 Salem-Lisbon Rd. Salem, Ohio 44460


140 E. Lincoln • Lisbon, OH

330-482-3388 330-482-2802 330-424-7640


50683 Richardson Ave. Negley, OH

Visit our showroom!

100% Famly Owned and Operated Since 1955

Coffee Heating & Cooling Inc.


Since 1945 Tom Mollenkopf, Agent East Palestine, Ohio



Pilmer’s Auto Parts 202 West Lincoln Way Lisbon, Ohio





330-424-7027 330-424-5602






Since 1959

Mary’s Pizza Shop

Since 1962

Derek Coffee • Rob Coffee • Curt Coffee

Heaton’s Tire Shop 118 Lisbon St. Wellsville, Ohio

Hours: Mon-Fri: 9-6; Saturday: 9-5

Trail’s End Motel Family Owned Since 1965

12156 State Route 45 Lisbon, Ohio

Making the Best Pizza in Ohio for over 40 Years!

301 N. Beaver St. Lisbon, Ohio

Civil Engineers and Surveyors

1156 E. State St.•Salem, OH 44460

Authorized Warranty Service Center For All Brands Sold!


1785 S. Lincoln Ave. • Salem, Ohio


Edlings Country Store GIFTS • GROCERIES • CARRYOUT

32660 SR 172 • Guilford


R &S DRILLING Owner: Richard “Smoke” Null Established in “1974”

964 North Market St. Lisbon, Ohio

330-424-1468 32 YEARS


TIRE CENTER State Route 45 • South of Lisbon


330-424-5200 Alignment


SALES & SERVICE Refrigerators, Ranges, Dishwashers, Microwaves, Washers & Dryers, Televisions, Stereos

330-424-7593 330-222-1927


Frigidaire - Amana - Crosley - LG - Panasonic

Howells and Baird, Inc.

330-532-4401 330-424-3559


St. Rt. 154 • Rogers, Ohio

David Mollenkopf, Agent Salem, Ohio

• Well Drilling • Complete Water System Residential/Commercial/Agricultural 124 W. Washington Street • Lisbon, Ohio

330-424-3928 R& S Drilling




330-424-7665 s r






Serving the Tri-County Area Since 1969

12147 Canfield-Lisbon Rd. Greenford, Ohio


33 YEARS Since 1976

50 N. Sumner Street East Palestine, OH


East Liverpool, OH

330-386-3825 Bryant Sales, Service, Installation

Mike Krake, Owner

R& S Drilling


24 Hr. Paramedic Service

330-385-4903 Owner: John H. Diddle

32 YEARS Since 1977

Threshold Columbiana J&C Residential Heating, Cooling Port Services & Refrigeration Authority Since 1975 Jimmy Nentwick, Jr.

32 YEARS 32 YEARS Generator Cornerstone A.S. Fricano Specialist Insurance & Company Certified Public Accountants Agency and Business Advisors 12038 Woodworth Road North Lima, Ohio


Fax: 330-482-3325


•Specializing in all makes and models of air cooled engines •Sales, Service & Maintenance of Emergency & Portable Generators.

(Since 1964)

139 N. Main Street Columbiana, Ohio


Summer Fun Greenford Pools, Spas Tractor Sales & Billiards & Service 12532 St. Rt. 45 Lisbon, Ohio

Apple Insurance Agency

Bob Coder, Kevin McKinstry and Mary Ann Steiner

40 N. Market St. East Palestine, Ohio


Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 123 West 5th Street • East Liverpool, OH

330-385-2160 360 E. State St. • Salem, OH 330-332-4646

1250 St. George St. East Liverpool, OH



Y-Inn Home Cooking, Broast Chicken, Steak Salad, Large Fish Sandwiches CARRYOUT AVAILABLE 7912 State Rt. 7 Rogers, Ohio 44455


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Through Your Support, They’re Tried & True! 30 YEARS

30 YEARS If you or someone you know have a terminal illness call...we are here to help


123 E. Lincoln Way Lisbon, OH 44432-1405



Keeping you fed since 1981 SR 7 & 14 Columbiana, Ohio



330-482-2014 1-800-640-5180



Broker Auctioneer

Naturestone® Dealer “Installation is Our Specialty”

28 YEARS Wade Realty & Shoaff’s Garage Door Openers & Floor Auction Service Marlene M. Wade, Covering Doors Inc. 102 E. 4762 Beechwood Lincolnway Ave. NE Minerva, Ohio Paris, Ohio

330 868-7738 330 821-6989







Since 1982

Michael E. Gruszecki

Harrison Duck Ins. Agency

Magneco/ Metrel, Inc.

Nationwide Advisory Services a Nationwide Financial Company

State Route 9 • Salem, Ohio

51365 State Route 154 Negley, OH New Technology In High Temperature Furnace Linings








Phil Irwin

Since 1984

49376 Calcutta-Smiths Ferry Rd. East Liverpool, OH


West End Auto Rental

Banquet Room Available. Call today for details, menus and pricing.

8th & Webber Way East Liverpool, Ohio

16300 Dresden Ave. Calcutta, Ohio

330-385-9353 330-385-3080 330-386-7868

240 East State Street, Downtown Salem



Lynne’s Voice and Piano Studio 4885 S.R. 9 • Salem, Ohio 1 Mile W. of Winona



11000 Rte. 62 North P.O. Box 1083 Salem, Ohio


Fax: 330-332-2208




Telephone: 330-385-7336





Since 1995

Since 1996

Calcutta Mel’s

48444 Bell School Rd. Calcutta, OH 43920

Timothy H. Barnes 1040 S. Webb Ave. • Alliance, Ohio

One Call Does It All!

15910 S.R. 62 Damascus, OH







Bill Willie’s Cook Shack

NDC Heating & Cooling

Donna’s Bicycle Shop

GOOD HOMESTYLE COOKING t Out Our Soups Made By Our “Soup Nazzi” West End of Washingtonville Plaza

Washingtonville, Ohio



Dave Norris

330-277-6005 or 330-457-2562

Life - Health - Auto - Home Farm & Business

Sales • Service • Rentals Accessories 446 W. Maple St.•Lisbon, OH By Greenway Trail Near 0 Mi.


14 YEARS Since 1995

We take the time to care. Donnie Sattler, Sales Manager William Pancake, Owner

10259 St. Rt. 170 • Negley, OH

Call: 330-227-0030 Fax: 330-227-2222

C.H.A.T. of Ohio Inc. Spa & Neuter Program For Low Income & Elderly Pet Owners! Program Operated By Donations Only!! Donations Are Welcome!

P.O. Box 488 East Liverpool, OH





Schmid-D’s Sports Bar


...Care, Compassion & Excellence •Skilled/Intermediate Nursing Care •Rehab Therapy • Subacute Care Respiratory/Ventilator Services • Wound Care




38 North Park Lisbon, Ohio

~A Tradition of Excellence~

Bill’s 1250 Saint George St. East Liverpool, OH 43920

Since 1940

Sugarcreek Industries ,Inc

15274 Alliance-Salem Rd. Rt. 62 Damascus, Ohio

Chester, W. Va.


850 West State Street

Remember When

(US Rt. 30)

Telefax: 330-385-7813

Health Care Center


2483 Lincoln Hwy.


330-386-3726 330-332-1244

Complete Auto Repair & Service

Owner/Instructor: Lynne V. Hartsough

Since 1995

Also~ 456 East State St. Alliance, OH 44601 Kelly and Toyo (330) 821-7799 TIRES FAST, FRIENDLY SERVICE

1210 St. Clair Ave. East Liverpool, OH

49037 Calcutta Smith Ferry Rd. East Liverpool, OH

gift shop & studio


Nationwide Is On Your Side®


State Farm Insurance

The Ginger Jar

SALES & SERVICE 120 W. County Line Road Columbiana, Ohio

Hall’s Welding Supplies


1785 S. Lincoln Salem, Ohio

36 S. Main St. Columbiana, Ohio

135 Oregon Avenue Sebring, Ohio

330-482-9753 330-938-0175 1 YEAR

Homemade Pastries, Cakes, Pies & Bread

330-482-9955 Columbiana Plaza - S. Main St. Columbiana, Ohio Mon.- Fri.: 6AM - 6PM; Sat.: 6AM-4PM; Sun.: 8AM - 2PM

time tested

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Hospice of the Valley COLUMBIANA — Hospice of the Valley began in 1979, incorporated as Hospice of Youngstown. Founded by the local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women who had the foresight to establish an organization dedicated solely to the terminally ill as well as support to the family. At that time Hospice of Youngstown served a 25mile radius around Youngstown. Thoughts came to broaden the service area under the direction of Paul Easton in 1992. The name was changed to Hospice of the Valley serving Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. In 2001 Hospice of the Valley affiliated with Humility of Mary Health Partners. A hospice inpatient facility was opened in 2006. The Hospice House is located at 9803 Sharrott Road, near North Lima, it has 16 patient rooms on 14 scenic wooded acres with streams, wildlife and wetlands. It has a welcoming living room, family kitchen and two family lounges, a children’s playroom, outdoor playground, a chapel, meeting rooms, a gazebo and gardens that are open to the public. It meets the unique needs of the terminally ill patients in our care, as well as providing respite for the caregivers, in a homelike environment with those specially trained in caring for people at the end of life. While it is sad to think about people facing death, Hospice of the Valley restores dignity to the dying while being a valuable support to the family in their greatest time of need. Hospice assures that the patients medical, emotional and spiritual needs are met and the financial burdens lightened. The mission

For some fliers, trading miles is the way to go By DAVID KOENIG

Another site,, lets members sell miles or use them to buy merchandise. Travelers say mileage trades are a quick and convenient way to add miles. But others say they’re a bad deal for consumers. Tim Winship, publisher of, a Web site dedicated to the use of airline miles, says at current fares travelers get less than 2 cents per mile when they redeem their collection. ‘‘Keep that per-mile value in mind,’’ Winship says. If you’re paying a fee for the exchange, ‘‘then you’re kidding yourself. Usually when I look at these things, it ends up being a pretty questionable value for the consumer.’’ says its trading forum, called Global Points Exchange or GPX, levies fees that match what the airlines charge to transfer or share miles within their own programs. With American, trading up to 5,000 miles costs $80, rising to $130 for 5,001 to 10,000 miles, and $180 for 10,001 to 15,000 miles. Trading Delta miles costs $30 plus a penny per mile; so exchanging 10,000 miles would cost $130. Frequent-flier programs started in the early 1980s, when Braniff and American Airlines looked for a cheap way to reward loyal customers and keep them coming back. One problem with the trading sites is limited participation. has signed up several big airlines, including American, Delta and Continental, but is still missing some big ones — including Southwest.

AP Airlines Writer

of Hospice of the Valley is to help people with a terminal illness live the last moments of their lives peacefully and in comfort. We accomplish this with a team of dedicated nurses, social workers, personal care aides, grief counselors, chaplains and trained volunteers. This team of care enables families to spend time with their loved one in their final days. As one hospice patient stated, “Hospice cannot add days to your life, but it can add life to your days”. For over 30 years, Hospice of the Valley has been caring for those with any terminal illness such as cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) Alzheimer’s, AIDS, heart, kidney and lung diseases, regardless of their ability to pay, with patients ranging from newborn infants to the elderly. Emphasis is on pain management and symptom control. Since 1979 the hospice philosophy of caring for those at the end of life keeps growing. The organization is community wide serving Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbia Counties. A Community Bereavement Resource Center offers grief support to anyone free of charge.

Statement of philosophy Hospice of the Valley, Inc. is the leader in end of life care by providing high quality, compassionate palliative care to the terminally ill and their loved ones within the services area. The agency seeks to provide opportunities for the community to learn more about end of life issues and palliative care in a non-threatening manner. Care is provided regardless of financial circumstances, within the fiscal constraints of the organization. Bereavement and grief support programming is designed for adults and children, serving the needs of the patients’ loved ones and the community at large.

Mission statement Hospice of the Valley provides comprehensive and compassionate end-of-life care for the terminally ill as well as support services to the family. Hospice of the Valley works to increase community awareness of death and grief as a natural part of life.

cost of care, medical equipment and prescription drugs is underwritten through the support of community organizations, individuals and foundations. You support is much needed and very appreciated. All money raised for Hospice of the Valley stays in our valley. For information about Hospice of the Valley, call Liz McGarry, director of development/marketing at 330-788-1992.

Currently with an average daily census of nearly 240 patients, Hospice of the Valley is always in the need of more trained volunteers to handle the growing needs of the community. Volunteers help the organization in a variety of ways. Volunteer trainings are held several times throughout the year. Hospice of the Valley is a non-profit organization that will see patients regardless of their financial situation. The

DALLAS — Scott Hintz needed more miles with American Airlines to book a free trip to Morocco this spring, and he had several thousand miles from another carrier that he thought might be just the ticket. The San Francisco travel executive went online, found a willing trader for his Alaska Airlines miles and made a swap. In May he was roaming North Africa. ‘‘I took miles out of some programs I don’t use and got some value out of them,’’ says Hintz, who calls himself ‘‘a miles junkie.’’ Frequent flier programs have been around for nearly three decades and billions of miles go unused. Airlines used to prohibit swaps of frequent-flier miles — it’s still in the fine print of many loyalty programs. But now some are perfectly fine with exchanges like the one that Hintz made — they collect a fee on every trade. Hintz used one of the little-known swap Web sites,, which operates like a crude stock exchange or commodities trading floor. Users list what they’ve got — the number of miles and in which airline — and the number of miles they want in another airline. There is no charge for listing, but consumers on both ends of a completed swap pay a fee, most of which goes to the airlines. Some trades are straightup — 10,000 miles in one airline for 10,000 at another. But some traders put a higher value on some carriers, such as Delta and American, the two largest.


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Homer Laughlin China Company

RON FLAVIANO Morning Journal Art Director

No matter how many times I visit the Homer Laughlin China Company, there is always a sense of anticipation. Usually my curiosity is piqued over the newest Fiesta® color, but this time was a bit different. I had heard some of the classified sales reps talking excitedly about the new Square Fiesta® design. I hadn’t heard or seen anything about this new shape for my favorite tableware. Square? How could it be? Had the timeless art-deco design of my cherished round Fiesta plates been supplemented with squared off counterparts? I quickly checked the HLC web site, but there weren’t any photos there – all I had was a small photo in an ad. From what I could see, the new shape was very intriguing. So this particular visit had a bit more in store. As I walked in the door of the HLC Outlet Store in Newell, West Virginia, I was warmly greeted by the manager Pat. As always, the atmosphere was friendly and inviting, and the staff was very helpful. My eyes quickly darted around the large showroom for the new Fiesta® design. I remember when HLC introduced a special limited edition of the Fiesta® line for the new millennium, and its unique outer rim design. And I was also familiar with the Asian-inspired Indigo design square plates that are made at HLC. But I couldn’t wrap my mind around how they could translate the clean, concentric circles of the Fiesta® pattern into a square shape.

As I looked to my left, I saw a huge display of the square salad plates placed prominently at the front of the store. In their delicious multi-colored hues, the glossy plates looked like oversized pieces of Chiclets chewing gum. I walked to the large display and reached for one of the new plates and immediately thought of the Huey Lewis track “Hip To Be Square.” The new design took the concentric circled outer rim of tradition Fiesta® plates, and morphed it into a cleverly rounded-off square design. The center inner circle is still there, as is the generous coupe shape to allow for ample food plating. I could instantly imagine how fantastic and exotic a dinner salad would look plated on this new Fiesta®. And the new shape paired so well with its circular sister. The nearly infinite color combinations with tradition Fiesta® just got “squared” so to speak, as you can now mix and match shapes and colors! Some may question my enthusiasm over this new design, but it’s more than just how great this Fiesta® will look on my dining room table. This new design proves to me that the Homer Laughlin China Company is an innovator. They took Frederick Rhead’s original 1936 design, the one collected by thousands of Fiesta® lovers all over the world, and came up with a worthy companion. The Homer Laughlin China Company is a testament to how an American company can continue to thrive and provide quality jobs by continually innovating its product lines. From the consumer oriented Fiesta® to their many hospitality lines, HLC’s china is some of the finest in the world.

Young workers push employers for wider Web access By MARTHA IRVINE AP National Writer

CHICAGO — Ryan Tracy thought he’d entered the Dark Ages when he graduated college and arrived in the working world. His employer blocked access to Facebook, Gmail and other popular Internet sites. He had no wireless access for his laptop and often ran to a nearby cafe on work time so he could use its Wi-Fi connection to send large files. Sure, the barriers did what his employer intended: They stopped him and his colleagues from using work time to goof around online. But Tracy says the rules also got in the way of legitimate work he needed to do as a scientific analyst for a health care services company. ‘‘It was a constant battle between the people that saw technology as an advantage, and those that saw it as a hindrance,’’ says the 27-yearold Chicagoan, who now works for a different company. He was sure there had to be a better way. It’s a common complaint from young people who join the work force with the expectation that their bosses will embrace technology as much as they do. Then some discover that sites they’re supposed to be researching for work are blocked. Or they can’t take a little down time to read a news story online or check their personal e-mail or social networking accounts. In some cases, they end up using their own Internetenabled smart phones to get to blocked sites, either for work or fun. So some are wondering: Could companies take a dif-

ferent approach, without compromising security or workplace efficiency, that allows at least some of the online access that younger employees particularly crave? ‘‘It’s no different than spending too much time around the water cooler or making too many personal phone calls. Do you take those away? No,’’ says Gary Rudman, president of GTR Consulting, a market research firm that tracks the habits of young people. ‘‘These two worlds will continue to collide until there’s a mutual understanding that performance, not Internet usage, is what really matters.’’ This is, after all, a generation of young people known for what University of Toronto sociologist Barry Wellman calls ‘‘media multiplexity.’’ College students he has studied tell him how they sleep with their smart phones and, in some cases, consider their gadgets to be like a part of their bodies. They’re also less likely to fit the traditional 9to-5 work mode and are willing to put in time after hours in exchange for flexibility, including online time. So, Wellman and others argue, why not embrace that working style when possible, rather than fight it? There is, of course, another side of the story — from employers who worry about everything from wasted time on the Internet to confidentiality breaches and liability for what their employees do online. Such concerns have to be taken especially seriously in such highly regulated fields as finance and health care, says Nancy Flynn, a corporate consultant who heads the Ohio-based ePolicy Institute.

From a survey Flynn did this year with the American Management Association, she believes nearly half of U.S. employers have a policy banning visits to personal social networking or video sharing sites during work hours. Many also ban personal text messaging during working days. Flynn notes that the rising popularity of BlackBerrys, iPhones and other devices with Web access and messaging have made it much trickier to enforce what’s being done on work time, particularly on an employee’s personal phone. Or often the staff uses unapproved software applications to bypass the blocks. As a result, more employers are experimenting with opening access. That’s what Joe Dwyer decided to do when he started Chicago-based Brill Street & Co., a jobs site for young professionals. He lets his employees use social networking and has found that, while they might spend time chatting up their friends, sometimes they’re asking those same friends for advice for a work problem or looking for useful contacts. ‘‘So what seems unproductive can be very productive,’’ Dwyer says. Kraft Foods Inc. recently opened access to everything from YouTube to Facebook and Hotmail, with the caveat that personal use be reasonable and never interfere with job activities. Broadening access does, of course, mean some employees will cross lines they aren’t supposed to. Sapphire Technologies LP, an information-technology staffing firm based in Massachusetts, started allow-

ing employees to use most Internet sites two years ago, because recruiters for the company were going on Facebook to find talent. Martin Perry, the company’s chief information officer, says managers occasionally have to give employees a ‘‘slap on the wrist’’ for watching sports on streaming video or downloading movies on iTunes. And he says older managers sometimes raise eyebrows at their younger counterparts’ online judgment. ‘‘If you saw some of the pictures that they’ve uploaded, even to our internal directory, you’d question the maturity,’’ Perry says. It’s the price a company

has to pay, he says, for attracting top young talent that’s willing to work at any hour. ‘‘Banning the Internet during work hours would be myopic on our part,’’ Perry says. But that also means many companies are still figuring out their online policies and how to deal with the blurring lines between work and personal time — including social networking, even with the boss. ‘‘I think over time, an open embrace of these tools can become like an awkward hug,’’ says Mary Madden, a senior research specialist at the Pew Internet & American Life Project. ‘‘It can get very messy.’’

One option is for companies to allow access to certain sites but limit what employees can do there. For instance, Palo Alto Networks, a computer security company, recently helped a pharmaceutical company and a furniture maker open up social networking for some employees, but limited such options as file-sharing, largely so that sensitive information isn’t transferred, even accidentally. ‘‘Wide-open Internet access is the risky approach,’’ says Chris King, Palo Alto Networks’ director of product marketing. However, ‘‘fully closed is increasingly untenable for cultural reasons and business reasons.’’

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Morning Journal - Progress 2009  

Morning Journal's annual Progress edition featuring profiles of Columbiana County area businesses.

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