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Community is important for medical professionals From staff reports

Is there really anything more important than your family’s health, your health? The answer is simple. That’s why WMC continues to move, full steam ahead, to continue to bring you the best doctors, the latest technology and the convenience you deserve. When it comes to fighting cancer, we are on the front lines for you. We are proud to unveil our multimillion dollar, state-of-theart WMC BreastCare Cen-

ter. In fact, it just opened Feb. 5. It’s located just a few steps across the hall from All About Women, completing our All Women’s Wing at WMC. The new BreastCare Center is home to members of the WMC BreastCare Team, led by Carol Slomski, MD, the area’s only local doctor dedicated exclusively to the breast; and radiologists Eric Balzano, MD; Kara Leslie, MD; and John Balzano, MD. Navigating patients through their BreastCare is Nurse Navigator Ashley

Pesta, RN. Backed by experienced, compassionate mammography technicians and a dedicated, knowledgeable staff, the BreastCare Center provides doctors and diagnostics, including mammograms and even biopsies all in one warm, inviting space. We understand managing your health and the health of loved ones can be tough, so we are doing all we can to make you as comfortable and cared-for as possible. The all new BreastCare Center can be reached by calling

(304) 797-6433. Investing in people is always the key to the success of any organization. At WMC, we always say “We Have the Docs” because we do. Fact is, no other health network in the Weirton-Steubenville Route 22/30 Corridor has more primary care physicians than we do. That’s because we know your health starts with your primary care doctor. WMC doctors span three states for greater convenience, in your neighborhood. Just days ago, WMC opened the

all new WMC Wintersville. It’s located in the finest health care facility in Jefferson County, on School Street, right off of Fernwood Drive. Our physician offices, lab and radiology can all be found just steps from the parking lot on the first floor. Upon entering the state-of-the art facility, you will find the offices of Internal Medicine physicians Krishan Aggarwal, MD; Sanjay Gupta, MD; Siripurapu Prasad, MD; and Shaban Shoshi, See INVESTMENTS Page 7A Á



FRIDAY, FEB. 23, 2018

WVNCC expanding to meet needs


A bo v e i s a n a r t i s t ’s r e nd e r in g o f th e fu tu r e Ce n te r for In d u str i a l Te ch n ol o gy a t West Vi r gi n i a No r t he r n Co mm un i t y Co ll e ge ’s W h e e l i n g c a m p u s . T h e f a c i l i ty w i l l p r o v i d e e x p a n d e d s p a c e f o r t h e c o l l e g e ’ s w e l d i n g a n d p e t r o l e u m t e c h n o l o g y p r o g r a m s a n d i n c l u d e i n d o o r a n d o u t d o o r l a b s t o r e p l i c a t e t h e r e a l w o r l d s e t t i n g s f o r p e tr o l e u m t e c h n o l o g y w o r k e rs .

By WARREN SCOTT Staff writer

Through a variety of labs designed to simulate work environments and internships at area businesses, West Virginia Northern Community College is preparing students at its campuses in Weirton, Wheeling and New Martinsville for a wide range of occupations. The college will

begin enrollment this spring in welding and petroleum technology courses to be offered at WVNCC’s new Center for Industrial Technology this fall. Located in a former electrical supply warehouse adjacent to the college’s Wheeling campus, the center will provide expanded space for WVNCC’s welding and petroleum technology programs and include indoor and

outdoor labs to replicate the real world settings for petroleum technology workers and 20 welding booths, including a handicap accessible one, with more space available to meet any future needs. Offering an associate in applied science degree and a certificate of advanced study, the college’s petroleum technology program provides stu-

dents with a strong foundation in the oil and gas exploration, production and development related to the Marcellus and Utica shale regions, said David Barnhardt, director of marketing and public relations. Through the college’s welding technology program, students learn advanced skills that will prepare them well for a variety of industrial settings, he

noted. He added students also are trained in reading prints with welding symbols and develop a basic understanding of metallurgy, layout and fabrication. WVNCC President Vicki Riley said, “The need for skilled workers in our region continues to grow. With the addition of 20,000 square feet of handson, interactive space in the Center for

Industrial Technology, we are taking a proactive approach to meet employer needs and to position our students to be successful in a regional job market.” “This is another example of how WVNCC is committed to economic development and the communities we serve.” Located at 150 Park Ave., near Penco Road, the Weirton campus

QDAʼs goal is to provide education choices From staff reports

Since opening its doors in 2003, QDA’s goal has been to provide students choices in their education. Over the years we have fine-tuned our program to give students access to a large library of courses and learning formats. When students enroll in our program, we analyze their course history and get feedback to create a truly customized learning plan to ensure each individual is successful and prepared for their future.

To ensure students receive the proper support, the following curriculum support departments will be assisting students throughout their enrollment: ¯ Each student is assigned an Instructional Supervisor. The IS is responsible for monitoring student progress across all of their courses. The IS will communicate with the student and their family bi-weekly to give progress updates and keep the family up to date on school events. Students also can

contact their IS directly at any time via e-mail or phone if they have questions, issues or concerns. ¯ QDA offers free tutoring to students who need additional help in their core subject areas (typically one hour per week, per subject). QDA provides in-person and virtual tutoring. ¯ Each student enrolled at QDA has the option to use one of our devices while they are enrolled at QDA. QDA also reimburses families for Internet. ¯ QDA has an in-house

technical support team that can help students resolve technical issues. We are able to assist students over the phone, by email and with a remote support application. QDA has four offices located in New Philadelphia, Berlin, East Liverpool and Steubenville. Students can visit these offices to speak directly with the QDA staff, and each office is equipped with a computer lab that students can use. QDA is committed to providing support servic-

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es to all students and teachers and to providing a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to all students with disabilities. QDA also is committed to making a difference by providing a quality educational alternative. We offer parents and students a comprehensive academic program that emphasizes the pursuit of excellence. The individual needs See CHOICES Page 6A Á

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WEIRTON — Despite changes in the industry, Hawkins Hearing continues to provide the personal and professional service the Ohio Valley has counted on. “We’re in our fifth year at Hawkins Hearing,” founder and owner Jill Hawkins said. Hawkins opened Hawkins Hearing in November 2013, offering audiology services, including testing, examinations and diagnosis and the sale and repair of hearing aids. A native of McMechen, Hawkins started her career in Weirton with an externship at Weirton

Steel Corp. in 1998. She graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology and earned a master’s degree from WVU in 1998. Following a stint with an area ear, nose and throat doctor, she returned to Weirton in 2000 to begin a private practice, earning her doctorate of audiology from Salus University in 2009. Hawkins explained while there recently has been growth in over-the-counter personal amplifiers, and laws have labeled them as hearing aids, those devices don’t always meet the needs of every individual.

Professional services, such as those offered through Hawkins Hearing, can make sure patients get the best option available. “If you don’t go to a professional, you don’t get your hearing tested, you don’t know what you need,” Hawkins said. “People have tried those and still come to us.” Today’s digital technology allows audiologists to not only program hearing aids for a specific level of hearing loss, but also can feature directional microphones and noise reduction and can even sync with other digital devices. Hawkins Hearing also provides custom hearing protection,

custom swim molds, assistive devices and other accessories. The evaluations at Hawkins Hearing test the integrity of the middle ear and inner ear, making sure there is nothing medically wrong before proceeding with other

pharmacy throughout Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. “With the help of our great staff, we are excited to continue to help our communities and surrounding areas by providing medication packaging, prescription compounding and free prescription delivery,” Joseph L. DeCaria stated. “We are dedicated to providing friendly, professional service at low, competitive prescription prices.”

One new service the company is excited to share with its customers is the EZ fill RX program, a medication management service. “We will work with you and your prescriber to coordinate all of your maintenance medications to be filled on the same day of each month,”

DeCaria explained. “The goal of our program is to help you take your medicine when and how they are supposed to be taken.” More information about the EZ fill RX program can be provided by the staff at any of the pharmacy locations. As always, the


options. If a medical issue is found, the patient is referred to their primary care physician or a specialist for further evaluation. If a need for a hearing aid is found, Hawkins Hearing offers a number of brands and can provide service and repair to the devices when needed. Hawkins noted

while appointments are needed for tests and fittings, residents are able to walk in for other services, such as device cleanings, and receive assistance See HAWKINS Page 6A Á

DeCaria providing more than 35 years of service From staff reports

DeCaria Brothers Inc. has been providing pharmacy services to the Ohio Valley for more than 35 years. A family-owned and operated business, Decaria Brothers Inc. started with two brothers and one pharmacy location in East Liverpool. Fast forward 35 years and the company now has five owners, seven retail locations and one “closed” door

Local court programs showing benefits By PAUL GIANNAMORE Staff writer

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville Municipal Court has been able to fund programs and upgrades thanks to an increase in court costs and other procedural changes aimed at collecting fines and changing from a system of incarceration to community service that is a beneficial program for nonviolent first-time offenders. Judge John J. Mascio explained that court costs were $69 per case when he took office on Dec. 1, 2015, lower than other courts in Ohio. Court costs were raised in two phases, to $89 on June 15, 2016, and beginning Jan. 1, to $99. “Now, we’re right in line with other courts and the additional $30 gets deposited into a special projects fund, which can be used only for certain statutory purposes. One of those is to fund community service programs,” Mascio said. “Ours was funded by a grant, but the state eliminated those pro-

grams across the state in 2017.” By comparison, according to their websites, East Liverpool Municipal Court lists fees of $63 and $92. Sandusky charges $100. The $99 for criminal cases in municipal court, as listed on the court website, breaks down to a total of $29 for the state and the state crime victims fund, a total of $30 to the city general fund, $3 for legal research, $7 in capital improvements and the $30 for the municipal court special projects fund. Mascio said the court was able, through the increased costs during 2017, to collect $53,000 that allowed the community service program to continue with a fulltime coordinator and a part-time supervisor. Among its services, the program provides all general maintenance for the municipal complex instead of hiring a janitorial service. Mascio noted the city in years past had received estimates of $50,000 a year for a janitorial See COURT Page 5A Á

pharmacy continues to feature the following services: Always free delivery, diabetic supplies, ostomy supplies, flu vaccines, pneumonia vaccines and nutritional supplements. “We are proud to serve our community and we will continue to treat our staff and customers like fami-

ly,” DeCaria noted. DeCaria Brothers Pharmacies locally are A&B Pharmacy, 4201 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville; Marland Heights Pharmacy, 3901 Brightway St., Weirton; Diamond Pharmacy, 503 Cadiz Road, Wintersville; and Famcare Pharmacy, 1429 Burgettstown Plaza, Burgettstown.




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service. The court was able to release to the city general fund $31,200, a reimbursement for wages paid in 2017, meaning the community service program was run at no cost to the city for 2017. The special projects fund also was used for $1,500 for continuing legal education for Mascio and $1,000 in repairs to the community service vehicle. “In all, we saved the city about $33,000,” he said. A portion of all criminal and civil court costs goes to a technology fund, created by state statute. “Through that fund, we were able to purchase and pay for the entire system of video arraignments, the monitors, the computer system, and it cost the taxpayers no money,” he said. “If we don’t pass the costs of our programs on to the offenders, it falls back on us as taxpayers. A lot of what we are doing in municipal court in terms of operations and programs is being administered at no cost to the taxpayers.” Because of the increased use of alternative sentencing, including house arrest and the community service program, the city saved on jail costs paid to the county. Municipal court paid $120,000 for use of the jail in 2014. In 2017, that number was expected to total

about $84,000. Mascio said being able to pay for community service has a benefit to the community and individuals beyond the budget. “Incarcerating firsttime, low-level offenders does nothing to reduce recidivism,” he said. “We get those with drug-related crimes into programs, or at the very least, to get an assessment.” Mascio said the idea is to help people pay off their debt to the community and the court, not to further punish them. “The court shouldn’t set people up for failure. We will work with them,” he said. The entire probation program is grant funded from the state, for $90,000 from the Ohio Department of Corrections. Health care in 2017 increased beyond the grant by $5,800, but the shortfall was covered by the special projects fund, Mascio said. “And, it can be used for court improvements, to the complex and the building. My hope is to let some of that money accumulate and put it back into this building for renovations. I’m pretty excited about that. The money is being put to good use,” he said. Under Mascio, the court has taken additional steps to be sure people pay or


work off their punishment. The program of collection of fines and costs has been overhauled and includes issuing blocks on licenses and motor vehicle records, to block the ability to register or sell a motor vehicle if court fines aren’t paid or worked off. “In 2017, compared with 2016, fine collection was up by $20,000 but the caseload increase was just 100 cases. That is not a significant number,” Mascio said. “We attribute that to starting to use those blocks.” The court also gained approval for the state attorney general’s offset program that allows the court to intercept state income tax refunds for people who become delinquent in paying through Capital Recovery, the court’s contractor for collecting delinquent fines. “So far, we’ve given about 2,500 cases to the clerk to start with,” he said. “The days of not paying are pretty much done.”

Mascio said the court has provisions for electronic payments online and can set up payment plans starting at $25 a month with reviews


every 90 days to be sure the person is in compliance. Reviews are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting at 2 p.m.

The Steubenville Municipal Court has been able to fund programs and upgrades thanks to an increase in court costs and other procedural changes.

Starvaggi: A diverse company with rich history From staff reports Starvaggi Industries Inc. had its beginnings in the TriState Area in the early 1920s. The company’s history includes more than 50 years operating coal mines in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Today, the diverse company serves its customers from a 75acre riverfront mixed-use industrial facility that includes a ready-mix concrete plant as well as a river terminal facility with the capability of loading and unloading barges. Warehousing of offloaded finished goods is available on a limited basis, as well as outdoor storage for inbound or outbound raw materials, according to Michael Wehr, company president. Wehr noted that in addition to replacing its antiquated readymix plant in 2013, the company made extensive exterior repairs to its 401 Pennsylvania Ave. headquarters, including replacing the entire roof of the facility and repaving the building’s parking lot. “We saw a record concrete year in 2017.

We were seeing volumes 50 percent ahead of historic averages. A lot of that had to do with midstream oil and gas construction projects in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, combined with several highway projects in West Virginia,” he continued. The company was involved with aggregate sales and delivery for a pipeline project running from Ohio through West Virginia to Western Pennsylvania. Pipeline work means increased aggregate sales and delivery, development of access roads and repair to public roads affected during the construction, as well as increased sales of materials used to enclose the pipelines. Local business development has continued to drive the construction market as well. Continuing opportunities have and will come from the Three Springs


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Crossings retail plaza off Three Springs Drive, Frontier’s development of the purchased surplus property of ArcelorMittal, the start of operations for Bidell Gas Compression and the forthcoming construction of the Pietro Fiorentini facility in

Weirton. Wehr also noted the company’s involvement with the school construction project in Brooke County during 2017. A mild winter in 2017 contributed to the record year, too. “Last year was a godsend. The previous two winters were hor-

rendous. Hopefully we break out of this weather soon,” Wehr said. The company’s terminal operation continues to thrive. Mississippi Lime’s hydrate plant is operating on a full schedule, incoming coils are scheduled for unloading, and there lately has been interest in loading coils into barges from facilities in Weirton for delivery elsewhere. The potential development of the cracker

at Dilles Bottom as well as the Shell plant under construction will be helping to drive future development in the region, along with the development already under way. Wehr noted that the company presently is reviewing its property holdings in Weirton for potential future residential development. For information about Starvaggi Industries Inc., visit or call (304) 748-1400.

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offers labs where students preparing for careers in manufacturing and patient care learn to operate equipment used in their fields. The advanced manufacturing lab includes digital computers common in modern manufacturing facilities and pump training systems with which students learn to install and maintain assorted mechanical pumps as well as two welding booths and other equipment. Students earning an associate degree in advanced manufacturing may go on to positions in which they repair, install and replace electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and other systems. The campus’ patient care and surgical technology labs simulate hospital rooms, with medical equipment stu-

dents will use as direct care workers assisting medical personnel, phlebotomists and EKG technicians. Lisa Soly, manager of operations at the Weirton campus, said many of the students also gain real life experience as interns at Weirton Medical Center and a large number have gone on to gain positions at the hospital. Soly said the interactive classrooms there are used by students of all ages. They include teens from Oak Glen, Weir, Brooke and Weirton Madonna High Schools (the latter within walking distance of the campus) who are earning advance college credit as well as workers laid off from struggling local industries who often qualify for

free tuition under the federal Trade Readjustment Act. Barnhardt said the college provides such workers with the option of earning an associate degree in two years or less, enabling them to return more quickly to the work force. Soly said often displaced workers re-evaluate their lives, revisiting a career goal they long ago abandoned or exploring new ones they hadn’t considered. “Now we’re seeing those students go in a variety of directions, including culinary arts and health sciences,” she said. Soly added many WVNCC students are professionals who have returned to school to learn additional skills, such as accounting, for their workplaces.

She said because the college’s students come there at various points in their lives, the campus’ Academic Success Center is available to help students determine careers for which they may be most suited, brush up on math concepts they may have learned some time ago and become comfortable in using computers. Ida Williams, the center’s coordinator, said students who come there quickly find they are not alone and she and her staff sincerely believe the old adage that “There’s no such thing as a stupid question.” Barnhardt said WVNCC students also have access to fellow students, alumni and community members knowledgeable in various

subjects who work as tutors, as well as the Brainfuse online tutoring service, which can be accessed from home and outside the college’s regular hours. Soly said WVNCC students reside throughout the Tri-State Area, with those in those in several Eastern Ohio counties taking advantage of in-state tuition rates extended to them and those in Washington and other Southwestern Pennsylvania counties benefiting from an affordable metro rate offered by the college. An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24 at each of the college’s campuses. Each will include tours of the college’s facilities, free food, door prizes and drawings for a $1,000 scholarship.

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WMC is proud to welcome boardcertified dermatologist Ana Busquets, MD. She Busquets is seeing patients at 3 Robinson Plaza, just behind Ditka’s and at 400 Market Place Drive in Imperial. You can reach her office by calling (412) 5058146. Did you know WMC has the largest and only full-time orthopedic team in the Weirton-Steubenville Route 22/30 Corridor and it just got bigger? WMC is proud to welcome orthopedic surgeon Damian Rispoli, MD; orthopedic surgery. He joins Dr. Stephen Alatis at his 651 Colliers Way, Suite 309 location. Together with Charles Capito, MD; and Gurdev Purewal, MD; they are here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for planned surgeries and emergencies. Our investment in leading physicians continues with the addition of oncologist Hemamalini Karpurapu, MD. She is now seeing patients in the WMC Cancer Center. Also new to the WMC team is Venkata Tammana, MD, gastroenterology who joins Amandeep Purewal,

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ter is infectious disease physician Jane Culp, MD, who sees patients in her Steubenville office at 3150 Johnson Road. Growth for the betterment of each patient has been the greatest priority for WMC. In fact, in the past year WMC has opened a Cardiac Rehab Center at 705 Colliers Way, right next to the hospital and across from the new WMC Plaza on American Way. The purpose of the Cardiac Rehab Center is to rehabilitate those who have encountered a heart event. Through exercise and a thorough health plan, led by physicians, the goal is to get the patient stronger than ever,

despite the difficulties they have encountered. WMC is also now offering a self-referring blood testing/health screening in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. That means you don’t need a physician’s referral to get your blood tested. You just walk in to one of WMC’s different lab locations, bring $50 for the cost of the screening and the results are sent directly back to you. Please visit for locations and times. In addition to constantly growing and investing in health care for our community, it is also very important that WMC supports our commu-

nity’s future, our youth. WMC is proud to be educational partners with Weir High School, Oak Glen High School and Madonna High School. WMC is also quite proud of the various health screenings and community events it participates in and conducts itself. The hospital team is also proud to have been among the top teams at the 2017 American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life held in Follansbee. So at WMC, the commitment is to community health, whether in the hospital, at the doctor’s office or out on a track walking for awareness. For WMC it’s all about you, the community.


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Hotel, restaurants joining commercial strip venture By PAUL GIANNAMORE Staff writer STEUBENVILLE — The Inn and Suites at Franciscan Square Best Western Plus opened nearly 18 months ago and is being joined by the first of what is hoped to be much more development for the commercial strip along University Boulevard being developed through the Franciscan University of Steubenville. The hotel, which in its brief time already has won quality awards from Best Western, offers modern amenities and style with touches that tie it to the Franciscan University of Steubenville, which leads the development of Franciscan Square.

“We drive home our customer service and have received the Chairman’s Award, placing us in the top 5 percent of all Best Western hotels in quality assurance,” said Jay Cruz, general manager. On a tour of the 113room multi-story hotel, Cruz beams with pride, greeting employees and guests while explaining the hotel’s features to a visitor and keeping an eye out for items to assure the hotel maintains its top quality rating. The modern amenities begin with a spacious atrium lobby featuring a business center, a seating area with a fireplace, a breakfast area and couches that resemble crucifixes when viewed from above.

The rooms include multiple suites, with VIP suites featuring hardwood floors and spacious seating and work areas. All rooms have refrigerators and microwaves. Modern fixtures and lighting abound. Cruz, who began working in the hospitality industry in 1983 and worked at many Pittsburgh hotels, says, “I will put our hotel up against any hotel anywhere.” The hotel features two meeting rooms with modern technology for presentations and connectivity. An indoor pool area has a peaceful, spa-like quality. A laundry with two sets of machines is available for guests. High-quality artwork tying the hotel to the uni-

versity abounds, featuring university scenes and athletes and students in various campus settings. The Steubenville City of Murals artworks are throughout the hotel, as are quotations from saints on the walls of the public spaces, from St. Jose Maria Escriva, patron saint of business in the meeting rooms, to St. Theresa of Calcutta along elevator lobby walls to St. Francis and St. John Paul II. The artwork is from Nelson Fine Arts of Steubenville. David Skiviat, the retiring vice president of finance for FUS, has led the Franciscan Square development effort for decades. He said Best Western was chosen as the hotel fran-

chise because it would allow university branding throughout the hotel. In addition to the hotel, restaurants are under construction and soon will open at Franciscan Square. “Most of the development-related activity at Franciscan Square during 2017 was the result of work by SixtyEight Properties,” Skiviat said. Franco Carapellotti and his family have attracted a major national chain, Bennnigan’s, as well as the family-owned Brooklyn Bagels and Rubi’s Pizza and Grill, owned by the people who own Corrado’s at the Fort Steuben Mall. Prospera Hospitality, which operates the inn, will operate the Bennigan’s Irish-American restaurant. See GROWS Page 3B Á



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West Liberty University expanding services By WARREN SCOTT Staff writer WEST LIBERTY — In its 181st year, West Liberty University has expanded its programs and facilities to prepare area students of all ages for a changing local economy and growing world marketplace. West Liberty University has expanded its presence in recent years to include its Highlands Center near Interstate 70 in 2009 and in January, its new Downtown Center at Main Street, Wheeling. Located on the first floor of the Regional Economic Development Partnership building at 1100 Main St., the center will serve as a base of operations for the WLU Foundation’s fundraising and entrepreneurial efforts. A mobile studio of the university’s student-run television

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the new location will allow the university to work more closely with government, nonprofit, civic and arts centered organizations for the betterment of the Greater Wheeling area and Ohio Valley. He and representatives of the WLU Foundation and board of governors were joined by Wheeling officials, chamber

members and others who welcomed the center as the latest in ongoing efforts to revitalize downtown Wheeling. West Liberty University has expanded its influence not only through new facilities, both on and off campus, but also by offering learning opportunities online and abroad. Dec. 9 marked the

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Rubi’s and Brooklyn Bagels are hoped to open within a month, with Bennigan’s to open later in the summer, Carapellotti said. Skiviat said the hope is for Franciscan Square to be more than a commercial strip with a great hotel, nice restaurants and office space. A central green area that will become a gathering spot for live concerts or other activities or for bocce tournaments is included in the plans for the area. “We want it to be more than a place to grab a cup of coffee on the way to work. This will really be a special venue in this community. All of us who have traveled to other communities know of these kinds of places that create a special place in their cities and towns. We’re happy that we can have something like this,” he said. “We really wanted to create a public space where we could hold an evening concert or bocce on the square or other events. We hope it will evolve. The idea of having the restaurants in place is the key to that. Get some coffee or a calzone or a pizza or stop at Bennigan’s and then this is a place where the community comes together on a summer evening,” he said. A traffic signal has been installed and will ease vehicle ingress to Franciscan Square and the main entrance to FUS as well as pedestrian crossings from the university to and from Franciscan Square. Carapellotti said he


A n a r is t ’ s r e n d er i n g o f F r a nc is c an S qu a r e s h o w s w h a t f u t u r e de v el o p m en t a n d a c o m m u n it y g r e e n s p ac e c o ul d l o o k l i k e .

and his family, including his mother Rita, brother Michael and sister Nikki, are happy to do something positive for the community through SixtyEight Properties. “Hopefully, we can work with Franciscan to further develop their vision here,” he said. He and Skiviat said that vision includes the development of office space in future construction. Carapellotti said younger people need to recognize Steubenville as a good place to do business and live. “We are doing a lot better than people think. We need to focus on the good, rather than focus on the negative, or creating the negative,” Carapellotti said. “A lot of young people are choosing to stay here more and more and they’re excited about it. Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Columbus are all within driving distance, but the cost of

living is better here. Hopefully, more people start to take advantage of that.” Skiviat said the university’s choice to develop Franciscan Square was a longterm commitment. The site had been unattractive to outside developers because it had been a landfill in the early 20th century, was hemmed in by a big hillside, had odd topography and required relocation of a 20-inch city water main and other utilities before making sites ready to build. “It took an entity like Franciscan University, because of our

proximity, to say this is where we want to do a project. We did this on University Boulevard because we wanted it to be a hospitality venue with restaurants and the hotel, not just to serve the university but the community at large,” he said. Skiviat noted one of the divine gifts of the Franciscans is hospitality, so such development fits well with the university’s mission. Franciscan Square was discussed in the early part of the 21st century, developed into a concept and went on hold with the recession of 2008.

Meanwhile, the 1960s-era university hotel along University Boulevard was in need of updating and the university wanted to repurpose it into student residence space. The university wanted a venue to serve visitors to the university and families coming from out of town to see family living here. Skiviat said it was hard to attract national chain restaurants because they look only at certain metrics. “I really want to acknowledge the persistence of Franco Carapellotti in pursuing a national chain

sit-down restaurant for our community,” he said of Bennigan’s. “I believe it is going to be a great addition for the community and certainly for guests of the hotel. The company chief executive really emphasized the brand is focused on Irish hospitality with American fare, a concept built around Irish hospitality. I think that will blend well with the Franciscan tradition.” Metrics don’t measure emotion and attachment and community pride. The vision began to take shape with the inn, and general manager Cruz says the community needs to discover its hidden gem. He said groups coming into town for meetings or in need of group reservations may contact him or sales director Nicole Adamski at (740) 7928050. Beyond calling for service, Cruz said area residents are invited to see the Inn and Suites at Franciscan Square Best Western Plus for themselves by calling and arranging a tour. “Come and see it for yourselves. Call and take a tour. We’re so proud,” he said.

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HealthWays announces new treatment center From staff reports BEECH BOTTOM — Terry Kiser, chief executive officer of HealthWays Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of Miracles Blossom, a 10bed residential treatment facility for women with substance addiction. It is expected to open in Beech Bottom in May. Miracles Blossom will be located on Church Street. The building was purchased in November and is undergoing renovations. Miracles Blossom is being designed after Miracles Happen, a 10-bed residential treatment facility for men with substance addiction in Wheeling. The two programs are subdivisions of HealthWays Inc. Kiser said, “Health-

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Poll workers sought by election board From staff reports STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Board of Elections is looking for responsible people to be poll workers at upcoming elections. Daria Mackey, a board of elections employee, said the board appreciates the poll workers who come back election after election, but there is a need for people to man the polls in outlying areas of the county. There are 71 precincts in the county, with four workers needed at every precinct. The board of elections also needs people who will be on standby in case a regular poll worker can’t work, Mackey said. All poll workers go through training prior to an election, including those on standby. “It is one of the best ways to see how the voting process works,” said Cacharel Tatar, board of elections employee. “Without poll workers, there would be no election.” “They are the backbone of a successful election,” Mackey said. “They

do the lions share of the work on Election Day. It is exciting, but it is a long day.” Diane Gribble, board of elections director, said there have been changes in technology at the polling locations. “With every change, it is on the backs of the poll workers,” Gribble said. Tatar said organizations can have members be poll workers on Election Day and then donate the pay to the organization. “It is a great fundraiser,” Gribble said. Poll workers are paid $135 for training and working the polls. The voting location manager is paid $145 for training and working the polls. “Being a poll worker is great for any organization that requires community service,” Tatar said. Mackey said it is harder now to get poll workers because many families have both parents working. Retired parents also spend a lot of time babysitting grandchildren, she said. There was a time when poll workers considered it their civic duty.

Standby poll workers may get a call at 5 a.m. on Election Day to come to work at the polls. Gribble said being registered to vote is the only qualification needed to be a poll worker. Poll worker training will be scheduled in April, as the board of elections is gearing up for the May 8 primary election. Voters again will be using electronic poll books when they come to the polls. Gribble said the electronic poll books replaced the books poll workers used in the process of checking in voters at the polls. There were battery power problems

in the November general election with the electronic polls books. Gribble said the manufacturer of the electronic poll books will be meeting with the board of elections to make sure the problem doesn’t resurface. She noted the poll books will be plugged into an electrical outlet. Voters no longer have to look for the check-in table at their precinct, especially with polling places having more than one precinct, Gribble said. Voters now go to a table with the electronic poll books. Voters will swipe their driver’s license or state identification card to verify they are registered to vote, Gribble said. A poll worker will type in the person’s name if he or she doesn’t have a driver’s license or identification card. The person signs the electronic poll book

instead of the paper poll book, she said. The electronic poll books allow the line of voters to move quicker to the actual polls to cast a ballot. “There is no waiting in line. If there are 10 people waiting to check in at a precinct, then a precinct less busy will be able to take the overflow,” Gribble said. The poll worker encodes the correct ballot and places the access card in a voting machine. The access card will pull up the correct ballot for the voter, allowing voters to use any of the open machines at the polling location with more than one precinct, Gribble said. “In a large election, it will be relatively quick to check in, go vote and be done,” she said. If a person goes to the wrong voting location, the poll worker will be able to check voting records countywide using the electronic poll book and send the voter to the correct location, according to Gribble. With the paper poll books, the poll workers would have had to call the board of elections office to check on the correct voting location. Persons who have to vote using a provisional ballot will be sent to another check-in table to complete the application to vote a provisional ballot. Gribble said that will save time for other voters

because the provisional ballot application was done at the check-in table with the old paper poll books, causing a delay for other voters checking in. The electronic poll book will guarantee the correct ballot information on the access card, reducing human error in encoding the wrong ballot information, Gribble said. Voters will still have the option of requesting a paper ballot. In a partisan election, voters will be able to choose on the tablet which party ballot they want. Gribble said some voters didn’t like the idea of having to say out loud to the poll worker which partisan ballot they wanted to vote. The board of elections the day after the election will download the party ballot chosen for voters and update voting records, Gribble said. Persons wanting to vote in the May 8 primary election have until April 9 — the voter registration deadline — to update their address or name changes. Contact the board of elections at (740) 283-8522 to request a voter registration form. The forms also are available at the license bureau and public libraries or online at In-person voting at the board of elections begins on April 10, as well as requests for absentee ballots.

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to Thailand this year, and has added a major in teaching English to nonnative speakers. Maureen Zambito, director of media relations at WLU, noted that in addition to the many skilled individuals who have passed from the university’s doors into the work force, a study by West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research has shown

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Country’s largest Catholic health care organization formed By PAUL GIANNAMORE Staff writer STEUBENVILLE — Exciting times are ahead for Trinity Health System as parent Catholic Health Initiatives merges with Dignity Health, forming the largest Catholic health care organization in the nation. The merged entity will have 139 hospitals, 159,000 employees, 25,000 physicians, a presence in 28 states and revenues nationally of $28.4 billion. Locally, Trinity has a total of 1,927 employees and an annual payroll of $98 million. Matt Grimshaw, who became Trinity’s chief executive officer during 2017, said, “As part of a national system with that size, scope and expertise, we can thrive as a commu-

nity hospital by leveraging the best of the best and replicating it here. We no longer have to solve everything on our own. We will be a part of a network of hospitals of all shapes and sizes who have overcome many of the challenges we face today. “It’s all about identifying resources and solutions, which we can implement here, to improve the quality and service we provide to this community. That’s the value of being part of a national organization.” Grimshaw continued, “High quality care, delivered in a connected way accessible to where you live and work, that is our mission. That is why our founding organizations were here, to care for this community, and it is the legacy we will continue to live out.”

Trinity was formed with two hospitals in the city at the time, the former Ohio Valley Hospital and the former St. John Medical Center, coming together 20 years ago. A master facilities plan has been in development for several years. “It will allow us to consolidate our hospital services on the West campus, and we are very close to being able to communicate publicly on what that looks like and when it will happen,” Grimshaw said. “The master facilities planning project focuses on — and we’ve been working on it for a long time — how to become one Trinity,” he said. “It’s taken a lot of different forms during those conversations over the last 20 years.” In the more immediate future, a new Trinity facili-

ty is coming to Harrison County in the spring, offering a seven-day-a-week alternative to the emergency room. “If you look at our patient volumes, the emergency room is constant, but we have seen growth in Express Care. We believe it is a more appropriate use of health care resources, and we are excited to be able to provide it and to expand it into Harrison County,” said Grimshaw. The number of Express Care visits has grown and continues to do so. In 2016, there were 23,400, with the number growing to 24,600 patient visits in 2017. At the emergency room at Trinity Medical Center West, there were 45,000 visits in 2016 and 44,300 in 2017. Trinity continues to grow its services to meet the area’s needs. Outpa-

tient surgery numbers have grown, with a fulltime urologist, Dr. Gary Tan, and a full-time orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Aashish Jog, contributing to an uptick in outpatient surgery numbers during the past six months. “People are choosing to have their elective outpatient surgeries at Trinity,” Grimshaw said. “The future of health care really depends on our ability to deliver high-quality, lowcost services, and outpatient is really where the future growth is and needs to be. It’s been a big part of our growth during the past six months and we anticipate further growth in the future.” “During the past six months, we’ve worked at aligning benefits across the See TRINITY Page 7C Á



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Montani Semper Liberi makes a return From staff reports NEW CUMBERLAND — Montani Semper Liberi Music and Art at Oak Glen, a three-day celebration of music, the arts and cultural heritage, will return to the Oak Glen complex March 911 for the fourth consecutive year. Once again, the event will feature a roster comprised of nationally and internationally renowned Roots and Americana touring artists, as well as a number of local and regional acts. There will be 16 Little Theatre/Main Stage performances spread out over four sessions during the three days. To further promote the family-friendly intentions of the annual festival, all children now will be admitted free to the Main Stage performances. Those age 12 and under, however, must be accompanied by an adult. In addition to the Little Theatre offerings, there will be a large commons area showcasing area crafters, vendors and artisans, plus a Hall Visual Arts Gallery displaying the works of regional artists and photographers, along with an alternate stage, the Porch, with a full and diverse roster of entertainment, according to organizers. Admission to all commons area, hall gallery and porch activities, events and displays will be free to all ages. Headliners for year’s Main Stage concerts include: ¯ Hackensaw Boys: “Before string bands were a thing in popular culture ... before the Avett Brothers ... before Mumford & Sons ... the Hackensaw Boys were mixing bluegrass and old time music with a punk attitude and reshaping what a



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modern old school string band could sound like.” ¯ Saving Country Music/The War and Treaty: Their distinctive sound is an emotionally charged blend of roots music, bluegrass, folk, gospel and soul. Rolling Stone rated them among the very best at AmericanaFest 2017. ¯ Cedric Burnside Project: Grandson of Mississippi Hill Country blues legend R.L. Burnside, he is the four-time recipient of the Blues Music Award’s “Drummer of the Year” and widely regarded as one of the world’s great drummers, also an accomplished acoustic blues guitarist. ¯ Hillbilly Gypsies: Twice honored as West Virginia’s Band of the Year, they still perform their high energy live shows “old fashioned style,” playing around a single vintage ribbon microphone. ¯ Molly Tuttle: Recently recognized as the International Bluegrass Music Association Guitar Player of the Year, the first female to achieve that honor, the 24year-old California native is known for her flatpicking,

claw-hammer and crosspicking guitar prowess. ¯ Possessed by Paul James: Recognized as “one of 20 most important singer / songwriters of our time” by No Depression, the ultra passionate Possessed by Paul James (Konnor Wert) has been called a “one man folk wonder” by the New York Times and listed among their Top 10 Live Shows. ¯ Dori Freeman: In 2016, Rolling Stone proclaimed her “a strong contender for Americana debut of the year” and the New York Times credited her first release (produced by Teddy Thompson) as one of that year’s best albums. Only 26 and still early in her career, Dori Freeman continues to stay true to her Appalachian roots. ¯ The Early Mays with Cellist Nicole Myers: From Mountain Stage to major folk festivals, the Early Mays sing Appalachianinspired songs over lush accompaniment. “What a beautiful, beautiful harmony sound...” - Larry Groce, NPR’s Mountain Stage. Several Tri-State Area


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favorites are among the other acts scheduled to perform, including: Sharyn Vinci & da Boyz, the Mojo Trio, Echo Valley, Doug Smith, Mulefactory, Ben Flint and the Wilson Mountain Ramblers. In addition, In Memory of Brett Hartenbach, a gathering of the East Liverpool native’s family and friends (including Rachael Davis, with whom Brett toured for nearly eight years) is scheduled for the festival’s final afternoon.

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From staff reports STEUBENVILLE — The Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority continues to expand services to its riders, adding a run to Robinson Township, Pa., in 2017. Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority buses last year had a ridership of 162,471 passengers. SVRTA Transit Manager Frank Bovina said last year’s ridership figure represents a rebound, with a ridership increase by 5,400 over 2016, about a 3.5 percent increase. The service officially began operating in 1995, several years after the city of Steubenville and the village of Mingo Junction banded together to form a regional transit authority that currently logs roughly 212,000 miles a year. “We’re actually providing more trips than the total population of Jefferson County on an annual basis,” Bovina said. “We feel we’ve done a pretty good job providing service to the area.” SVRTA provides bus services in

Steubenville, Mingo Junction and Wintersville. Saturday service to Robinson Township was initiated during the Christmas holidays and proved popular enough that the authority is continuing the service through 2018. “And, we’re looking, in addition, to provide service on weekdays. It’s under study,” Bovina said. The Robinson runs begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays, with the last trip leaving at 5 p.m. Riders wanting to use the service should call SVRTA to reserve a seat in advance because seating on the bus is limited. The impetus for starting a weekday Robinson service would be to serve employees in the area needing to reach jobs in the Robinson Township and Pittsburgh areas, Bovina explained. Steubenville and Mingo Junction agreed to add Wintersville to the transit authority, with voters in all three communities supporting a levy since November 2014 for the transit service. Bovina said the levy was approved in

every precinct in Wintersville, Steubenville and Mingo Junction. Bovina said Wintersville has a combination of fixed and flexible routes in the village. SVRTA’s Wintersville flexible service route can be utilized by calling (740) 282-6145 and telling SVRTA staff the desired pickup and return times. SVRTA officials recommend calling 24 hours in advance to ensure the request can be met. These requests are on a first-come, firstserved basis. The fixed route in Wintersville goes from the Fort Steuben Mall out Main Street in Wintersville to Canton Road, ending at Kings Family Restaurant and back through Springdale Avenue to Main Street. SVRTA has seven daily routes, including Wintersville, and the Saturday schedule that includes the Robinson run. One of the daily routes is an alternating service between Mingo Junction and Wintersville, with a common stop at the Fort Steuben Mall. The Saturday SVRTA service is exclusively running in

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Ace Optical going strong since 1949 From staff reports STEUBENVILLE — Optics and fashion sometimes collide in the optical eyewear industry, and a city business works hard to guide their customers through the process. The Ace Optical Co. has been serving the area since 1949. The completely remodeled optical shop is located at 153 N. Fourth St., a site it has occupied since 1973. “We can fill any doctor’s prescription, providing that it is current. It’s like a drug prescription, you can price shop, then have it filled wherever you like,” said Raymond Agresta, owner. “You do not need to get your eyes examined here to purchase eyeglasses from us, however we have offered eye

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exams for both eyeglasses and contact lens by an independent doctor of optometry for more than 20 years.” Agresta was quick to point out, “I am not a doctor. I am a licensed optician as required by the state of Ohio.” Over the years, the optical industry has evolved into a fashion industry, he said. Like numerous other businesses, the industry has found itself experiencing a “what goes around comes around” situation. “We carry several frame lines. Many of the Ray-Ban frames have a very strong 1960s influence in their design. Ace Optical also carries WileyX, a highperformance line of sunglasses and safety glasses,” he said. Agresta noted the

WileyX products are great for bikers, hunters and anyone with an active lifestyle. WileyX is a major supplier to the U.S. military. “We have been doing business in downtown Steubenville since the 1940s and we are proud of that. I think the personalized attention customers receive from downtown merchants is second to none,” said Agresta. “The cost of eyewear has risen over the years, and consumers need to know they can bring their prescription to Ace Optical and save money.” “At Ace Optical, we’ve got your look,” he said. Contact Ace Optical at (740) 283-2461 and online at


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up, Bovina said. He said the seat belts can make a difference in a sudden stop. The buses are equipped with Wi-Fi Internet capability. Parents of small children are able to strap in child safety seats on the newer buses, Bovina said. Bovina said SVRTA is studying smaller vehicles, which can get better gas mileage, especially for the paratransit vehicles. The transit authority switched from diesel fuel to gasoline and now is looking at natural gas-powered vehicles, he said. The natural gas-powered vehicles would require a separate building for filling up the buses. Bovina said SVRTA is looking into finding qualified individuals to provide a survey that could lead to a grant for an in-depth study on a natural gas fleet. “We would hope to be partnering with other groups within Jefferson County that may be interested in developing the same capability,” he said. SVRTA has a cell phone app so residents can check schedules. The app allows a resident to enter where they want to go and when, and the app shows the schedule. Bovina said SVRTA is looking to further coordinate with the Weirton Transit Corp. on trips. Bovina said the transit authority still is looking for a connection to the Rayland area to meet with the Ohio Valley Regional Transit Authority operating in Ohio and West Virginia. “That remains on the agenda. The board’s goal is hopefully sometime to have an effectively coordinated service to allow you to go anywhere on both sides of the river between Wheeling and Steubenville,” he said. Service expansions can be difficult beyond what the federal government recognizes as the urbanized Steubenville-Weirton area, where the primary population lives for Jefferson County, as well as Brooke and Hancock counties. Additional federal funding is not available beyond the urban area. SVRTA is governed by an eight-member board. There are four from Steubenville and two each from Mingo Junction and Wintersville. The main building on Adams Street was built in the late 1990s and a passenger terminal was added in 2003. “Financially, we are in pretty good shape. We are not looking at any increase in fares. We did a five-year

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ership peaked at about 220,000 a year during the free period, but even with fares restored, SVRTA is maintaining about 74 percent of the free peak levels. Bovina said the peak time for ridership is from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Bovina said SVRTA provides paratransit service in Steubenville and Mingo Junction, with three smaller paratransit vehicles purchased in 2016. The small vehicles, Bovina said, have one wheelchair position and seating for an additional four people. Larger passenger buses serve the paratransit service as the schedule demands. There are seven buses operating at any given time, Bovina said. There are 14 vehicles in the fleet. The 22-passenger buses have wheelchair lifts and can accommodate two wheelchairs at a time. The fare for riding the bus is 50 cents, with senior citizens paying 25 cents. Residents can buy a $30 annual pass. Bovina said 60 percent of the riders pay as they use the service. Bovina said SVRTA relies on federal funding for operations, but the funding has been flat during the past several years. The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Office of Transit funnels additional money to transit authorities around the state on a competitive basis through the Ohio Transit Preservation Partnership Program. “It has allowed us to bring in some additional federal dollars that the federal government isn’t directly allocating to us,” said Bovina. The 1.5-mill local transit levy provides about $500,000 annually to supplement federal and state dollars in a total budget for SVRTA of about $1.6 million. Bovina said transit authorities nationwide are facing tight financial conditions because federal funding has not kept pace with needs. The state money helps with maintenance and vehicle replacement. SVRTA will receive about $400,000 from the state for its budget for 2017, or about 80 percent of the amount of the local money. “It is keeping us whole. I don’t think we could pass a higher levy. We would need to increase fares significantly without the money,” he said. Each of the SVRTA buses have seat belts and passengers are encouraged to buckle

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restoration work was performed at the office to get it back into shape. “We were hit with the flood in 2016,” he said. “A lot of people thought we closed up for good, but that’s not the case.” He continues to accept patients, both old and new, and works with all insurance programs. “We accept all insurances, including Ohio Medicaid,” Pipo said. The office is open Mondays through Thursdays, from 7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. They can be contacted by phone at (304) 5274444 or by fax at (304) 527-0869. Pipo, who said he will turn 60 years old this year, is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard, a graduate of West Virginia Univeristy, served as president of the former Follansbee Kiwanis Club and is a current member of the Wheeling District Dental Society and the American Dental Association.

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Trinity East and West work forces, aligning the compensation, standardizing how the back offices operate to set the framework to be a single organization, as opposed to being disconnected,” he said. That effort has expanded so that this year, Trinity Hospital Twin City in Dennison will be folded into the Trinity system, with the goal of becoming one Trinity. Trinity has 278 staffed beds in Steubenville and a dozen at Twin City. “From the standpoint of the patient, the consumer, the employee, everything should resonate the same way. You should expect to receive consistent medical care and a consistent patient experience,” Grimshaw said. He noted one of his goals is to enable employees to take their skills, abilities and experiences and be able to seamlessly, as much as possible, translate that work to different locations or departments within Trinity. “We are committed to becoming a seamless organization for patients, the community and our staff,” he said. Trinity also is working to improve primary care access, focusing on long-term individual health benefits by fostering an established relationship with a primary care provider. Trinity has added Dr. Coleen Hart, an internal medicine physician, as well as several nurse practitioners and anticipates a new family physician to join Trinity in the spring. At Cadiz, where the new Express Care is nearing completion, a full-time primary care unit will be established, offering specialists, a clinic, lab and radiology services. “Everything Harrison County needs, we will be able to provide. It’s part of the changing realities of Harrison County, and we want to offer what we feel are vital services for the future,” he said.

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Trinity will offer outreach clinics there, with a broad range of specialists available. “Trinity offers a full range of comprehensive services, as well as medical and surgical specialties that are unmatched in the region,” Grimshaw said. The list includes rheumatology, pulmonary services, gastrointestinal services, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, neurology and more. “We have the full complement, full time in the community. We are the one organization offering the full range of services, the broadest scope of services in the area between Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Columbus. Trinity currently has 55 physicians on staff and 44 advanced practice providers, with more to come. “What Trinity offers is comprehensive care right here in the community. And, not only do we offer it, but our outcomes are the best. We are the only four-star rated hospital by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. We are the only one with the Blue Distinction Plus designation from Blue Cross in the region. We’re the only one that U.S. News recognized as a high performer in any of their specialties in the area,” Grimshaw said. “It’s not anything that we’ve applied for. It’s the outcomes. The outcomes deliver the results,” he continued. “We have a fully accredited chest pain center, a bariatric program that is a full center of excell e n c e and a breast imaging program that is the only one in the r e g i o n with the comprehensive breast care designation. “The reality is that we offer more comprehensive services with the outcomes that are the best in the region,” he said.

Trinity’s interventional cardiovascular program is top among CHI’s own hospitals for risk-adjusted survival rates. During the six months from July to December, 1,485 peripheral/cath lab procedures were performed. For all of fiscal 2017, 1,117 were performed. “Our interventional cardiology program here is a first-rate, top-shelf program and patients can feel very comfortable coming here for cardiovascular care. Our team of experts does an outstanding job of taking care of our heart patients,” he said. The top-shelf offerings by Trinity also are exemplified by the Tony Teramana Cancer Center, the only full-service cancer center in the region that combines the best of cancer medicine offered by Allegheny Health Network and UPMC. “It’s the only place anywhere that both of these world-renowned, world-class programs collaborate for patient care,” he said. The area leads Ohio in cancer diagnosis, so the center meets a vital need in the community. “Clinically, there is no need to go anywhere else. Anything our community needs, we offer right here, with highly reputable physicians at the cancer center on a regular basis,” he said, noting the consistency of personnel there. The Teramana Cancer Center chose 2017 as the year for a smoking cessation prevention program. More than 1,000 patients who were smokers were educated on the benefits of smoking cessation, with a Freedom from Smoking flier distributed to each patient. Some received the information more than once because they were rehospitalized and had not stopped smoking. Nine free screening programs were offered to the community, serving residents ranging in age from 12-92. The programs included: ¯ Skin screenings: Dr. Craig Oser, a Trinity plastic surgeon, volunteered his time at six screening events in 2017, covering 196 participants. Of those, 80 required follow-up

visits with six receiving a positive diagnosis. ¯ Prostate screening — The annual screening was hosted at the cancer center in April as part of Minority Health Month, in conjunction with the Urban Mission, which secured a grant, the Women in action Against Cancer Coalition and the Purple Palooza Fund. Dr. Mark Trombetta, radiation oncologist, and Dr. Hugo Andreini, urologist, performed 25 exams and PSA blood tests on minority men age 40 and older. There were three abnormal findings and two positive diagnoses. ¯ Head and neck screening: Trombetta and Dr. Paul DiBiasi, otolaryngologist, volunteered to see nine adult participants. Four were referred for follow-up visits, including a woman who asked to have a spot on her leg checked, which led to a positive skin cancer diagnosis. ¯ Breast screening: Trinity Health System was a Susan G. Komen grant recipient and provided education, clinical breast exams and mammograms to 22 women and men, ages 40 or older, who are uninsured or underinsured and meet income standards. There were nine abnormalities found and were followed up with diagnostic tests also paid through the Komen project. No cancers were identified. Trinity’s patient navigator at the cancer center guided patients who went through screenings from scheduling through diagnosis, helping schedule follow-up appointments for those who needed them and helping identify barriers to treatment. All patients received a $10 gas card as an incentive and to alleviate transportation barriers. Any patient with financial barriers to follow-up treatment was offered assistance through the Beyond Pink Fund or the Purple Palooza Fund. The lung cancer screening program continued monitoring a dozen patients enrolled with Dr. John Hyland. The patient navigator works closely with Hyland to be sure proper tests are

ordered at the appropriate time, following the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines. The Purple Palooza Fund is available to these patients to be sure there is no out-ofpocket expense. In addition, the cancer center took part in nine health fairs during 2017, providing information on smoking cessation, skin cancer, Pap smears and mammograms. The sports medicine and orthopedics program at Trinity continues to be not only comprehensive but worldleading. “Dr. Michael Scarpone and the team at Trinity Sports Medicine have experienced tremendous growth. They’re the best in the world, with cuttingedge protocols, treatments and procedures being done here,” Grimshaw said. The program is using cutting-edge protocols for treatments and procedures, including development of innovative solutions for common joint injuries. In conjunction with the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Scarpone and his team members are using stem cell injections into damaged joints to heal injuries. “It’s a Catholic hospital and a Catholic university collaborating in the stem cell space, leading and defining how it plays out on an international and national scale, and it’s happening here every day, in the Franciscan University of Steubenville lab and with Dr. Scarpone,” Grimshaw said. Scarpone’s method uses the patient’s own stem cells, drawn from bone marrow that is run through a machine to separate the stem cells, thus avoiding the controversial method of using fetal stem cells. Trinity conducted its first ankle transplant — a procedure that was only being done in major metropolitan hospitals — three years ago. Orthopedic surgeries have

increased by 33 percent comparing the first half of fiscal 2018 to all of fiscal 2017. Other major areas of growth for Trinity Health System include: ¯ A bariatric surgery program that has advanced during the past two years with a full-time physician in practice at Trinity. Within its first two years, the service launched with Dr. Joseph Colella received full accreditation and shows outstanding clinical outcomes. ¯ Women’s health continues to grow, with a partnership with C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. bringing care to more women who need it. Additional providers are being recruited to keep up with the demand. There were 264 births at Trinity from July through December, compared with 230 for all of fiscal year 2017 (from July 2016 to the end of June 2017). ¯ Trinity performs more robotic surgeries than any other facility in the region, with general surgery, women’s health, urology and, soon, cardiology and other specialties. Trinity has demonstrated advances and improved outcomes through the use of technology. ¯ Trinity’s School of Nursing has been a part of the fabric of the community since 1917. “We’ve been training nurses to care for our communities for 100 years, and we are thrilled to be able to partner with Eastern Gateway Community College to find a new home for our nursing school, to allow our students to learn side by side with their students in a state-of-theart environment,” Grimshaw said. “This enables us to continue to recruit, attract, develop and retain the work force of tomorrow. We felt it vital for the school of nursing to be in a new modern space. We believe it is a significant advancement in the school of nursing and gives it the ability to thrive for the next 100 years.”

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UPS store in Steubenville gets awarded From staff reports STEUBENVILLE — The UPS Store in Steubenville is proud to announce that its tiny store received the national top 10 percent revenue growth award 10 times in 2017. The UPS Store corporate offices present the awards to stores that increased revenue by at least 10 percent in same store in different sales categories when compared to the previous year’s sales. Those revenue numbers also must put them in the top 10 percent, nationwide, among the more than 4,000 stores in the UPS Store franchise network. The UPS Store in Steubenville was awarded 10 percent growth in packaging services for January, February, April, May and June 2017. The store received the same award for its shipping sales in June. The store also received a top 10 percent growth award for its printing services in February, March, August and November 2017. Stephanie Rivers, a Navy widow and single mother of five children, became the sole owner of store and she has received these revenue growth awards a

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total of 26 times since May 2015. Rivers said her goal is to continue the growth pattern for the store’s printing, binding and document shredding services. The store has a

graphic designer on staff to help polish all of a customer’s printing needs from business cards, marketing flyers or wideformat poster needs. The store also has notaries on staff and provides travelling

notary services within Jefferson County for a small fee, with appointments made ahead of time. Its newest offered service is secured document shredding in small or bulk amounts. The locally

owned business is a one-stop shop for various printing, packaging and shipping needs. The store offers UPS, post office and DHL International shipping overseas. The UPS Store in

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Barnes & Noble bringing bookstore to campuses E a s t e r n G a t e w a y C o m m u ni t y C o l le g e P r es i d en t J im m i e B r uc e s ai d h e a n d o f f i c i al s w i t h t h e c o l le g e a r e ex c it e d a b ou t a r e c e n t ly a nn o u nc ed mu l ti -y ea r c on t r a ct w i t h Bar n e s & N ob l e Ed u ca ti on I n c., mea n i ng a b o oksto r e on the S te u be n v il l e a nd Yo u ngst o w n ca m pu se s .

By JESS LOOMAN Staff correspondent STEUBENVILLE — Eastern Gateway Community College is excited for 2018 and recently announced a multi-year contract with Barnes & Noble Education Inc. According to college President Jimmie Bruce, Barnes & Noble Education Inc., a leading provider of education products and services solutions for higher education and K-12 institutions, will provide a full suite of solutions. These solutions include bookstore operations; an institutionwide learning management system called Loud Cloud; a predictive analytics offering known as Loud Sight; and digital course-

ware to the students, faculty and advisers at EGCC. “These solutions are expected to help drive our enrollment growth and ultimately improve student retention,” Bruce explained. And, the Steubenville and Youngstown campuses will have new Barnes & Noble bookstores. “The bookstore in Steubenville will be part of the newly renovated Success Center, and the one in Youngstown will include a Starbuck’s cafe,” Bruce noted. The aforementioned Success Center is a part of the $1.8 million renovation that the Steubenville campus will undergo this year. Construction is set to begin this month.

“The center will include the new bookstore, a coffee and beverage cafe, newly remodeled student and career service space and a state-of-the-art student tutoring center,” Bruce stated. Through funds provided by the citizens of Jefferson County, the Steubenville campus also will see upgraded safety and security, including new access areas, safer flow in and out of the building and security camera. In addition to the new bookstore and Starbuck’s at the Youngstown campus, the college is partnering with a local group to expand its classroom, office and student space. “This will include an expansion to a third build-

ing in downtown Youngstown,” Bruce added. EGCC’s current enrollment at the Steubenville and Youngstown campuses and in the high schools in the four-county service district (Jefferson, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull) currently stands at 3,000. More than 6,000 students in more than 40 states attend classes online. “After our spring 2 start in March, our enrollment will be approaching 10,000 students,” Bruce said. Tuition is currently $117 per credit hour, one of the lowest in the state, Bruce stated. The average annual tuition cost at EGCC is $3,500 for a full-time student, whereas the average

at other two-year college in Ohio is $4,500. One perk for Jefferson County high school graduates is the Horizon grant, which covers the cost of tuition for graduates that reach a 2.5 grade-point average and enroll for the first semester at EGCC after high school graduation. “The Jefferson County levy makes this possible,” Bruce pointed out. “The levy also allows us to award other scholarships, including six for full tuition and fees to our top high school graduates. There is a comparable grant (Gateway Grant) for students in the other counties in our service district.” See EGCC Page 3D Á



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Bethany providing a quality education From staff reports BETHANY — For more than 175 years Bethany College has provided a quality education to numerous students, with alumni going on to distinguished careers as business executives, judges, attorneys, authors, actors and many other professions. The college offers bach-

elor’s degrees in more than 25 fields of study, including programs in cybersecurity, cybersecurity information assurance and international business added last year. Bethany College also has formed partnerships with several universities that allow its students to begin their college educations at Bethany before going on to pursue degrees in engi-

neering, law, veterinary medicine and other programs of study. For example, students may earn a bachelor’s degree at Bethany in three years before going on to earn a bachelor of science degree in engineering in just two years at Case-Western Reserve University. Those interested in the field of law may complete

their undergraduate studies in three years at Bethany before going on to earn a law degree at Duquesne University in three years if attending full time or four if attending night school. In cooperation with Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Bethany stu-

dents also may enroll in an accelerated master’s program that enables them to earn a bachelor’s degree from Bethany and a master’s degree in much less time than normally required. Through the arrangement with Carnegie Mellon, Bethany students may See QUALITY Page 6D Á

Wheeling Hospital growing to meet new needs From staff reports CADIZ — When Wheeling Hospital acquired Harrison Community Hospital a year ago, a promise was made to enhance

health care for the county and beyond — a promise HCH officials are confident is being kept. “We said HCH is a gem and the residents of this area deserve

additional physician and specialty care,” said John DeBlasis, a vice president at Wheeling Hospital who also serves as HCH director. “We’ve delivered on that

promise and there is still more to come. “We increased the number of specialists and are offering more services than ever,” DeBlasis continued. “It’s our plan to con-

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tinue bringing even more enhanced health care to HCH. Wheeling Hospital is the region’s leader in health care and many of its services are recognized as among the best in the nation. It’s that know-how and experience that help HCH continue to grow.” HCH is a 25-bed nonprofit facility. DeBlasis said its employees have been very receptive to the association with Wheeling Hospital and view the partnership as a positive for the area, especially given access to Wheeling Hospital’s expertise and services. “HCH has a great staff; they’re very passionate about their jobs and, more importantly, about their patients,” said DeBlasis. “When you go somewhere as a patient, you expect a certain level of care and professionalism. From my perspective, the bar has been raised at HCH to exceed that expectation.” DeBlasis said HCH has added new physicians, specialists and equipment over the past year. He added that soon, both hospitals will be able to communicate electronically, through computers, so staffs at each facility can view patients’ medical histories, medications and other related information, making it easier for health care

teams at both hospitals to work together on patients’ cases at HCH. “Although the acquisition by Wheeling Hospital has led to some changes in Harrison County, the message and goals have remained the same — providing quality health care opportunities right here in the county so they don’t have to travel far from their homes to find that kind of service,” DeBlasis explained. He said HCH is blessed to have Dr. Dan Jones as its medical director, adding, “Dr. Jones is wellrespected throughout the county and surrounding area. He is compassionate, dedicated and truly cares about helping make HCH the best it can be.” Services offered at HCH include 24-hour emergency room; cancer care (chemotherapy); surgical services; lab services; advanced imaging, including MRI; vascular studies; cardiology; cardiac rehab; physical, speech and occupational therapy; skilled in-house nursing services; sleep studies; ob/gyn care; pain management; urology; ear, nose and throat; audiology; podiatry; pulmonary; gastroenterology; general and primary care services; family medicine; orthopedics; and plastic surgery.

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Window World handles many remodeling needs From staff reports When most folks think of Window World, they recall three guys standing on windows. That picture speaks to the strength of the company’s double pane double strength glass, and the family culture of the company. Window World, serving all of the Ohio Valley, is that and so much more. Nationally, Window

World installs more than 1 million windows each year, and has been for the past nine years. Locally, the local Window World, serving all of the Ohio Valley, including Wheeling and surrounding areas, continues to grow by double digits. So, what’s the attraction? Co-owner Fred Moran has the answer. “It’s really pretty simple,� Fred Moran said. “People appreciate that we

don’t pressure them into purchasing from us. We carry quality products, at a fair price, with an iron clad warranty. Homeowners buy with confidence, and they know that we are there for them should a problem arise.� In addition to replacement windows in virtually every style and size, Window World offers entry doors, garage doors and vinyl siding. “With home

values rising, this is the age of home improvement,� said Fred’s son Pat Moran. “Not only will these exterior remodeling projects add comfort and beauty, they add resale value to the home as well.� The Moran Group of Window World franchises soon will be adding roofing to its offering of exterior remodeling products of windows, doors and siding. “We look forward having

our roofing division up and running mid-year and will be hiring eight to 12 additional people to handle it,â€? said Fred Moran. Fred, son Pat and grandson Patrick, are owners of six Window World franchise locations in Steubenville/Wheeling, Youngstown, Cleveland, Akron, Toledo and Pittsburgh. See NEEDS Page 5D Ă

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According to Bruce, there also are many scholarships for which student can apply. The college’s foundation is close to a target of 50 $5,000 scholarships. The college offers the following programs: ¯ Health: Dental assisting, health information management, medical coding, medical maching transcription, medical scribe, health services, central service technician, medical assisting, patient home navigator, LPN to AND, practical nursing, radiologic technology and respiratory therapy. ¯ Public services/public safety: Criminal justice, criminal justice with police academy option, law enforcement academy, environmental science and paramedic. ¯ Engineer-

ing/IT/machining: Internet and interactive digital media, drafting and design, electrical and electronics, programmable logic, welding, electro-mechanical engineering, information technology and machining. ÂŻ Business: Accounting, administrative assistant, business management and paralegal. ÂŻ Education: Pre-K care and education and teacher education. ÂŻ Transfer: Associate of arts, associate of science, associate of independent study. The college has eight degrees and two certificates offered fully online, including business management, health information management, accounting, criminal justice, paralegal, early childhood education, associate of individualized

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study and associates of arts. The certificates are management and patient home navigator. Associate degrees that are under development include digital media with concentra-

tions in programming, app development, web development and graphic design; cyber security; and fire science technology. Trinity School of Nursing now is located at the Steubenville

campus as well. Bruce noted that intercollegiate athletics, beginning with men’s baseball, will begin in March. The team will be a part of the National Junior College Athletic Asso-

ciation Region 12 and will compete in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference. For information about the college, visit the new website at

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MINERVA — Founded as Minerva National Bank in 1965, Consumers National Bank is a $470 million community bank based in Minerva. According to President and CEO Ralph J. Lober, the bank changed its name in 1975 when it opened its first branch in Salem. Consumer Bancorp Inc., the bank’s holding company, predominantly owned by local shareholders, is publicly traded on the OTCQB exchange. “The board of directors and senior management is comprised of local business people who understand the needs of the community,” Lober explained. “The bank has 13 branch locations in Carroll, Columbiana, Jefferson and Stark counties and two commercial loan centers in Summit and Wayne counties.” The bank employs 139 individuals throughout the organization, 57 of which are based in Minerva. Communities served include Minerva, Salem, Waynesburg, Hanoverton, Carrollton, Alliance, Lisbon, Louisville, East Canton, Malvern, Hartville, Jackson, Bergholz, Stow (loan center), Wooster (loan center) and Fairlawn (coming this summer). Lober explained that Consumers offers a community banking model to its customers, which is not defined by size, but rather a philosophy that governs everything the bank does. “Community banks actively work to invest local deposits back into the local economy through business, agricultural, mortgage and consumer loans as well as through investment in municipal debt issues,” he stated. “In large national and international organi-

zations, the deposits generated in local communities are loaned to or invested in out-of-state entities that have no impact on the local economy or community. In our brand of community banking, customers have access to consultants at all levels of the organization. Our commercial and agricultural lenders are based in and are active in the respective markets, providing insight that is often missed by large organizations.” Consumers participates in the new Ohio Pooled Collateral Program, which provides municipalities and school districts access to commercial deposit and cash management products. The bank currently services numerous public entities that together have more than $20 million on deposit. “We also offer financial planning, retirement plan management and wealth management services through our partnership with Dilauro, Wracher and Thomas, an independent wealth management firm located in Akron,” Lober explained. “This partnership provides our customers with high quality, personalized, in-branch wealth management services.” In 2016, Consumers dedicated its new corporate headquarters and branch building on the site of the original 1965 building in Minerva. The 30,000-square-foot facility is evidence of the bank’s commitment to its roots and local community banking. It has allowed for additional growth and helped the bank recruit customers and employees. “We have experienced significant growth over the last 10 years of operations,” Lober stated. “During that period, the bank expanded into five new markets. Over that period, the bank’s assets grew to See CONSUMERS Page 5D Á

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$470 million, an 8.75 percent compounded annual growth rate. In the fiscal year ending June 2017, the bank reported record earnings of $3.0 million.” Consumers prides itself on its involvement with the local communities it serves. “We provide considerable financial and leadership support to important organizations throughout our footprint,” Lober explained. “Our associates are encouraged to make a difference by getting involved in leadership positions of community service and education-based organizations.” Some of the organizations Consumers associates are involved with include East Central Ohio and Alliance chapters of board Habitat for Humanity; the Crisis Center; Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; various UMCA affiliates and camps; numerous chambers of commerce; Leadership Columbiana County; Community Action Agency of Columbiana County; Salem Regional Medical Center; Salem Sustainable Economic Development Center; Alliance Area Development; East Liverpool City Hospital; Kent State Salem and East Liverpool campuses; and Ohio Valley Home Health Services. The bank also has participated in the capital campaigns for Salem Regional Medical Center’s Oncology Unit, the Alliance and Jackson Township YMCAs and in capital campaigns to improve the safety of athletic facilities in many school districts throughout the region. “As a new entrant in Jefferson County, we intend to be involved in the organizations and school systems that contribute to the unique community fabric,” Lober stated. In 2017, Consumers expanded into Jefferson County with a fullservice office in Bergholz. T e r r i McConnaughy, a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and 29year community banking professional, leads the team of retail bankers. The team’s involvement with the Bergholz Community Foundation and with Edison Local schools

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helps the bank understand the unique needs of the local community. The bank has supported the Bergholz Fire Department and EMS. With the addition of Joseph Shemasek, a veteran commercial banker with a passion for helping small businesses grow, the bank has expanded its commercial business development efforts in Jefferson County and Southern Columbiana County. Shemasek serves on the board of East Liverpool City Hospital, Ohio Valley Home Health Services, Buckeye Online School for Success and the Southern Columbiana County Regional Chamber of Commerce. He also is active in the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Sarah Chronister, the bank’s agricultural lender, owns a farm in Jefferson County. Her knowledge of the Jefferson County market will help the bank meet the needs of the local agricultural community. The bank also offers customers state-of-the-art technology that allows them to bank from anywhere at any time. “We were one of the first banks to implement chip secured debit cards and offer payment and deposit technology, including Apple, Android and Samsung pay, consumer and commercial image and remote check deposit, and cash management services that include ACH origination, positive pay and wire transfer modules,” Lober explained.

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with more than 200 locally owned offices nationwide. Founded in 1995, the company sells and installs windows, siding, doors and other exterior products, with a total of more than 13 million windows sold to date. Window World is an ENERGY STAR partner, and its window products have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal for 10 consecutive years.

The bank also participates in MoneyPass, a national ATM network that provides customers with nationwide access to thousands of free ATMs. Consumers National Bank has 10 commercial and agricultural lenders that cater to local business and family farms, Lober said. The bank participates in all SBA programs, FSA and state of Ohio loan programs. “In partnership with local certified development corporations, Consumers is active in the SBA 504 loan programs,” he

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explained. “The bank’s effort to assist small businesses has resulted in it being a two-time winner of the Top Community Bank SBA Lender in the 28 Ohio counties represented by the Cleveland Office of the SBA.” The bank’s mortgages services division provides the community with an expansive product line of secondary market and portfolio conventional and construction mortgages as well as access to FHA, VA and USDA mortgage loan programs. The mortgage customers work

directly with local loan originators and loan processors. Personalized, in-person service makes the difference for experience or first-time home buyers, Lober added. Leadership of Consumers National Bank includes: ¯ Officers: Ralph J. Lober, president and CEO; Renee Wood, executive vice president, chief financial officer; Scott Dodds, executive vice president, senior loan officer; Derek Williams, senior vice president, retail sales and marketing; and Suzanne Mikes, vice president,

chief credit officer. ¯ Board of Directors: Laurie McClellan, chairwoman, investor relations, Consumers Bancorp Inc.; John Furey, vice chairman, Furey Motors; Frank Paden, retired community banker; Mike Schmuck, dairy farmer; Thomas Kishman, Kishman’s IGA; David Johnson, Summitville Tile and Spread Eagle Tavern; James Hanna, retired law enforcement; Bradley Goris, Goris Property Management; Phillip Mueller, Minerva Dairy; and Richard Kiko, Kiko Cos.


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Library improvements continue to impress From staff reports STEUBENVILLE — The main library of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County’s Renovating History project is under way. According to Public Relations Coordinator Jennifer Cesta, construction to make the building Americans with Disabilities Act compliant is anticipated to be complete by the end of this year. The update will make the library accessible to all as intended by Andrew Carnegie, whose legacy of providing funding to build free libraries began more than 125 years ago. “For the first time, the main library will have a meeting room for programming and for the public to use,” Cesta explained. “Businesses and non-


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profits will be able to schedule the room for gatherings and projects. There will also be a new computer area and children’s room. The computer room will house 12 terminals allowing customers to research and spend leisure time to surf the

Internet.” Books from the children’s room were packed along with the paper mache characters that filled the room for more than 50 years. Preparation to close the main library last October prompted memories from long-

time users and interest of what would become of the popular figures. The literary figures are as iconic to the downtown building as the checkout of books is to the library. “The paper mache characters were created by Frosty Bianco,

who worked for the library system from 1956 to 1984,” Cesta stated. “Frosty brought the pages of adult and children’s literature to life though art. The height of Jack and the Beanstalk towered over small children as they checked

out books to take home. Snow White and the seven dwarfs lined the book shelves to remind school-age kids to whistle while they worked on classroom assignments. And at Christmas time, Rudolph with his team of reindeer made its way from history to story hour.” Today, 105 remain and are showcased in the library branches throughout the county. When the main library reopens, the figures will return for display. “Some of the characters will be featured in shadow boxes,” Cesta noted. “Figures related to children’s literature will be in the new children’s room of the annex, and the figures related to adult literature will be on the main floor of the Carnegie building so that a new generation can grow to enjoy.”

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earn master’s degrees in public policy and management, health care policy and management, biotechnology and management, arts management, information systems management and information security policy and management. The college also has entered into an agreement with West Virginia North-

ern Community College that allows students who earn an associate degree in social work there in two years to earn a bachelor’s degree in that field in two years at Bethany. Bethany College also offers a master of arts in teaching program that may be completed full time or part time, with courses

offered on evenings and weekends and during the summer and the college’s brief winter J-term. Educators also can add a reading endorsement to their teaching certificates through studies at the college. Because Bethany College’s curriculum emphasizes leadership, many

Bethany graduates have gone on to pursue degrees in medicine, engineering, law, physical therapy, public administration and theology. The college also has opportunities for students to study abroad through partnerships between Bethany and schools in England, Germany, France,

Spain and Japan and exchange programs established in several other countries. Located near the intersection of state Routes 67 and 88, the college itself is in a peaceful, scenic location that is less than an hour from Pittsburgh and less than a half hour from Steubenville and Wheeling.

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Welcome to the Herald-Star and Weirton Daily Times annual Progress edition. The theme of this year's edition is "Progress 2018: Pride. Purpo...