Quick Takes

NEW AGENTS: Cedar One Realty, 143 Canton Road, Wintersville, has welcomed two new real estate agents.

Pamela Shea is a licensed Ohio real estate sales agent. She has worked as an administrative officer for the Ohio Valley Youth Network, planning and carrying out collaborative community events and programs to benefit local youth. She holds a master’s degree in health administration from the University of South Dakota.

Shannon Irvin also has become an agent at Cedar One Realty. She is following in her mother’s footsteps by becoming an agent.

A native of Wintersville, Irvin graduated from West Virginia University, where she played on the tennis team. She coached the men’s and women’s tennis squads at the Franciscan University of Steubenville for the last eight years and has become a tennis coach at Catholic Central High School. Irvin has been involved in several charitable committees, including Urban Mission Ministries, Samaritan House and Neighborhood House.

The business can be reached at (740) 264-7368.

AIR MONITORING: Continuing a partnership that began in 2017, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has renewed a one-year agreement with Franciscan University of Steubenville to conduct ambient air monitoring at EPA stations in Steubenville, Mingo Junction, Brilliant and Shadyside.

The data is gathered under the direction of Franciscan University biology professor Eric Haenni and chemistry professor David Collins, who, with the assistance of a student intern, visit each monitoring station every three to six days and collect air samples from a variety of particulate filters that they ship to an Ohio EPA lab for analysis. The Franciscan team then provides the data to Ohio EPA, which enters it into a Federal EPA database.

Pollutants being monitored include ozone, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and nitrous oxide, all of which have the potential to cause respiratory and systemic health problems, according to officials.

Ohio EPA conducts air monitoring across the state to determine compliance with air quality standards.

The current contract with Franciscan University runs through June 30.

HEALTH PROGRAM:

As part of its Lunch and Learn workshops, Harrison Community Hospital will host a program on high blood pressure.

“Pressure’s On: How to Combat Your Hypertension” will be held at noon on Aug. 2 in the HCH cafeteria. Carol Teter, registered nurse and community nurse educator, will lead the program and share steps that can be taken to lower the risk of developing hypertension.

New and lower blood pressure ranges recently were set by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. Now, nearly one-half of the U.S. population will find they suffer from hypertension. It is particularly prevalent among people age 65 or older, with a reported 80 percent suffering from high blood pressure, according to health officials.

“Hypertension is essentially a ‘lifestyle’ disease because you control the choices you make,” Teter said. “Do you eat a lot of processed foods loaded with salt and fat? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 89 percent of Americans consume more sodium than they should.”

Lunch and Learn workshops are held at HCH the first Thursday of each month. No reservations are necessary. HCH is a division of Wheeling Hospital.

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