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LICENSED: Bobbie Ridgway and Jessica Francis of Assure America have successfully passed their licensure requirements for the West Virginia insurance property and casualty exam.

Ridgway, who joined the agency in 2004, earned a bachelor of science degree from Bethany College. Francis, who earned her bachelor of science in accounting at West Liberty University, joined Assure America in 2012.

Assure America has locations in Chester, Weirton and Wellsburg.

HONOREE: Longtime University of Mount Union board of trustees member Clifford Shields will be inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence at its Evening of Excellence, to be held April 10 in Columbus.

Shields, a member of the Mount Union Class of 1943 and formerly of Unionport, has been a member of the board of trustees since 1967, serving as chair from 1987 to 1992; interim president of the university during the 1985-86 academic year; vice president of the executive committee; co-chairman of the 1974 long-range planning study; chairman of the 1982 Bylaws and Organizational Review Task Force; co-chairman of the 1980 presidential search committee; and a member of the 1985 presidential search committee.

“(He) is a distinguished alumnus, a member of our board for more than four decades, a generous supporter of the university and a terrific individual,” said Mount Union President Richard F. Giese.

Shields also served Mount Union in various fundraising volunteer roles during five campaigns.

VACANCY: Nominations to serve on the District 14 Natural Resources Assistance Council will be accepted until 4 p.m. on April 19.

District 14 includes Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.

A nominee from a Group 4 organization is needed. A Group 4 organization is a statewide organization representing agriculture, forestry interests, the department of agriculture or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Only nominations from a Group 4 organization will be accepted. Nomination forms can be requested by calling District 14 Liaison Jeannette Wierzbicki, District 14, at (740) 439-4471, extension 4.

A letter from a recognized Group 4 organization and a statement of the nominee’s background or qualifications must be attached.

HELP: Columbia Gas of Ohio reminds customers there is still time and funding available for those who need help paying their home energy bills.

Many of the programs are available for households at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; for a family of four, that figure is $46,100.

Options available to qualifying families are:

– Winter Reconnect Order, available through April 15, allowing customers whose electrical service has been terminated for non-payment or who have received disconnection notices to have their service restored or maintained, regardless of how much they owe, with a payment of $175 plus a small reconnection fee.

– H.E.A.P., the Home Energy Assistance Program, available through May 31. The federally funded program, administered statewide by the Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Assistance, is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans with their home heating bills.

Customers in need of assistance should contact Columbia Gas.

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NAMED: Kelly Wilson, director of financial aid, is the March employee of the month at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Wilson, of Wintersville, joined the college in 1994, working as the executive secretary/assistant to the vice president for business services. She advanced to the position of director of student billing and payroll in 2000. In 2005, Wilson was named director of financial aid.

Prior to joining the college, Wilson worked in the banking field.

A graduate of Toronto High School, Wilson earned an associate of applied business degree in banking and finance from the former Jefferson Technical College. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in organizational leadership and development from Wheeling Jesuit University and a master of science degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University. Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate of business administration degree through Argosy University.

Wilson belongs to the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

HONORED: True Value Manufacturing has recognized M&M True Value Hardware, 4148 Sunset Blvd., for being in the top 10 paint purchasers serviced from the regional distribution center.

Sales Director John C. Oeste and Gene Brickhouse, director of manufacturing, said the achievement signifies M&M’s commitment to business and support of True Value products and True Value, in turn, “is committed to providing quality products and programs that keep you competitive in today’s marketplace.”

M&M offers a full line of paint and related products for commercial and residential customers.

MEETING: The Natural Resources Assistance Council for District 14 will meet in special session at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Tuscarawas County commissioners’ conference room, 125 E. High Ave. in New Philadelphia.

District 14 includes Jefferson, Carroll and Harrison counties, as well as Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Jefferson and Tuscarawas.

The purpose of the meeting will be to review and discuss the application, scoring methodology and schedule for the Clean Ohio Fund Green Space Conservation Program.

RANKED HIGH: Edward Jones Financial adviser Cory Wingett and Branch Office Administrator Traci McFadden in Steubenville recently were ranked within the top 25 percent in the country for excellence in client service at Edward Jones.

The ranking was based on the results of a survey in which random clients were asked to rank the service they received from the staffs at local Edward Jones branch offices. The survey identified Wingett and McFadden as providing some of the most exemplary client service within the firm.

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. The firm’s 12,000-plus financial advisers work directly with nearly 7 million clients.

Earlier this year Edward Jones was named one of the best companies to work for by Fortune Magazine in its annual list, ranking No. 8 overall.

RECOGNIZED: Coraopolis, Pa., based Total Equipment Co., a leading distributor of pumps and compressors throughout Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, was recognized as “best in class” for supplying materials and equipment to the oil and gas industry in the Northeast region.

The industry supplier of the year award was accepted by Vice President Chuck Gerbe at a gala dinner held at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh recently. The annual Northeast Oil & Gas Awards ceremony recognizes the achievements of companies in 19 categories.

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APPOINTED: Steubenville resident Billy Petrella has been appointed to the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission board of directors.

Petrella is a local financial adviser, co-owner and operator of Village Sleep Center and president and CEO of C. William Industries Ltd.

He serves on the board of the Steubenville Reinvestment Counsel, Grand Theater Restoration Project, Jeffeson County Young Professionals, Friendship Park Wine Festival, the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival and Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Investor Relations.

He is a member of the Steubenville Lions Club and the Italian American Cultural Club.

He and his wife, Nikki, make their home in Steubenville and are active members of Triumph of the Cross Parish.

His term on the BHJ board begins March 27.

AWARD WINNER: The Phil-Mor Tux Shop at the Blue Ribbon Wedding & Event Center, 339 Main St.,Wintersville, has earned the “Silver Elite Dealers award from Jim’s Formal Wear, one of the largest tuxedo wholesalers in the nation.

This is the sixth consecutive year the Phil-Mor has won the award, which is based on a variety of factors, including sales volume, customer service, professional fitting and community involvement.

The Phil-Mor has been serving the formal wear needs of Upper Ohio Valley residents since 1929, and has been affiliated with Jim’s Formal Wear for the past 17 years.

Phil-Mor owner Jim Fonow said through his affiliation with Jim’s Formal Wear, “We are able to offer the latest styles at a competitive price.”

“The association with Jim’s also allows (us) to offer our customers a network of more than 5,000 tuxedo shops across the country,” making it easier for groomsmen living outside the area to get their measurements taken.

For information, call (740) 266-7215.

RECYCLING: AEP Ohio customers can win one of four $250 VISA gift cards when they recycle an outdated refrigerator or freezer now through April 30.

While the appliance recycling program pays incentives year-round, customers have an extra reason to recycle outdated units during this spring cleaning season.

In addition to receiving complimentary pickup of their old, inefficient refrigerator or freezer, participating AEP Ohio customers will receive a $50 incentive check and be automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of four $250 VISA gift cards.

The company says recycling refrigerators and freezers creates numerous benefits for utility customers and the environment.

“Everyone is a winner with this program. When you recycle your old fridge, not only do you get paid $50, but you can also save up to $150 a year in electricity costs and help the environment,” said Dave Tabata, AEP Ohio consumer programs manager. “Recycling a single unit repurposes more than 188 pounds of materials such as foam, glass and metal for future use.”

To schedule a free pickup, customers can call (877) 545-4112 or visit AEPOhio.com/Rebates. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working order with an inside measurement between 10 and 30 cubic feet-standard size for most units.

A maximum of two units per household a year will be accepted. Incentive checks will arrive by mail six to eight weeks after the appliances are picked up.

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MILESTONE: The Ohio State Bar Association will recognize Casimir Adulewicz of Steubenville and Karl W. Sommer of Martins Ferry for passing the 50-year mark in their practice of law at the OSBA District 15’s annual meeting on April 2 at the Belmont Hills Country Club, 47080 National Road, St. Clairsville.

Judge Patrick F. Fischer, president of the bar association, said the two will be presented with a special certificate recognizing their accomplishments.

The event also includes two and one-half CLE credit hours, including one hour of professionalism, one hour of ethics instruction and a half-hour of substance abuse instruction. Those attending also will elect one member to the Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates for a two-year term, succeeding attorney David Scarpone of Steubenville.

APPOINTED: Nita J. Hughes is the new branch manager at First National Bank’s Follansbee office.

She will manage branch operations and sales efforts, including the development of new business and customer service efforts. She will report to Greg Conrad, vice president and market manager.

Hughes has more than 20 years of industry experience. She joined First National Bank in 2000 as manager at its Conneautville, Pa., office and previously worked for Mellon Bank in Meadville, Pa.

She attended Edinboro University and expects to earn her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix in 2013. A past board member for the Crawford County Heritage Foundation and past secretary for the Martin Luther King Scholarship Board, she resides in Weirton.

ADDED?TO?STAFF:

Ohio Valley Oil & Gas Association has added two staff members with local ties.

Lisa Duvall will be industry and community relations director, while Tricia Zaccagnini has been named membership renewal and event manager.

“The impact of the Marcellus and Utica shale drilling is enormous in this region,” said Matt Steele, OVOGA board president. “The mission of the OVOGA is to educate our members, provide networking opportunities and help businesses grow. Lisa and Tricia will play integral roles in this.”

A native of Belmont County, Duvall is a graduate of Bellaire High School and West Liberty University with a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education. She was a reporter and associate local news editor at The Times Leader; field representative and press secretary for then-U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland and regional director for Gov. Strickland. She most recently managed a successful statewide judicial campaign in West Virginia.

With the exception of her college years, Zaccagnini is a lifelong resident of the Ohio Valley. She is a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor of science in communications, Wheeling Jesuit University with a master of business administration and is pursuing a teaching certificate.

Prior to working for the OVOGA, Zaccagnini served as the public relations manager with the National Technology Transfer Center. She also is a coordinator with the Gala Group in Wheeling, which provides quality wedding and event planning for the Upper Ohio Valley. She resides in Rayland with her husband, Neal.

The Ohio Valley Oil & Gas Association is a regional alliance of businesses whose mission is to support oil and gas production and distribution in the Eastern Ohio, Northern West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania areas through the use of local businesses and employees; to be a resource to match needs of the oil and gas producers and distributors with local providers; and to be a resource for new business entities serving the oil and gas industry. Membership information may be found at www.ovoga.org.

RECOGNIZED: A pair of employees at Family Connections have been recognized by the organization, their peers and the local community for giving their time and talents to those in need.

At the 2012 West Virginia Child Care Association conference in Charleston recently, Ashley Boyce of Weirton received the Children’s Service Worker award and Cathy Sobel of New Cumberland received the Champion of Children award.

Boyce is a shift leader at Brooke Place, Family Connections’ residential program for adolescent girls. An excerpt from her nomination reads, “While her narrow focus might be one girl at a time, she is able to keep the larger picture in mind. She sets her treatment sights on all the girls. She connects regularly with families, acts as a liaison with the school and mentors the girls about wellness.”

Cathy Sobel, a Family Connections board member since 2003, has been a leader on the fund development committee since its inception and, according to the group, embraces the spirit of volunteerism in words and actions. “Active in church and community clubs, the girls at Brooke Place have a special spot in her heart. She is always on the lookout for some activity, community connection or chance for them to give back that will entertain and raise their positive profile,” they said.

Family Connections operates as a licensed nonprofit child care agency and behavioral health center. The agency provides residential treatment services for teenage girls at its Brooke Place facility in Colliers, and provides out-patient counseling services at its Weirton Medical Center location. It receives funding from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, Medicaid, Medicare, private insurances, self-pay and contributions.

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RECOGNIZED: A pair of employees at Family Connections have been recognized by the organization, their peers and the local community for giving their time and talents to those in need.

At the 2012 West Virginia Child Care Association conference in Charleston recently, Ashley Boyce of Weirton received the Children’s Service Worker award and Cathy Sobel of New Cumberland received the Champion of Children award.

Boyce is a shift leader at Brooke Place, Family Connections’ residential program for adolescent girls. An excerpt from her nomination reads, “While her narrow focus might be one girl at a time, she is able to keep the larger picture in mind. She sets her treatment sights on all the girls. She connects regularly with families, acts as a liaison with the school and mentors the girls about wellness.”

Cathy Sobel, a Family Connections board member since 2003, has been a leader on the fund development committee since its inception and, according to the group, embraces the spirit of volunteerism in words and actions. “Active in church and community clubs, the girls at Brooke Place have a special spot in her heart. She is always on the lookout for some activity, community connection or chance for them to give back that will entertain and raise their positive profile,” they said.

Family Connections operates as a licensed nonprofit child care agency and behavioral health center. The agency provides residential treatment services for teenage girls at its Brooke Place facility in Colliers, and provides out-patient counseling services at its Weirton Medical Center location. It receives funding from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, Medicaid, Medicare, private insurances, self-pay and contributions.

ADDED?TO?STAFF: Anne Hendershott has accepted a faculty position at Franciscan University of Steubenville, beginning with the fall semester.

She’ll be a professor in the psychology, sociology and social work department.

Formerly a tenured professor and sociology department chair at the University of San Diego, Hendershott comes to Franciscan University of Steubenville from King’s College in New York City, where she is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy.

Hendershott serves as the Pope John Paul II Fellow in Student Development at the Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education. She is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and a member of the board of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists.

Hendershott is the author of numerous scholarly publications, the most recent being “The Hook-Up Culture on Catholic Campuses: A Review of the Literature,” published by the Cardinal Newman Society in 2011.

She often writes about Catholic issues for The Wall Street Journal, Catholic World Report, and other religious and secular outlets.

In 2005, Hendershott received a one-year fellowship at Princeton University’s James Madison Program in Institution and Ideals. From 1996-1999, she oversaw the Community Outreach Partnership Project, a $450,000 grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

From 1991-1996, she received a $125,000 award from the Hartford Hispanic Health Council for Evaluation of Cuidate Mujer: A Project to Reduce Substance Abuse by Hispanic Pregnant and Postpartum Women in Hartford, Connecticut.

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RUBY WINNER Cindy Freshwater, sales associate with Century 21 Teramana-Westling, recently received the ruby level Century 21 Masters Award, recognizing her as a top producer nationwide.

Ruby level status is awarded to agents who’ve met minimum sales production of $98,000 or 28 closed transaction sides within a calendar year.

A gold-plated lapel pin with ruby accent is awarded to the agent during the awards ceremony, in addition to a trophy and a personal invitation to a Century 21 Top Agent Retreat.

Dominic Teramana, Century 21 Teramana-Westling broker/owner, said Freshwater helps “to make clients more comfortable with the real estate transaction as they make what may be the most significant purchase of their lives.”

Freshwater has had her Ohio real estate license for more than nine years and her West Virginia real estate license for six years.

She’s been a multi-million dollar producer for eight years, a member of the Steubenville Board of Realtors & OAR Presidents Club for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

She and her husband, Dave, have two children and make their home in Toronto.

Century 21 Teramana-Westling is a full-service brokerage. Located at 4120 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville, it specialize in residential and commercial properties.

JOINED: Mike George is the new director of athlete financial services at Cunningham & Associates, CPAs, in Chester, bringing with him more than a decade of financial planning experience working with high-net worth clients, including professional athletes, coaches, executives, broadcasters, models and musicians.

Glenn Cunningham, president of Cunningham & Associates, said George’s experience “providing financial services to professional athletes and expertise operating in this niche marketplace carries over well to our executive-level clients.”

George, a CPA, has more than 10 years of experience focusing on full-service wealth management and specialized tax service for athlete and entertainment professionals, with extensive experience and knowledge of the tax implications for professional athletes and their unique opportunities for tax savings from multi-state filings to state residency, corporate and charitable foundation filings.

Prior to joining Cunningham & Associates he was a director and financial adviser with International Management Group, the global pioneer in sports management.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from John Carroll University and a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, and has lectured at Harvard Law School and the Weatherhead School of Management.

NEW MEMBER: Delores Wiggins has been appointed to the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Wiggins, a Steubenville resident, will serve through 2015.

She is chairman of Steubenville’s Civil Service Commission, vice president of the Hilltop Community Development Corp. and a member of the Jefferson County Community Action Council board of trustees, as well as the Martin Luther King Jr. Association. A member of Emmanuel Church of God & Christ, she has been minister of music for 65 years.