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RECOGNIZED: Century 21 Greathouse Realty recognized Joann Shorac as one of the system’s top-producers nationwide, awarding her the emerald level Century 21 Masters Award.

Emerald level status is awarded to an agent who has met minimum sales production of 37 closed transaction sides within a calendar year. A gold-plated lapel pin with emerald accent is awarded to the agent during the awards ceremony, along with a trophy and a personal invitation to attend a Century 21 Top Agent Retreat.

“Joann places her real estate wisdom and passion for life into her everyday business, helping to make clients more comfortable with the real estate transaction as they make what may be the most significant purchase of their lives,” said Bill Greathouse, broker/owner of Century 21 Greathouse Realty. “Joann is a valued and trusted real estate resource for the Hancock/Brooke county community and a major contributor to the overall success” of the company.

Shorac has more than 37 years of experience in the real estate industry and has been a multi-million dollar producer for 10 of those years, and a million dollar producer prior to that. She’s served on the Board of Realtors for the Weirton area.

Rick Davidson, president and CEO of the Century 21 system, said the award recognizes Shorac’s “superior performance and dedication to the Century 21 system.”

RAISING FUNDS: Modern Woodmen throughout the area have staged several fundraisers recently to help community groups.

Benefiting were:

– Mount Pleasant Baseball, $1,000 for equipment, courtesy of the Steubenville Modern Woodmen Chapter.

– Purple Circle 4-H, $2,950, also courtesy of the St. Clairsville Chapter.

Club members staged a spaghetti dinner for the 4-H group and held a drawing for the baseball association.

The fundraising totals include contributions from the Modern Woodmen Matching Fund program, which allows chapters to support a community cause, organization or individual in need by staging fundraisers. The organization then matches up to $2,500 of the amount raised.

Nationwide, the group contributes more than $6.5 million to community causes each year.

CERTIFIED: The Holiday Inn Weirton has received the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, recognizing hospitality excellence.

The award is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this award.

To qualify, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“The Holiday Inn Weirton is pleased to receive the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Joann Babela, general manager at the Holiday Inn Weirton. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”

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DIRECTOR: Kathleen Shelek-Furbee is the newest member of the board of directors at Family Connections.

Shelek-Furbee, a full professor at Bethany College and director of the social work program, holds a master’s degree in social work from West Virginia University and is credentialed by the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Family Connections’ board members represent various professional disciplines and occupations in the Northern Panhandle. It operates as a licensed, nonprofit, child care agency and behavioral health center. The organization provides residential treatment services for teenage girls at its Brooke Place facility in Colliers and also provides counseling services in Weirton Medical Center’s Medical Offices Building.

CERTIFIED: Weirton resident Nancy Felton, activities director at Sienna Skilled Nursing and Rehab, recently achieved certification from the Council of Activity Professionals, a nationwide organization.

Felton joined the Siena staff in August 2009. Prior to that she was with Wyngate in Weirton.

ACHIEVERS: Two technicians at Steubenville Truck Center Inc. have achieved master technician status through Volvo North America.

Gary Frey of Weirton and Brett Wellington of Toronto completed extensive study, training and testing and logged years of experience before earning the certification.

Frey has been with Steubenville Truck Center since 2005 and Wellington, 2008.

SUCCESS: Weirton native John Michael “Mike” Maine, son of John and the late Julia Maine, is bringing his new Triple Play Internet, phone and TV service to his hometown.

Maine also owns Heavenly Habanero LLC, a spice and sauce company (www.heavenlyhabanero.com), and recently opened THEFILESCLOUD, one of the first unlimited file storage companies on the Web set for a May 30 launch date.

Maine played football and was a member of the Weir High Band.

HONORED: Retired Navy Seal Frank Hoagland will be featured in an upcoming story in Vetreprenur magazine.

Hoagland, who founded Special Tactics and Rescue Training, or S.T.A.R.T, in Mingo Junction in 2005, will be honored in the magazine’s June 2013 issue.

DEGREED: Two Eastern Gateway Community College graduates recently received bachelor’s degrees through the University of Akron Bachelor of Organizational Supervision Completion program that is offered on the Jefferson County Campus.

Erin Sanford and Susan Vogagis, both of Steubenville, attended commencement at the University of Akron to receive their diplomas.

They are the first to graduate from the program that started on Eastern Gateway’s campus in fall 2011. The Akron courses are taught through interactive video distance learning.

For information, call (740) 264-5591, extension 139.

PROGRAM PASSES: Eastern Gateway Community College’s Practical Nursing Program on the Jefferson County Campus passed an approval site survey recently conducted by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

The Survey Visit Report revealed all requirements were met and maintained by the program, according to Cathy A. Learn, OBN education regulatory surveyor.

The program graduated its 46th class this month. The graduates received certificates and now may sit for the NCLEX-PN national exam. Upon passage, they become licensed practical nurses.

Accepted students begin the practical nursing program in May and finish the following May. Applications for the class starting in 2013-14 are being accepted now. Interested students should contact the college’s admissions office.

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Honored: Dr. Jason Richard Delatore, a Steubenville native, was a 2013 Cardiac Service Award honoree at the American Heart Association’s Tri-County Heart Ball.

Proceeds from the event go to research, educational and advocacy efforts of the AHA in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

The son of Richard and LaDonna Delatore, Belleview Boulevard, he is a graduate of Steubenville High School and earned his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering and from Georgia Tech, graduating with honors. He attended Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he decided to pursue a career in surgery.

Delatore completed a five-year general surgery residency at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Bethlehem, Pa., and a two-year vascular surgery fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. He is board-certified in both areas.

He began his practice at St. Elizabeth Health Center in 2003, joining Dr. Venkata Kollipara, and he specializes in all aspects of vascular surgery, particularly minimally invasive vascular procedures. He has received advanced training in wound healing and works at the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. He is section director of vascular surgery at St. Elizabeth Health Center and a clinical assistant professor of surgery for the Northeastern Ohio Medical University. He is a member of the teaching staff for the St. Elizabeth’s General Surgery Residency and was named attending of the year for his commitment to the health of his patients and the community. He and his wife, Rebekah, who also is a doctor, make their home in Poland, Ohio, with their two children.

AWARD: Charity Hospice Inc. has been named a 2013 Hospice Honors recipient, given each year to hospice agencies providing the best patient care as rated by the patient’s caregiver. Awards were presented at the NHPCO Conference in National Harbor, Md.

Established by Deyta, every year it recognizes the top 100 agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. Deyta used the Family Evaluation of Hospice Care survey results from more than 1,200 partnering hospice agencies contained in its national, FEHC database with an evaluation period of January through December 2012. Deyta used the five key drivers of caregiver satisfaction as the basis of the Hospice Honors calculations.

“Hospice Honors defines a new standard of excellence in the patient/family experience for hospice agencies,” says Liz Silva, director of hospice, “Identifying these top-performing hospices is our way of recognizing organizations that have demonstrated high quality of care to both patients and caregivers. That positive family experience is a key driver of ongoing patient-focused care and overall agency success.”

Charity Hospice Inc. founder and administrator Cathy M. Cich credits a “wonderful, loving and compassionate staff.”

“Charity Hospice has been known as the ‘Hospice With the Heart,’ and I am so proud of our staffers that exemplify that motto in every respect of the care they provide to our patients and families,” Cich said. “We may be a small hospice agency, but the hearts of those taking care of the patients are huge. Our focus is truly on what is best for the patient and family, and their needs are always at the top of our priority list.”

LEADER: Weight Watchers reports Becky Castilow of Wheeling has been awarded the Jean Nidetch Service Vision Leader of the Year Award. The award, named for the founder of Weight Watchers, is given each year to one outstanding leader in each region who embodies the core philosophy of exceptional customer care. It is meant to recognize the leader who continually strives to ensure that members feel motivated to succeed.

“We are celebrating Weight Watchers’ 50th anniversary, which makes this year’s service award a very special one,” said Donna Diserio, territory manager for Weight Watchers, adding that Castilow “consistently encourages her members to achieve their weight loss goals while providing outstanding service to members and inspiring fellow co-workers to do the same.”

Castilow leads Weight Watchers meetings in the Wheeling area.