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NEW: Wintersville native Joseph Luckino, a graduate of Walsh University and Indian Creek High School, has joined the staff at Featheringham Realty.

Luckino, a licensed Realtor, also will provide full service property management for landlords.

A real estate investor himself for more than 12 years, Luckino is experienced in rental property management as well as fixing and flipping homes.

For information, contact Luckino at (740) 632-9111.

FUNDRAISER: Thomas Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and the Dodge corporate brand raised $3,200 for Union Local High School courtesy of a special automotive promotion.

Thomas Chrysler and Dodge sponsored a Dodge Booster Club fundraiser recently, inviting area residents to come out and test drive the 2013 Dodge Durango, Dodge Journey, Dodge Avenger and Dodge Dart. For each test drive taken, they donated $20 to the high school.

The dealership provided vehicles as well as staff to assist with the test drives. A total of 160 test drives were taken.

“We enjoyed working with the parents and students in our community and appreciated the opportunity to help Union Local High School,” said Robert Thomas, vice president of Thomas Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. “The Dodge school fundraisers are always friendly and fun for everyone, and we think it’s important as a fourth-generation business to always give back to the community and show our respect.”

The dealership has been in business for more than a century.

Dodge’s Booster Club program raised more than $690,000 for high schools throughout the country last year alone, officials said.

KUDOS: Weirton resident Cynthia Danel, a partner at the law firm of Edgar Snyder and Associates, has been named to the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the category of plaintiffs personal injury litigation. Inclusion on the list is based on peer review.

This is the fourth year Danel has been included in best lawyers. She was also named best lawyers’ 2012 “Pittsburgh Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year” and has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating based on legal ability and general ethical standards.

Danel was selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list from 2005-13, is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and is board-certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Attorneys on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice area and reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

ART FORM: Weirton artist Tempy Moore has inked a contract for a football video game coming out later this month for the iOS and Android operating systems.

The game, part of the TCSP Virtual Sports Collection, is a virtual card game for football fanatics.

Players collect cards and challenge friends through the Facebook and Android platforms, earning coins that they then can redeem for Tempy Moore Sketch cards.

Moore also won a cash award from Marietta Coal Co. for a piece she entered at the Salt Fork Arts Festival.

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HONORED: John W. Cucarese has been named to the 2013 President’s Council of New York Life.

Members of the President’s Council are among the top 8 percent of New York Life’s sales force of 12,250 licensed agents.

Cucarese has been a New York Life agent since 2005 and is associated with the firm’s Pittsburgh general office.

With an office located in Steubenville, Cucarese provides solutions to clients throughout the Tri-State Area in the areas of retirement planning, life insurance, financial strategies and long-term care insurance. A Wintersville native, he is a graduate of Ohio Sate University and is active in the community.

PROMOTED: Stephanie Hooper-Golein has been promoted to vice president of finance, West Liberty University President Robin C. Capehart reports.

Hooper-Golein previously held the position of controller. Her promotion was effective Aug. 1.

A resident of Wheeling, she joined West Liberty in 2011 and has managed the day-to-day operations of the business office. She also was responsible for preparation and oversight of the annual budget and prepared financial reports for board of governors, president and the chief financial officer.

Prior to WLU, she was employed for six years at Compass Group NAD, Charlotte, N.C., a foodservice management and support services business. While at Compass, she was a senior accounting manager with a managed volume of $650 million and she spent five years in the higher education market as a regional controller and senior accountant for Bon Appetit and Chartwells, subsidiaries of Compass.

From 1999-2004, Hooper-Golein was employed by Wheeling Jesuit University as an accountant at the center for educational technologies, Wheeling, and as a student worker analyzing construction budgets.

Hooper-Golein earned her bachelor of science degree in accounting and her master’s degree in business administration from Wheeling Jesuit.

She and her husband, Matt, are the parents of two sons, Carsen and Kesler.

LEADERS: Online registration for the 2013 Leadership Academy is now open.

The academy will be held at Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown. Its theme is “Working Together,” and in addition to the community leadership track, they’ve added a local government track, allowing more breakout session options, networking opportunities and discussions about cooperation between all community leaders.

There will be structured networking as well as a culinary tour of downtown Morgantown.The keynote speaker will be Ed Morrison of Purdue University, who will focus on “Strategic Doing” that enables civic leaders to collaborate quickly along organizational and political boundaries while remaining focused on transforming their economies.

The full conference schedule and other details may be viewed at www.cla-wv.org. Registration, which must be done by Aug. 30 to qualify for the early bird discount, can be done at regonline.com/communityleadershipacademy.

STUDENT AID: Orientation for new students at Eastern Gateway Community College will be Wednesday at the Jefferson County Campus, Steubenville.

Sessions for new students start every half hour from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Students must register for either the morning or evening session by calling (740) 264-5591, extension 212. Due to space limitations, only students will be permitted to attend the sessions.

Students will learn about academic advising, student services, financial aid/billing and student computer and e-mail accounts. Refreshments will be served.

New students attending will be entered in a drawing for an iPad.

Fall classes begin Aug. 26. The class schedule is available at www.egcc.edu.

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AWARDS: Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort earned 24 Best of Gaming Awards, as voted by Casino Player Magazine subscribers.

The awards, announced in the August issue, include five first-place finishes.

Mountaineer was voted tops for Woodview golf course, the Spa at Mountaineer, the pool, their Facebook page and their website.

Mountaineer also was recognized for its Grande Hotel, Players Club, promotions, reel slots and live poker, among other things.

TOUR: Area residents can tour, explore and enroll at Eastern Gateway Community College during a special four-hour event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday on the Jefferson County campus.

The free event gives interested students, family members and friends an opportunity to see what EGCC’s main campus can offer.

Enrollment is open until fall classes start on Aug. 26.

Admissions and advising staff will be available to discuss courses and programs of study.

Enrollment will be open and students may apply to the college.

Registration requirements include a high school or GED transcript and any previous college transcript.

After applying, students take free placement testing. If the student attended another college, testing may be waived when the transcript is presented.

Following testing, students will meet with an academic adviser to plan courses for the chosen major and enroll in classes.

Students may start the financial aid process by bringing their 2012 tax statements.

Graduating 2013 high school graduates in Jefferson County with a 2.5 grade-point average may request information on the Horizon Grant, which provides free tuition for four semesters of full-time attendance, a $6,600 value.

For information, call (800) 68-COLLEGE, extension 212.

NEW MAJOR: West Liberty University begins a graphic narrative major in English this fall.

Wally Hastings, professor of English and chairman of the the humanities department, said the new major is intended as an interdisciplinary program focused on the study and creation of graphic novels and comics.

“It will prepare students for graduate work or employment as writers, editors, critics or other roles in the publishing and comic book industry,” he said.

The program was developed by the English department, led by Provost Brian Crawford, who at the time was dean of liberal arts. William Baronak, dean of the College of Art and Communication, and associate professor of art Brian Fencyl helped develop the art component. A parallel program for art majors also is in the works.

Currently, the English degree requires three studio art courses, all of which are regularly offered by the art department, plus two more art courses.

“We are expecting to see lots of interest … since many of our art students already plan to work in publishing and are studying graphic design and comic book illustration,” Baronak said.

“The narrative is just as important as the graphics and this is where the English department and academics can step in and use this style novel to study literature,” Hastings said.

Fall classes begin on Aug. 26 on West Liberty’s main campus and Aug. 24 at the Highlands Center.

Residence halls open for new students on Aug. 23.

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HONORED: Jonathan Langham, a registered piano technician from Wellsburg,was recognized for his 25 years in the field at the Piano Technicians Guild Annual Convention and Technical Institute held July 10-14 in Chicago.

Langham was among nearly 600 piano service specialists, manufacturers and suppliers from throughout the U.S. and Canada in attendance.

Langham and other technicians had opportunities in continuing education in all fields of piano technology, including tuning, repair and rebuilding, institutional work and business, with a special emphasis on the health of the technician.

He also participated in the legislative body of the guild, which met before the convention.

TREES: Those joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August can receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in each member’s area, which falls between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions are enclosed with each shipment of trees.

“Dogwood trees will add color and beauty to your yard throughout the year, with their showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage and red berries that attract songbirds in the winter,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

New members of the Arbor Day Foundation also receive The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care, and a subscription to Arbor Day, the Foundation’s bimonthly publication.

To join, send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Free Dogwoods, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Aug. 31, or join online at arborday.org/august.

HONOR: Diehl Automotive’s Corina Diehl has been nominated for an Athena Award, which recognizes exceptional women who demonstrate excellence in their profession, contribute to their economy and help other women to succeed through mentorship.

The Athena Award’s focus on mentorship distinguishes it from other awards recognizing women in business. By honoring exceptional leaders, the Athena Award Program inspires others to achieve personal and professional excellence.

Corina Diehl, with her family of dealerships, is both a business leader and philanthropist – while providing jobs and leadership for hundreds of people, she goes beyond being just a business owner, according to officials. Over the years, she’s given tens of thousands of dollars to such causes as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Toys for Tots and other organizations. Diehl and Diehl Automotive also sponsor various high school sports teams and activities.

And in addition to her philanthropy, Diehl Automotive has been named Automotive News’ Best Dealerships to Work For two years in a row.

Diehl Automotive Group consists of three dealerships: a Toyota/Scion and a Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram dealership in Butler, Pa., and a Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram/SRT dealership in Robinson Township. The Diehl dealerships represent the best in full-service automotive stores, with service for all makes and models, parts and accessories, reconditioning, collision repair, and even vehicle rental service on site at all locations.

The Athena Award will be awarded at a private luncheon Sept. 30.

OIL AND GAS: The Natural Gas Alliance’s Think About Energy Summit , set for Sept. 16-17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, will bring together leading national and regional experts to discuss how natural gas can play a growing role in Ohio’s clean energy future.

Speakers include officials with American Electric Power, Tennessee Valley Authority, Timken Steel, NiSource, JobsOhio and Ohio State University.

Registration is free. For information, go to www.anga.us/ohioevent.

NEW: Legal Hair & Day Spam, Steubenville, now offers Steam Infusion, a breakthrough steam-powered straightening iron, according to officials.

Owner Chip Icuss said the flatiron, available through Redken’s partnership with Rowenta, a specialist in steam-based appliances, straightens hair while helping repair the damage from excessive heat styling or chemical processes. The irons have floating anodized plates that maintain an even and consistent temperature while gliding through the hair, sealing the cutucle along the way to lock in treatment benefits.

PROMOTED: Gateway Rehab has promoted Cara M. Renzelli, Ph.D., to vice president of research and clinical training. In that position she oversees the Kenneth S. Ramsey, Ph.D., Institute of Research and Training.

The Wintersville native earned her bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University and her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

Gateway Rehab is a not-for-profit organization that provides treatment in locations throughout Western Pennsylvania and Ohio for adults and youths struggling with the disease of addiction to alcohol and drugs.