Next speaker in series to be revealed Monday

STEUBENVILLE -Area residents will have the chance to learn the name of the next speaker in the Herald-Star, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series during a special presentation Monday afternoon.

The person who will speak when the series resumes Sept. 11 in the Steubenville High School auditorium will be revealed during a press conference scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Monday in front of the North Street Fire Station. Members of the public are invited to attend.

City Fire Chief Carlo Capaldi said he is excited and honored that he and city firefighters has been asked to be a part of the announcement.

“Our next presentation will be a very special one,” said Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. “The speaker played a key role in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. We also are planning a special remembrance to the lives lost and sacrifices made on that day. We are confident it will be a memorable evening.”

Reserved seat tickets, priced at $20 each, for the 7:30 p.m. presentation on Sept. 11 will go on sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Herald-Star office, 401 Herald Square. Tickets also will be available online by visiting heraldstaronline.com and clicking on the speaker series button or by calling (740) 283-4711.

A limited number of VIP packages, which will include admission to a reception at the Bayberry House Bed and Breakfast prior to the presentation, will be available beginning Tuesday. The cost is $150 per person. For information or to purchase a VIP ticket, contact the chamber at (740) 282-6226.

The Sept. 11 presentation will be the fourth in the series that began in November 2012 when retired Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, who headed the security detail of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and his co-author, Lisa McCubbin, appeared in Steubenville. In April 2013, former CIA agent Antonio Mendez, whose efforts to rescue six U.S. diplomats from Iran in 1981 were dramatized in the Academy Award-winning film “Argo,” and his wife, Jonna, herself a former CIA agent, spoke.

This past April, Richard Phillips, whose ordeal of being captured by Somali pirates and subsequent rescue by Navy SEALs was dramatized in the film “Captain Phillips,” was the third speaker in the series

“Our goal always has been to bring quality speakers to our region at an affordable cost to area residents,” Gallabrese said. “We’re sure that our speaker on Sept. 11 will allow us continue that tradition, and we hope that residents from throughout the region will make plans now to join us.”

Sponsors for the series include the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, the Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley, Eastern Gateway Community College, Trinity Health System, the Franciscan University of Steubenville and WTRF-TV.