Community Stars to be honored Sept. 17

FINALIZING PLANS — Janice Kiaski, community editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, and Greg Froehlich, right, owner of Froehlich's Classic Corner, discuss this year's Community Stars dinner with Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the newspapers. The annual event will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the restaurant. -- Paul Giannamore

STEUBENVILLE — An annual opportunity for residents of the Tri-State Area to recognize the region’s unsung heroes is right around the corner.

It’s Sept. 17, in fact, when the Community Stars dinner is held.

“The program has become a very positive event for the community,” explained Greg Froehlich, owner of Froehlich’s Classic Corner, where the banquet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. that day.

Launched by the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times in 1998, the program recognizes area residents who go out of their way to help others, not because they seek attention, but simply because it is the right thing to do.

This year’s honorees include June Crago of Richmond, Sandy Day of Wintersville, Jim Freiling of Mingo Junction, Patricia Herring of Steubenville, Leia Hunt of Bloomingdale, Linda McFerren and Carolyn Walker, both of Toronto, Mark Nelson of Steubenville, Barbara and David Snyder of Weirton, Robert Straka of Toronto and Mary Zimmerman of Wellsburg.

Their interests and their efforts vary. Some help cancer patients and some work to preserve our area’s history, but they all do whatever is needed in their towns to make the lives of all area residents better.

“It’s not often you will read about the efforts or see the pictures of our Community Stars,” said Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the newspapers. “They’re special people who are more interested in getting their work done than in attracting attention to themselves. We’re proud to continue our tradition of recognizing them.”

Tuesday is the deadline to purchase tickets for the annual dinner, which is presented by Weirton Medical Center with special support from M&M True Value Hardware. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. They can be purchased by calling Diana Brown at at (740) 283-4711 or in person at the newspaper office, 401 Herald Square.

“The dinner is a chance to show respect and appreciation for people who have diligently worked hard for the benefit of the community,” Froehlich said. “We’re happy to be a part of it. It’s our pleasure to be involved, and we hope everyone has an enjoyable evening.”

Profiles of each of this year’s honorees can be found in a keepsake edition, which will be included inside the Sept. 16 editions.