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October 2, 2011
Weirton Daily Times

HONORED: Weirton native Andre J. Barnabei received the Human Resource Leadership Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Barnabei has been vice president of Human Resources at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh since October 2007, and previously worked at Mountaineer Gaming in Chester as well as Harrah's.

A 1999 graduate of Weir High School, he earned his degree in business administration and human resource management from Washington & Jefferson College.

The son of Joseph and Patti Barnabei of Weirton, he and his wife, Jessica, make their home in Robinson Township, Pa.

Presenting sponsors for the award were Highmark, Surge Point, HR Talent CTR, Ogletree Deakins and Leadership Forum.

EGCC COURSE: Eastern Gateway Community College is offering a Concealed Carry Course Oct. 5, 6 and 8.

The course consists of 10 hours of instruction and two hours of practical training, including range time and live-fire experience.

Students must complete a written examination that tests their competency and also demonstrate their competency in both handgun usage and the rules for safe handling and storage of handguns.

Orientation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 in Eastern Gateway's Pugliese Training Center, 110 John Scott Highway, Steubenville. Actual training sessions will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 6, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Wintersville Firing Range.

Students must be age 21 or older, and payment must be received prior to the course start date. The course fee is $99. Senior citizens pay just $50.

For information or to register, call (740) 264-5591, extension 310.

AWARDED: Serra Village Retirement Community in Weirton was among five businesses earning Distinguished Employer awards from the Wheeling District of the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Also receiving Distinguished Employer awards at this year's banquet were Indigo Joe's, Triadelphia, WV; Watchdog and Hampton Inn, both of Wheeling; and the Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Public Debt, Parkersburg.

Westbrook Health Services Inc. of Parkersburg was named Employer of the Year.

DRS, a division of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, is the state agency responsible for the federal vocational rehabilitation program in West Virginia.

It assists people whose physical or mental condition is interfering with their ability to get or keep a job.

DRS offers individualized service to assist employers in retaining valued employees or in hiring qualified employees. DRS can provide consultation related to disability, as well as information about assistive technology, disability resources, potential tax credits, workplace accommodations and other benefits to employers.

The Wheeling District consists of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler, Doddridge, Ritchie, Pleasants, Wood and Wirt counties.

REALTORS: Steubenville Area Realtor Noreen Peterson, with Cain Realtors and Auctioneers, attended the 101st Annual Convention of the Ohio Association of Realtors recently in Columbus.

Convention highlights included recognition of OAR's "Realtor of the Year," the Ohio Realtor, Rally for Housing on the Statehouse steps, and the President's Sales Club Dinner, honoring top producers in the industry.

In addition to the business meetings, educational courses and general interest sessions, attendees viewed products and services displayed by more than 30 exhibitors.

With more than 28,000 members, the Ohio Association of Realtors is the largest professional trade association in Ohio.

HOSPITAL EARNS ACCREDITATION: Harrison Community Hospital has earned a three-year accreditation in mammography by the American College of Radiology.

Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

Certification assures patients that the facility has undergone a rigorous review and meets nationally accepted standards of care, personnel are well-qualified to perform tests and interpret imaging results and the equipment itself is functioning properly, takes optimal images and uses appropriate radiation dose levels.

Shelly Campbell, director of the radiology department at Harrison Community Hospital, said accreditation is especially timely.

"As we approach the month of October, which is traditionally known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, patients can feel comfortable in scheduling their annual mammograms, and be assured that Harrison Community Hospital is committed to quality care and patient safety."

MANALAC GAINS CERTIFICATIONS: Dr. Fernando "Freddie" Manalac Jr. recently obtained Board Certifications in Internal Medicine and Primary Care Sports Medicine.

He also completed a master's of Medical Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Public Health & Information Systems in March.

Currently working for a private group medical practice in Chicago, Manalac graduated in 1993 from Steubenville Catholic Central, where he played on the football and baseball teams.

He earned his bachelor's degree in hospital administration while playing football for Robert Morris University, and went on to complete his doctorate of medicine at St. George's University in 2005.

Manalac completed his internship in internal medicine and residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, and last year completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship under the guidance of Drs. Edward Snell, Michael Scarpone and Patrick Demeo. During that phase of his training he was part of the medical team for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In his current position, he serves as assistant team physician of the AFL's Chicago Rush, as well as multiple Chicago-area college athletic programs.

He is the son of Dr. Fernando and Daneen Manalac of Steubenville.

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