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CERTIFIED: Janna Olesky is leading some special athletes as the first certified coach for Special Olympics in Jefferson County.

Olesky, who is an aide at the School of Bright Promise, completed training and now oversees about five athletes in the swimming program for Area 9 Special Olympics.

She said she underwent training for CPR and first aid but also was required to complete behavioral and other related trainings online and at a conference in Columbus.

“They went over all of the rules and you could get into the water and see people’s techniques and learn what you can teach Special Olympics athletes,” she said. “We have started to practice,” and the first meet was held Saturday in Dover.

Olesky, who replaces longtime coach Wendy Tucker, has been involved with program for three years and has spent a similar amount of time on the school staff. She said she looks forward to working with the athletes in her new role.

HONORING SERVICE: On Veterans Day, Ron Galiano, the owner and operator of McDonald’s Restaurants in the region, plans to recognize those who have served.

Veterans and active duty military are invited to visit any of Galiano’s locations from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. next Sunday for a complimentary breakfast.

“I appreciate our veterans’ service every day of the year. Veterans Day provides an annual reminder to demonstrate that gratitude in a meaningful way,” Galiano explained.

The locations include 2106 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville; 140 Main St., Wintersville; 1850 Franklin St., Toronto; Three Springs Drive, Weirton; 100 Lisbon St., Wellsville; and 1412 Main St., Burgettstown.

JOINS FIRM: Sherrilyn VanTassel has joined the law firm of Frankovitch, Anetakis, Simon, Decapio and Pearl LLP, officials have announced.

VanTassel has experience in matters of family law, employment and labor law, unemployment compensation, business law and contracts, veterans’ benefits, personal injury law, health care law, insurance law, higher education law, equine law, guardianship and mediation.

She has served as in-house counsel for Northwood Health Systems, Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort and executive vice president for Eastern Gateway Community College.

She has also maintained a practice in family law, guardianship/conservatorship and has acted as court-appointed guardian ad litem in the 1st and 2nd Judicial Circuits in West Virginia, as well as serving as a parenting coordinator.

VanTassel is admitted to practice in West Virginia state and federal courts as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.

“I am thrilled to be associated with such a prestigious and comprehensive firm,” said VanTassel. “With the shared resources of the firm’s attorneys we can aggressively assist with a broad array of our clients’ needs – whether it is in West Virginia, Ohio or Pennsylvania.”

“Ms. VanTassel brings an opportunity for us to further broaden the scope of our firm’s representation into areas of law that we have not regularly focused on. This allows us to better serve our existing and a new client base,” according M. Eric Frankovitch.

Frankovitch, Anetakis, Simon, Decapio and Pearl has offices in Weirton, Chester and Wheeling. For information, visit faslaw.com or call (800) 564-4050.

From staff reports