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‘Community Stars’ will get night to shine at Sept. 25 dinner

PLANNING — Janice Kiaski, community editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times; Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the newspapers, center; and Greg Froehlich, owner of Froehlich’s Classic Corner, discuss this year’s Community Stars dinner, which will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 25. -- Michael D. McElwain

STEUBENVILLE — If you take a moment and look at the number of people who have been honored as part of the Community Stars program put on each year by the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, you can get a good idea of the great things that are being done around the Tri-State Area.

“Each and every year there’s a list of well-deserving members of our community who are selected for the honor,” explained Greg Froehlich, owner of Froehlich’s Classic Corner at the corner of Fifth and Washington streets, where this year’s awards dinner will be held.

Since 1998, the newspapers annually have selected 10 individuals who are dedicated to making a difference in our area.

They are the region’s true unsung heroes, the people who do the right thing for no other reason than it is the right thing to do.

“You probably never see their pictures on our pages,” said Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the newspapers. “They only are interested in helping others. Their work is what’s important, and their efforts really do help others throughout the area.

This year’s stars are Mary Albaugh of Bloomingdale, Michael Berry of Steubenville, Chari Bills of Steubenville, Michael Bozzelli of Steubenville, Rhonda Clevenger of Wintersville, William “Ox” Curenton of Weirton, Sandy and Phil Judy of Richmond, Madelynn McKinney of New Cumberland, Dwayne Morley of Bergholz and John Schwertfeger of Follansbee.

They will be honored at the annual recognition dinner, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 25. Tickets cost $20 each for adults and $10 for children, and can be ordered by contacting Diana Brown at (740) 283-4711 or in person at the newspaper office, 401 Herald Square. Those planning to attend are urged to make their reservations now — available seats are selling quickly, officials explained.

Weirton Medical Center is the presenting sponsor for the dinner, with M&M True Value Hardware providing special support.

“The stars work hard and devote a lot of time to helping others,” Froehlich explained. “We are honored to be able to be a part of this program.”

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