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Thankful for our Community Stars around the area

George B. Hines of New Cumberland

There was no dinner and no public awards ceremony for this year’s Community Stars honorees, thanks to COVID-19, but we are reminded on this Thanksgiving Day 2020 how worthy of our gratitude these 10 area residents are — people who go above and beyond to make our area a better place to live.

This marked the 23rd year for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times’ Community Stars program, and although it played out a bit differently from festivities of years past because of the coronavirus pandemic, its simple premise remained constant — to honor Tri-State Area residents who do the right thing just because it’s the right thing to do.

Each of this year’s honorees met that simple criteria, and we take time today to revisit this group of individuals who were spotlighted in a special section of the newspapers printed on Sept. 30.

They were:

• Susan Adams of Cadiz, who has served many roles in helping to promote and preserve Harrison County history.

Donald Jochims of Hopedale

• Sheena Sellitti Dunham of Weirton, who stepped up to create a social media account, Weirton Food to Go, to help area restaurants that suffered a big drop in business because of COVID-19.

• Sandy Grimm of Wintersville, who has stayed active since retiring as a teacher and coach by officiating at swim meets and working with mission groups.

• George B. Hines of New Cumberland, whose efforts make his community look just a little brighter.

• Donald Jochims of Hopedale, who helps his neighbors by mowing lawns and removing snow, by working at his church and is active in many organizations.

• Nathan Jones of Toronto, who has not let cardiac conditions and a genetic disorder keep him from serving as the mascot of the Toronto Red Knights for the past 17 years and helping to maintain the community’s pool.

Rick and Florence Mader of Amsterdam

• Rick and Florence Mader of Amsterdam, who have been helping their neighbors for many years, whether it’s by offering rides or baking cookies, digging a ditch or plowing snow or helping with computer, TV or phone issues.

• Tom “Teek” Mort of Steubenville, who has been involved in coaching for more than 42 years and helped lead Catholic Central to a state baseball title.

• Paul Toth of Wintersville, whose big heart makes sure he goes above and beyond to help his family and neighbors.

Members of the Class of 2020, just like all of the previous stars, were selected from dozens of nominations submitted by readers from around the Tri-State Area. And while that process wasn’t any different, there were a few differences in the way this year’s honorees were recognized.

In past years, more than 200 friends, family members and neighbors have turned out to show their appreciation for all the honorees do. To help make up for that a little, each star received a gift certificate for a meal at Froehlich’s Classic Corner in Steubenville. Each star also received a small memento as well as a $50 gift certificate from M&M True Value Hardware. Scott Campbell, owner of the store located on Sunset Boulevard in Steubenville, and his daughter, Annie, and son, Sean, who help him run the business, also made a $50 donation in the name of each honoree to a charity of his or her choice.

Tom ‘Teek’ Mort of Steubenville

The support of those area businesses, as well as presenting sponsor Weirton Medical Center, has allowed the Community Stars program to continue for more than two decades, making it among the oldest continuing community recognition programs in our region.

It remained a chance to look at those who are doing good things in our community, and an opportunity for everyone to thank them for all that they do.

And there’s no better day to say “thank you” than today, Thanksgiving Day 2020.

Nathan Jones of Toronto

Sandy Grimm of Wintersville

Sheena Sellitti Dunham of Weirton

Susan Adams of Cadiz

Paul Toth of Wintersville

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