2021 Community Stars selected

STEUBENVILLE — They are the people who go that extra mile to help others.

They are the unsung heroes of our region.

They are the people who do the right thing simply because it’s the right thing to do.

They are our 2021 Community Stars.

This year’s 10 honorees have been selected, and when they are recognized during the annual dinner that is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Froehlich’s Classic Corner, they will be following in the footsteps of the more than 200 Stars who have been named since the program was started in 1998.

“Once again, we were impressed by the quality of the nominations that had been submitted by readers,” explained Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the newspapers. “Making the selections was difficult, but we are excited to have such an impressive list of honorees.”

Tickets for the dinner are priced at $20 for adults and $15 for children under 10 and are on sale now at the newspaper’s office, located at 401 Herald Square, Steubenville. For information, call Diana Brown at (740) 283-4711.

This year’s honorees include:

• Steve Forte of Wintersville: Through his Fishers Council Junior and Senior Ironmen Program, he is changing the fate of many inner-city and at-risk young boys in the community.

• Jon Greiner of Toronto: He has volunteered his time as coordinator of the community summer concert series held by the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization and has secured a grant for the free concerts from the Ohio Arts Council during the last few years while working to obtain sponsorships from more than a dozen local businesses and promote the shows.

• Dennis Jones of Weirton: He was the longtime volunteer president and executive director of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center and has been involved in recording and preserving local history and organizing displays and programs for the community.

• Flora VerStraten-Merrin of Richmond: Her work with the Friends of Beatty Park is helping to preserve one of the Tri-State Area’s treasures, and her efforts with the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society have helped to preserve history.

• Kathleen Cass Michael of Brilliant: Known for her upstanding character and kindness of heart, she is active in her church, at Wells Township meetings and functions.

• Holly Pate of Steubenville: Her love for animals shows in everything she does, whether it’s being involved with the Jefferson County Humane Society or with the trap, neuter and release program aimed at helping to control the cat population.

• Mattie Patterson of Steubenville: An employee with the Steubenville City Schools for more than 25 years, she has had a positive influence on children for many generations. Mattie was a teacher’s aide, worked at the MLK Center, has volunteered on the Steubenville Fair Housing Commission and remains active at Quinn Memorial AME Church.

• Chuck Svokas of Weirton: He has made it his mission to promote the growth and development of the community, that includes serving as president of the board for the Greater Weirton Senior Center for many years.

• Bobby Westfall of Mingo Junction: He and his wife, Stacy, run the Bay Six Project, which helps to ensure area residents have the “basics,” the practical needs for people of all ages.

• Brian Wilson of Steubenville: He has spent countless hours volunteering in the community, including helping with the Grand Theater restoration project by helping to rewire the pipe organ, and he has volunteered at First Westminster Presbyterian Church as a friend of the congregation.

Main Street Bank is the presenting sponsor of the event, with support being provided by M&M True Value Hardware. During the dinner, each honoree will receive an award and a gift certificate from M&M Hardware. Scott Campbell, owner of the store at 4148 Sunset Blvd., added he will make a donation in each star’s name to a charity of that person’s choice.

A profile of each of this year’s honorees will be included in a special section that will be included with the Oct. 28 edition.

The deadline for reservations for the dinner is Oct. 25.


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