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December 1, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

PROMOTED: Gary Yashko, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Yashko Jr. of Wintersville, has been promoted to executive vice president of the Guernsey Bank.

Yashko, a 1988 graduate of Wintersville High School, will continue to serve as the Guernsey Bank's general counsel, a position he has held since 2011.

He and his wife, Jennifer, reside with their three children in Powell.

The Guernsey Bank, headquartered in Worthington, is a state chartered commercial bank with approximately $125 million in assets.

NAMED: Leah Finney Curtis has been named director of agricultural law and a leader of the legal and local policy team for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation public policy department.

She and her team will provide Farm Bureau members with legal information and education, conduct legal engagement in selected cases and carry out the legal mission of the organization, according to officials.

She was raised on a family farm in Jefferson County, near Mount Pleasant, and joined the Farm Bureau in 2010 as director of legal education.

Curtis earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural communications, a master's degree in public policy and her juris doctorate from Ohio State University. Prior to graduation, she interned at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the OSU Office of Legal Affairs and was a research assistant in the OSU agricultural and rural law program.

She and her husband, Ryan, reside in Canal Winchester.

"Legal issues are increasingly important to farmers' ability to run their operations and contribute to society," Adam Sharp, OFBF's vice president of public policy, said. "We know Leah will do a great job looking out for our members' interests."

HONORED: Terasa Giovannucci, daughter of William and Karen Morris of Steubenville, has been named the March of Dimes Quality Nurse of the Year in Massachusetts.

She received the award on Oct. 7 at the Verve Crown Plaza Hotel in Natick, Mass.

A graduate of Catholic Central High School and St. Mary's College in South Bend, Ind., she served 10 years in the Air Force, teaching nursing and working in maternity. She also taught nursing at Quincy College in Massachusetts.

She also served a tour in Iraq.

She is a the clinical nurse specialist, maternal newborn services, at Beverly Hospital, Beverly, Mass.

HONEYWELL HONOR: Paul Lauttamus accepted Honeywell's 2013 Community Service Award for the work of Lauttamus Communications and Security in operating West Virginia's inbound call center for 211 services. Anybody in West Virginia can call 211 toll-free, 24 hours a day and receive community service information, such as where to locate emergency shelters, food pantries or even how to obtain assistance in paying utility bills.

Lauttamus has operated the WV211 call center for the past 10 years and handles thousands of calls annually.

Robin Smith, executive director, said, "Lauttamus is so deserving of this national recognition. They have been a strategic partner of WV211 since its inception."

Honeywell's Community Service Award is given annually to recognize the giving spirit of companies in its dealer network. The contribution of WV211 service provided by Lauttamus is valued at more than $100,000 per year.

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