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April 21, 2013
The Herald-Star

APPOINTED: Karl A. DiBacco has been named vice president, retail banking and sales manager for Citizens Banks' Dover and Strasburg offices in the northern region.

Under the direction of Elmer K. Leeper, senior vice president, retail banking, DiBacco will be responsible for the expansion of existing business relationships and the development of new business, as well as overseeing the operations of the two branches.

He previously was a vice president and mortgage banker at another area bank.

A graduate of Weirton High School, DiBacco received a bachelor's degree in business management from West Liberty University and has more than 20 years of lending experience. He is active with the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, the Strasburg Booster Club and is a board member of the Tiger Foundation. He and his wife live in Strasburg with their two children.

In making the announcement, Citizens Bank President and CEO Scott A. Everson said DiBacco's "vast experience and customer service philosophy reflect the goals of our institution, and we look forward to his expanding the customer relationships of our Dover and Strasburg offices and providing personalized service to our banking clients."

Customers may contact DiBacco by calling the Dover office at (330) 364-8888, extension 2080, or the Strasburg office at (330) 878-5551, extension 2080.

KUDOS: Weir High graduate Kristine Robinson, an interior designer and design educator, will have her work included in two publications this month: A book, in both print and e-formats, by an award-winning author, and cover story in a national trade magazine.

Robinson, who operates her consulting business, Robinson Interiors, from her home near Philadelphia, was contacted in February by author Treena Crochet, for permission to use one of her client images in her upcoming publication: "A Matter of Style: Design Ideas for Personalizing Your Home." The book features a range of looks from traditional to contemporary designs and guides readers through the planning stages of design while focusing on colors, textures and furnishings.

After viewing Robinson Interiors' profile on the website, the author chose a photograph of a red and gold family room to feature in a segment about creating individual expressions of self in one's home.

"My client in this particular project was eager to use bold color in an exciting and vibrant way, so I guided her to use a red accent wall which features some of the architectural details in the room. The space really reflects her sunny personality and is a cozy and personal retreat."

The second publication to feature Robinson's work is Drapery & Design Professional, a magazine geared toward the interior design and drapery workroom industry. The magazine is produced by the Custom Home Furnishings Academy for those who share a passion for home decorating and sewing.

The featured project is Robinson Interiors' 2011 Bucks County Designer House room, and the article outlines the relationship between designers and workrooms.

Robinson, who also teaches the interior design program at Temple University, plays an active role in the drapery industry and has lectured on the national level at conferences and workshops.

She is the daughter of Garfield and Helen Fidler, who make their home on Marland Heights.

HONORED: Misty D. Smith, Ph.D., recently was recognized as the Distinguished Doctorate Alumni Award recipient at the 12th-Annual Black Tie/White Coat Gala held in Columbia, S.C.

The Alumni Award ceremony and gala were hosted by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and the USCSOM Alumni Association. The distinguished doctorate alumni award is presented annually to an USCSOM alumnus for their significant accomplishments in research and teaching.

Smith is a 1992 graduate of Oak Glen High School and a 1996 graduate of Muskingum University. In 2001, she received her doctorate in biomedical science from the University of South Carolina and is employed as a research assistant professor in the department of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Utah, where she serves as an investigator in the NIH/NINDS-sponsored Anticonvulsant Drug Development Program. She is the daughter of Jody Smith and the late Larry G. Smith of Chester and makes her home in Salt Lake City with her husband, Malcolm MacKay III.

FORUM: Eastern Gateway Community College President Laura Meeks was among the 30 Ohio college and university presidents in Washington recently for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's, D-Ohio, sixth-annual college and university presidents' conference.

Brown's forum, the first of its kind for college presidents in Ohio, brought together leaders at two-year, four-year, private, public and community colleges to discuss shared challenges and goals for students and institutions of higher learning.

"Our sixth-annual conference builds on our state's legacy of linking education with economic prosperity, which in turn creates a stronger middle class. Ohio's two-year and four-year, public and private institutions of higher education are producing the next generation of scientists and lawyers, mathematicians and teachers. It is their work - and their commitment to strengthening the entire pipeline from cradle to career - that will ensure our economy continues to grow and succeed. That's why this annual conference is so important," Brown said.

"This conference convenes college and university presidents to discuss ways the next generation of Ohioans can gain the tools and skills needed to repair our economy and create the innovations that will build 21st century progress. Education is our primary economic engine. That's especially true for older Ohioans who have been laid off and are now looking for skills to compete in emerging fields. It's also true for servicemembers who return home and want to start a new career. As a nation, we all benefit when every student has the opportunity to earn a quality education," Brown added.

Invited to address this year's forum were U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki; U.S. Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the Chairman and Ranking Members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; College Now Greater Cleveland CEO Lee Friedman; and members of Ohio's congressional delegation, including Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) and Republican Sen. Rob Portman.

GREEN: The Dry Cleaning & Laundry Institute's "Cleaners Care" Hanger Recycling Program now has surpassed 31 million pledges, the group reports. Aimed at reducing the number of wire hangers that end up in landfills, the program encourages cleaners to recycle them and track how many have been reused.

DLI's original goal had been 30 million pledges before Earth Day.

Locally, Two Brothers Dry Cleaners, 606 N. Fourth St., is participating in the program.

ENTER: The Muskingum County Business Incubator's 2013 Big Idea Contest is now under way for residents of Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum and Noble counties.

The contest is designed to encourage new and existing businesses and prospective entrepreneurs with an innovative idea or invention to compete for cash and business services to help launch their idea. Any creative and unique idea will be considered. These ideas must be realistic and able to be developed into a profitable business.

Successful applicants will demonstrate an ability to implement their idea and begin a business by completing the application process. An evaluation of all applications will be conducted by a judging panel of top business professionals.

Entrants must be at least age 18 and may be business owners, employed, students or retirees.

To enter, go to for a downloadable application, or pick one up at the MCBI office, 2725 Pinkerton Road, Zanesville.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on May 13. For information, contact MCBI at (740) 453-3649.

EXPANDING: Pittsburgh-based Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C., has opened a Cleveland office, its third in Ohio and its 11th across six states.

In addition to the new Cleveland office, the firm has offices in Columbus and Steubenville.

The Cleveland office will be able to provide a full spectrum of services to clients across Ohio in the areas of product liability, railroad, construction, employment, medical malpractice, transportation, commercial litigation, insurance and food and beverage.

"Dickie McCamey is a full-service law firm with broad expertise, and we are very pleased to expand the footprint of our firm by establishing an office in Cleveland," said Jeffrey Wiley, managing director of the firm. "We are confident in the continued growth of the Cleveland market and are proud to invest in the region's vitality."

He said the firm has added attorneys in six of its other 10 locations, including Wheeling, where Michelle Baldwin Skeens became a principal. She concentrates her practice in the areas of personal injury litigation, transportation litigation, product liability, medical malpractice, premises liability and appellate practice, with particular emphasis in the areas of civil and commercial litigation.

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