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September 15, 2013
The Herald-Star

GET OUT THE VOTE: Locally owned Dolce Pizzelles needs your votes to score "American Made" honors in the food category.

The competition, sponsored by Martha Stewart, celebrates the American entrepreneurial spirit. Voting ends Sept. 22, and the following day category winners - those who get the most votes - will be announced. The grand prize winner will be announced Oct. 1 and will receive a $10,000 cash prize, a trip for two to New York City to attend the American Made Workshop and will be featured on

American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local and celebrates the handmade. The journey culminates in the workshop, to be held from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Andaz, Fifth Avenue, New York City.

Sisters Linda Freed & Debra Latynski of Hammondsville, who founded Dolce Pizzelles, say that every time you vote, "you're entered into a sweepstakes drawing for prizes from Martha Stewart and sponsors."

To vote, go to

You may vote up to six times a day.

COMMENT: Local planners are seeking public input on the draft Jefferson County land use plan.

A meeting has been set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the second floor community room at the Towers building, 500 Market Street, Steubenville.

The land use plan will be a guide for future development in Jefferson County, helping local leaders provide facilities and services as cost-effectively as possible and to recommend, but not mandate, actions that can lead to orderly development and preserve the quality of life for county residents.

The draft plan is the product of three prior public meetings, interviews and a countywide survey.

Copies can be viewed at the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission web site, at the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission office and at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County Schiappa branch on Mall Drive.

Public comments on the draft will be accepted through Oct. 16. Comments or questions should be directed to Rich Fender, Jefferson County Planner, at or by calling (740) 283-8568.

CONFERENCE: More than 100 transportation officials from throughout the state will be participating in the 2013 West Virginia Statewide Transportation Planning Conference Tuesday through Thursday, to be hosted by Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Based at the Holiday Inn-Weirton, it will focus on topics including the proposed Ohio River bridge, Rideshare programs and mapping initiatives.

The conference, now in its eighth year, will include kick-off comments from Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox, as well as an update by the Blue Ribbon Committee on Highways, site visits and an evening bike tour.

Among the scheduled speakers:

Matthew Hardy, director for Policy and Planning, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Joe Deneault, chair of the West Virginia Blue Ribbon Committee on Highways.

Cindy Butler, director of the West Virginia State Rail Authority.

In addition to the conference activities, the BHJ has organized a bike ride on the Panhandle Trail and a tour of the Market Street Bridge. Visitors also will be able to take a tour of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center. They've also planned a cookout at Williams Country Club, featuring meats slow-smoked by the Williams staff over cherry wood harvested from the golf course.

Bil Lepp, five-time champion of the West Virginia Liar's Contest, will entertain guests at the event with tall tales. The evening of dining and entertainment was organized in partnership with the Top of West Virginia Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

For information, contact Mike Paprocki, BHJ Transportation study director, at (740) 282-3668, extension 209.

Jack honored by water association

WELLSBURG - Ernie Jack of Wellsburg has received the National Rural Water Association's Utility Management Certification for demonstrating extensive knowledge of water and wastewater management.

He's among five water specialists who oversee operation of the Moundsville water plant, which treats 5 million gallons per day, is the only ozone treatment plant in West Virginia and softens 100 percent of its finished water for residents of Moundsville and a large part of Marshall County, according to Moundsville officials.

Jack noted the plant also produces a large amount of water for the natural gas and oil industry.

Jack is one of only eight water and wastewater operators to receive the certification.

He was presented the certification by Jack McIntosh, a circuit rider with the West Virginia Rural Water Association and former Follansbee water superintendent, at a Moundsville water board meeting.

New music leaders at Franciscan

STEUBENVILLE - The Sacred Music Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville began the fall semester under the leadership of two new music professors.

Jessica Bachicha Ewell joins the Franciscan faculty to teach voice, music theory and survey of sacred and religious music, among other courses.

She holds a doctorate of musical arts from the Catholic University of America and a master of music from New England Conservatory of Music. She has taught voice in the United States, Italy and the United Kingdom and has given lectures on music history and philosophy.

Ewell was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education's article, "The Grand Vision of a Blind Soprano," which described how Ewell developed her deep love of music despite her blindness.

Nicholas Will is an organist and conductor holding a master of music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In addition to teaching organ lessons and directing the Schola Cantorum Franciscana and Franciscan University Chorale, he teaches courses in music theory, music history, ear training and Gregorian chant. He has performed throughout the Eastern United States, Belgium, Holland and France as an organist, conductor and accompanist.

Franciscan University's Sacred Music Program prepares students for careers as classically trained professional musicians, either in voice or organ. Along with traditional courses of private study, theory and history, students focus on the Catholic church's rich musical tradition, including Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony and the works of all ages.

For information, visit or call the admissions office at (800) 783-6220.

Ohio board approves EGCC?nursing

STEUBENVILLE - The Ohio Board of Nursing granted full approval to Eastern Gateway Community College's Practical Nursing Program through 2018.

The Practical Nursing Program received an onsite visit by an OBN representative during the 2013 spring semester. The survey visit revealed that all requirements are being met and maintained by the program. No citations were issued and a full five-year approval was granted in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, according to Judith Church, OBN president.

Licensed practical nurses care for the sick, injured, convalescent and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. Most LPNs provide basic nursing care at the bedside. They assess patient needs and monitor vital signs, provide wound care, including dressings and treatments, perform procedures such as inserting catheters, suctioning, respiratory treatments and medication administration, monitor IVs and collect specimens for testing. They assist patients to meet their physical and emotional needs.

Eastern Gateway's PN program director is professor Diane Roney, with two other full-time faculty members, professor Judith Hince and associate professor Dana Meadows.

Applications for the class that starts in May are being accepted. Interested students should contact the college's admissions office at (740) 264-5591, extension 212. Information can be found on the college's online catalog at, search word catalog.

Five Bethany profs installed

BETHANY - Five members of the Bethany College faculty were installed into endowed positions during a formal ceremony at the school.

Bethany President Scott D. Miller said the ceremony "honors and recognizes significant, distinctive contributors to their fields."

The college has 13 endowed positions. Joining that list this year are:

Lisa Reilly, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the department of physical science and mathematics, who has been named the Goulding-Woolery Professor of Chemistry. Reilly, who was the 2012 recipient of the President's Award for Faculty Excellence, has served on several committees and has been an adviser for multiple student organizations.

Anju Ramjee, professor of finance, who has been named the John F. and Evelyn Casey Steen Professor of Finance. In 2013, she received the President's Award for Excellence in Performance for Faculty, was a nominee for the West Virginia Merit Foundation Faculty of the Year and a nominee for CASE Professor of the Year nationally.

Joseph Walsh, assistant professor of mathematics, who has been named the Matthew Quay Ammon Professor of Mathematics. Walsh, who joined Bethany in 2012, is a frequent participant and contributor at national and regional mathematics conferences and has received awards and recognitions in mathematics and physics.

David R. Black, who is the Sarah B. Cochran Visiting Executive in Residence and is also serving as interim provost. Black retired at the end of the 2012-13 academic year as president of Eastern University and Palmer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He was president of Lakeland College in Wisconsin.

Travis Straub, who is the R. Richard Renner Visiting Scholar in English. Straub is a published author, and he served as fiction reader for the University of Pittsburgh's literary magazine Hot Metal Bridge. He also served as co-host of the Graduate Reading Series there.

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