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Northwood recognizes top sellers: Northwood Realty Services reported its May 2014 Top Producers for Trumbull and Mahoning counties. For the Trumbull County office in Howland, Jody Sova is Listing Volume Leader and Listing Unit Leader. Andrea Hovance is Selling Volume Leader and Selling Unit Leader. For Mahoning County offices in Boardman, Canfield and Poland, Listing Volume Leaders are Kelly Alesi, Mindy Cline and Audrey Geskey. Listing Unit Leaders are Alesi, Kathy Ludt, Sheri Rago and Chris Roman. Selling Volume Leaders are Cline, Anne Massullo and Cheri Secre. Selling Unit Leaders are Dee Brintzenhofe, Georgia Evich and Roman.

UH-Geauga welcomes new physicians: University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center welcomes Northeast Ohio natives Michael Carlisle, DO, and Dominic V. Sanniti, DO, to the community hospital’s medical staff and the Geauga County community. Dr. Carlisle has been practicing for six years as a behavioral health specialist board-certified in adult psychiatry. He joined UH Geauga Medical Center in June as the hospital’s first full-time inpatient psychiatrist. Dr. Sanniti completed his family medicine residency in June and will practice at Middlefield Family Medicine, 15976 E. High St. in Middlefield.

Hospital completes 600th robot-assisted surgery: St. Joseph Health Center’s Robotic Surgical Services recently achieved a landmark accomplishment: completion of its 600th robot-assisted surgery, a hysterectomy performed by Dr. Anthony DeSalvo. The first robot-assisted surgery in Trumbull County was completed at St. Joseph Health Center April 13, 2012. Dr. DeSalvo performed that surgery, also a robot-assisted hysterectomy, on a 26-year-old mother of four. Humility of Mary Health Partners introduced robot-assisted surgery to the Mahoning Valley in 2007.

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Grace Woods opens new assisted living: Grace Woods Senior Living, LLC, announced the opening of a new assisted living building for young and middle-aged adults at 730 Youngstown-Warren Road in Niles. The facility provides a safe, secure and welcoming environment for adults 35 to 55 years old who require assistance with activities of daily living in 13 affordable dormitory-like units. Grace Woods accepts payment though Ohio’s Assisted Living Waiver Program (Ohio Medicaid) and is Ohio Department of Health Licensed Residential Care Facility certified by the Ohio Department of Aging as Assisted Living Waiver Providers.

Ribbon cut on Home care operation: The Regional Chamber joined owner Yyvette Wade on June 12 for a ribbon cutting for Family & Friend’s Home Care, 290 Market St., Warren. Family & Friend’s Home Care opened in 2013 as a home care agency specifically catering to the armed force veteran and spouse / widow with PTSD / MTBI or needing daily care in the Warren area. Wade has more than 10 years of operations / management experience.

Adult Day Center opens in Boardman: The Regional Chamber and owner Richard Yarwood cut the ribbon June 17 on Sacred Arms Adult Day Center, 8600 Glenwood Ave. Suite 140, Boardman. Sacred Arms Inc. was established in 2001 as a home health care agency in the basement of Yarwood’s home. He has been working in the medical field for 30 years and has seen the struggles those in need face. Today, Sacred Arms Adult Day Center offers full-day and part-day services.

New Carquest opens in Warren: Manager Jim Bland helped cut the ribbon this month on the new location of Carquest Auto Parts, 3454 Youngstown-Warren Road, Warren, at Ridgeview Plaza. Carquest employs 12 people with more than 400 years of combined experience and offers parts for automobiles, light trucks, H.D. fleet and bus, small engine and marine. It also offers tools and equipment, paint supplies, paint mixing and matching, and industrial and hydraulic hose makeup.

Florist opens new location: The Regional Chamber and Rebecca Norman, marketing manager, this month celebrated the opening of the newest location of Dick Adgate Florist at 4684 Belmont Ave., Liberty. Dick Adgate Florist provides flowers and gifts for all occasions, from the celebration of a birth to the remembrance of a loved one and everything in between. Silks, fresh flowers, plants, gifts and candles can all be found at its three locations.

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Accountant joins Canfield firm: Schroedel, Scullin & Bestic, LLC, CPAs and strategic advisors of Canfield welcomed Genna D. Notareschi. Notareschi graduated from YSU. She is an active member of the Ohio Society of CPAs and is co-chair of the Young CPAs committee of Youngstown.

Accountant earns CPA: Schroedel, Scullin & Bestic, LLC, CPAs and strategic advisors of Canfield announced that Kayla A. Ohlin CPA has been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the Ohio State Board of Accountancy. Ohlin graduated from Thiel College in 2013 and is a member of the Ohio Society for Certified Public Accountants. She was recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award from the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs.

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Local financial stocks reported

First Niles Financial shares held steady in trading Wednesday to close at $9.25 a share. Cortland Bancorp also gained 43 cents to close at $12.25 a share.

Tod Homestead Cemetery to add columbarium

YOUNGSTOWN – Tod Homestead Cemetery has begun construction on a new columbarium memorial garden, a $700,000 investment to accommodate the growing practice of cremation.

While cremation is less popular in the Mahoning Valley than other parts of the country, it is expected to grow here in coming years, said Sallie Tod Dutton, president of the Tod Homestead Cemetery Association. It sometimes is preferred due to cost, less use of land and easier arrangements.

The cemetery was established in 1908 by the Tod family and located at 2200 Belmont Ave. It is the final resting place for more than 35,000 people.

Austintown racino hosts second job fair

YOUNGSTOWN – Hundreds of applicants turned out Wednesday for the second job fair hosted in an attempt to fill about 400 new positions at the new racino under construction in Austintown.

Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, scheduled to open by November, will be located just south of the Interstate 80 interchange of state Route 46 in Austintown.

The second job fair was held at Stambaugh Auditorium on Fifth Avenue in Youngstown.

Officials have said they are seeking to fill most posts with local residents, and all hirees must be nicotine free.

Positions being filled are in the areas of food and beverage, security and surveillance, Video Lottery Terminal operations, housekeeping and maintenance, and racing operations.

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Pop-Up Design Shop set for Warren: Warren Business Exchange, a WRAP program, is collaborating with Youngstown Design Works to assist small businesses, nonprofits and start-ups with things like new logos and Web sites to advertising and branding materials in a “Pop-Up Design Shop” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Friday at 124 N. Park Ave. on Courthouse Square. Existing businesses and startups can make an appointment by calling Warren Redevelopment and Planning at 330-841-2566 or registering online at Walk-in appointments will also be accommodated.

HMHP hospitals expand breath monitoring: Humility of Mary Health Partners (HMHP) hospitals have expanded their use of capnography, or breath monitoring, to include patients outside the operating room. St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center and St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center join a growing group of healthcare leaders in embracing this state-of-the-art patient safety technology. Not getting enough oxygen can lead to medical problems and even cardiopulmonary arrest. Capnography measures the level of carbon dioxide in a breath each time the patient exhales, the hospital announced.

Gibson earns designations: The Gibson Agency of Girard has earned designations as a Grange Personal Lines Agent with Authority and Senior Partner Designation. The honors recognize Gibson’s performance, commitment and professionalism as well as the excellent partnership with Grange. Gibson Insurance Agnecy is located in Girard.

Doctor joins Chiropractic practice: Dr. Jim Mussler of Mussler Chiropractic and Wellness Center announced that Dr. Dannielle MacDuff, doctor of naturopathy, is teaming up with him on Tuesdays at his Boardman practice. The most common ailments treated by NDs include allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, obesity and more. For more information, call 330-758-9567.

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Doctor obtains certification: Local cardiothoracic anesthesiologist, Dr. Rafael Espejo, obtained his board certification in advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography. Dr. Espejo is one of a select group of professionals who has received this specialized certification.

Realtor joins Real Living Volpini: Real Living Volpini Realty Group announced Debbi Scotchie Vizi has joined the company as a new agent. Vizi, with 40 years of real estate experience in northeast Ohio, earned her license in 1971 from Hondros. She began at Manchi Realty in Austintown and has since served Mahoning, Columbiana, Trumbull, and Portage counties with her real estate expertise. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Ohio Association of Realtors and the Youngstown Association of Realtors. She has received the OAR President’s Sales Club for many years and the Realty Alliance National Sales Award for top 5 percent in the nation.

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Childcare center expands: The Regional Chamber and owner Desate Burkley cut the ribbon this month on the expansion of Tiny Faces Childcare, 211 Redondo Road, Youngstown. This full-service childcare center provides a place where children are taught the principles of faith and kindness, learning arts, fundamentals for preschool learning, and homework assistance / tutoring. The center also provides other enriching programs such as karate, basketball and puppetry.

Antiques shop opens: The Regional Chamber and owner Bev Kauffman this month marked the opening of the new Antiques and Treasures, 11836 South Ave., Bldg H, Room 105, North Lima. Antiques and Treasures is locally owned and offers an eclectic mixture of living room, bedroom, and family room furniture, decorative lighting, linens, paintings and photographs, toys, books and a wide selection of decorative pieces including baskets, lamps, ceramic and glassware at reasonable prices all personally selected by Kauffman.

New Realtor opens: The Regional Chamber and Sue Filipovich, assistant team leader has celebrated the opening of Keller Williams Chervenic Realty, 1449 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite 230, Boardman. Keller Williams Chervenic Realty is the largest and fastest growing real estate franchise in North America with more than 100,000 agents.

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Doctor receives award: Howard Mell, MD, MPH, FACEP, an emergency medicine physician at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, is the recipient of the 2014 Spokesperson of the Year Award by the American College of Emergency Physicians, which honors an emergency physician for outstanding efforts in communicating emergency medicine issues. Dr. Mell has been quoted by national news organizations about emergency visits related to energy drinks, and the story ran nationwide in more than 400 news organizations. Dr. Mell is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine and has been an ACEP member since 2005. He EMS director at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of ValleyCare Health System of Ohio.

Middlefield Bank is ranked: Middlefield Banc Corp., parent of The Middlefield Banking Company, has been named as the nation’s 63rd most profitable community bank in the American Banker Magazine’s annual ranking of the top 200 most profitable community banks. Of the 11 Ohio community banks listed in the American Banker Magazine’s top 200 community banks, Middlefield Banc Corp. is the best-performing Ohio community bank with retail banking operations in the Columbus and northeastern Ohio markets.

Lake Milton winery wins statewide recognition: Myrddin Winery of Lake Milton won three medals at the Ohio Winery Competition, taking Best of Show for a Rose and Double Gold, Gold and Silver. Myrddin wine, Vivien won Best of Show Rose, topping all other roses also winning Double Gold. Taliesin won Gold, and Lady of the Lake Reserve took home a Silver.

The Ohio Winery competition attracts wineries from all of Ohio to compete against the international standards of good wine. The winery is owned by Kristofer and Evelyn Sperry and is located on Lake Milton. For more information, log on to

Real Living Volpini recognizes Realtors: Real Living Volpini’s Howland Real Estate office acknowledged top producers for the month of May. They are George Reed, top sales agent, and Patty Helmick, top listing agent.

Hotel hosts business connections event: Business Connections, a local organization focusing on business people, who support one another through the exchange of qualified business referrals, is hosting a breakfast networking meeting. The event is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. June 26 at Magnuson Grand Hotel (formerly the Avalon Inn), 9519 E. Market St. A full, hot, complimentary breakfast will be served. Seating is limited. Register by calling the hotel, 330-856-1900.

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– Doughnut shop opens: The owners of YO Doughnut Co. marked the grand opening of their new business this month at 115 E. Rayen Ave., adjacent to the YSU campus and near the main Youngstown Library. Products include 30 doughnut varieties, handmade fresh daily, and beverages. The business is owned by Royce Robinson. A website is under construction and will be available soon at

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St. E’s implants new heart device: Humility of Mary Health Partners is among the first healthcare providers in the country to implant a revolutionary new cardiac defibrillator under the skin of patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. The new device, called an S-ICD, was developed by Cameron Health / Boston Scientific and is the world’s first commercially available subcutaneous implantable defibrillator. Allan L. Katz, D.O., a cardiac electrophysiologist with Humility of Mary Health Partners Physician Associates, implanted the first S-ICD in a patient at St. Elizabeth on Feb. 17. Since then, Dr. Katz and his partner, Dr. Lee Gemma, have repeated the procedure several times, implanting the S-ICD in more than six other patients. All of these procedures were completed at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Builders welcomes new member: The Workshop Arch & Design, LLC., a local commercial architecture and interior design firm, has joined The Builders. The company specializes in healthcare, collegiate and corporate construction projects. It is certified as a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The Builders represents employers in Trumbull, Columbiana and Mahoning counties in Ohio, and Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania, and acts as a resource for union construction contractors.

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Wean Foundation announces staff changes: Wean Foundation has welcomed Beverly-Ann Burks as Program Officer for Resident Engagement. She is primarily responsible for developing productive, positive relationships with partners, directs the strategy and implementation of the Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership Program. She has more than 20 years experience in community and economic development.

Wean also announced Joette Orsini as foundation officer manager, responsible for organizing its daily operations including facilities, vendor services and overall staff support.

Corrie Adams, former program associate for Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership, will now serve as Emergent Leaders Liaison, Alumni Relations, coordinating and providing leadership development for Emerging Leader Alumni.

Cheryl Crooks, who has been with the foundation for more than 15 years, is now Business and Grants Officer, serving as business / financial liaison.

Lori Wiebe, who joined the foundation in 2012 as office manager, is now Administrative and Special Projects Officer.

Girard native joins local firm: Roth, Blair, Roberts, Strasfeld & Lodge of Youngstown announced that Christine Z. Papa, a Girard native, has joined the law firm. Papa graduated in 2000 from John Carroll University and earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2003. Prior to returning to the Mahoning Valley, she practiced law for several large Philadelphia firms. Here she will concentrate on litigation, employment law and workers’ compensation. She is licensed to practice in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Real Living Volpini welcomes new agent: Real Living Volpini Realty Group announced Dennis Gonatas as a new agent. Gonatas earned his license from Hondros College in March. He served as a police officer for seven years, owned a pizza shop in Struthers and works in outside sales for Verizon. Gonatas is a member of National Association of Realtors, Ohio Association of Realtors and Youngstown Association of Realtors.

Nanologix names VP of Sales: William “Hank” Lewis has taken over the role of vice president of sales and marketing at Nanologix in Hubbard. He brings three decades of selling, marketing and management experience in the pharmaceutical, genetics, genomics and complex molecular laboratory sector. His career has included management positions at Knoll Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, and Myriad Genetics. Most recently, Lewis was a sales manager with CardioDx. He holds his bachelor’s degree from Berea College in Kentucky.

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Groundbreakings held in Struthers: Groundbreakings were held recently at the corner of Youngstown-Poland Road and Midlothian Boulevard in Struthers to mark the expansion of Sami Quick Stop and the construction of a new Dunkin Donuts, Struthers Mayor Terry Stocker announced.

Granite and Marble company cuts ribbon: The Regional Chamber and owner Mike Angelilli cut the ribbon recently to mark the opening of Roman Empire Granite and Marble, 409 Fifth St., Struthers, a family owned and operated granite fabricating and installation business. The company’s expertise includes everything from kitchen countertops, vanities and fireplaces to outside patios. It is introducing porcelain slabs, a new product to enhance customer surroundings.

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UH-Geauga pharmacist honored: University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center pharmacist Mate Soric, PharmD, BCPS, was named Pharmacist of the Year by the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists at the organization’s annual meeting in Columbus. The award recognizes an Ohio health system pharmacist of high integrity and professional ideals who best exemplifies the profession of health system pharmacy practice. Soric, a clinical pharmacist and board-certified pharmacotherapist, has practiced at UH Geauga Medical Center for nearly four years.

Hospital named among best in nation: Humility of Mary Health Partners’ St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center was named a recipient of Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award, placing it in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation. The award recognizes St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center for patient satisfaction based on a survey of 27 different questions in 10 areas, including things like cleanliness, noise levels, pain management and responsiveness to patient needs.

Noise Solutions receives award: Noise Solutions Inc., North America’s leading provider of engineered industrial noise suppression products and services, located in Mercer County, is the recipient of the 2014 Phoenix Awards in the category of New Business Startup. The 2014 Award winners were selected by members of the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce and recognize six outstanding local businesses, organizations or individuals in various categories. The award was presented May 22 in Sharon, Pa.

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Farmers Exec earns designation: Ken Kondas, Investment Executive at Farmers National Bank, has earned the Chartered Financial Consultant professional designation from The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pa. The credential is widely regarded as the highest standard of knowledge and trust for financial planning professionals. It prepares professionals to meet the advanced financial needs of customers. Kondas has been in financial services since 1984, including retail banking, investments and insurance.

Kinsman woman is food direct seller: Margaret Elser of Kinsman has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company of easy-to-prepare foods. As an independent business owner, Elser will offer food samples at home taste-testing parties and ideas for everyday meals, recipes and serving suggestions.

VIT names new VP of Operations: Valley Industrial Trucks announced Mark Evans as Vice President of Operations. Evans, of Mantua, is a U.S. Navy veteran with extensive experience in materials handling operations including aftermarket support for forklift manufacturers and distributors. He will develop and refine customer support and services and implement process improvement strategies.

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Ribbon cut on restaurant to help disabled: The Regional Chamber and owner James Sutman cut the ribbon recently on Gallagher’s Lunch Bucket, 345 Oakhill Ave., Youngstown, created by Golden String Inc., a nonprofit organization, in collaboration with the Oak Hill Renaissance Non-profit Center and Mahoning County. Gallagher’s will employ more than 25 adults with disabilities through Golden String Inc. and The Purple Cat. Light breakfasts and lunches will be served Monday through Friday in the former cafeteria area of the building. “Touch the Moon Candy Saloon” already exists in the former vending machine area of the cafeteria. It is a candy store run by adults with disabilities.

Country Cafe opens: The Regional Chamber and owner Denise Moss marked the official opening of Nese’s Country Cafe, 1500 Salt Springs Road, Lordstown, with a ribbon cutting last month. Nese’s (pronounced Nieces) is a down-home country style cafe. Breakfast is served all day, and the dinner menu consists of comfort foods like homemade meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, lasagna, pot roast, liver and onions and more.

Dog groomer opens in Cornersburg: Owner Darlene Donatiello and the Regional Chamber cut the ribbon May 16 on Dar’s Dirty Dogs, 3265 Canfield Road, Suite B, Cornersburg, a dog grooming, self-dog wash, doggy boutique. Dogs can be professionally groomed by appointment or self-wash tubs are available. Price of self-wash is based on dog size, and each tub is cleaned and sanitized after every use. Donatiello is a certified dog groomer and lifelong area resident.

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