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MCCTC BISTRO ANNOUNCES WINTER/SPRING HOURS: The Bistro at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, a student-operated restaurant, has new winter and spring hours starting in January. The restaurant will be open for dine in or carryout from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Open dates are: Jan. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22; Feb.10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26; March 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 31; and April 1, 2. To make a reservation or place an order for carryout, call 330-729-4000, Ext. 1506.

OHIO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION NAMES NEW OFFICERS: The Ohio Hospital Association, representing 219 hospitals and 13 health systems, has elected new officers and appointed new trustees to its board for 2015. Beginning Thursday, Chip Hubbs, president and CEO of Memorial Health, Marysville, will serve as board chair; Cynthia Moore-Hardy, president and CEO, Lake Health, Concord, will serve as secretary-treasurer. Immediate past chair is Phil Ennen, president and CEO of Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, Bryan. All board officers serve a one-year term. Five new members join the OHA board as trustees-at-large, serving a three-year-term, 2015-2017. They are: Scott Cantley, president and CEO, Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta; Mike Keating, president and CEO, The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati; Rick Lofgren, M.D., president and CEO, UC Health, Cincinnati; Tom Malone, M.D., president and CEO, Summa Health System, Akron; and Ed Roth, president and CEO, Aultman Health System, Canton.

MOONEY TO DELIVER KEYNOTE AT CHAMBER’S ATHENA AWARD DINNER: Beth E. Mooney, American Banker Magazine’s No. 1 female banker in each of the last two years, will deliver the keynote address at the Regional Chamber’s 23rd annual ATHENA Award dinner. Mooney, chairman and chief executive officer for KeyCorp, was once recognized by Forbes magazine as one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Business,” will speak at the May 28 event that honors the top professional women in the Valley. Nomination forms for the 2015 ATHENA Award will be available in January when the Regional Chamber issues its call for nominations. The ATHENA program will include the presentation of the ATHENA Scholarship to a deserving female student planning to attend or currently enrolled at Youngstown State University, a local Kent State University branch or Eastern Gateway Community College.

SOUTHWOODS SURGICAL HOSPITAL TOP PERFORMER: The Surgical Hospital at Southwoods, Boardman, has been selected as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. The Joint Commission recognized Southwoods for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for surgical care. Southwoods is one of only 1,224 hospitals in America to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction. The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with a variety of conditions. To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to achieve 95 percent or better rankings consistently on select performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data.

COGISTIX TO RELOCATE IN BOARDMAN: Cogistix, LLC, a developer of software for the manufacturing and distribution industries, has purchased 7680 Market St., Boardman, where the company plans to relocate its corporate headquarters. The 15,000-square-foot building, purchased from HBK Boardman Realty Com, was listed for $1.2 million at the time of the sale and features an environmentally controlled data center, large addition and wooded campus with plenty of parking.

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HOME SAVINGS HIRES LINAMEN: Home Savings and Loan Company has hired of Nick Linamen as area sales manager for central Ohio. Home Savings is a subsidiary of United Community Financial Corp. Linamen brings with him more than 30 years of banking and lending experience, and was most recently employed at Benchmark Bank, Union Savings Bank, National City and US Bank over the last 20 years. Linamen attended Cedarville University. He is a Certified Mortgage Planner, Certified Liability Advisor and a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist. He is a member of the Ohio Mortgage Banks Association and the Columbus Mortgage Bankers Association. With current assets of $1.8 billion, Home Savings operates 32 banking offices and nine loan production offices throughout Ohio and western Pennsylvania, employing approximately 500 people. For more information, visit

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Warren business highlighted: Founder and President of Warren-based Technical Staffing Professionals, Bruce A. Bille, CPC, was highlighted in the Nov. 28 issue of 2014-2015 Who’s Who in Energy by Columbus Business First. Bille has been actively recruiting in the fuel cell industry since 2001, and he has developed a wide network of industry contacts. Based in Ohio, his recruiting reach is nationwide, and he has assisted numerous fuel cell developers across the country to find and hire the talent they needed to succeed. Technical Staffing Professionals has local ties to YSU’s STEM program and Warren’s TBEIC program.

Regional Chamber announces appointments: The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber Board of Directors has appointed five new members. They are 910th Airlift Wing Commander Col. James Dignan from the Youngstown Air Reserve Station; Cortland Banks President and CEO Jim Gasior; VEC Inc. COO / President Chris Jaskiewicz; Aqua Ohio President and COO Ed Kolodziej; and Home Savings President and CEO Gary Small. Also, Martha Bushey of Manchester, Bennett, Powers & Ullman was named incoming chairwoman, replacing Pete Asimakopoulos, Youngstown Market President for First National Bank, who served as chairman for the past two years and moves into the role of Immediate Past Chair.

Millwood Natural expands: Millwood Natural, a local supplier of environmental containment products to the Marcellus and Utica shale industry, is expanding to meet growing demand. The company hired Ben Timmons and Amy Giovannone to handle business development in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Carrie Hughes also joined Millwood Natural’s business development team. Vienna-based Millwood Natural offers products like crane mats, new and used pipeline skids, silt socks, straw wattles and containment stakes.

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RV Investment Services opens in Warren: Richard Vilsack opened RV Investment Services at 194 E. Market St., Warren, earlier this year as a branch office of National Planning Corp. Vilsack has been a registered investment representative in Warren for the past 23 years, the last 15 years as vice president/program manager for two local financial institutions. RV Investment Services offers a comprehensive array of financial products and services. Vilsack can be reached at 330-306-5700 or

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Attorneys named super lawyers: James L. Blomstrom, a Youngstown business litigation attorney, and Frederick S. “Fritz” Coombs III, a Youngstown creditors rights attorney, both members in the law firm of Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd., have been named to the 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers list. The list of top lawyers is published annually, based on balloting and peer review by lawyers throughout the Buckeye State. Only about 5 percent of the state’s attorneys appear on the Super Lawyer list. Blomstrom was recognized in the area of Business Litigation. Coombs was recognized in the area of Business Bankruptcy and Business Creditor Debtor Rights. Also, Matthew M. Ries, a civil litigation and employment lawyer, has been designated as a “Rising Star,” limited to lawyers under age 40 and who have been practicing law less than 10 years. Ries was recognized in the area of Civil Litigation and Employment Law.

TMH recognized for pneumonia care: ValleyCare Health System of Ohio announced that Trumbull Memorial Hospital has received national recognition for its quality care of pneumonia patients. Using data taken from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Trumbull Memorial as being among the nation’s top hospitals, and the only hospital in Ohio, with the best outcomes for pneumonia patients.

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Berk has new account manager: Sheila Leith recently joined Berk Enterprises, Inc., of Warren, as account manager. She has more than 10 years experience in accounting and retail and restaurant management. Leith is a graduate of Youngstown State University and has an associate’s degree in accounting and business administration.

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Herk’s flooring opens: Owner Kenneth Lude and the Regional Chamber on Friday hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new Herk’s Flooring, 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, C-2, Boardman. Herk’s Flooring is a veteran-owned business established in April to offer quality products at reasonable pricing with professional installation. It offers carpet, vinyl, tile, hardwood, luxury vinyl and plank for all commercial and residential needs.

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FNFC drops a nickel; Cortland Bancorp steady

First Niles Financial stocks closed at $9.15 a share in trading Monday, dropping 5 cents from Friday. Cortland Bancorp remained at $15.75.

High court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant’s arguments that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms and put BP on the hook to pay inflated and bogus claims by businesses.

BP wanted the court to consider whether people and businesses seeking payments under the settlement included individuals who haven’t actually suffered any injury related to the spill.

The settlement doesn’t have a cap, but BP initially estimated that it would pay roughly $7.8 billion to resolve the claims. But now the company says it can no longer give a reliable estimate for how much the deal will cost.

UAW reaches top tier of VW labor policy in Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the South.

Volkswagen said that an independent auditor had verified that the UAW’s Local 42 had signed up at least 45 percent of workers at the Chattanooga plant. That will entitle the union to biweekly discussions with managers and to frequent access to access to the plant for meetings, notices and other organizing activity.

While the policy doesn’t address collective bargaining, UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel called it a “starting point” for achieving that goal at the plant where he said the union already represents more than half the workers.

The UAW narrowly lost a union vote at the plant in February after a campaign that included warnings from Republican lawmakers that state incentives needed to expand the plant could be threatened if the union won.

Casteel said that negotiations with Volkswagen management later resulted in the union dropping a National Labor Relations Board challenge in exchange for later being recognized as the representative of its members at the plant without another vote.

“We believe Volkswagen made this commitment in good faith and we believe the company will honor this commitment,” Casteel said.

Volkswagen’s policy of giving labor groups access to its plant stands in contrast to other foreign automakers in the South, which have largely tried to tamp down union activity.

Walgreen tests virtual doctor visits through app

Walgreen is testing a new telemedicine service that lets patients see a doctor without leaving home or visiting any of the drugstore chain’s clinics.

The Deerfield, Illinois, company said Monday that patients in California or Michigan can now contact a physician around the clock through Walgreen’s mobile application for smartphones or tablet computers.

The virtual visits cost $49, and doctors can diagnose and treat problems that aren’t emergencies and don’t require a physical exam, such as pink eye or bronchitis. The physicians, who are licensed to practice in the patient’s state, also can write prescriptions.

Vail to invest $50 million, connect 2 Utah ski resorts

SALT LAKE CITY – A new high-speed gondola is set to be built this summer to connect two Utah ski resorts and create one of the largest ski areas in the country, Vail Resorts Inc. announced Monday.

The lift connecting Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort is the key part of $50 million in investments planned at the two resorts ahead of the 2015-16 ski season. Other plans include making two other lifts bigger and faster, building one new restaurant and upgrading two others, and improving snowmaking.

It will be a transformational makeover that will give skiers and snowboarders a much better experience, said Bill Rock, Park City Mountain Resort chief operating officer. The projects are pending approval from city and county officials in Park City.

“Putting the two resorts together has been the vision for a long time,” Rock said. “It’s great for our company, it’s great for Park City, and it’s great for Utah skiing.”

Vail bought Park City Mountain Resort in September for $182.5 million, resolving a messy legal battle between Vail and Powdr Corp. that threatened to cancel the ski season. Vail began leasing and operating Canyons in May 2013.

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REAL LIVING VOLPINI REALTY GROUP, HOWLAND OFFICE TOP PRODUCERS: Real Living Volpini Realty Group’s Howland Office announced its top producers for November. The top listing agents were Patty Helmick and Kim Griffin. The top selling agents were Helmick, Jacquie Hays and Dan Blair.

SHARON REGIONAL CENTER FOR ORGAN RECOVERY AND EDUCATION, DEDICATE ROSE: The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) and Sharon Regional Health System dedicated a rose that will appear on the Donate Life Float in the 2015 Rose Parade. Dedicated roses are placed in a vials that carry a personal message of hope and remembrance to honor organ donors, recipients and those touched by organ, tissue and cornea donation.

TIME AND ALLY FINANCIAL HONOR YOUNGSTOWN DEALER: Douglas Sweeney, dealer principal at Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC in Youngstown, has been nominated for the 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year award. Sweeney is among 55 dealers nominated from across the country who will be honored at the 98th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in San Francisco on Jan. 23.

LOCAL CHAPTER OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL WOMEN: The National Association of Professional Women is hosting a networking event 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Cafe 422, 4422 Youngstown Road S.E., Warren. For information call 330-395-0200.

SOUTHWOODS SURGICAL RECOGNIZED: The Surgical Hospital at Southwoods has been recognized with two Press Ganey awards: the 2014 Beacon of Excellence Award, given to the top three healthcare organizations nationally on the basis of extraordinary achievement and the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award, a healthcare industry symbol of achievement. Press Ganey is a nationally recognized rating service for healthcare providers. Each year, the company reviews the records and performance of more than 10,000 facilities before bestowing its awards.

LANDERS-LEWIS MARKS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY: Landers-Lewis Insurance Agency and Consulting is celebrating its one-year anniversary. The agency was recently named the top performing new agency through the third quarter of 2014 by the United Independent Agency Alliance. The agency, along with MVC Advisors, has 12 employees and a combined 119 years of professional experience.

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AVALON HOLDINGS NAMES NEW TREASURER/CFO: Ronald E. Klingle, board chairman, Avalon Holdings Corp., announced that Bryan P. Saksa was hired as treasurer and chief financial officer replacing Timothy C. Coxson, effective Dec. 1.Saksa held financial accounting and reporting positions at Myers Industries Inc. and TransDigm Group Inc. He received his Bachelor Degree of Business Administration in accounting from Cleveland State University and has been a certified public accountant since 2001. He previously worked for Grant Thornton LLP, a national public accounting firm. Coxson, who resigned as treasurer and chief financial officer, will continue to be employed by Avalon as director of corporate financial services and will report to Klingle.

SHARON REGIONAL ANNOUNCES NEW NURSING SCHOOL DIRECTOR: Sharon Regional Health System has announced the appointment of Tricia Ryan, MSN, RN, CNE, as the new director of the Sharon Regional Health System School of Nursing. Ryan replaces Sherry Greenburg, who is retiring Dec. 19. Ryan has been a member of the school’s faculty since 2007, serving as the simulation lab coordinator, curriculum co-coordinator and curriculum committee co-chair as well as serving on the admission and systematic evaluation committees, student development committee and several others.

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INSURANCE AGENCY CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: Landers-Lewis Insurance Agency and Consulting is celebrating its one-year anniversary in the Mahoning Valley. The agency was recently named the top performing new agency through the third quarter of 2014 by the United Independent Agency Alliance. Steven R. Lewis, principal at Landers-Lewis, explained the agency, along with sister organization, MVC Advisors, offers “a unique blend” of financial consulting expertise and insurance. Landers-Lewis Insurance along with MVC Advisors has 12 employees and a combined 119 years of professional experience. The agency, which serves the entire Mahoning Valley, offers home, auto, renters, and business insurance, along with bonds and professional liability coverages.

TOURISM BUREAU NAMES NEW TRUSTEES: Three new trustees were elected during the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau’s recent annual membership meeting. More than 40 members attended the meeting at the Residence Inn in Niles. Chris Carfangia of Pine Lakes Golf Club was elected to a three-year term to replace outgoing golf course Trustee Gary McMullin, from Yankee Run Golf Course. Jim Bugos from the WD Packard Music Hall/JAC Management is replacing Zachary Svette of Trumbull County MetroParks. Michele Janci from the Residence Inn Niles assumes the at-large seat vacated by Jerry Usselman. The new trustees will be installed at the Jan. 8 reorganization meeting, when the board’s new officers will be elected and current board president, Jerry Usselman, steps down. Also, Don Sutton, owner of Market Square in Kinsman and creator of the Tour Route 7, was named Member of the Year.

BUILDERS ASSOCIATION TO HOLD MEETING: The Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania (The Builders) will hold its 45th Annual Meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Youngstown Country Club, 1402 Country Club Drive. The association will issue reports on 2014 activities, elect association officers and executive committee members for 2015 and announce recipients of the annual Youngstown State University Scholarships.

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YOUNGSTOWN NATIVE JOINS LOCAL LAW FIRM: Day Ketterer announced that Youngstown native Thomas L. Scanlon has joined the firm as an associate in its Litigation and Business Law Practice Groups. Scanlon, of Canton, received his juris doctorate from The University of Akron School of Law in 2014, graduating second in his class, and serving on the Akron Law Review Editorial Board. While in law school, Scanlon served as a summer associate at Day Ketterer and worked closely with the firm’s attorneys on issues related to contracts, education law, insurance disputes, oil and gas law, and property law. Prior to attending law school, Scanlon graduated from Walsh University with his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance.

SHARON REGIONAL MEDICAL STAFF HONORS PHYSICIANS: Sharon Regional Health System medical staff recently hosted its annual physician recognition dinner at the Corinthian Banquet Hall and Event Center in Sharon, Pa. Recognized were: Ravi Sachdeva, M.D., general surgeon, for 40 years of service to the hospital and community; Joseph Giordano, M.D., internal medicine, 35 years; Gilda Stigliano, D.D.S., dentistry, 30 years; Mary Dougherty, M.D., internal medicine, James Ryan, M.D., cardiology, Michael Abdul Malak, M.D., obstetrics / gynecology, and Allison Angott, M.D., family medicine, 20 years; Daniel Bee, D.O., family medicine, and Ronnie Mignella, M.D., cardiology, 15 years; Jay Porter, D.O., family medicine, 10 years; and Neven Kosic, M.D., pulmonology, Michael Burley, M.D., cardiology, Sonia Mokgethi, M.D., anesthesia, and Brandon Mikolich, M.D., cardiology, five years. Amy Smith, interim CEO at Sharon Regional and board chair Karen Winner-Sed gave opening remarks. David D’Amore, M.D. gave a special memorial tribute to Joseph Bolotin, M.D. New physicians were introduced by medical staff secretary-treasurer Joseph Millan, M.D. and medical staff president John Gallagher, M.D. gave a special presentation titled, “Looking Back as We Move Forward.”

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