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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- New York choreographer Staś Kmieć has signed a two-year contract as artistic director of Ballet Western Reserve, the organization announced Saturday. The contract includes an exclusive pre-professional training program in BWR’s school and a dance company. “The impact Kmieć made three years ago and again during the recent spring season prompted the board to seek his expertise to rejuvenate, redesign, and reimagine BWR,” said Sabrina Shapiro, board president. The motto he established for BWR in 2011 -- "Inspiration, Professionalism and Dance...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore SALINEVILLE, Ohio -- Classes begin Aug. 19 at the new Utica Shale Academy, regardless of whether the school meets the state's requirements for enrollment. As of last Friday, the school had 22 students enrolled, three fewer than the minimum of 25 needed to keep the school, housed at Southern Local Junior/Senior High School here, open. If enrollment doesn't reach the threshold by Sept. 15, the school will close, says Chuck Kokiko, chief academic officer for the Jefferson County Educational Service Center. But he...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MERCER, Pa. -- Penn-Northwest Development Corp. has been awarded a 15-year loan of $1.28 million at 2.25% by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority in behalf of Integrated Fabrication & Machine Inc., Sharpsville. The company will use the proceeds to acquire and renovate a plant in Hempfield Township, Mercer County. Integrated Fabrication & Machine, which produces high quality stainless steel, copper, aluminum and titanium specialty fabrications to the capital goods market, will purchase and renovate a 68,000-square-foot structure to further its...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Author:  Suzanne Elliott PITTSBURGH -- Drinking water in the Upper Ohio River basin is safe to drink, but it remains vital that the monitoring of runoff into the region’s rivers and creeks be continued. That’s the conclusion of water quality experts from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia who spoke Monday at the Convergence at the Confluence, a daylong conference hosted by the Three Rivers QUEST water-quality monitoring program. The event, funded by Colcom Foundation of Pittsburgh, was held at Duquesne University. QUEST, the acronym...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The State Controlling Board voted Monday to approve a $43,000 roadwork development grant to the Mahoning County engineer’s office Monday for improvements to support Hynes Industries’ expansion. The project includes the reconstruction of a two-lane, deteriorated roadway used at the main access road to the industrial park that connects North Meridian Road to Four Mile Run road.  In May, following approval of a seven-year, 40% job-creation tax credit. Hynes announced that it would consolidate operations at its Oakwood Avenue headquarters and sites on...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Mahoning Valley Young Professionals Club has issued its last call for nominations to its 25 Under 35 recognition program. Nominations are due Aug. 15, and 25 young professionals will be honored Feb. 5, 2015. Young professionals will be honored for their professional accomplishments and community service. Twenty-five honorees will be selected from all nominations received. All responses to questions on the official nomination form will be rated by an independent selection panel. The 25 nominees with the highest average rating will be recognized...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Author:  George Nelson BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Citing economic factors and changes in how organizations recruit volunteers for their causes, the HandsOn Volunteer Network of the Valley announced today that’s it’s ceasing operations effective Oct. 1. “It’s the best thing for everyone involved,” the president of the board, John Cerni, remarked.   Established in 1984 as a program that recruited volunteers as caregivers to help older adults remain independent in their homes, HandsOn expanded to become a resource that connected volunteers with...

Monday, August 11, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Talmer Bank and Trust has added Perry Chickonoski to its commercial banking team as a commercial relationship managerfor the Mahoning Valley. Chickonski will be based in Boardman. Most recently, he was a vice president and senior business banking relationship manager with Chase Bank.  Chickonoski will report to Bob Kempe, managing director-commercial loan group. “His extensive experience as a trusted resource for Mahoning Valley businesses is an asset to our bank as well as to our clients,” said Kempe. A long-time resident of the Mahoning Valley,...

Monday, August 11, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell today announced the addition of attorney Denise Glinatsis Bayer as an associate in the firm. Bayer joins HHM after more than three years in independent practice, where she counseled entrepreneurs, middle-market business owners and nonprofit organizations. Her work included entity formation, commercial transactions, contract negotiation and drafting and corporate governance issues. Previously, she served as in-house counsel for Cafaro Management Co., a Youngstown based developer and manager of shopping centers....

Monday, August 11, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Gov. John R. Kasich will deliver the keynote address Aug. 18 when Jim Tressel is officially installed as president of Youngstown State University, the school announced today. The event takes place at 2 p.m. in YSU’s Beeghly Center. Kasich is among several state government and higher education leaders expected to attend the ceremony during which Tressel will be installed as YSU’s ninth president. The ceremony, which will be streamed live at http://www.horizonleague.org/live/11613, is open to the public. Free parking will be available on campus. A...

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