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June 5, 2011
The Herald-Star

JOINS PHARMACY: Registered pharmacist Mike Wenzowski has joined the Ross Park Pharmacy West as a pharmacist. Ross Park Pharmacy West is in the Medical Pavilion behind Trinity Medical Center West.

Wenzowski received his bachelor's degree in chemistry and a master's degree in pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the Ross Park Pharmacy West staff he owned the Diamond Pharmacy in Wintersville and was a staff pharmacist at the Rite Aid in downtown Steubenville.

Wenzowski lives in Weirton with his wife and five children.

BUSINESS HONOR: Jerad Simpson, a graduate of Brooke High School and West Virginia University, has been inducted to Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honorary fraternity.

The group accepts only students ranking in the top 10 percent of undergraduate programs and top 20 percent of graduate programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

The son of Jerry and Pam Simpson of Follansbee, Simpson graduated in May with a degree in management from the school's college of business and economics.

ODNR REMINDER: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued a reminder brought about by many questions regarding flood insurance resulting from the heavy rains of the previous two months.

Federal flood insurance is available for any owned or rented structure in communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program. ODNR noted there is a misconception that some structures are ineligible, but that is not the case. Answers are available from a resident's insurance agent.

Flood insurance is not covered within a standard homeowner's policy and must be purchased separately.

To learn more about flood insurance, visit

CONNECTing: The Connect Ohio program joined officials from Columbiana County to dedicate the new Multi-Agency Radio Communication System tower, which includes equipment benefitting first responders as well as expanded broadband communications access.

The tower, in Alliance, is the result of a nearly two-year project that began in 2009 with the Columbiana County Port Authority and OmniCity Inc. advocating the possibilities for broadband expansion. The broadband and communication connectivity was completed in the spring.

David Weddell, vice president of business development and corporate partnerships with OmniCity, a fixed wireless Internet provider, said the tower is the first in Ohio with fiber optics running to the tower itself, as well as WiMAX technology, which allows for 4G access capabilities and upgraded connectivity without replacing ground equipment. The tower has the capability to serve 300 homes, and OmniCity plans to deploy additional towers in the area in the near future.

ConnectOhio is a program seeking to expand broadband access to every Ohio household. It is the result of a partnership between the state and Connected Nation, a national nonprofit organization specializing in increased technology access and literacy.

(News items or photographs for the Sunday Business section may be sent to Paul Giannamore, Business Editor, by e-mail at, by regular mail at 401 Herald Square, Steubenville, OH 43952, or by fax at (740) 284-7355. Any photographs sent through e-mail must be in jpeg format and sent as an attachment. For information, call Giannamore at (740) 283-4711, ext. 357.)

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