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August 14, 2011
The Herald-Star

NEW CPA: Robert J. Alatis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stathis Alatis of Weirton, recently passed his Certified Public Accountant exam.

Alatis, who earned his bachelor of science in business administration in 2008 and his master's of professional accountancy degree in 2009 from West Virginia University, has been employed as a staff auditor at Gibbons and Kawash CPAs in Charleston since 2009.

His is a member of the class of 2004 at Weir High.

SAFETY COUNCIL: The Jefferson County Safety Council will meet at noon Wednesday at the YWCA, 320 N. Fourth St. for its August session.

The speaker will be Dave Gallegly of Sperian Fall Protection Inc., who will discuss prevention of costly worker falls on the job, and demonstrate safety equipment used to protect workers.

USW-ATI PACT: The United Steelworkers ratified four-year agreements covering about 3,000 employees at Allegheny Technologies Inc.'s ATI Allegheny Ludlum and Albany, Ore., titanium plants.

The contracts expire June 30, 2015.

It was the second vote on a tentative agreement, with the USW rejecting an earlier pact. Published reports from several sources said retiree health care costs had been the driver for the earlier rejection.

It took two attempts to get a contract passed in June between the Steelworkers and TIMET's titanium mill at Toronto. Health care and retiree costs also had factored into the initial rejection there.

COOL RECYCLING: AEP Ohio has extended its $50 incentive for recycling an old, but still operable, refrigerator or freezer under the Appliance Recycling Program.

The incentive was boosted from its usual $35 to $50 for the summer, and was to go back to the lower level this month. However, AEP said it will continue offering the higher incentive.

Nearly 4,500 customers of AEP Ohio scheduled their old refrigerators or freezers for collection during June and July.

To arrange a home pick-up, call (877) 545-4112 or visit Crews arrive at a scheduled appointment to move out the old unit to a truck and haul it to a recycling facility. The refrigerators must be at least 10 cubic feet and be operable.

OPEN HOUSE: Dr. Charles Capito, an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Steubenville and Weirton, will mark the opening of his Wellsburg location at 843 Commerce St. with an open house at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Refreshments will be served.

INVENTOR EVENT: An Inventors Event will be held Tuesday at the Muskingum County Business Incubator offices in Zanesville to guide people with ideas for a product, service, business or who already hold a patent on an idea.

Progress Alliance, in partnership with MCBI and TechGROWTH Ohio are providing an opportunity to hear from experts on intellectual property and how to protect it. Entrepreneurs from T&M Tactical will share their experiences in developing their ideas and navigating the patent and trademark process.

A $49 registration fee will be charged. Two sessions are available, one at 1 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m. MCBI's offices are at 56 N. Fifth St., Zanesville. For information, call Progress Alliance at (740) 283-2476, MCBI at (740) 453-3649 or visit

COMPETITION APPROACHES: Entries in the 2011 Regional Business Plan Competition, presented by WesBanco, are due by Sept. 27.

The winners will have the opportunity for more than $10,000 in cash and business services to help develop their business.

For information, call Donna Hrezo at Progress Alliance at (740) 283-2476 or e-mail her at Visit for details.

PROGRESS PARTNERS TO MEET: The Partners in Progress, the sponsors and contributors of the Progress Alliance economic development organization, will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Toronto city park. The Progress Alliance annual summer cookout will follow.

Fred Burns, superintendent of the Toronto City Schools, will provide an update on the new high school construction project.

STATE SETS SESSION: Local government officials have been invited to meet with state officials to discuss impacts of the oil and gas industry's growth in the Utica and Marcellus shale region.

A meeting for officials from five counties with various state agencies will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College. It is the first of a series of regional government-to-government meetings being coordinated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. County engineers, auditors and commissioners, township and municipal representatives, economic development leaders and sheriffs have been invited to attend. State and federal elected officials also have been invited.

The government-to-government meetings will include information for local governments from the Ohio Department of Taxation, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, workforce development officials, the Ohio Department of Development, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

The sessions are for government officials only. The ODNR said public discussions will be held at a later date.

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