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March 10, 2013
The Herald-Star

MILESTONE: The Ohio State Bar Association will recognize Casimir Adulewicz of Steubenville and Karl W. Sommer of Martins Ferry for passing the 50-year mark in their practice of law at the OSBA District 15's annual meeting on April 2 at the Belmont Hills Country Club, 47080 National Road, St. Clairsville.

Judge Patrick F. Fischer, president of the bar association, said the two will be presented with a special certificate recognizing their accomplishments.

The event also includes two and one-half CLE credit hours, including one hour of professionalism, one hour of ethics instruction and a half-hour of substance abuse instruction. Those attending also will elect one member to the Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates for a two-year term, succeeding attorney David Scarpone of Steubenville.

APPOINTED: Nita J. Hughes is the new branch manager at First National Bank's Follansbee office.

She will manage branch operations and sales efforts, including the development of new business and customer service efforts. She will report to Greg Conrad, vice president and market manager.

Hughes has more than 20 years of industry experience. She joined First National Bank in 2000 as manager at its Conneautville, Pa., office and previously worked for Mellon Bank in Meadville, Pa.

She attended Edinboro University and expects to earn her bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix in 2013. A past board member for the Crawford County Heritage Foundation and past secretary for the Martin Luther King Scholarship Board, she resides in Weirton.


Ohio Valley Oil & Gas Association has added two staff members with local ties.

Lisa Duvall will be industry and community relations director, while Tricia Zaccagnini has been named membership renewal and event manager.

"The impact of the Marcellus and Utica shale drilling is enormous in this region," said Matt Steele, OVOGA board president. "The mission of the OVOGA is to educate our members, provide networking opportunities and help businesses grow. Lisa and Tricia will play integral roles in this."

A native of Belmont County, Duvall is a graduate of Bellaire High School and West Liberty University with a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education. She was a reporter and associate local news editor at The Times Leader; field representative and press secretary for then-U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland and regional director for Gov. Strickland. She most recently managed a successful statewide judicial campaign in West Virginia.

With the exception of her college years, Zaccagnini is a lifelong resident of the Ohio Valley. She is a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor of science in communications, Wheeling Jesuit University with a master of business administration and is pursuing a teaching certificate.

Prior to working for the OVOGA, Zaccagnini served as the public relations manager with the National Technology Transfer Center. She also is a coordinator with the Gala Group in Wheeling, which provides quality wedding and event planning for the Upper Ohio Valley. She resides in Rayland with her husband, Neal.

The Ohio Valley Oil & Gas Association is a regional alliance of businesses whose mission is to support oil and gas production and distribution in the Eastern Ohio, Northern West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania areas through the use of local businesses and employees; to be a resource to match needs of the oil and gas producers and distributors with local providers; and to be a resource for new business entities serving the oil and gas industry. Membership information may be found at

RECOGNIZED: A pair of employees at Family Connections have been recognized by the organization, their peers and the local community for giving their time and talents to those in need.

At the 2012 West Virginia Child Care Association conference in Charleston recently, Ashley Boyce of Weirton received the Children's Service Worker award and Cathy Sobel of New Cumberland received the Champion of Children award.

Boyce is a shift leader at Brooke Place, Family Connections' residential program for adolescent girls. An excerpt from her nomination reads, "While her narrow focus might be one girl at a time, she is able to keep the larger picture in mind. She sets her treatment sights on all the girls. She connects regularly with families, acts as a liaison with the school and mentors the girls about wellness."

Cathy Sobel, a Family Connections board member since 2003, has been a leader on the fund development committee since its inception and, according to the group, embraces the spirit of volunteerism in words and actions. "Active in church and community clubs, the girls at Brooke Place have a special spot in her heart. She is always on the lookout for some activity, community connection or chance for them to give back that will entertain and raise their positive profile," they said.

Family Connections operates as a licensed nonprofit child care agency and behavioral health center. The agency provides residential treatment services for teenage girls at its Brooke Place facility in Colliers, and provides out-patient counseling services at its Weirton Medical Center location. It receives funding from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, Medicaid, Medicare, private insurances, self-pay and contributions.

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