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JOINS TEAM: Dr. Annette Grimshaw will join the family medical care team at C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. as an optometrist, officials have announced.

Grimshaw received her optometry degree from Indiana University School of Optometry and has been providing vision care for more than 15 years.

She will be seeing patients starting in October at the 3136 West St., Weirton, location. For information or to schedule an appointment, call (304) 748-2828 or visit www.changeinc.org.

HONORED AGAIN: Kennywood Park’s Noah’s Ark attraction was recognized as the world’s best funhouse and walkthrough attraction for the eighth consecutive year by the Golden Ticket Awards, which highlight the best of the best in the industry as voted on by theme park aficionados and compiled by industry publication Amusement Today.

The West Mifflin park’s merry-go-round was named a finalist for best carousel, and Phantom Fright Nights and Holiday Lights made the lists for best Halloween and Christmas events.

“Being a finalist in four categories certainly illustrates that Kennywood staff care about what they are doing,” said Tim Baldwin, awards event coordinator. “The holiday festivals have grown in popularity, and the park has developed a perfect mix of the newest thrill rides blended with old classics. Noah’s Ark is just one example of the park’s many charms, as is Thunderbolt, a really beloved wooden coaster. Combine that with the highly ranked Phantom’s Revenge, and the park has something for everyone, regardless of age. I can see why local residents consider the park something really special, and I’m envious of those who can visit regularly.”

Phantom’s Revenge dropped in the best steel coasters rankings to No. 12 from No. 10.

Phantom Fright Nights begins its 17th season Sept. 29.

Kennywood’s sister park, Idlewild & SoakZone in Ligonier, was recognized as the best children’s park for the eighth straight year.

RIDE FAREWELL: Kennywood Park officials have announced that the Log Jammer will be retired when the amusement park’s summer season ends today.

“It is a bittersweet decision, but one that in time will create some exciting opportunities for our guests,” says Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas. “While no final decisions have been made regarding what will replace the Log Jammer, Kennywood is committed to enhancing our guests’ experiences while preserving our signature balance of modern thrills and traditional family favorites.”

The Log Jammer debuted at Kennywood in 1975 as the park’s first million-dollar attraction, and featured a 53-foot drop chute. The site was previously home to attractions including the Kangaroo, Loop-O-Plane, Bayern Kurve, a Ferris Wheel and, from 1930 until 1974, a pony track.

Shutdown: Two Chinese business newspapers say regulators in Shanghai, the country’s financial center, have ordered exchanges that trade the cyber currency bitcoin to shut down.

China Business News and 21st Century Economic Report said Thursday regulators gave verbal instructions to operators of platforms to close but gave no other details. That followed a report last week by a business news magazine, Caixin, that regulators had ordered a halt to trading.

The Chinese central bank has not responded to questions about the future of bitcoin in China but last week banned initial offerings of new cyber currencies.

Central bank officials have warned that bitcoin trading could be associated with fraud.

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