Do you know someone deserving of being nominated for Community Stars honors?
Then by all means, don't be shy and don't procrastinate either.
The deadline is fast approaching for the newspaper's 2012 Community Stars, a time of honoring 10 people who make the world a better place to live in because they have a servant's heart, because they reach out and lend a helping hand to others.
And they do this without any expectations of being singled out or having 15 minutes of fame.
But we'd like to do that, and we need your help.
The newspaper is looking for nominees from Jefferson, Harrison, Hancock, Brooke and Washington counties for our upcoming Community Stars recognition banquet to be held Oct. 22 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.
Ten people will be chosen to be honored, but we need you readers to submit nominations by the Sept. 4 deadline.
You can email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or send them to the attention of Jody Wisbith, city editor, at 401 Herald Square, Steubenville, OH 43952.
The nomination should include the nominee's name, address and phone number along with your name, address and daytime contact number as well as your relationship to the nominee and an explanation in 200 words or less why this person should be a Community Star.
The 10 individuals will be featured with a story and photo in a special souvenir booklet and receive an award at the dinner.
The nomination forms are being published in the newspaper, so be sure to fill one out and mail it in or drop it off by the deadline.
We certainly don't have a shortage of terrific people in this area, one of the blessings of calling this place home.
So take a good look around you - in your neighborhoods, workplaces, churches, organizations.
Isn't there someone who goes the extra mile and has a way of making things brighter and better?
Don't you know any ordinary people doing extraordinary things?
Remember, this person is likely someone right in your midst - a young person, a senior citizen, someone who is very deserving of being honored for their behind-the-scenes kindness.
Since 1998, the newspaper has been applauding the unsung heroes of our area at these banquets, occasions I look forward to every year because we live in a great area with great people.
So don't be shy.
And don't procrastinate.
Get those nomination forms to us!