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October 14, 2012
The Herald-Star

NEW AGENTS: Howard Hanna Mortimer Realty in Weirton has added two sales associates to the team.

Barbara Ivaun is a lifelong resident of Weirton. She graduated from Madonna High School in 1977 and attended Wheeling Barber College and practiced as a hair stylist for more than 20 years, 12 of those as sole proprietor of her own salon, Trend Setters. She continued her education at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, acquiring certification in court reporting in 2001 and is working for Judge Martin J. Gaughan in the 1st Circuit Court.

Kristin Chmielorski-Moffat grew up in Follansbee and is a graduate of Brooke High School, West Liberty University and the Spruce School of Real Estate.

Prior to becoming a Realtor, she was a teacher for seven years at the middle and high school levels. She resides in Colliers.

Both women completed their real estate training and passed the licensing exam in Charleston. They are members of the Weirton Area Board of Realtors, the West Virginia Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

Robin Viola is broker of Howard Hanna Mortimer Realty.

OPENS PRACTICE: Dr. Ayman Fakeh has opened his family medical practice at 146 W. Fifth St., East Liverpool.

He attended medical school at the University of Alexandria in Egypt and served his family practice residency at UPMC McKeesport, Pa.

He also received training and residencies at Mercy Hospital and Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh and Weirton Medical Center.

LUNCHEON SET: The Steubenville Area Board of Realtors annual trade fair and Affiliate Appreciation Luncheon will be Tuesday at St. Florian Hall, 286 Luray Drive, Wintersville.

The trade fair opens at 11 a.m., with lunch at noon.

The event also features annual awards and election of officers for 2013.

For information or reservations, contact JoAnn McClain by Monday at (740) 264-0001.

CRUISE-IN: The Pit Stop located at the corner of state Route 646 and county Road 39 in Annapolis has designated its last Cruise-In of the season on Tuesday as a fundraiser for local fire departments and EMTs.

The Pit Stop's Tina Sweat said firefighters and EMTs from Unionport, East Springfield, Richmond and Hopedale fire departments will benefit from Tuesday's fundraiser, which will feature music, special drawings and a silent auction. Prints by Dave Barnhouse and Don Fusco will be sold.

Patrons will have a chance to win a muzzle loader as well.

"All our local retailers are giving us gift certificates and we're going to have a Chinese auction," she added. "Our local retailers have been very supportive. We've got rounds of golf, gift certificates for oil changes or just to (use at) local convenience stores. A lot of retailers are participating."

There also will be food and beverages available.

"Everything is for donations," she said, adding all proceeds will be divided among the four departments.

Dave Petras, the singing DJ, will supply music for the event.

The Cruise-In will be from 4-8 p.m. In the event of rain, it will be held Wednesday.

SYMPOSIUM SET: Bethany College will hold its fifth-annual Fall Symposium, for professionals in social work, nursing and related fields, Nov. 1-2 at the Mountainside Conference Center.

This year's theme is "Life Stages: the Circle of Life," and will feature a keynote speaker for each day as well as a number of workshops.

Co-hosts for the event include West Virginia Northern Community College, the West Virginia University Masters of Social Work Program, Wheeling branch, and the Brooke County Health Department.

More than 100 professionals, including social workers, nurses, counselors, addictions specialists and domestic violence prevention specialists are expected to attend.

The keynote presentation Nov. 1 will feature Dreams of Hope, an arts-focused, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied youth organization in Pittsburgh.

Friday will feature Aila Accad, author of "Your Stress-Busters Expert." Accad is an award-winning speaker and best-selling author who specializes in quick ways to release stress and reclaim energy.

This year's symposium will provide 12 continuing education units (1.5 CEUs per session) for social workers and licensed counselors and 14.4 CEUs (1.8 CEUs per session) for nurses.

For information, contact Katherine Shelek-Furbee, chair and program director of social work at Bethany College, at (304) 829-7189 or

CONTRACTED: Harrison Community Hospital is now contracted with Computer Programs and Systems Inc. located in Mobile, Ala., to perform patient billings.

Billing statements have been issued by CPSI since Oct. 1.

"CPSI currently provides the hospital's main computer operating system for our electronic medical records system," said Terry M. Carson, chief executive officer at the hospital. "We have worked with CPSI since 1998, and we foresee this new relation and transition to be as smooth as possible for our patients."

Individuals may continue to pay in person at the hospital. Phone inquiries regarding billing statements may be directed to Harrison Community Hospital at (740) 942-4631 or (740) 942-6262, or patients may contact CPSI toll-free at (877) 424-0064.

"This change is being done in an effort to enhance the billing process as we continue to seek ways to provide high quality, affordable health care to the community," Carson said.

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