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RECEIVES AWARD: Ron Todd, a former resident of Wellsville and a 1951 graduate of Irondale High School, recently was presented with an Award of Excellence from DATA colleagues in England.

The award noted his work while at New York University, Drexel University and the College of New Jersey. The work included his leadership role in developing new programs for preparing technology teachers; his launching of TIES magazine that featured best practices in design and technology education from the U.S. and abroad; and his research and development work supported by the National Science Foundation and the State Departments of Education of New York, New Jersey and Virginia.

Highlighted in the award were the elementary school level initiatives known as the Updating Practice through Design and Technology Engineering Education Projects. These NSF-supported projects provided practical hands-on and minds-on experiences for elementary children while helping teachers gain practical design, engineering and technology teaching skills for integrating science, technology, engineering and math subjects.

Todd resides in Lambertville, N.J., with his wife, Karen Rohne Todd.

QUALIFIED: Nikolas A. Kamarados, a certified financial planner and a financial planner with Prudential Financial Inc.’s Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia Agency, has qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Round Table for the 12th consecutive year, making him a qualifying and life member.

“Nikolas exemplifies everything that MDRT stands for – the highest standards of professionalism, competence, integrity and putting the needs of our customers first,” said Caroline Feeney, president of Prudential Advisers. “We are very proud of Nik and congratulate him on an outstanding year.”

Founded in 1927, MDRT is an international, independent association of more than 35,000, or less than 1 percent, of the world’s best life insurance and financial services professionals.

MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of sales excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.

Kamarados, who has office locations in Weirton and East Liverpool, can be reached at nikolas.kamarados@prudential.com or by calling (304) 748-3156.

NEW DIRECTOR: Joe Oliphant has been named director of program development for the Challenge Program Inc., a regional nonprofit program for that connects business and education.

Oliphant, a Pittsburgh native, holds a master’s degree in supervision and administration from California University of Pennsylvania.

His professional background is in education, where Oliphant worked as a teacher, technical director and school administrator in grades K-12.

Founded in Johnstown in 2003, the program partners with businesses to motivate high school students and introduce them to career opportunities.

Oliphant will be responsible for servicing participating high schools Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio and will seek new business partners.

He will oversee the development team to bring the program to more high schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

For information, call (814) 533-7401 or visit www.tcpinc.org.

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SEMINAR PLANNED: The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley is hosting a continuing education seminar for local legal and finance professionals. The seminar is scheduled from noon to 4:30 p.m. on May 12 at Williams Golf and Country Club in Weirton.

“Social Enterprise and Charitable Planning What You Need to Know” will offer attendees an opportunity to learn more about the structure of social enterprises and components of charitable planned giving, officials said.

Presenters for the seminar include Elaine Waterhouse Wilson and John Campbell Harmon. Waterhouse Wilson, presenting on social enterprise, is an associate professor of law at West Virginia University. She teaches courses on taxation, estate and gift planning and nonprofit organizations. Harmon is a partner with Lovett Bookman Harmon Marks in Pittsburgh and specializes in estate and trust law. He will be detailing the intricacies of charitable planned giving, which is often encountered with frustration.

“We are very fortunate to have such esteemed experts willing to address these important topics to our local professional advisers,” said Susie Nelson, executive director of the community foundation.

The cost for the seminar is $25 and includes lunch and course materials. The course has been submitted for CLE credit in Ohio and West Virginia. Three CPE credit hours are available for West Virginia practitioners.

For information, call the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley at (304) 242-3144 or e-mail director@cfov.org.

With assets of more than $34 million, the foundation assisted in making more than $2,000,000 in grants last year.

SPAM, SPAM, SPAM: Fear not Spam lovers, the classic variety of the famed canned meat lives on.

Hormel says it plans to remove or replace ingredients in some of its products, including two varieties of Spam.

The company said the changes will be made to Spam Lite and Spam Less Sodium by the end of the year.

But the classic variety of Spam won’t be changed, Hormel spokesman Rick Williamson said.

Spam Classic has six ingredients, while Spam Lite and Spam Less Sodium have a few more, including potassium chloride and sodium ascorbate.

Hormel did not say which ingredients it planned to eliminate. It wants to use “simple, familiar ingredients that consumers know,” Williamson said.

Tweaks will also be made to its Hormel chili products and Dinty Moore beef stew.

Food makers have been tweaking ingredients in recent years to try and appeal to consumers who prefer more natural foods.

Hormel Foods Corp., based in Austin, Minn., said it has already removed some ingredients from its Valley Fresh canned chicken, Hormel Compleats microwavable meals and Hormel Always Tender pork loins and roasts.

climate report: The U.N.’s scientific panel on climate change will write a special report on how to limit global warming to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit compared with pre-industrial times.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change agreed Thursday to explore the issue after a request by world governments in Paris last December.

Many scientists say it will be virtually impossible to keep warming below that level without removing vast quantities of heat-trapping greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Temperatures have already risen almost 1.8 F since humans started burning fossil fuels – the biggest source of greenhouse gases – on an industrial scale in the 19th century.

Meeting in Nairobi, the IPCC also said it will release its sixth assessment of global warming in 2020-2022.

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QUALIFIED: Billy Petrella has qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Round Table organization.

Founded in 1927, MDRT is a global, independent association. Its mission is to be a valued, member-driven, international network of leading insurance and investment financial services professionals and advisers who serve their clients by exemplary performance and the highest standards of ethics, knowledge, service and productivity. MDRT upholds high industry standards and ethical benchmarks and exceeds a minimum production of $93,000 annually.

“I am proud of Billy and Petrella Wealth Management and its outstanding accomplishments,” said Russel Hadley, regional vice president of Woodbury Financial Services. Petrella also is a member of Kingdom Advisers and the Financial Services Institute.

He is the owner of C William Industries LTD and a partner at Village Sleep Center, Gaslite Steakhouse, Choice Vending Services Inc. and Petrella Enterprises LLC, and is an active member of Triumph of the Cross Church. Petrella can be contacted at Petrella Wealth Management, located at 110 Lovers Lane in Steubenville, at (740) 314-8240. Petrella Wealth Management is a Marketing Name for securities and advisory services offered through Woodbury Financial Services Inc., a member of FINRA/SIPC.

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HELP FOR TROOP: Modern Woodman members in Steubenville helped Girl Scout Troop 31101 raise $1,400 during a special fundraising event held March 19. The total includes a $700 match from Modern Woodmen’s matching fund program. Funds raised during the event, which included a spaghetti dinner, will be used for equipment purchases.

“The community truly came together to support a local need,” said Tim Conrad, the local Modern Woodmen volunteer leader. “That support is what it’s about.

Modern Woodmen has contributed more than $10 million to community needs each year through its matching funds program.

For information, contact Conrad at (740) 598-6034.

UBER CONTROL: At-lanta’s city council is expected to consider a plan for Uber and other ride-booking services to operate at the airport under certain conditions.

The airport’s proposed new rules for Uber, Lyft and other ride-booking firms go before the city council’s transportation committee Wednesday.

Officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – the world’s busiest airport – have said they want drivers to undergo criminal background checks based on fingerprints, a method preferred by many law enforcement experts.

Uber has objected to the fingerprint checks, saying its own background checks work well, and the fingerprint-based checks would be overly cumbersome for its drivers.

The airport’s plan also covers proposed fees the airport would receive from ride-booking firms, when drivers can pick up passengers and where they would be able to do so.

chipotle burgers: Chipotle apparently has burgers on its mind.

The Denver-based chain applied for a trademark for “Better Burger” earlier this month, according to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A spokesman for Chipotle, Chris Arnold, noted the company has already started a pizza chain concept called Pizzeria Locale and an Asian food chain concept called ShopHouse.

Bloomberg first reported the news. Arnold said Wednesday the company has noted the “Chipotle model could be applied to a wide variety of foods.”

Chipotle, which has more than 2,000 stores, has surged in popularity by touting fresh ingredients and the flexibility to customize orders. That has led to numerous other “fast casual” restaurant openings.

More recently, however, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is fighting to recover from a series of food scares that sent sales plunging.

A cookie suit: A clash over chocolate-filled cookies has culminated in Trader Joe’s settling a lawsuit filed by Pepperidge Farm.

Norwalk, Conn.-based Pepperidge Farm sued in federal court in Hartford in December, saying Trader Joe’s Crispy Cookies filled with Belgian chocolate too closely resembled Pepperidge Farm’s Milano brand.

Ira Levy, a New York lawyer representing Pepperidge Farm, said on Wednesday that the two companies reached a “mutually satisfactory resolution” and agreed to make no further comments about the dispute. A judge dismissed the case on March 9 after Pepperidge Farm filed notice that it was withdrawing the lawsuit.

HUNTINGTON HELP: An effort to boost Flint amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water is getting a $25 million commitment that includes loans and specialized mortgage financing from Huntington Bank.

Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, a Flint native, and Huntington Bank CEO Steve Steinour announced the economic development program Wednesday.

The partnership involving the FlintNOW campaign and Columbus-based Huntington Bancshares Inc. is aimed at helping people in Flint and Genesee County including homeowners, businesses and entrepreneurs. Gores earlier pledged to raise $10 million to help Flint.

The new program includes a $20 million commitment for small business loans, a $2 million commitment for microlending to small businesses and a $2 million commitment for specialized mortgage financing available for fixing up homes.

From staff and wire reports

Grants totaling $1 million will be offered to small businesses.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.