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RETIRING: Marianne Featheringham and Ed Palmer are retiring from their roles with the Bergholz Community Foundation, it was announced Sept. 26 during the foundation’s 25th-annual meeting.

Featheringham became a trustee in November 1994, shortly after the foundation was created. She has served in many different capacities, including organizing funding dinners to sitting on the finance committee as well as acting as chairperson for the scholarship committee.

Palmer joined the foundation in September 2003. He also served in different areas and was president for almost half of his 16-year tenure.

Board member s thanked them for their years of dedication, adding that their service service is definitely part of the reason the foundation has been able to have such a large impact on so many lives.


Miranda J.P. Kodysz has joined the staff at the Steubenville office of Harvey Goodman Realtor.

Born and raised in Mansfield, she has lived in Nebraska, Colorado, Texas and multiple cities in Ohio, as well as Germany. She also completed a tour in Iraq while working for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

She credits her husband with convincing her to take her hobby of looking at houses for sale online and make it her career. She attended classes at Hondros in Akron before testing for her real estate license and worked at Olde Town Realty in Coshocton before transferring her license to Harvey Goodman’s Steubenville office.

RETURNS: Vocations Awareness Day will take place at Franciscan University of Steubenville from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in Finnegan Fieldhouse.

The annual event gives students the chance to meet with representatives of religious communities from across the country to discern priesthood or religious life. Those especially interested will also be able to meet with vocations directors at the event.

Approximately 50 returning and new religious communities and dioceses will be represented. This includes the Diocese of Steubenville and other dioceses in addition to religious communities such as the Franciscan friars, TOR; Franciscan sisters, TOR; Dominicans; Carmelites; Norbertines; and Norbertine Sisters. There also will be cloistered communities represented by laypeople.

The university’s priestly discernment program is once again sponsoring the event in the spirit of their mission, which is to help men discern a call to priesthood or religious life while attending Franciscan University.

In past years, hundreds of students from the university, high school groups and local families have explored the possibility of a religious vocation on Vocations Awareness Day.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact vocationsday@franciscan.edu.

WALL STREET: Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Friday after solid gains in hiring last month allayed some of investors’ concerns that the economy was slowing down.

The broad gains erased nearly all the significant losses the market suffered earlier in the week after dismal news on U.S. manufacturing and service industries stoked fears of slower economic growth.

The S&P 500 rose 41.38 points, or 1.4 percent, to 2,952.01.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 372.68 points, or 1.4 percent, to 26,573.72.

The Nasdaq composite gained 110.21 points, or 1.4 percent, to 7,982.47.

The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks rose 14.36 points, or 1 percent, to 1,500.70.

From staff and wire reports


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