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Follansbee business lends aid to Shriners

PROVIDING A BOOST — When the van used by the Osiris Shrine Tin Lizzy Patrol of Weirton needed a new paint job, Rob Browning, owner of the Mountaineer Repair Center of Follansbee, stepped in to help, providing free materials for the job. Bob Rahr, who has worked with Browning, and his brother Jim, a Shriner, covered the remainder of the cost. With the completed van are, from left, Browning, staff member Dan Pickering, who repainted the vehicle; and Rahr. (Photo by Warren Scott)

FOLLANSBEE — A local business and a former business owner recently stepped up to aid the Osiris Shrine Tin Lizzy Patrol when the van used for the Weirton group’s many parade appearances needed repainted.

Rob Browning, owner of the Mountaineer Repair Center, provided free materials for the job, while Bob Rahr and his brother, Jim, a member of the Shrine, covered the remainder of the cost.

Bob enlisted Browning’s aid because he has assisted him at the Mountaineer Auto Mart, the pre-owned auto dealership on Main Street where he also sold a variety of pre-owned vehicles for more than 25 years.

A graduate of Brooke High School and the Community College of Beaver County, Browning took over the dealership in 2018 and opened the repair center on Eldersville Road in 2019.

He said in addition to repainting vehicles, the full service repair shop is prepared to address problems with engines, transmissions, tires, exhaust systems, air conditioning and many other areas.

Browning said as with Rahr, he strives to provide a mix of quality vehicles at affordable prices, with financing available through his business.

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