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Community Stars continue to shine

There’s a common thread that connects each of the 10 people who will be honored Thursday night as Community Stars — they all do the right thing for their friends, their neighbors and their communities not because they are looking for the spotlight, they do it simply because it is the right thing to do.

It’s those unselfish efforts that will be recognized during this year’s annual dinner, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Froehlich’s Classic Corner at the intersection of Fifth and Washington streets in Steubenville. Their work to make our area a better place to live makes them worthy additions to the list of stars that has been growing each year since the program was started in 1998 by the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.

This year’s stars include Steve Forte of Wintersville, Jon Greiner of Toronto, Dennis Jones of Weirton, Flora VerStraten-Merrin of Richmond, Kathleen Cass Michael of Brilliant, Holly Pate of Steubenville, Mattie Patterson of Steubenville, Chuck Svokas of Weirton, Bobby Westfall of Mingo Junction and Brian Wilson of Steubenville.

Many nominations were received for our annual recognition of the Tri-State Area’s unsung heroes. The names of those who have been chosen might not always be familiar, but they belong to men and women who have proven they are willing to offer their time and talents to local organizations and to make a difference. They are always willing to say “yes” when asked to lend a hand, and willing to go the extra mile to help those in need.

There are profiles of each of this year’s honorees included in a special section you’ll find inside Thursday’s edition.

We hope you will take the time to read their stories and remember that there are many good things about our region, with the best thing being the men and women who live here.

We congratulate each of this year’s stars, and are happy to be able to recognize them in person after last year’s dinner had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks go to Main Street Bank, the presenting sponsor of the program, and M&M True Value Hardware, which is providing special support, for helping the annual event grow and for helping to recognize the true stars of our region.

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