New marketing director at BrightStar

VIENNA, W.Va. – Robin E. Yarzab has joined BrightStar Care of the Mid-Ohio Valley as its marketing director. Robin spent her childhood years in Marietta; is the daughter of the late Edward Yarzab, 1951 graduate of Marietta College and Mary W. Yarzab-Miller, 1947 graduate of Marietta High School.

Yarzab obtained a degree in community health education from the University of Northern Colorado and enjoyed a successful career in the State of Colorado representing the fields of home health care, assisted living and long-term care. Yarzab is excited to incorporate her 20-plus years of experience in community outreach and education to enable BrightStar Care to be the provider of choice in home care for the Mid-Ohio Valley.

BrightStar Care of the Mid-Ohio Valley is a joint commission accredited home care provider.

Local Applebee’s helps raise $46K in support of MDA

Neighborhood Hospitality, Inc., an Applebee’s franchise group that owns the restaurant in Marietta, delivered a $46,000 check in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign.

For the second year in a row, NHI’s 23 Applebee’s locations and their guests have raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, bringing the groups two year total to more than $92,000.

“It’s an honor to support an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children,” Mike Baldwin, vice president of operations for Neighborhood Hospitality, Inc., said. “This program has made a meaningful impact two years in a row, and we couldn’t be more proud of our dedicated staff and generous guests.”

The MDA Shamrocks campaign – started in 1982 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and taken nationally a year later – raises funds to support MDA’s fight against muscular dystrophy and related diseases, including its programs of research, services, advocacy and education. The program benefits MDA’s nationwide network of some 200 medical clinics, and it helps send thousands of children with muscle diseases to a week of accessible fun at MDA summer camp.

Participating restaurants included Applebee’s in Bluefield, Va.; Athens; New Boston, Ohio; Marietta; St. Clairsville; Steubenville; Zanesville; Ashland, Ky.; Pikeville, Ky.; Hazard, Ky.; Beckley, W.Va.; Princeton, W.Va.; Barboursville, W.Va.; Huntington, W.Va.; Summersville, W.Va.; Hurricane, W.Va.; Elkins, W.Va.; Clarksburg, W.Va.; Vienna, W.Va.; Lewisburg, W.Va.; Tridelphia, W.V.; and locations in Charleston, W.Va. at Kanawha Mall and Dudley Farms Lane.

Local CVB will have training sessions for I Heart Campaign

The Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is implementing a new campaign aimed at developing and demonstrating a consistent customer service standard across the local tourism industry.

The “I Heart Campaign” will kick off with three training sessions held on April 29, May 27 and June 24. One or two representatives from businesses and organizations dealing in the local tourism industry may participate in each session. That representative will be responsible for conveying the information back to their frontline staff.

According to Jeri Knowlton, executive director of the Marietta-Washington County CVB, the overall goal is to provide an organized and unified customer service to tourists visiting the area.

The key method of accomplishing this will be the “I Heart” badges that participants will wear. Badges will display an activity or interest that each staff member is passionate about.

Knowlton stated that the “I Heart” badges are a great way for the frontline staff to connect with the tourist and enhance their experience. “One of the first questions workers will always get from visitors is what is there to do in town,” said Knowlton. “The badges are a fun way to start that discussion and will hopefully make it easier for visitors to find information on activities they are interested in,” said Knowlton.

Any business or community member interested in participating in the I Heart Campaign may contact the CVB at 740-373-5178 for more details.

Training sessions:

  • April 29, 9-11 a.m. at Comfort Suites.
  • May 27, 2-4 p.m. at Campus Martius Museum.
  • June 24, 7-9 p.m. at Muskingum Park.

Farmer and rancher disaster assistance programs available

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, re-established and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, which began April 15.

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Enrollment also began April 15 for producers with losses covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP).

LIP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. Eligible livestock includes beef cattle, dairy cattle, bison, poultry, sheep, swine, horses, and other livestock as determined by the Secretary.

ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have losses due to disease, adverse weather, or other conditions, such as blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.

TAP provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters.

To expedite applications, all producers who experienced losses are encouraged to collect records documenting these losses in preparation for the enrollment in these disaster assistance programs. Information on the types of records necessary can be provided by local FSA county offices. Producers also are encouraged to contact their county office ahead of time to schedule an appointment.

For more information contact Daniel O. Shockey, County Executive Director at 304-422-9072. Producers may review the 2014 Farm Bill Fact Sheet, LIP, ELAP and TAP fact sheets online, or visit Mill Run Farm Service Agency.

From local reports