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December 9, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

CHOSEN: Michael Thomas was selected as Jefferson Behavioral Health System's Employee of the Month for October, CEO Anthony Sheposh announced.

Thomas works at the organization's Gill House location on North Sixth Street, Steubenville, which houses the community psychiatric services. His fellow employees say Thomas "has consistently gone above and beyond expected job performance from the first day he walked into his case management position."

"He is personable, outgoing and friendly," they added. "He goes to bat for his clients and tries to lend a helping hand to other case managers. (He) has an expertise for finding housing for our homeless clients. Michael shows a compassion for the plight of others."

Jefferson Behavioral Health System was founded in 1962, and offers a comprehensive array of mental health and drug and alcohol counseling, consultation and education services to individuals and organizations within the Jefferson County community. Additional information regarding the services of Jefferson Behavioral Health System can be obtained by calling (740) 264-7751.

SCHOLARSHIP: Tri-State Financial Services has fulfilled its $5,000 pledge to Eastern Gateway Community Foundation, President Ken Perkins said.

The firm had pledged $5,000 in 2008 to fund the Steven E. Strupe Memorial Scholarship. The largest scholarship fund at Eastern Gateway, the fund currently awards $1,000 annually to a deserving Buckeye Local High School graduate planning to attend the school.

The Steven E. Stripe Memorial Scholarship is an unrestricted scholarship that is awarded to the recipient in four equal payments while he or she is enrolled in full-time courses at Eastern Gateway, and as such this scholarship can be used for any costs associated with attending EGCC.

In addition to the support from Tri-State Financial Services, this scholarship has received annual support from the Strupe Family via an annual fundraiser/poker run, local members of the motorcyclist community and the Nationwide Insurance Foundation. It grew to be the largest fund at Eastern Gateway in only seven years, and the goal of the organizers down the road is to be able to award two $1,000 scholarships annually.

Perkins said Tri-State Financial Services is proud of its commitment to support charitable organizations locally and hopes in the near future to announce another $5,000 pledge of support.

HELPING: The Honking Goose Inn, Amsterdam, is donating 10 percent of each room sale in December to help needy families through World Vision.

World Vision is a Christian organization dedicated to working with people to overcome poverty and injustice.

Donors to World Vision can designate their contributions to a wide range of projects, including buying a farm animal, digging a well, providing emergency food and medicine, giving school supplies and sponsoring a child.

Owners Jennifer and Jim Ray are hoping to be able to purchase a goat and possibly a sheep to help families in need.

The Rays also are offering a complimentary prime rib dinner for two with each December stay as well as a full breakfast. Amenities include nearly 100 acres of trails, a stocked lake and pond, a book collection, several fireplaces and sitting areas, as well as a building devoted to prayer and worship for those who wish it.

For information, contact the Honking Goose at (740) 543-4283.

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