Lawyers honored by state bar association

COLUMBUS – The president of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) will visit Marietta on Wednesday, April 3, to honor senior lawyers and to speak to area attorneys about current issues facing the legal profession.

Marietta residents Jerry A. Brock and Donald L. Jones, and Athens residents Gerald A. Mollica and Judge Edward S. Robe will be honored for their 50 years in the practice of law.

Judge Patrick F. Fischer, 2012-2013 OSBA president, will address the annual luncheon meeting of OSBA District 17 at The Lafayette Hotel (101 Front St., Marietta). OSBA District17 includes 197 members who practice in Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Noble and Washington counties.

James D. Sillery, District 17 representative on the OSBA Board of Governors, will preside over the noon meeting, which will include the election of one member to the OSBA Board of Governors and one member to the OSBA Council of Delegates. Timothy C. Loughry, president of the Washington County Bar Association, will deliver welcoming remarks.

After the noon luncheon meeting, an optional 2.5-hour continuing legal education (CLE) seminar will be offered from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 11:30 a.m. Advance seminar/lunch registration is $95 for OSBA members and $115 for non-members; seminar- only registration is $70 for members and $85 for non-members; lunch-only registration is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. After March 27, $25 will be added to the total registration fee.

Scots launches rewards program

VIENNA, W.Va. – Scots Landscape in Vienna recently announced plans to launch a customer rewards program for their ever growing customer base in the Mid-Ohio Valley and surrounding region. Once in the program, members will be provided with members’ only discounts and access to private sale events. The program is called Scots Member Rewards and individuals can sign up at the Scots Garden Center in Vienna or on the company’s website.

Despite the fact that similar programs are typically only offered by much larger retailers, Jamie Witkosky, an owner in the Scots organization, believes that this is something her customers will find very beneficial. “We have 30 years of loyal customers who depend on us to provide quality lawn and landscape materials, and with the media industry getting more and more fragmented every day, getting information about special events out to them can sometimes be challenging. That’s where Member Rewards really helps,” she said. “Because we will be able to get know our customers a little more closely through the Member Rewards simple signup process, we will be able to make sure that we can connect with them about topics that interest them,” she continued.

According to Witkosky, plans are to communicate through the Member Rewards program at least monthly. Details on the program can be found at


Dailey elected to chapter’s board

Jane Dailey, associate professor of media studies at Marietta College, has been elected to serve on the 2013 board of directors of the Central Ohio chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

The chapter serves more than 360 public relations professionals across the Central Ohio region who work in the corporate, government, agency and nonprofit sectors.

In addition to regular board duties, Dailey also serves as board liaison to the New Pros committee, which plans events and activities for members who are in the first few years of their public relations career. Dailey has been a member of the Central Ohio PRSA for 18 years.

“Serving on the board is a tremendous opportunity for me to take on a significant leadership role in the organization,” Dailey said. “The board leaders reached out to me last fall about serving on the board in hopes of having expertise and representation from higher education. I look forward to my participation and the opportunity to strengthen my professional connections in the Central Ohio region.”

Founded in 1950, the chapter’s mission is to advance the public relations profession by promoting the highest standards of professional practice through professional development and member involvement. The chapter regularly hosts luncheons, events and webinars to help members remain current and prepared to manage today’s organizational communication challenges. The 16-member board and leadership team meets each month in Columbus to discuss and plan chapter business.

Dailey has been teaching public relations at Marietta College since 2007. Prior to this, she worked as a public relations practitioner in the environmental industry. Dailey is the faculty adviser for the Marietta chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. She received her accreditation in public relations from the Universal Accreditation Board in 2000.

Foundation appoints new board chairman

As newly appointed chairman of the board of directors, Eric Erb has set goals to move the Marietta Community Foundation forward in its mission to make a lasting difference in the community. Erb has been a member of the board of directors since 2004, and serves on the finance, nominating, and vision committees. In addition to having a career as an investment advisor at Peoples Bank, he is an active member of the community; he has acted as president of Marietta Noon Rotary, served on the board of directors of the Marietta Family YMCA, and is active at First United Methodist Church.

Erb’s first goal is to continue to promote the foundation within the community. He says “there are still too many people that do not fully understand the value of what the Foundation does and what it has to offer the community.” He also wants to make sure the foundation keeps a very focused and active board, continuing down the path of proficient operational procedures and enduring a professional and efficient organization. In addition, Erb endeavors to encourage youth to become involved in giving-he is concerned about the difference in philanthropy from one generation to the next.

Newly renovated Microtel opens

MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. – Christy & Associates, Inc., a diversified business development company based in Marietta, announced the opening of a newly renovated Microtel Inn by Wyndham hotel at 94 Old Nicolette Road in Mineral Wells W.Va. The former hotel, originally a Microtel Inn, then operated under the Knight’s Inn brand, underwent a multi-million renovation to become the newest member of the Microtel Inn by Wyndham hotel chain.

It is located off 1-77 at exit 170. The 53-room hotel features free Wi-Fi and flat-screen HDTV, and offer guests single and double bed accommodations.

Property highlights include a gym, business center and free continental breakfast. Rooms will feature upgraded bedding, wired and wireless internet, microfridges, coffee makers, and HD cable television.

“It gives us great pleasure to be able to bring quality and affordable lodging accommodations to the Mineral Wells community and we look forward to welcoming travelers to the area’s newest hotel,” said Steve Keiser, Christy & Associates’ vice president.

The Microtel Inn by Wyndham opened on Thursday, Feb. 28, and adds 15 jobs to the Mineral Wells community.

From local reports