YOUNGSTOWN, OhioJan. 31, 2023 — American Transmission Systems, Inc. (ATSI), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), recently broke ground on a new operations service center in North Jackson, Mahoning County, to help streamline operations and maximize efficiencies along the local high-voltage power system.

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Modern Living Solutions Modular Apartments Coming off Assembly Line and Hiring in Knox, PA

Coraopolis, PA – August 15, 2023 – Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC (“Greystar”), a global leader in the investment, development, and management of real estate, including rental housing, logistics, and life sciences, today announced the groundbreaking of Ltd. Spring Run, the first property made up entirely of units created in the Modern Living Solutions (“MLS”) factory – Greystar’s modular construction business focused on building off-site, prefabricated modular apartments sustainably and at an attainable price point under Greystar’s dedicated impact housing brand, Ltd. by Greystar.

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EAST PALESTINE — Ever since the Feb. 3 train derailment, Norfolk Southern has pledged to maintain a permanent presence in the village. The railroad took a step forward in August by acquiring the former Brittain Motors building at 428 N. Market St. to establish a Norfolk Southern Field Office. Renovations on that building are currently underway.

“The office will bolster Norfolk Southern functions in the region and create a central location to support residents on an ongoing basis, including housing the family assistance center,” Norfolk Southern stated in a press release provided during a tour of the property on Friday. “The office space will also feature a community meeting room to facilitate continuous dialogue with the village for long-term support efforts.”

Located at the corner of Market and East Clark streets, the office will be near the planned new regional safety training center and across the street from the historic train depot which Norfolk Southern is renovating and donating to the village. The field office is meant to house and support both community engagement and operational functions.

Norfolk Southern established the family assistance center in the days following the rail disaster at the Abundant Life Church in New Waterford before moving the center to a leased space on Rebecca Street in East Palestine in May. Its eventual location inside the Norfolk Southern Field Office will give the center a permanent residency in the village and offer those seeking support more discretion with private offices.

Meanwhile, the railroad’s base for business in the village has been operating from rented space inside the Centenary United Methodist Church. Those offices too will relocate permanently to the field office.

The new office will also give Norfolk Southern a place to conduct business unrelated to the derailment in the village.

Director of Community Affairs at Norfolk Southern Stacey Mansfield, who conducted Friday’s tour, said sales teams are expected to work from the office from a “reconfigured floor plan to accommodate the various functions of Norfolk Southern employees and community meetings.”

When renovations are complete, the office is expected to complement existing structures on North Market Street with a “brick facade to better match the aesthetic of the downtown district.” An artist rendering of the finished exterior of the building closely resembles that of the East Palestine Memorial Public Library.

Norfolk Southern said that over $1 million in building renovations to the field office will be completed by local contractor, J. Herbert. Youngstown, Ohio-based Strollo Architects developed the designs and is expected to be completed in the late first quarter or early second quarter of next year.

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COLUMBIANA — Radio signals from the Columbiana High School have touched down all around the country and are reaching around the globe through the Clipper Amateur Radio station, K8LPS.

Over the last few years interest in the start up STEM program has grown and only recently students were able to begin sending their signals from the newly constructed permanent high frequency station.

The school broke ground on the new station in late July and were able to install the tower for use by students this fall.

Students have practiced remote and emergency communication.

District Superintendent Don Mook said many people in the community helped support the STEM program available to both middle and high school students through monetary and equipment donations.

“Tens of thousands of dollars have been donated as well as time and equipment to provide our schools with state of the art radio equipment,” he said.

The equipment includes high frequency base station amateur radio transceiver, high frequency triband transceiver, high frequency antennas and Federal Communications Commission capabilities.

Members of the radio program made a presentation to the board of education this month, and said that the new station and equipment was an investment of the school and community worth roughly $50,000, including labor.

The club’s future plans include seeking Amateur Radio Digital Communications grants, home radio kit building, travel and scholarship opportunities, and contests.

The board of education honored those who played a role in the success of the program through the presentation of Key Clipper awards during the board meeting.

“All of these awards are people who have come together as a community to support a start up Radio and Electronics STEM program at Columbiana High School and South Side Middle School,” Mook said.

Awards were presented to high school Principal Jeff Jackson, teacher Colleen Campbell, parent and Columbiana Police Department officer Wade Boley, Kelly Williamson and her husband Michael, representing the Fairfield Ruritans, Richard Sell and Ginny Perkins of the Columbiana Community Foundation, Scott Dunn of RAA Data, Jake Giesy of Tri County Tower, Rick Graft, of Graft Electric, and Scott Jones and Mark Ludwick of DX Engineering.

LISBON, Ohio — The Columbiana County Port Authority Board of Directors is moving forward with plans to construct a 60,000-square-foot speculative building at its industrial park in Leetonia. This week, the board approved seeking funding for the project’s estimated $2.9 million construction cost.

A resolution was passed that grants either Executive Director Penny Traina or Chairman Charlie Presley the authority to sign all closing documents pertinent to financing from the Rural Industrial Park Loan Program.

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Mahoning Valley Veterinary Centre

MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio –  Dr. Aaron Tangeman said he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian since he was in about third grade after spending some time working at his western Ohio family farm.

Tangeman quickly became passionate about working with animals and opened his own veterinary clinic at 3971 Main St. in 2010.

Tangeman, owner of Mahoning Valley Veterinary Centre, said the clinic was seeing many patients before the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the pandemic hit, pet adoptions increased, causing an increased need for care.

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JACKSON TWP. − Gregory Industries is preparing to build a new headquarters in Jackson Township.

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Vitalia Solon is growing with a 30-unit expansion of its active adult lifestyle community on Kruse Drive in Solon.

The addition will feature larger, premium one- and two-bedroom apartments.

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COLUMBIANA, Ohio – The Barn at Firestone Farms, an upscale rental hall for receptions, events and parties, has yet to open but it is already garnering attention.

The new $2 million-plus venue in Columbiana, near the intersection of state routes 14 and 7, will be the subject of an episode of “Renovation Road,” a Magnolia Network series that focuses on very old structures that have been faithfully restored and put back into use.

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It will be inside Hollywood Gaming in Austintown. Wahlburgers replaces the open space in the food court, right next to the gaming floor. It’s the first change to the food offerings in eight years.

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