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April 10, 2011
Salem News

L'Italien earns Community Service Award

SALEM-Attorney Shawna L. L'Italien, a Salem business attorney and member in the law firm of Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd., has received the Ohio State Bar Foundation's District 13 2011 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under. The award recognizes L'Italien's work with local non-profit organizations, including Salem Community Hospital, the Columbiana County Mental Health Clinic, United Community Scholarship Foundation and Salem Kiwanis. She was nominated by Patricia Brozik, executive director of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. L'Italien is based in HHM's Salem office. She practices in the areas of business transactions, corporate law, real estate law, business financing and employment law. She recently received the Athena Award for community service in the Mahoning Valley. L'Italien graduated magna cum laude from Mount Union College and earned her juris doctor from the Moritz College of Law of The Ohio State University. She is a Salem resident.

The Ohio State Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Ohio State Bar Association. Its awards recognize attorneys 40 and under who contribute substantial time and effort to local social service, civic or cultural organizations. Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell Ltd. is the area's largest law firm, with offices in Youngstown, Warren and Salem. The firm provides legal solutions to corporations, other businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies and individuals.

Dr. Wagner joins Firestone Health Care

SALEM-In an effort to expand services to the community, Firestone Health Care has added physician Timothy J. Wagner, D.O., to its staff. Dr. Wagner has joined Jeffrey Cohen, D.O.; Walter Dombroski, M.D.; Thomas Vrable, D.O.; Kristyn Essad, D.O.; Joseph S. Gregori, M.D.; Amy L. Moser, CNP; and Luann Kraus, CNS; in providing medical care to area residents.Dr. Wagner is a graduate of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. He completed his residency in Family Practice at St. Joseph's Health Center in Warren, and has previously worked with the Firestone group from 2000-2004, before he was deployed for active duty. His professional memberships include the American and Ohio Osteopathic Associations, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and the Ohio State Society-ACOFP. Dr. Wagner is Board Certified in Family Practice. "I am looking forward to working with many people that I have cared for in the past, along with providing medical care to new patients," Dr. Wagner said. "Because of my training and experience in Family Practice, I can provide services to a variety of people from newborns, children, adolescents and adults to the elderly." The Firestone Health Care offices are located at 28885 U.S. Route 62 in Damascus; 132 N. Market St. in East Palestine; and 2364 Southeast Blvd. in Salem. Dr. Wagner is currently accepting appointments, which are available by calling Firestone Health Care's Damascus office at 330-537-4661; or the East Palestine office at 330-426-9484.

Dealers report best showing since 2008

WARREN - Area auto dealers in March blew the doors off whatever remained of the recession with their best new-vehicle sales in nearly three years, helped by another strong showing from the Chevrolet Cruze.

Title registrations on new cars and trucks in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties totaled 2,810, the most since 3,005 in July 2008 and 53.3 percent better than March 2010, the Automobile Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio reported Friday. Sales were 1,880 in February. Used-vehicle sales rose 7 percent to 4,397 from 4,111 a year ago.Year-to-date new sales ended March up 65.7 percent at 6,699 from 4,043 last year. Used sales through the first three months climbed 6.3 percent to 10,844 over 10,206 at the same time last year. John Maze, general manager of Diane Sauer Chevrolet in Warren, said a combination of promotions generated the sales surge. "It was truck month, and we're doing well with the Chevy Equinox and Traverse. The Cruze is still red hot, the Malibu has good lease incentives and the Impala is solid," he said. He added that it "doesn't hurt when you have so many cars that get 30 miles per gallon on the highway," referring to the Cruze, Avea, Malibu and Impala. The General Motors Co. Lordstown Complex-built Cruze turned in the biggest sales month since its Sept. 8 launch with 292 sales, giving it 662 for the year. It finished second to the Chevrolet Malibu's 392 sales, pushing its year-to-date total to 866. The Cruze was GM's best-selling car for the first three months of the year at 50,205 sales to 49,541 for the Impala and 48,745 for the Malibu. GM took the first six sales spots, with the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck logging 163 sales, followed by the Traverse at 99 and Equinox at 95.

The Cadillac CTS was sixth with 74 sales, before Ford broke the streak with 68 sales for its Focus.

Chevrolet came back in eighth place with the Impala's 64 sales, and bagged the 10th spot with the Acadia's 54 sales. Chevrolet held an astounding 1,202-299 command over Ford in new-vehicle sales, with Honda third at 157.



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