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BUSINESS UPDATES | Leslie Sams awarded Certified Professional Insurance Agent designation

Also among today's business updates: Youngstown City School District; Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley; Jewish Family & Community Services; Jewish Community Center of Youngstown; and AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
Leslie Sams
Leslie A. Sams is a personal risk manager at The Gibson Insurance Agency, 984 Tibbetts Wick Road, Girard. (Contributed photo)

GIRARD — Leslie A. Sams, a personal risk manager at The Gibson Insurance Agency, has been awarded the designation of Certified Professional Insurance Agent.

The CPIA is a professional designation granted by the American Insurance and Marketing and Sales Society. The designation represents professionalism as well as a commitment to continued sales and training in the insurance industry, a news release states.

Youngstown City Schools to have job fair Friday

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown City School District will have a job fair from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at the Youngstown Event Center, 12 E. Dewey Ave.

“We’re looking for substitute teachers as well as bus drivers, crossing guards, custodians and food service workers to join our team,” Jeremy Batchelor, YCSD’s chief of staff, said in a news release. “We’ll have on-site interviews, so attendees should bring their resumes.”

The job fair is presented in cooperation with Rachel Wixey & Associates, the district’s substitute management provider. Questions should be directed to the company at 419-725-9499.

Arby’s Foundation donates $14K to Second Harvest

YOUNGSTOWN — Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley has received a $14,300 grant from the Arby’s Foundation to support childhood hunger relief. 

The food bank will use the funds to support its School Pantry Program throughout Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, a news release states.

“Second Harvest Food Bank is proud to be a recipient of this grant from the Arby’s Foundation that will help us provide food to children in the Mahoning Valley,” Mike Iberis, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, said in a news release.

JFCS, JCC mobile meals program receives $7,500 grant

YOUNGSTOWN — Jewish Family & Community Services and Jewish Community Center of Youngstown received a $7,500 grant for their mobile meals program from the Community Foundation of Western PA & Eastern Ohio.

The mobile meals program provides meals to those 60 and older in need in Mahoning, Trumbull and northern Columbiana counties. Since the start of the pandemic, with Direction Home of Ohio, JFCS and JCC have delivered more than 125,000 meals.

The Community Foundation grant for the mobile meals program is funded by the Trumbull County Community Foundation, the O’Brien Children Memorial Fund Trumbull and the James T. & Geraldine A. Weller Sr. Family Foundation.

Gasoline prices increase 11 cents in Northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio is 11 cents higher this week at $3.13 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

The average price for unleaded self-service gasoline in the Youngstown area is $3.08 per gallon.

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