HEAR-O helping thousands worldwide

LOCAL AUDIOLOGIST Linda Davison is making the public aware of a worthwhile and humanitarian project. It is called the HEAR-O program, opening the world of sound to thousands across the globe.

The effort is being championed by East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry and Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling.

Both hospitals are accepting unwanted hearing aids. Davison notes that most donated hearing aids are from someone who passed away or ones that people can no long use. Once donated, the hearing aids are shipped to other countries to those less fortunate. So far, more than 40,000 people in 17 countries have benefitted from the project.

The manufacturer takes it a step further by doing followups with refittings and replacing batteries.

“I would like to thank everyone that has already donated their unwanted hearing aids to the HEAR-O Program. Because of their generosity we have collected more than 500 hearing aids locally for recycling to assist the hearing impaired around the world,” Davison said. “Because this program has been so successful, Davison Audiology will continue its efforts to collect all makes and models of unused and unwanted hearing aids. Back-up hearing aids that a patient finds helpful in an emergency should not be donated.”

Drop off locations are provided at the registration desks at OVMC and EORH. All donations are tax deductible.


THE MARTINS Ferry Chamber of Commerce held its monthly luncheon at the Veterans Recreation Center Tuesday with a robust turnout.

President Bob Zilai said the chamber made $2,200 on its sausage sales at the Betty Zane Days Festival. Next up for the chamber is a Night at the Races planned for late October as well as the Koeze Nut Sale beginning Nov. 1.

Chamber member Brian Dawes delivered an update on the oil and gas industry’s impact in the local area. Dawes says things are starting to ramp up and that the oil and gas businesses are willing to spend good money and want to spend it locally. In return they are looking for quality and dependable service.

Dawes said one company — Stingray located in St. Clairsville — has invested some $70 million even before it has started to drill. He added that it is only going to escalate industrywide.

Councilman Rob Duncan said the new RV Park is completed and that one out-of-town has purchased all 22 spots. He added that National Lime & Stone is expanding by securing 10 more acres and that the former Wheeling-Pitt building has some oil and gas activity in it.


MASS REMINDER: The Belmont Mountaineer Athletic Club has arranged for a memorial mass for longtime Times Leader scribe Rich “Hoot” Gibson who died July 3 after a yearlong battle with lymphoma. It will be held on Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., at Martins Ferry’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The public is invited.

THE PITTSBURGH Steelers made a brilliant move by acquiring Felix Jones to bolster their depleted running back stable. If the former Arkansas star can stay healthy he is a big-play producer. He was the 22nd pick in the 2008 NFL draft by the Cowboys.

A TOWN hall meeting will be held Monday, at 5:30 p.m., in the Martins Ferry Library. State Sen. Lou Gentile will be the speaker.

THE BARNESVILLE Chamber of Commerce’s official 2013 ornament has arrived. This year’s ornament features a golden pumpkin in recognition of the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival’s 50th year. This year is also the 30th edition of the annual ornament fundraiser. Also featured with the ornament is a clear plastic hanger. Both items may be purchased at the chamber office. The ornament costs $6.50 and the hanger is $3. Call the chamber office at 425-4300 to place an order or for information.

KUDOS TO Times Leader Sports Editor Seth Staskey for leading his team to a second-place finish in Monday’s Health Plan Scramble at Wheeling Country Club. His team featured Eric Petho and Mike DiBiasi. They finished at 15-under par. It marked the second straight year Staskey’s team finished runnerup in the event.

WE HEAR that another Buckeye 8 school will be following Bellaire’s lead and will soon be bolting the conference.

PREP FOOTBALL kicks off Thursday. To properly prepare yourself, pick up The Times Leader Pigskin Preview which will be on the streets Tuesday. It is the largest grid preview in the Ohio Valley and contains information on every OVAC football-playing school.

JOSH PAWLOSKI has been named captain of the Wheeling Central soccer team and co-captain of the Maroon Knights’ lacrosse team. The talented senior’s dad, Stan, was a cross country and track star at Bellaire High before becoming the school recordholder in the 440 for the Bethany College track team.

FORBES MAGAZINE recently released the most expensive college football tickets. Notre Dame tops the list with an average ticket price of $294. Ohio State is second at $246. Michigan is third at $230. WVU ranks 23rd via its $116 average ticket price.

Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleaderonline.com