CHANGE weatherization program begins

WEIRTON — CHANGE Inc. is accepting applications for services through the Weatherization Assistance Program — designed to assist in reducing energy use for low-income, elderly, and disabled individuals by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.

In 2015, 46 households in four Northern Panhandle counties received Weatherization services, while 57 households received energy audits.

This program is open to individuals and families living in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties that meet the program’s income guidelines.

“A family of four individuals could make as much as $48,600 in total annual household income and be eligible for assistance through the Weatherization Assistance Program,” stated David Ruhl, Weatherization manager at CHANGE.

Stop at CHANGE Inc. offices, located at 3158 West St., Weirton, or 700 First St., Moundsville, for an application or go online at

Learn about Medicare benefits

SALEM — The Crabb Insurance Agency, with offices in East Palestine and Salem, is hosting free community meetings for residents to learn how to get more benefits from original Medicare with a UnitedHealthcare Dual Complete (HMO-POS SNP) plan. Meetings begins at 10 a.m.

A sales person will be present with information and applications. For accommodation of people with special needs call 330-277-1878.

Locally, a meeting is slated 10 a.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 6 at East Liverpool City Hospital; and 10 a.m. Nov. 28 at the Assembly of God in Salineville.

Covelli retains naming rights

YOUNGSTOWN — The Covelli Centre will keep its name into the next decade.

Covelli Enterprises recently announced a five-year extension of its agreement to provide naming rights for the downtown Youngstown arena.

According to a statement from Sam Covelli, owner/CEO of Covelli Enterprises, “When our company agreed to put our name on the Centre in 2009, we did it because of our commitment to the community and our belief in Eric Ryan and his team to turn the Centre around. In the past seven years, with the overwhelming support of this community what has happened at the Centre has exceeded my expectations.”

Covelli Enterprises will pay $200,000 annually from May 2016 to April 2019 under the first three years of the agreement and $225,000 for the final two years of the contract, which runs through April 2021.

“It makes me very pleased to continue our relationship with Covelli Enterprises because it is a relationship that progresses and grows with every year,” according to Eric Ryan, president of JAC Management Group, which operates the venue owned by the city of Youngstown. “We are privileged to be associated with the Covelli family’s distinguished legacy and work hard every year to honor that legacy with an event schedule that provides the best possible entertainment to our valley.”

Covelli Enterprises’ tenure as naming rights’ sponsor began in 2009 and since then such acts such as Elton John, Carrie Underwood, Barry Manilow, KISS, Lionel Richie, Brad Paisley, Rod Stewart, Cirque Du Soliel, James Taylor, Guns and Roses and Rascal Flatts have performed there.

CHIP funding available to county homeowners

LISBON — The PY2016 Columbiana County Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) program is now accepting applications.

Funding is available to assist Columbiana County homeowners in need of home repairs and housing rehabilitation. The CHIP program is funded through the Ohio Development Services Agency. The grant is a partnership between the Columbiana County Board of Commissioners and the cities of East Liverpool,  Columbiana, and Salem. Funding has been budgeted to each of these communities to provide assistance under the CHIP program.

To be eligible, the home must be located in Columbiana County and used as the primary residence of the homeowner, have a household with a total gross anticipated annual income of less than 80 percent of the Area Median Income. (Example: a family of three must have an income at or below $39,900), current on property tax, and meet secondary eligibility items associated with the home itself. This may include items such as maximum value and ability to address the required repairs with maximum funding allocations.

Complete applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis taking into account the health and safety repairs needed.

In addition to the repair assistance, the program will also provide homeownership assistance that includes downpayment/closing cost assistance, and housing rehabilitation.

To apply, contact the following organization listed according to the area your home is located.

If the home is located within the City limits of East Liverpool or Salem, contact Hall Community Development LLC, 635 Bachtel St. SE, North Canton, Ohio 44720 or call 330-499-8266.

For all other areas of Columbiana County, including the City of Columbiana, contact the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County, Inc., 7860 Lincole Place (lower level), Lisbon, Ohio 44432 or call 330-424-4013.

Health Departments sets rabies clinic

LISBON — A rabies prevention clinic, sponsored by the Columbiana County Health Department and the Lisbon Veterinary Clinic, will take place 1-3 p.m. Nov. 12, at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, located along state Route 45, Lisbon.

Cost is $5 per dose for pets that are 3 months of age and older. All dogs and cats must be on a leash or confined in a cage. Rabies Vaccination Certificates will be issued.