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MERCY PROMOTES MOVEMBER: Mercy Health-Youngstown is asking men across the Mahoning Valley to ditch their razors this month to support men’s health.

Man Up Mahoning Valley, a component program of the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley, is designed to educate men in the area about the need to be checked for prostate cancer. During the month of November, the program is encouraging men to “grow a ‘stache, start a conversation, save a life.”

The goal for November is to have as many men as possible grow out their facial hair for 30 days in an effort to raise awareness as well as funding to help fight prostate cancer. Every dollar raised stays local and benefits Mahoning Valley programs that support men’s prostate health.

All participants are invited to submit photos of their facial hair to the Man Up Mahoning Valley Facebook page. To wrap up the month, a “Shave Off” event will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 30 near Target at the Eastwood Mall.

CREDIT UNION CELEBRATES 50TH: The Diocese of Youngstown Federal Credit Union celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year.

The credit union was chartered in 1971 when seven diocesan employees petitioned the National Credit Union Association to establish a credit union for all employees in any diocesan agency listed in the diocesan directory.

Although it has no affiliation or connection to the Diocese, the credit union’s membership is defined by the members who work and worship in the various diocesan agencies and parishes.

The credit union’s first report showed assets of $8,576, with a membership of 169. It now has assets of $62,908 with a membership more than 3,000.

In its first two decades, two smaller credit unions merged with it to expand its field of membership to include the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 87 and employees of Wean United Plant 11 and Cold Metal Products. Also in 1981, St Elizabeth Medical Center, now Mercy Health, allowed its employees to join. Now Mercy Health is the largest membership group within DOY.

RACINO GOES CARDLESS, CASHLESS, CONTACTLESS: Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown has a new way to play with the launch a suite of brand new features available to its mychoice guests: cardless gaming, cashless gaming and a contactless experience.

Cash will continue to be available and accepted.

FREE ID THEFT PREVENTION WORKSHOP: Credit Union of Ohio will host a free identification theft prevention virtual workshop at noon Thursday.

Attendees will learn the steps to take to best prevent identity theft, what recent scams to look out for, and what to do if their information has potentially become compromised.

Go to to register.

Credit Union of Ohio serves state employees in all of Ohio’s 88 counties and the entire communities of Franklin, Fairfield, Cuyahoga, Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

CHAMBER PLANS EVENT: The Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber will host a family-owned business program on succession planning and potential tax changes 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, Austintown.

The event will include experts from Huntington’s wealth management, ScaleCo. and HBK.

The cost is $15 per person.

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OOGA LEADERS TAKES ON NEW ROLE: Matthew Hammond, president of the Ohio Oil & Gas Association (OOGA), has announced he will resign from the organization at the end of the year to become executive director for The Empowerment Alliance (TEA), a national nonprofit organization that promotes the development and use of natural gas to re-establish the United States as a global energy superpower.

He will be involved with ensuring a smooth and seamless transition until a new president is named.

“Being entrusted to lead the Ohio Oil & Gas Association has been a privilege and an honor for which I will be forever grateful,” Hammond said. “This was not an easy decision, nor one that I treated lightly. But in the end, I believe it is in the best interest of my family, and I am excited to pursue a new professional opportunity.”

LAW FIRM ADDS PARTNER: The law firm of Betras, Kopp and Harshman has added attorney Justin Markota as an equity partner in the firm that will now operate as Betras, Kopp, and Markota. Attorney Mike Harshman will continue to serve as a senior adviser to BK&M.

Markota, a native of Girard, graduated from Ursuline High School, Youngstown State University and Capital Law School in Columbus.

He started with the firm in 2015.

AGENT JOINS BURGAN: New Springfield native Debbie Skaggs is the newest member of Burgan Real Estate.

A graduate of New Springfield High School, Skaggs attended Kent State University and started her career in the medical field as a nurse’s aide and as a dietary manager. She began to flip houses, working with real estate agents, and decided to enter the field.

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