Pats on the Back:

∫ To Wheeling attorneys Linda and Jim Bordas, recognized last week for their many contributions to our communities. They were honored during the annual Wheeling YMCA Light of the Valley luncheon and were presented with the Dr. Lee Jones Patron of Youth Award.

∫ To Northern Panhandle companies honored by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for exporting products to other countries. Of the 37 recognized statewide, seven are in our area. They are Wheeling Truck Center Inc., TROY Group Inc. and Direct Online Marketing in Ohio County; Tecnocap LLC in Marshall County, and American Muscle Docks and Fabrication, United States Gypsum Co. and Eagle Manufacturing Co. in Brooke County.