Benwood Native Honored in N.Y.

Benwood native Travis Tellitocci has been named a Dutchess County New York Regional Chamber of Commerce Forty and Under honoree.

Tellitocci, the Marist College Senior Associate Athletic Director, grew up on Boggs Run. He was the salutatorian of the 2000 Bishop Donahue High School graduating, and in 2004 graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Prior to becoming a member of the Marist Athletics Department eight years ago, he was employed by the New York Mets Baseball Club.

On being informed of the Chamber of Commerce award, Tellitocci, 31, said, “I am honored to have been chosen for this honor. I am proud to be in a position at Marist that gives me the opportunity to have a positive impact in the local community.”

Forty individuals were selected from 110 nominees for this year’s award.

Tellicotti was nominated by several people, including his direct supervisor, Tim Murray, the Marist College Director of Athletics. In the Chamber of Commerce release, Murray is quoted, stating that “Travis is a hard-working, committed professional who has demonstrated excellence in every area within the intercollegiate athletics and sports area. He has flawlessly balanced a busy lifestyle that includes graduate coursework, in addition to managing a dozen employees within the Marist Athletics.”

As to Dutchess County, according to the 2010 Census, the population was 297,488. The county is located in the state’s Mid-Hudson Region of the Hudson Valley, and is part of the Poughkeepie-Newburgh-Middleton New York Metropolitan Statistical Area. Poughkeepie is county seat of Dutchess County.

In his current role, Tellitocci is responsible for the oversight of the Athletic Department’s business operations, marketing, media relations, broadcasting, licensing, ticketing, club sports, intramurals and recreation,

In his five years as Associate Athletic Director, Tellitocci transformed the athletic department’s financial operations through the development and management of the department’s budget and integration to the Banner financial system.

On the national level, Tellitocci serves as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), representative for the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA).

Tellitocci, and his wife, Bobbi Sue, also a 2004 Marist graduate, reside in Poughkeepsie.

In the past two years Hilltop Elementary has finished in the Top 12 in a recycling program known as Dream Machine Recycle Rally through Pepsi, and for the current school year is ranked ninth with hopes of finisher higher. The school has recycled more than 60,000 No. 1 plastic drinking bottles this year.

Of course, the higher the school finishes, the more money or other award the school gets. Also, the more bottles collected, the more points for gift cards or items for the school.

The programs ends April 29 for this school year.

The entire school, the PTO and the community contribute bottles.

Pepsi pays for a Waste Management dumpster for the bottles to be collected and taken to the recycling facility in Pennsylvania, and already this school year the school has sent 12 Dumpster to the facility. The program also allows for aluminum can recycling, but the school has chosen not to take cans. However, there is a drop-off location at the school for aluminum cans with this program handled by the Sherrard Road Runners 4-H members.

According to Jodi Calissie, who spearheads this effort, Pepsi supports the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities with this program.

In addition to bottles, the school recycles juice pouches and ink cartridges through Terracycle. Unfortunately, the school has had to suspend paper/cardboard recycling due to the lack of volunteers, although the school is working to find someone to be in charge of collecting paper and cardboard.

For those wishing to drop off bottles, etc., there is a trailer at the school which was supplied by the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority, of which Howard Coffield is the executive director.

The Washington Lands Lions Club will be holding its annual Spring Fish Fries, beginning Friday and continuing every Friday through April 11 at the community building. The hours will be 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for lunch and 4-6 p.m., or until sold out, for dinners.

In addition to fish, shrimp and chicken strips will be available, along with French fries, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, a variety of desserts and beverages.

Items will be available for eat-in or takeout, and there will be local deliveries available to businesses and industries located north and south of Washington Lands. Call 304-845-6644 or 304-312-5732 after 10 a.m. for lunch and after 3:30 p.m. for dinner.

The Marshall County Commission is accepting applications for a board member on the Marshall County Airport Authority, this following the resignation of Dan Masters this past week. Masters has served 17 years on the board, and for the majority of that time has been the chairman.

The board is comprised of five members who oversee the operation of the airport located on Kull’s Lane off Roberts Ridge Road. Those interested in being considered are to send their resume to County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel at P.O. Drawer B, Moundsville.

The Marshall County Commission this past week approved the employment of two individuals as 911 telecommunications personnel on the recommendation of Director Larry Newell. The new employees are: Kevin Olson and David George.

In other actions by the commission, the board approved Jack DeTemple to a new term on the Public Service District No. 2 Board, while former PSD No. 3 board member Craig Madden was appointed to replace the late Walter Johnson.

Moundsville Mayor Eugene Saunders Sr., on a monthly basis provides the news media with what he calls, “A Message From the Mayor,” and in the most recent article he complimented the city street department and the sanitation department for their work during the past couple of months, in which they have worked under difficult conditions caused by the weather. He said the street department, like others in the Ohio Valley, has encountered a problem, that being the availability of salt.

He also notes that the two departments are understaffed, and between them they have vacancies which they are unable to fill.

Saunders also said he had the honor and privilege to attend a recent tribute to the Marshall County Task Squad, and that he congratulates Chief Thomas Mitchell the Moundsville Police Officers on the Task Force for a “job well done.”

He reminds residents that a committee responsible for drawing up a Home Rule plan has done so and that residents can voice their opinions on it at Tuesday’s council meeting.

As a reminder, the Mount Olivet Lions Club annual Varsity Show will be held Friday and Saturday at Sherrard Middle School.