In a "cool" development, Lisa Allen, president and chief executive officer of the Ziegenfelder company in Wheeling, is featured on the cover of the current issue of West Virginia Executive magazine.
The cover illustration shows a smiling Allen against a backdrop of Ziegenfelder's colorful frozen novelty line of Budget $aver twin pops. The photograph accompanies the magazine's article saluting its "Winners' Circle 2010" of successful Mountain State businesses, of which Ziegenfelder is one of the firms profiled.
The article states, "Ziegenfelder has what you can call a sweet history that has grown into an international success." The writers note that Allen, a Wheeling resident, "has continued the family legacy of frozen treats" at the 150-year-old company. The article also points out that Ziegenfelder is "the largest producer of twin pops in the United States today."
Ziegenfelder's Budget $aver products are sold throughout the United States, as well as in Mexico, the Caribbean region, Central America and South America.
Anyone who has spent any time with Sean Duffy, coordinator of adult programs at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling, knows that he is a devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Duffy, who's also in the spotlight in today's Life section for his new pictorial history book, "Wheeling: Then and Now," organizes the library's tremendously successful Lunch With Books series.
So, it's fitting that he has combined those two interests and passions to launch a new initiative, "Old School Stillers Week," at the library. The special week opens with a screening of a filmed version of the contemporary play, "The Chief." The film will be shown as a Lunch With Book offering at noon Tuesday, Nov. 16.
"The Chief," written by Gene Collier and Rob Zellers, is a one-man play about Art Rooney, beloved founder of the Steelers. The play, starring Tom Atkins portraying Rooney, debuted at Pittsburgh Public Theater in 2003. After seven sold-out seasons, the stage play " retired" in January, but was captured on film for a DVD, Duffy related.
Old School Stillers Week continues with a special evening program in the library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18.
The event features ESPN The Magazine's Chad Millman and Shawn Coyne, authors of "The Ones Who Hit the Hardest: The Steelers, the Cowboys, the '70s and the Fight for America's Soul." Reservations are required for this program because Duffy anticipates a huge crowd.
With only a hint of exaggeration, Duffy predicts that the work "has the potential to be the greatest book ever written." Throwing in a dash of hyperbole, he adds that this event "will change your life."
Both programs are free and open to all of the citizens of Steelers Nation.
Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net