Celebrating the entrepreneurial, philanthropic and competitive American spirit, the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2012 in high style Wednesday at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.
The 2012 honorees, inducted in a ceremony punctuated by harmonica music from the Sgro brothers and political humor from House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, are:
--Recycling entrepreneur and East Liverpool native James E. Pastore, of West Point, Ohio, the Hall of Fame inductee;
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Robert Nutting, left, president and chief executive officer of Ogden Newspapers Inc. and chairman of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities, accepts the Family Heritage Award from Lou Holtz during the annual Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame dinner Wednesday at the Lincoln Center for the Arts in Midland, Pa.
--Pittsburgh homebuilder and real estate developer J. Roger Glunt, recipient of the Distinguished American award;
--The Nutting family of Wheeling, recipient of the Family Heritage Award;
--Salem couple Rob and Karrin Campf, recipients of the ''Do Right'' Award.
''I'm proud, on behalf of the entire family, to accept this award,'' said Robert Nutting, president and chief executive officer of the Ogden Newspapers Inc. and chairman of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities. ''Over these past 120 years, we've been proud to cover the most important events of the Ohio Valley."
Blending the evening's theme of achievement in life and in sports, Nutting said newspapers are not only about bad news. Although the front page often is full of ''tragedies and problems, the sports page is where we can highlight the successes and triumphs of people. Sports are where we pull together as a community."
Former Notre Dame football Coach Lou Holtz, in introducing Nutting, said the Family Heritage award marks the Nutting family's accomplishments in the fields of journalism and professional sports.
''When you have 5,000 employees, that's a tremendous obligation,'' Holtz said. As for the Pirates, Holtz added, ''You don't turn (a sports team) around immediately, but, boy, the Pirates are making great progress."
Accepting his induction into the Hall of Fame, Pastore said, ''I'm humbled and grateful for this recognition.'' Pastore operates the JPI Group, which has a number of recycling-related businesses in Ohio and other states.
Accepting the Distinguished American award, Glunt told the audience, ''I urge everyone here to be a mentor to someone. Just somebody you run into - help them. It will make a difference in their life.''
This year's induction ceremony also had some unfinished business to address. Boehner received the 2011 Distinguished American award but had been unable to attend last year's ceremony.
On Wednesday, Boehner accepted the award and joked good-naturedly about his relationship with Holtz, saying that Holtz calls and sends him text messages on a regular basis.
Boehner drew a comparison to Holtz and his former Moeller High School football coach, Gerry Faust. ''They weren't just winning games. They were building men," Boehner said.