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APPOINTMENT MADE: Robert G. Lane has been named finance manager of State Park Motors Inc.

Don Finley, general sales manager of the Wintersville-based dealer, said “The addition of Bob Lane to our staff is a direct result of our constantly increasing sales volume. Bob has 35 years of bank lending experience, so he was able to hit the ground running. Bob has also been very active in the community, having been a member of the Steubenville Rotary Club, a United Way volunteer and served on a number of boards of directors, including Steubenville Rotary, A.L.I.V.E. Inc. and Jefferson Behavioral Health System.”

Finley added that Lane has been active in local community theater for many years, having appeared with the Steubenville Players, Weirton Community Players, Brooke Hills Theater and on the stage of Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre in Wheeling.

In March, he will be appearing in Weirton’s Striplight Theatre production of the musical “Gypsy.”

Lane and his wife, Sheila, live in Steubenville.

FOR LANDSCAPERS: The Marshall County West Virginia University Extension Service will present a one-day training course for landscape professionals from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 21.

Topics will include American National Standards Institute-approved pruning techniques, best planting practices, hazard tree identification, and exotic insect and disease management. There will be field demonstrations of chainsaw safety, climbing, rigging and bucket truck trimming.

The course is available to all landscape professionals including nursery workers, tree trimmers and municipal employees. Registration is $5 and pre-registration is due Feb. 16.

For information, contact Karen Cox at (304) 843-1170 or Karen.Cox@mail.wvu.edu.

GRANT AWARDED: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County is among 30 nonprofit organizations in Comcast’s Keystone Region to receive a grant from the Comcast Foundation to support programs focused on community service, digital literacy and empowering tomorrow’s leaders.

The local organization received $10,000, Comcast officials said, adding that the total in grants was $591,000.

“The Comcast Foundation is proud to award these grants to our partner organizations to improve the lives of our local neighbors,” said Charisse R. Lillie, vice president of community investment for Comcast Corp. and president of the Comcast Foundation. “Through this support, we remain committed to closing the digital divide, empowering young people to become leaders and engaging our employees and local citizens in volunteerism.”

Since 1999, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $140 million. In addition to grants from the Comcast Foundation, Comcast responds to community needs through local sponsorships and in-kind support, donating more than $1.6 million worth of airtime for public service announcements from Keystone region organizations. The company also gives back through employee volunteerism and providing technology equipment and services to organizations across the country.

Comcast in 2013 was named one of the most community-minded companies in America by Bloomberg, the Points of Light Foundation and the National Conference on Citizenship. The Civic 50 is a comprehensive survey of S&P 500 companies that best use their time, talent, and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

Comcast’s Keystone Region includes portions of Northeastern, Central and Western Pennsylvania, the Maryland panhandle, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia.