After half a century in business,  Ann Reed and her family have opted to retire from their popular bake shop.   In recognition of their longstanding contribution to the community, the Hancock County Commission issued a proclamation at its October 28 meeting honoring the role they and their business have played in the community proclaiming  Frank’s Pastry Shop, as a “loved and successful business in Hancock County for decades.”     Ann Reed acquired Frank’s Pastry in Chester from Frank Katzenmeyer in 1973 and upon her retirement her daughter, Margie, took over the operation.   Thanks to their efforts, Frank’s Pastry  has produced many “sweet memories” for generations of local residents. 

     “The Reed family has lovingly served their community, giving back and helping those in need whenever possible,” read the proclamation.

      The  Commission addressed the need  to be consistent in requiring visitors and employees to wear masks while in County facilities.  The Courthouse, Animal Shelter and 911 Center will follow Governor Justice’s COVID guidelines as they are currently written.  Those guidelines require social distancing while  leaving  the decision as to whether to wear a mask to the  citizen, given his/her personal circumstances.

 In other business, the Commission:

**Rescinded the appointment of Gerard Walsh to the Hancock County Parks & Recreation Board,   Walsh was appointed when a vacancy occurred with the resignation of Mallory Markowitz who then withdrew that resignation when she discovered her work schedule would allow her to attend meetings;

**Presented retiring WVU Extension Agent Carole Scheerbaum with a certificate noting her outstanding service to 4-H and Hancock County;

**Hired Joanna Robinson as Assistant Prosecutor.   Robinson replaces Mike Adams who resigned the position to become Weirton City Manager.

**Appointed Valerie Truax to serve as the 911 Advisory Council’s secretary.   Truax, who serves as Deputy County Clerk, was added to the Board to fulfill the duties of secretary;

**Removed Lory Cunningham from the position of full-time dispatcher.  Cunningham had opted to remain at her previous job when her employer increased her salary;

**Appointed Jace Cunningham as full-time dispatcher;

**Hired Tim Steele as part-time dispatcher.