Local Web Developer Selected for INTERNATIONAL Advisory Committee

Levi Durfee, Vice President of Web Services at Bulldog Creative, has been selected to sit on the Advisory Committee of the Google Open Source Accelerate Mobile Pages (AMP) Project. As a part of the committee, Durfee will attend committee meetings and conferences in London and Tokyo in March and April of this year.

Google’s Open Source AMP Project is an open source initiative that came out of discussions between publishers and technology companies about the need to improve the entire mobile content ecosystem for everyone — publishers, consumer platforms, advertisers, creators, and users. The project aims to make the Internet better, faster and more responsive for all.

“Levi has been with us for nearly 8 years and his progress in this field has been outstanding. His skill set assists our clients with many complex web development challenges and he’s being recognized internationally for his work. We’re very proud to call him part of Team Bulldog,” said Chris Michael, CEO of Bulldog.

The AMP Advisory Committee is comprised of 16 accomplished individuals from around the world, including professionals from well-known companies such as eBay, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vox Media, Cloudflare, and others. Durfee serves as a representative of small business concerns in the United States.

Bulldog Creative Services is a full-service advertising agency based in Huntington that assists businesses with strategic marketing research and planning, media management, graphic design, audio / visual production and website design, development, and maintenance. More information about the agency can be gained at www.bulldogcreative.com.

The AMP Project is an open-source initiative aiming to make the web better for all. The project enables the creation of websites and ads that are consistently fast, beautiful and high-performing across devices and distribution platforms. More information about the project can be gained at www.ampproject.org.

Levi Durfee, Vice President of Web Services at Bulldog Creative
Levi Durfee, Vice President of Web Services at Bulldog Creative

New Pet Supply Store Opening in Ceredo

Ceredo, W.Va., : The City of Ceredo is expanding with the opening of a new pet supply store that will support high-quality foods and treats along with pet-friendly accessories and toys.

Austin’s Pet Supplies plans its grand opening on Saturday, April 6, at its new location at 302 Main St. Suite B in Ceredo across from Tudor’s Biscuit World. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Special activities for the day include pet food samples, refreshments and door prizes.

“We believe in 100 percent of the products we sell and wouldn’t have them in our store if we wouldn’t give them to our own pets,” said Brandon Austin, co-owner of the store.

Brandon and his wife Tori moved from Kentucky to Kenova last year with their family of three pups, Griffey, Gracie, and Chronos. When searching out a local pet supply store, they soon realized the area was desperately lacking.

“We set out on a mission to make it happen,” said Tori Austin, co-owner. “It’s taken a lot of research and love for what we want to do.”

Austin’s Pet Supplies will include brands such as Primal, Zignature, and Fromm foods, Himalayan chews, and Kurgo accessories.

Austin’s Pet Supplies is a pet supply store based in Ceredo, West Virginia, that offers high-quality pet foods, treats, toys and accessories. Products, specials, and information can be found at https://www.austinspetsupplies.com/.

Bulldog Creative grows with three new hires

Huntington, W.Va., : Bulldog Creative Services, an advertising agency based in Huntington, West Virginia, recently expanded its team with three new employees.

Video Producer Erin Gilleece, Account Executive Peyton Hebb, and Operations Assistant Kay Thomason have joined Team Bulldog adding a plethora of knowledge and talents to the agency.

“You’re always hearing about young talent moving away. We are proud to say we just brought in two extremely talented professionals from the Utah and Arkansas to West Virginia and gave another West Virginian the opportunity to come home. We’ve worked hard to bring in seasoned professionals that are recognized and respected in their fields and translate that into client achievements,” said Chris Michael, CEO of Bulldog.

An award-winning creative video producer and compelling storyteller, Gilleece brings experience in commercial production, documentary film, broadcast television and eCommerce digital media to help Bulldog clients communicate their messages with video. She most recently worked with clients in creating B2B and B2C multimedia video content and previously worked as a videojournalist at an NBC-affiliated television station and an ABC-affiliated television station in Arkansas. Gilleece received a Master of Art in Journalism and Documentary Film from the University of Arkansas where she also received a Bachelor of Art in Journalism.

West Virginia native Hebb will work closely with Bulldog’s clients to coordinate projects and campaigns and will serve as a liaison for clients with the creative, web and production team. She most recently worked in the marketing and advertising field with the Walt Disney World College Program in Orlando, Florida. Prior to her career with Disney, she was as a marketing assistant at both the Marshall Recreation Center and Marshall Artists Series with duties including graphic design, social media, communications campaigns, in addition to guest relations and customer services. Hebb received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Arts and Media at Marshall University.

Thomason, a native of Utah, brings a background in administration and creativity and will assist clients with their billing and support needs. She recently relocated to Huntington from Utah where she worked for the federal government.

Bulldog Creative Services is a full-service advertising agency based in Huntington that assists businesses with strategic marketing research and planning, media management, graphic design, audio / visual production and website design, development, and maintenance. More information about the agency can be gained at www.bulldogcreative.com.

Chesapeake Healthcare Center, LLC Announces Grand Opening of innovative new treatment facility in Chesapeake, WV

Chesapeake, WV – February 16, 2019-Chesapeake Healthcare Center, LLC will host a Grand Opening celebration at their Chesapeake, WV facility on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 2:00PM – 4:00PM with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony scheduled at 2:30PM.  The Chesapeake Healthcare Center, LLC is a business that is owned and operated by West Virginians for West Virginians. The Center will provide internal medicine/primary care, medication assisted treatment, and osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT); which according to Genise Lalos, CEO, “OMT has the potential to be both a tool in the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction.”

Lalos reports that, “Clinical trials research demonstrates that when someone has an opioid use disorder and one or more non-substance related health issues, integrated care can be more effective than traditional treatment delivery (i.e., separate, siloed primary care and substance abuse programs) in terms of clinical outcome and cost.  It results in better health outcomes for individuals, in contrast to back-and-forth referrals between behavioral health and primary care offices that result in 80% or more of individuals not receiving care.”  

Lalos has over 20 years of experience working in the field of addiction treatment in WV and she believes that the combination of services that will be offered here can really make a difference in the quality of life for individuals in the region.  According to Lalos, “The opioid crisis is the epidemic of our career and one that has impacted the state of WV profoundly.” The facility opened their addiction treatment program in December 2018 and presently have openings for 275 patients. The primary care and OMT programs open in March 2019 and round out the compliment of health care services designed to help individuals reclaim their life balance.  “Resolving the opioid epidemic in WV will invariably take more solutions than simply getting more physicians to prescribe an opioid blocking medication. The solution lies in a multi-pronged approach designed to manage addiction like the chronic disease it is”, said Lalos.

Children’s PLACE to host holiday pancake breakfast fundraiser

Children in the Tri-State are invited to visit with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dressed as Santa Claus and Mrs. Clause on Saturday, Dec. 8, during The Magical Holiday Pancake Breakfast, a fundraiser benefiting Children’s PLACE, a non-profit comprehensive child-development center in Huntington.

The enchanting pancake breakfast will be served from 8:15 a.m.to 9:30 a.m. and from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at HIMG and includes a toppings bar, sausage, and choices of milk, coffee, or water. HIMG is located at 5170 U.S. Route 60 East in Huntington.

“We are so excited for the children to meet Mickey and Minnie and enjoy this special holiday breakfast with us,” said Gretchen Palmer, director of Children’s PLACE. “We are grateful to those who participate and help us continue our goal of caring for children in a stimulating and diverse early learning environment.”

A professional photographer will be available for children and parents to take photos with Mickey and Minnie. Photos will be available to download for free at http://www.childrensplacewv.com following the event. Parents also are encouraged to take their own photos.

All proceeds from the event benefit Children’s PLACE by supporting the facility as well as purchasing new equipment and sponsoring activities. In addition to funds raised from ticket sales, those in attendance can purchase raffle tickets for Christmas-themed raffle baskets.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $12 for ages 4 and under and can be purchased online at https://bit.ly/2qNpMeL or by searching “Magical Holiday Pancake Breakfast” at https://www.eventbrite.com.

Children’s PLACE (Preschool, Learning, Activities Center for Education), Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and offers a stimulating and diverse early learning environment, allowing children the opportunity to learn from their environment while developing valuable academic and life skills. The facility is located at 625 Richmond St. in Huntington.

Jenkins Fenstermaker recognized in 2019 Best Law Firms by Best Lawyers®

Fourteen Jenkins Fenstermaker practice areas earned Tier 1 and Tier 2 rankings in Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms list in the Charleston metropolitan area.

A complete list of Jenkins Fenstermaker’s 2019 Best Law Firms rankings is as follows:

Metropolitan Tier 1 – Charleston

  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions/UCC Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Litigation – ERISA
  • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
  • Real Estate Law
  • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Metropolitan Tier 2 – Charleston

  • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Firms included in the 2019 Best Law Firms list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible for a ranking in a practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers®, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the United States. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence and is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession.

Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC, provides representation in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio, backed by more than 90 years of legal experience. Clients can find attorneys dedicated to quality, detail-oriented representation in business and commercial law; wills, trusts and estates; litigation; and labor and employment law.

Huntington native and Broadway star J. Mark McVey to speak at YMCA ‘Just for Kids’ dinner

Huntington native and Broadway star J. Mark McVey will be the keynote speaker at the “Just for Kids” Huntington YMCA Scholarship Dinner Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Conference Center, 2849 Fifth Ave., Huntington.

Individual tickets for the dinner are $125, or corporate-sponsored tables of eight seats can be purchased for $1,000. Presenting and video sponsorship opportunities are also available. To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, contact Kristi Adkins, associate director, Huntington YMCA, at (304) 525-8127.

Best known as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables,” J. Mark McVey made his Broadway debut in that role after winning the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor while on tour. The first American to perform the role in London’s West End, McVey has also played Valjean at the Hollywood Bowl and on the 25th anniversary national tour, where he won the Ovation Award and the Broadway.com Award. McVey’s other Broadway appearances include “The Who’s Tommy,” “The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public” and “Stairway to Paradise.” He made his Carnegie Hall debut with renowned composer Marvin Hamlisch and continues to perform with numerous symphonies in the U.S. and around the world.

The Huntington YMCA will also be honoring Phil Cline with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Cline rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most respected business and civic leaders in Huntington. Cline is a past chairman of the board for Marshall University and Cabell Huntington Hospital and has also held executive leadership roles on numerous other boards for banks, businesses and charities. A past YMCA board president, Cline’s philanthropy allowed the Huntington YMCA to establish the Phil Cline Family YMCA, which is home to most of the youth and senior activities at the YMCA.

The “Just for Kids” Scholarship Dinner enables the Huntington YMCA to continue its mission of providing programs and memberships to underprivileged youth, seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Region 2 WORKFORCE West Virginia offers career and financial aid seminars

Region 2 WORKFORCE West Virginia is hosting several free one-hour informational sessions for parents of high school students who want to learn more about post-graduate job training, military options, and community and four-year college options and financing assistance.


  • College, training, and service options
  • Financial aid, grants, and how to get them
  • When and how to apply for schooling
  • Job opportunities for your student
  • Where to find additional resources


The Careers and Financial Aid Seminars will be presented at 6 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Scott High School, Oct. 1
  • Van High School, Oct. 3
  • Buffalo High School, Oct. 4
  • Chapmanville Regional High School, Oct. 8
  • May High School, Oct. 9
  • Mingo Central High School, Oct. 10
  • Wayne High School, Oct. 11
  • Tolsia High School, Oct. 15
  • Logan High School, Oct. 16
  • Spring Valley High School, Oct. 18
  • Cabell-Midland High School, Oct. 25
  • Tug Valley High School, Nov. 5
  • Poca High School, Nov. 7
  • Sherman High School, Nov. 15

The Region 2 WORKFORCE Investment Board serves businesses, workers and individuals in Boone, Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Putnam and Wayne counties in West Virginia and works to meet local economic and workforce development needs. Additional information is available at www.wvregion2.org.

Rubberlite Inc. new SUR-fex® series offers flexibility, breathability

More stretch, exceptional breathability, and guaranteed comfort make Rubberlite Inc. new SUR-fex ® products ideal for use in medical, apparel, cosmetics, footwear, equestrian, padding or skin contact applications.

“Our SUR-fex ® SF series of water-based functional coatings allows us to enhance the surface of many substrates to improve functional characteristics for use in medical, apparel, cosmetic and general padding applications,” said Alan Fenno, Market Development Manager for Technical Composites. “The open cell and ‘soft hand’ characteristics of these coatings are unique and offer comfort and breathability.”

The SUR-fex ® microcellular open-cell frothed coatings do not occlude airflow reducing heat build-up and ensuring comfort.  SUR-fex ® SF100 is soft to the touch while maintaining flexibility which provides greater functional benefits, including outstanding wash durability, enhanced coefficient of friction, thermoformability, and no off-gassing. SUR-fex ® SF200 is cured at lower processing temperatures allowing coating to be directly cast on a broad range of flexible substrates, such as knits, foam, film, and foil.

“Our custom engineered equipment gives us the precision needed in application, material handling and curing to achieve unparalleled results in coating and performance,” said Keith Kerns, Senior Project Engineer.

Rubberlite offers a unique portfolio of microcellular polyurethane foams to meet demanding requirements across a diverse range of applications. Under the trademarks of HyPUR-cel® high resilient foams and viscoelastic foams, Rubberlite engineers a broad range of polyurethane products and distributes products from several of the leading manufacturers of elastomeric and polyolefin foams in the world. With value-add propositions in coatings and laminations, combined with best-in-class technologies, Rubberlite is well positioned to provide customer solutions in foam design, technical composites, and novel textile coating applications. Rubberlite, Inc. is headquartered in the United States and markets products throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe. For more information, visit Rubberlite, Inc. at www.rubberlite.com.

Huntington Tri-State Airport Awards Marketing Bid to Bulldog Creative Services

The Huntington Tri-State Airport is pleased to announce that they have retained Bulldog Creative Services through a competitive request for proposal process that ended at the beginning of September.

“Due to staffing changes, we knew we needed someone who could serve as our marketing director and our creative team,” said Brent Brown, Tri-State Airport Director. The airport formed a marketing committee that sent out a request for proposal document at the beginning of June with bid submissions due by June 29. After a proposal submission and presentation process, Bulldog Creative Services was chosen as the winning bidder.

“We know Bulldog has worked with the airport in the past and we are excited to continue that relationship on a larger scale moving forward,” said Brown.

Bulldog Creative Services is a full-service advertising agency that has worked with clients throughout the tri-state area and country for almost twenty years.

“I’m excited to start a new chapter in our working relationship with Huntington Tri-State Airport,” said Shannon Lester, Account Executive at Bulldog Creative Services. “The airport is a valuable resource for our region and I’m confident we can give them a refreshed presence within the community and to potential aerospace business partners.”

Huntington Tri-State Airport handles commercial airline, air cargo, military, and general aviation traffic. HTS has two major airlines serving five non-stop destinations, including Charlotte, Orlando, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, and Myrtle Beach. To learn more visit tristateairport.com or call 304-453-6183.