One of the more personal aspects of doing business with people in small towns is that they care about those with whom they do business. They become a contributing part of the community. Such is the case with Dr. Andrew Minigh, D.D.S.
Dr. Minigh joined Dr. Chris Pagano’s practice in 2008 and later, in 2011, purchased the business from him. During these years, he has become familiar with many patients and their families. He has also reached out to become a part of the community.
Himself a father of two, children are important to him. Therefore, he has put forth every effort to support local area schools. His practice is a Partner in Education with Lincoln High School; he helps provide funding during Big Elm Elementary School’s ‘Santa Shop’ during the Christmas season so that every child – even those from families with financial difficulties – can purchase gifts during this school event; he also supports many sports teams (youth soccer, baseball and basketball); and for the past several years, he and his staff have handed out free popsicles and juice drinks to children attending the Independence Day ‘Concert in the Park’ at Ferguson Park.
Now his office will introduce another children’s event – an Easter Egg Hunt to be held at Ferguson Memorial Park on Good Friday, April 14th. He and his staff will be hiding 1,000 Easter eggs within the park property, and all children in the Shinnston/Lumberport area are invited to participate. At 9:30 a.m. the egg hunt will begin for children Pre-K through 2nd grade. Third through fifth graders will take part beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Minigh said, “The idea came about randomly. I just happened to be driving in another area and saw signs that someone was going to host an Easter Egg Hunt, and I decided I wanted to do that for kids in this area. It’s all free, and if it’s well attended, I plan to make it an annual event.”
Each child participating will receive a bag of candy when they turn in the eggs they have gathered. Each of the one thousand eggs will be numbered, and those turning in certain “magic” numbered eggs could win cash prizes. In addition, one lucky child from each of the two age groups will be the winner of a new bicycle!
“It’s just something I want to do as a way of giving back to the community that has supported me since I came here,” he added.
In June of last year, Dr. Minigh opened a second office in Glenville, where he was raised. He has already begun to get involved in that community as well, visiting kids in the elementary school, giving away toothbrushes and toothpaste.
“It is my feeling that reaching out into the community where you do business is as important as doing a good job at what you do for a living,” he concluded.