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Residents Honored at Chamber’s Community Awards

By Staff | May 3, 2017

The following individuals were honored Tuesday, April 25 at the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Community Celebration Awards. Pictured, from left, are Linda Henriksen, Billie Zimmerman, New Martinsville Police Department Chief Tim Cecil, Eli Henthorn, Jim King, Dan Henthorn, and Roy Haught. Not pictured is a representative for Susie’s Crafts, which received the award for “Most Improved Exterior Aesthetics.”

Several of the community’s most distinguished were recognized Tuesday, April 25 at the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Community Celebration Awards.

Perhaps the highlight of the night was the awarding of the “Youth Leadership” award, and the subsequent $500 Lions Club scholarship, to Eli Henthorn. Henthorn was one of seven deserving individuals who was nominated for the award. He noted that the award “really is an honor.”

Henthorn thanked everyone who “encourages me to do the things I do,” and “who has helped me along the way.”

Dan Henthorn, educator at Paden City and Magnolia high schools, was the recipient of the “Educator of the Year” award. Dan Henthorn said that “just the nomination itself was really gratifying.”

“It’s really exciting to look out at the students that were nominated this year (for the Youth Leadership award), and I have four of them in class.”

The pictured youth, standing with Lions Club President Donald Riggenbach, were nominated for the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Community Celebration Award for Youth Leadership. Pictured beside Riggenbach are Teran Malone, Jake Pennell, Breanna Herrick, Eli Henthorn, Connor Seckman, Emily Shank, and Emily Rine.

“That’s really the thrilling part, I think,” he said.

Roy Haught was honored as the recipient of the “Entrepreneur” award. Haught is owner of “Corner 2 Corner Land Surveying.”

“I am very humbled and truly honored,” he said.

“I’m very blessed and thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for everything He sacrificed for me,” Haught said.

“We are all to be remembering the sacrifices of what He did for us all,” Haught said.

Linda Henriksen was honored at the chamber awards dinner for Olive Branch Animal Rescue & Refuge, the “Civic Organization of the Year.” Other civic organizations honored were Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority, Northern Panhandle Gabriel Project (Wetzel County), and Wetzel County Hope & Memories.

New Martinsville Police Department Chief Tim Cecil, Professional of the Year, thanked everyone who voted for him. “Hopefully I’ll keep on staying the chief and doing what I do,” he said.

Billie Zimmerman, of the NMPD, thanked everyone for their votes as well as Chief Cecil.

Jim King was recognized as the 2017 Business Owner of the Year. He said the award was a “big honor.” He said he wanted to share his award with his “business partner… my wife and a lot of times my boss.”

Linda Henriksen, of the Olive Branch Animal Rescue & Refuge, was recognized for her facility being named the “Civic Organization of the Year.” She said she couldn’t take “all the credit for this.” She noted that those who were seated with her at the awards “are the people that work the Olive Branch store, that help us, that donate for us, that do transports for us… It’s really a great honor.”

Local musician Ezra Hamilton provided entertainment for the Tuesday, April 25 event, which was catered by Bon Bon’s Cafe/Sistersville Sweets by Genine.

Pictured are Matthew Riggenbach and Donald Riggenbach (Riggenbach Tile & Carpet) and Donna Schramm (West Virginia Small Business Development Center). Schramm recognized Donald Riggenbach at the chamber’s annual award event for owning the 2017 Family-Owned Small Business of the Year, as recognized by the Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District.

Event sponsors included Anderson Orthodontics, Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Martinsville Church of God, Riggenbach Tile & Carpet, Sistersville Pharmacy, J C Mensore Distributor, Inc., Witschey’s Food & Pharmacy, Wetzel Chronicle, Wetzel County Commission, Southwestern Energy, Vicki & Dick Reed, Greg & Nancy Richmond, New Martinsville Lions Club, Holiday Inn & Suites, S&S Diamonds & Fine Jewelry, Grisell Funeral Home, WesBanco, WVNCC, WETZ Power Country, and WXCR Lite Rock.

Table decorators were Peoples Bank, Mountain Maids and Men, Wetzel County Hope & Memories, Progressive Bank, Anytime Fitness, Shoe Sensation, Regatta Fest, Park Car Wash & Laundromat, Balloon Ovations, Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union, New Martinsville Church of God, WVNCC, Genesis Healthcare (Sistersville), DMD/Dennis Miller Doors & Windows, Flower Basket & Gift Shop, and Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce.