Residents Honored at Chamber’s Community Awards
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.”
“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.
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.
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.