The 91st annual Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce Banquet celebrated the accomplishments of area businesses, organizations and community leaders last Wednesday.
More than 100 individuals were in attendance for the banquet as the sported their favorite cowboy attire. The theme for the evening was "Round 'em up for progress."
"We, as businesses and individuals, join together to serve this community," said Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Neidig, who also served as the master of ceremonies. "But, sometimes we forget about the big picture and the community we serve."
The following award winners were recognized:
Newcomer Awards (given to new businesses in the village) -- Whitetail Country Store, Bliss Veterinary Services, Reilly's Second Hand Treasures, and Shriver's Pharmacy.
Helping Hands (given to those individuals that help the Chamber) -- Vickie Neighbor (who helped with Toys for Local Tots project) and Joel Styer (who assisted with Janesville Acoustics fund for employees).
Kelly Ault Memorial Award for Veteran of the Year -- James Everhart, who served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1963. He is currently a member of the Newcomerstown Honor Guard, commander of the American Legion and treasurer for the local Vietnam Veterans organization.
Organizations of the Year -- Newcomerstown Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge and Newcomerstown Senior Center.
Educator of the Year -- Rita Lahmers, fourth grade teacher at West Elementary School. She is retiring after 30 years in education.
Newcomerstown Hometown Hero -- Charles Woodby, Newcomerstown Police dispatcher.
Lifetime Achievement Award -- Carl Plants, Newcomerstown collector and historian.
Chamber Member of the Year -- Roger Seitz of Baker's IGA.
Chief Netawatwes (given to businesses who have expanded or recently built in the village) -- Baker's IGA for their expansion of their facility, and Yellow Butterfly Winery for the construction and growth of the winery in Newcomerstown.
Also on display was a sketch of the proposed Cy Young Museum/Complex to be built in Newcomerstown.
Those in attendance also heard a presentation regarding the Newcomerstown Bicentennial Celebration in 2014.
Rev. Kenneth Hacker from the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Newcomerstown offered the invocation and benediction for the evening.
The meal was catered by Dick's Place Restaurant in Newcomerstown, while appetizers and wine tastings were provided by Baker's IGA in Newcomerstown and Yellow Butterfly Winery.
Neidig ended the evening by saying, "We hope to see you next year."