DOVER -- The 2013 Essay winners were announced and several individuals received special recognition at the annual Norma Johnson Center (NJC) awards banquet.

Steve ad Fran LeMasters were honored with the 2012 Golden Oak Award presented each year to individuals or groups who have given to the Norma Johnson Center in an outstanding way during the past year. It is the highest recognition awarded by the NJC Foundation.

The support can be financial, materials or labor.

The LeMasters' have been involved at the NJC in many capacities and have helped with a number of projects and presently make the NJC brooms on the late 1800 machine.

The essay winners from the spring 2013 contest were present to read their creative writing on the subject, "If someone gave you 300 acres of land what would you do with it?"

The sixth to eight grade winners were Mason Miller, first and Sarah Smith, second, both Strasburg.

In the third to fifth grade category, Joshua Dunn from Dover South placed first and Trevor Engstrom from Midvale Elementary placed second. Makaliah Searcy of Dover South won honorable mention.

The Norma Johnson Center is a non-profit organization that provides more than six miles of trails for the community to use.

The trails are located three miles west of Dover along Route 39.

Events, maps and listing of upcoming programs can be obtained through the Norma Johnson Center web site, www.normajohnsoncenter.com or by calling the office at 330-339-7976.