The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce continued the bicentennial celebration by having its annual awards banquet last Thursday reflect the village's 200th birthday.
"Red, White and Blue: Celebrating Newcomerstown's 200th Birthday" was the theme of the 93rd annual awards banquet.
Five awards were presented that night.
Roger Seitz, a resident of Coshocton and manager of Baker's IGA in Newcomerstown, was named the 2014 Kelly Ault Memorial Patriotism Award, also known as the Veteran of the Year.
Presenter Denny Ross said the award is given to someone who has served his country and has given back to the community. He said he couldn't think of anyone more deserving than Seitz, who received a standing ovation from those at the banquet.
He's so involved with Newcomerstown activities (including the bicentennial, Relay For Life, Chamber of Commerce, New Year's Eve events and upcoing July 4th celebration) that Ross said Seitz "wished he was born in Newcomerstown."
Ross said Seitz is "the behind-scenes kind of guy."
Next, the Newcomerstown Bicentennial Committee -- with approximately 20 members -- was named the Organization of the Year.
"Thank you so much for your support," Bicentennial co-chairman William "Bill" McCulley said. "We're very proud to be doing what we're doing."
Members of the committee, who were present at the awards banquet, were introduced and led the crowd in their triumph, "We are Newcomerstown!" chant.
Next, Gretchen Yearian, a Newcomerstown High School teacher who has 44 years in education, was named the 2014 Educator of the Year.
"She's still teaching," said Pat Cadle, award presenter.
She teaches French and Spanish at the high school, and has served as a chaperone for students travelling to Costa Rica and France.
"I've been blessed to be part of this community," Yerian said. "It is wonderful to be part of this community. Thank you!"
George Brode of WM Brode Co. was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the awards banquet.
Cadle said Brode has been a promoter and cheerleader for marketing Newcomerstown for many years. And it was his efforts, along with the Newcomerstown Community Improvement Corporation, that paved the way to have the Cy Young Pool open last year.
"I want to thank the Chamber and this community," Brode, who was not present, said in an email. "It's very humbling to say the least. It's still a great place to live."
The last award of the evening was given to Jeff Neidig, Chamber Member of the Year. Neidig served as the Chamber's president for the past two years and is now the first vice president.
"He kept us organized," Cadle said about Neidig's tenure as president.
Neidig was instrumental in the Chamber's development of its web site and mobile app.
"We can all be leaders," Neidig said. "That's my challenge to you this year. The future is yours."