NEW PHILADELPHIA --The Muskingum Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross has extended the deadline for accepting Hometown Hero Award nominations until March 14.

Each year, the Hometown Hero Awards honors local individuals who have had an extraordinary impact on the community or have demonstrated the values of courage, character, humanity, or personal initiative. Members of the community are invited to nominate a local hero for consideration. Honorees will be selected by a committee of individuals from our community, including former Hometown Hero recipients.

"The Hometown Hero Awards is an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of humanitarianism by honoring the everyday heroes of our hometown communities," said Muskingum Lakes Red Cross Chapter Manager Jeannette Meiser. "We have many heroes among us and the Red Cross believes that it is important for our community to recognize those individuals that surround us every day and most often go unrecognized."

The following are categories or areas to consider when searching for a hero to nominate: Youth, Public Safety, Animal, Education, Senior Adult, Work Place, Carroll County Community, Harrison County Community, Tuscarawas County Community, and Health Care.

"We greatly appreciate the generous support received for this event," said Meiser. "The support enables us to continue to honor these individuals as well as continue our daily mission of relief, response and preparedness to the residents of Carroll, Harrison and Tuscarawas counties."

The Muskingum Lakes Chapter will honor and celebrate the individuals at the Hometown Hero Awards Dinner on May 14 at the Tuscarawas County Senior Center - Myron Phillips Hall. Area youth will also be recognized at the dinner for the Times Reporter Hero Writing/ Coloring Contest, presented by The Times Reporter. Steve Kelley and Dave Peffer of WTUZ Radio 99.9 will preside over the evening's celebration.

To nominate an individual or for more information on event sponsorship opportunities, call 330-343-8633, email or visit Nomination forms are also available at the Red Cross, public libraries and area businesses.