Nick McWilliams reporting – Sticking with the health and safety guidelines laid out by experts, the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual awards celebration virtually.

Entering the 61st year, pre-recorded videos will be posted to the chamber’s Facebook page with each award recipient.

Chamber President Scott Robinson says that due to the changes, the organization has decided to announce three of their awards — the Hall of Fame, Citizen of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year — ahead of time, with a slight modification to one.

“The Citizen of the Year has actually been changed a little bit. We are calling it Citizens of the Year, and we’re very happy and proud to recognize the efforts of Tuscarawas County’s healthcare workers and first responders for their tireless efforts to really save lives and provide care to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Hall of Fame recipient this year is Carmel Haueter, who stepped down after 22 years of service to the Rainbow Connection. She will also be recognized for playing an integral part in the construction of the Challenger baseball field and a handicap-accessible fishing pier at Tuscora Park.

Robinson thanked all sponsors for the yearly banquet, as well as all participating businesses and organizations, and award recipients for their contributions in the community.

Award Winners

Volunteer of the Year – Jason Bambeck, Howard Hanna Realty

Organization of the Year – The Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market

Large Business of the Year – First Federal Community Bank

Small Business of the Year – Baker Florist

Educator of the Year – Lauren Miller, Indian Valley Local Schools

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