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Mountain State Brewing was named as the Business of the Year by the Tucker County Chamber of Commerce during the 41st Awards Banquet recently. Accepting the award is owners Brian Arnett and Willie Lehmann.
Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School first-grade teacher Kelly Reed was named the Educator of the Year.
One nomination said, ‘She works tirelessly to help her students learn. Daily, puts in far more hours than the typical eight-hour work day. She has given my daughter the gift of reading. More than that, she has inspired my daughter to want to become a teacher.’
Riley Evans was named the Student of the Year. One nomination said, ‘Riley is someone who demonstrates strong leadership skills and a hardworking attitude. She is not afraid to face new challenges. She is a self-motived young lady who has not only excelled in her academics, but has aspired and acquired several honors and honorable mentions.’
Lois Reed was named the Employee of the Year. One nomination said, ‘Lois has worked at Blackwater Falls State Park for 39 years. She started working here in the summers while completing her degree in Parks and Recreation Management for Potomac State. Over her years of service, she has filled many roles: summer Naturalist, gift shop manager, front desk clerk, cabin reservation office, audit clerk and currently is the lodge manager at Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge.’
The Community Service Award was given to Robert Burns. A nomination said, ‘Mr. Burns has dedicated a majority of his life to volunteer work, community programs and community development. It goes without saying that there is no one more dedicated to our social foundation or the kindness required to inspire an entire community
The Athlete of the Year Award was given to John Logar. One nomination wrote, ‘My nomination today requires bringing back an award that has not been given out in many years. I feel after this year’s accomplishments of John Logar, winning the Iditarod 1,000-mile series for the second time, he is deserving of this award. In 2014, he won the 1,000-mile foot race and in 2019 the 1,000-mile bike race. I feel it is time to wipe off and break out the Athlete of the Year Award and honor John Logar.’