Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wellsville Area Chamber Honors "Community Stars"

The Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Citizens of the Year Dinner this past Wednesday evening. Chamber President Randy Allmon served as Master of Ceremonies. The welcome was given by Columbiana County Commissioner Penny Traina and Pastor Dirk Hall offered the invocation.

Special comments were made by Western Reserve Building & Construction Trades Council President Don Crane and State Senator Jason Wilson. Wellsville Mayor Joseph Surace was recognized prior to the dinner. Surace is finishing up his second consecutive term serving as mayor of the Village. He chose not to run for another term.

Key note speaker was Attorney Jesse Zirillo. Zirillo is an East Liverpool native and specializes in title work for Chesapeake Energy. He spoke on the abundance of natural gas in the region with enough to keep drillers busy for the next five to ten decades. Zirillo surmised the economic growth potential in the region made possible with the natural gas is exciting.

Center Pharmacy was voted Business of the Year. Located at 447 Main Street, Center Pharmacy is owned and operated by Joe Amaismeier & Jim Koopman. Other nominations for the award was Holly Development and J.C.'s Wellsville Barber Shop. The Business of the Year award was announced by Chamber President-elect Diane Spencer.

Pinky Checkler Gill was elected Woman of the Year. Pinky owns Nick's Pizza which was started by her father and has been operated by the family for 57 years. Gill was introduced by Mrs. Dolly Brophey. Garfield Elementary Principal Liza Ferguson and Mrs. Bonny Beresford were the other nominees for the honor.

Named Man of the Year was Wellsville Village Administrator Jim Saracco. Saracco is a Korean War veteran and lifetime Wellsville resident. A Titanium Metals retiree he has served as both Village Administrator and before that as Zoning Administrator for the past seven and half years all together. Saracco's selection was announced by Attorney Nick Amato. Veteran's Memorial Council Member Dale Barnhart and Wellsville Board of Education President Tom Brophey were also in the running for this year's Man of the Year.

The dinner was held at the Wellsville Alumni Center. Dinner was catered by Connie's Corner of Chester, WV. The Wellsville Area Chamber will hold their monthly luncheon this coming Thursday, October 27, at Tonda's Resturant. Tonda's is located on the 4th Street Square. Luncheon time is noon.

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