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October 27, 2012

Chamber to honor six for service

CHAMPION — Six Somerset County residents have been honored for their service to the county and will be recognized at the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce’s 72nd annual dinner Nov. 7 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

• Barbara Davies has been named the 2012 winner of the Outstanding Person of the Year Award, which recognizes a county resident for outstanding accomplishments outside of his or her vocation and for public service in a volunteer effort. Davies’ philanthropic efforts and volunteer work benefits numerous area causes and organizations, including the Children’s Aid Home, Somerset Hospital, the Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County, Rotary Club of Somerset and Laurel Arts Inc.

• Roger Wahl, owner of radio station WQZS-FM in Meyersdale, is the recipient of the Grant B. Miller Award, which honors any accomplishment within a business or profession that has had a direct effect and benefit to the area. As the “voice of Somerset County,” Wahl’s personal love of the region is evident in his informative and often humorous style of broadcasting.

• Mike Quinn is the winner of the 2012 Betty Haupt Memorial Tourism Award, which is bestowed upon a resident or business that made a significant effort to further tourism in the county. Quinn has been the catalyst behind the success of the Stonycreek Quemahoning Initiative. The Stonycreek, named Pennsylvania’s River of the Year in 2012, now attracts whitewater enthusiasts from across the country and is a new destination and attraction for local residents while adding economic value to area businesses.

• Alex Ream, a 14-year-old student in Somerset Area School District, has been named the recipient of the Harold W. Wheeler Jr. Memorial Humanitarian Award. Ream donated $800 from the sale of two market pigs to a local family whose wife and mother died of cancer. The award honors an individual, business or organization for going above and beyond in humanitarian efforts to help someone in need.

• Doyle Paul, a consultant for Penn State, is the winner of this year’s Somerset County Ag-Business Award. Paul’s efforts in agriculture education and his active role in the agriculture industry made him the choice for this award, presented annually to a grower, farmer or producer who has played a significant role in branding and promoting county agriculture and products in the region and beyond.

• Anna Baird will receive the 2012 Ambassador of the Year Award, which recognizes a person who best exemplifies the mission of the county Chamber of Commerce.

Through an internship with the chamber, Baird established the template for a Tourism Ambassador Program for local students to better understand the role tourism plays in the area economy. Baird, a recent graduate of Leadership Somerset County, also maintains an active role in the chamber and its events.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the dinner will celebrate 100 years of the chamber’s service to Somerset County and its residents and will feature a menu of locally produced items, entertainment and an auction. The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 in the resort’s exhibit hall.

For more information or to purchase tickets email info@somersetcountychamber.com or call 445-6431.

More information also is available online at www.somersetcountychamber.com.

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