It has been a difficult few years for reasons which – at this point – are more than obvious.
Thursday evening was an opportunity to take a break and celebrate the perseverance and community service in the county.
The Warren County Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Annual Celebration of Excellence Gala was held on Thursday evening.
“We try to be a fairly active chamber, try to engage with our members”, John Papalia, director of chamber operations and tourism.
“Our main goal is to maintain the strength of the businesses that we have here, to help facilitate the start-up of new businesses”, he added.
Papalia said he has created more startups in recent months than ever before.
Milestone awards were presented to several companies, recognized by Northwest Bank with 125 years of activity.
The other companies awarded were Betts Industries for 120 years, Jones Chevrolet for 101 years, Warren County Fair for 90 years, Northwest Arena for 20 years, and Travel Secrets by Patty for 15 years.
An exemplary leadership award was presented to Warren County School District Superintendent Amy Stewart.
“The last two years, everyone knows what a challenge it has been” Decker said, suggesting that there is no one “Who was under pressure from Amy Stewart … tried to maintain an education system” drive through the second largest school district in the state.
Stewart said superintendents statewide have “We had our heads down to do our job. This is what we do. I can’t believe what we’ve been through for the past year and a half.
She said she believed their “The most important work awaits us” as the impacts of the pandemic come to light.
Three new companies – Cultured Travel, Goat Fort Climbing and Taylor’s Treats – were recognized for excellence in new business.
Gary and Penny Lester as well as Ash Khare received the Community Service Award.
These speeches were not completed at press time and will be featured in an article in the Times Observer on Saturday.