Many honored at annual Cadiz event

An event I enjoy attending each year is the Cadiz Business Association Recognition Banquet. It honors individuals, a business, an award voted on by the public, a beautification program, Sally Buffalo Park improvements, a community service award and the Lions Club citizen of the year.

All groups and individuals named are worthy of the awards, and I am quite proud of the Tony Pietrangelo’s Memorial Beautification Award as he came from Smithfield and then chose Cadiz as the place for his family and has done much to improve the appearance of the village.

Another award dear to my heart is the Wellspring Pregnancy organization award. I have known Tammy Hosenfeld, its founder, since her youth. It started through a dream telling her that there was a need to help single mothers, those with a small income and a large need for supplies for a new baby or a young child. The organization is located at 130 N. Main St., Cadiz, and went on to expand into West Virginia.

Shelly Coffelt and Christine Popkey, board members, handled the awards for the nonprofit group that is staffed by caring volunteers and supported by tax-deductible contributions.

They provide free confidential pregnancy tests, a resource center for educational materials, a program where moms can earn big items such as cribs and car seats by completing personalized lessons and a parenting and life skills program. And guess what? They also have practical fatherhood lessons on being role models and caring for the baby.

Mayor Ken Zitko gave the welcome. I have known him since my days at the Cadiz Bureau on Market Street, where I grew to know and love many of the people who helped me learn the ins and outs of the county. Adrian Pincola has been master of ceremonies for many years and never disappoints on jokes and picking on someone important in the audience. This time, though, he was more subdued.

Sue Adams, who I met in my Cadiz days and has helped me find news so many times, presented the Cadiz Woman’s Civic Club Community Service award.

Jay Peterson, whose mother, Valjean, was from Smithfield, (notice how I like to get Smithfield in here?) was another outstanding athlete with the Cadiz Cardinals in many sports and excelled in college. I think it is wonderful that he came back to Cadiz to serve as a specialty coach for the Cardinals team where he set so many records.

Along with doing this, Ken is on the hospital board, worked with the cleanup and beautification of the Cadiz corner in removing buildings, is a Lions member and wears many other hats. His wife, Adele, a truly energetic and bubbly lady, has worked with the Harrison County Extension as master gardener and many projects in the village.

The Pietrangelo Memorial Beautification Award, with David Ossman accepting, also goes to John Migliore and the Christopher Spring Group, who have kept the natural spring that has been running for years. Many still stop for the clean, cool water.

Charles Yoho received the Sally Buffalo Park board award of excellence. He was unable to attend, but Tom Crawshaw accepted the award for him.

Nip and Tammy Mattern accepted the Mattern Tire business of the year award for expanding their business with the coming of the gas and oil industry. It now has 13 employees.

Jenny Gibson was voted by the community as the Citizens Choice Award recipient for her work in the backpack program for pupils in the county schools. They get to discreetly take home a backpack of foods to keep them from hunger over the weekend. This has grown to about 274 students in the school system.

Ron Stein was the Cadiz Lions citizen of the year. It is the first time that the award was not a secret until the presentation and the first for someone not a member of the Lions. He is a distinguished officer and member of the Cadiz Eagles.

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Think about where your food comes from this week. Milk comes from cows, not the store, and hamburger and sausage come from hogs and steers. The Jefferson County Farm Bureau is promoting this through AG Week place mats for restaurants and the presentation of gifts to a baby first born on this week.

Ohio 4-H Week just concluded, and 28 clubs decorated business windows to tell the meaning and rewards of being a member. It really was an informational and fun job to be the judge, but it was really hard and agonizing to chose winners since everyone put so much effort into each one of the windows. You are all winners in my estimation. Good job.

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