POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce honored the best in the business community this week at its annual spring dinner, presenting its First Impression Awards.
Chamber President Larry Jones, along with assistance from Chamber Director Hilda Austin, presented various awards to those who have contributed not only to the economic development but the community development of Mason County.
Point Pleasant Mayor Brian Billings also emceed the following awards presentation:
Most Attractive New Sign: Brian Ross of BR’s Used Cars.
Best Landscaping: Mason County Commission for its awning above the entrance to the Mason County Courthouse.
Best Community Project: The Krodel Park Playground Committee for its work on updating the Krodel Park Playground with the final phase recently financed and set for completion.
Best Corporate Community Project: ICL-IP America for its free meals program and being a partner in education with Beale Elementary, among many other projects.
Outstanding Downtown Revitalization: Angie and Dennis Zimmerman for Exclusive Realty and Shabby to Chic salon on Main Street.
Best New Commercial Development: Precisioned Components.
Best New Development: Jim and Sharry Rossi for their business complex at 2807 Jackson Avenue.
Good Neighbor Award: M&G Polymers for a variety of work, including an annual golf tournament to raise money for Crosslight of Hope in Ashton and support of the Mason County Fair in various capacities.
Young Entrepreneur Award: Justin Mitchell for his NAPA Auto Parts stores in Point Pleasant, and Gallipolis, Ohio.
The big award of the night, the Community Service Award, went to the Hartley family. The family, which owns City Ice and Fuel, as well as operates several other convenience stores, was recognized for its part in donating the properties for the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center, the Kisar Home, donations to the Mason County Fair and the new town clock in Gunn Park. Hartley Square, a bricked square directly in front of the clock which will be placed in the area of Fourth Street to the floodwall, is to be completed this year.
Also, Anna Barnitz received the Chamber’s Past President’s Award. In addition, Rick Handley opened the dinner with a tribute to the late Carolin Harris, recognizing her efforts in downtown Point Pleasant as both a business owner and a friend to Mason County.
The dinner was held at the First Church of God Christian Ministry Center and catered by the ladies of the church. Pastor Bobby Patterson led the invocation.
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