It's an annual community and business awards ceremony that many movers and shakers in Addison County look forward to-the Annual Addison County of Commerce Awards gala. This year's event, held at the Basin Harbor Club, continued to chamber's traditional of recognizing exceptional individuals and organizations that make a difference in Addison County.
According to Sue Hoxie marketing and communications director of the chamber, "Basin Harbor Club provided us with a fabulous setting and meal; new board members were voted in, and the baton was passed from the outgoing chairperson Lynn Coale to the incoming chair Kris Merchant. Gov. Douglas told some amusing stories and 55-plus silent auction items were bid on and sold. A great evening was had by all."
Following the meeting and dinner came the chamber's annual awards. Hoxie was on hand to announce the recipients:
•The Chairman's Award was presented to Nancy Slater Cobden for her long-term efforts and support of chamber and area activities including the Workforce Investment Board, Middlebury Arts Walk, and Hannaford Career Center. Slater recently retired from the career center in Middlebury.
•The Community Achievement Award was presented to the Middlebury Selectboard, Middlebury College, and the citizens of Middlebury. All were recognized for their effort to support the new downtown Cross Street Bridge.
•The Buster Brush Citizen of the Year Award was presented to John Tenny, Middlebury Selectboard chairman.
According to Hoxie, Tenny "has shown extraordinary leadership in challenging times. He has also shown tremendous dedication by serving on the Middlebury Selectboard since 1995 and chairman since 1997. His tenacity on an issue 50-plus years in the making helped bring the Cross Street Bridge project to completion. His relationship with the college ensured a collaboration that was instrumental in a major project. John also lent his guidance and calming presence to the Chamber's forum on the Crown Point Bridge."
•The Business of the Year Award was presented to J.P. Carrara & Sons of East Middlebury.
Hoxie said the firm demonstrated, "excellent business practices and provides a positive economic impact on the community, in part by making improvements to a facility which benefits the community."
Hoxie noted that the structural concrete manufacturing firm supports many significant causes around Addison County including the Bristol Stampede, the chamber of commerce's Scholarship Golf Tournament among others. J.P. Carrara & Sons was also applauded for having played a significant role in the building of the Cross Street Bridge.
Hoxie reminded attendees that the next chamber mixer event will be held at Middlebury's South Ridge Neighborhood office,174 South Ridge Dr., on Thursday, Sept. 16, 5-7 p.m.