Article Contributed by
Todd J. Tranum
President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier
Each year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and our six community chambers pay tribute to the people who make our county an extraordinary place to live, work, and play. The annual Community Service Awards recognize those who have actively contributed to our area, past and present. This year is no exception, and the six awardees will be honored during our Annual Awards Banquet on October 13.
The Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce has selected John “Jay” Warren for its Community Service Award. Jay was one of the driving forces behind establishing the Local Economic Development Committee (LED) with the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. He served as LED Chair from 2011-2015, working tirelessly to bring together leaders from government, education, and business to create a working group that is focused on development in the Northern Chautauqua region and has been involved in numerous other community organizations and been instrumental in many projects in the Dunkirk area.
The Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce has selected Carl & Trish Timko as its Community Service Award Recipients. Long-time residents of Fredonia, they were former owners of the Larson-Timko Funeral Home. Just this year the couple has made two substantial donations to the Village of Fredonia: a large cash donation to purchase body cameras for the Fredonia Police Department to both better serve the community and to protect police officers; and a new village clock which was installed at the corner of Temple Street and Main Street.
The Hanover Community Chamber will posthumously present its Community Service Award to Anthony D. Borrello. The founder of Pro Oil, a thriving business with more than 20 employees throughout Western New York, Mr. Borrello also established a number of other businesses in his hometown region of Silver Creek. When Lake Shore Hospital was in danger of closing, he came forward to help set up meetings with legal counsel, the hospital board, and ECMC to develop a plan to save the hospital. Mr. Borrello passed away in May of 2015.
Rick Huber, Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Association of Chautauqua County, has been named the recipient of the Community Service Award from the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce. With addiction problems increasing, Mr. Huber is actively working to create a long-term rehabilitation program for people recovering from opioid addiction, which would incorporate both a residential facility and a productive business where residents can work.
The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce has selected Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity as its Community Service Award recipient for their efforts in helping low-income working families in Chautauqua County to become homeowners. Founded in 1989, this non-profit, all volunteer organization is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, an ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Thus far this organization has created home ownership with 28 low-income families throughout Chautauqua County.
David and Sandy Brown of Westfield were chosen Community Service Award recipients for the Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce. The couple serves on the Red Cross Disaster Action Team. Mr. Brown is vice president of the Chautauqua County Historical Society and President of the YWCA Westfield Board of Trustees, has been a Westfield Town Councilman since 2001 and is currently Deputy Town Supervisor. Mrs. Brown is a member and past secretary of the Westfield Women’s Organization; trustee, past president and past secretary of the Patterson Library; a member and past secretary of the board of the Westfield Community Kitchen; current secretary of the Westfield Memorial Hospital board of directors and docent at the McClurg Museum one day each week.
The Chamber will also present its Economic Development Award to Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa, and the Person of the Year Award to Heather and Richard Turner III, owners of Blackstone Advanced Technologies. The Annual Awards Banquet will be held Thursday, October 13, at the Williams Center at SUNY Fredonia. Reservations are required by October 6 and you can register online at www.chautauquachamber.org or call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.