MIDDLEPORT — Recognition of residents for their respective roles in business development and agency accomplishments highlighted the annual Meigs County Chamber of Commerce fall dinner program held at the Family Life Center in Middleport Thursday night.
Meigs County Chamber Executive Director Luke Ortman welcomed the large crowd gathered at the event to share in the accomplishments of local businesses and the performance of others in facilitating achievements in the county’s economy.
The honorees were recognized by Ortman and Chamber President Dan Short. They were Dr. Josh Ervin, Entrepreneur of the Year; Paige Cleek of Front Paige Outfitters, Best First Impressions Award; Michael Hill, Christopher Roush and Scott Hill, Economic Impact; and Brenda Roush and Perry Varnadoe of the Meigs County Economic Development Agency, the David P. Baker award.
Dr. Josh Ervin operates a veterinarian clinic which he opened a couple of years ago in the large building at the intersection of Union Avenue and Ohio 7 in Pomeroy. He said that since he has such a good response from the public, he is now about to break ground for a large boarding and grooming facility located adjacent to the clinic.
Paige Cleek opened her business, Front Paige Outfitters, on Main Street in Pomeroy, just a year ago. Having had experience in the merchandising business, the store for her was a dream come true. She said that the public response has been overwhelmingly positive, and from that, she has gained a great sense of accomplishment.
Michael Hill, Christopher Roush and Scott Hill were the recipients of the Economic Impact Award. Scott Hill, mayor of Racine, noted that several years ago he envisioned development on the land where once stood the junior high building. In January 2012, the village was joined by the other two award recipients in the dream to develop a strip mall. That has now been completed with all but one space occupied.
The David P. Baker Award is presented to an outstanding person or persons who contribute in many ways to bettering lives in Meigs County by their community achievements. Recipients of this special award this year were Perry Varnadoe and Brenda Roush of the Meigs County Economic Development Office. Their emphasis is on bringing new businesses to Meigs County and/or assisting in the retention of already established but struggling businesses here.
In addition to plaques from the Chamber of Commerce, State Senator Lou Gentile and Zack Ashcraft, representing the office of Treasurer Josh Mandell, presented certificates of recognition to each of the award recipients.
Following a dinner prepared by the Taste of Home and served by local high school students, the River City Players presented a play which included members of the audience. It was titled “The Chamber Plot” or as the Players described it, “A short treatise on how man reached the moon.” The play took the audience, in humorous form, from Chief Powhatan to an astronaut in nine scenes.