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Honoring those who make Sandwich a great town

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

As I suspected when I wrote last week’s column, the roads were snowy, and I was unable to attend the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. I was disappointed, but I didn’t care to brave treacherous roads. I’m not that daring.

But, as promised, I have the names of the recipients of a couple of honors presented by the chamber. Chairman of the chamber’s board, Pete Dell, was honored with the Karen Bohr-Sepaniak Volunteer of the Year Award.

This award is given to honor an individual dedicated to furthering the mission of the chamber by giving of their time and resources. An employee of Caywood & Associates, Pete is a dedicated volunteer. Along with his numerous volunteer commitments, Pete is seeking election to the Sandwich City Council in his ward.

Castle Bank was chosen as the business of the year. Brad Simmons, vice president and manager of the new Sandwich branch, accepted the award. The criteria for the award include providing excellent customer service, showing growth and development, actively promoting Sandwich and supporting the community.

Chamber President John Lux provided photos; unfortunately, I don’t have the space to print them. Nevertheless, congratulations to both Pete and Castle Bank.

I want to remember yet another resident who did a great deal to support the community.

Sandwich lost a dear friend with the death of Ron Wallis on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Although I hear from Ron’s wife, Pat, on a pretty regular basis with news items, I’m sorry to say I never had the pleasure of meeting Ron.

From what I have heard about him, and the information in his obituary (printed this week on page 12), he was a pretty busy guy. I always wondered why he was such a huge supporter of the Franklin Mall Project. I didn’t want to ask. Everyone else seemed to know. Now I do too – Frank and Peg Mall were his in-laws.

And because he valued them, and their contributions to the community, he did all he could to keep the project going and growing.

He touched a lot of lives. I knew of his death the day it happened, thanks to Facebook. I’m only sorry I never met such a caring person. My condolences go out to Pat and the rest of the Wallis family.

On a happier note, I hear the Sandwich Fair board is putting the finishing touches on the entertainment schedule for the 2013 fair. I don’t know about you, but I look forward to the next fair as soon as each one ends.

I didn’t grow up in this area, but my home fair was always a big part of my life. I’m happy to have found one that continues to thrive.

Speaking of Facebook: If you have an account, give us a like. It’s an easy way to connect with the Valley Free Press. In the meantime, enjoy this week’s issue.

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