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Watkins chamber presents three awards at meeting

WATKINS GLEN—Three awards were presented at the 121st Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel Ballroom.
The Community Service Award, presented by Michael Learn, was given to Peggy Scott, for her commitment and dedication with the Seneca Santa project and the United Way Campaign.
Scott said her inspiration has always been her mother. “I grew up every day watching her do nothing but give, to her family, to her profession, and to the community. I thought that everybody did that, and it wasn’t until after I became an adult, a parent, and then a working parent that I truly began to realize the amazingness of what that giving meant and what the community gave back to her and us,” she said.
The Community Service Award is awarded to a business or an individual that has demonstrated leadership and excellence in philanthropy, has encouraged civic initiatives, and/or facilitated humanitarianism; has made significant contributions to the community within the last five years, and has positively impacted the community in which the business operates or the individual resides.
The Leader in Business Award, presented by the Honorable Donna Kelley, was given to Bruce Nelson of Nelson Development, for the Montour House Renovation and the new Rural Urban Center Project.
Nelson said this project was something very satisfying and brought something good to his life. “It has been nice to be working in the environment that is appreciated by people who share the same vision. I wouldn’t be in this position without the people around me who put in such effort,” he said.
This award is given to a person in good standing of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, has made a dynamic contribution to the business community in Schuyler County within the last decade, expanded the business mix in Schuyler County, one who continues to foster economic opportunity such as creating new jobs, must have assumed considerable business risks and must be a highly respected entrepreneur.
The Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Scott Welliver, was given to Schamel Brothers (Michael and Guy), recognized for business accomplishments that include, but are not limited to, Schamel Brothers Contractors, Village Marina, Village Marina Bar and Grill.
“We really consider this an honor and we are very proud….This never could have happened without our families and Lee Titus,” the brothers said.
This Lifetime Achievement Award may include a successful partnership of one or more persons, must be a member in good standing of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, must own or manage a local business and have taken business risks to create jobs or trade over a period of time, the business must have demonstrated “staying power” as an established business, must be actively involved in community and civic organizations in Schuyler County over the last 15 years, must be the stature as to keep the award prestigious and compliment past/future winners, must be recognized and respected throughout the community and must be a resident or own or manage a business in Schuyler County.
Thomas Phillips, outgoing chairman of the board, Incoming Chairman of the Board Debra Whiting, Laurie Fox and Steve Welliver, members leaving the board of directors, and Brian Vanderburgh, owner of BV’s Corner Bar and Grill, Brian McKenzie of Finger Lakes Distilling and Josh Navone from the Malabar VII, new directors joining the board, were also recognized during the program.
Guests ended the night with dancing to the music of Hayes and Foot.

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