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  • Veterans group honored by MRPC

  • POTOSI — The South Central Regional Veterans Group (SCRVG) received an award from the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) for its volunteer contributions to the community during MRPC's 2013 annual dinner on Nov. 14 at YMCA of the Ozarks Trout Lodge near Potosi.
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  • POTOSI — The South Central Regional Veterans Group (SCRVG) received an award from the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) for its volunteer contributions to the community during MRPC's 2013 annual dinner on Nov. 14 at YMCA of the Ozarks Trout Lodge near Potosi.
    Each year, MRPC honors residents of the eight-county Meramec region who volunteer their time, talents and support to their communities and charitable causes.
    Award winners are selected by the MRPC external relations committee after being nominated by an MRPC board member. Rolla City Administrator John Butz nominated SCRVG.
    This group of volunteers consists of seven veterans' organizations that come together to build, maintain and expand the Veterans Park on Southview Drive in Rolla.
    The group has transformed the park from an empty lot to a manicured park space that includes a monument featuring flags of each military branch surrounded by bricks dedicated to military heroes, a picnic shelter with tables, electric and barbecue pits, an arch entryway and an MIA/POW memorial monument.
    SCRVG continues to maintain and improve the park, all through private donations. SCRVG Chairman Jerry Bumpus accepted the award on behalf of the group.
    During the annual dinner, MRPC also announced the winner of its highest honor, its annual Eugene E. Northern Award, to a volunteer who demonstrated lifelong community service.
    Northern, a former Rolla mayor, was a Missouri Circuit judge that was dedicated to his community and went beyond the call of duty.
    The 2013 Eugene E. Northern award went to Richard Huse of Belle.
    As an elected official, Huse has served as both alderman and mayor. He serves as treasurer of the Belle Lions Club, volunteers his time with the trails committee and donates his personal time to help the citizens of Belle.
    He often uses his own brush cutter to maintain city property and has been known to shovel driveways during winter weather to allow people to make doctors appointments and other important business.
    Others honored included:
    •David D. Hoffmann Jr., of Richwoods, nominated by Washington County Presiding Commissioner Marvin Wright;
    •Lesa Mizell, of Cuba, nominated by Crawford County Presiding Commissioner Leo Sanders;
    • Carolyn Isgriggs, of Bourbon, nominated by MRPC at-large member Mary Heywood;
    • Larry Sensintaffer, of Salem, nominated by Dent County Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles;
    • Jay Horton, of Irondale, nominated by Irondale Mayor Doris Keim;
    • Kelly Johnston Howley, of Waynesville, nominated by Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman;
    •Arlen and Kay Schwinke, of Morrison, nominated by MRPC at-large member Dr. Donald Claycomb;
    • Vernon "Sonny" and Robin Helton, of Brinktown, nominated by Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze;
    • Justin Smith, of Crocker, nominated by Crocker Mayor James Morgan;
    Page 2 of 2 - • Warren Malugen, of Potosi, nominated by Potosi Mayor TR Dudley;
    • Kati George, a Bourbon youth, nominated by Sanders;
    • Hunter Wyss, a Vienna youth, nominated by Schwartze;
    • Callie Ellis, a Belle youth, nominated by Belle Mayor Steve Vogt; and
    • Matt Sirois, of Salem, nominated by Skiles.
    MRPC staff recognized
    Seven MRPC staff members were honored with service awards, including Tonya Price, five years with MRPC; Larry Blevins, Cheryl Dupes and Lesley Bennish, all 10 years with MRPC; Chuck Cantrell, 15 years with MRPC; Tammy Snodgrass, 20 years with MRPC; and Elaine Cloyde, 25 years with MRPC.
    Snodgrass, a St. James resident, was also honored as the MRPC 2013 Employee of the Year. Snodgrass joined the MRPC team in 1992 as an environmental programs specialist.
    She now serves as the environmental programs manager, overseeing solid waste management planning, hazardous materials emergency planning, homeland security and water control programs.
    Since July 2011, she also serves as the organization's assistant director. In this role, she helps the executive director with daily operation of the planning commission and works with the external relations committee.
    Snodgrass was nominated by her co-workers for this honor because of her dedication to any task assigned to her and her outstanding leadership capabilities.
    Meramec Regional Development Corp., the loan board that works in partnership with MRPC, presented its Lender of the Year award to Maries County Bank. Tim Seams accepted the award on behalf of the bank.
    Some 179 people attended the dinner, which was hosted by Washington County. That county also sponsored a reception preceding the dinner, which featured wine tasting by Edg-Clif Winery and live music by Potosi Mayor and MRPC Vice Chairman TR Dudley. Several area cities, businesses and board members donated items for the silent auction, which was held during the reception.
    MRPC Chairman Gary Brown, mayor of Salem, served as master of ceremonies and was assisted by Dudley.
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