By Rashad Timmons
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
The Ingham County Women’s Commission reviewed the finalists of their bi-annual Everyday Heroine Award on Oct. 9. The commission narrowed the discussion to three women. The finalists included Kristy Medes (Holt), Stephanie Butka (Lansing) and Marcy Bishop Kates (Lansing). The Everyday Heroine Award is given to women who uplift and enhance
the community through dedication and service said, Commission Representative Dorothy Mitstifer.
MASON—The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet on Feb. 13 to honor the people, businesses and groups that are making a difference in Mason. The banquet was held at the Eldorado Golf Course Banquet Center. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Klein said these awards recognize the people that go above and beyond to help the community. “(The award winners) are setting an example for the people that are less inclined to give back,” Klein said.
Meridian Township will be giving out Environmental Stewardship awards in April. The awards recognize residents and organizations that have contributed to the protection of the environment. LeRoy Harvey, Meridian Township recycling and energy coordinator, was a winner in 2010 for his efforts in recycling, energy improvements and assistance with establishing community gardens. “I’ve been doing this kind of work for the township for three years now,” said Harvey. “It all started early in life with a love of fishing, and I just continued to do things that relate to the environment.”
Nominations are being accepted through March 1, and the ceremony will take place at the April 17 township meeting, as close to Earth Day as possible, according to Brown.
There is a list of recommendations in the Contract Award for the General Education Pupil Transportation and Transportation Fleet Maintenance Services award. These four recommendations were included in the agenda from Tuesday’s meeting. 1) The recipient of the contract award goes to Dean Transportation
2) The I.S.D. superintendent will work with the governing committee of this contract to finalize the negotiations behind the deal with Dean Transportation. 3) The authorization for the I.S.D. superintendent to execute this contract. 4) The authorization for the I.S.D. superintendent to execute a vehicle lease agreement with Dean Transportation, if needed.
Oscars weren’t the only awards handed out this past weekend. Two local businesses have received awards from the Meridian Asset Resource Center. Maru Sushi & Grill restaurant has received the emerging entrepreneur award and the heritage award went to Douglas J Salon and Day Spa. Established in 2008, MARC came out of MSU Extension and provides a number of opportunities and materials for businesses in Meridian Township. “The MARC is basically a collection of resources to both encourage entrepreneurship and help entrepreneurs,” business consultant Gordon Ferguson said.