North named Citizen of the Year

October 17, 2003|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Ken North topped a pretty good week Thursday, receiving the Citizen of the Year Award from the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards breakfast.

On Saturday, North got to fight the first fire at the dedication of the live fire training building at the Franklin County Public Safety Training Center, Chamber Chairman Doug Harbach told the audience at the Chambersburg Country Club.

"Kenny was the driving force behind that project," Harbach said of the $1.2 million center. The training coordinator for the Franklin County Fire Chiefs' Association, North was instrumental in the fund raising and construction of the center.


North also assisted in writing a grant to purchase a mobile safety trailer, fire prevention teaching aids and smoke detectors for the Franklin Fire Co. in Chambersburg. Harbach noted North also is a member of eight local, regional and state public safety associations, committees and task forces.

"Through the efforts of Kenny North, community lives have been saved and county insurance costs have been lowered," Harbach said.

"Yes, this has been a tremendous week for me," North said in accepting the award. He said everyone has a purpose in life and his is public safety.

Other major honorees included:

  • Volunteer of the Year went to Pat Yeager of VisionQuest, who served on the Chamber's ChambersFest Committee, co-chaired the Pet Parade Committee, served as a judge in the Almost Anything Goes Games and assisted with the annual Summer Jam, Harbach said.

    Yeager also volunteers with the TRUCE anti-drug program in the Chambersburg Area School District, the American Cancer Society and several other community organizations.

  • From a list of 26 nominees, Teresa Kochert was named Educator of the Year. A Spanish and French teacher at Faust Junior High School, Kochert has spent more than three decades in education.

    Chamber Foundation President Shaun Young described her service to students as a chaperone for educational trips, a tutor to advanced French and Spanish students, a trainer of peer mediators and other student activities.

  • Karen Jewell was selected from a list of nine nominees as recipient of the Athena Award for helping the advancement of women.

    "Karen unselfishly helps hundreds and hundreds of women who are facing job loss, divorce, child-care issues or other forms of displacement, to restructure their lives during difficult times," said Skip Jennings Jr. of Jennings Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Cadillac Inc.

    Jewell, the director of continuing education at Penn State Mont Alto, said she has been rewarded by seeing the women she has helped continue their education, become role models for their children and become productive members of society.

  • Christine Beddard accepted the Environmental Sustainability Award on behalf of Lady Moon Farms. She and her husband, Tom, own the largest certified organic farming operation on the East Coast, with 300 acres in Franklin County and 600 more in Florida.

    Lady Moon Farms employs 30 people full time and 70 more on a part-time basis, farming without pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers to produce fruits and vegetables, Harbach said.

  • The Chamber also presented Property Improvement Awards to Wilson College for its renovation of the Hankey Center at more than $500,000; to Charden Inc. in the under $500,000 category for renovating it All Brand Vacuum store on Wayne Avenue; to Hat's Heroes for improvements under $150,000 to its sandwich shop on Stanley Avenue; and The Shook Home for its addition of a sun porch to the home in downtown Chambersburg.
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