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Person of the Year nominations are due Friday

November 17, 2009

A community is the sum of its people, and Washington County is blessed with a wealth of active and interesting men and women who move us ever forward and make living here a more positive experience.

They are the ones we turn to when we need solutions, ideas and comfort, the ones who realize that a community functions best when every individual is given opportunity and care.

Personal recognition is frequently the last thing on their agendas. They act because it's the right thing to do, not out of a need for accolades.

Each year, however, The Herald-Mail selects one of these individuals as its Washington County Person of the Year to shine a spotlight on those who might not seek it on their own and to recognize contributions that might otherwise go unmentioned.

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It is a credit to our county that the selection process is always difficult. Many are deserving, and the calendar does not provide enough years to name them all.

To narrow the field each year, we ask for your help. If you know someone who lives in Washington County with a record of achievement on behalf of our people, you may nominate that person. A nomination form appears in the Tuesday, Nov. 17, Herald-Mail.

Nominations also may be submitted electronically. Click here for the nomination form.

You will be asked to list your nominee's accomplishments and the reason you believe he or she is deserving of the award.

The winner will receive a crystal bowl and be named on a permanent plaque at The Herald-Mail Co. office. In addition, The Herald-Mail will contribute $1,000 to the charity of the winner's choice.

Nominations must be submitted by Friday.

Perhaps you have noticed, from near or from afar, a person who always seems to be volunteering, helping or contributing to the county's greater good. It may be a name familiar to local residents, or someone whom few would recognize. This is your chance to praise someone who works, not for glory, but for the well-being of us all.

Good work is said to be its own reward - but sometimes a little public applause is appropriate as well.

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