By Heather Beyer
STOW: The dreary rain didn't put a damper on the celebration as hundreds of community members gathered for the annual the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce Pride Community Breakfast at Acker Moore VFW Hall in Stow.
Each year, the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce holds the event to recognize members of the community for their dedication and service to the city.
The 2013 award winners announced this morning at the breakfast include:
- Bernie Scheidler, named Friend of the Community
- Brad Ruth (Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinders), named Business Person of the Year
- Jim Laber (AtNetPlus), named Volunteer of the Year
After receiving his award, Laber said this recognition was very unexpected.
"It means a lot," Laber said. "I don't do this stuff to be recognized, I do it because I enjoy and I want to do it. This is just a great reward."
Scheidler thanked the community but most importantly, his wife.
"I want to especially thank my wife," Scheidler said. "I going to take any awards I get and give her half of it. Anything I have done is just to help people and I enjoy it."
The Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce also awarded three scholarships worth $750 apiece to high school graduates Abbey Laber, Beth McMasters and Caroline Weber.
"We had a lot of really good applicants this year so it was a really tough decision," said presenter Jennifer Hamey. "All of the award recipients took honors classes their senior year and graduated with a 4.0 GPA."
The ceremony concluded with a proclamation by Mayor Sara Drew naming Dr. Leo Kline as the 2013 Grand Marshal for city's Fourth of July Parade.
"Most of the things that I have ever done have been on the sidelines and I think that is why I have done so much of it," Kline said. "I really have a very great regard for the City of Stow. If I had to choose a place to live I think that the City of Stow is number one in the area. I don't think that you can top the education or the people. It is a very good community."