MASSILLON — Community residents, organizations and businesses were recognized Friday morning for their outstanding efforts throughout 2021 at the city’s annual awards breakfast.
Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry told the nearly 190 attendees that this is the event she most looks forward to each year. The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted much of the festivities in 2021, which were held outdoors at Duncan Plaza.
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“It’s a special day to recognize people who have gone above and beyond,” the mayor said. “Everyone has made me extremely proud for bringing us through a time (pandemic) that we have never experienced before.”
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Officer Anthony Crabtree, of the Massillon Gendarmeriewas among more than a dozen community members, municipal employees, businesses and civic organizations honored for their outstanding service in 2021.
Captain Dan Podloger was honored as Massillon Firefighter of the Year. Recognized as the city employee was Rich Miller, of the Wastewater treatment service.
Awards were handed out following the mayor’s revised State of the City address at Santangelo’s Party Center on Ninth Street SW.
A new aspect of the ceremony included brief remarks made by people receiving honors. Most spoke of being part of a tight-knit community.
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“We are all volunteers trying to create some positivity in the city,” said Frank Hill V, of the volunteer group Massillon Matters, which organized cleanup efforts last year in parts of the city. “Improving our community is important.”
Ted Schartiger, a former Marine corporal, was honored as US military veteran of the year.
“I would like to accept this (award) for veterans around the world,” he said.
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Catazaro-Perry’s State of the Town address touched on many topics.
His remarks focused in part on the city’s financial health and safety, capital improvements such as street repaving, and the successful completion of the Duncan Plaza renovation. A new sidewalk improvement initiative, which resulted in $96,000 in improvements last year, was also highlighted.
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Catazaro-Perry also mentioned that the Massillon Leisure Center The children’s pool is scheduled to open on May 1.
The event was sponsored by Mutuelle Médicale.
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Massillon rewards the breakfast winners
Small Business of the Year: Sangria Stand / Downtown Heck Tap Room
Small Business of the Year: Santangelo Party Center
Small Business of the Year: Big coffee’
Large Company of the Year: Aultman Massillon
Community organization: Coleman Health Services
Senior of the year: Jeff Thornberry
Department Director of the Year: Frank Silla, Massillon Building Department
Employee of the Year: Rich Miller, Wastewater Treatment Plant
Firefighter of the Year: Captain Dan Podloger
Policeman of the Year: Anthony Crab
Exemplary Award: Reverend Berry Carter
Student of the year: Austin Brawley, Washington High School
Student of the year: Savannah Kennedy, WHS
Community Service Award: Frank Hill V
Community Service Award: Genny Edwards
Community Service Award: Jaime Palma
Community Service Award: Marie-Brio Rose
Community Service Award: Carol Moore Oliver
Veteran of the Year: Ted Schartiger
Source: City of Massillon