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Award winners were all smiles Friday night following the Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner.
Award winners were all smiles Friday night following the Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner. (Photo by Samantha Scoles) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
January 12, 2013 9:13 am EST


GAMBIER — Franklin Miller Jr. was posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 97th annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner Friday night.


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“He was more than an outstanding teacher of physics and astronomy, more than the author of classic physics textbooks, and more than a Kenyon College icon. He was, above all else, a principled man of peace who believed in the strength of community,” said Bonnie Coe, president of Central Ohio Technical College.

“Over and over again, he said it was the community involvement that allowed him to be the person he really wanted to be,” said Franklin Miller III, who accepted the award on behalf of his father.

Gordon Yance was recognized as the 2012 Judy Klavins Ambassador of the Year. Yance was selected based on his volunteerism and attendance at Chamber meetings and events throughout the year.

“No chamber could operate without the committed service of volunteers, ambassadors, member participation and board members,” said Kimberly Peck. “Attending events, recruiting and mentoring members are second nature to this year’s recipient.”

“It was my pleasure for many years to work with Judy,” Yance said. “ ... These are the people that do the extra work that make this community special.”

Replex Plastics was honored with the Environmental Sustainability Award for its excellence in promoting sustainable practices in its operations.

“This year’s recipient is an internationally prominent manufacturer of high impact, high performance optical domes, mirrors and custom thermoformed plastic parts,” said Nayef Samhat. “They have constructed a solar test field on the east side of their property.”

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