The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards gala Saturday at the Niagara Falls Country Club to honor citizen and business of the year recipients.
The Citizen of the Year honorees include: Jerry Mosey, Village of Lewiston Citizen of the Year; Claudia Andres, Village of Youngstown Citizen of the Year; Bill and Jean Siddall, Town of Porter Citizen of the Year; and Lewiston Volunteers of Mount St. Mary’s Hospital & Health Center, Town of Lewiston Citizen of the Year.
Mayor Terry Collesano selected Mosey for his work and volunteer experience in making a positive impact on youth. An educator for over 50 years, Mosey has taught all ages and grade levels. He is currently an adjunct professor at Niagara University where he teaches Education methodology classes to prospective educators. As past president and active member in the Lewiston Kiwanis Club, Mosey continues to volunteer his time to help in the mission of providing for today’s youth.
He is a member of the choir as well as lector and Eucharistic minister at Our lady of Fatima Shrine. He is involved with the Lewiston Council on the Arts, serving on the advisory board and is an actor in the Marble Orchard (Sherbourne Piper) and the Spirits of 1812 (Sparrow Sage). He serves as a commissioner on the Niagara Frontier State Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation Committee. He also serves as board chairman of the Lewiston Committee of Parks and Recreation.
Andres, nominated by Mayor Raleigh Reynolds, has been instrumental in helping provide quality programming for Youngstown from musical programs to the annual Christmas in the Village event. She is a choral instructor at Wilson High School where she has taught for the past eight years. She has organized the “Sing for the Cure” program, raising over $3,000 for Breast Cancer research, which will be held again this coming October.
Also scheduled in October, is the formation of the Three Nations Choir, which Andres is currently organizing with choirs from the United States, Canada and the Tuscarora Nation. Serving as music director at the First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown, she has directed programs such as the Second Saturday Concert Series, which showcased both local and regional talent. Serving on the Youngstown Recreation Commission, Andres has been responsible for events, such as the Youngstown Christmas in the Village. She has helped to bring together many of Youngstown’s civic organizations and residents to host an event that the community really looks forward to each year.
Bill and Jean Siddall, nominated by the Town of Porter Supervisor Merton Wiepert, are active in community service, including serving as coaches, troop leaders, and volunteers and board members in several organizations.
With a master’s degree in Library Science, Jean has utilized her library skills with the Town of Porter Historical Society. She is currently the volunteer curator of the museum. She has spent numerous hours entering the inventory of the museum on computer, genealogy research, preserving artifacts, creating photo albums and spearheading efforts to receive a $6,000 grant for digitizing Youngstown newspapers dated from 1881 to 1930. She is a life member of the Old Fort Niagara Association and has volunteered as the fort librarian and also with the archeology program for 10 years.
Bill’s volunteer work includes treasurer of the Town of Porter Historical Society and treasurer of the Friends of the Youngstown Library. He serves in the choir at the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, is vice president of the Oakland Rural Cemetery and a life member of the Old Fort Niagara Association. During tax season, Bill is an AARP Tax-Aide volunteer, where he has helped prepare taxes for citizens of all ages over the past five years.
Both Jean and Bill actively serve together on the Historical Society and as election inspectors for the Niagara County Board of Elections as well as the Lewiston Porter Board of Education school elections.
The Lewiston Volunteers of Mount St. Mary’s Hospital & Health Center, nominated by Town of Lewiston Supervisor Steven Reiter, provide needed service to both patients and staff of St. Mary’s. More than sixty residents of the Town of Lewiston serve as volunteers. They include: John Attanasio, Kathy Banks, Cheryl Bevilacqua, Helga Bishop, Kathy Boslet, Mary Lou Brennan, Yvette Briand, William Brodie, Philo Brooks, Carol Burmaster, Mary Jane Corsaro, Richard Corsaro, Laura Costanzo, Marilyn D’Angelo, Rosemary Dann, Sandra Demus, Margaret Destino, Josephine Deweese, Paul Eastbury, Jane Finn, Ilse Franklin, Janet Furlong, Ann Gallagher, Heidi Gatehouse, Al Giambattista, Rose Gizzarelli, Lois Grauerholz, Velma Hoffner, Dennis Horvath, Maureen Ingham, Patricia Irish, Dorothy Janicki, Kenneth Kenney, Dorothy Kraft, Norma Kullmann, Ralph Kullmann, Stephen LaBarber, Kenneth LaDue, Patricia Leszczynski, Marilyn Lojek, Rudy Maida, Barbara Manning, D. Brooke Mauro, Julia McCabe, Barbara McDermott, Elizabeth McGhee, Phyllis McMillan, Marge Mirabelli, Betty Jean Moore, Marjorie Neal, Robert Noble, Elizabeth Pauline O’Leary, Betty Oliver, Cathy Paczkowski, Ed Page, Jeanette Palumbo, Grace Paschke, Douglas Paschke, Teresa Peek, Kenneth Penvose, Helen Rengstorf, Elton Rengstorf, Mary Ricciardi, Nancy Richards, Roland Rosati, Jean Rosenberg, Edwin Rosier, Sandy Rueter, Claudia Sebring, Alan Schug, Joan Sirianni, Peter Sirianni, Maria Crea Smith, Janis Sotherden, Sheila Spatar, Phyllis Ibaugh Specyal, Herman Steele, Joyce Switzer, Mary Rose Thomas, Mary Ann Ventry, Agnes Wakeman, Emily Walker, Barbara Yandian, and Eleanor Zelinski.
The Business of the Year winners include: Artpark & Company, Chairman’s Award; The Brickyard BBQ & Pub and Tin Pan Alley, Lewiston Business of the Year; Melloni’s Market Place, Youngstown Business of the Year; Fillmore Chapel United Methodist Church, Ransomville Business of the Year; Wendt’s Propane and Oil, Sanborn Business of the Year; and Tedesco Construction Services, River Region Partnership Award.