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Granger chamber presents awards

Kudos honor those building the future

Granger Chamber of Commerce award recipients, left to right, front row, Janie Cardenas, Andrea Guisinger, Pat Wise and Ariel Howard; back row, Judy and Carl Hurlbert, Josue Mendoza, Ann Liebert, Lacey Martin and Ken Robillard gather for a photograph after receiving plaques during Saturday’s gala celebration.

Photo by Jennie McGhan
Granger Chamber of Commerce award recipients, left to right, front row, Janie Cardenas, Andrea Guisinger, Pat Wise and Ariel Howard; back row, Judy and Carl Hurlbert, Josue Mendoza, Ann Liebert, Lacey Martin and Ken Robillard gather for a photograph after receiving plaques during Saturday’s gala celebration.

— The Chamber of Commerce on Saturday lauded community members for helping build the future through their dedication to students, academics, safety and enterprise.

Several awards were presented during the gala celebration.

Lacy Martin was honored by the Granger School District for her skills as a teacher and volleyball coach.

The Spartans volleyball team earned third-place at the state 1A tournament last fall.

The School District’s Patrick Ulery presented her with the Classified Employee of the Year award.

He also recognized high school secretary Janie Cardenas for her years of dedication to the school.

She has been employed by the School District since 1974 and when people need answers, Ulery said the response is usually, “Ask Janie.”

This year’s recipient of the Granger Chamber of Commerce’s $1,000 scholarship is Andrea Guisinger.

She was presented the scholarship by her father, Laurence Guisinger.

Granger High School teacher Jonathan Golob presented the awards for outstanding young woman and young man of the year. The young woman recognized was Ariel Howard, and the young man was Josue Mendoza.

Mayor Jose Trevino recognized Yakima County Fire District No. 5 Capt. Ken Robillard as the city’s Employee of the Year. In addition to his responsibilities for the county, he volunteers with the Granger Fire Department, dedicating 5,400 hours of service to city residents.

He has responded to 2,931 calls during his career with the city.

The Community Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Ann Liebert, who works with the chamber, the Historical Society and Laurence Guisinger’s church.

The Business of the Year award was presented to Carl and Judy Hurlbert, owners of Granger Self Storage.

Guisinger presented the award, noting Carl Hurlbert’s volunteer efforts at Granger High School, as past chamber president and organizing the annual Menudo Festival.

Pat Wise of Hagedon Directories was presented the Chamber Member of the Year award for his contributions to the business group, as well as his generosity to the community.

Following the awards ceremony, Granger Chamber of Commerce board member Helen Dodd, who is on the city’s Pool Committee, shared information about the future of the city.

The Pool Committee expects a splash park will be operating at City Park this summer, she said.

Trevino said there are other changes planned, including a “complete street” downtown, water line and chip-sealing projects. A farmers market is also set to launch June 1.

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