Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce dinner held

| April 22, 2013

COSHOCTON – One hundred and ninety-two guests enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner served by the hospital dining team at the 31st annual Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce dinner and awards ceremony held at Lake Park Pavilion on Friday evening, April 19.

The highlight of the evening is always the presentation of the Coshoctonian Award, and the speech prepared and delivered with typical gusto by Robin Coffman. Guests wait with anticipation and glance around the room to see if they might recognize the honoree. As Coffman delivers the speech, clues and associations within the community gradually provide most in the room with this year’s honoree. The 2013 Coshoctonian Award winner was indeed honored, as the title was bestowed on Judge C. Fenning Pierce. Guests stood and applauded as Judge Pierce made his way to the podium to accept the award from Coffman.

Judge Pierce held the position of Judge of the Probate and Juvenile Court for 28 years. In his speech, Coffman used these words to best describe Pierce, “Dependable, devoted, decisive, defender, deliberator, developer, distinguished, disciplined, and a disciple.”

Born and raised in Coshocton, Pierce attended Lincoln School and graduated from Coshocton High School. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan and was a teacher and worked at Edmont before being accepted into Vanderbilt Law School. Pierce estimates that he has had somewhere between 15 to 17 thousand young teens appear before him on traffic charges alone. He modestly says, “I saw it as an opportunity to affect the lives of many young people, and provide a positive influence in their lives.”

The annual Chamber dinner also honors a Small Business of the Year, Employee of the Year and a fairly new honor, Young Leader of the Year.

This year, two were honored with the Rotary Employee of the Year, Deborah Crowdy, local history and genealogy specialist with the Coshocton Public Library and Jed McCoy with Coshocton Job & Family Services. Both humbly accepted the award and thanked their fellow employees for helping them in their positions. Amy Hasseman presented the pair with their award and was herself surprised and shocked later in the program when she was feted with the Young Leader of the Year Award, presented by Dr. Bonnie Coe, President of Central Ohio Technical College.

Crowdy’s nominator described her as “exhibits exemplary attitude every day and always works to go above and beyond the library’s patrons expectations, always willing to take on the extra tasks at work.” Crowdy said in her acceptance, “How honored I am and how humbled I am by this and I take it as a representation of all those who perhaps have not been recognized and I want to thank all of my volunteers.”

The co-award winner, Jed McCoy, is an employment coordinator with Coshocton Job & Family Services. Jed has made significant contributions to those seeking employment in the Coshocton area. He is a leader in the development and constant revisions of the One Stop Job Curriculum. McCoy said, “I work with a lot of great people, and all of them make an impact on our community.”

Carol Remington, president of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, presented Ed Kiefer Jr. of Kiefer’s Florist with the Richard Rea Small Business of the Year Award. Now 100 years old, Kiefer’s Florist is located in Roscoe Village. Ed Kiefer Jr. accepted the award saying, “I really wish my father were here tonight.”

Following the event, Kiefer said, “This is just a tremendous honor, first of all. I kind of wish my grand-father and my father could be a part of this, and they are. I know dad would be so pleased and just hitting 100 years is just phenomenal. I literally prayed through year 99 that we’d make it, and so here we are. This is just a nice night to reflect on my heritage and my folks and it’s a wonderful time. All of my peers out here and all the local businesses, it’s great to mingle with them. It’s a great night.”

Amy Hasseman, who graciously accepted her award from Dr. Bonnie L. Coe, said following the ceremony, “It is such an honor, I’m very humbled. I just love working in our community. We work with so many wonderful people here and this is my chance to give back for all the great things that I’ve received in this community. I’m just trying to set an example for my own children. I’m just very thankful to live in the wonderful community that we have here and there are so many wonderful people to work with. I just want to continue to make it a better place to be.”

Judge C. Fenning Pierce said following the ceremony, “It’s something that I never really dreamed about because I didn’t think that I was the type of candidate that someone would want. But it’s here and it’s wonderful. It is a truly humbling thing as I consider all of the prior recipients of the award. I’m just very blessed.” When asked about the community and its impact, Pierce said, “I think particularly it’s the nurturing that I found for kids here, for myself and also for our daughters. They always talk about that it takes a village to raise a child. I felt that Coshocton fits that bill and still does. That’s what stuck out to me about Coshocton over the years and just the friendliness of the folks. It’s a wonderful place to live and raise a family.”

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; www.fortunes4advocare.com. I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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