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Emmons named 2015 Coshoctonian

| April 20, 2015

COSHOCTON – Kirby Hasseman said the 2015 Coshoctonian of the year always puts others first and won’t let you not have a positive attitude.

Hasseman had the pleasure of delivering the speech naming Barb Emmons as the recipient of this prestigious award, which she received at the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. The event was held April 17 at Lake Park Pavilion and during it James Baylor, Les and Sharon Revennaugh and Dr. Danielle Erwin Ellis also were honored with awards.

“This is really overwhelming,” Emmons said. “Ninety-nine percent of what Kirby mentioned in his speech wasn’t done by me. It was done by a team of people.”

Emmons first husband became sick shortly after they moved to Coshocton and before he passed away, he encouraged her to look into bringing hospice care to Coshocton.

“When he died she elected to remain here,” Hasseman said. “She embraced the community and dedicated herself to making it a better place.”

She started hospice in Coshocton in 1986 and retired in December 2013 from what is now known as Health Services of Coshocton County and Hospice after 28 years of service.

“I don’t work well as an individual,” Emmons said. “I’m more of a team worker and I’ve never worked with a better team than the group at Health Services of Coshocton.”

Before Emmons big moment, Baylor, who works at Miller Funeral Home, was presented with his employee of the year award from Heather Rainwater of the Rotary Club.

“James Baylor’s nominators said he is a true asset to their business,” Rainwater said. “His best trait is his work ethic. He has tasks completed before you even have time to ask him to do them.”

Baylor was shocked to receive the award.

“I want to thank Matt and Valerie (Miller) and everybody who made this possible,” he said. “I had no idea why I was here. This is very humbling.”

Baylor greatly enjoys working at the funeral home.

“Everybody there is so friendly and easy to get along with and Matt and Valerie make you feel like family,” he said. “I go into work every day even if I don’t have to be there and if there is something to do I do it.”

The Revennaughs also were pleasantly surprised to receive the small business of the year award.

Doug Speicher from Kiwanis presented them with the award and said customers have described the staff at the Revennaughs’ Mission Auto businesses as cordial and friendly, creative and not at all pushy.

“Thank you so much for thinking of us and honoring us in this way,” Sharon said. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Les also made sure that they thanked and recognized their 24 employees.

“It started (19 years ago) with just Sharon and me and over the years it has grown to include more people,” he said.

Ellis received her young leader of the year award from COTC’s president Dr. Bonnie Coe.

“I am proud to present this award to someone who has earned the respect of her community for her endless involvement,” Coe said.

Ellis has served on numerous levy committees, is involved with the Mentoring Center, the Red Cross, Coshocton Rotary Club and the Hope Clinic. She also is an eye doctor at her family’s eye care business, a wife and mother.

“I wasn’t expecting this,” Ellis said. “I’m very humbled and I appreciate the support of the community. I love it here. After high school I never really wanted to leave. I couldn‘t imagine living far away from my family.”

During the dinner, Amy Stockdale the executive director of the chamber also shared through a video done by Hasseman Marketing that her organization added more than 39 new members this year.

“We are a cheerleader for Coshocton County,” she said. “We give referrals, provide information and help our members grow through partnerships and promotions. It’s all about you – our members and making a great community better.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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