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July 14, 2010

FRANKLIN -- The Franklin Area Chamber honored local businesses and individuals at its 63rd Annual Meeting in June. The Franklin Chamber has given awards for over 50 years.

Bob Turner was named the 2010 Citizen of the Year, the Chamber's oldest award; it honors an individual for long-term community service. Turner, an AK Steel employee,  owns Bob Turner's Clip Joint, a fixture in downtown Franklin for 50 years. His nomination noted that "Customers who've been laid off and servicemen home on leave receive free haircuts. AK employees and their families received free haircuts during the lock-out and sick customers may have their hair cut at home or at a nursing home."

Charles Woods, owner of Photography by Woods, received the Chamber's 2010 President's award, for service to the Chamber and the community. Chamber President Tonya Bowman of PNC Bank, noted that Woods, a long-term Chamber member, "Has quietly and constantly given the organization both his time and his talent. He's served on the Chamber Board, photographed the Chamber Expo and other events, and prepared the Chamber's annual awards. He graciously allows the Chamber and other organizations, such as the Historical Society, to use his pictures on their websites, raising the profile of both those organizations and our community."

Terry Coyle, Executive Director of Franklin Area Community Services, received the 2010 Perry Maxwell Award, which is given for fostering community goodwill. Coyle's award noted that "For nine years, Terry Coyle has tirelessly dedicated herself to helping citizens of the Franklin area through her work at Franklin Area Community Services. Terry does not see her work at FACS as a job, but as a way of serving her community. Thousands of families have been assisted in times of financial, emotional, and personal need."

Anderson Funeral Home, 1357 E. Second St., was honored as the Chamber's 2010 Business of the Year. Owner Charles Anderson accepted the award which noted that "Anderson Funeral Home has been a constant, trusted presence in the Franklin community for many years. Anderson gives back to the community in many ways, quietly supporting organizations such as the Franklin Area Historical Society and the Deardoff Center."

Franklin Boxboard, 50 E. Sixth St., was honored as the 2010 Industry of the Year.
Employees Forrest Adams and Marc Hingsbergen accepted the award, which noted "For decades, Franklin Boxboard has been a constant member of Franklin's industrial base, providing employment for many in our area. Franklin Boxboard quietly gives back to the community in many ways, such as through its membership in the Franklin Area Historical Society." Franklin Boxbaord is part of The Newark Group.

Local muralist Eric Henn is the winner of the 2010 Eldridge Award, which is given for preservation of local history. His award noted that "Eric Henn's stunning murals grace, enhance, and beautify Franklin's downtown while preserving our history. The murals give us — and the many visitors who are drawn to our community to see them — a feast for the eyes and a beautiful glimpse of our past." Henn was unable to attend the June meeting and will be honored at the Chamber's August 23 member meeting.

Cazadores Mexican Restaurant, 1350 E. Second St., was named the winner of the 2010 Thirkield Award, which is for renovation of a commercial property. Owner Sergio Flores accepted the award which noted that "Cazadores added a lovely patio and outdoor seating area to the front of its East Second Street restaurant. The project has not only beautified the restaurant, but has made the block more attractive and enhanced this area of Franklin." 
In addition to the awards given by the Chamber, Marty Heide, Director of Special Projects and Warren County Outreach for Congressman Mike Turner's office, presented each honoree with a congratulatory letter from Congressman Turner.

The Franklin Area Chamber, established in 1947, has over 160 members. The Chamber office is located in the Huntington Bank building in downtown Franklin. Contact the Chamber by calling (937) 746-8457 or via e-mail at

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