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Sewickley Herald names Man, Woman, Citizen of the Year

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On April 25, the Herald will host its annual honors dinner, when the community gathers to salute a new set of honorees.

From the beginning 38 years ago, B.G. Shields, then-editor of the Herald, established the event to honor select individuals who had contributed above and beyond, in quiet ways or on the public stage, as documented in the pages of the paper:

• 1976: Gloria Berry and District Justice James Russo

• 1977: John Simpson, Anne Patton

• 1978: The Rev. Jackson Gabany, Ann Wardrop, Robert Lunn

• 1979: Marvin Wedeen, Bam Behrer

• 1980: David Nimick, Terry Webb, Joseph Palmer

• 1981: William Wolf, Mary Louise Johnson, Raymond Hess Jr.

• 1982: Ed Schroth, Peggy Rea, J. Judson Brooks

• 1983: William Moore, Jean Bush, Committee for a Better Sewickley

• 1984: Frederick Way Jr., Natasha Soroka Green, Walter Iacobucci

• 1985: Dr. Robert Fusco, Helen Quinn, The Doctors Band

• 1986: Leo Moss, Mim Bizic, Mr. and Mrs. J. Robert Ferguson

• 1987: James Chaplin III, Bettie Cole, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Colbert

• 1988: Mario Melodia, Pat Pearson, Samuel C. Mahood

• 1989: George F. Barber, Liza Nevin, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Metzger

• 1990: G. Whitney Snyder, Mary Beth Pastorius, Florence Forsythe

• 1991: Michael Zahorchak, Susan Craig, The Sewickley Singers

• 1992: Dr. Sidney Selkovits, Anne Phipps, Neighbors Helping Neighbors

• 1993: James Addison, Phyllis Semple, James Theys

• 1994: William M. Kelly, Shirley Stevens, Committee to Save the Sewickley Clock Tower

• 1995: Ken Johns, Bonnie Casper, founders of SewickleyNET (Dr. Robert Fusco, Mim Bizic and Quaker Valley School District's Joseph Marrone)

• 1996: Donald Spalding, Cynthia Giles, Flossie Manning

• 1997: Frederic Potts, Judy Sherry, Reyne O'Shaughnessy Goetz

• 1998: Lew Safran, Pam Wright, Founders of The Belfry

• 1999: The Board of Trustees of Sewickley Public Library, Mary Jane Williams

• 2000: Lou Valenzi, Peggy Standish and Susan Gaca, Kevin Flannery

• 2001: John Alexander, Agnes Pangburn, Marge Bennett

• 2002: Tony Cicco, Carroll Logsdon, Leetsdale Community Activities Association

• 2003: Dr. Richard Bowers, Margaret Marshall, and Jim and Pat Cavalier

• 2004: John Hayes, Joan Murdoch and Harton Semple Jr.

• 2005: Richard Smith, Shirley Wormsley and the Senior Men's Club

• 2006: Marty McDaniel, Paula Sculley and Tamra Piccolo on behalf of Sewickley Valley Hospital Auxiliary

• 2007: Bill Logsdon, Robin and Ding Hayes of Party Ants, and Regis Bobonis Sr.

• 2008: Joseph Zemba, Susan Kaminski and the Quaker Valley Recreation Association

• 2009: Bill Boswell, Rita Hoepp, Barbara Cooley Thaw

• 2010: Tim Merrill, Andrea Zimmerman, Union Aid Society

• 2011: Jim Bouchard, Sharron Schaefer, Village Green Partners (Jennifer Markus and Kirsten Stripay-Recker)

• 2012: Doug Florey, Maria Swanson, Gary Chace

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 1:03 p.m.

Each year, Sewickley Herald staff members have the difficult task of deciding who to select as our Man, Woman and Citizen of the Year.

As evidenced by the number of nominations we've received, we know there is no shortage of people who do so much for the community and who are deserving of this honor.

Thank you to all who took the time to nominate someone in the community to be considered for our 2013 Man, Woman and Citizen of the Year.

After much consideration, the Herald staff is pleased to announce this year's honorees.

• For his dedication and unwavering support of the Sewickley Valley, Bob Brown has been named the Sewickley Herald 2013 Man of the Year.

Among his contributions to the community are starting the St. James Catholic Church food pantry more than two decades ago. He has been involved with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Knights of Columbus, the Union Aid Society and Sweetwater Center for the Arts.

• Carolyn Toth has been selected as the Herald's 2013 Woman of the Year.

In her role as Sewickley Public Library director, she has led the facility to achieving high rank among libraries across the state and helped to broaden the appeal of the library in an ever-changing technologically advanced world.

• The Herald's 2013 Citizen of the Year honor is awarded to the Sewickley Memorial Day Committee.

The committee, made up mostly of local veterans, continues to focus efforts of a weekend full of patriotic events by honoring the men and women who have served and do serve in the nation's armed forces.

Join the Herald staff in recognizing our newest set of honorees at the Edgeworth Club, 511 East Drive, for our annual Sewickley Herald honors dinner on April 25.

The cost is $31.50 per person. Cash bar starts at 6 p.m.; dinner follows at 7 p.m.

The dinner menu will include mixed-green salad with berries, pecans and dressed in raspberry vinaigrette; bread and rolls; chicken piccata; garlic mashed potatoes; green beans and carrots; and for dessert, vanilla cheesecake.

Reservations are required no later than April 18 to photographer/staff writer Kristina Serafini at 412-324-1405 or

Checks can be mailed to Sewickley Herald honors dinner, 504 Beaver St., Sewickley, PA 15143.

Checks should be made payable to Trib Total Media.

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