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Awards

Honors, designations and recognitions

Construction

Rapho Township-based Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors Inc. gave scholarships to the following Merit Shop Training and Research Center students: Stephanie Hoffmeire of Lancaster County, studying architecture at Marywood University; Eric Munro of Lancaster County, studying construction management at Philadelphia University; Lee Summers of Lancaster County, studying building construction technology at Harrisburg Area Community College; Austin Achenbach of Lebanon County, studying structural design and construction engineering at Penn State Harrisburg; Branden Harting of Lancaster County, studying carpentry at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology; Cody Sollenberger of Lancaster County, studying building science and sustainable design at Pennsylvania College of Technology; Courtney Horst of Lebanon County, studying architecture at Virginia Tech; Devin Taylor of York County, studying structural design and construction engineering at Penn State Harrisburg; and Caleb Wise of Lancaster County, studying building automation technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Ross Seilhammer of Perry County received the Richard M. Honabach Memorial Scholarship, which is named in memory of the chapter's past executive director. Ross is studying electrical engineering at Penn State Harrisburg.

Nonprofits

Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Industries for the Blind and Handicapped named state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, a Democrat representing parts of Philadelphia, its 2012 Legislator of the Year for her support of individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. Latese Ann DeVaughn was named Worker of the Year and received the agency's 2012 Nettie Mann Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement and exceptional character in living and coping with disabilities, particularly in the workplace. She is a driver's license technician with the West Oak Lane Photo License Center in Philadelphia and was nominated by Inglis Foundation of Philadelphia County. Also recognized as outstanding workers were Brian Billman of Goodwill Keystone Area, Brian Bowman of Shadowfax Inc., John Brown of Goodwill Industries of North Central PA Inc., Carolyn Cherocci of ARC Human Services Inc., James Cunningham of Mon Yough Community Services, Sierra A. Frantz of North Central Sight Services Inc., Karen Frisch of Threshold Rehabilitation Services, Michael Johnson of Beaver County Association for the Blind, Mark Katz of InspiriTec Inc., Mabel M. Kurtz of Quest Inc., Justine Lopez of United Rehabilitation Services Inc., Tenn George McDonald of the Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Bradley C. Narad of Beaver County Rehabilitation Center, Joseph Neitz of Suncom Industries, James Nichols of Partners In Progress Inc., Evelyn Nickel of Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh, Lydia Ockenhouse of CTC Manufacturing Inc., Thomas Parry of Allied Services, Amanda Reahm of Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley Inc., Bryce Smith of PDDC, George Spon of Keystone Blind Association and Wade Walker of Hope Enterprises Inc.

Telecommunications

Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Telephone Association gave Marshall “Pete” McClure of Tioga County its distinguished service award for outstanding contributions to the telecommunications industry, the association and his customers. He is vice president and general manager of North Penn Telephone Co. He began his telecommunication career in 1969 as a construction lineman and moved through the ranks as an installer, repair technician and central office technician. He became central office supervisor in 1979 and CO engineer in 1980. In 2000, he became vice president. He has been on the Roseville Borough Council for more than 25 years, and has been borough council president.

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