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Industries featured this week: Architecture and engineering, associations, construction, designations, hospitality

Architecture and engineering

Washington, D.C.-based American Society of Landscape Architects named H. Edward Black a fellow. He is president of Harrisburg-based H. Edward Black & Associates Ltd. He has more than 35 years of experience and a BS in landscape architecture from Penn State University.


The West Shore Chamber of Commerce gave Sam Jones of Lamar Advertising its George C. Hoopy Award. Holly Laufer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region received the Les Ginanni Business & Community Connection Award; Chick Zoll of Don Jacobs Insurance Services Inc. received the Edward M. Messner Inspiring Business Award; and Ruth Koup of Dress for Success South Central PA received the Athena Award.

The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America gave Keystone Awards to a number of local organizations, including an External Communications-Campaign category award to Moxie for Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center's “Come Experience” campaign; a Community Relations-Public Service Program category award to La Torre Communications for Communities in Schools of Pennsylvania's “My Voice PA: Positive Teen Messaging Campaign;” an Integrated Marketing-Campaign More Than $25,000 category award to Allstate Insurance Co. for “Allstate Safe & Secure Harrisburg;” an Interactive PR-Social Media category award to Capital BlueCross for “Facebook Heart Health Giveaway;” and a Special Event/Tradeshow Less Than $25,000 category award to Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries for “Diakon Outdoor Adventure Challenge.” Honorable mentions went to Homeland Center for its “The 1867 Society of Homeland — Planned Giving Brochure” in Integrated Marketing– Collateral–Brochure and to Diakon for its “Old Main: The Goal of Permanence” in Writing–Special-Purpose Publication. The Judges' Award for excellent ROI on a minimal budget went to Allstate's “Allstate Day of Service Harrisburg” in the Community Relations–Program category. Betty C. Hungerford of Homeland Center in Harrisburg received the Frederick E. Leuschner Award for Excellence in Public Relations; Kara Luzik of La Torre Communications received the Young Public Relations Professional of the Year Award; and Chad Perry was recognized for his induction in PSRA College of Fellows.

The Rotary Club of Lancaster Sunrise named Emily Antonacci and Noah Tull its September Students of the Month and Jack Marchant and Lauren Katch its October Students of the Month. They are in the eighth grade at Manheim Township Middle School and were selected for their school and community activities, leadership and academic accomplishments.


The Pennsylvania Builders Association named Paul Deller and Vicki Shannon life directors. Deller has been a member of the York County Builders Association for more than 20 years, and he was president in 1998 and 1999. He also is a charter member of the Remodelers Council at YBA and has been a member of numerous committees. Shannon is active in the Harrisburg Metro Home Builders Association and has held the position of president, vice president, treasurer and secretary, as well as chairwoman of multiple committees and councils. Life directors are chosen based on regular involvement in the association over an extended period of time.


The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research named Louis R. Kolber and Jennifer L. Matthews certified insurance counselors. They are employed with the Chadds Ford, Delaware County, office of Lancaster-based Horst Insurance. John S. Olkowski was named a certified risk manager. He is employed with McConkey Insurance & Benefits of Springettsbury Township.

Arizona-based Real Estate Negotiation Institute named Delinda Harper, Deb Bell, Erica Rawls, Sylvia Hess, Colleen Eckman, Atreia Sindiri Jan Wheeler and Ed Blum certified negotiation experts. They are employed with the Camp Hill office of Keller Williams Realty.


The Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau gave four 2013 Spirit of Hospitality Awards. Christ and Dolly Lapp of Lititz received the Burnley Lifetime Achievement Award for their crucial role in developing and shaping Lancaster County's tourism industry over many decades. The duo started Dutchland Tours in 1959, opened Good 'N Plenty Restaurant in 1969 and established the Bird-in-Hand Farmers' Market in 1976. Their customer service standards continue to inspire the entire local tourism industry. Lorraine Ruhl received the Spirit of Leadership Award in recognition of exceptional professionalism and guidance as a supervisory employee. She is a group sales manager with Heritage Hospitality and has more than 25 years of experience. Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia received the Spirit of Creativity Award, which recognizes operational or product innovation. Its Taste Lab allows visitors to make and eat an ice cream flavor of their own creation. It was utilized by 25,000 guests in its first three months. Grace Bopp received the Spirit of Service Award, which recognizes industry members who distinguish themselves in promoting Lancaster County tourism through exemplary service and dedication to the consumer. She is assistant manager at the Hershey Farm Inn in Strasburg, and during the past six years she has created a welcoming atmosphere so well-known that it's been specifically mentioned in countless TripAdvisor reviews of the property.

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