The post-snowstorm climate may have cut down on attendance at this year’s Plattsmouth Main Street Association Awards but it didn’t stop the group from honoring those who orchestrated revitalization projects in the historic downtown area.
The 12th Year Main Street Association Awards for 2012 event was held at Plattsmouth Community Center Saturday, Feb. 23. State Sen. Bill Kintner presented the awards on behalf of PMSA.
“We had 60 people attend, which wasn’t as many as expected. We sent out 200 invitations, but there were so many activities going on in town, it cut down on attendance,” said PMSA executive director Charles Jones.
Jones said members were especially proud to receive the state award for volunteer hours.
“Plattsmouth was the lead community in the state of Nebraska for volunteer hours with nearly 4,000 hours,” he said. PMSA also earned the state volunteer hour award for 2011.
The city of Plattsmouth also nabbed a State MSA Award of Excellence for being an Outstanding Public Partner and the Streetscape Over $50,000 award. Mayor Mike Bowman and Councilwoman Jeanie Brookhouser accepted the awards.
Reinsch, Slattery, Bear and Minihan Law Office earned the state Façade Renovation over $10,000. Angela Minihan accepted the award on behalf of the office.
Receiving honored recognition was the Seams To Be Quilt Shoppe for Creative Window Display. Jim and Gerry Byrk received honored recognition for renovating the interior of 432 Main Street.
For his hard work and Plattsmouth historian duties, Harlan Seyfer was honored as the state Volunteer of the Year, and Mary and Ross Harrison were awarded the state Business of the Year for their Mom’s Café and Catering.
On behalf of his work as PMSA executive director, Jones was recognized for turning all the organization’s monthly reports into the state.
With so many projects coming to fruition in downtown Plattsmouth, Jones said members wanted to present a few local awards.
Jerry Tilson, owner of Tilson Automotive, was recognized for renovating the interior of his business with the commercial interior award.
Ron Bertsch received the Main Street Façade Renovation Under $10, 000 award for upgrades to 501 Main Street.
The PMSA Promotions Committee members were also recognized for their hard work on the 2011 Victorian Christmas On Main event.
Jones said members also wanted to recognize three city employees, who “literally make us all look good.”
“We remember Larry Clark who passed away last summer after battling cancer for an extended time,” he said.
Jesse Clark and Craig Savala were honored for their efforts in keeping the streetscape looking excellent.
Geoff Merrill of Bellevue provided entertainment for the evening with his guitar and vocal solos before and after the gathering. Vicki Huddleston, PMSA vice president, with Teresa Johnson and Julie Cundall organized the decorations for the event, Jones said.