EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, The Gazette salutes those who make Emporia and the surrounding area a better place to live and work. The following folks deserve a pat on the back ...

• Parents Ashley Weimer and Gage Smith for welcoming Newman Regional Health’s New Year’s baby, Holden.

Bobbi Mlynar for her years of the service to the community, most recently as a city commissioner.

• The USD 253 Board of Education for adding further, non-discriminatory language into the district’s hiring policy.

• Emporian Don Hill for receiving the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

• Emporia State University educators Basil Kessler, Damara Paris, Lendi Bland, Clint Longacre and Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro for receiving service awards from their peers.

• Haag Pharmacy Owner Amber Haag for being chosen by the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy as an example of independent pharmacies.

Vigilance ATA Martial Arts for celebrating its one-year anniversary in Emporia.

• All Pioneer Bluffs volunteers for helping keep an important Flint Hills resource running smoothly.

• Dog Tag Pet Wash Owners Linden Stueve, Lea Taylor and Ben Taylor for creating a place for pet owners to bathe their pets.

Fred and Lottie Kaltenbacher for leaving a lasting impact through their charitable trust.

• The ESU Stingers dance team for promoting their love of dance to younger generations through today’s camp.

Zach Hacker

News and Online Editor

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