Friday, March 24, 2017


2017 Citizen and Business of the Year Named

      Many members of the Irish Hills business community were honored at the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce’s 37th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on March 23 at Clark Lake Golf Course.

     Jackie Hubbard of Onsted was recognized as the Citizen of the Year for all she contributes to the Onsted and Irish Hills community.  Columbia Interiors was named 2017 Business of Year as they have been a community-minded anchor business in Brooklyn for 40 years. The Brooklyn Food Pantry was awards the Non-Profit Organization of the Year.  Stoney Green of RE/MAX Mid-Michigan received the Heart of the Community Award for being so charitable and for always being so ready to volunteer.  Hidden Lake Gardens received the Emerald Award—Gem of the Community for being one of the Irish Hills’ amazing hidden gems.

      There were a record number of Spruce Awards given out, eleven total.  Spruce Awards are given to chamber members who have shown  “substantial beatification or renovation” within the last year.  2017 Spruce Award recipients are: Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Brooklyn Sportsman’s Club, Grady’s Catering, Lake Columbia Property Owners Association, Napoleon Community Schools, Phillip Family Chiropractic, Rayba’s Tennis Retreat and Vellucci Vineyards, Salon Rushelle, Village of Onsted and Watkins Lake State Park.

      Many business anniversaries were recognized, from 5 years all the way up to 185 years.  There were special anniversaries that were honored: Brooklyn Lanes (50 years), Killarney Lutheran Campground (60 years), Irish Hills Dairy Bar, Judson Collins Center and Onsted Kiwanis Club (65 years), Walker Tavern Historic Site (95 years) and OSB Community Bank (110 years.  Senator Mike Shirkey presented the Village of Brooklyn with a Governors Tribute for their 185 anniversary.

      Todd Wanty, outgoing board president, presented Dave Turk of Walton Insurance Group with the President’s Award.  Cindy Hubbell gave her Executive Director’s Award to Cori Baumann of Cori B Photography.  The People Choice Award from the Taste of the Irish Hills event was presented to The Pointe Bar & Grill.

      Overall, standout business community members were honored for their efforts in strengthening  the business community and the quality of life in the Irish Hills through tourism, giving back, curb appeal, longevity and economic impact.


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