Missy Skinner (right) receives the 2014 Business of the Year Award from Marblehead Chamber of Commerce President Mary Ann Hirsch.
Danbury Township Police Chief Mike Meisler, left, and Detective Mark Meisler (right) accept the D. S. Kirpatrick Award from Chamber Director Emeritus Keith Addy.
Last Thursday evening, at the Catawba Island Club, the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce held their 77th annual meeting and banquet. Jeff Sondles, Operations Director of Liberty Aviation Museum of Port Clinton, was guest speaker and intrigued the attendees with his presentation on the beginnings, offerings, stories, events and future plans of the two year old museum.
Chamber President Mary Ann Hirsch presided over the meeting and the evening’s festivities, assisted by Vice President Dorothy Henry and Executive Director Judy Balsom. Hirsch adroitly interwove the business of the meeting with the entertainment of Sondles’ presentation, the fine meal, raffle prize drawings and the presentation of the Chamber’s annual awards.
The award for the Business of the Year was presented to Missy Skinner. Skinner is a graduate of Danbury High School and began working at the Marblehead Galley, a long-time Marblehead restaurant, in 1989. She purchased the restaurant in 2006 and moved it to its current location in 2009. Now at 113 West Main Street, the Galley features home-baked and homemade specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves up alcohol and entertainment at Freighter’s Lounge.
The D.S. Kirkpatrick Award was presented to the Danbury Township Police Department’s Chief Michael Meisler and Detective Sergeant Mark Meisler by Chamber Director Emeritus Keith Addy. The Kirkpatrick Award, established in 1978 by Peninsula News publisher and Chamber and community activist D.S. Kirkpatrick, annually honors dedication and unselfish devotion to the principles of service in the community. Since 1968 the Danbury Township Police Department has been exemplifying that dedication.