By Jack Mariano
The Parkesburg Area Business Association held their annual dinner and awards night on Friday evening at the Coatesville Moose Lodge banquet hall. About forty attendees enjoyed a great dinner and a wonderful awards ceremony emceed by Michael Martorana.
A silent auction was part of a wonderful evening of fellowship and the winners were not disappointed as they garnered some nice gifts such as a golf outing at Moccasin Run Golf Course, a basket of several wines and cheeses from Twin Brook Winery and a collection of Cats Meow Replicas of local buildings, just to name a few of the many nice auction items.
Martorana introduced the officers of the organization: President, Eric Jameson; Vice President, Steve Mellinger; Recording Secretary, Jane Rudewick and Membership Secretary and Treasurer, Carolyn Vincent.
Martorana, owner of The Tree Doctors introduced two-scholarship winners that each received $1,000 towards their college education. Michael Turner, a graduate of Octorara High School and a product of the Parkesburg Point thanked the audience saying that he has learned a great deal from teachers and coaches and he will pursue his degree at Bloomsburg University in the fall.
Cheyenne Tucker, a senior in 2013 class at Octorara High School will be attending West Chester University seeking a dual major in accounting and finance and a minor degree in Spanish, also received a $1,000 scolarship from PABA. Ms. Tucker thanked PABA and promised she will work diligently to reach her goals.
Martorano then turned the microphone over to Parkesburg Mayor John Hagan who introduced the 2013 business of the year. During his presentation, the mayor defined entrepreneurship as an “act of faith”. He remarked that “the folks that step up to run local businesses place your futures at risk” in order to provide a service to the community.
This year’s winner was Seawell’s Market and owners Al, Carol and Erin Seawell graciously received the plaque. Hagan went on to read a statement from the owners that was very similar to their declarations to Parkesburg Today when they were featured in a past “Catching up with” segment:
On March 3, 2011, Seawell’s market opened for business. The goal was to provide an in-town market for the convenience of local residents and to have a meeting place where neighbor could greet neighbor.
We believe that our market and café have achieved that goal. We have been grateful for the way the community has embraced our store concept. They have become more than customers, they have become our friends.
Seawell’s Market has become the meeting place for the men of the community each morning.
Senior citizens from Westminster Apartments take advantage of the convenience of the store as they pick up needed items for the pantry or meet a friend for lunch. Mom’s stop by to pick up drink boxes for kids’ lunches and kids stop in to purchase an after school snack or soda.
The store attracts a cross section of people from all walks of life and varied interests who find that we fill a unique niche in the community.
We continue to enjoy our business endeavor and welcome the special joys that enter our doors each day.
Carol and Al also received two special gifts from hizzoner the Mayor as he bestowed on them a rarely given personal gift, as each received a fedora hat similar to the cap that Hagan usually wears.
The fedoras were a big “hit” with the Seawell’s as the acknowledged a large round of applause from the audience.