City of Manchester Honors Several Individuals & Businesses

The City of Manchester honored several individuals and businesses last night for their contributions to the community.

The honors came during the City’s 26th Annual Boards, Commissions and Committee Recognition Reception last night at The Gathering Place.

Each year, the City presents its most prestigious award, The First Citizen Award, to a person who has dedicated their time and service to an elected position or a City committee, board or commission. This year’s honoree was Connie Behnken. Behnken has been a true example of service – serving ten years on the City Council, serving on numerous city committees and commissions and volunteering her time with organizations such as the Relay for Life and West Delaware Friends of Music.


The City of Manchester’s Parks and Recreation Commission presented their Volunteer of the Year Award to Lynne Majetic and Chuck Ungs. They have devoted hundreds of hours towards making the Whitewater Park safe and enjoyable for everyone through Whitewater Safety Rocks and Good to Great’s River and Rec Committee. Ungs says it’s nice to be appreciated.

And the City presented two businesses with the Distinguished Service Award last night. One award recognized The Manchester Press, with publisher Mary Ungs-Sogaard accepting on the newspaper’s behalf.

KMCH was also recognized with the Distinguished Service Award. Station manager Sarah Meyer and station owner Jim Coloff say it’s meaningful to be honored by the City.

The City currently has 90 citizens, staff members and council members serving on 28 different boards, commissions and committees. There are also more than 40 volunteers who serve as coaches in various Parks and Rec programs, as well as numerous volunteer organizations who were also recognized by Mayor Milt Kramer last night.


(photos by Janelle Tucker, KMCH and Mike Putz, The Manchester Press)