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February 1, 2006

Zionsville honors community leaders

Chamber names two Town Criers

Apparently you don’t have to be present to win the Zionsville Town Crier Award.

Steve and Vicki Snider proved that Saturday evening, Jan. 28, at the Greater Zionsville Chamber of Commerce’s community awards dinner. The couple was unable to accept the award in person at the event attended by more than 100 community leaders at the Palomino Ballroom.

“I’m going to give the award, and [their] acceptance speech, too,” quipped Harold Wright, the Zionsville merchant who steals the show with his jokes each time he takes the podium.

“If you don’t know Steve and Vicki Snider, you should get acquainted with them,” he said on a more serious note. “They’ve done a lot for Zionsville.”

Perhaps no one knows that better than Zionsville resident Tom Melind, who accepted the Town Crier award for the Sniders. Melind is best known for the renovation of Lions Park for which Steve Snider’s company, The Snider Group, donated the excavation work.

Snider also contributed excavation work for the Zionsville United Methodist Church, soccer club, Boys & Girls Club of Zionsville and others, according to Melind, who nominated the Sniders for the award.

It also was an unusual night because the Sniders weren’t the only Town Criers named. Zionsville’s John and Linda Guthrie also received the award, which began in 1967 to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the town.

Cheri McKamey presented the Guthries’ award.

“They are very special people,” she said. “John and Linda have brought so much enthusiasm to this community.”

The pair are known for their service to the Lions Club. Linda Guthrie was the club’s first female president and helped reorganize its Fall Festival event. John Guthrie was also Lions Club president.

“You’re our family,” Linda Guthrie told the audience.

“I’m completely blown away,” John Guthrie added. “We appreciate the opportunity to live and serve with you.”

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