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Valley Legacy Awards honors local seniors

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CANFIELD, Ohio - Some of the unsung heroes in the Mahoning Valley received much deserved recognition Thursday.

Nearly 300 people attended the Valley Legacy Awards Luncheon hosted by presenting sponsor Shepherd of the Valley at Avion on the Water in Canfield.

Twenty six nominees, including a married couple and twin sisters, were honored for their community service performed by or for seniors.  The group includes educators, community volunteers, veterans, business people and physicians who have dedicated their lives to making the valley a better place to live.

The winners for Outstanding Senior this year are Alma Apicella of Salem, twin sisters Betty Jean Bahmer of Warren and Anna Mae Cuchna of Niles, Daniel Mathey of Warren, and Marilyn Schmidt of Canfield.

The Outstanding Advocates for Seniors awards were handed out to Kay Lavelle of Austintown and David Mirkin of Liberty.

21 News' very own Leslie Barrett emceed the event. 

The Valley Legacy Awards is in its ninth year of honoring senior citzens and advocates of seniors for their community service.  According to a press release, Shepherd of the Valley launched the Valley Legacy awards in 2005 to recognize, in a significant and public way, the contribution, service, sacrifice, and compassionate actions performed by or for senior citizens in the Mahoning Valley.

The 2013 nominees for Outstanding Senior are Alma Apicella of Salem, twin sisters Betty Jean Bahmer of Warren and Anna Mae Cuchna of Niles, Paul Burgeson of Boardman, Marion Calpin of Canfield, Carol Faustino of Girard, Mary Ann Fees of North Lima, Wellington "Doc" Hager of Youngstown, Louise Joachim of Poland, Kay Lavelle of Austintown, Bill and Rosemary Lowery of Warren, John E. Malys of Boardman, Daniel Mathey of Warren, Robert W. Ray of Warren, Jean Rider of Austintown, Marilyn Schmidt of Canfield, Thomas Soltis of Farmdale, Donna J. Tompkins of Warren, and Marjorie Wise of Columbiana.

The 2013 nominees for Outstanding Advocates for Seniors are Carla Chahine of North Lima, Roberta Cykon of Niles, Ralph Infante of Niles, Kay Lavelle of Austintown, David Mirkin of Youngstown, and Roxanne York of Warren.  

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