Community award winners set example in Vale, Nyssa, Ontario

Members of the Keller family enjoy the festivities at the Vale Chamber banquet, where honorees including Janie Keller (right) were in the spotlight. (Malheur Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

No red carpet rolls out, and there are no gilded ropes for adoring fans to press against, but the community awards season is nonetheless a big deal around Malheur County. In recent weeks, volunteers have been taking their bows before appreciative friends and neighbors.

These are, in essence, our local Oscars for great performances. This time of year, our local chambers of commerce host evenings to spotlight the local talent. The honorees didn’t chase after the plaques and recognition. Grateful communities nominated them.

Let’s take a look at whose names went up in lights recently.

Via the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Cliff Bentz, lawyer and now state senator, was named . . .