Ontario’s Man of the Year keeps finding ways to help others

Robert Metzger talks about the food pantry he runs for Veterans Advocates of Ore-Ida, one of many tasks he's volunteered to do over the years in Ontario. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

ONTARIO – Robert Metzger was putting in another volunteer stint at Veterans Advocates of Ore-Ida recently when a familiar face walked into office.

The visitor was John Breidenbach, president of the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce, and Metzger presumed he was there to see an official at the organization.

“No, I’m here to see you,” Breidenbach said.

He had news to deliver – Metzger had been selected the chamber’s Man of the Year.

“Apparently everybody there knew about it,” Metzger said. “They did a good job of keeping a secret.”

What’s not a secret is why . . .