ADA - During the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance's seventh annual dinner meeting, the following awards were presented: Norma Umberger - 2012 Citizen of the Year; Hempy Water Conditioning, Inc. - 2012 Business of the Year; and Not By Choice Outreach - 2012 Community Service Award.

Norma Umberger, was the recipient of the 2012 Citizen of the Year based on her dedication to helping others and improving our community. As a retired school teacher, Umberger continues to volunteer countless hours to our community and is willing to support various organizations and events.

Hempy Water Conditioning, Inc. received the 2012 Business of the Year based on their commitment to giving back to the Hardin County Community. Paul Staley and Jeff Knedler accepted the award on behalf of Hempy Water conditioning, which for 60 years has maintained their commitment to our community. Most recently, they were instrumental in the growth and expansion of facilities for Riverdale's Youth Soccer Organization.

Not By Choice Outreach was awarded the 2012 Community Service Award based on their dedication to helping others and improving our community.

Marcia Retterer and Dennis Beverly accepted the award on behalf of Not By Choice Outreach, which over the last couple of years, has helped over 200 people in our community. Not By Choice helps area cancer patients and their families through a very difficult time.

Over 210 were in attendance at the event held at Ohio Northern University's McIntosh Center. Patron sponsors for the evening included: Anew Studios; Buckeye Machine Fabricators Inc.; Liberty National Bank; Ohio Northern University; Quest Federal Credit Union; and Universal Home Health & Hospice Care.

Approved by Alliance members during the annual meeting were the 2013 officers and Board of Directors.

The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance is a non-profit organization that encompasses four divisions in one - Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, Tourism, and Downtown Development.