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September 19, 2012

Main Street recognizes volunteers

DUNCAN — Main Street Duncan recognized it wouldn’t have had as successful of a year if it wasn’t for numerous volunteers in the community.

And Tuesday night’s Main Street banquet gave the non-profit organization an opportunity to recognize those people and groups who helped Main Street Duncan along the way.

“It’s very exciting to partner with people to make improvements in downtown,” Tammy Johnson, Main Street Duncan director, said.

The organization has been in existence for 26 years. And in that time, the Main Street Duncan program has stayed with state and national Main Street guidelines. This has allowed the program to maintain its Main Street program recognition.

Johnson said the Main Street program is designed to rebuild downtown areas, create relationships with the community and businesses, increase commerce, and enhance the flow of information about the program.

Among the awards handed out during the banquet, Johnson recognized two Main Street Duncan board members. These members included David Yeager, who is the Duncan Power director, and Micah Harper, who is the board chairman.

Johnson said Yeager and Harper are prime examples of individuals who provided unwaveringly support for the Main Street program while volunteering their time to make the program successful in all its endeavors.

And they weren’t the only individuals to receive awards.

In fact, Tara Harper, who is the wife of Micah Harper, was recognized as the volunteer of the year.

Johnson said Tara Harper has been essential to the Main Street Duncan program because she is always willing to help out.

“She is always at my side,” Johnson said.

Aside from recognizing volunteers, Johnson also spent time recognizing people who have made contributions to historic downtown Duncan by renovating or re-purposing buildings.

David and Donna Duwe received an award for their renovation to a building in downtown Duncan. Johnson said the Duwe project help win a top three Main Street state award.

Additionally, Johnson recognized Kelsey Avants for re-purposing a building that hadn’t been used in 50 years. Johnson plans to submitting Avants’ project to the state Main Street awards next year.

While much of the banquet focused on recognizing people who made significant contributions to Main Street Duncan in the past year, the event also helped the program raise money for a few projects. These funds will help purchase rope lights to wrap around light poles during the holidays on Main Street, and will go toward installing cigarette receptacles by Main Street benches.

“We want you to come downtown and feel welcome,” Johnson said about the projects. “We want you to see we care about Main Street.”

Another reason for the banquet was to push for more membership. Johnson said the program has 110 members, but she would like to see an increase in membership to help increase the number of things the program can do for the City of Duncan.

“We can do so much more with more money,” Johnson said.

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