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Peshtigo Persons of Year Banquet April 13

Five honorees will be saluted for their efforts and achievements at the Peshtigo Chamber of Commerce Richard Roland Persons of the Year Awards Banquet Sunday, April 13 at Little River Country Club in Marinette. Cash bar opens at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and presentation of awards to follow.

The Peshtigo Chamber of Commerce began an annual recognition award tradition in 1976 when Linus Seger, pharmacist, was honored as Person of the Year. The award was later changed to the Richard Roland Recognition Award in memory of Richard Roland, a Certified Public Accountant, who was active in community affairs. His community involvement included Director of Chamber, Director of Peshtigo Lions Club, and Secretary of the Peshtigo Area Development Partnership, Inc. He also served as Treasurer of Peshtigo Little League, coached Babe Ruth League and was Peshtigo Cub Scouts Cubmaster. He served during Vietnam action as Lt. Junior Grade in the U.S. Navy and died unexpectedly at the age of 48 on Jan. 15, 1992.

The 2014 nominees and areas selected are:

Spiritual: Clergy, staff or volunteers in ministries associated with the religious community.

Deacon Charles Schumacher

Deacon Chuck Schumacher, 65, of 721 McCagg Street, Peshtigo, was selected for the Spiritual Person of the Year. He was born in Rochester, Wis., graduated from Waterford High School, and received a BBA in Accounting from UW-Whitewater. He was a member of the Wisconsin National Guard, 126th Field Artillery based in Kenosha for six years.

He married his wife, Judy, on May 5, 1973 and the couple has four children: Katie (Fred), 34, of Waupun, Amanda (Jeremy) 32, of Madison, Maggie, 30, of Reedsburg, and Ryan, 26, of Chicago. The family circle also includes four grandchildren, Ian, Emily, Ruth and Simon. The family moved to Marinette in 1986 and to Peshtigo in 1988.

Schumacher is employed at Enstrom Helicopter in Menominee as Chief Financial Officer.

He said he felt the “call” to become a Deacon and was ordained in May of 2004. He is a member and serves St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Peshtigo and SS. Joseph and Edward Parish in Walsh. As a precursor to his ordination as a deacon, he was a Stephen Minister for 10 years, from 1989 to 1999. Ministers were trained for one-on-one outreach to parishioners who mourned the loss of a loved one, had health issues or were alone or homebound.

His volunteer efforts over the years included serving on St. Mary’s Board of Education, heading fundraising groups and concessions at Green Bay Packer games, started the food booth at Waterfront Festival, chairman for Octoberfest at Catholic Central, member of the MCC Athletic Club, coordinator of Religious Education at Lake Mills, Ia., and has been a catechist, lector and minister of Communion.

He enjoys spending time with his family.

When asked what he thought about receiving the award, he said he was humbled, and it’s nice to think that he made an impression or two on people’s lives. He said, “what Deacon’s try to do is serve.” Bible verses that have influenced him are John 3:22-30 and Colossians 1:9-14.

One of his nominators stated, “He talks the talk and walks the walk of a person who is compassionate and enjoys serving others.” She said he assists the priest during Mass, preaching (at times using props and singing to emphasize his message in a genial manner), presides over baptisms, marriages, funeral services and visits nursing homes to pray with and distribute communion to residents. He has been called during the night to be with someone who is passing, needs consoling, is alone or hurting. He gets up, dresses, and brings that warm comfort so desperately needed. The day before Thanksgiving you will find him in the kitchen at school cooking turkeys for the free turkey dinner and helps serve the following day.

He is true spiritual leader.

Community Service: A person who, through his voluntary efforts, has made a positive impact on the lives of citizens within the community or has enhanced the community itself.



Allen Urbaniak

Allen Urbaniak, 73, of N3141 County RW, Peshtigo, is a true patriot.

He grew up in Marinette where he attended Trinity Lutheran Grade School and graduated in 1958 from Marinette High School. Most of his life he has spent in the area.

He married the former Linda VanLaarhoven on June 24, 2000 in Menominee. A son, Jeffrey is deceased. His other children include Robert, 49, of Suamico, Steve, 48, of Marinette, Jodi, 34, serving in the Navy stationed in Norfolk, Va., Jacalyn, 32, of Houston, Tex., and Jami, 29, also in the Navy in Fort Dix, NJ.

After graduating from high school he served in the Army for three years as a machinist apprentice. He was then employed for 8 years by E.P. Olsen Machine Shop in Marinette, farmed for many years, and retired in 2012 from the Marinette County Highway Department.

He is a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marinette.

Urbaniak serves as finance officer for the American Legion Post 312 of Peshtigo, is commander of VFW Post 8813 of Peshtigo, vice president of the Peshtigo Riverside Cemetery Association, and is a member of the NRA.

His hobbies include farming, gardening, downhill skiing, hunting and aviation. At one time he owned his own plane. Last year he participated in the Tough Mudder for the Wounded Warrier Project with his daughter, Jami.

Urbaniak was instrumental in the implementation of the Veterans Walkway at the Peshtigo Riverside Cemetery. He spent much time getting donations, and laid all the bricks himself. He credits Ed Langer and other volunteers for their efforts in completing the walkway. Next year he is looking forward to getting a Korean War statue in the cemetery near the walkway. A World War II statue is presently there.

He has also volunteered his time and efforts by helping out in Antigua after their hurricane, and in Haiti after the earthquake.

According to one of his nominators, “I believe our veterans memorials are the finest in all of Marinette County, a fine tribute to our veterans in our cemetery, thanks to the vision and efforts of Allen Urbaniak.”

When asked what he thought about receiving the award, he stated he was really, really honored and humbled. He added that many area people do so many good things. He is honored to be among them.

Youth Activities: Those who work with young people in a community setting such coaches, scouting, and/or 4-H leaders, and volunteers in support of youth activities.

Pastor Tim Harwell

Tim Harwell, 39, Youth Pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Peshtigo was selected as Youth Activities award winner.

Pastor Harwell resides with his wife, Rachelle, at 511 Oak Street, Peshtigo. The couple was married on Dec. 1, 2013 in Tennessee.

He graduated from Abilene-Cooper High School in Texas, received his undergraduate degree in Bible from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Tex. and became licensed into Gospel Ministry at 1st Baptist Church in Buffalo Cap, Tex.

Pastor Harwell said he loves what he does, and is privileged to serve the people in the community. He said he was humbled, grateful and surprised when told he won the award. He is grateful to the people who nominated him.

Some of the things he is involved in are volunteering at Peshtigo High School and Marinette High School as trumpet and drum instructor, organizes youth ministry, teaches Bible to teens on Wednesdays and Sundays, is involved in Praise Band, conducts game days, organizes Mission Trips, service projects, overnight lock-ins, holds small group Bible studies and gatherings, makes silly videos with students, teen counseling, and fills in for the other pastors with preaching.

His nominator stated, “He began as a youth minister in 1994 and also worked as a drug and alcohol counselor and family therapist after graduating from college. In 2005 he heard the Lord calling him to work in the youth ministry field full time. So he picked up and moved to Peshtigo. ‘PT’ as the kids call him, opens the youth wing to the kids when school is canceled so they have a fun and safe place to hang out. His passion for the Lord and for children are what drives him.”

Education: Teachers, aides, or administrators in public or private school or business people, parents, or others who have worked to improve education.

Cindy Birch

Cindy Birch, 42, of 820 Jackson St., Marinette, was selected for the Education Award. Born Aug. 14, 1971 in Green Bay, she is a graduate of Ashwaubenon High School, 1995 graduate of UW-Green Bay, and received her master’s degree from Viterbo University, La Crosse in 2007. She also studied a semester in Guatemala while in college.

Married to Andy Birch on July 12, 1997, he is employed by Marinette County as a Land and Water Conservationist. The couple has two children, April, age 12, student at Marinette Middle School, and Danny, 8, who attends Park School.

Birch is a member of Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers (WAFLT). A teacher in the Peshtigo School District for 8 years, she teaches Spanish for students in 8th grade through the Spanish IV class, and also has 7th grade Social Studies. Next year the district will add Spanish College Classes through UW-Oshkosh for credits. She is also the advisor for the National Honor Society.

Every other year the Spanish class takes an educational trip. Next year in November 26 students will go to Costa Rica.

Previous to coming to Peshtigo School District, she taught in Gillett for five years, Oconto for three years, Marinette for one year, and substituted for a year.

Birch’s hobbies include tennis, walking, reading, bike riding, and watching her children play sports.

When asked what she thought about receiving the award, she said she was surprised, honored, flattered and humbled. She tells her students that she has high expectations for herself and therefore, has high expectations for them. She tries to spark their interest in learning and have them do their best. She puts interests of her students first.

She also added that she works with alot of fantastic and dedicated teachers.

One of her nominators said, “ As a teacher, Cindy is always looking for new methods or technology to make learning more enjoyable. She has taught other teachers technology at in-service training. Many teachers, like myself, have taken her ideas and incorporated them into the classroom. Cindy is truly a professional who puts students first in her life. It is a joy working with someone who really cares about adolescents.”

Business: Business people who have served their communities through developing employment opportunities, providing assistance to other businesses, or volunteering their time and expertise.



Precision Iceblast Corporation

Precision Iceblast Corporation was founded in 1993 by the Boye family. The company relocated its production and product training facility from Wallace, Mich. to the former Marinette Casting facility at 801 Maple St., Peshtigo in 2012. The company now has over 60 employees.

Officers of the company include JoAnn Boye, President; Gary Boye, CEO; Joel Williams, Vice President of Business Development; Brandon Boye, Executive Vice President of Business Services; Paul Lemery, Vice President of Operations; and Keith Boye, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Precision Iceblast is the oldest dry ice blasting contracting company in the country with an impressive list of clientele scattered around the world. They have been contracted to perform ice blasting projects in most industries such as food, printing, paper, tape, automotive, marine, military, restoration and manufacturing. They manufacture their own equipment that uses high velocity streams of dry ice to clean, strip or to prepare surfaces. They have also performed work for the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Department of Transportation. They have performed work in countries such as Trinidad, Argentina, Pakistan, Indonesia, New Zealand and throughout Europe, just to name a few. They have additional offices in Texas, California, Florida, the Middle East, and the UK.

The new technology of CO2 blasting is the modern alternative to chemical cleaning, sandblasting, water blasting, steam cleaning, manual scrubbing, scraping, and hand tooling, and is the most effective and efficient method of cleaning available today. Dry ice cleaning is typically much faster than the other methods so they save customers a lot of time and because of the reduced time frame, reduced labor costs, and reduced cost of material disposal, they also save customers a lot of money.

The dry ice cleaning process requires a liquid CO2 supply, a pelletizer, a blasting unit, a 750/250 compressor and a dryer system. The dry ice blasting equipment is completely portable and fully self-contained. This allows access to almost any area without using any utilities. The employees are certified in confined space and knowledgeable in lead abatement and working at elevations. They are also experts in containment, which allows to blast near production areas, as well as being ideal for environmental site cleaning. Employees undergo extensive safety training and the company holds an impeccable safety record. Precision Iceblast has over a decade of experience and have never recorded a serious accident.

According to a nominator, “Iceblast is truly a great recipient for the award because of the amount of dollars they spent to make the building safe and adequate was unbelievable, add to that are the wages and opportunities offered to local people concerning employment and much more.”

“We love being in Peshtigo”, company officials stated.


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