Landmarks Award recipients named for 2019

Receiving awards at Tioga Publishing’s reception to honor individuals and groups providing community service are (front row, from left) Dylan Hunt; Michele Griffin, Humble Bumble Project; Bryn Hammarstrom and Ron Comstock, Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group; Grant Cavanaugh, Callie Cares; Chris Husband, Harbor Counseling; (back row) Lakota Cummings, Blossburg Ambulance Association; Myra Kreger; Fred LaVancher; Pam Jenkins; Laurie Roof and Mike Spencer, Harbor Counseling.

WELLSBORO – A Tioga resident who has been involved with planning many projects in the community is this year’s recipient of the top Tioga Publishing community service award.

The Cornerstone Award went to Fred LaVancher at a reception on March 27. His story and the story of all the award recipients is included in the “Landmarks” magazine in this week’s paper. The magazine also includes stories about people, places and organizations that are “Reinventing Tioga County,” the theme of the 2019 edition. Landmarks was included in last week’s edition of the paper.

“This year’s honorees have certainly contributed to Tioga County’s continuous reinvention of itself as it continues to grow,” said managing editor Natalie Kennedy.

A committee of community residents made the selection of LaVancher and 10 other recipients several months earlier. The committee choose to recognize LaVancher for his involvement with engineering and planning improvement projects in Tioga County, serving on Tioga borough council, his support of improving Route 15 to become the I-99 corridor and his continued service with Mill Cove.

Five individuals and groups are recipients of the Community Champion Award. This award is presented to people in recognition of dedicated service to the community. This year’s recipients include:

  • Harbor Counseling for its support and treatment of people with addictions, including development of a new recovery house.
  • Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group for more than 30 years of work to “Keep Pine Creek Clean.”
  • Blossburg Ambulance Association for its continued commitment to the community.
  • Pam Jenkins for her development of and support for Recovery Revolution, a group that works to support families of a loved one with addictions.
  • Jim Treat, a driver for Meals on Wheels for 20 years.

The committee decided to recognize other individuals with the Unsung Hero Award, given to a group or individual who specialize in their community service or for heroic actions. This year, the recipients often were someone who, in the face of a bad situation, reinvented it to reach out to others in need. Recipients include:

  • The Humble Bumble Project, created by Michele Griffin following her daughter’s diagnosis with cancer. The group supports pediatric, youth and young adults who have cancer.
  • Dylan Hunt, a volunteer for Wellsboro High School athletic programs, Goodies for Our Troops and Wellsboro Area Food
  • Pantry.
  • Myra Kreger, a champion of and chief for the Blossburg Ambulance Association.
  • Kyle Mosso, who jumped in a freezing creek behind the courthouse to help save a visually-impaired man and his dog who had fallen into the water.
  • Michelle and Kevin Cavanaugh for Callie Cares, an organization developed by their daughter and continued in her memory, to support pediatric cancer patients and their families.

If you have a story idea for next year’s Landmarks or want to nominate an individual or group for an award, call Kennedy at 570-724-2287 or email

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