BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, held Tuesday at the Bucksport Golf Course and catered by Ming’s Garden, honored local business people and residents for their contributions to the town.
The Chamber bestowed the Hans Honder Award on Bucksport businessman Larry Wahl, owner of The Dairy Port and savior of Wilson Hall.
The Hans Honder Award is given to an individual who goes above and beyond to support Bucksport.
“We all know how much Larry does for the town,” said emcee Bill Tymoczko. “He’s out shoveling snow on Main Street.”
“He’s really cut into my slip-and-fall business,” quipped Tymoczko, who is an attorney with the Bucksport firm Fellows, Kee, Tymoczko and Lewis.
“He’s the head of the library,” Tymoczko said. “Now he’s taken over Wilson Hall to save, which is a real landmark.”
The Town Council in February voted to sell the building to Wahl, who has already begun making improvements to the historic building.
Wahl addressed the gathering briefly and thanked his girlfriend, Leslie Gifford (no relation to the ice-cream company), for listening to him “grumbling.” He also acknowledged his “ice-cream artists,” a handful of whom he brought to the chamber meeting.
“They’re a great group of kids,” Wahl said.
“This is quite an honor and I really appreciate it,” Wahl said. “Thank you very much.”
Island Pool & Spa sponsored the Hans Honder Award.
Bob Overlock, owner of Bob’s Small Engine, was recognized as longstanding chamber member.
Overlock has been a member since the chamber was formed in 1991, Tymoczko said.
Tymoczko said he goes through chains for his chainsaw “like crazy.”
The attorney has no idea what it costs for a replacement chain at Lowe’s or Home Depot and doesn’t care because he buys chains from Overlock, who puts them on for him.
“You just can’t get that service anyplace else,” said Tymoczko. “We have to buy locally. We really have to.”
Overlock, who attended with his wife, Kathy, thanked the group for the award, which was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
Tymoczko announced several other awards. They include:
Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Courtney Swazey, sponsored by TLC Bookkeeping.
Nonprofit of the Year: REACH School, sponsored by Tradewinds Variety Plus.
Businessperson of the Year: Wayne Hand, Bucksport Golf Club, sponsored by Mark Lloyd, LeaderOne Mortgage Banker.
Super Supporter: Colleen and Mike Gross, Verona Wine & Design, sponsored by Two Rivers Realty, LLC.