16th Annual OHC Community Awards


Andria Derstine, center, and Leo Evans, right, receive the Heritage Guardian Award from Donna Shurr for the restoration of the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s King Sculpture Court.


Bud Spierling speaks at the OHC Community Annual Meeting on April 5 after receiving the OHC Volunteer of the Year Award.


Doug Wilber, right, shakes hands with Richard Baznik after accepting the Business Leader Service Award on behalf of radio stations WOBL and WDLW on April 5.


Lisa Thacker, right, hugs Donna Shurr after receiving the History Teacher of the Year Award.


Oberlin City Schools music educators Robert Duerr, left, Audrey John Melzer, center, and Len Gnizak are presented with the Community Teachers of the Year Award.


Sid Comings speaks after receiving the Community Historian Award.


Photos by Scott Mahoney | Oberlin News-Tribune

The Oberlin Heritage Center held its annual meeting April 5 at the Hotel at Oberlin. During the meeting, the 16th Annual OHC Community Awards were given out to several Oberlin community members. Sid Comings received the Community Historian Award for “his avocation for local history and his wholehearded joy in sharing it with others.” Allen Memorial Art Museum John G. W. Coles director Andria Derstine and Oberlin College Office of Facilities Planning and Construction’s Leo Evans were awarded the Heritage Guardian Award for their work in the restoration of the museum’s King Sculpture Court. Paul “Bud” Spierling was named the OHC Volunteer of the Year for his work as a docent at the center since moving to Oberlin in 2012. A trio of music educators from the Oberlin City Schools were awarded the Community Teachers of the Year Award — Robert Duerr, Len Gnizak, and Audrey John Melzer. Lanston Middle School history teacher Lisa Thacker was named the History Teacher of the Year for “developing strong relations with her students through a mix of humor and compassion that allows them to feel they have a place where they belong and to know they are appreciated.” Radio stations WOBL and WDLW were awarded the Business Leader Service Award for “generous donations of airtime promotions that would run into the tens of thousands of dollars.”

Andria Derstine, center, and Leo Evans, right, receive the Heritage Guardian Award from Donna Shurr for the restoration of the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s King Sculpture Court.
http://theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_amam.jpgAndria Derstine, center, and Leo Evans, right, receive the Heritage Guardian Award from Donna Shurr for the restoration of the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s King Sculpture Court.

Bud Spierling speaks at the OHC Community Annual Meeting on April 5 after receiving the OHC Volunteer of the Year Award.
http://theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_bud_spierling.jpgBud Spierling speaks at the OHC Community Annual Meeting on April 5 after receiving the OHC Volunteer of the Year Award.

Doug Wilber, right, shakes hands with Richard Baznik after accepting the Business Leader Service Award on behalf of radio stations WOBL and WDLW on April 5.
http://theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_doug_wilber.jpgDoug Wilber, right, shakes hands with Richard Baznik after accepting the Business Leader Service Award on behalf of radio stations WOBL and WDLW on April 5.

Lisa Thacker, right, hugs Donna Shurr after receiving the History Teacher of the Year Award.
http://theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_lisa_thacker.jpgLisa Thacker, right, hugs Donna Shurr after receiving the History Teacher of the Year Award.

Oberlin City Schools music educators Robert Duerr, left, Audrey John Melzer, center, and Len Gnizak are presented with the Community Teachers of the Year Award.
http://theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_music_teachers.jpgOberlin City Schools music educators Robert Duerr, left, Audrey John Melzer, center, and Len Gnizak are presented with the Community Teachers of the Year Award.

Sid Comings speaks after receiving the Community Historian Award.
http://theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_sid_comings.jpgSid Comings speaks after receiving the Community Historian Award.
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