GAACofC Holds 2nd Annual Dinner Meeting
The Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce held it’s 2nd Annual Dinner Meeting on Sunday, April 19 at the Afton Golf Club. The meeting was attended by many who came to help honor the recipients of the 2014 “Citizen of the Year” and “Business of the Year” Awards. The honorees for this year were Gloria Harvey from Afton and MR Construction of Nineveh.
Assemblyman Clifford Crouch was the guest speaker and presented a certificate of recognition from NY State to both award winners. Plaques were awarded by the Chamber to both Gloria Harvey and Mario Ruttkiewicz, owner of MR Construction.
Gloria Baciuska Harvey is the definition of the word “Citizen. She has grown up in Afton and through the years contributed on many levels to the beauty, community-building spirit and friendly atmosphere in which to raise a family that Afton represents.
From early on, she was active in her community by serving on the Inner-Church Council and the Afton Emergency Planning Committee. As a 9-year member of the Afton Christmas Parade committee and 8-year Chairperson for the Memorial Day Parade, Gloria’s energy has helped these events grow in stature and bring the Afton community together socially.
With the help of her husband, Curtis Harvey, the steep incline near the Afton railroad bridge, a challenge in mowing ability, was maintained impeccably and has beautified one of the entrances into the Village. Gloria and Curtis also are Caretakers of Foster Park and serve as volunteers for the Afton Food Pantry. They also have the distinction of being blood donors at every blood drive since the 1970s.
Gloria has been a Village Trustee and member of the Village Board for many years, and now serves as Deputy Mayor of Afton Village.
She has worked as assistant to the Director of the Afton Adult and Continuing Education Program at Afton school for more than a decade, and is considered “indispensable” by everyone with whom she works. “Can’t” isn’t in her vocabulary, because if it can be done, Gloria will find a way to do it. She is a woman of integrity and fierce determination.
Gloria Harvey does more than pay lip service to the role of citizen. She embodies what the ideal citizen should look like. The Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank her for her years of service and is proud to honor her as their “2014 Citizen of the Year”
MR Construction is a small, independently owned construction company founded in 2002 by Mario Ruttkiewicz Sr. For 11 years, MR Construction has been providing the area with quality European craftsmanship offering all phases of construction including remodeling, carpentry, electrical, masonry, roofing, plumbing and more.
In 1992, Mario, a native of Bad Kreuznach, Germany, fulfilled a life-long dream of coming to America. Here he worked for a few local construction companies before taking a position as a construction foreman in Rochester for a major construction firm. That position required him to travel extensively, so he decided to take his experience and expertise and start his own business here in Nineveh, where he now makes his home with wife, Donna, and two children, Mario Jr. and Tonie.
The Afton area has been the recipient of MR Contruction’s “magic” in recent years on many levels. The Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce has been supported in many ways by MR Construction. Mario is a member of the Chamber Board and has taken the responsibility to be its “Float Master”. The floats that now represent Afton in local parades were conceived and crafted by Mario and the MR Construction team. The materials, time and labor involved are donated and the time spent delivering the float and “floating” it down our community streets, is all part of the generosity of this deserving individual and his company.
Mario’s presence is also felt by other community groups, specifically, The Afton Community Theater. The MR Construction crew has donated its time on many occasions to erect and strike sets for local theater productions.
It is for the spirit of service to our community, that GAACofC is proud to award its “Business of the Year” to MR Construction.
Following the annual meeting proceedings, a raffle was held with proceeds going toward two scholarships that will be awarded this June to an Afton and a Harpursville senior who will be pursuing a professional business career after high school. The Chamber thanks all of its member businesses and organizations that contributed to the scholarship fund. They include: The Main Street Grill & Bakery, DMC Cleaning Service, Cents-Able Solutions, Rainbow’s End-A Fun and Unique Consignment Shop, Horton Hardware, ELN Financial Services, NBT Bank, Musica Humana Therapeutic Massage, Country Care Veterinary Center, MR Construction, Sidney Flowers & Gifts, The Friends of Afton Village and Frog Pond Farm who supplied flowers for our tables. The GAACofC would like to thank all for making our annual dinner and scholarship fundraising a success.