A celebration of community

REED CITY – In celebration of the successes of the Reed City community over the past year, local business owners and community members came together last week for the 49th annual Michigan Week Dinner - Celebrating Our Community.

The event was sponsored by the Reed City Chamber of Commerce, which gained eight new members in the past year, which Chamber President Tyler Thompson attributed to the town’s positive atmosphere.

“We have small town charm, good food and friendly people,” Thompson said.

During the evening, Reed City High School senior Arianna Trimner was honored as the 2012 student of the year. Trimner will graduate with a 3.69 GPA and had been on the school’s honor roll as well as been honored as RCHS student of the month. She also is a member of the National Honors Society and RCHS Art club.

Head to Toe Salon and Spa received the award of 2012 Business of the Year. Owners Juanita Ripley and Jackie Gable opened the store in 2009 with four employees. The business currently employs 14 individuals, has moved to a new location and recently expanded their facility.

“This entrepreneurial spirit has resulted in a rapidly expanding client base with new products and services,” said James Thompson, Downtown Development Authority chairman, during the ceremony.

The Honorable Susan H. Grant, 77th District Court judge for Osceola County was honored as the 2012 citizen of the year. Her volunteer and community work, and her service as the first female judge in Osceola County were the reasons Grant received the award, said Thompson.

“I consider myself in wonderful and privileged company and I thank you very much,” Grant said in her address after receiving the award.

The event culminated with a group song, commemorating the traditional hymn written by Reed City resident Rev. George Bennard 100 years ago. Richard Karns, Herb Phelps and David Randall led audience members in singing the “The Old Rugged Cross,” as Larry Emig played the piano.