2018 Annual Recognition Awards

We were thrilled to recognize two long-standing area businesses for their contributions to our community at this year’s Annual Meeting, held November 8, 2018.

Prosperity in Business – Awarded to Freel’s Market (pictured below:  Ed & Betty Freel)

This award recognizes a business for its commitment to help create an environment of growth and prosperity and to create a better quality of life for all. The criteria for nominations include:

  • Business success and positive impact on the community demonstrated by increased employment, training and educational opportunities for staff and community, investment in new business growth.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in a changing business world; commitment to improving the customer experience.
  • Innovative business strategies (e.g., business expansion, start-up, new services, etc.) that have guided the business to a new level of growth and achievement.

Freel’s Market has been a strong, stable business in Tawas City that has adapted to changing business conditions and continued to thrive in the community. They are a model for customer service and family values.  Ed and Betty Freel and their staff are always there with a smile and a solution to your needs.  Their business has been and continues to be an anchor in our community attracting visitors to the Tawas area.

Strength in Community – Awarded to Iosco Conservation District (pictured below:  District Manager, John Sanders; Board of Directors members, Rick Payea, Sharon Czaika and Cliff Miller)

This award recognizes an extraordinary commitment to the community that has a significant positive impact on the image, economy, and vibrancy of the Tawases. The criteria for nominations include:

  • Dedication to the community through contributions of time, talent, and resources.
  • Support of community functions through involvement, leadership, and sponsorship activities.
  • Creating meaningful opportunities for growth in the areas of public image, business activity, tourism and engagement.

The Iosco Conservation District develops strategies, implements programs, and provides the technical assistance to protect and enhance the land and water resources of Iosco County.  The district strives to provide education and support to our community.  The staff is there to answer your natural resource related questions and also have a county forester and MAEAP technician will visit your land and share management advice.   ICD also sponsor educational outreach events on subjects that matter to you, the landowner.

Iosco Conservation District owns an 80-acre tract of forest that is currently under various types of management.  You are able to observe this property, Ingall’s Forest, to see what these management styles may look like on your land.  The hope for this area is that it will become a public recreation and education area with trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing.

The change that the ICD has assisted with implementing in the past 5 years is so vast, please visit their office or website to get a better idea of how they can help and do.