More honorees have been announced in the Service to the Community Awards.

More honorees have been announced in the Service to the Community Awards.

"My belief is that one of Gahanna's strengths as a community is the volunteerism of its residents, businesses and civic organizations," said Tony Collins, director of the Gahanna Parks and Recreation Department. The department started the awards in 2002.

"Many special events, programs, youth sports and park improvements would not be possible without volunteers and the department and board wish to honor their efforts," Collins said of those volunteers.

Nominations from the public and staff are taken each year. The Gahanna Parks and Recreation board makes the final decision.

The winners get their awards in an Aug. 15 ceremony in Friendship Park.

This year's award winners:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Gahanna Swim Club Board. The award notes: "The Gahanna Swim Club Board has served the community for the past 50 years through public swimming, lessons, leagues, and by hosting family night opportunities for the citizens of Gahanna. The pool has touched the lives of many families and children over the years and has been a constant staple in our community."

Recreation Friend: Veronica Redmond. The award says: "She has dedicated countless hours as the vendor liaison for the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival. Her efforts have helped to improve the layout and process for vendors, making the festival one of the most desirable, respected festivals in central Ohio."

Parks Friend: Dennis Oswald. A "key player in the design and development of the proposed Big Walnut (bicycle) Trail," Oswald is a longtime supporter of bicycle awareness and education.

Senior: Clarence and Shyla Lanthorn. Clarence is a coordinator of the Gahanna Senior Golf League. Shyla volunteers at the senior center. "Without these two, the recreation department would be a lesser place," their award says.

Civic Organization: The Bridge of Gahanna. The group works the Parks and Recreation to provide a summer lunch program to children in need.

Senior Group: Gahanna Senior Center Receptionists: "The Gahanna Senior Center would be unable to operate without its dedicated volunteer staff. Eleven dedicated ladies devote four hours of their time each week," their award says.

Business: Key Bank. Its award recognizes this business' work with the Ohio Herb Education Center.

Good Samaritan: Don Davis. "This new award was created to honor one of the finest citizens of Gahanna," his award says. "Mr. Davis truly envelopes the word neighbor and takes the responsibility to heart. He has assisted those who are unable with yard work and snow removal, among other things. He is the neighbor many residents of this community wish they had."