From one year to the next, great things happen in our community, thanks to the people who live and work here, and who care about making a positive difference in the lives of others.

From one year to the next, great things happen in our community, thanks to the people who live and work here, and who care about making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Since 1998, the city's annual Community Awards Program has been celebrating UA citizens for their one-time or ongoing good deeds that benefit UA and beyond. A look back at past recipients, and the projects with which they have been involved, provides a window into what makes our community special.

I'm sure the tradition will continue with our 2016 awards program.

As always, the nomination categories are as follows:

* Business of the Year -- Recognizing a UA business that is involved in community service projects, provides financial or in-kind support for various causes, or brings other significant benefits to the community.

* Community Enrichment -- An individual or group involved in programs to enhance the city's quality of life, in areas that include the arts, education, recreation, cultural diversity and the natural environment.

* Community Safety -- Individual or group involved in activities to raise awareness of or improve the overall health and safety of our community.

* Super Senior -- Individual actively involved in the community through volunteer service, taking a leadership or participatory role in community programs.

* Youth -- Youth individual or group involved in volunteer service or community programs to benefit others and setting a positive example to fellow UA youth.

Nomination forms can be found at uaoh.net under the headlines section. Send us your nominations by Jan. 6 and mark your calendar for the evening of Jan. 23, when we will be announcing this year's winners as part of the annual State of the City Address.

Wall of Honor Nominations

Now is also the time to think about UA residents who are no longer with us, but who had a positive impact on this community and beyond through their professional, philanthropic, volunteer and public service accomplishments.

The Wall of Honor Program is an annual partnership of the UA Historical Society and the city, in which a bronze plaque is added to the "Wall" at the Municipal Services Center to commemorate the life and contributions of each year's inductee.

The deadline for nominating individuals for the Wall of Honor is Jan. 13. Nomination forms can be found at uaoh.net, under the Headlines section of our homepage.

As 2016 draws to a close, I wish you a happy and healthy New Year. If your plans for welcoming 2017 include travel, please make sure they also include a designated driver, taxi or other means for getting everyone home safely and without incident.

Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager. This column is provided to ThisWeek Upper Arlington News by his office.