2009-05-15 / Government / Neighborhood

CCN recognizes good neighbors

By Josh Cruse

Neighborhood organizations are an excellent way for people to voice their ideas and concerns. The Columbia Council of Neighborhoods has worked hard to bring residents together for positive exchange. On Saturday May 9, a banquet was held to recognize those who have helped make this happen.

Chris Hart, a state representative, was the guest speaker. He praised not only the CCN but the people who were recognized for their accomplishments." These are the people who put time and effort into their neighborhood. They deserve all the recognition that we can give them. The CCN looks past the lines that divide and finds the qualities that bring people together. They are an influential part of the Midlands."

Hart also challenged the audience who attended the banquet. "We can't be complacent about being active. We have to let our neighbors know their voices are important."

The CCN inducted five new members into the Hall of Fame. The five members were Diane Follingstad from the Shandon neighborhood, Daisy Block from the Melrose Heights Neighborhood, Lex Cole from the Rosewood neighborhood, Katheryn Bellfield from the Booker Washington Heights neighborhood, and Myrtle Gordon from the Edgewood Read Street Cooperative Improvement Community Council.

Dr. Patricia Coursey was awarded the Special Recognition award for helping turn around the Sherwood Forest neighborhood.

Doris Trezevant from the Eva P. Trezevant neighborhood was awarded the Friend of the Year Award for her significant contributions to the CCN.

Isaac McClinton from Edisto Court and Brenda Oliver from Pine Hurst each were awarded the Neighborhood Volunteer of the Year award.

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