Each year, on the final day of the year, the Sandusky Register recognizes area residents who have made quiet, selfless, voluntary contributions to their communities and fellow human beings.
During the last 45 years, 142 Register Awards have been presented to such people.
This year the community nominated more than two dozen individuals and organizations for the award. A committee selected three recipients: Bob Hemminger, Huron; Doris Troup, Sandusky; and Joyce and Jack Mulaney, Huron.
The Register will make $200 contributions on behalf of each of the winners to the charities of their choice.
Due to the large number of nominees, the committee awarded honorable mention to:
Don Miears of Huron, who contributed his time as interim city manager for Sandusky.
Beth Ahrens & Carol Morgan of Port Clinton, who have organized numerous children's events.
Dave Waddington, Sandusky, who raises money for local food banks and leads clean-up efforts along the city's underpasses, streets and nature pathways.
Carole Romp of Sandusky, who worked to organize the Lake Erie Choral Festival.
Bill Ruffing of Bellevue and JoAnna Lowther of Castalia, who work to organize donations and support to people who face hardships.
Howard Nemitz of Sandusky, who cooks for fundraising dinners for various organizations and is chief cook for his church's annual Lenten Luncheons.