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Friday, 31 January 2014 10:47

Marlette Citizens to be Honored

(MARLETTE) -- Three Marlette residents will be honored for their dedication and contributions to the community during a ceremony in March.

John Frazier was named "Citizen of the Year" for his service as Editor of the Marlette Leader. For the past 40-years, John has provided Marlette and the readers of the Marlette Leader with information important to our community. Additionally, John has provided a means for the various civic organizations to let the citizens know of events in our community. John is a charter member of the Marlette Toys for Tots organization and originated the concept of the "Angel Tree." He was a charter member of the Marlette Historical Society and coauthored a grant to establish the original museum at the former Kindergarten cottage. He is also a charter member of the Ken Knight Scholarship Committee and is still active with the group. He was also one the originators of the annual community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Marlette First United Methodist Church. John's efforts have resulted in a greater awareness of activities in the community and his grant writing efforts have brought in over $3 million and properties to the county, mostly for the Sanilac County Parks system.

Sara Redman was named "Volunteer of the Year" for her hard work in organizing the Dog Days of Summer Festival, Marlette's 150th Celebration, and the annual Marlette Country Christmas festival. As a key organizer of those events for the past three years, she has provided a means for showing the surrounding communities the great things and people we have here in Marlette. A supporter of the Marlette community and a graduate of Marlette Community Schools in 2005, Sara is always eager to help promote the community at large. Through her position as the Foundation and Marketing Specialist at Marlette Regional Hospital, the community benefits that the hospital provides has allowed her to assist the Chamber of Commerce, Marlette Historical Society and other small groups in promotion of their events and activities.

Jamie Zuhlke was named "Educator of the Year" for setting an amazing example of health and fitness to the students of Marlette. Jamie has taught at Marlette for 12-years as the Physical Education teacher at Marlette Elementary School. She has a special way of bringing the best out of every student and challenging them to do better. The relationship she has with her students continues even as they leave the elementary school. She is a very trust worthy person that the students feel they can talk to and depend on in any situation. Mrs. Zuhlke is very active in the school district well beyond the classroom. She is the Jr. High girls basketball coach, Jr. High Track coach, she assists with Student Council, a member of the "Get on Track" Committee, etc. She is always willing to step up in any capacity needed around the school. She loves her job and always puts the kids first.

John, Sara, and Jamie will be honored on March 22 at the Marlette Masonic Lodge. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the awards presentation will start at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $20 at Treve's and Marlette City Hall.