SKOWHEGAN — A longtime community volunteer and a high school student are among this year’s Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce annual award winners, which will be presented tonight.

The Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year is John Grohs and the Chamber Junior Volunteer of the Year is Olivia Brown, a senior at Skowhegan Area High School, said Chamber Executive Director Cory King.

The Chamber Small Business of the Year is Heritage House Restaurant and the Large Business of the Year is Beeline Cable, King said.

Skowhegan Road Commissioner Greg Dore also will be presented with the Alton W. Whittemore Award, given to someone who has shown outstanding service to the Chamber and excellence in leadership “in the spirit of the Chamber’s greatest advocate,” King said.

Grohs, 61, of Skowhegan, is retired after working for 36 years for the U.S. Postal Service.

“I love dealing with people,” he said. “The bottom line is I’m learning a little bit and by the same token, I’m volunteering helping people out that appreciate it.”

Grohs said he volunteers doing office work and cleaning at the Chamber office on Commercial Street.

Brown, 17, volunteers for the haunted hay rides at Halloween and at the Chamber’s annual Fab Fair. She helps out at the L.C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley, with Girl Scouts of Maine, Maine Street Skowhegan, the Rotary Club’s lobster bake and the Lions Club.

“I’m kind of speechless, surprised,” she said. “It makes me really happy. I’m not somebody that expects to be honored for doing stuff. I just do it because I have fun doing it.”

Brown will enter the University of Maine at Farmington this fall to study elementary education.

The annual awards banquet and dinner theater is tonight at T&B’s Celebration Center on Madison Avenue. The social hour begins about 5:15 p.m. and dinner about 6:15 p.m., to be followed by the awards presentation and a performance of the murder-mystery comedy “Win, Lose or Die!” by Lakewood Players.

Ticketsare $30 per person for Chamber members and $35 for non-members.

For more information, contact the chamber at 474-3621.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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