thrives in valley
annual award winners
Express Staff Writer
community spirit here manifests itself in a wide variety of people who
dedicate themselves to helping others in all kinds of ways.
are a few who stand out.
Levy, Youth Advocate of
is one. He launched the Silver Creek Alternative School nine years ago to
help "redirect children who do not flourish in the traditional school
adapted a prison literacy program to teach local "at risk" high
school students how to read. Dozens, who might otherwise have dropped out,
have graduated from the Alternative School since 1993.
other valley residents and a local business will be recognized for their
community spirit March 8 during the Annual Community Awards dinner at the
River Run Lodge.
Nystrom, Citizen of the
named Youth Advocate of the Year, and the other honors go to Carolyn
Nystrom for Citizen of the Year, Joe Jesinger Di Francesco for Youth
Citizen of the Year, Kathy Wygle for Arts Advocate of the Year, Les Reid
M.D., for Chamber Volunteer of the Year, and Webb Landscape Inc. for
Business of the Year.
Valley/Ketchum Chamber of Commerce organizes the $35-a-head event to
recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that make significant
contributions to the community.
the chamber’s board of directors reviewed 40 nominations from the
Les Reid, Chamber
Volunteer of the Year
doctor of internal medicine, Reid enjoys his duties a chamber volunteer.
He has spent Friday afternoons for the last three years answering tourists’
questions in the visitor center in downtown Ketchum.
has been very good to me. I think part of it is pay-back time."
too, he said.
his wife Estelle Reid, are aficionados of the Sun Valley lifestyle. They
are living encyclopedias of the area’s skiing, hiking and biking trails
and of every place for drinking wine and eating good food.
Wygle, Arts Advocate of
comes in to the visitors’ center with a different question," he
said. One man, for example, asked for directions to the "Blue
There is a
"Wild Radish" and a "Blue Room" restaurant in Ketchum,
so "I told him, ‘You’ve got your choice.’"
who is the executive director of the Wood River Hospice, won Citizen of
the Year for dedicating herself to the comfort and care of terminally ill
patients and their families.
Jesinger Di Francesco, Youth
Citizen of the Year
Francesco won Youth Citizen of the Year for contributing over 400 hours of
community service in the last two-and-a-half years. Di Francesco helped
bring the Utah Shakespearean Festival to the Wood River Middle School.
founded the Laughing Stock Theater Company in 1977, won Arts Advocate of
the Year for her continuing support of the arts.
Landscape Inc., Business
of the Year.
also selected Webb Landscape Inc. for Business of the Year. Webb has
contributed to the economic health of the community through investments
and charitable giving, the chamber stated.