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Our opinion: Celebrating county contributions

Community spirit is so vital to making things happen in Warren County. That is exactly why we are thrilled and elated to see Ash Khare as well as Penny and Gary Lester named the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry’s two 2021 Community Service Award Winners.

Khare’s service over the years has been tremendous in assisting with numerous major projects. There was a $1.5 million match from the Gov. Tom Ridge administration toward the original War Memorial Field renovation, a $1 million grant and $10 million in low-interest loans for the Brokenstraw Township sewage treatment plant, and, more recently, $500,000 for the purchase of the PNC Bank building.

“For over 40 years, without fail, Ash Khare has been the go-to guy in Warren for projects that need significant state funding or support,” Hank LeMeur said in his letter of support.

As a couple, the Lesters are being recognized for their involvement in many community events, projects, and activities. “Gary and Penny Lester are the epitome of what being a Warren County citizen should be,” according to the Rev. Jeff Ewing’s nomination letter. “They work tirelessly for the betterment of our community.

“Penny and Gary have wrapped me, my family, and the whole Warren Community in their caring and loving arms,” Ewing said. “Together, they wholeheartedly put themselves into every task and organization that they serve with… and, most importantly, light up an entire room with their contagious humor.”

Some of the events and organizations the Lesters have been involved in include the Women’s Outdoor Workshops, Second Harvest Food Bank distributions, Little Free Libraries, the Turkey Trot, Front Porch Days and First Lutheran Church to name a few.

Our congratulations to these three outstanding citizens.

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