Laughlin, NV: Needles Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Community Awards 2016.

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Laughlin, NV: Needles Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Community Awards 2016.

The Needles Chamber of Commerce held their annual Dinner and Community Awards on Saturday, October 1st, 2016 at the Avi Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez filmed the Needles Chamber of Commerce held their annual Dinner and Community Awards 2016.

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The room was set up with a display on Needles, California, a silent auction area, a bar area mixing drinks up for attendees, and a D.J. table where a mix of music from the ages of Route 66.

** Award Winners for 2016: **

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Volunteer of the YearMary Gonzales

When not being Director of Medical Records at the Colorado River Medical Center, Mary Gonzales is hard at work getting involved with community events that bring the whole community together.

Mary Gonzales can be seen organizing parades such as the Hot Boat and Custom Car Show parade, the Colorado River Rodeo RoundUp parade, and the Ol Saint Nick on Route 66 parade which shines brighter every year with the many participants decorating their vehicles with beautiful lights bring smiles to children young and old.

Mary Gonzales can be seen getting into custom for events such as Dog Day at the Park and the Big Green Haunted House which she’ll be scaring guest again during the upcoming Big Green Haunted House in late October 2016.

Mary Gonzales has been always welcoming and friendly to people and will do so much for the community loves.

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Educator of the YearLaurie Stephenson

Good schools make a great community for families to live in, Laurie Stephenson wants to make Needles Unified School District something families will be proud of wanting to put their children in.

Laurie Stephenson works hard in the reforming efforts to help improve the learning of students in the community.

Laurie Stephenson is dedicated to helping her students writing an Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.) designed to meet a child’s individual needs and regularly monitoring her student’s progress to their goal in life.

Laurie Stephenson also heads the Student Study Team at Vista Colorado Elementary School in Needles, California which is charge of meeting the needs of students who are experiencing difficulties.

Laurie Stephenson is seen wearing multiple hats to help keep the school district get things done, especially with the reforming efforts to help improve the learning of students in the community.

When a Response to Intervention (R.T.I.) program was wanted, but there was not enough money to have somebody run the Response to Intervention (R.T.I.) program, Laurie Stephenson stepped in to help run the Response to Intervention (R.T.I.) program, which is currently is running at Vista Colorado Elementary School, serving students who need additional help to catch up to their classmates.

Laurie Stephenson is seen testing all of the students to determine who is in most need to help and finding out what those needs are so that the student can be able to reach their goals.

Laurie Stephenson would order materials, trained paraprofessionals to administrate the intervention, and monitors the students.

Laurie Stephenson does this with a smile knowing that she is helping students in the community she loves and want to see her students grow, reach their goals, and succeed in life.

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Business of the YearWagon Wheel Restaurant

Mike and Susan , owners and operators of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, and all of the employees at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant have worked so hard for this community they love.

Susan, Mike, and the Wagon Wheel Restaurant team of friendly service, great food, and helpful sprite can be seen participating in community events, cooking up delicious barbecue, and setting up a delicious spread of food for both mixers and events such as the Progressive Mixer, the Hot Boat and Custom Car Show, Run for the Wall, and the Needles Centennial Committee in 2013.

Susan, Mike, and the Wagon Wheel Restaurant team is ready to step in to help, offering to assist in anything they need help with, if with food or setting up for an event.

Their love for their community shows in the Wagon Wheel Restaurant team as customers enjoying their delicious waffles, potato cheese soup, and pot roast ask the employees about the community and what do see and do well they are here, and they are happy to help inform their customers about what is happening in their community.

Susan, Mike, and the employees of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant shows how great food, friendly service, great food, and the caring for their community sprite will help their community keep people stopping by the community along historic Route 66 called Needles, California.

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Citizen of the YearCathy McConnell

When trash and blight are seen bring down the community, Cathy McConnell is there to brighten up the community by cleaning up the mess on our community.

Cathy McConnell gets her team of caring and helpful volunteers to help clean up the trash and blight that depresses the community/

Cathy McConnell has become an advocate for making sure the community is clean of trash, debris, and junk well making sure that everybody in the community is doing their part in keeping this wonderful community clean.

Cathy McConnell not only talks about cleaning up the community, she cleans too, being seen with gloves on and carrying an orange trash bag picking up trash that some people carelessly dump onto the side of the roadway and in an empty lot.

Keeping a community clean and clear of trash and blight gives many residents and businesses hope in their community that we’re not going to give up on our community. lets all keep this community clean and alive.

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This year’s dinner and community awards not only celebrates people who do so much for their community, but also celebrates the 90th anniversary of Route 66.

Acclaimed author Jim Hinckley, author of the books “Travel Route 66: A Guide to the History, Sights, and Destinations Along the Main Street of America” and “The Route 66 Encyclopedia” was the keynote speaker at the dinner and community awards.

Jim Hinckley showed a slideshow of Route 66 and talked about the historic highway known everywhere as Route 66 and what other communities similar to Needles, California went through through the years as well as how those communities kept alive as charges occurred on Route 66.

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Organizers of the Needles Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Community Awards 2016 also promoted the next celebration of the 90th anniversary of Route 66.

A community celebration of the 90th anniversary of Route 66 is planned to be held at 10:00am PT on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at the El Garces Train Depot and Santa Fe Park, located along the 900 block of Front Street, in Downtown Needles, California.

The celebration is being hosted by the Needles Downtown Business Alliance and the Needles Chamber of Commerce.

Last year’s Needles Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Community Awards, the big talk was about the new Needles Chamber of Commerce building being build and how so much money and supplies has been donated to help make the dream come alive along Route 66, but this year, no mention of that wonderful new Needles Chamber of Commerce building that was said to be build near the intersection of West Broadway and H Street in Downtown Needles, California.

ZachNews asked about the new Needles Chamber of Commerce building and what’s going on with the new Needles Chamber of Commerce building, but no further information was provided to ZachNews at that moment, and nothing has since been received yet regarding the new Needles Chamber of Commerce building.

Overall, the Needles Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Community Awards came out well and people enjoyed celebrating citizens of their community and the 90th anniversary of Route 66.

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Thanks to all of the people who set up for the Needles Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Community Awards, especially to the many great employees, including event staff, cleaning crew, waiters and waitresses, bartenders, security, and cooks, at the Avi Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada.

For more information about the Community Celebration for the 90th Anniversary of Route 66, please call: 1 (760) 326-2344.

For more information about the Needles Chamber of Commerce, please contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (760) 326-2050.

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