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Nominations requested for Hamburg recognition banquet

HAMBURG — The town of Hamburg will host the 26th Youth Bureau Service Awards and Recognition Banquet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 1 at Michael’s Banquet Facility in Hamburg.

The youth bureau will accept nominations for awards in three categories, until Friday, April 4. Members of Youth Engaged in Service will also be recognized.

Information and nomination forms may be obtained from the town website at, or by calling the recreation office at 646-5145. Banquet reservations may be made through April 24.

The Michael J. Dundon Service to Youth Award is presented to the person who the committee decides best exemplifies the service of the late Michael Dundon, a longtime executive director of the youth bureau.

Criteria for candidates for this award are that individuals be paid professionals employed within the township and exhibits professionalism and dedication to their work, going above and beyond their job description in giving directly to Hamburg youth, according to the nominator.

The organizers of this event have asked that candidates reside in the town.

The youth bureau will also recognize up to three individuals with the Service to Youth Award.

Recipients will have given time, energy, dedication and commitment to youth development in general, or within the town of Hamburg, in particular. The organizers have asked that the nominees exhibit consistent efforts to work with or for youth in the community in a voluntary, unpaid position of service, and must live in the town or have contributed their volunteer service to an organization within the town that serves youth, according to the nominators.

The recreation department will recognize two men and two women as character coaches; one may be paid and one in the capacity of a volunteer position of service, in each category.

Officials have asked the boards of directors of each youth organization and school district leaders to nominate a candidate who they believe personifies the stated code of ethics of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.

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