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July 4th award winners named

State Rep. Dan Brady presents a Resolution for Dan Groce, left, with Chenoa 4th Committee members Saturday.

Congratulations goes out to all of the winners of the various Chenoa 4th of July contests who were presented awards prior to the street dance on Saturday.

Master Firecracker was George Kridner and Miss Sparkler, McKenzie Rosenberger. Both were presented gift baskets donated by Heartland Bank. A certificate of recognition was presented to Dale and Vicky Roach.

"In acknowledgement of your commitment to the betterment of the community of Chenoa, we present you this award," said 4th of July Committee member Jessica Ifft, noting the couple's commitment to helping so many organizations.

There were actually two Chenoans of the Year this year - Kathy Trachsel and Dan Groce.

"They both mean a lot to people here in town and have made a huge impact," Ifft explained.

According to Ifft, Trachsel has provided care, compassion and guidance for children in the Chenoa area for many years and Groce was a principal, coach and teacher locally. State Representative Dan Brady even presented the retiring Groce with an Illinois House Resolution.

"Dan has been a dedicated teacher in Central Illinois for 12 years, a dean of students for two years, a principal for 20 years and he has coached school sports teams for 35 years," the Resolution states.

Also during Saturday evening's festivities downtown, a handmade quilt from Susan Whitver was raffled. Nancy Todd was the winner.

The popular regional music act Brushville played to a large crowd downtown as the smell of pork chops and baked goods filled the air. Many stated this was one of the bigger turnouts for a Chenoa street dance in recent years.

Miss Sparkler and Master Firecracker, McKenzie Rosenberger and George Kridner.

Watch the video from Saturday's Chenoa festivities:

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