Friday, 01 December 2023

Stars nominations close Friday

LAKE COUNTY – Nominations have been flying through the door, over the Internet and in the mail for this year's Stars of Lake County Community Awards

Nominations will be accepted at the Lakeport Regional Chamber office, 875 Lakeport Blvd. in Lakeport, until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22.

Any nominations received by mail with a postmark of Feb. 22 will be honored and added to the list for the 11th Annual Stars of Lake County Community Awards Program.


The Stars Selection Committee, comprised of Lake County residents from around the county, will be given the book of nominations early next month for their review. That committee will meet on March 13 to select the final recipients whose names will be revealed at the awards ceremony.


The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 30, at Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa, Kelseyville beginning with a reception at 4 p.m.

Currently, only nominees may purchase tickets to the event. General public ticket sales will begin on Monday, March 3.

Any questions concerning the Stars of Lake County Awards Program may be addressed to the chamber at 263-5092.


Man of the Year

  • Dave Fesmire, Lucerne (Posthumously)

  • Robert L. DeWitt Jr., Kelseyville

  • Dr. Janus Madej, Lakeport

Woman of the Year

  • Elizabeth Larson, Lucerne

  • Lori Peters, Clearlake

Large Business of the Year

  • Wal-Mart, Clearlake

  • Lakeport Grocery Outlet, Lakeport

  • Shannon Ridge Winery and Vineyard, Clearlake Oaks

  • Orchard Park Assisted Living & Memory Care, Clearlake

  • Umpqua Bank

Small Business of the Year

  • Main Street Café (Sam Polo), Clearlake

  • Mugshots Expresso, Middletown

  • Kelseyville Drug, Kelseyville

  • Kerrie’s Quilting, Lakeport

  • Sylvie’s and The Bunk House, Middletown

  • Touch of Class Hair Salon (Charlene Munoz), Lakeport

  • Main Street Bakery, Kelseyville

Youth Advocate, Volunteer

No nominees

Youth Advocate, Professional

  • Adam Garcia, Kelseyville

  • Brian Sumpter, Lakeport

Student of the Year, Male

  • Daniel Gildea, Lakeport

  • Erik Jameson, Lakeport

Student of the Year, Female

  • Kacey Tallman, Hidden Valley Lake

  • Ashley Crawford, Lower Lake

Agriculture Award of the Year

No nominees

Arts Award of the Year

Amateur (Arts Award)

  • Lorna Sue Sides

Professional (Arts Award)

  • Ronald Keas, Lucerne

  • Expressive Motion Dance Studio, Middletown

  • Sandra Wade, Lower Lake

  • Konocti Dance Academy, Clearlake

Volunteer of the Year

  • Bob Sola, Lucerne

  • Dennis Locke, Clearlake Oaks

  • Eells Family, Lucerne

  • William Barrows & Connie Miller, Hidden Valley Lake

Marla Ruzicka Humanitarian of the Year

  • Julie Kelly, Lakeport

  • Susie Wiloth, Lower Lake

Senior of the Year

  • William Edwards, Lower Lake

Best Idea of the Year

  • Lake Family Resource Center Wine and Chocolate Fundraiser, Lakeport

  • Lake County Screen Saver, Lucerne

  • Hot Spot Youth Center, Clearlake

  • A Discovery Center at Anderson Marsh State Park, Lower Lake

  • Team DUI, Clearlake

Organization of the Year, Nonprofit

  • Lakeside Dental Clinic, Lakeport

  • Lake County Farm Bureau, Lakeport

Organization of the Year, Volunteer

  • Operation Tango Mike, Kelseyville

  • Clear Lake CHP Senior Volunteer Program, Kelseyville

  • Sponsoring Survivorship, Lakeport

  • Soroptimist International of Clear Lake

Lifetime Achievement, Male

  • Barry Loflin, Lakeport (Posthumously)

  • Don Emerson, Cobb

Lifetime Achievement, Female

  • Barbara Flynn, Cobb

Local Hero of the Year

  • Dominic Cardinale, Kelseyville

  • Ginny Craven, Kelseyville

New Business of the Year

  • Main Street Bakery, Kelseyville

  • Wild About Books, Clearlake

  • Moore Family Winery, Cobb

  • The Kitchen Gallery, Lakeport

Environmental Award

  • Children’s Museum of Art and Sciences, Clearlake

  • Tom and Val Nixon, Kelseyville


Upcoming Calendar

12.02.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
12.02.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free mending workshop
12.02.2023 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Festival of Trees
12.03.2023 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lower Lake Hometown HoliDaze Street Fair
12.09.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
12.09.2023 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Christmas in Middletown
12.14.2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lakeport Blizzard event
12.16.2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Kelseyville Wreaths Across America ceremony
12.16.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile

Mini Calendar



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