IRRIGON - Six Irrigon residents were honored over the weekend for their dedication to the community.
But the two winners in the category of "Outstanding Young Adult" were younger than anyone expected.
Ten-year-old Kala Neider and 13-year-old Eva Smith were honored for their commitment to volunteering their time in the community. Their many activities include helping with the local Meals on Wheels program, doing yard work for senior citizens and establishing the youth group at the local Moose Lodge. Smith serves as president of the group, while Neider is vice president.
"These kids act like young community leaders," said Irrigon Chamber President Laura Clark. "They're real go-getters."
Also honored at the Chamber-sponsored community banquet Saturday night was Bonnie Clow, who was recognized as citizen of the year. A 25-year resident of the city, Clow has long been active in community life, serving in Chamber leadership, representing Irrigon on the state Tourism Council, planting and maintaining the city's flower planters and organizing the city's annual Christmas tree auction.
Irrigon's volunteers of the year are Robert and Helen Flournoy. A member of the Irrigon City Council, Robert Flournoy also serves on the Chemical Weapons Depot's action committee. Local artist Helen Flournoy makes the afghans and pillow sets that are auctioned off every year to raise money for community projects.
A.C. Houghton Elementary teacher Ron Anthony was recognized as teacher of the year.