The Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce will hold a dinner and awards ceremony at the Community Building honoring two businesses and a local church on Saturday, Dec. 16.

A Business Of The Year Award will go to Dunsmuir Tire, an Ambassador of Dunsmuir award to Ron McCloud of Dunsmuir Hardware, and a special Service Organization Award to Pastor Chris Langston of the Christian Life Center.

Chamber Executive Director Richard Dinges had this to say about award winner Tony Catlett of Dunsmuir Tire: “He’s got a good heart, he really works with people in the community. If necessary, he’ll work with them on a payment plan so they can afford his services.”

Catlett grew up in Dunsmuir and is on the Chamber’s board of directors.

Dinges had this comment about Ambassador award winner Ron McCloud: “He really does a good job of promoting Dunsmuir. Just walking into his hardware store gives you a good old hometown feeling and, when you get there, Ron can tell you anything you want to know about Dunsmuir’s history.”

McCloud, the co-author of an Arcadia Publishing book on Dunsmuir's colorful past, describes himself as an “unabashed fan of small towns.”

“I was born and raised in a small town in Nebraska,” he notes. “After that I spent some time in a number of big cities, but I finally managed to escape back to this small town in Siskiyou County, which I enjoy promoting.”

He has been the owner of Dunsmuir Hardware since 1975.

Chris Langston has been leading services at Dunsmuir’s Christian Life Center since 2003. By partnering with a number of other organizations, Langston has come up with funding for free shoes, backpacks, and healthy food for Dunsmuir’s school kids.

Langston is quick to share the credit for this largesse: “This is one of the most generous towns I’ve ever been part of,” he says.

Before moving to Dunsmuir, Pastor Langston and his family served as missionaries in Africa. And he is very likely the only minister in our area who is also a full-time logging truck driver. He took that job just recently to help put his two children through college.

Tickets are available for the dinner and awards ceremony in the Dunsmuir Community Building for $25 per person. The program starts at 6 p.m. The dinner is being catered by Keith Cool of Dunsmuir Supermarket. Reservations can be made at Gary’s Pizza through Thursday, Dec. 14. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the event. For more information call the Chamber at 235-2177.