Dozens gathered at Centennial Plaza in Weed after the Carnevale parade for the community and parade awards presentations Wednesday evening, July 12, 2017

Jim and Mary Taylor were named Citizens of the Year in Weed following Wednesday evening’s Carnevale parade.

Chamber of Commerce board member Alysia Garcia said, “What can we say about Jim and Mary that can’t be said by their actions? They are each an asset to our community.”

She said the Taylors are “there to help in any and all ways they can” and have been involved with Weed Pride, Weed Museum, and Weed Citizens for Water.

Dozens gathered at Centennial Plaza after the parade for the community and parade awards presented by Garcia.

Posthumous Service Award

Dave Toms “probably bled green,” said Garcia. He was born and raised in Weed and graduated from Weed High School. He was a City of Weed employee and coached basketball and football for many years.

“He was dedicated to our community,” she said. “We need more people like Dave in our little town. To his family, we say thank you. What a wonderful legacy he left. He will be missed.”

With tears in their eyes, Dave’s wife Josephine and his mother Lynda Barbieri accepted the award. Garcia said the city and chamber were honored to give the award to them. And “We could really use Dave Toms right now for Carnevale.”

Josephine said after the awards that Dave would have been very proud. She said Garcia was right, he did “bleed green.”

Lynda said, “He always went out of his way to be helpful. He did it out of the goodness of his heart.”

“He was the best husband,” said Josephine. “And son,” added Lynda.

Josephine said, “David was real.” Lynda said, “He didn’t put a front on for anybody.”

Josephine said they were surprised by the award and it really meant a lot that someone cared to do that.

Educator of the year

Jill Poloni retired from Weed Elementary School after more than 30 years of teaching and was instrumental in teaching Weed children to read, said Garcia. She also loved teaching Kindergarten and became the favorite teacher of many children.

Meritorious Service Award

Glenda Massey served the Weed Chamber of Commerce for many years “and what a great job she did for us,” said Garcia. “She has moved on, but we would like to say thank you Glenda, for all of your years of service.

Grand Marshal Award

This award went to Thelma Welborn who is 105 years old. Garcia said Thelma was born and raised in Weed and is Weed’s oldest resident today. Thelma was married for more than 50 years and has three children. “And she’s a kick in the pants,” said Garcia.

Thelma’s daughter Barbara Welborn-Castaneda accepted the plaque for her mother.

Business of the Year

Garcia awarded The Weed Store, Mark and Cindy Stensass, and all their friendly associates the Business of the Year award. She said, “They always say yes when asked. You can always count on the Weed Store to contribute to any and all activities in Weed.” She thanked them for their community awareness.

Non-profit of the Year

Great Northern Services won for the second time. Garcia noted several of their services to the community including their free summer lunch program for children 18 and under. “It’s their amazing contributions to our city that gets them nominated every time,” she said.