Weed of the Year awards presented to top citizens, businesses, educator

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Weed of the Year Award winners with the plaques they received on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Bel Air Park in Weed. Clockwise from top left, Wes Dutt, Citizen of the Year; Sally Acquistapace, Meritorious Service Award; Chela Tapia, who accepted the award for Siskiyou Child Care Council, the Nonprofit of the Year; and Rodney Barr, independent owner-operator of Grocery Outlet, Business of the Year. Not present for the ceremony was Educator of the Year Dan DeRoss. Photos contributed by Kandy Crenshaw

Wes Dutt was chosen as Weed’s 2018 Citizen of the Year for the many hours of work he dedicates to making sure Cougar Park is a beautiful place to visit.

Dutt was one of five award recipients honored by the Chamber of Commerce during Saturday evening’s Weed of the Year Awards presentations, held during a break in the Carnevale live music schedule at Bel Air Park.

Sally Acquistapace received the Meritorious Service Award, and Dan DeRoss was honored as Educator of the Year.

Grocery Outlet was chosen as Business of the Year, and the Non-Profit of the Year award went to Siskiyou Child Care Council.

Normally the awards are presented after the parade on Wednesday of Carnevale week. The schedule changed this year because Wednesday was the Fourth of July, and there was no Carnevale parade.

Alysia Garcia put together the following bios about the award recipients for the Chamber of Commerce:

Citizen of the Year: Wes Dutt

If you go down Main Street to the Cougar Park and enjoy the beautiful garden, you can thank Wes. He has put uncountable hours to make the park look beautiful for our community. He recently installed an irrigation system. Wes says he enjoys seeing everyone enjoy the garden. Mr. Dutt also volunteers at the Eagles nest thrift shop and Winema Cemetery and recently made it on the payroll for the Winema Cemetery. The Weed Chamber of commerce would like to thank Wes for his dedication and time.

Meritorious Service Award: Sally Acquistapace

Sally a longtime resident of Weed is no stranger to volunteering. Sally volunteers at the Eagle’s Nest Thrift Shop and recently received the volunteer of the year award. Sally has helped with the books at the Chamber and the Catholic Church. Sally is a current member of Saint Vincent de Paul and helps with their unmet needs. The Chamber thanks Sally for her time and commitment.

Educator of the Year: Dan DeRoss

Mr. DeRoss has made a difference in many young adults life’s at Weed High School throughout his 33 years, this lead to longtime friendships. DeRoss, who was not on hand to receive the award, has earned the respect of not only the students but the staff as well. This year DeRoss announced his retirement. On behalf of the Weed Chamber, we wish Dan DeRoss the best.

Business of the Year: Grocery Outlet in Weed

Rodney Barr is the independent owner-operator of Grocery Outlet.

Weed is very lucky to have an affordable grocery store here in town without the need to travel out of town constantly for competitive prices.

In the past year of being in business, Grocery Outlet has supported various community events, either by sponsorship or generous donations.

For its outstanding example of community involvement, the Weed Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize Grocery Outlet as Business of the Year

Non Profit of the Year: Siskiyou Child Care Council

Siskiyou Child Care has been in business since 1980. Siskiyou Child Care Council has provided high-quality child care and family resources to all of Siskiyou County. We appreciate everything they do for our youth and community. The award was accepted for Siskiyou Child Care Council by Eligibility Specialist Chela Tapia.