New officers were recently installed to the board of Main Street Norwalk with downtown stakeholders occupying the roles of president, vice president, and secretary.
Tina Beier was elected as the new president of the advisory board. Also elected were Doug Berry as the new vice president and Laura Knott as the new secretary.
Departing from the board is Jim Marchyshyn, who handed over the reins after serving as president for three years. Marchyshyn's tenure saw many successes for the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation's Main Street efforts, said Dave Gulden, Main Street Norwalk program manager.
His leadership greatly increased awareness of downtown Norwalk's strengths with tours of the upper floor space, coordination of the architectural review board guidelines, and the creation of new marketing materials, Gulden added.
Tina Beier, executive assistant of advertising for the Norwalk Reflector for five years, takes over as board president for Main Street Norwalk after serving as secretary. She is also involved in other community organizations, with her husband Tim being a Norwalk business co-owner of Maple City Concrete, and the board is excited that she stepped up to lead.
Doug Berry, of Berry's Restaurant, already was an active board and committee member who decided to move into the vice president role. He has the unique ability to monitor the pulse of Uptown due to his restaurant's position as the unofficial nerve center of Norwalk.
Laura Knott, relationship manager at Key Bank's Main Street branch, becomes the secretary of the board. Knott has been with Key Bank in Huron County for 25 years, and she has already been contributing her time to Main Street Norwalk's Economic Development Committee.
As intended, the leadership of Main Street Norwalk Advisory Board periodically renews itself in order to maintain the energy required for an all-volunteer effort.
Main Street Norwalk has a pair of events on tap.
Thunder in the Streets is slated for noon June 27. It will be a daylong event sponsored by Summit Motorsports Park. The big rigs and dragsters will be on Main Street with plenty of food and fun as the Badar family once again has a lot planned.
Another big event on the horizon is the Maple City Heritage Festival, which is organized by the Heritage Festival Board. The festival will be held on Main Street Sept. 15 and 16. This event will be a family friendly festival with Norwalk heritage as the theme.
There will be plenty of food, vendor's booths, entertainment and several contests including a citywide scarecrow and pumpkin-decorating contest. Space is still available for local vendors, church groups and civic groups who would like to be a part of the festival.
Those wishing to help out on the festival are also encouraged to contact Sharon Rood (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) or through this office at (419) 660-8696.