Local Volunteers Recognized for Their Service


Hastings –Several Hastings, Juniata and Inland residents have been recognized by the Adams County Ag Society for their outstanding service to their communities.

Ray Scholl, Patrick Niles, and Julie Ochsner, Hastings, Jeff Hamburger, Inland, and Nate Allen, Juniata, have been awarded for their volunteer and committee member efforts with three events.

Ray Scholl is the 2012 Adams County Fair Volunteer of the Year. He began volunteer work parking cars at the fair as part of the Optimist Club in the early 1980's, until he was elected to the Adams County Ag Society's Board of Directors for nine years. His duties at the fair now include taking tickets and transporting music entertainers to and from their hotel.

Nate Allen is Committeeman of the Year for the high school finals rodeo. The Juniata man has been volunteering with the finals for two years and was just appointed to finish out a board director's term this summer. He helps wherever he is needed. Allen is Dean of Students at Central Community College, and is married with two children.

Jeff Hamburger of Inland has volunteered with the high school finals rodeo for the past two years and is this year's Volunteer of the Year for the high school rodeo. He is a recent high school graduate, and helps with anything that needs to be done, said Judy Mignery, Adams Co. Ag Society Board Member. "He works his tail off. He's a great volunteer. He's always at the end of a panel, or digging a fencepost. He's not one to sit back and do nothing."

Patrick Niles of Hastings is the 2012 Volunteer of the Year for the Oregon Trail Rodeo. Niles began his volunteer work with the pro rodeo when he was still in high school, and has spent the last six years helping with the rodeo. He also helps with the high school rodeo.

Julie Ochsner, Hastings, is the Oregon Trail Rodeo Committeewoman of the Year. Ochsner, who is married with two children, has been on the Board of Directors for eight years. During the pro rodeo, Ochsner's duties are to prepare food for volunteers, cowboys and cowgirls. She also made a western themed quilt to be auctioned off at this year's sponsor meal, with proceeds going to benefit the rodeo.

Without the help of the Board of Directors and numerous volunteers, these three events would not take place. The Ag Society would like to extend their thanks to these award winners and the many other people who help put on the High School Finals Rodeo, the Adams County Fair, and the Oregon Trail Rodeo.