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TWINSBURG -- After dedicating more than 10 years of volunteer work on Twinsburg bike paths, locals Debra and Dennis Jones were awarded a plaque for their service at the Dec. 11 City Council meeting.
The Joneses moved to Twinsburg in 1997 and quickly became involved in the volunteer community, taking it upon themselves to stock the information kiosks along the Center Valley bike path with brochures, event schedules and educational materials. Donating time and materials, they restocked and decorated the kiosks with the changing of the seasons in an effort to give visitors a welcoming image.
"It's just important for us that we find a way to give back to the community which we enjoy," Debra said. "We're big users of the park system so it was kind of a good match for us. We tried to bring in an educational element and we tried very hard to keep all the content relevant to this area."
Mayor Katherine Procop and Naturalist Stanley Stine presented the commemorative plaque to the Joneses, thanking them for their service.
"We are so thankful that you took on this job," Procop said. "Everybody does their part in a community, and that's what makes the community such a great place, when you have passion for it, an interest and you contribute. We want you to know we really appreciate the years of dedication you've put into that."
"It was tough for me to find enough [material] to take care of three kiosks in Center Valley Park," Stine added. "When you have volunteers that aren't saying 'what do I do next?' but instead they just go out and do it and do it well, that was a dream come true for me."