By KAITLYN NAPLES
Last week, the Plainville Chamber of Commerce honored three individuals for their consistent impact on, and devotion to, their local community.
Clive Lemasurier volunteers his time at the Plainville Community Food Pantry about four to five days each week, and according to pantry Director Susie Woerz, “He always has the ‘will do, no problem’ attitude.”
Lemasurier was the recipient of the chamber’s 2012 Distinguished Volunteer Award, for his constant dedication to the food pantry where he stocks shelves, assists clients, and has been driving the pantry van for the last two years. Woerz said he is always ready to help out in a moment’s notice, and the evening’s program added he “deserves to be recognized as someone that embodies all of the traits of a caring and wonderful person.”
Town Manager Robert Lee said what makes the town of Plainville special is the those volunteers like Lemasurier.
“These are the kinds of people who make a difference in peoples lives,” Lee added.
Lemasurier said he has been a resident of Plainville for 41 years, and his wife is a native. The two think “this is just a fabulous community; we’ve had a good life here.”
Lemasurier said he enjoys everyone at the food pantry, and he never leaves the building without getting a “thank you.”
“I am definitely getting more than what I am giving from this community,” Lemasurier said.
Sarah Kazimierczak is known for her customer service and dedication to her job at Farmington Bank, which warranted her to be the recipient of the Employee of the Year award.
Kazimierczak, a wife and mother of 6-year-old twins, is a Plainville resident and is not only exceptional at her job at Farmington Bank, but is also heavily involved in her local community.
Antonella Calabrese, branch manager for Farmington Bank in Plainville, said Kazimierczak is always “the first one in and the last one out,” and is also a Daisy Troop leader in Plainville
where she organizes community events and gets her troop involved in functions like the Plainville High School’s Penny Sale last year.
She volunteered with “Junior Achievement” as an instructor of the Connecticut elementary school, and taught the class about how a community functions, financially.
“These are only examples of how Sarah donates her time and effort to lead youngsters by example within the community,” Calabrese said.
Kazimierczak said she was so shocked when she found out she was receiving this award, she cried.
“With hard work everything can be achieved,” Kazimierczak said as she thanked the chamber and everyone who has supported her.
Pagliacci’s Restaurant is a staple in the town of Plainville, and was named the chamber’s 2012 Business of the Year. Dennis Wood, Pagliacci’s general manager, was praised at last week’s awards ceremony for always willing to donate gift certificates to many organizations, without hesitation. He has always supported all kinds of charitable organizations, fundraisers, and Plainville activities.
Town Manager Robert Lee said he has heard people from around the state mention Pagliacci’s, and he said that is what happens “when you serve a good product, and have great service.”
Wood said he was appreciative of Pagliacci’s receiving the Business of the Year award.