City Star Award Recipients
Paul and Charlotte Lapp
Paul and Charlotte Lapp have been nominated by Ginny Decker and Ed Mullaney for their work with the Let’s Beautify Cumberland organization over the last 20 years. Paul & Charlotte have been in the Let's Beautify Cumberland! Committee for 20+ years. Charlotte became the Recording Secretary 10 years ago. Paul has worked on the American Flag Project since the beginning 10 years ago. Putting up the flags, replacing the flags and removing the flags in the fall for storage. Paul & Charlotte work fundraising at the 4th of July Celebration. Charlotte and family provided the refreshments for the 2023 Dedication at Veterans Park. Paul and Charlotte are two people that are enjoyable to work with and are extremely dependable “at the drop of a hat”.
AHEC, West is hands down one of the most progressively involved community organizations in the county. Nominated by Stephanie Hutter-Thomas, AHEC, West and a few specific nominees under AHEC West, are constantly a service to their community. This nomination includes AHEC West workers and specifically recognizes Jim Raley, Jim Murray, and Kristin Thomas. The members of are currently serving as the local leaders in SUD prevention and harm reduction efforts, they are a leading local employer of peer support specialists, and most importantly.... they LOVE to collaborate and are ALWAYS open to innovative ideas. I am always incredibly proud to work alongside this group of compassionate people and believe they should be recognized for all that they do.
Stephanie was nominated by Kathleen McKenney for her work with the Daughters of the American Revolution and being a face of the community. She has tirelessly led tours of George Washington's Headquarters for decades and still works during the Heritage Days celebration. She volunteers her time for this service to our community and to those who visit this significant historic resource. She is always ready to respond if someone needs her help. She was always first to step up to care for the contents during times when needed improvements to the cabin required the building to be empty. She is also the first person who will make sure to contact City staff if she notices a maintenance item needs to be addressed.
Danny was nominated by Nicole Beeghly for his work in several charities within the community. He is actively involved in Relay for Life...Alzheimer’s walks...helping hands group and many more. And not to mention all the fundraisers he’s organized, donations made, and time he puts into each group, he is a star in the community. “Daniel he is one of a kind”
Don was nominated anonymously by a member of the community for his continued presence in the community. Don Martin has been a barber for decades, and served both his country and his community with faithful service.
Robert Bruce Thomas
Robert was nominated by Chief Ternent for his work within the community. You have probably seen that guy who walks around City Hall and downtown with a broom and dustpan cleaning up garbage a couple times a week. He said he's retired and needs exercise, so he just walks around every day and cleans up trash.
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Gloria was nominated by Cheryl Nash for her work in supporting the City of Cumberland and the community as a whole. She goes above and beyond for her customers and employees. She has donated dozens of pizzas to schools, football teams, etc. within the community. If you ask any of her employees, they will tell you the exact same thing. You don't see many franchise businesses where the owner comes in to work but Gloria does.
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John Wunderlick receives the City Star Award from the Mayor and City Council during the September 6, 2022 public meeting.
John was nominated by Mary Kiraly for his work in supporting the City of Cumberland. With John’s discovery of the 1753 George Washington Trail and connection in Butler County, PA and his subsequent work and coordination with them, he helped secure permission to use the established Trail Medallion in Maryland which is now prominently displayed in the City and along history county routes. This is a significant enhancement to history-based tourism in the region. John, along with his wife, Jan, have made an important contribution to the Cumberland and Allegany County Communities.
Joe Metzner receives the City Star Award from the Mayor and City Council during the September 6, 2022 public meeting.
Joe, affectionately known in the community as Sno Cone Joe, was nominated by Jeff Hedrick, for delighting kids and parents alike in every neighborhood in the city for about 40 years. Joe has used that reach in the community to help countless youth organizations and individual families in need with donations. As the property manager of the Value City Shopping Center, Joe works tirelessly to keep that area nice and crime free and often helps regulars there get connected to services, jobs, etc. According to Jeff, “Joe is a true Star in the City. He is an unsung hero and deserves to be recognized for all he has contributed to the making of the City of Cumberland a better place to live.”
Holli Fetters receives the City Star Award from the Mayor and City Council during the September 6, 2022 public meeting.
Holli was nominated by Stephanie Williams for her work with the community – specifically opening her home to foster children where she provides a safe and loving environment for children in crisis. Holli’s good heart has led her to “give the shirt of her back to help just about anyone”, according to Stephanie. Holli also helps to make the holidays brighter by providing presents for families with children that don’t have the resources to do so.
Doug Widdows receives the City Star Award from the Mayor and City Council during the September 6, 2022 public meeting.
Doug was nominated by Maria Kiefer as the perfect example of what leadership, compassion, and drive look like. As a nationally ranked Team USA BMX Rider, Doug has changed his focus to bettering his community and has dedicated all of his free time to volunteer work. Doug has logged hundreds of volunteer hours and has donated thousands of his own personal funds to local causes he holds close to his heart. He is the current treasurer of the Cumberland Skatepark Task Force.
Alan Zapf receives the City Star Award from the Mayor and City Council during the September 6, 2022 public meeting.
Alan was nominated by both Renee Kniseley and Bill Kimble for his work in supporting the City of Cumberland’s youth. He noticed the need for positive mentors in the community, and acted on it by starting a non-profit for youth (Allegany Youth Enrichment Program) and devoted time to working directly with the youth in our community. We do know it was a team effort and commend the AYEPS for their work with our City’s youth as it is essential to the City’s future.
Lisa Wolford receives the City Star Award from the Mayor and City Council during the August 17, 2021 public meeting.
Eleven year old Autumn Gibson receives the City Star Award from the Mayor and City Council during the March 1, 2016 public meeting. Autumn saved the lives of her family members during a home fire on January 27, 2016. Her family members from left to right are: Little Robbie Campbell, 2; Autumn's mother Lena Campbell, Amber Campbell, 5; Autumn, 11; and Julian Dwyer, 12.
Jim Combs and Dr. Julianne Ferris receive the City Star Award from the Mayor and City Council during the October 7, 2014 public meeting. Read the City Star Jim Combs and Dr. Julianne Ferris News Release (PDF).
Gayle GriffithGayle Griffith receives the City Star Award from the Mayor and City Council during the September 2, 2014 public meeting. Review the News Release for City Star Gayle Griffith (PDF).
Ginny Decker is awarded the 1st City Star Award during the August 5, 2014, Mayor and City Council public meeting.