NORWAY – With recipients of the two major awards conferred annually by the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce announced recently – Community Service Award to the Rev. Don Mayberry and Employee of the Year Award to Jack Leyden of Hebron Academy – the details of the social gathering to be held Friday, Jan. 26, are taking shape.

The keynote speaker will be Charlie Lopresti, weather anchor at chamber member WGME – TV13. A native New Englander, Lopresti received his meteorology degree from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. After graduation, he went to work at the Mount Washington Observatory. As staff meteorologist, he had the opportunity to observe, forecast and conduct research in “the world’s worst weather.”

Lopresti’s broadcasting career began at WVII ABC-7 in Bangor. He then went to WLNE ABC-6 in Providence, R.I. After a few years in southern New England, he calls Portland home. He has been awarded the American Meteorological Society’s seal of approval.

When not in the WGME weather center, he and his wife, Morningstar, are on the slopes of a ski resort. In the summer, they go hiking and fishing and work in the garden.

“Those who were with us last year said that it was one of the most enjoyable events of its kind they’d ever attended,” said Rich Livingston, chamber president. “We know we’ve set a high bar for ourselves, but we’re confident that this year will be every bit as exciting as last.”

Livingston said, “This is our 30th consecutive annual banquet. The most important component is the opportunity to honor some of the community’s most distinguished citizens, but we also install our new officers and commemorate all that the community has to offer. Most importantly, this is a chance for the business community to simply come together, to network and to celebrate.”

The annual meeting has been scheduled for Friday, Jan. 26, at the National Guard Armory in Norway. The social hour will begin at 5 p.m., with dinner scheduled for 6. Tickets remain $40.

“We’re expecting some new surprises this year,” Livingston said, “in keeping with our commitment to ensure that this is a festive occasion. If you were with us this past winter, you already know that we know how to have a party.”

For reservations or other information, call the chamber office at 743-2281 or e-mail [email protected]

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