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The Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday announced that David Shea, longtime sports editor for The Journal, has been named the 2012 Citizen of the Year.

Mr. Shea was raised in Ogdensburg by his parents, Edmund and Sheila Shea, and is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy and St. Lawrence University. Since joining the staff of The Journal in the early 1970s, Mr. Shea has covered any number of national stories, but the local stories seem to be where his heart lies. His focus on local youth is evidenced by the endless pictures and stories he has shared over the years.

“Dave has never printed a negative article,” said Chamber Executive Director Sandra M. Porter in a news release. “No matter what the score might be, he finds a positive and highlights that for the readers. Dave is an unassuming man who avoids the spotlight. The Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce wishes to put the light squarely on him as he so richly deserves.”

The Business Improvement Award for 2012 will be awarded to Sean and Jill O’Brien of Ogdensburg Dance Center and Salon 1020, at 1020 Ford St. Together, this young couple renovated this location into a multi-service salon and multi-age dance studio. Along with renovating the interior to accommodate two businesses, the O’Briens have also made major improvements to the exterior by adding new windows, doors, siding, landscaping and a new parking area. Their new sign is a welcome sight on Ford Street.

The Outstanding Community Service Award will be presented to Carlisle, Carrothers & Clough PC, Ogdensburg. “With Preston Carlisle at its helm, this lawfirm has given generously of its time and money to help improve the quality of life for the citizens of the Greater Ogdensburg area,” Ms. Porter said. “For decades, whether it be free legal advice, leadership on a committee or board of directors or monetarily, the law firm has helped countless charities over the years.”

The recipients will be honored at the Chamber’s annual dinner Nov. 2 at the Gran-View Restaurant, Route 37.

Tickets are on sale for $38 each. Dinner choices are prime rib, roasted stuffed chicken or broiled seafood platter.

Dinner includes Gran-View salad, rolls, relishes and dessert.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening will include a silent and live auction.

For more information or to make a reservation for the dinner, please call the Chamber office at 393-3620 or email

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