Artist Albert Greenlief and Lynda Stoneham, director of the Artists' Open Studio Inc. of Christie Lane Workshop, show off the organization's 2009 calendar
The 2009 Artists' Open Studio calendars, featuring art created by adult clients of Christie Lane Workshop and Industries, have found quite an audience.
"The calendars are a fundraiser, but they've really turned out to be more than that. It's a way to represent the artists," said Director of Artists' Open Studio Lynda Stoneham, a 22-year veteran art teacher at Christie Lane.
Straka named most valuable worker
Just as Christie Lane Industries employees prepared to honor incoming President Barack Obama, with American flags and red, white and blue balloons, they honored one of their own: Mark Straka, appropriately enough, for his dedication to his work.
Straka, 30, received the third annual Mary Hornsby Most Valuable Worker of the Year Award, named after Christie Lane Industries’ production manager of more than 30 years.
“I thought someone else would get it,” said the obviously modest Straka, who attended Shawnee School and EHOVE. “I got up and I smiled.”
Mail deliverer gets birthday surprise
Nichelle Borders brings a smile to the faces of the county auditor's staff when she delivers interoffice mail through her job with Christie Lane Industries, so they decided to bring a smile to her recently.
Borders showed up with the mail and the staff surprised her with a birthday card, cupcakes, a song and a shirt with Border's signature lines as she delivers mail "I am happy" and "I am cute."
Two at Christie Lane honored
Two employees of Christie Lane Industries received special awards Friday and Santa Claus made a visit to hand out presents to all workers.
Three outgoing board members were also honored for years of service.
Mary Laferty, 44, of Norwalk, was named the winner of the 8th Annual Ernie Strow Community Employment Memorial Award. Albert Greenlief, 38, of Norwalk, was named Mary Hornsby Most Valuable Worker of the Year. Both awards recognize employees who demonstrate high work standards at their jobs.