HE’S OUR HERO — From the left, Phil Broesder presents George Tornga with his Chamber of Commerce Unsung Hero award for 2010. This photo was taken the day after the 45th annual CofC dinner because George, dressed as ZZ Top could not unglue his beard at the CofC dinner. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Wednesday evening over 180 folks showed up for the 45th annual Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce banquet and awards night at Norley Hall.
In the most anticipated moment of the evening George Tornga was selected for the Unsung Hero award for 2010.
This award is given annually by the Chamber to an individual who volunteers their time and energy toward the betterment of Conrad and deserves special recognition for their efforts.
His nomination was read and presented by Phil Broesder. It was noted in his nomination that Tornga was a “great leader” and was there to lend a hand at anytime as well as being selfless and committed to the community.
By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
Recently the Conrad Police Department has been flooded with calls concerning phone scams. Over the past few months they have received an average of two to three calls a week regarding scams of all kinds.
One scam in particular involves a person calling from somewhere in Canada requesting that a grandparent send money to a grandchild because of reasons ranging from legal troubles to a broken down vehicle.
In the past few months at least three area residents have been called with this scam. The scam artists usually contact a female resident with a grandson.
The caller will identify himself by the grandson’s name. The caller then usually states something like the following.
BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE — Angkor Wat looms in brightening violet dawn, monument to a powerful ancient civilization of long ago. I-O Photo Courtesy of Cindy Peterson
Special to the I-O by Cindy Habets Peterson
I am often amazed at huge swaths of world history and peoples I simply know little or nothing about.
I recall learning about the Roman Empire, ancient Egypt, the Incans and the Mayans. The histories of Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Napoleon are tucked away somewhere in the recesses of my high school knowledge. But standing in front of the Angkor Wat temple, center of the large and powerful Khmer empire, I can drudge up no memories of this fascinating and mysterious civilization.
Was I asleep through that part of 9th grade World History (sorry Mr. Makelky), or did this society simply fade in and out of the pages of history without a significant mention?
Sunrise comes early near the equator. In Siem Reap, Cambodia, the alarm is set for 4:30 a.m. We stumble out to meet our tuk-tuk driver, and wake him from a half dose. Never much of a talker, he mumbles “Ready?” in heavily accented English and we zoom off toward Angkor Wat Park. For the moment we relish the cool jungle air whipping by, in a few short hours we will be hot, sticky and searching for shade.