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Local leader receives Kilroy award

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Eileen JoycePat Dyer, owner of Utopian Stone Jewelry in Nevada City, stands in his Broad Street store Friday.
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Longtime businessman, Chamber of Commerce leader and former Nevada City Mayor G. Patrick “Pat” Dyer has been named recipient of the 2002 Elza Kilroy Award for outstanding community service.

The Kilroy award, established in 1969, is presented annually by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce to a citizen whose efforts help make Nevada City a better community.

Dyer, owner of Utopian Stone, is a jeweler and goldsmith who has been in business in downtown Nevada City since 1974. Through the years he has been one of Nevada City’s most positive advocates.

“I’ve definitely been an advocate for Nevada City’s history and way of doing business,” he said. “It’s a historic and successful town.”

A 1965 graduate of Nevada Union High School, Dyer was first elected to the City Council in 1985 and served a four-year term, including two years as mayor. He did not seek re-election.

Several years later, in 1997, Dyer again ran for City Council and won a second four-year term. He is a longtime member, former president and former director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

He has served on committees for the Nevada City Bicycle Classic and the Constitution Day celebration, and is currently the city liaison for the Mardi Gras celebration.

Dyer is a recipient of the Col. Bill Lambert Award, named in honor of the founder of the Constitution Day Parade and presented annually by the Marching Presidents of Nevada City for outstanding community service.

He is well known as an emcee and has been the announcer for the Constitution Day and Fourth of July parades and the Joe Cain Procession. He has also served as master of ceremonies and award presenter at Chamber dinners.

After residing on Park Avenue for more than 20 years, Dyer and his wife, Diane, recently moved to Banner Mountain. They have two sons: Marc, who works at Utopian Stone; and Perri, an airline pilot. They also have four grandchildren.

Other Chamber Awards

The Nevada City Chamber also recognizes contributions to the arts with the annual Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis awards program, established 21 years ago; the Stan Halls Award for architectural excellence; the new construction award; and the live music award.

The Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award for 2002 goes to Richard Joplin, a regular performer with Off Broadstreet Theatre. A nine-year area resident, Joplin has been active in community theatre for 16 years, performing with companies in the Sacramento-Sierra foothills region.

The Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award for 2001 goes to local photographer Louise Ivy. A specialist in photographic portraiture, Ivy operates Ivy Photography with her daughter, Alicia Berardi.

The chamber’s Stan Halls Architectural Award goes to Paul and Hazel Shewell for their renovation of the historic Austin/Shewell home on Monroe Street. The 1850 house, considered to be the oldest residence in Nevada City, was renovated with help from local architect Brent Daggett and interior designer Dodds Design. It was featured in the 2002 Designs for Living Home Tour.

The 9th annual Architectural Award for New Construction goes to the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and Transportation Museum on Railroad Avenue. The museum is the result of a partnership between the City of Nevada City and the Transportation Museum Division of the Nevada County Historical Society.

The 2002 Live Music Award goes to longtime singer and Nevada City resident Lorraine Gervais. She began performing at age 5 with her mother, and has been singing professionally in Nevada City for more than 20 years.

Gervais sings rhythm and blues with her band, the Lorraine Gervais Band. She also sings jazz with various trios, quartets and other bands, and plays regularly at local clubs, community events, fund-raisers and other occasions.

The award winners were selected by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce board of directors. The awards will be presented at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce 101st Annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Saturday, Jan 18, at Miners Foundry.


WHAT: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce 101st Annual Installation and Awards Dinner

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

INFORMATION: The catered dinner is open to the public. For reservations, call 265-2692.

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