The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 100th anniversary year by honoring the chamber’s longest continuous member with a Legacy Award at its annual gala. Foster’s Daily Democrat newspaper joined April 20, 1920, the day the chamber was formed, and has maintained membership ever since.
Former Executive Editor Rod Doherty, former VP and General Manager Wayne Chick, and current General Manager Glenn Sabaleweski accepted the award on behalf of the newspaper company. Foster’s Daily Democrat was founded by Joshua Foster on June 18, 1873, and it remained a family-owned newspaper until 2014 when it was acquired by Seacoast Media Group.
In addition to the Legacy Award, the chamber named Paula Daley DePlanche, VP and partner with Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, P.A. as Volunteer of the Year; Jeff Leaf, who teaches music and drama at Dover Middle School is Educator of the Year; Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity is Small Nonprofit of the Year; Cornerstone Visiting Nurses Association is Large Nonprofit of the Year; and Calling All Cargo is Business of the Year.
Citizen of the Year is Michael Steinberg, CEO of Relyco. Steinberg is involved in numerous local organizations including Dover Children’s Home, Dover Police Charities, End 68 Hours of Hunger, and the Woodman Museum. He is also one of the founders of the City’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration.
Pictured above: GDCC President Margaret Joyce (seated, left) and Jewelry Creations Owner Kelly Glennon (seated, right) presented the chamber's Legacy Award to Foster's Daily Democrat representatives (back row, left to right), Rod Doherty, Wayne Chick, Glenn Sabalewski, and Howard Altschiller.