The Nyssa Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture has announced the people to be honored during its 2014 awards banquet and auction, which will be Jan. 25 at the Nyssa High School auditorium.

Honorees are:

• Citizen of the Year: Linda Aman

• Public Servant of the Year: Cpl. Robert Rodriguez, Nyssa Police Department

• Agriculturalist of the Year: Mel Beck Precision Planters and Jeff Beck

• Educator of the Year: Diane Moates, Nyssa Elementary School

• Business of the Year: Treasure Valley Animal Clinic.

According to information provided by Sharlene McCaslin, chamber secretary, Aman does a lot of volunteer work in Nyssa, particularly for the Nyssa Chamber. She coordinates the Thunder in the Street car show during Thunderegg Days and participates in every Chamber of Commerce function. She also works with Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida.

Rodriguez was the school resource officer for several years for the Nyssa schools, helped coach high school sports and has worked the Nyssa Nite Rodeo, Thunderegg Days and helped with the Nyssa Kids Fair. He has been a member of the police department for many years.

For three generations, the Becks have been growing melons on Beck Island. Mel Beck started the melon operations, which was continued by his son, Richard Beck, and is currently being run by grandson Jeff Beck. Beck cantaloupes at M&W Market is considered one of the best treats of summer in Nyssa. The Beck family contributes to the community in many ways.

Moates has been a special education teacher in Nyssa for many years. Moates is known to always have time for the families she serves, whether it is in the classroom, around town or swimming lessons during the summer break.

Dr. Robert Derby has provided the community with animal care for more than 40 years. He has employed at least seven people and those jobs help support others in the area. Treasure Valley Animal Clinic continues to be a solid business in the community.

Larry Meyer is a news reporter at The Argus Observer. He can be reached at (541) 823-4813 or by emailing larrym@argusobserver.com. To comment on this story, go to www.argusobserver.com.

What’s next

Nyssa Chamber of Commerce’s annual Honors Banquet and Auction will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25; doors open at 6 p.m. The event will be at the Nyssa High School Cafeteria and will include a prime rib dinner and silent and live auctions. Tickets are on sale now for $20 at the chamber office, M&W Markets and Valley Wide Home and Ranch. For more information, contact the chamber at (541) 372-3091.

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