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Central Lake Masons present awards

The Antrim Review of Bellaire, Michigan

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CENTRAL LAKE — The Central Lake Masons presented awards and scholarships to absentee recipients at their annual awards reception on Friday, July 24.

After mingling over strawberry shortcake, good music and free Mason's handouts, Police Chief Scott Barrett was presented with the Mason's Community Service Award that read "For service to the community of Central Lake far above your regular duties." "His job isn't eight hours a day, he takes care of everybody in Central Lake all the time, and we thank you," said the evening's emcee, Mason Al Burnett.

Unfortunately, three of the four award recipients were unable to attend the reception. The Mason of the Year Award was presented to Jim Asquith who was in North Dakota and unable to attend the meeting. His name has been placed on the plaque on the Mason dining hall wall.

Although neither of the high school students selected for the organization's $1,500 scholarship awards were able to attend, award presentations were made to recent Central Lake High School graduate Chris Corbett, who was on a missionary trip with his youth group, and to Central Lake High School graduate Allie Hines, who stated in her application that her goal was to attend Central Michigan University to become a Marketing Manager.

Burnett read portions of Corbett's ten page application, part of which said, "My whole life has been spent holding leadership positions and I want to continue that."

"Now here's somebody who knows he has to start at the bottom to go to the top and he has plans to do that," he said of the young man. Corbett plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University.

"Both of these recipients are looking way ahead, they just aren't looking at today and tomorrow," said Burnett. "These two young people will go a long way because they're looking ahead."

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Original Publication Date: July 30, 2015

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