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May 24, 2013

Community leaders lauded in Salisbury

Grossman joins Chamber of Commerce in recognizing individuals

SALISBURY — State Treasurer Steven Grossman talked of what he said were the most important things in life: family, education, hard productive work, giving back to the community and making optimism a way of life, during the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce’s annual Appreciation Dinner last night.

Those where all things the Newton Democrat learned from his grandfather and his father, he said, men who started and grew the family business, Grossman Marketing. It’s the company he ran for 35 years until begin elected treasurer in 2010, and which his sons run now.

Small business are the “backbone” of the state’s economy, much as they are in Salisbury, Grossman said.

Living life optimistically is something he learned from his father, Grossman said, advice which his father got from his favorite baseball player Brooks Robinson.

And his belief in family, education, hard work and community involvement, Grossman learned from his grandfather when he was in high school. But they are also the reason for last night’s Chamber of Commerce dinner, which gave awards to those who give so much each year so that the town, its people and the chamber will prosper.

“Giving something back to our community,” Grossman said. “That’s what tonight’s all about. (Recognizing) terrific leaders who give back again and again. There’s reason to be optimistic in Salisbury. The value of giving back. That’s why we’re here.”

The night, he said, belonged to individuals being honored for their hard work.

The 2013 Business Award went to Walls Ford, said Chamber Chairman of the Board Chuck Takesian. Located since 1997 up on Lafayette Road until it moved to its new Salisbury location on Elm Street, Wall’s Ford has been an active member, as well as a good neighbor and community friend, Takesian said.

“The recent relocation (of the dealership), and their choice to stay in Salisbury, demonstrates a huge commitment and belief in our community,” Takesian said.

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