Awards for outstanding volunteer service to the community topped the first State of the City celebration held Thursday in the mall concourse next to the new City Hall.
Rosalie Maguire was named Community Volunteer of the Year. She began Christmas in the City and has been active downtown in year-round decorations and help for retailers.
Assistant City Engineer Raymond W. Tourt Jr. was selected by fellow workers as the City Employee of the Year. Among other responsibilities, he was the city's point man in the $26 million state reconstruction of Main Street last year.
D. Keith Bow won the Hometowner of the Year award for upgrading 17 residential properties within the city, many dramatically changing an East Main Street neighborhood.
The State of the City address was given by City Council President Christine M. Fix, who said 2004 brought a new City Center for municipal offices, new downtown retailers and services, and a new Main Street with extensive aesthetic touches.