Pete Feyerabend honoringEudora Fire Chief Ken Keiter honored Pete Feyerabend (on right) for his service as Interim Fire Chief at a ceremony at City Hall in March 2013 (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

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The Eudora Chamber of Commerce has named Pete Feyerabend as the 2013 Citizen of the Year. Feyerabend was not able to attend the event due to some out of state training for a new position he recently took, but told us by phone that he was extremely honored and overwhelmed by the accolade.

“To be honored with an award such as this is truly humbling,” Feyerabend said. “I’ve just tried to help out where I can and where I was needed. It’s just the right thing to do.”

Feyerabend has served in a variety of areas, most notably as a Lieutenant in the Eudora Volunteer Fire Department.  He also served as interim Fire Chief in late 2012 until the hiring of current Chief Ken Keiter in early 2013.

Feyerabend also serves on the Holy Family Catholic Church Building Committee and is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council at Holy Family. In addition, he found time to be a softball and T-ball coach, serve with the Eudora Elementary School “Watch D.O.G.S.” (Dads Of Great Students) and donated many services to various organizations through his job with Ryan Lawn and Tree Service.  Feyerabend recently left that position to take a job out of state with a railroad corporation and he and his family will be moving this summer.

“It was really a tough decision to leave Eudora, but this (referring to the new job) was something I just couldn’t pass up,” Feyerabend said. “Luckily, I will be able to be back fairly often to visit family and friends and still have some connections to a community that I absolutely love and will miss greatly.”

Amanda HerrmannAmanda’s Dance Academy owner and past Chamber of Commerce President Amanda Herrmann pictured here present the 2012 Citizen and Business of the Year awards  (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

The Chamber of Commerce also named Amanda’s Dance Academy as their 2013 Business of the Year.  Herrmann also was unable to attend the ceremony but did share her thoughts via email on being named Business of the Year.

“This is a great honor for the dance studio, I am very surprised and thankful for the award,” Herrmann stated.  “Eudora is a great town, and has been very supportive of our business for the seven years we have been open, and especially this past year. Eudora is a great town to own a business, and we are so thankful to have made the decision to move here.”

Herrmann who has fought hard through some personal medical situations over the last several months talked about how important the award is to both her and her husband Jeff.

“We can’t even begin to tell you how much this award means all of us at Amanda’s Dance Academy, our students are literally going to jump with joy when they find out.” Herrmann said.

Let’s hope they do that with some flair and possibly a pirouette of some type.

The annual Chamber dinner is held each year in the Spring for local business to get together and honor the Citizen and Business of the year. This year’s banquet was held at CLO’s Midnight Farm in Baldwin City.

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