BARAGA - Ed Jenich was honored for his 40 years of public service Monday night with the Oreste Chiantello Award.
Jenich, chair of the Houghton County Board of Commissioners, among his many other community roles, was presented the award by Calumet Township Supervisor Paul Lehto at the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region 44th annual meeting at the Baraga American Legion.
Lehto read a long list of Jenich's accomplishments, from the time he first ran for public office in 1972 on the Laurium Village Council. After spending 17 years on the council, he ended his village government career as Laurium mayor.
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Ed Jenich, right, was honored for his 40 years of public service Monday at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region. At left is Calumet Township Supervisor Paul Lehto.
In 1999 he ran for and was elected to the Houghton County Board, which he has been on ever since, but he is not seeking reelection.
Jenich has also served as nutrition director of home delivered and congregate meals for BHK Community Action, chairman of CLK Religious Education Board, St. Paul the Apostle Finance Committee, St. Paul the Apostle Church Board and St. Paul the Apostle Centennial Committee.
He has been on the WUPPDR Commission from 1999 through 2010 and was chairman of the board in 2007-08. He has also served as chairman of Main Street Calumet board and the Commission of Aging, secretary of the Western Upper Peninsula Health Board and a board member for UPCAP. He is currently vice chairman of the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital Board, an advisory board member of the Keweenaw National Historical Park and several other committees, fraternal and social organizations.
He has been married for 34 years to his wife Jana, and they have two daughters, Janelle and Jennifer.
"As I was sitting there it was almost like an obituary," Jenich after receiving the award from Lehto. "I thank you for this, thank you for the opportunity of serving and winding up 40 years of public service.
"It's been an enlightening time, a good time. I hope I left a mark," he added. "I feel like I've done the best I could do, and I worked with a fantastic - fantastic - county board, as well as the other groups I've been on."
Lehto and Frank Stubenrauch, member of the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners, nominated Jenich for the award.
Mary Taddeucci, WUPPDR administrative assistant, was also acknowledged at the meeting for her 40 years at WUPPDR. She will be retiring next year.