BARSTOW - The deadline is less than a week away to turn in nominations for the 2008 Community Recognition Awards.

Jeri Justus, the executive director at the Barstow Area of Chamber of Commerce, said people should consider submitting people, organizations, businesses or events that have made a difference in their lives during 2007 for the awards. Nominations in the Chamber's different categories are due by 4 p.m. on Jan. 10 at the Chamber's office in the Harvey House.

The categories for this year's awards are:
o Man and woman of the year
o Small and large business of the year
o Organization of the year
o Man and woman of continuous service
o Best event of the year
o Up and coming volunteer

The up and coming volunteer award was new last year, and Justus said the chamber decided to bring it back again this year. She said the other awards are dominated by people who have been active and volunteering in the community for a long time, but the up and coming award are for people new volunteering in Barstow.

"This is for the new people, like a coach from Little League or soccer," Justus said. "There are a lot kids, and I call them kids, teaching our youth how to play ball and they do it all on their own time."

Already, Justus said she has received about 10 nominations in the different categories.

Contact the writer: (760) 256-4121 or aaron_aupperlee@link.freedom.com

To nominate: Nomination forms are due to the Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce, 681 N. First Avenue, by 4 p.m. on Jan. 10. Forms may also be faxed to 256-7675.

The forms are available at the Desert Dispatch office, the Chamber and Printing Solutions. Forms will also be inserted in Friday's Desert Dispatch and are available online at www.barstowchamber.com.

If you go:
27th Annual Community Recognition Awards
January 26th, 5 p.m. cocktails, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. program
At the Cora Harper Fitness Center
841 Barstow Road
Tickets $30, $35 (after Jan. 18)
Available at the Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce, 681 North First Avenue
For more information call the Chamber at 256-8617