•Mike and Linda O’Neal, of Effingham, were nominated by Ryan and Nancy Ervin. The O’Neals are always there to lend a hand, including when Nancy was undergoing major surgery in Pittsburgh. During that time, the O’Neals took time out to bring the O’Neals meals and to even help them make travel arrangements when Nancy had to travel for medical treatments. “They are such nice and heartwarming people, and my wife and I try to emulate them in the hopes that we can be such great neighbors, too,” wrote Ryan Ervin.
•Jim and Carol Shobes, Ray and Cindy Warner, Tim and Rene Green, Sara and Jake Buenerkemper, and Dennis and Debbie Sandschaefer were nominated by Ken and Mary Stuckey, of Effingham. After a tragic fire to the Stuckeys home, all of the five families stepped up to help the Stuckey family, as they coped with the loss. The neighbors efforts included helping provide necessities for the family, storing items for the family that were damaged in the fire, gathering their special possessions, helping them clean them, and even offering them a place to stay.
•Rob Macklind, of Effingham, was nominated by Jan Vansaghi. Jan said her next door neighbor is like a member of the family and is always willing to help her with outdoor chores, like trimming bushes, shoveling snow and cleaning out gutters. She wrote he is not only a good neighbor, but an outstanding one.
•Vera Pfenninger, of Effingham, was nominated by Marissa Worman, Dustin Brown and Joel. The trio said Vera showers them with love and kindness, including special treats on Easter and around the holidays. They said Vera has blessed them beyond measure and is practically family.
•John and Jenna Sheehan, of Effingham, were nominated by Jill Schultz. Jill said the couple is not just wonderful to her family, but to everyone in the neighborhood. She added the Sheehans not only takes pride in their home, but in the homes around them by helping tend to a vacant property and helping others with chores and jobs outside the home. “They are always willing to lend a helping hand,” wrote Jill.
•Galan Altman, of Effingham, was nominated by Dennis and Renee Campbell. When a large tree limb blew down, Galan helped the couple access the damage, then removed the limb and burned it. “We were grateful and surprised by his actions,” wrote the Campbells.