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Loveland City Council presented three awards at its May 10 meeting.
Jan Beller was presented the Rockwood Award by Councilmember Andy Bateman to recognize her volunteer time and accomplishments.
For more than two decades, Beller has served as Director of the Loveland Museum Center. Additionally, she is a charter member of the Greater Loveland Historical Society and Museum. She has either contributed to or led significant improvements to the Museum Center’s campus such as the restoration of the 1797 Rich Log Cabin, the Bishop Coleman Gazebo, the JoAnn Richardson History House and Nisbet Library, and last year’s World War II Honor Roll.
Since 2018, Beller has served on the city’s Historic Preservation and Planning Commission as the designated representative from the local historical society.
Beller stated that she lives on family property where her grandmother grew up, and her ancestors started some of the early businesses in Loveland. This is where she draws her dedication to our city’s history.
“I think history and preservation are in my DNA,” said Beller.
The Loveland Business Enhancement Award is given to a business in the City of Loveland. The recipient(s) will have demonstrated an increase in business, increase in the number of employees, and exhibited effort to enhance the property. This year, two winners were selected.
Vice Mayor Ted Phelps presented the first award to Sam David of LaRosa’s, which anchors the southern end of the Loveland-Madeira Road Corridor. The facility recently underwent a renovation of its interior and exterior.
Over the years, David has provided a family friendly restaurant, which currently has more than 40 employees. The restaurant has provided part- and full-time work for hundreds of Loveland’s citizens.
“Loveland has been very good to me. I started at the Loveland store in 1985, and it’s been a pleasure to be part of a great community,” said David.
Through its Buddy Card program, LaRosa’s supports many charitable organizations, especially youth sports programs. LaRosa’s and David have also been a major supporter of Loveland High School athletics.
The second 2022 Business Enhancement Award was presented by Mayor Kathy Bailey to the partners of Ramsey’s Trailside, 200 W. Loveland Ave.
Since its opening in 2018, Ramsey’s has grown exponentially. This growth partially can be attributed to its large presence in charities and community events. From The Dragonfly Foundation to the LIFE Food Pantry, Loveland City Schools to CancerFree Kids and local families, Ramsey’s has become a go-to destination for local support.
In addition, the renovations the owners made to the historic building have made Ramsey’s a beautiful spot along the Little Miami Scenic Trail. The restaurant has a new outside dining area and awnings.
“It is an honor to be recognized alongside Sam David, who has been in Loveland for nearly 40 years. I am looking forward to continuing taking care of the people who take care of us,” said John Zielke, partner and general manager of Ramsey’s Trailside.