| Nov 24, 2011

Hook's Rona was the winner of a major hardware association award last month, and this month it was named the small business of the year in Lennox and Addington County.

In presenting Sandy and Tracy Hook with their award at a ceremony at the Strathcona Centre in Napanee last week, attention was paid to the role Hook's Rona plays in their local community.

“The business is an economic force in the northern part of Lennox & Addington County, providing jobs and service for local residents,” said the citation that accompanied the award.

The award also made note of the ongoing upgrades that Hook's Rona has made to its business over the years and to the combination of retail and service that it provides.

The Flinton Country/Bluegrass Jamboree was nominated for an award in the tourist event category. That award was won by the North American Gaeltacht, a Celtic festival in Tamworth.

Other award winners included: Paulridge Berry Farm in Switzerville as Agricultural Operation Of The Year; Willy Dog Hot Dog Carts of Napanee as Manufacturer Of The Year; and Francis Savage, a long time store owner, volunteer firefighter and recreation activist from the Odessa area, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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