2017-03-09 / Front Page

‘Best of the Best’ contest now open; new feature for 2017 is ‘Mr. and Ms.’ Mariposa County

Where is that must stop place for breakfast? Who do you call to remove a dead tree? What local event is a must?

These are just some of the many questions we are asking our readers for our annual “Best of the Best in Mariposa County” competition.

Each year, the Mariposa Gazette seeks input from the public about a wide variety of services offered in the County.

This year, we have eliminated a few categories, combined some and added a few. With the tree mortality crisis in the County, we have added “Best Tree Service” to the list. We are also adding best County deputy and best California Highway Patrol officer.

Additionally, we have added two special categories for this year’s competition.

“Mr. Mariposa County” and “Ms. Mariposa County” will be included in 2017.

Anyone living in the County can be nominated for this honor. It could be someone who volunteers for various organizations, or a person who does a lot of behind-the-scenes work to benefit County residents. It could be someone in public service or a long-time resident who has contributed greatly over the years. The competition is wide open.

We will feature the winners when we announce the results of the competition.

“We want to recognize two people in our County who help make this a better place to live,” said Nicole W. Little, office manager of the newspaper. “Everybody knows people who go above and beyond to make this a better place. They deserve that recognition.”

Ballots will be published in the newspaper on a regular basis until the deadline for entries. That deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, May 1. All entries must be on an original ballot as no photocopies will be accepted. Persons can also vote online at www.mariposagazette.com. Persons voting online can only vote one time per their IP address.

Original ballots can be dropped off at our office at 5108 Highway 140, Suite B in Mariposa. Ballots can be mailed to “Best of the Best Contest,” P.O. Box 38, Mariposa, CA 95338.

To be counted, ballots must be at least 50 percent completed to be accepted. Ballots must also include the name and address of the voter for verification purposes. All information is completely confidential.

“Local businesses and residents are the backbone of our community,” said Little. “We want to recognize that and are encouraging everyone to fill out a ballot so those people can be honored.”

Certificates will be awarded to all of the winners.

The ballot appears on page A-7 of this week’s edition.

Anyone with questions can contact Little at (209) 966-2500 or nicole@mariposagazette.com.

The results of the voting will appear in a future edition of the newspaper.

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