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Nadolsons honored as 2018 Hebron Difference Makers

By Charles Prince

HEBRON – Criss and Joyce Nadolson were honored with a standing ovation as the 2018 Hebron Difference Makers at Park National Bank’s Community Breakfast Tuesday morning.

The annual breakfast features updates from local officials including Hebron Mayor Mike McFarland, County Commissioner Rick Black and Lakewood Schools Superintendent Mary Kay Andrews.

This is the sixth year for the Difference Maker Award for the Hebron area. Park National Bank solicits local nominations for the award.  Hebron Mayor Mike McFarland nominated the Nadolsons for a life-long career of serving others, particularly area youth by summer coaching, teaching and coaching at Lakewood and service to their church.

The Nadolsons – Criss as the coach and Joyce as the team “mother” in the dugout – amassed a stunning 385-67 record with Lakewood’s varsity softball program.  They won five state championships (2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017), two state runner-ups (2002 and 2015) and seven trips to the state semifinals in 16 years. They retired after the 2017 season.

“I know my wife deserves it,” Criss said Tuesday morning. The Nadolsons directed Park National’s $500 award to the Lakewood Middle School’s Washington, D.C. trip next spring.

Park National Bank Hebron Branch Manager Cody Smailes, center, holds a $500 check that 2018 Hebron Difference Makers Joyce (far left) and Criss Nadolson directed to the Lakewood Middle School’s Washington, DC trip. Beacon photo by Charles Prince.


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