Rick and Linda Scovel, owners of Scovel’s Towing and Service Center, were named Manzanita’s Citizens of the Year at the June 8 meeting of the city council.
Reading from a nominating letter, Rev. John M. Olson, associate pastor of Calvary Bible Church, said, “Rick and Linda Scovel are an invaluable part of the Manzanita community. For the past 20 years, they have provided an essential service to our community as well as the many guests who pass through our villages.”
“Rick and Linda are always there when we need them most; ready to help with a cheerful attitude,” he continued. “No matter the time of day, weather, or location, you can count on the reassuring sight of the Scovel’s truck and Rick’s easygoing demeanor as he gets you back on the road, many times free of charge.”
Olson cited the Scovels for donating cars to the Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue for practice burns, pulling the VFW float in the Manzanita Fourth of July parade, and regularly donating oil changes to local non-profits for use in fundraising efforts.
The Scovels were high school sweethearts at Neahkahnie High School, and continue to support the sports programs there. They have also hosted 13 foreign exchange students over the past several years.
“You can’t talk to the Scovels for more than a few minutes without realizing the central role they play in the lives of their children, grandchildren, and extended family,” said Olson.
“Rick and Linda are also an essential part of their faith community, Calvary Bible Church. They serve in many ways: leading worship, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, leading in youth group, Bible studies, and prayer meetings, and reaching out to families of children with disabilities through Camp Attitude.”
He concluded, “Rick and Linda Scovel exemplify the kind of caring and generous hearts that make our community shine.”
As Citizens of the Year the Scovels will serve as Grand Marshals of Manzanita’s 4th of July Parade. They also received a hanging flower plant from the previous year’s winners – Bill and Paula Peek.