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Published: Friday, July 21, 2006

Pa. state representative to get tourism award



SHARON, Pa. — The late Bill Knecht, who owned Wendell August Forge in Grove City, was so involved in promoting Mercer County tourism, the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau decided to give a yearly award in his name.

State Rep. Rod E. Wilt will be the first recipient of the Bill Knecht Tourism Award at a July 27 dinner at the Legacy Banquet and Conference Center in Grove City.

Wilt was chosen as the first recipient because he was instrumental in 2000 in passing a state law that allowed a hotel excise tax dedicated to tourism for Mercer County.

A law allowing all other counties to collect a hotel tax was passed sometime later.

Peggy Mazyck said Knecht was a longtime supporter of the tourism bureau and a proponent of the hotel tax many years before Wilt was instrumental in having it passed by the Legislature, and they felt it fitting that Wilt receive the first award.

Knecht, a Boardman resident, died in 2004.

Friday, July 21, 2006

SHARON, Pa. — The late Bill Knecht, who owned Wendell August Forge in Grove City, was so involved in promoting Mercer County tourism, the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau decided to give a yearly award in his name.

State Rep. Rod E. Wilt will be the first recipient of the Bill Knecht Tourism Award at a July 27 dinner at the Legacy Banquet and Conference Center in Grove City.

Wilt was chosen as the first recipient because he was instrumental in 2000 in passing a state law that allowed a hotel excise tax dedicated to tourism for Mercer County.

A law allowing all other counties to collect a hotel tax was passed sometime later.

Peggy Mazyck said Knecht was a longtime supporter of the tourism bureau and a proponent of the hotel tax many years before Wilt was instrumental in having it passed by the Legislature, and they felt it fitting that Wilt receive the first award.

Knecht, a Boardman resident, died in 2004.

Friday, July 21, 2006
The late Bill Knecht, who owned Wendell August Forge in Grove City, was so involved in promoting Mercer County tourism,...






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