Carbon County honored a volunteer for his service with the community.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board planned to present Al Klitsch, chief volunteer deputy for the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, with a certificate of appreciation for his time with the county. Klitsch was unable to attend the meeting.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, explained the reason for Klitsch leaving is because he is relocating to Texas to be closer to family. Klitsch had served as a volunteer deputy under Mark Nalesnik, EMA coordinator for the last eight years.

"The commissioners would like to honor Al for all that he has done for the residents of Carbon County," O'Gurek said. "Anytime you lose an individual like that who relocates, it's a loss for our area. We would like to publicly say thank you for his many years and hours of service."

Nalesnik added that Klitsch will be missed, but wishes him the best of luck at his new home.

"He was one of my chief volunteer deputies throughout my eight years here as coordinator," Nalesnik said. "Whenever there was a need for assistance or to take over in my absence, he was always ready and willing to do that for the county."

In other matters, the commissioners are urging residents to support 4-H by visiting the Carbon County Fair and attending the livestock auction, which is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein said that the 4-H program is one of the best youth programs in the area, in addition to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and provides the children and families with educational programs.

He mentioned about the livestock auction, which sells the 4-H livestock raised by the members. Proceeds go to help the child who raised the animal.

"I strongly encourage you to go and watch the kids show their animals," Nothstein said. "It's always a fun time. Please come out to support our kids and our community."

Commissioner Charles Getz, who participated in the livestock auction, mentioned that he purchased a goat from the auction two years ago.

He urged residents to take advantage of this opportunity.

"If you get a chance, visit the auction," Getz said. "These kids really do a good job. They work hard."