By Linda Tidel
Doug Pahlow is a big impressive man with a gentle manner. He was nominated by his daughter Alexa for the citizen of the year. I asked him how he felt about the award, at first he smiled and said he was at a loss for words but given a minute he said, “I am very honored by my daughter for the gratification.”
His daughter, Alexa, is attending college for Education focusing on special needs children and hopes to find a position close to home.
Pahlow is no stranger to the Shiocton community. He has lived in the village for over 30 years and has given back to the community time and again.
He owns the business Pahlow Masonry which he runs with his wife Cheryl, (corporate secretary) and son Brock (estimator/project manager). Pahlow said, “Our business has been doing very well over the years because of our dedicated employees, so I thought I would pay it forward.”
Since 2001, Pahlow Masonry has donated a substantial amount to organizations and funds in the Shiocton area. Just to name a few: American Legion; families in need; Navarino Nature Center; Shiocton area Veterans Memorial; Shiocton Gridiron Club; Saint Denis Church; Shiocton Schools; Shiocton Youth Sports and the list goes on and on.
Pahlow has also donated his time, labor and masonry for the Shiocton baseball dugouts; Shiocton Electronic School sign base, Lake Park dug-outs and press box and the Clintonville Football Press Box.
He has provided masons and tenders and materials for the Shiocton tech Education Masonry Training Program. Four masons came to the school, four days a week for a two-week period for this educational program. He donated many tools and his time and worked with individuals from County Materials and Spec Mix to donate brick, block, stone and pallets. Pahlow said, “I wanted to offer this before school class to the High School students in hope that more young people will become interested in a career in the trades and masonry”.
The National Concrete Masonry Association sponsored the program and it was a joint effort between the Masonry Technology Foundation and many of the related businesses in the Valley including Pahlow Masonry. Shiocton School District Superintendent Nichole Schweitzer said she’s grateful Pahlow Masonry for conducted the course as part of the district’s efforts to provide training and education for students. Pahlow said he would like to offer the class again this year to the students.
Along with all the other hats he wears, Pahlow has also coached many athletic teams including: T-Ball; Little League; Pony League; Babe Ruth; YMCA Football; Youth Wrestling; Girls Softball; and Boys Basketball.
He has been a Shiocton School Board member; Summer Sport Little League Director; Pony League and Babe Ruth Director; Buildings and Grounds Committee member; QDMA Board member; Cabbage Chuck Committee member; Veterans Memorial Committee member; Town of Bovina Planning Commission member and President and Founder of the Shiocton Gridiron Club.
Pahlow and his wife, Cheryl have been recognized by the Shiocton School board time and again but most recently in September of 2016. Pahlow was honored for his dedication of excellence in academics and also for his participation in athletics, his donation was very much noted and appreciated. Pahlow replied, “Thank-you for the recognition, this is a great honor and community to work in.”
So, if you run into Doug Pahlow make sure you congratulate him and thank him for being such a excellent role model and an outstanding Shiocton citizen.
By Linda Tidel